Department News


Current Highlights

March 2015- Professor Grandjean was interviewed by the Boston Globe about her new publication, read about it here.

She will be speaking at the Natick Historical Society on April 22nd.

January 2015- Professor Grandjean's new book, American Passage: The Communications Frontier in Early New England, now onsale for order online, will be available in stores January 2015. 

November 24, 2014- Professor Kapteijns was awarded the Ogot Book Award Honorable Mention by the African Studies Association for her book, Clan Cleansing in Somalia: The Ruinous Legacry of 1991

November 13, 2014 - Professor Kapteijns was mentioned in the New York Times article Nuruddin Farah: By the Book." Farah said, "The best book about recent events in Somalia is undoubtedly Clan Cleansing in Somalia, by Lidwien Kapteijns, a must-read for anyone wanting to unravel the complicated nature of our civil war." When asked, "If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be?" Farah answered, "If I were in a position to do so, I would make it compulsory for every Somali politician to read Clan Cleansing in Somalia." Click here to read the rest of the article. Clan Cleansing in Somalia is now available in paperback here.

August 7, 2014 - Professor Grandjean was awarded the Douglas Adair Memorial Prize for her article "New World Tempests: Environment, Scarcity, and the Coming of the Pequot War" in the January 2011 issue of the William and Mary Quarterly. The Douglass Adair Memorial Prize is given biennially to the best article published in the William and Mary Quarterly during the preceding six years.

July 8, 2014 - Professor Grote won the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships for Scholars in Critical Bibliography at the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia. To read more, click here.

July 1, 2014 - Professor Greer was appointed as the Knafel Assistant Professor of Social Sciences.

May 21, 2014 - Professor Kapteijns' research on Somali music was the daily shot and article of the day on the Wellesley home page.  To read the article, click here.

April 3, 2014 - Professor Kapteijns was interviewed by Afropop Worldwide's Hipdeep program about Somali songs during the nationalist era. To read the interview click here, or to listen, click here. For more information about Professor Kapteijns, click here

March 4, 2014 -  Professor Nina Tumarkin was interviewed by KPCC Southern California Public Radio's Air Talk on Russia's interests in Crimea. Click here to listen to the interview.

March 3, 2014 — Professor Guy Rogers wrote an article about his Massive Open Online Course (MOOC,) History 229X "Was Alexander Great?" for Wellesley's new EdX program. Read what he has to say about the course so far here.

January 21, 2014 — Professor Nina Tumarkin was interviewed by "The Voice of Russia," the international broadcasting service of the Russian government, for the 90th anniversary of Lenin's death. Click here to listen to or read the interview and learn more about Lenin's legacy.