University at Albany

Excellence in Research

Each year, the University at Albany honors special members of its community with Excellence Awards denoting exceptional contributions to the life of the campus. Four faculty members received this tribute in 2011 for Excellence in Research.

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Professor Iris Berger’s career exemplifies the high standards of the Excellence in Research and Creative Activities Award. Through her many publications, Professor Berger has fundamentally shaped the fields of African history, gender history and working class history for four decades. Early on she emerged at the forefront of a dramatic transformation when the study of history began to look at the lives of everyday people. She has been a pioneer in the fields of social history and the history of African women. She overcame cultures with no written traditions, unorganized and underfunded archives, and societies with closed political systems. To do so, she mastered multiple languages, and traveled the globe to conduct interviews where no other documentation was available. She draws on many other disciplines such as anthropology, archeology and linguistics to ask new questions about the people she studies. Her efforts have resulted in a sustained, prolific record of publication recognized for its excellence by her peers.

She has been elected Vice President for Research of the American Historical Association, the largest and most eminent historical association in the world. Professor Berger has published three single-authored books with a fourth to come out soon. She has co-authored a fifth book and co-edited a collection of essays that set the standard in her field. She was associate editor of Oxford University Press’s Encyclopedia of Women in World History. She has published 28 articles, including some that are considered as having set standards in her field and that continue to be read by students and scholars. Her publications have appeared in her field’s most prestigious, top-tier journals and she has presented scholarly works in over 115 international conferences.

Excellence in Research

Iris Berger JoAnne Carson Istvan Kecskes Fatemeh Shahedipour-Sandvik
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Fatemeh Shahedipour-Sandvik
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