My name is Professor Joan Waugh and I teach nineteenth century U.S. history here at UCLA. The above inspirational quote has been a favorite of mine for years, guiding my own teaching philosophy. This year, I have the pleasure of serving as the vice chair of undergraduate studies for our department. I invite students to become regular readers of "News from the Sixth Floor," and look forward to hearing comments from you on how we can improve our major to make your experience even more fulfilling and worthwhile.
As a UCLA graduate, I have experienced just about everything this wonderful campus has to offer, and consider myself extremely fortunate to be a member of a world class faculty. From the time I taught my first undergraduate history class at UCLA twelve years ago, my goal has been to instill in my students a love and respect for history. This goal I know is shared by my colleagues and I am proud to be part of a university and a department that respects the art the craft of instruction, whether it is a large lecture class, in one of the small seminars (97 or 191), or sponsoring an honor's thesis.
"News from the Sixth Floor" aims to inform you of the events, programs, classes, and other opportunities that come your way as a history major. We will strive to publicize the many honors, awards, and distinctions of our current students, but also highlight selected alumni as they attain positions in law, journalism, business, and public service. In short, our newsletter -- along with our website, twitter, Facebook, and e-mail blasts -- will keep you up to date on the latest and most interesting developments in our departmental offerings.
Professor Joan Waugh researches and writes researches and writes about nineteenth-century America, specializing in the Civil War and Reconstruction. She is author of Ulysses S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth and has been interviewed for many documentaries, including the PBS series, “American Experience” on Ulysses S. Grant first shown in 2002. Waugh teaches the “Civil War and Reconstruction,” and “America from 1865-1900” undergraduate lecture courses at UCLA. She has been honored with three prizes for her teaching, including UCLA’s “Distinguished Teaching Award.”
Have any questions about the major? Your progress? Course advice? Visit Paul in his office at Bunche 6248 located just across from the 6th floor elevators.
Paul Padilla is a History Department Undergraduate counselor. He completed both his undergraduate and graduate work at UCLA in history, and has taught at Occidental College and Cal State Long Beach. Before joining the History Department staff, Mr. Padilla counseled students in the College of Letters & Science counseling office.
History is one of the most flexible and far-ranging fields of study. It is excellent preparation for a wide variety of fields -- law, teaching, business, public service, journalism, and even medicine. Increasingly, the professions and professional schools are looking for applicants who have broad interests and backgrounds, as well as analytical and verbal skills rather than narrow field specialization.
Don't just take our word for it - listen to our 2012 Commencement Speaker Chester Pipkin, founder, CEO and chairman of the board of Belkin International.
Class of 2012
Nicholas Primo's Honor's Thesis, "They Reaped the Whirlwind," A Comparative Case Study of John Mosby's 43rd Virginia Cavalry Battalion and William Quantrill's Missouri Raider as Examples of Guerrilla Warfare in the American Civil War," (Advisor: Joan Waugh) received the First Prize of the Carey McWilliams Award. Nicholas' thesis described and analyzed the very different legal, military, and home front environments in which the two most infamous guerilla, or in the case of Mosby, “partisan” units operated in during the Civil War. He examined both the leaders and their followers, assessed their overall record in light of both the historical record and the romanticized version of their exploits during and after the War. His interpretative framework for his thesis was the striking difference between the “real” and the “imagined” reputation of both units, creating a heroic ideal of warfare that raised morale during the war and contributed mightily to the “Lost Cause” myth of the Confederacy in the post war era.
Nick is currently a student in the Master's Program in Public Policy at Pepperdine University.
Class of 2005
Though Sharon Park, Class of 2005, excelled in her study of the past while at UCLA, she now finds great success working for a company of the future: Google. Explaining her role within Google's advertising division, Park says: "Much of my work is communicating with ad agencies and helping them to run display advertising successfully. I do a lot of public speaking and my audience ranges from internal Google teams to VPs of media at Fortune 500 companies."
Park admits her degree in history helped her to be a more polished writer and speaker -- two qualities necessary in the advertising world. Completing a rigorous thesis project also had its benefits: "Writing my thesis taught me how to endure a long, long road and to produce a great finished product. I learned a lot about managing a big project and seeing it through to completion."
During her undergraduate career, Park worked with many faculty members and advises students to "find a faculty member, and pull their wings over you... Go to office hours all the time, even if you have nothing to talk about. Their knowledge will come pouring out."
Class of 2010
Danny Rees, an Illinois native and member of the 2010 graduating class, came to UCLA with two major responsibilities: maintaining a stellar academic record and balancing an intense training and game schedule while on the varsity UCLA Football team. Rees is currently finding success in commercial real estate, where he finds the skills he learned as an undergraduate help him often: "I've found that the preparation it takes to be successful on history exams and presentations have greatly aided me in the working world. I must know a prospective client inside and out and feel confident in presenting myself in a logical and cogent manner. In my history courses, I learned how to present my historical opinions, and through my work and research, persuade a professor for a good grade. In real estate, you also need to tell a story (about the market, your team, and why it benefits them to use us) and persuade clients why you are the right person for the job."
Class of 2010
Kate Dabbert is currently in her second year of law school at NYU. She spent last summer as an intern at the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland in Galway working on international human rights issues. She will spend this upcoming summer at a law firm in San Diego before beginning a full-time career in law.
One of her favorite memories of the program was writing her honors thesis: “I was lucky in the timing of my thesis because I was able to study and research Abraham Lincoln in historical memory upon his 200th birthday... I have since come to appreciate how unique this opportunity was. At many other
universities, students do not have the same kind of program to take them through the research and writing process, and many certainly do not have the same opportunities to work with the quality of faculty I experienced at UCLA.”
Reflecting on some tips for current students, Dabbert reccommends Professor Teo Ruiz’s motto “Do not postpone joy.”
Class of 2011
Barry Goldenberg, UCLA Class of 2011, is currently a first year Master of Arts student in the History and Education program at Teachers College, Columbia University and a Graduate Student Fellow at the Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME). His research focuses on the history of schooling with a particular emphasis on the history of public schools in Harlem. In Fall 2012 he will begin work on another project called Youth Historians in Harlem working with high school urban youth in an after-school program promoting the study of history and helping them become critical researchers. Barry intends to apply to Ph.D programs upon the completion of his MA with the hope of becoming a university professor.
Winner of the Carey McWilliams Prize for best senior honors thesis--a project entitled “The Unknown Architects of Civil Rights: Thaddeus Stevens, Ulysses S. Grant, and Charles Sumner” -- Barry reflects fondly on his experience within the department, citing his advisor Joan Waugh and Professors Brenda Stevenson and Bill Worger as major inspirations. His advice for current students within the department: "Soak it all up! Make connections with professors and seek out all the great opportunities that come with being part of such a wonderful and highly-acclaimed department. If you stick your neck out just a bit, the rewards for getting involved with the department—whether it be to getting to know faculty, doing an honors thesis, joining the history society, or just hearing guest lectures—are immense!"
Introduction to Western Civilization: Ancient Civilizations, Prehistory to Circa A.D. 843
Mc Clendon, Muriel C.
Introduction to Western Civilization: Circa A.D. 843
to Circa 1715
Introduction to History of Science: Scientific Revolution
Introduction to Asian Civilizations: History of India
History of Africa to 1800
History of China: 1000 to 1950
Dubois, Ellen C.
History of the U.S. and Its Colonial Origins: 19th Century
Ruiz, Teofilo F.
Plato's Republic: Equality, Gender, and Freedom
Von Glahn, Richard
World History, circa 600 to 1760
World History, circa 600 to 1760
Luckett, Matthew S
Movies, Memory, and Myth in American West
Abu-rish, Ziad Munif
History of State Formation in Modern Arab Middle East
Merchants and Cities in Early Modern Mediterranean
Gutfreund, Zevi Moses
Education and Social Justice in U.S.
Sanders, Carrie Marie
Mediterranean History: Cross-Cultural Interactions
Variable Topics in European History: Russian Revolution
Variable Topics in European History: Genocide and
History: Case of European Jews in 1940s
Mc Clendon, Muriel C.
Unsolved Mysteries of Early Modern European World
Intellectual History and Early Modern
Taback, Naomi Johanna
Variable Topics in European History
Variable Topics in U.S. History: F
Hirshberg, Lauren Beth
Variable Topics in U.S. History: War On? Tracing Narrative
Roots of U.S. National Security
Variable Topics in U.S. History: Capitalism and Democracy
in U.S. at Turn of 20th Century
Hernandez, Carlos Armando
Narco-mundo: How Narcotraficantes Gained
Control of Northern Mexico
Topics in World History: History of Indian Ocean
Topics in World History: Indian Ocean in World History
Ancient Egyptian Civilization
Morony, Michael G.
Survey of Middle East, 500 to Present: 1300 to 1700
Armenia from Cilician Kingdom through Periods of Foreign Domination and National Stirrings, 11th to 19th Centuries
Topics in Middle Eastern History: Modern
Phillips, David D.
History of Ancient Greece: Classical Period
Mellor, Ronald J.
History of Rome from Death of Caesar to Time of Constantine
Good, Leanne Marie
Medieval Europe, 400 to 1000
History of Modern Europe: Baroque Culture and Absolutist Politics, 1600 to 1715
History of Modern Europe: Era of Total War, 1914 to 1945
Cultural and Intellectual History of Modern Europe, 15th Century
Cultural and Intellectual History of Modern Europe, 19th Century
Ford, Caroline C.
History of France: France, 1715 to 1871
Economic History of Europe, 20th Century
Making of Modern Britain, 1715 to 1867
Yirush, Craig B.
Revolutionary America, 1760 to 1800
U.S., Civil War and Reconstruction
20th-Century U.S. History since 1960
Avila, Eric R.
American Popular Culture
Constitutional History of U.S.: Origins and Development of Constitutionalism in U.S.
Critical Issues in U.S.-Philippine Relations
History of Deaf Communities in America
North American Indian History, Precontact to 1830
History of Chicano Peoples
Avila, Eric R.
Understanding Whiteness in American History and Culture
Topics in Latin American History: 19th-Century Freemasonry in U.S. and Mexico
Brazil and Atlantic World, 1500 to 1822
History of West Africa: West Africa since 1800
Wong, R. Bin
Selected Topics in Chinese History from 1500
Japanese History: Modern, 1868 to Present
Indo-Islamic Interactions, 700 to 1750
History of Southeast Asia: Early History of Southeast Asia
Historical Perspectives on Gender and Science
Myers, David N.
European Jewry, 1881 to Present
Jewish Civilization: Encounter with Great World Cultures
American Jewish Experience
Religions of Ancient Near East
Religious Environment of Early Christians
Advanced Honors Seminars: Advanced Honors Seminar for History 139A, Lecture 1
Advanced Honors Seminars: Advanced Honors Seminar for History M186B, Lecture 1
Mellor, Ronald J.
Ancient History: Emperor Augustus
History -- Europe: Stalinism and Terror
Ford, Caroline C.
History -- Europe
Desveaux, James Alexander
CAPPP Washington, DC, Research Seminars
Latin America: Latin America, Slavery, and Slave Trade, 1500 to 1888
Morony, Michael G.
Near East: Islamic Thought: First Four Centuries
East Asia: Family, Gender, and Sexuality in Early Modern and Modern China
Weiner, Dora B.
Science/Technology: Citizen-Patient in Historical and International Perspective*
Africa: Indian Ocean Africa
Religion: Muslims, Saints, and Social History
Jewish History: Debates in Historiography of the Holocaust
History -- Southeast Asia
History -- India: Mughals, Safavids, and Ottomans from 1500 to 1750
*Note from the editors:
Our Spring newsletter left out the following 2011-12 Honors Thesis Students:
Wadman, Alexandra. Constantine’s Choice: How the Pressures on The Late Roman Empire and the Development of Philosophical and Popular Christianity Influenced Constantine’s Endorsement of the Christian Church, 250-312 C.E. S. Scott Bartchy, Advisor
Highest Honors, noted for Scholarly Distinction
Lichterman, Jake. A Tragic Misinterpretation: Anti-Semitism and the New Testament. S. Scott Bartchy, Advisor
Those students interested in pursuing a rigorous academic research project may wish to explore the Department's Honors Thesis program. Students submit an application with an outline of their project, solicit faculty sponsorship, and embark on a three-quarter long process (beginning during Spring of their Junior year and ending Winter quarter of their senior year) of reading, research, and writing. Completing an Honors Thesis is a great opportunity to explore historical questions that most interest you, to connect with faculty members, and to produce an original piece of scholarship.
MARY RITTER BEARD AWARD
Benjamin Michael Steiner
“Building a Jewish Feminism: from Theory to Theology”
Advisor: Ellen DuBois
Brigid Olive Leahy
“Women in Ancient Egypt: Legal Equality through Economic Significance”
CAREY MCWILLIAMS AWARD
“They Reaped the Whirlwind. A Comparative Case Study of John Mosby’s 43rd Virginia Cavalry Battalion and William Quantrill’s Missouri Raiders as Examples of Guerrilla Warfare in the American Civil War”
Advisor: Joan Waugh
Zoe Rose Buonaiuto
“Oeil pour oeil: Simone de Beauvoir on Punishment in Postwar France”
Advisor: Lynn Hunt
Noted for Scholarly Distinction
Stephanie Kate Dyar
Joshua Evan Goldman
Ethan M. Scapellati
Kirk Daniel Sharma
Alexandra Marie Wadman
Jon William Zinke-Zagarella
Fall Quarter 2012 featured exciting talks such as "Inside an 18th Century Brothel", "Hobos in Heaven: Manifest Destiny and the Rise of Mass Incarceration in the American West, 1880-1910", and "The Life of a Graduate Student and Insider Tips to Students from a Furture Professor".
Speakers for our upcoming Winter and Spring programs will be announced at a future date.