News and Events


Sep 17, 2014

Kyle Pitzer, who received his M.A. in History in May 2014, completed a story on the Occupy Dayton movement shortly before his death this summer in a car accident.  The story aired on September 17, 2014, and can be heard here:  The story shows Kyle's gifts as an historian: an attention to detail, a concern for real people, and the ability to tell a story.  We miss him.

Sep 4, 2014

Please join us for a lecture and presentation by Dr. Issam Nassar, Department of History, Illinois State University.  Examining photos of the failed Ottoman attempt to seize the Suez Canal in 1915, Dr. Nassar will discuss the Ottoman preparations for war and the role that photography played in the First World War.

Time and Place: Thursday September 18, 6:00-8:00 pm, 109 Oelman Hall

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Aug 22, 2014
National Science Foundation administrator and Wright State alumna Jean Feldman will discuss the NSF grant process on Aug. 22.
Aug 15, 2014
Photo of Prof. Paul Lockhart

Prof. Paul Lockhart has been named the Brage Golding Distinguished Professor of Research for 2014-18.  This 3-year position recognizes Prof. Lockhart's distinguished scholarship in American military history and early modern Scandinavian history.  Prof. Lockhart's recent monographs include The Drillmaster of Valley Forge: The Baron de Steuben and the Making of the American Army (Smithsonian Books/Harper Collins, 2008) and The Whites of Their Eyes: Bunker Hill, the First...

Aug 12, 2014
Photo of Mark Benbow, outstanding alumnus for WSU Department of History 2014

The Department of History is pleased to announce that Mark E. Benbow, Ph.D. (M.A., WSU, 1983), has been named the department's Outstanding Alumnus for 2014.  Dr. Benbow is currently an Assistant Professor of History at Marymount University (VA).  Previously he worked on national security issues for the federal government and also served as the Historian at the Woodrow Wilson House Museum in Washington, D.C.  He currently also serves as the Director of the Arlington Historical Museum in...

Jul 9, 2014
Cover image of Drew Swanson's book, A Golden Weed

Prof. Drew Swanson's 2nd book, A Golden Weed: Tobacco and Environment in the Piedmont South (Yale UP, 2014), explores the social, environmental, cultural, and racial history of the Piedmont.  Prof. Swanson argues that tobacco, which was ultimately damaging to the environment, actually made agrarian and financial sense for the southern planters.  Prof. Swanson teaches courses in environmental and U.S. history at WSU.

Jun 11, 2014
Full-sized replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer was built by a group of skilled volunteers and has been hanging in Wright State’s Dunbar Library since 2001.
May 6, 2014
Photo of outstanding History department graduates.

On Friday, May 2, the College of Liberal Arts held its annual ceremony to recognize an outstanding graduate from each department and program.  Two students from the Department of History were honored: Sarah Aisenbrey was named the outstanding graduate student, and Joseph Bradley-Hutchison was named the outstanding undergraduate student.  They are pictured here with Carol Herringer, Chair of the Department of History, before the ceremony.  Congratulations, and best wishes in the future!

May 1, 2014
The testimonials from eager and thankful liberal arts students painted a clear picture—they value their chances to shine in professional environments as much as they value their entire educational experience.
May 1, 2014

The primary goal for The Magnificent Seven is to help all seven members of the group earn promotion to full professor. The story of this unique group began in the fall of 2006 in the College of Liberal Arts, and it all started with stickers. Dr. Noeleen McIlvenna (aka Dr. No), Associate Professor in the History department, complained to Dr. Sarah Twill, Associate Professor in the Social Work department, that she was having trouble finding time for scholarship. Dr. Twill presented a...