Department of History, Sociology & Anthropology

Department News


Emily Dean, Asst. Professor of Anthropology, is currently co-authoring a book (with Bill Sillar) titled Mountains, Myths, and Monuments: An Andean Landscape Biography as well as contributing to an edited volume: Recent Archaeology at Formative Chiripa.

Professor Dean received SUU's Outstanding Educator award in May, co-directed the Archaeology Field-school in June (this year students excavated at Fort Harmony and surveyed public lands in the Cedar area), and -- generously funded by a FSSF research grant -- investigated late Inca occupations in the Cuzco, Peru region in July and August. Recently, she and Barbara Frank renewed a $25,000 collaborative grant with Bryce Canyon National Park. This two year project trains and employs SUU students to help conduct archaeological surveys in the park. Emily is excited about the prospect of helping to design and implement a new Anthropology major in the coming year. Please visit the Archeology Field School for more information.


Dr. Earl Mulderink: The Organization of American Historians named him as the Utah representative for the Western Region of the OAH Membership Committee. This is a five-year appointment that will run through April 30, 2020. 

Dr. Larry Ping has published two recent articles in leading peer-reviewed international journals in German history:

“Gustav Freytag, the Reichsgründung, and the National Liberal Origins of the Sonderweg.” Central European History, Vol. 45, Number 4, December 2012.

“Gustav Freytag’s Bilder aus der deutschen Vergangenheit and the Meaning of German History.” German Studies Review, Vol. XXXII, Number. 3, October 2009.

Dr. Mark E. Miller's new book, Claiming Tribal Identity: The Five Tribes and the Politics of Federal Acknowledgment (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press), was selected for inclusion in Choice’s annual Outstanding Academic Title list for 2014.  In awarding his book this recognition, Choice, Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, notes that less than 3 percent of the more than 25,000 titles submitted for review were named Outstanding Academic Title in 2014.  As Choice noted, these titles “are truly the best of the best.” Claiming Tribal Identity also was a finalist for the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Best Subsequent Book Award for 2013.    

Also he presented "Policing the Boundary of Tribal Identity: The Cherokee Fraudulent Indian Task Force and the Problem of Optional Ethnicity," at the Western History Association Annual Conference, Tucson, Arizona, October 10, 2013. 

Professor Curtis Bostick is looking forward to the Spring semester 2014. He will teach two of his favorite courses: HIST 4600: Women in Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Europe and HIST 4570: The European Witch-hunts. Just recently he submitted a paper for publication on the Malleus Maleficarum (Hammer of Witches;1486-87) and has begun an investigation into 16th century demonological treatises.

Dr. Michelle Orihel, in Fall 2013, will be teaching a new course at SUU on the history of American journalism. Her article on John Adams and the historical memory of the English Revolution of the 1640s was recently published in "The New England Quarterly." (September, 2013). She has also presented her research at two conferences. In February 2013, she presented a paper at the meeting of the Society of Early Americanists in Savannah, Georgia, and, in October, she will present another paper at a conference on "The Revolutionary Atlantic: Acts of Alienation and Sedition, 1780-1830," organized by the Charles Brockden Brown Society and held at the Sorbonne in Paris. Over the summer, Dr. Orihel worked on her book project on the Democratic-Republican Societies, carrying out research at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. and the David Library of the American Revolution in Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania. Phi Alpha Theta: Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4

Dr. David Lunt In addition to teaching courses on Ancient Greece, Western Civilization, World History, Sport History, and American Civilization, Dr. Dave Lunt is continuing his research on ancient Greece and ancient athletics.  In 2014, he participated in an international symposium on Alexander the Great, and he is looking forward to teaching a new course on Alexander and the Hellenistic World in Spring 2016.  Dr. Lunt's most recent project examines Alexander's reluctance to allow his soldiers to participate in contests or sports where one party was forced to surrender.  This paper, "The Thrill of Victory and the Avoidance of Defeat," should be finished soon.  Other ongoing research endeavors include a project on the myth of Prometheus, and an examination of the archaeological contexts from the island of Thasos that relate to the victories and remembrance of an ancient Greek athlete named Theagenes.


Dr. Michael Ostrowsky along with Dr. Kevin Stein, finished their paper “Taco the Puppy is Super Sick: Student Excuses as a Unique Form of Apologia Rhetoric.”  They are presenting this paper at the upcoming Humanities Education and Research Association conference, and the paper is currently under review for publication.  Dr. Ostrowsky has reviewed three manuscripts this year for the following journals: Drug and Alcohol Review; Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health; and Journal of Media and Communication Studies.  Dr. Ostrowsky continues to be a member of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences LRT Committee and he’s glad to be back on the University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.   

Dr. Shobha Hamal Gurung led the SUU Study Abroad in Nepal program in Summer 2013. The program focused on experiential, global, civic and service engagement. During the trip, the Study Abroad group visited various social organizations such as Maiti Nepal, Ama Ghar, and Tiny Home.; attended lectures/talks on Nepal’s social, cultural, and economic issues; and visited many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including major historical and cultural sites in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Dr. Hamal Gurung's scholarly activities include publications and referred conference presentations/ talks. Her most recent peer-reviewed publications include: “Shifting Gender Roles and Shifting Power Relations: Immigrant/Migrant Nepali Families in New York and Los Angeles.” In Living Diaspora–Family, Education and Identity, edited by Georgina Tsolidis, 191-202. London: Springer Publishing Company; and “Gendered Labor: Experiences of Nepali Women Within Pan-Ethnic informal Labor Markets in Boston and New York” (Co-authored with Dr. Bandana Purkayastha). In Immigrant Workers: in the Neoliberal Age, edited by Nilda Flores-Gonzalez et al., 81–95. Chicago: University of Illinois Press.

Some of her recent presentations/talks included “Nepali Migrant Women, their Husbands, and their Transnational Lives: Power and Paradoxes,” American Sociological Association, New York, August 10–13, 2013; “Gender Studies and Global Feminist Partnership, Padma Kanya Multiple College-Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal June 2013; “Teaching Service-Learning Courses: Possibilities and Challenges, Sociologists for Women in Society, New Mexico, February 2–7, 2013; and “Women’s Agency and Activism: From Local to Global Community,”  Sociologists for Women in Society and the Commission on the Status of Women NGO Forum 56 United Nations Headquarters, New York, March 5–8, 2012.

Dr. Andrew VanAlstyne


Dr. Kholoud Al-Qubbaj

Finalized the editing of the book Dimensions of Global Diversity, which was published in 2012 by the University Readers, Inc.

On April 5th, attended the Utah Women in Higher Education Conference “Be A Woman of Influence” at Weber State University.

June 24-27, 2013, worked as a coordinator and moderator for the ”Fourth International Conference on Education and Humanities”, held at SUU, sponsored by the Academic Federation Access for the teachers and faculty from Arabian Gulf countries.



New Tenured Faculty: Shobha Gurung, Michael Ostrowsky, Group Photo
                                       Kholoud Al-Qubbaj, Rank Advancement

Study Abroad: Nepal June 2013: Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4 Photo 5 Photo 6 Photo 7 Photo 8 Photo 9 Photo 10 Photo 11

Archaeology Workshop in Romania June - July 2015 Flyer





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