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Gary Marker
Department Chair and Professor of History

Department News

New Book by Faculty Member Eric Beverley on South Asian History

Beverley, Eric Lewis. Hyderabad, British India, and the World: Muslim Networks and Minor Sovereignty, C. 1850-1950. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press, 2015. 361 pp. ISBN: 9781107091191



This examination of the formally autonomous state of Hyderabad in a global comparative framework challenges the idea of the dominant British Raj as the sole sovereign power in the late colonial period. Beverley argues that Hyderabad’s position as a subordinate yet sovereign ‘minor state’ was not just a legal formality, but that in exercising the right to internal self-government and acting as a conduit for the regeneration of transnational Muslim intellectual and political networks, Hyderabad was indicative of the fragmentation of sovereignty between multiple political entities amidst Empires. By exploring connections with the Muslim world beyond South Asia, law and policy administration along frontiers with the colonial state and urban planning in expanding Hyderabad City, Beverley presents Hyderabad as a locus for experimentation in global and regional forms of political modernity. This book recasts the political geography of late imperialism and historicises Muslim political modernity in South Asia and beyond.


JAH Article: Historians and the Carceral State

A special issue of The Journal of American History’s “Historians and the Carceral State”is now available.  Given the immediacy of the topic and recent events, the JAH has decided to make all articles in this issue free to the public via its website.  The articles are available on the site as either a PDF or online version for free and without a JAH subscription at:  http://www.journalofamericanhistory.org/issues/1021/index.html

Article by Professor Robert T. Chase:
We Are Not Slaves: Rethinking the Rise of Carceral States through the Lens of the Prisoners’ Rights Movement;,



History Professor Queensborough Community College and Northern New York prisons expert Jeff Hall weighs in on the manhunt for two prison escapees in upstate New York.  Jeff Hall, Stony Brook University History Department, 2014: Prisonland: Environment, Society, and Mass Incarceration on New York’s Northern Frontier, 1845-1999.

NEW YORK TIMES – June 9, 2015

Tunnels, Disguises and Sewers: Clinton Prison’s Inmates have Found Many Ways to Flee


CNN – June 10, 2015

Manhunt Widens After Possible Fugitive Sighting



Prison Historian discusses Dannemora’s Prisoner Escape Annals


SOUNDCLOUD – June 10, 2015History Professor on Dannemora/Clinton State Prison


CTV NewsChannel – June 10, 2015  https://www.facebook.com/CTVNewsChannel/videos/916166301778035/?pnref=story

WNYC – NPR “All Things Considered” – June 11, 2015

Prison Breaks Past: Several Inmates Have Tried To Escape From NY Prison





Zolov as Guest on “Fresh Outlook” to Discuss US-Cuban Relations

Eric Zolov appeared as a guest specialist on the cable news program, “Fresh Outlook,” to discuss the removal of Cuba from the U.S. State Department’s list of sponsors of international terrorism.

Zolov on Fresh Outlook


Congratulations to Stony Brook History PhD student María-Clara Torres Bustamante who won a 2015 Inter-American Foundation (IAF) Grassroots Development Field Research Fellowship for her dissertation “Coca in Colombia: The Roots of an Illegal Peasant Crop, 1950-1995″

Humanities Institute Event on 4/14/2015 featuring History Department Faculty

Humanities Institute at Stony Brook
Workshop on Gender and Religion
Tuesday, April 14
2:30 – 6:00 pm, Humanities 1008

2:30 – 4:00 Gender, Body, Religion in Modern Africa (Chair: Tracey Walters)
Christian Mobility, Muslim Invisibility: Bodies and Difference in Northern Nigeria
Shobana Shankar, Stony Brook University

Schooling, Spirit Possession, and the “Modern Girl” in Niger
Adeline Masquelier, Tulane University

 4:00 – 4:30 Coffee Break

 4:30 – 6:00 Gender, Body, Religion in the Early Modern Mediterranean (Chair: Sara Lipton)
Help-Mates and Soul Mates: Trans(sexual)migration of Souls in Sixteenth–Century Kabbalah
Joshua Teplitsky, Stony Brook University

Curating the Body in Francisco Delicado’s Retrato de la Lozana Andaluza
Israel Burshatin, Haverford College

 6:00 – 6:30 Comments and General Discussion

 6:30 – 7:00 Reception

Co-sponsored by the Department of History and the Center for the Study of Jewish, Christian, Muslim Relations
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