William Polf ’71 MA (Hist)/’73 PhD (Hist) wins award for short story

POlfWilliam Polf wrote a short story titled “Banjo” that was published in the North Carolina Literary Review Online. The story won second place in the 2017 Doris Betts Fiction competition. “Banjo” was also among the top three winners of Short Story America’s 2017 fiction awards. Read the story on this webpage. Previously Polf was senior vice president of the New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.

Alexander Rossino ’92 MA (Hist) / ’99 PhD (Hist) publishes novel about the Civil War

alum-news-buttonSixDaysSept_LRGAlexander Rossino has published Six Days in September with Savas Beatie, a publisher of historical titles of distinction. The book is a historical novel based on true events that occurred in the Civil War, specifically General Robert E. Lee’s Maryland campaign of 1862. Previously Rossino has published extensively on WWII, Germany, and the Holocaust including the 2003 book Hitler Strikes Poland: Blitzkrieg, Ideology, and Atrocity from the University Press of Kansas. For more information about Rossino’s new book, click here.

Yoshina Hurgobin ’09 MPA/’11 MA (Hist)/’16 PhD (Hist) now assistant professor at Kennesaw State University


Yoshina Hurgobin is now an assistant professor of South Asian history in the Department of History and Philosophy at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. Before her position at Kennesaw State, Hurgobin was a postdoctoral fellow at the Indian Ocean World Centre, at McGill University. Her research looks at questions of labor migration, citizenship, rights, and nationalism in the diaspora of South Asia. Her work has appeared in the journal International Labor Working-Class History and in the edited volume Histories of Medicine and Healing in The Indian Ocean World. She is currently working on a book project that examines the connections between Indian immigrant workers’ struggles for rights, their claims to citizenship, and the process of nation-making in colonial Mauritius.

Leo Kanawada ’65 MA (Hist) releases book, “Captain, Infantry”

Leo Kanawada recently released “Captain, Infantry,” a vivid account of the Vietnam War in the 1960’s, published by Authorhouse. In the memoir, Kanawada recalls his numerous job assignments and duties as an infantry officer in South Korea and South Vietnam. To learn more about the book, click here to be directed to the publisher’s website.

Bruce Dearstyne ’74 PhD (Hist) wins 2016 American Association for State and Local History Award of Merit

Bruce Dearstyne was recently selected as a recipient of an award of merit for his book “The Spirit of New York: Defining Events in the Empire State’s History,” by the American Association for State and Local History, a not-for-profit organization which works to preserve and promote history. The book explores 16 events within New York State history that have impacted the state and the country as a whole. In a press release by the AASLH, they describe Dearstyne’s book as: “Dearstyne puts the fascinating people who made history at the center of the story…This book makes history come alive. The momentous events illustrate the ‘spirit’ of New York—the elusive traits that make New York State unique and a leader among the fifty states—and the complexity of its history.” Dearstyne is a professor and author, previously publishing “Leading the Historical Enterprise: Strategic Creativity, Planning, and Advocacy for the Digital Age.” To learn more about “The Spirit of New York,” click here: http://www.sunypress.edu/p-6054-the-spirit-of-new-york.aspx.

Daniel Piazza ’04 MA (Hist) and Calvin Mitchell ’73 MPA curate exhibit on Black History for the Smithsonian Museum

alum-news-buttonUS Postal MuseumcalvinmitchellDaniel Piazza (right) and Calvin Mitchell (left) have created an exhibit on Black History titled, “Freedom Just Around the Corner: Black America from Civil War to Civil Rights” at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C. The exhibit, which closes on Feb. 15, is composed of a collection of stamps, artifacts and documents from places such as the National Postal Museum collection, the United States Postal Service archives and other museums and universities across the country. Daniel and Calvin are both Assistant Curator’s of Philately at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum. Daniel collects and writes about the stamps and postal history of the U.S. during the Bureau period (1894-1978), as well as the Italian peninsula.

Phoebe Ramsey ’06 BA PSc / Hist is a social science research analyst for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Service

PhoebeRamseyalum-news-buttonPhoebe Ramsey started working for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Service’s Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) as a social science research analyst. The Innovation Center was created through the Affordable Care Act, with the purpose of testing new payment and service delivery models, evaluating results and advancing best practices, and engaging stakeholders to develop additional models for testing. Ramsey previously served as the manager of finance and administration at Georgetown University’s O’Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law. In this role she was responsible for managing and directing institute financial activity, including research grants and contracts, human resources, and administrative activity. Ramsey completed her JD from American University’s Washington College of Law in May 2015.