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.

Julie Madlin ’88 BA (Hist) appointed town historian


Julalum-news-buttonie Breen Madlin is now a city historian for Ogdensburg, New York. She has been teaching seventh and eighth grade social studies for twenty years. She will continue teaching while pursuing this new appointment.

Madlin graduated from the Maxwell School in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in history.

90th Anniversary Event: How Migration to New York Shaped the Politics of Race and Citizenship in Late-19th Century Cuba on 10/6

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The History Department at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University presents

A Lecture in Honor of Otey Scruggs

In February 2014, Emeritus Professor Otey Scruggs passed away after a long illness. Dr. Scruggs taught at Syracuse University from 1969 to 1995. He received a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. His publications include Braceros, ‘Wetbacks,’ and the Farm Labor Problem: A History of Mexican Agricultural Labor in the U.S., 1942-1954 and We the Children of Africa in this Land, Alexander Crummell. His son Jeffrey Scruggs and wife Robbin Mitchell have established the Otey and Barbara Scruggs History Fund.

“You do not know, nor can you suppose, how hard it is for the man of color to live in this northern land.”

How Migration to New York Shaped the Politics of Race and Citizenship in Late-19th Century Cuba

Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof

Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof

University of Michigan

Dr. Hoffnung-Garskof is associate professor of American culture and history and director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Michigan. He is the author of the book A Tale of Two Cities: Santo Domingo and New York after 1950.

Responses by: 

 Andrew Wender Cohen, Department of History

Gladys McCormick, Department of History

Maxwell Hall, Room 204

Monday, October 6

Reception following the lecture
Guests are welcome and no RSVP is required

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For more information about this event, contact Carol Faulkner, Professor of History at cfaulkne@maxwell.syr.edu

This event is presented in conjunction with the celebration of the 90th anniversary of the Maxwell School.

The History Department is one of the oldest departments in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, having granted its first Ph.D. in 1883.

For undergraduates, the department focuses on the broad relevance of history to a variety of careers — given the discipline’s emphasis on research, writing, and critical thinking. All students complete an original research project, either through the required senior research seminar or the BA with Distinction. Our active chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society, plans field trips and hosts graduate school and career workshops. Undergraduate majors have gone on to careers in law, politics, education, journalism, business, and medicine.

Our graduate program is characterized by close intellectual and working relationships between students and faculty. Recent graduates have received appointments on college and university faculties, in libraries and archives, and in federal and state government agencies.

The department includes 26 current and 10 emeritus faculty members, and many have received national and international recognition for their work. The faculty includes historians of the United States, Europe, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia, and the Ancient World.  In addition to geographic and chronological focuses, our colleagues teach in fields such as political, social, military, and cultural history, with particular interest in political violence, empire, religion, law, women, gender and sexuality, labor, race and ethnicity, and intellectual history.

Understanding history — the record of what people have thought, said, and done — is essential in understanding the world of today. Undergraduate and graduate students explore not only events of the past, but their meaning and implications for our own lives. For more information visit  The Maxwell School Department of History.