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Prof. Donald T. Critchlow’s book, “American Political History: A Very Short Introduction” is set to be published in February 2015. His new book explores the nature of the two-party system, key turning points in American political history, representative presidential and congressional elections, struggles to expand the electorate, and critical social protest and third-party movements. Donald Critchlow is a professor of history and serves as Director of the ASU Center for Political Thought and Leadership.

Regents' Professor Rebecca Tsosie has been named associate vice provost for academic excellence and inclusion, and as such will engage indigenous communities. Tsosie, who is of Yaqui descent, is a Regents’ Professor teaching in the fields of Indian law, constitutional law, property and critical race theory. She is a founding co-chair of the Provost’s Native American Advisory Council. She is the co-author of a leading casebook on federal Indian law, as well as the author of numerous publications on tribal sovereignty, environmental policy and cultural rights.

Prof. Phil VanderMeer’s book, “Burton Barr: Political Leadership and the Transformation of Arizona” has just been published. There was a successful book launch event at the Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix on November 13 at which Prof. VanderMeer spoke, followed by a panel discussion whose panelists included Alfredo Gutierrez, Marty Schultz, and Richard de Uriarte. 

Prof. Mark von Hagen will be delivering a briefing to Congress on the historical roots of the crisis in Ukraine in January.  The session is organized by the National History Center and funded by the Mellon Foundation; it is intended to be nonpartisan and to avoid advancing particular policy prescriptions. In September, Prof. von Hagen delivered the keynote lecture in Lviv, Ukraine for a conference on "World War: the Ukrainian Dimension," co-hosted by the Ukrainian National University in Lviv, the Ukrainian Catholic University, and the US Embassy in Kyiv, among others.  

News and Events

Rebecca Keller, professor at the School of Art Institute of Chicago, is teaching the annual public history short course at Arizona State University.

Arizona State University's School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies has hired Jonathan Barth as an assistant professor of history of capitalism and political economy. Barth will join the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies faculty in the fall of 2015.

Rich Lowry, the New York Times bestselling author and editor of National Review, draws us back to the lessons of Lincoln both in his book “Lincoln Unbound” and in a public lecture at Arizona State University titled “Abraham Lincoln and the American Idea.” The lecture will take place on January 22, 2015 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm.

Arizona State University has launched the Provost's Humanities Fellows Program to boost book publication and career support for 10 emerging leaders.

Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, a professor in ASU’s School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies and director of the Center for Jewish Studies, has been at the forefront of this work. Her research includes a project exploring the challenges of transhumanism in collaboration with ASU’s Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict.

Andrew Bacevich, former Army officer, bestselling author and professor of international relations and history, will give a free public lecture titled "The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism" Oct. 23.