Call for Papers: Massachusetts Historical Review

The Massachusetts Historical Review is currently accepting proposals for essays exploring radicalism in American history.

Since its first volume in 1999, the Massachusetts Historical Review (MHR) has published original analytical essays, photo-essays, historical documents, and reviews for a general audience. Beginning in 2021, each issue of the MHR will focus on a specific theme connected with Massachusetts history, although the essays need not be limited to Massachusetts or New England topics.

The publication of this first volume of the new series will coincide with the centennial of the Sacco-Vanzetti murder trial. Starting from charges of robbery and homicide in Massachusetts, the case became an international cause célèbre. The accused—Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, both Italian immigrants and anarchists—faced a hostile trial judge and enormous local animosity. Their supporters criticized the blatant anti-immigrant sentiment surrounding the trial and decried it as a gross injustice. Yet the fact that both Sacco and Vanzetti had been anarchists did much to hurt their cause. Tried in the years just after the Red Scare, their case proceeded amid widespread fear that immigrants who espoused radical political change would spark widespread upheaval, fear running so deep that it prompted Congress to enact harsh laws drastically curtailing immigration to the United States. Despite global outcry and pleas for mercy, Sacco and Vanzetti were found guilty and sent to the electric chair in 1927.

Using the Sacco-Vanzetti case as a starting point, Volume 1 of the MHR’s new series will focus on the theme of radicalism in American history. The MHR invites interested authors to submit proposals for original essays concerning radicalism, broadly conceived, in any era of American history and speaking to a general audience. Preference will be given to essays that connect in some manner to Massachusetts and New England. The journal welcomes submissions from authors pursuing research in history or related fields (such as American studies or American literature) at all career stages, including graduate students, tenured faculty members, and independent scholars.

Interested parties should submit a current curriculum vitae along with a one-page (double-spaced) proposal that outlines the subject the author seeks to pursue, the sources employed, and the intervention in relevant historical scholarship to mhr@masshist.org by August 2, 2019. By September 3, authors with successful proposals will receive an invitation to submit a completed draft of their essay for consideration.

First drafts of essays selected will be due by January 3, 2020 and must be between 7,500–10,000 words. All drafts will undergo a rigorous peer-review process by both MHS staff and outside readers prior to publication. Questions? Please write to mhr@masshist.org.


Interview with Professors Clarence Taylor (emeritus) and Kristopher Burrell (alumnus)

Interview with Professors Clarence Taylor (emeritus) and Kristopher Burrell (alumnus)

Conversations in BlackFreedom Studies (CBFS) is a monthly discussion series held at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Curated by Jeanne Theoharis and Komozi Woodard, the series was established as a space to discuss the latest scholarship in Blackfreedom studies, bringing the campus and community together as scholars and activists challenge the older geography, leadership, ideology, culture, and chronology of Civil Rights historiography. In anticipation of the planned discussion on The Struggle Against Police Brutality, Mass Incarceration, and Educational Discrimination in the Jim Crow North on May 2nd, we are highlighting the scholarship of two of their guests.

Dr. Clarence Taylor was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He received his undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College, and his MA from New York University. While teaching in the New York City public school system, he pursued his doctorate in history at Graduate School of the City University of New York. In 1991, he received his PhD in American history and began teaching at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York. Professor Taylor’s research interests are the modern civil rights and Black power movements, African-American religion, and the modern history of New York City. He is the author and editor of several books including, The Black Churches of Brooklyn from the 19th Century to the Civil Rights Era, Knocking At Our Own Door: Milton A. Galamison and the Struggle to Integrate New York City Schools, Black Religious Intellectuals: The Fight for Equality from Jim Crow to the 21st Century, Civil Rights in New York City: From World War II to the Giuliani Era, and Reds at the Blackboard: Communism, Civil Rights and the New York City Teachers Union. His latest book is Fight the Power: African Americans and the Long History of Police Brutality in New York City. He is Professor Emeritus in history at Baruch College, CUNY.

Dr. Kristopher Burrell is an Assistant Professor of History at Hostos Community College. He earned his doctorate in U. S. History from the CUNY Graduate Center in 2011. His research interests include the civil rights movement in New York City and twentieth century African American intellectual history. Dr. Burrell published “Where From Here? Ideological Perspectives on the Future of the Civil Rights Movement, 1964-1966” in the Western Journal of Black Studies and has just published a chapter titled, “Black Women as Activist Intellectuals: Ella Baker and Mae Mallory Combat Northern Jim Crow in New York City’s Public Schools during the 1950s” in The Strange Careers of the Jim Crow North: Segregation and Struggle outside of the South.Dr. Burrell is currently working on a book manuscript tentatively titled, Outsmarting Racism: New York’s Black Intellectuals and Theorizing Northern Racism, 1945-1968. He is proud to have been born and raised in Harlem, New York.

To see the full interview, please visit Black Perspectives, the award-winning blog of the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS).

CONGRATULATIONS to the following Students and Recent Alumni!

CONGRATULATIONS to the following Students and Recent Alumni!

Arinn Amer won the $500 Koonja Mitchell Memorial Prize awarded by the Women’s Studies Certificate Program and has been awarded the $20,000 E.P. Thompson Dissertation Fellowship.

Andrew Alger has a forthcoming article, “Homes for the Poor? Public Housing and the Social Construction of Space in Baghdad, 1945 – 1964,” in the Journal of Urban History and has been awarded a fellowship from The Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TARII) to pursue archival research this summer in Beirut.

Arman Azimi has been awarded a $25,000 Dissertation Year Fellowship

Vanessa Burrows (PhD, 2015), now an historian at the FDA in DC, just coauthored an article which appears in the current issue of the JAH, “Creating Equal Health Opportunity: How the Medical Civil Rights Movement and the Johnson Administration Desegregated U.S.. Hospitals.”

Lukasz Chelminski was awarded a 2019  Association for Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies Graduate Student Travel Grant for the November convention in San Francisco.

Davide Colasanto won the $2,500 John M. Cammett Travel Award.

Erin Cully has been awarded a $4000 Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Research in the Service of Public Knowledge Doctoral Student Research Grant, and a $25,0000 Altman Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

Davide Giuseppe Colasanto has been awarded a $10,000 Dissertation Year Fellowship. In addition, he contributed a chapter to the newly published book Regimes of Happiness: Comparative and Historical Studies.

Edward Cornejo (PhD, 2010) has been named Interim Associate Dean of Arts, Humanities, Communications & Design at Broward College’s South Campus (Fort Lauderdale).

Phelim Dolan has been awarded a $25,000 Leon Levy Center for Biography Dissertation Fellowship

Mohammed Ezzeldin has been awarded a $25,000 Dissertation Year Fellowship.

Evan Friss (PhD, 2011) is the co-organizer of the exhibit Cycling in the City at the Museum of the City of New York, which was reviewed in the  NY Times.

David Hamilton Golland (PhD, 2008) published A Terrible Thing to Waste: Arthur Fletcher and the Conundrum of the Black Republican (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2019).

Hilary Anne Hallett (PhD, 2005) has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure at Columbia University.

Jiwon Han has been awarded a $4000 Early Research Initiative (ERI) Provost’s Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship

Jonathan Hill Jr. (PhD, 2018) has been appointed as an Excelsior Fellow to the Division of Policy and Planning at the NYS Department of Transportation in Albany.

Megan Hills contributed a chapter to the newly published book Regimes of Happiness: Comparative and Historical Studies.

Ernest Ialongo (PhD, 2009) was promoted to Full Professor at Hostos Community College.

Mounira Keghida has had her AHA  session proposal accepted for the upcoming 2020 conference, which will be held here in NYC. The title of the session is “Sugar Visionaries, Bitter Realities: The story of Anti-Colonialists,  Industrialists and Abolitionists in the 19th Century.”

Phil Keisman  had an article published in QUEST, Issue in Contemporary Jewish History, Issue 14, 2019 –  “I see a man of great wisdom… and in his hand is a nimble scribe’s pen.” The Readers and Writers of Shomer Tziyon Hane’eman

Kathryn Kelley has been awarded a $4000 Early Research Initiative Provost’s Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship

Andrew Kotick has been awarded a $10,000 Dissertation Year Fellowship.

Miriam Liebman has been awarded the $25,000 Judith Stein Dissertation Fellowship, and the Marc Friedlaender Fellowship (a short term residential fellowship, at Massachusetts Historical Society).

Kathryn Mahaney (PhD, 2018) has accepted a three-year position as Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Helsinki, starting in August 2019.

Carol Quirke (PhD, 2005) been promoted to full professor at SUNY College at Old Westbury.  Her second book, Dorothea Lange, Documentary Photography, and Twentieth Century America was published in March by Routledge (part of Carol Berkin’s “Lives of American Women” series).

Evan Turiano has been awarded a $4000 Early Research Initiative Award for Archival Research in African American and African Diaspora Studies.

Katie Uva is the PhD Program in History nominee for the Award for Doctoral Student Teaching.

Alisa Wade (PhD, 2016) has accepted a tenure track assistant professor position at California State University at Chico, starting in Fall 2019.

Erik Wallenberg has been awarded a $10,000 Dissertation Year Fellowship and the $7,000 National Society of Colonial Dames in New York Dissertation Fellowship.

John C. Winters won a Residential Research Fellowship at the Fred W. Smith Library at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.


We celebrate their accomplishments!

DSC: FREE MoMA Passes for Friends and Family

DSC: FREE MoMA Passes for Friends and Family


Would you like to take friends and family to MoMA [moma.org] for free?  If you would like to pick-up a pass (limit 2 per student), feel free to drop by the DSC offices during the DSC office hours and ask any of the Steering Officers for a free museum pass. Note that while GC students can visit MoMA for free, these passes can be used if students want to bring up to 5 guests with them (see information attached). The number of passes is limited, so please don’t delay!

If you have any questions about this, please email ccc@cunydsc.org.


CLACLS: The Latino Data Project

CLACLS: The Latino Data Project



CLACLS announces the launch of our new LDP Urban Series. With a focus on gentrification and inequality, the reports reveal the dynamic changes taking place across New York City and its surrounding areas since 1990.

The reports analyze population trends among Latinos and other racial/ethnic groups, looking at income inequality, educational attainment, poverty, and citizenship status, among other categories. The first in the LDP Urban Series takes a closer look at Northern Queens.


The findings shown in the graph above may come as a surprise to some. In short, the Latino community of Jackson Heights/Corona is not being displaced in any meaningful way.

Want to learn more? Read the full report here and the press release here.

June 12 – book launch for David Hamilton Golland (GC Ph.D. 2008)

June 12 – book launch for David Hamilton Golland (GC Ph.D. 2008)

David Hamilton Golland (GC Ph.D. 2008) Associate Professor of History and Coordinator of Humanities at Governors State University, invites the GC community to the New York launch of hi latest book:

A Terrible Thing to Waste: Arthur Fletcher and the Conundrum of the Black Republican (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2019).

Date: Wednesday, June 12
Time: 4:30pm

Location: 445 E. 86th St. #1B

Light refreshments will be served.

Signed copies will be available for purchase.

RSVP by June 1 to dgolland@gmail.com


April 5 – Trip to MOCA with PHC

April 5 – Trip to MOCA with PHC

Please join us on Friday, April 5 at 4:00pm for a trip to the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), featuring a tour and talk with Richard Cheu.

Richard, public history PhD student at St. John’s University and PHC member, has been working on an exciting oral history project with MOCA and will share a bit about his work on Chinese American history before leading us on a tour. Everyone will also have time to explore the museum on their own, and can then join us for Dim Sum dinner nearby.

Please RSVP to cunyphc@gmail.com so we can provide an accurate count.


We hope to see you there!

– Madeline and Arinn

March 10 – Seeking diverse contributors for an anthology about the history of food and environment

March 10 – Seeking diverse contributors for an anthology about the history of food and environment

We are editing an anthology about the origins of the modern food system, focused on the period between the 1870s and 1930s. The contributors already onboard all work at the intersection of food and environmental history. The book, tentatively titled “Acquired Tastes: Stories about the Origins of Modern Food,” is part of a larger writing project that emphasizes narrative, character, and storytelling, so we especially want historians who want to work as writers. Our roster of contributors has slightly shifted since the project began, leading us to seek a few more stories.

We are especially eager to highlight traditionally underrepresented perspectives on food and environment during our period of study, including but not limited to race, gender, ethnicity, or the global south. If this sounds like a good fit for your existing, ongoing, or future research, please send us a note of interest with a short overview of the proposed essay’s topic and status (no formal abstract needed at this point). This doesn’t have to be brand-new material, as adapting from existing work may be just as suitable.

Please reply by March 10 at the latest, writing to the three editors (cc’ing each) at the addresses below.

Anna Zeide, Oklahoma State University, zeide@okstate.edu
Benjamin Cohen, Lafayette College, cohenb@lafayette.edu
Michael Kideckel, Hewitt School, msk2197@columbia.edu

May 15 – JITP Call for Submissions

May 15 – JITP Call for Submissions

The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy

General Issue

Issue Editors:
Shelly Eversley, Baruch College, CUNY
Krystyna Michael, The Graduate Center, CUNY


The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy (JITP) seeks scholarly work that explores the intersection of technology with teaching, learning, and research. We are interested in contributions that take advantage of the affordances of digital platforms in creative ways. We invite both textual and multimedia submissions employing interdisciplinary and creative approaches in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Besides scholarly papers, the submissions can consist of audio or visual presentations and interviews, dialogues, or conversations; creative/artistic works; manifestos; or other scholarly materials, including work that addresses the labor and care considerations of academic technology projects.

All work appearing in the Issues section of JITP is reviewed by the issue editors and independently by two scholars in the field, who provide formative feedback to the author(s) during the review process. We practice signed, as opposed to blind, peer review. We intend that the journal itself—both in our process and in our digital product—serve as an opportunity to reveal, reflect on, and revise academic publication and classroom practices. Additionally, all submissions will be considered for our “Behind the Seams” feature, in which we publish dynamic representations of the revision and editorial processes, including reflections from the authorial and editorial participants.

Research-based submissions should include discussions of approach, method, and analysis. When possible, research data should be made publicly available and accessible via the Web and/or other digital mechanisms, a process that JITP can and will support as necessary. Successes and interesting failures are equally welcome. Submissions that focus on pedagogy should balance theoretical frameworks with practical considerations of how new technologies play out in both formal and informal educational settings. Discipline-specific submissions should be written for non-specialists.

As a courtesy to our reviewers, we will not consider simultaneous submissions, but we will do our best to reply to you within three months of the submission deadline. The expected length for finished manuscripts is under 5,000 words. All work should be original and previously unpublished. Essays or presentations posted on a personal blog may be accepted, provided they are substantially revised; please contact us with any questions at editors@jitpedagogy.org.

For further information on style and formatting, accessibility requirements, and multimedia submissions, consult JITP’s accessibility guidelines, style guide and multimedia submission guidelines.

Important Dates

Submission deadline for full manuscripts is May 15, 2019. Please view our submission guidelines for information about submitting to the Journal.

2019-2020 DSC Elections

2019-2020 DSC Elections

The nominations ballot for 2019-2020 elections of representatives to the Doctoral and Graduate Students’ Council (DSC) is set to open February 1, 2019. The nominations ballot will close on March 1. You can access the ballot here:https://eballot4.votenet.com/dsc.

You can see the list of all positions up for nomination, their descriptions and duties, as well as eligibility requirements, athttp://cunydsc.org/elections/.

You can nominate other registered students and/or yourself!


If you find yourself unable to access nominations through the link above, any enrolled student may also send their nomination via email to [ccsa@cunydsc.org]ccsa@cunydsc.org during the period of February 1 – March 1. This is especially important for those who are enrolled this spring but weren’t enrolled in the fall, as well as new students. After students are contacted about their nominations in March, the elections ballot will be open April 1 –  May 1.

Further updates and details will be sent out shortly. If you have any questions, including about the roles and responsibilities of these DSC positions, please contact the Co-Chair for Student Affairs, Alison Parks, at [ccsa@cunydsc.org]ccsa@cunydsc.org.

OAH Upcoming Deadlines

OAH Upcoming Deadlines

The OAH has several upcoming deadlines for graduate student and adjunct opportunities at the 2019 OAH Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, April 4-7, as well as the proposal submission deadline for the 2020 meeting in Washington D.C. Could you please share this email your students and faculty?

Opportunities at the 2019 meeting include:

  • The OAH is offering travel grants, discounted conference registration, and a full-day Sunday workshop for both graduate students [oah-dot-yamm-track.appspot.com] and adjuncts/part-time/non-tenure track faculty [oah-dot-yamm-track.appspot.com]. Thanks to a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, for each group there are 20 travel grants (up to $500 each), 40 discounted registrations ($10 each), and 20 workshop tickets (includes breakfast and lunch). Deadline for applications is February 1, 2019. Information on how to apply for the travel grants, discounted registrations, and workshops can be found here. [oah-dot-yamm-track.appspot.com]
  • “Hey, I Know Your Work!” Mentorship Program — Graduate students, recent graduates, or those in the early stages of their career are invited to meet with established scholars to discuss your research, professional aspirations, or simply to get acquainted. To see a list of available mentors and register, click here [oah-dot-yamm-track.appspot.com].
  • The Hub These ice-breaker conversations allow you to meet one-on-one with publishers or consultants [oah-dot-yamm-track.appspot.com]. You may present your manuscript, proposal, or idea to publishers who are searching for publishable works or commissions in your research area, or present your work to consultants (grant writing; book proposals; career coaching) for feedback and guidance. (Hub opportunities are open to OAH members first and then for non-members as space allows; pre-registration is required).

Call for Proposals for the 2020 Annual Meeting in Washington D.C.– “(In)Equalities” — Deadline for submissions is February 1, 2019.

NEW: Use the OAH Annual Meeting Crossroads [oah-dot-yamm-track.appspot.com]  to find collaborators or contribute to a proposal for the 2020 OAH Annual Meeting

For centuries now, questions of “equality” and “inequality” have informed American politics and culture, and also appeared repeatedly in the histories we write, exhibit, and teach. The 2020 OAH Annual Meeting will address the theme of (In)Equalities in our past and present. The Program Committee welcomes proposals from all areas and eras of early American and U.S. history, broadly conceived. While (in)equalities might characterize virtually every subject that historians study and teach, the committee does not expect all papers and sessions to adhere to the conference theme. The OAH meeting is a site for wide-ranging conversation, a place to talk across subfields, to experiment with methods, topics, and presentation, and especially to learn from one another. Read the full CFP and submit proposals here [oah-dot-yamm-track.appspot.com].

The deadlines for these graduate student awards and prizes are in Fall 2019 for 2020 awards, exact dates will be announced in Summer 2019:

  • The Louis Pelzer Memorial [oah-dot-yamm-track.appspot.com] Award Committee of the Organization of American Historians invites candidates for graduate degrees to submit essays for the Louis Pelzer Memorial Award competition. Essays may deal with any period or topic in the history of the United States. The winning essay will be published in the Journal of American History.
  • Huggins-Quarles Award [oah-dot-yamm-track.appspot.com] — Named for Benjamin Quarles and Nathan Huggins, two outstanding historians of the African American past, the Huggins-Quarles Award is given annually by the Organization of American Historians to one or two graduate students of color to assist them with expenses related to travel to research collections for the completion of the PhD dissertation. These awards were established to promote greater diversity in the historical profession.
  • John Higham Research Fellowship [oah-dot-yamm-track.appspot.com] — This fellowship is open to all graduate students writing doctoral dissertations for a PhD in American history. Applicants pursuing research in those fields most congenial to the research and writing interests of John Higham will receive special consideration. These topics include U.S. social and intellectual history broadly considered, with preference given to research projects on American immigration and ethnic history as well as American historiography, and the cultural history of the nineteenth-century U.S.
  • The John D’Emilio LGBTQ History Dissertation Award [oah-dot-yamm-track.appspot.com] is given annually by the Organization of American Historians to the best Ph.D. dissertation in U.S. LGBTQ history. The award is named for John D’Emilio, pioneer in LGBTQ history.
Spring 2019 Fitness Class Registration

Spring 2019 Fitness Class Registration

Registration for the first half of the Spring 2019 semester opens on January 17, 2019 at 10:00AM in room 7301. Students, Faculty , Staff and Community Members must register in person at the Student Affairs Office, room 7301. Payment is required at time of registration and a $10 registration fee is applicable each semester for Faculty, Staff and Community Members.


Please note: As a result of a newly implemented CUNY financial procedure, all payments for fitness classes must be made at the Bursar window on the 8th floor, room 8105.07.  Payment may be made by cash, money order or check made payable to the Graduate Center, CUNY.  Credit cards will not be accepted.

To enroll in a class, you will need to pick up a registration form from Students Affairs Office, room 7301, complete it and take it to the Bursar’s Office with payment.   You will receive a receipt for the amount paid which then needs to be returned to the Student Affairs Office, room 7301 to officially register for the fitness class(es).

No payments will be accepted at the Student Affairs office.


Registration and full payment are required before the first class for all classes, see schedule below. Registration is first come, first served.


Fitness equipment is provided.


Hatha Yoga


Bodily postures (asanas), deep relaxation, breath control (pranayama), and mental concentration create a supple and relaxed body, increase vitality and promote radiant health.


Instructor: Hess Kim


Hatha Yoga Session E 12:00-1:00pm (Mondays) $20 GC Students /$65 Faculty-Staff/ $80 Community Members


Jan 28, Feb 4, Feb 11, Feb 25, Mar 4, Mar 11  (no class Feb 18)


Hatha Yoga Session F 12:00-1:00pm (Wednesdays) $20 GC Students/$65 Faculty-Staff/ $80 Community Members


Jan 30, Feb 6, Feb 13, Feb 20, Feb 27, Mar 6


Mindful Yoga: Align and Flow


Relax, refocus, and refresh your body and mind in this all-levels class. We will explore foundational poses, then move mindfully with the breath through flowing sequences that increase balance, strength and flexibility. Classes include breathing exercise and meditation to promote ease and insight.


Instructor: Michelle Morrison


Mindful Yoga Session C, 5:45-6:45pm (Tuesdays) $20 GC Students/$65 Faculty-Staff/ $80 Community Members


Jan 29, Feb 5, Feb 19, Feb 26, Mar 5, Mar 12 (no class Feb 12)




Pilates improves core strength and balances the muscles around the joints, improving the way the body functions, looks and feels.


Instructor: Jeanette Palmer


Pilates Session F, 4:15-5:30pm (Tuesdays) $35 GC Students/$77 Faculty-Staff/ $95 Community Members


Jan 29, Feb 5, Feb 19, Feb 26, Mar 5, Mar 12 (no class Feb 12)


**Pilates Session G, 2:45-4:00pm (Thursdays) $35 GC Students/ $77 Faculty-Staff /$95 Community Members


Jan 31, Feb 7, Feb 14, Feb 21, Feb 28, Mar 7


**Pilates Session H, 4:15-5:30pm (Thursdays) $35 GC Students/ $77 Faculty-Staff/ $95 Community Members


Jan 31, Feb 7, Feb 14, Feb 21, Feb 28, Mar 7


**Please note that in the event of insufficient enrollment in these two classes (Pilates G and H), the classes may be combined.

Congratulations to Professor Helena Rosenblatt!

Congratulations to Professor Helena Rosenblatt!

Foreign Affairs, the site published by the Council on Foreign Relations has listed Prof. Rosenblatt’s new book, The Lost History of Liberalism: From Ancient Rome to the Twenty-First Century, on their Best of Books 2018 list!

“In this lively and penetrating book, Rosenblatt offers an intellectual history of liberalism, from its roots in Roman notions of civic duty and public morality down to its modern incarnations.” – Reviewed by