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Gerber receives China residency


Published June 13, 2013

David Gerber

David Gerber, UB Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of History, has been honored by the Organization of American Historians (OAH) and the American History Research Association of China (AHRAC) with a 2013 China Residency.

Gerber will lead a week-long seminar that marks the first OAH venture into the People’s Republic of China. This event, set to take place this month, is being held at the Northeast Normal University at Changchun, Jilin. It will focus on American social history, an area in which Gerber’s credentials are exceptional. The seminar will cover American ethnicity and immigration law and policy, topics examined in his book “American Immigration: A Very Short Introduction.”

“In addition to gaining insights into the most dynamic society in the world, I am most interested in learning how the work of the American historians has been conceived of by Chinese historians,” says Gerber.

The recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Gerber has received several awards for his contribution to the study of American history. Among them are the 2008 Rita Lloyd Moroney Award for Scholarship in Postal History from the U.S. Postal Service for his critically acclaimed book “Authors of Their Lives: The Personal Correspondence of British Immigrants to North America in the Nineteenth Century” (2006, NYU Press) and the 2001 Carleton Qualey Prize from the Immigration and Ethnic History Society for the best article published in the Journal of American Ethnic History during 2000.

In addition, his book “The Making of An American Pluralism: Buffalo, New York, 1825-1860” won the 1990 Herbert Gutman Prize for the best book in American social history published by the University of Illinois Press.

Besides the opportunity to share his expertise with students and scholars from across China, Gerber will receive round-trip airfare, as well as per diem funding to cover living expenses.


Mazel Tov and congrats, David. I'm glad to see you are receiving well-deserved honors. If you have time from your adventures and come to Martha's Vineyard, I'll show you the island.  Warm regards.

Herbert Foster