History Spotlight

Recent Awards


Dr. Andrew Milson

College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Teaching Award for Tenured Faculty, 2017-18*

The selection committee, composed of faculty representatives from each academic department in the College, acknolwedged Dr. Milson's leadership role in renewing a focus on Geography in the curriculum within the Department of History. Dr. Milson’s development of new courses and redesign of existing courses have been expanded opportunities for students  the college emphasis on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as a field of interest for liberal arts students. [*Co-winner with Dr. Sonia Kania, Department of Modern Languages]

Dr. Sarah Rose

Philip Taft Prize in Labor and Working-Class History, 2018

Now in its fortieth year, the Taft Prize is presented annually by Cornell University’s ILR School and the Labor and Working-Class History Association (LAWCHA) to the best book in labor and working-class history published in the previous calendar year. The 2018 prize has been awarded to Dr. Sara Rose for her original study No Right to be Idle: The Invention of Disability, 1840s-1930s. The award committee commended Dr. Rose’s book for its deft combination of the new field of disability studies with that of labor history. Committee members noted that her work is “Lucidly written and meticulously researched. No Right to Be Idle makes carefully considered and nuanced arguments about the spectrum of productivity and the changes the transition to mechanized labor brought on the policy front in regard to disability, and, crucially, to the lives of workers we now call disabled.”

Dr. Rose previously received the 2017 Award for Excellence in Research from the New York State Archives and the Archives Partnership Trust. This award is given each year for a scholar whose work utilizes the holdings of the New York State Archives in a creative and insightful way.