History Department Accolades and Accomplishments

Read Prof. Tim Huebner's essay in the Commercial Appeal about his and his students' efforts to tell the whole story behind local slave trader Nathan Bedford Forrest.

Prof. Seok-Won Lee has published an article titled “Kiyoshi Karl Kawakami and Japanese America between the Two World Wars” has appeared in the journal Japanese Studies.

Rhodes History Professor Michael J. LaRosa co-authored a new op-ed in the Memphis Flyer on immigration policy.

Prof. Charles Hughes is quoted in a recent Rolling Stone article about the racial politics of Americana music. He has previously spoken about this topic at Rhodes and elsewhere, and he addresses the history behind this contemporary issue in his book Country Soul.

Prof. Mike LaRosa co-authored an op-ed essay for The Commercial Appeal about the pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Prof. Robert Saxe is quoted in an article on the New Republic website about experiences of World War II veterans after they returned to America. 

Prof. Jeff Jackson published an essay in The Hill on the events in Charlottesville and why history matters.

Prof. Michael LaRosa has co-authored two new commentaries, one in the Memphis Flyer and one in the Memphis Daily News, about President Trump’s immigration policy. Along with Memphis-based attorney Bryce Ashby, Prof. LaRosa regularly writes guest columns about immigration issues.

Prof. Etty Terem’s article “Navigating Modernity: Lessons in Government and Statecraft in Precolonial Morocco” has appeared in the journal Mediterranean Studies, an international, peer-reviewed journal particularlyconcerned with the ideas and ideals of Mediterranean cultures from antiquity to the present and the influence of these ideas beyond the region's geographical boundaries. Prof. Terem's article is part of a special issue on non-state agency in Mediterranean politics.

Prof. LaRosa has co-authored a new op-ed in the Commercial Appeal about US policy in Latin America.  Check it out here.

Rhodes History majors Brad Bierdz and Cameron Sandlin were instrumental in helping to recover the history of the LGBTQ community in Memphis.  Read thestory in the High Ground News here.

Congratulations to Rhodes history major Jackson Lourie '17 on being drafted by the Atlanta Braves.  For the full story click here.

Dr. Charles Hughes's essay "Country Music and the Recording Industry" was recently published in the Oxford Handbook of Country Music published by Oxford University Press.

History alumna Lisa Roy Vox '99 recently published an op-ed in the Washington Post.

Alumni news from Katie Jakovich '16:
I graduated May of 2016 from Rhodes with my degree in history, and I started graduate school January of 2017 at the University of Texas at Austin's School of Information to earn my Master of Science in Information Studies. I was informed last week that I was selected by the School of Information to receive one of their 2017-2018 Endowed Presidential Scholarships. They only give out about 10 of these scholarships a year. I believe that I am in this incredible position of being at my dream graduate school and receiving this scholarship at least partly due to the amazing History Department at Rhodes. The professors at Rhodes were so supportive, and continue to be, and taught me so much not only about history, but also about how to be the best writer, student, and person I could be. So thank you so much... to every professor in the Department with whom I ever took a class - you truly are making dreams come true.

Dr. Michael LaRosa published a commentary about Colombia in the May 25, 2017 issue of the Memphis Flyer titled “Twenty Years On.” The article was written with Paul J. Angelo,  a Ph.D. candidate at University College, London.

Dr. Tait Keller has recieved a three month fellowship for Summer 2017 at the Rachel Carson Center in Munich, Germany. The Carson Center is one of the most prestigious centers for environmental studies in Europe.

Congratulations to the authors of the 2017 edition of the Rhodes Historical Review:  Roz KennyBirch, Nathaniel Plemons, Dominik Booth and Claire Carr

Congratulations to our History Department winners at the 2017 Rhodes College Awards Convocation:
     John Henry Davis Award: Maddie McGrady
     First Year Student Award: Matthew Broussard
     Phi Alpha Theta Award: Roz KennyBirch
     Douglas W. Hatfield Research Award: Nathaniel Plemons

Congratulations to Prof. Robert Saxe for winning the Mortar Board Faculty Award for 2017.

Dr. Jonathan Judaken was part of a plenary discussion at the Society for French Historical Studies (the largest conference in the United States for scholars of France) titled, "French Historians in the Public Sphere."

Dr. Tait Keller, associate professor of history at Rhodes, has been awarded a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies for the fall of 2017 to work on his research titled “Green and Grim: A Global Environmental History of the First World War.”