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  • Wednesday, September 22, 2021 11:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Assistant/Associate/Full Professor - Cluster Hire in Latinxs and Democracy - University of California, Berkeley

    Position titles:

    • Assistant Professor of Sociology, Political Science, Public Health, Social Welfare, and/or Demography

    • Associate or Full Professor of Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies

    Anticipated start: July 1, 2022

    APPLICATION WINDOW

    Open July 14th, 2021 through Thursday, Sep 30, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

    POSITION DESCRIPTION

    The University of California, Berkeley seeks applicants for four tenure track (Assistant Professor) positions and one tenured (Associate or Full Professor) position in the area of “Latinxs and Democracy.” Successful junior candidates will be invited to join one or more of the following units: College of Letters and Science (Departments of Sociology, Demography, and Political Science), School of Social Welfare, and School of Public Health. The senior, tenured position will be in the Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies Program in the Department of Ethnic Studies (College of Letters and Science).

    The Latinxs and Democracy Cluster initiative brings together units in the social sciences and professional schools to address the US-centered Latinx experience within three overarching themes: migration and citizenship, civic and political participation, and social inclusion and wellbeing. These themes speak to central concepts in the imagining and practicing of democracy because at their core they tell us about how the state distribution of political power, through policy and practice, affects a myriad of social issues, from racial inequality to health disparities. Junior candidates for the Sociology, Political Science, Demography, and Public Health positions will be expected to be able to research and teach about the US Latinx experience (i.e. Latinx Politics, Latinx Health, Latinx Communities). Applicants at the non-tenured level should select up to two unit(s) they wish to be considered by. Should applicants at the non-tenured level wish to be considered for a joint appointment with Demography, they should select that as an additional, joint-appointment choice. Senior candidates for the Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies Program search will be considered at the Associate and Full Professor levels.

    Public Health: Berkeley Public Health will recruit an assistant professor focused on examining the impact of public policies on the health of U.S. Latinx populations. Health policy researchers come from diverse social science backgrounds, including public policy, health policy, epidemiology, and health services research, as well as economics, sociology, demography, and political science.

    Political Science: The Department of Political Science will recruit an assistant professor with a research focus on the dynamics of Latinx politics in the United States, broadly understood. This could include a focus on political participation and behavior, representation and policy responsiveness, political institutions, and/or changes in political coalitions. Although the U.S. should be a core focus, comparative approaches/perspectives are welcome. In addition to an active research agenda in this field, qualified candidates will be expected to teach courses in Latinx politics.

    Social Welfare: The School of Social Welfare seeks an assistant professor committed to multi-level practice in areas such as Latinx civic and political engagement, public policy and institutions, immigration, and the social problems associated with, but not limited to, families and the feminization of poverty. An MSW is preferred and/or community-facing translational scholarly research attuned to professional practice.

    Sociology: The Department of Sociology will recruit an assistant professor with a research focus on Latinx immigration and/or Latinx communities in the United States. This could include attention to racialization processes, immigration patterns and Latinx demography, civic and political participation, and Latinx social mobility. While the US Latinx experience should be a main focus, candidates who employ a transnational/transborder lens are also welcome to apply.

    Demography: The Department of Demography seeks a dual-appointed assistant professor that will be shared with any of the departments/schools listed above.

    Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies: The Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies Program in the Department of Ethnic Studies seeks a tenured (Associate or Full) professor in the Social Sciences whose dynamic research agenda focuses on the US Latinx experience. This can include a focus on US Latino communities, immigration, political participation, demography, and racialization experiences in any historical or contemporary time period. The scholar should have an established record in Latinx Studies and the Social Sciences, and will be expected to lead the new Latinxs and Democracy Cluster along with affiliated senior faculty. Qualified candidates will have a history of excellent research, teaching, and mentorship and will be expected to teach relevant social science methods courses within the program.

    School of Social Welfarehttps://socialwelfare.berkeley.edu/home

    School of Public Healthhttps://publichealth.berkeley.edu/

    Department of Political Sciencehttps://polisci.berkeley.edu/

    Department of Sociologyhttps://sociology.berkeley.edu/

    Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies Programhttps://ethnicstudies.berkeley.edu/areas-of-study/area/chicano-latino-studies/

    Department of Demographyhttps://www.site.demog.berkeley.edu/

    QUALIFICATIONS

    Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    J.D., Ph.D., M.D., (or equivalent international degree), or enrolled in J.D., Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent international degree‐granting program at the time of application.

    Preferred qualifications

    Successful applicants are expected to develop a nationally recognized program and collaborate across disciplines to develop research initiatives in the realm of Latinx Studies. We seek rising leaders from diverse fields including, but not limited to, the Social Sciences, Social Welfare, and Public Health. Candidates should demonstrate evidence of strong research productivity, potential for securing extramural funding, and a commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring of undergraduates, graduate students, and post-docs. We are particularly interested in scholars with a commitment and track record of promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in the realms of research, teaching and/or service. For candidates interested in the School of Social Welfare, an MSW is preferred and/or community-facing translational scholarly research attuned to professional practice.

    APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS BY LEVEL

    ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

    Position title: Assistant Professor of Sociology, Political Science, Public Health, Social Welfare, and/or Demography

    The untenured assistant professor positions are available in the Department of Sociology, the Department of Political Science, the School of Public Health, and the School of Social Welfare, with a possible joint appointment with the Department of Demography. Applicants at this level should select up to two units that they wish to be considered by. Should applicants wish to be considered for a joint appointment with the Department of Demography, that would be an additional, third choice. Please note applicants at this level should not select Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies Program as that is a tenured position only.
    Individuals should submit their application at this level if they meet one of the following conditions: Current or recent PhD candidate or graduate; current or recent postdoc; current assistant professor (including those who are “senior” assistant professors near tenure). Please note that this level determination is only for application review purposes, not the ultimate appointment level of the finalist.

    Document requirements

    • Cover Letter

    • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

    • Statement of Research - Statement of research, including past research accomplishments and proposed research at Berkeley.

    • Statement of Teaching and Service - Statement of teaching and service, including prior teaching experience, teaching philosophy, future teaching interests, prior and proposed academic, professional and/or community service.

    • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to https://ofew.berkeley.edu/recruitment/contributions-diversity).

    • Publication/Writing Sample #1 - Journal article, book chapter, dissertation chapter, or other appropriate products

    • Publication/Writing Sample #2 - Journal article, book chapter, dissertation chapter, or other appropriate products

    • Publication/Writing Sample #3 - Journal article, book chapter, dissertation chapter, or other appropriate products

    Reference requirements

    • 3 required (contact information only)

    Letters of reference will solicited at a later stage.

    Apply link: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/JPF02941

    ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, FULL PROFESSOR

    Position title: Associate or Full Professor of Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies

    The tenured professor position is only available in the Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies Program (Department of Ethnic Studies).
    Individuals should submit their application at this level if they meet one of the following conditions: Current tenured professor or position equivalent to tenured professor. Please note that this level determination is only for application review purposes, not the ultimate appointment level of the finalist.

    Document requirements

    • Cover Letter

    • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

    • Statement of Research - Statement of research, including past research accomplishments and proposed research at Berkeley.

    • Statement of Teaching and Service - Statement of teaching and service, including prior teaching experience, teaching philosophy, future teaching interests, prior and proposed academic, professional and/or community service.

    • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to https://ofew.berkeley.edu/recruitment/contributions-diversity).

    • Publication/Writing Sample #1 - Journal article, book chapter, dissertation chapter, or other appropriate products

    • Publication/Writing Sample #2 - Journal article, book chapter, dissertation chapter, or other appropriate products

    • Publication/Writing Sample #3 - Journal article, book chapter, dissertation chapter, or other appropriate products

    Reference requirements

    • 3 required (contact information only)

    Letters of reference will solicited at a later stage.

    Apply link: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/JPF02941

    Help contact: anniev@berkeley.edu

    CAMPUS INFORMATION

    Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values at UC Berkeley. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and academic and non-academic staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our academic positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity, inclusion, and belonging.

    The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

    In searches when letters of reference are required all letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality (http://apo.berkeley.edu/ucb-confidentiality-policy) prior to submitting their letter.

    As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/5000695/SARS-CoV-2_Covid-19. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.)

    JOB LOCATION

    Berkeley, California


  • Monday, September 20, 2021 2:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear WHA members,

    It with a heavy heart that I regretfully write to inform you that Dr. Walter Nugent, former WHA President and western history scholar, died on September 8, 2021, in Seattle, Washington. He was 86 years old. You can access his obituary, carefully crafted by his family, through this link. They included a picture of Walter from January 2021 on page 5.  

    Dr. Nugent was incredibly active in the WHA from the 1980s through the 2010s and served on numerous committees. He had positions on the WHQ Board of Editors, the WHA Council, the 2014 Program Committee, and the W. Turrentine Jackson, Billington, and Caughey Award Committees. Dr. Nugent served as the organization's President in 2005-2006.

    Over the past few years the WHA community has lost a number of incredible scholars, treasured mentors, and wonderful friends. Delivering this news while reflecting on the contributions of our members (young and old) is probably the most difficult part of my position.  

    Sincerely,

    Elaine Nelson, WHA Executive Director


  • Monday, September 20, 2021 10:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please join the Smithsonian Latino Center, the National Museum of the American Indian, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture for a virtual symposium, The Other Slavery: Histories of Indian Bondage from New Spain to the Southwestern United States. Please see below for information and program details:

    The Other Slavery: Histories of Indian Bondage from New Spain to the Southwestern United States

    September 24–27, 2021

    Available on-demand via: https://nmai.brand.live/c/the-other-slavery

    This symposium explores hidden stories of enslaved Indigenous peoples, focusing on the legacy of Spanish colonization in the Americas and Asia and its impact on what is now the southwestern United States. Experts from a range of academic disciplines, including Indigenous studies, anthropology, and history, examine untold stories of coerced labor and peonage and the long-term impact of Indian slavery. Panelists discuss the legacies of Native American enslavement with Indigenous community leaders and cultural workers. The symposium explores the different forms and complexity of human bondage that resulted in hybrid cultures, tangled economic practices, and intricate social relationships between the Spanish and Indigenous communities. This program seeks to give a comprehensive “first voice” to these hushed stories and living legacies. 

    The symposium is presented by the Smithsonian Latino Center, the National Museum of the American Indian, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture, in association with the Smithsonian’s initiative, Our Shared Future: Reckoning with Our Racial Past.



  • Sunday, September 19, 2021 1:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    STATEMENT ON HOLDING 2022 WHA ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN SAN ANTONIO


    In the wake of the passage of Texas Senate Bill 8—the most restrictive abortion ban imposed since the U.S. Supreme Court established the right to abortion in 1973—two Western History Association members asked the WHA to relocate our 2022 annual conference from San Antonio outside of Texas. One also mentioned voter suppression as an additional reason why the WHA shouldn’t meet in Texas. We assume this refers to Texas Senate Bill 1, which imposes new restrictions on how and when voters cast ballots, targeting in particular past initiatives to foster voter participation in Harris County, home to Houston, the most diverse city in the U.S.


    The WHA Executive Committee as well as the leadership team for the 2022 WHA annual conference have considered these requests. We are grateful to anyone who urges the WHA to maintain the highest ideals and practices of equity, inclusion, and diversity. We share deep concern about Senate Bill 8, Senate Bill 1, and other legislation that restricts the rights and threatens the well-being of women, people of color, immigrants, working people, and LGBTQ people in Texas. We are especially concerned with legislative attempts designed to restrict the teaching of race and history in public schools. But we do not think that moving the 2022 conference outside of Texas will promote the interests of those who remain most vulnerable to the sexist, racist, anti-immigrant, anti-worker, homophobic, and transphobic impulses that inform such measures. San Antonio is a majority minority city. Almost two-thirds of its residents identify as Latinx, and there are sizable African American, Asian American, Indigenous, and mixed-race populations there as well. Women, people of color, and LGBTQ people own small businesses near the conference site, and many more work in the corporate hotel and restaurant industry that flourishes in the Riverwalk area. We hope that the presence of up to a thousand conference-goers will bring some benefit to these communities, and, as we suggest below, we're actively seeking ways to engage with them in order to learn how we can best support their efforts to shape their own lives and the world around them. The 2022 Local Arrangements Committee is planning tours that highlight the histories of communities of color in San Antonio, and those tours will feature women and people of color as leaders and participants. The 2022 Program Committee is just beginning its work (the call for papers deadline is Dec. 5, 2021), but they’re exploring public forums that will highlight the history of struggles for reproductive and voting rights in Texas and the West and that will address attempts to restrict teaching about race and inequality in U.S. history. And the two committees are committed to working in concert, first, to identify local businesses, restaurants, galleries, and grassroots organizations that support the interests of vulnerable populations in San Antonio, and then, once identified, to support them in material ways.


    The WHA Executive Committee and the leadership team for the 2022 conference are also concerned for the long-term health of the WHA. The WHA contracts with hotels as conference venues several years in advance, long before we can know what issues will arise in a state or city that will concern our members. These are binding contracts. We use the conference organizing service INMEX (Informed Meetings Exchange), which ensures that we’re doing business with socially responsible hotels. The WHA has a policy of meeting in union hotels, considering exceptions only every seven years (the exception gives us the option of meeting occasionally in union-unfriendly places where many of our members nonetheless live and work). The Hyatt Regency Riverwalk in San Antonio is a union hotel whose workers are represented by UNITE HERE. If the WHA cancels its contract with the hotel, our organization will incur a penalty of $299,000. That money will stay in corporate Texas, continuing to enrich the state, even as local businesses and organizations will be deprived of revenue from conference-goers, low-wage workers will lose hours and tips, and San Antonio will not feel the presence of a progressive organization whose members not only study the history but also overwhelmingly support the interests of women, people of color, immigrants, working people, and LGBTQ people. Meanwhile, the WHA will have to contract on short notice with another hotel in another city, further depleting finite resources. The cost of doing so is too high and the benefits too uncertain. For all of these reasons, the WHA Executive Committee and the leadership team for the 2022 WHA conference, with the backing of the WHA Council, unanimously support keeping that meeting in San Antonio and honoring our contract with the Hyatt Regency Riverwalk and its union workers.


    WHA Executive Committee

    María E. Montoya, President (2021)

    Susan Lee Johnson, President-Elect (2022)

    Elaine Marie Nelson, Executive Director


    WHA 2022 Leadership Team

    Susan Lee Johnson, President-Elect (2022)

    Julian Lim, Program Committee Co-Chair

    Tyina Steptoe, Program Committee Co-Chair

    William Kiser, Local Arrangements Committee Co-Chair

    Omar Valerio-Jiménez, Local Arrangements Committee Co-Chair

    Lindsey Passenger Wieck, Local Arrangements Committee Co-Chair


    WHA Council

    Laurie Arnold

    Erika Bsumek

    B. Erin Cole

    Philip J. Deloria

    Anne M. Hyde

    Susan Lee Johnson

    Ari Kelman

    María E. Montoya

    Elaine Marie Nelson

    Erika Pérez

    Lynn Roper

    Martha A. Sandweiss

    Rachel St. John

    Jenni Tifft-Ochoa

    David Wrobel


  • Friday, September 17, 2021 7:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Center for Great Plains Studies (CGPS) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln seeks a Postdoctoral Fellow with expertise in the history of African Americans in Oklahoma and/or African Americans in the American West to carry out both quantitative and interpretive research on Black homesteading in Oklahoma. The Fellowship will extend the work of the Black Homesteader project at CGPS. The Fellow will co-publish a report and academic articles and provide digital content to the National Park Service homesteading website. The Fellow will work with a team of researchers under the direction of supervisors at both the University of Oklahoma and the CGPS AT UNL. Position is for one year, but renewable for a second year. Remote working option available; some travel required.

    A PhD in African American Studies, American History, Ethnic Studies, or a related discipline relevant to the humanistic social sciences is required. Knowledge of the history of African Americans in Oklahoma and/or expertise in African Americans in the American West; familiarity with the history of federal land policies on the Great Plains; experience with quantitative census records research and archival government records; experience with data collection, archival research, and digital humanities research; and strong written and oral communication skills are preferred.

    Review of applications will begin September 27, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed. To apply, please go to https://employment.unl.edu/, requisition F_210105.  Click “Apply to this Job” and complete the Faculty/Academic Administrative Information form. Attach a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, names and contact information for three professional references, and a writing sample no larger than 9 MB.  

    As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.

    Note: Hiring date is flexible, but will be between November 1, 2021 and January 3, 2022 (at the latest). 

    Direct link: https://employment.unl.edu/postings/74597


  • Wednesday, September 15, 2021 7:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    POSITION OVERVIEW

    Anticipated start: July 1, 2022

    APPLICATION WINDOW

    Open September 13th, 2021 through Monday, Oct 18, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

    POSITION DESCRIPTION

    The University of California at Berkeley seeks applications for a joint tenure-track faculty appointment at the level of assistant professor in the Departments of History and Ethnic Studies in Native North American History. Region and time-period open. They particularly welcome applications from scholars who employ the methods of Native American and Indigenous Studies.

    UC Berkeley is dedicating six new faculty positions to establish the university as an international center of excellence in Native American and Indigenous Studies. Building upon substantial existing campus assets—including an undergraduate major and graduate program in Native American Studies and strengths in Native American languages and literature, indigenous archaeology and cultural anthropology—their goal is to make UC Berkeley the pre-eminent institution of higher education in the field.

    Candidates will be evaluated and must be suitable for appointments in both the Department of History and the Department of Ethnic Studies, which houses the Native American Studies (NAS) program. Further information about the NAS program is available at https://ethnicstudies.berkeley.edu/areas-of-study/area/native-american-studies/.

    The Departments of History and Ethnic Studies and in the Division of Social Sciences, recognize the intrinsic relationship between diversity and excellence in all their endeavors and embrace open and equitable access to opportunities for learning and development as their obligation and goal. They seek candidates who demonstrate a commitment to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging through their research, teaching, and/or service. Their Division is committed to upholding the university’s principles of community so that every individual can be successful in a healthy, welcoming, and safe environment.

    Additional information about programs and resources supporting the advancement of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging is available at: https://ls.berkeley.edu/about/diversity-equity-and-inclusion

    https://ls.berkeley.edu/ls-divisions/social-sciences/diversity-equity-and-inclusion

    And specific resources within The Department of History: https://history.berkeley.edu/resources/equity-diversity-inclusion

    For information about potential relocation to Berkeley, or career needs of accompanying partners and spouses, please visit: http://ofew.berkeley.edu/new-faculty

    The department is committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents. They are also interested in candidates who have had non-traditional career paths or who have taken time off for family reasons, or who have achieved excellence in careers outside academia.

    QUALIFICATIONS

    Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    Ph.D. (or equivalent international degree) or enrolled in a Ph.D. (or equivalent international degree) granting program.

    Preferred qualifications

    Ph.D. or equivalent international degree in History or related discipline is preferred by appointment date.

    APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

    Document requirements

    • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
    • Cover Letter
    • Writing Sample - no longer than 60 pages, double-spaced
    • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to https://ofew.berkeley.edu/recruitment/contributions-diversity).

    Reference requirements

    • 3 required (contact information only)

    Letters may be solicited for candidates under serious consideration (the committee will inform candidates that their references will be contacted).

    Apply link: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/JPF03133

    Help contact: history-ap@berkeley.edu

    CAMPUS INFORMATION

    Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values at UC Berkeley. Their excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and academic and non-academic staff who share their commitment to these values. Successful candidates for their academic positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity, inclusion, and belonging.

    The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

    In searches when letters of reference are required all letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality (http://apo.berkeley.edu/ucb-confidentiality-policy) prior to submitting their letter.

    As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/5000695/SARS-CoV-2_Covid-19. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.)

    JOB LOCATION

    Berkeley, CA


  • Friday, September 10, 2021 7:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 2021 application for the Peter E. Palmquist Memorial Fund for Historical Photographic Research is now open. 

    Considered one of the most important photo historians of the 20th century, Peter E. Palmquist (1936 - 2003) had a keen interest in the photography of the American West, California, and Humboldt County before 1950, and the history of women in photography worldwide. He published over 60 books and 340 articles and was a strong proponent of the concept of the independent researcher-writer in the field of photo history. With co-author Thomas Kailbourn, he won the Caroline Bancroft Western History Prize for their book, Pioneer Photographers of the Far West. Professor Martha Sandweiss, Princeton University, wrote, “He (Peter) established new ways of pursuing the history of photography, and with his collections and research notes soon to be accessible at Yale, he will be speaking to and inspiring new generations of students and researchers forever.” Established by Peter’s lifetime companion, Pam Mendelsohn, this fund supports the study of under-researched women photographers internationally, past and present, and under-researched Western American photographers before 1900.

    A small panel of outside consultants with professional expertise in the field of photo history and/or grant reviewing will review the applications in order to determine the awards. Applications will be judged on the quality of the proposal, the ability of the applicant to carry out the project within the proposed budget and timeline, and the significance of the project to the field of photographic history. Each recipient of the award will agree to donate upon completion of the project a copy of the resulting work (i.e., published book, unpublished report, thesis, etc.) to the Humboldt Area Foundation to submit to the Peter Palmquist Archive at Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library and a report to Humboldt Area Foundation at the end of the grant period. We ask that award recipients acknowledge the financial assistance provided by the Palmquist Memorial Fund in publications or other work products supported by that fund.

    Past recipients and their projects are featured at http://www.palmquistgrants.com/

    Range of Awards: $500 - $2,000

    Eligibility

    Individuals researching Western American photography before 1900 or women in photography as well as nonprofit institutions conducting research in these fields are eligible to apply.

    Application Guidelines

    1. Complete application form and budget form.

    2. Write a short statement explaining your study of either:

    • Under-researched women photographers internationally, past and present
    • Under-researched Western American photographers before 1900

    3. Your statement must include details of your work plan, the anticipated outcome of your research, and how you will use the funds. Failure to be specific in these details may result in rejection of the application. The statement must be typed in 12-point font, double-spaced, with 1-inch margins, and no more than 1,250 words.

    4. Include a copy of your resume or curriculum vitae no longer than 3 pages.

    5. Previous Palmquist Grant recipients may reapply if they include the following information:

    • Report the specifics of what was accomplished with the award.
    • Report the specifics of how the funds were used to reach that accomplishment
    • Forward to the Humboldt Area Foundation copies of any published or unpublished work(s) that resulted from the previous Palmquist Grant.

    6. The Palmquist Fund will not consider requests to cover salaries or pay for hardware or equipment.

    7. The recipients will be required to expend the full amount of their grants on the expenses itemized in their budgets by the end of the grant period. Normally, the grant period is one year from the date of the announcement of the recipients. In view of the hardships the Covid-19 Pandemic has imposed, for this cycle of the grants, recipients will have 18 months from their grant date to expend their grant.

    No other materials (additional samples of work, etc.) will be considered; please enclose only the items listed above.

    Completed applications must be postmarked by November 12021 and submitted to:

    Humboldt Area Foundation • 363 Indianola Road, Bayside, CA 95524

    Or

    via email: grants@hafoundation.org 

    Award Recipients will be notified by January 15, 2022

    For more information contact:

    Humboldt Area Foundation at (707) 442-2993

    or visit http://www.palmquistgrants.com/


  • Tuesday, September 07, 2021 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The WHA congratulates Dr. Jonathan Scott Perry for his appointment as Phi Alpha Theta's new Executive Director. Dr. Perry is an active member in the Phi Alpha Theta community, currently serving as Book Review Editor for the honor society's journal, The Historian, and has served as advisor of the Alpha-Gamma-Chi Chapter at the University of Central Floria. Dr. Perry is Associate Professor of History at the University of South Florida where he teaches ancient history.

    Please join the WHA in congratulating Dr. Perry on his appointment. 

  • Friday, September 03, 2021 3:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Improving the Research Experience: 
    A Workshop for Graduate Students in Western American History

    Thursday October 28, 2021
    1:30 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.

    Location: Hilton Portland (Room TBD)

    Sponsored by The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University

    Organized by the Western History Librarian/Archivist/Curator Group

    ADMISSION BY ADVANCE APPLICATION ONLY: Application Deadline is September 20!

    Graduate Student Participants Receive $250 Honorarium


    Presenters:

    Peter J. Blodgett (The Huntington Library)

    J. Wendel Cox (Dartmouth College)

    Lisa E. Duncan (University of Arizona Special Collections)

    Todd Fuller (University of Oklahoma)

    Sam Herley (South Dakota Oral History Center)

    Tamsen Hert (University of Wyoming Special Collections)

    Anne Jenner (University of Washington Libraries)

    Ginny Kilander (American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming)

    Matthew Daniel Mason (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University)

    George Miles (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University)

    Suzanne Noruschat (University of Southern California Libraries)

    Theresa Salazar (Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley)

    Laurie Scrivener (University of Oklahoma Scholarly Services and Research Initiatives)

    Benjamin Stone (Stanford University Libraries)

    Gregory C. Thompson (J.W. Marriott Library, University of Utah)

    Rachel Vagts (Denver Public Library)

    Workshop Details

    Today’s graduate students in western history confront an increasing array of unyielding obstacles in launching their careers. Each year, they must scramble to keep up with the accelerating pace of changes in everything from the descriptive tools created by libraries and archives to the proliferation of digital resources generated by cultural institutions. Moreover, given the shrinking pool of dollars for projects in the humanities, graduate students face a steadily more ferocious competition for fellowships, research awards and grants in general.  Believing as we do that the graduate student community represents an essential dimension of western history’s future, we have developed the following workshop in collaboration with the WHA as a means of helping to meet what we see as particularly crucial needs for the next generation of scholars.

    Workshop Schedule
    This workshop will run from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM on Thursday, October 28 and will consist of two sessions, preceded by a fifteen-minute introduction and incorporating one fifteen-minute break. The sessions will address the following topics:

    • Introduction:  overview of workshop goals (15 minutes).
    • Session #1:  Fellowships, research awards and grant seeking in general (60 minutes).
    • Fifteen-minute break
    • Session #2:  Plotting out the research project:  individual/small-group conversations about the dissertations being pursued by the workshop attendees (60 minutes).

    Workshop Participation Details:

    In order to keep the size manageable for the instructors and to enhance the quality of the experience for the participants, attendance at this inaugural version will be capped at 20 graduate students, selected through advance application; preference will be given to those who are at an earlier point in their pursuit of a Ph.D. so that they will have the maximum opportunity to benefit from what they learn in the workshop. Other graduate students, however, may be admitted on a space-available basis.  In hopes of assisting those who attend the workshop with defraying conference costs, we will be able to provide each graduate student participant with a $250 honorarium thanks to the generous support of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. You will receive this honorarium at the workshop.

    Workshop Application Guide:

    Graduate students wishing to apply for the workshop should prepare the following in a single pdf document:

                1. Cover Sheet:

    -Student’s name

    -Institutional affiliation

    -Contact information (email and surface mail addresses)

                2. Description of stage the student has reached in their program

                3. Enumerate the student’s research experience to date

                4. Provide an overview of the student’s dissertation. (The overview should summarize the            topic, including chronological and geographic parameters, collections of original sources            already consulted and all research institutions that the student has visited or will visit while

    pursuing the dissertation.)

    Send the final, compiled pdf document as an attachment email to wha@westernhistory.org with “2021 Grad Student Workshop” in the subject line. Include your name, institutional affiliation, and contact information in the email message. Applications for the workshop are due Monday, September 20, 2021 to wha@westernhistory.org

    Send Questions about the applications or workshop to Peter J. Blodgett at pblodgett@huntington.org


  • Tuesday, August 24, 2021 11:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    C-SPAN 3 will be airing Dr. David Wrobel's WHA 2020 Presidential Keynote on John Steinbeck Sunday, August 29th at 3:25pm EDT. If you miss the live viewing and would like to watch later, the keynote will be available here after it airs on C-SPAN: 

    https://www.c-span.org/video/?513837-1/john-steinbeck-american-west


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