U.S. History

Women Tell Women’s History in Oxford Handbook

December 20, 2018
Ellen Hartigan-O’Connor and Lisa Materson, collaborators in research and teaching of women’s and gender history at UC Davis for 10 years, were keenly aware of many fascinating stories about women in history, as uncovered by female historians. But getting those stories into the big narratives of history was more than one or two people could accomplish. Then Oxford University Press asked the scholars, both associate professors of history in the College of Letters and Science, to create a women’s history handbook.

Book on Ghost Dance Wins Bancroft Prize for History

March 13, 2018
Louis Warren, the W. Turrentine Jackson Professor of U.S. Western History at UC Davis, was named winner of a 2018 Bancroft Prize for his book, God's Red Son: The Ghost Dance Religion and the Making of Modern America.

Historian's Impact: A New National Monument

January 26, 2017
Historian Gregory Downs has devoted much of his career to setting the record straight on Reconstruction. He says a new national park will go farther than any of his scholarly publications in reversing a public amnesia about " “the most misunderstood period in U.S. history.”

Teacher Workshop on Transcontinental Railroad to Make Another Run

October 30, 2016
A UC Davis-run workshop that brings the history of the Transcontinental Railroad to life for schoolteachers is back on track for summer 2017, thanks to a fourth round of funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historians Named to Honor Roll of Speakers

June 14, 2016
Four more faculty members of the Department of History have been named to the Organization of American Historians’ Distinguished Lectureship Program. With their appointments, UC Davis now has eight historians in the speakers bureau.