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Last week, a high school freshman’s history homework made the news. When Cece Walsh’s public school in Cambridge, Massachusetts, asked her to list “Positive” and “Negative Effects of Imperialism,” she filled in the second column but left the…

The Society for Historians of the Early American Republic is pleased to announce the inaugural class of recipients for its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fellowships.  This fellowship comes with a cash prize to support research expenses as well…

Seeking asylum in El Paso, Texas, March 2019
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Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, millions of Americans have commiserated with the plight of Ukrainian refugees who are being forced to flee their country. But many of these same Americans remain oblivious or unsympathetic to the continuing…

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The language of “sacrifice” reveals we’re stuck in a colonial mindset.

Climate activism in the United States and Europe is typically framed as sacrifice for the sake of future generations: We must consume less now to extend the expiration…

Workmen in Newark prepare to replace older water pipes with copper ones in October 2021. (Seth Wenig/AP)

The harms of lead pipes have long been understood, but industry PR efforts and fiscal concerns led America to embrace them anyway.

In his State of the Union address last week, President Biden spoke about the importance of replacing lead…

Londa Schiebinger’s Gendered Innovations Project’s case study on Inclusive Crash Test Dummies features in a U.S. Congressional effort to include latest generation female crash test dummies in new car testing. The issue is that current female…

Professor James Millward (Georgetown University) joins the History Department as a Visiting Scholar in the 2022 Winter Quarter.

Professor Milward received his PhD from Stanford History, studying with the late Professor Harold Kahn. One of…

Background: In recent years, interest has grown in whether and to what extent demographic diversity sparks discovery and innovation in research. At the same time, topic modeling has been employed to discover differences in what women and men…

Professor Londa Schiebinger discusses bias and how to remove it from research practices.

“It’s called implicit bias. No one intends to be biased; they just have assumptions from their own experiences and those assumptions don’t really…

Professor Monica Green joins the Department in Winter 2022 as Suppes Visiting Professor.

Professor Green is a distinguished medieval historian and historian of science and medicine who has previously…