Since 2008 I have been researching gender, labor, and politics in Puerto Rico in the short but pivotal period 1938-40. I am interested in documenting the relationships among: 1) Puerto Rican working women, especially in needlework and tobacco processing; 2) island political parties, especially the new Popular Democratic Party led by Luis Muñoz Marín; and 3) the U.S. federal government, especially through the Fair Labor Standards Act, a key piece of New Deal legislation. I have done research in several Puerto Rican archives—in San Juan, Rio Piedras, and Mayagüez—and in the U.S, at the National Archives in D.C. and New York City, the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, and the University of Virginia. I have presented my initial findings both on the island, at UPR-Mayagüez, and in the U.S., at Penn State.
History major Gabrielle Brannigan received a scholarship to enter the MA program in Social Studies and Special Education at the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education.
Dr. Takashi Nishiyama has published a book, Engineering War and Peace in Modern Japan, 1868-1964 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014).
Dr. Takashi Nishiyama was interviewed by Mainichi, a major national newspaper in Japan, for the Oct. 3, 2014, issue.
The department hosted an NEH Workshop, Rochester Reform Trail, for K-12 teachers in July 2014.
History major Amy Freeman has published an article on the Eastman Dental Dispensary in the Democrat and Chronicle.
Dr. Takashi Nishiyama was interviewed by Yomuiri, a major national newspaper in Japan.
Dr. Ken O'Brien has been named a SUNY Provost Fellow for the 2013-2014 year.
Dr. Bruce Leslie has been named a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor.
The Malik Lecture will be held on Thursday, February 12, 2015, at 7:30 pm in the lecture hall (room 104) of the Liberal Arts Building.
The Robert Marcus Lecture will be held on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at 7:30 pm in the lecture hall (room 104) of the Liberal Arts Building.