Rudi Matthee, John and Dorothy Munroe Professor of History, is one of two winners of the annual book prize awarded by the British-Kuwait Friendship Society for the best scholarly book on Middle Eastern studies. Professor Matthee’s Persia in Crisis: the Decline of the Safavids and the Fall of Isfahan (I.B. Tauris, 2012) received this signal recognition in a ceremony held at Corpus Christi College at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. The administrator of the award noted the rising number of contenders for this prize since it was created in 1998. Dr. Matthee travelled to England last July to accept this prize in person.
Rebecca L. Davis, assistant professor of history, had her book More Perfect Unions: The American Search for Marital Bliss, reviewed in the July 11 Washington Post. Reviewer Lisa Bonos wrote, "Davis presents marriage counseling as an institution with larger aims than connubial bliss, but also as a tool of the state, clergy and social scientists to help strengthen families, communities and economies." Professor Davis was featured in an Australian Broadcasting Corp. Radio National Late Night Live program, on which she was interviewed about her book More Perfect Unions: The American Search for Marital Bliss. Show host Phillip Adams asked Davis to put the divorce of Al and Tipper Gore into historical context and to explain how the American obsession with marital happiness has evolved.
Katherine Grier, professor of history, and her team of MSST students help organize historical societies featured in a recent UDaily article.
David Pong, professor of history and director of the East Asian Studies Program, was interviewed May 15 on The Booklist concerning the Encyclopedia of Modern China, for which he served as editor-in-chief. The encyclopedia won a 2010 Dartmouth Medal Honorable Mention.
Steven Sidebotham, professor of history, research in Egypt featured in Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology of the University of Warsaw 2010 newsletter and in a recent UDaily article.
David Suisman, assistant professor of history, has won the annual Hagley Prize, awarded to the best new book in business history, for his pioneering study Selling Sounds: The Commercial Revolution in American Music. Professor Suisman has been selected by the University's Francis Alison Society to receive its 2010 Gerard J. Mangone Young Scholars Award.