Welcome to the Contemporary History Institute

The Contemporary History Institute enjoys a national and international reputation for excellence. It has hosted scholars, speakers and students from around the globe. Through graduate training, research scholarship, and an active series of sponsored events, Ohio University's Contemporary History Institute provides historically grounded analysis of contemporary world affairs at both the national and international levels. Explore the pages of our website to learn more about this unique intellectual enterprise.

The Contemporary History Institute is located in Brown House, a remodeled early 20th-century house located on the College Green. In addition to housing the Institute's central office, Brown House contains a seminar room, a student lounge and computer laboratory, and faculty offices. Brown House is the center for most Institute activities, and because it houses both faculty and students, it provides ample opportunities for the informal contacts that are a special characteristic of this program.

We welcome your further inquiries. Please contact:

Dr. Steven M. Miner, Director
Contemporary History Institute
Brown House
Ohio University
Athens, Ohio 45701

(Tel) 740.593.4362
(Fax) 740.593.0097
(Email) conhist@ohio.edu

News

Steven Miner on CBC radio (2/26/14): Ukrainians Need United Support to Make Their Own Choice.

The 2014 Baker Peace Conference is titled "The First World War." March 20-21, 2014. More details are available - click on Sponsored Events.

Grad Student Publishes Article: Seth Givens, a Ph.D. candidate in the History Department, has published “Liberating the Germans: The US Army and Looting in Germany during the Second World War,” in War in History, v. 21, n. 1, January 2014, pp. 33-54. War in History is a leading peer-review journal in its field. To complete the article, Seth conducted oral history interviews as well as carried out extensive primary research in multiple archives. Seth’s research was supported in part by funding from the Cantigny First Division Foundation, based in Chicago. Seth is a specialist in US military history, and is completing his dissertation under the supervision of Dr. Ingo Trauschweizer, Associate Professor of History. His dissertation examines the US presence in Berlin during the Cold War.

Gerald Goodwin has been awarded the Baker Peace Fellowship for 2013-14. He is completing his dissertation that focuses on the experiences of African Americans in the military during the Vietnam era (1965-1973) and more specifically the ways in which issues deriving from “race” shaped that experience. His research looks at race relations between black and white soldiers in Vietnam, racial tension and violence on American military bases in the post-1968 period, and African American relations with Vietnamese civilians and combatants. Additionally, his research also examines the experiences of African American veterans as they made the difficult transition from military service in Vietnam to civilian life in the United States. He is working under the direction of Chester J. Pach.