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Dr. Gillette Presents Paper at Vatican

Dr. Gillette Present Paper at Vatican

On February 21, 2014, Dr. Aaron Gillette presented his paper, “Agostino Gemelli and the Latin Eugenics Movement,” at a conference at the Vatican in Rome: “The Roman Curia and ‘Race Debate’ in the Interwar Period.” The conference was hosted by the Rome Institute of the Görresgesellschaft. Gillette’s paper showed how thousands of eugenicists in the culturally “Latin” countries of Europe and the Americas promoted a form of eugenics congenial to the Catholic Church. The paper is derived from his forthcoming book (with Marius Turda), Latin Eugenics in Comparative Perspective. London: Bloomsbury Press, 2014.

Dr. José Alvarez Wins Webb Award

The Texas State Historical Association and the Walter Prescott Webb Historical Society has awarded the DeBoe Award to one Webb Society Sponsor, each year, since 1999. This award, named after, former Director of Education, David DeBoe, is awarded to one sponsor, for outstanding chapter sponsorship. The 2014 recipient, Dr. Jose Alvarez, brings energy and organization to the Webb chapter at the University of Houston – Downtown. His students look to him for guidance. His wiliness to participate in many different events and activities encourages his students to not just learn history, but to experience it.

UHD History Alumnus James Nealy joins Duke University’s PhD Program

James Nealy, who graduated from UHD in 2012 with a BA in history, and is about to complete his Master’s degree in Russian history at Miami University of Ohio, has accepted Duke University’s offer to enroll in its PhD history program. The award comes with numerous benefits. James’ dissertation will likely be on notions of illiberalism and how spatial arrangements informed and shaped illiberal consciousness in the Soviet Union during the Late Stalin and early Thaw period(s) (~1947-1957).

After graduation, James intends to become a professor of Russian history at a Tier 1 research university. James believes that this outstanding achievement “was only possible because of the mentorship of his UHD history professors.”

History alumnus, Cody Robertson, is mentioned in the Baytown Sun newspaper

Photo of Cody Robertson teach at Goose Creek Memorial High School

History alumnus, Cody Robertson, was recently mentioned in an article in the Baytown Sun. Robertson earned a B.A. in History in 2013 and now teaches at the Goose Creek Memorial High School in Baytown, TX. The Baytown Sun article explains how the Goose Creek ISD mentors their first-year teachers. Robertson tells the Baytown Sun, after graduating from Texas A & M, he decided to pursue a degree in history at UHD. He then entered an alternative certification program to teach. In his two years as a substitute teacher, Robertson relied on support from his mentors and other veteran teachers. Robertson speaks positively of his teaching experience, "They pay me to be here everyday and talk about history. That's kind of a like a dream come true for me".


Berkowitz, D. (2013, December 17). Support system helps keep first-year teachers on track. The Baytown Sun, pp. 10.

Collaboration between Dr. Ahmed Reid (CUNY) & David Ryden (UHD)

UHD’s Professor Ryden teams up with fellow economic historian of the British Empire, Dr. Ahmed Reid (City University of New York), to publish the first-ever application of eighteenth and nineteenth century land market data to the long-standing “Williams Debate.” Based on archival records from the Jamaica Island Record Office, they estimate that there was a decline in the economic performance of the slave economy before abolition of the British slave trade (1807). Using a variety of indicators, their findings stake out the claim that the Jamaican sugar economy reached its peak c. 1800. Their findings were just published in the co-authored article, “Sugar, Land Markets and the Williams Thesis: Evidence from Jamaica’s Property Sales, 1750-1810,” Slavery and Abolition 34:3 (2013): 401-4.

Approval for History Program Concentration

UHD's History Program has received Texas Education Agency approval for History grades 7 - 10 certification.


UHD Webb Society Attends Re-enactment

The Webb Society relived the “Runaway Scrape” at the George Ranch (April 6, 2013).

UHD Webb Society Wins “Chapter of the Year”

UHD’s Webb Society, a Texas history interest club, has won the Chapter of the Year (2012-2013) award. The competition included Webb Societies at universities throughout Texas.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the UHD Webb Society, please contact Drs. Garna Christian, Jose Alvarez, or Gene Preuss (advisors of the UHD Webb Society).

Dr. Preuss Wins Award

Dr. Gene Preuss won the “Educator of the Year” (2012-2013) award by the East Texas Historical Association, “for his fine contributions to his craft, his attention to higher order student learning, and his dedication to educational quality.”

Dr. McCaffrey Publishes Book

This year, Dr. James McCaffrey published his book, Going for Broke: Japanese American Soldiers in the War against Nazi Germany, with the University of Oklahoma Press.

Dr. Ryden Publishes Articles

In 2013, Dr. David Ryden published his article, "'One of the finest and most fruitful spots in America:' An Analysis of Cotton Monoculture in Late-Eighteenth Century Carriacou," in Journal of Interdisciplinary History 43:4 (2013): 539-570.

Dr. Ryden also contributed the entry “Manumissions,” for the Oxford Bibliographies, (Oxford University Press, 2013).

Dr. Case’s Article Republished

Dr. Theresa Case’s journal article "The Radical Potential of the Knights' Biracialism" has recently been republished in a book collection: Texas Labor History, edited by Bruce Glasrud and James Marnoney (Texas A&M University Press, 2013).

Dr. Garna Christian Wins Award

March 4, 2013 Torch Energy president J P Bryant has awarded to UHD history professor Garna L. Christian the Texas State Historical Association Educator of the Year Award at the Fellows Lunch and Awards ceremony.

Dr. Garna Christian (left) recieves award

Professor Garna Christian, left, stands with Torch Energy President J.P. Bryan, namesake for the Association’s Leadership in Education Award. Photo courtesy of Ben Davis.

Dr. Nancy Lopez Wins Award

On April 30, 2013, the UHD Faculty Awards Committee announced that Dr. Nancy Lopez, Lecturer, Department of Social Sciences-History, has won the Outstanding Adjunct Award for academic year 2012-2013. Dr. Lopez's fellow historians warmly congratulate her, and her contribution to the UHD History Program.


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