California State Historian II Civil Service Exam

Applications are open until March 6 to apply to take the State Historian II Civil Service Exam. In order to be eligible to work in California State Parks as a permanent staff member, applicants must pass this exam.

For the first time, the exam is on-line with no personal interview requirement to get on the state’s hiring list. It is fully weighted toward Training and Experience of the candidate. For full classification specs, see the following:

See the attached pdf for the full announcement: StateHistorian II 9PR02

Call for Papers: “Sovereignty and Power” at UCR May 17-18, 2019

Call for Papers

University of California, Riverside
Graduate History Conference
“Sovereignty and Power”
May 17-18, 2019

   The History Graduate Student Association at UC Riverside is now accepting abstracts for 20-minute paper presentations related to the theme “Sovereignty and Power.” We will have a keynote speaker (TBD), as well as a professionalization workshop (TBD) on the second day of the conference.

   How does sovereignty interact within and without power structures? How do nations interact within a dominant cultural or economic hegemony? How do individuals act as sovereign over themselves or groups? How is sovereignty expressed differently depending on local, global, and imperial contexts? How do individuals or groups adapt the rhetoric of sovereignty in the face of internal/external pressures? In what ways does power inhibit or promote claims of sovereignty?

How does sovereignty and/or power intersect with:

  • Nations, Nationhood, and “Imagined Communities” (Anderson 1983)
  • Identity Politics
  • Religion and Religiosity
  • Gender
  • Monarchy, Oligarchy, Democracy, and/or Tyranny
  • Empire, Expansion, and Confrontation
  • Land Stewardship and Natural Resources
  • The Built Environment
  • Rhetoric and Advertising
  • Cultural Practices
  • Language Retention

   Papers in history and related disciplines, regardless of geographic or temporal boundaries, are welcome. We invite submissions for individual papers from MA and PhD level students. Abstracts should include a working title and brief description of the main argument.

   Please send a 300-word abstract and a one-page CV to by February 15th, 2019. Acceptance notifications will be sent out in March 2019. The HGSA is currently unable to provide travel bursaries at this time, but we encourage applicants to seek travel funding from their home institutions.



Public History Jobs

   If you are on the job market or just trying to keep abreast of the job market, please note the following Public History positions. Of course, check H-Net and elsewhere for a more complete listing. The deadlines are all asap.

  • UNC Greensboro’s Department of History is seeking candidates for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Public History. The History Department currently offers a Master’s in History with a concentration in Museum Studies and a PhD with a Public History Minor and is expanding its undergraduate public history offerings. The Master’s program merges theory and practice with traditional history courses, internships, and year-long public history capstone projects. See job posting at
  • UMass Boston seeks qualified applicants for a tenure track assistant professor position in Public History. Teaching responsibilities include courses in Public History and U.S. Labor/Working Class History.  For details, please see H-Net:
  • The University of Oregon (UO-Portland) School of Architecture and Environment invites applications for the Art DeMuro Professor in Historic Preservation, a full-time, endowed tenure-related position at the rank of assistant or associate professor at the UO’s Portland, Oregon location to begin September 2019. Candidates should have the potential to make a strong contribution in research, teaching, and service to the program’s nationally-recognized professional master’s degree program in the Historic Preservation Program and the affiliated architecture program. We especially welcome applicants who will engage a rigorous and innovative research/practice at the forefront of cultural resource management, heritage conservation, or building science. Applications due Nov 15. To apply, go to:
  • The Department of History at the University of Colorado Denver invites applications for an assistant or associate professor position in public history, emphasizing museum studies, community studies, and digital studies, with a specialty in the American West. The Department seeks a dynamic scholar-teacher who has both practical experience and theoretical knowledge of the field of public history. Our future colleague should be able to engage with our vibrant local public history community to facilitate internships and collaborations. In addition to promise of research, the successful candidate will have demonstrated success in teaching, mentoring, and inspiring students of diverse ethnicities, nationalities, and genders, including first-generation undergraduates. Applicants must hold a doctorate in history when the position begins in August 2019.For more information and to apply for the position, visit (job number 14739). Direct questions to Marjorie Levine-Clark at Applications received by November 1, 2018 will receive full consideration; however, applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.