The Rice Historical Review is a research journal designed to showcase outstanding scholarly works produced by Rice University's undergraduate students. It published its first issue in the spring of 2016.

Table of Contents

—Front Matter (PDF | 1.916 MB)

—The Blockade of Leningrad & the Mixed Results of Sovietization (PDF | 5.6 MB)

by Dane Burrough

—Extirpating the Loathsome Smallpox: A Study in the History and Demise of Smallpox, as Aided by Thomas Jefferson (PDF | 5.8 MB)

by Anna Durham

—Consumerism, Commodification, and Beauty: Shiseido and the Rise of Japanese Beauty Culture (PDF | 6.0 MB)

by Jessica Guerra

—From Welcoming to Wary: The SPD's Rhetoric on the Flüchtlingspolitik (PDF | 6.5 MB)

by Jungbin Lim

—Preserving the Spirit of National Parks: The U.S. Army in Yellowstone (PDF | 5.8 MB)

by Tim Wang

—Back Matter (PDF | 609.5Kb)

For complete issue of Rice Historical Review Inaugural Issue, visit archive website

Editorial Board

Mary Charlotte Y. Carroll, Co-Editor-in-Chief
Rachel S. Landsman, Co-Editor-in-Chief
Ephraim Griffith, Managing Editor
Roger Liang, Assistant Managing Editor
Christina Hahn, Director of Publishing
Monica Melendez, Director of Media and Technology
Katie Beiter, Director of Copy Editing

Faculty Review Board

Dr. Lisa Spiro | Historical Review Faculty Advisor | Executive Director of Digital Scholarship Services
Dr. Lisa Balabanlilar | Associate Professor of History | South Asia, Ottoman Empire, Islamic World
Dr. John Boles | William P. Hobby Professor of History | America and the South, Rice
Dr. Peter Caldwell | Samuel G. McCann Professor of History | Modern Germany, Europe, Political Thought
Dr. Nathan Citino | Associate Professor | US and Middle East
Dr. Randal Hall | Associate Professor of History | American, Economic, Environmental
Dr. Alida Metcalf | Chair of the History Department | Colonial Latin America, Brazil
Dr. Kerry Ward | Associate Professor of History | World and African
Dr. Hicham Safieddine| Copy Editing Consultant

Recent Submissions

  • From Welcoming to Wary: The SPD's Rhetoric on the Flüchtlingspolitik 

    Lim, Jungbin (2016)
    This paper traces the response of the SocialDemocratic Party of Germany (SPD) to the European migrant crisis in the fall of 2015. In particular, I explore the change in the party's position, which initially had pledged full support of the admission of refugees to Germany but toned down its support over the course of the fall. I discuss this development ...
  • Consumerism, Commodification, and Beauty: Shiseido and the Rise of Japanese Beauty Culture 

    Guerra, Jessica (2016)
    This research focuses on the development of advertising in interwar period Japan (between World War I and World War II) and the growing prevalence of the Modern Girl. As women with a certain aesthetic were popularized through advertisement campaigns, this aesthetic was disseminated to a wider audience and incited cultural change. For the purposes of ...
  • Preserving the Spirit of National Parks: The U.S. Army in Yellowstone 

    Wang, Tim (2016)
    As the flagship U.S. National Park, Yellowstone,throughout its administrative history, has set many precedents for park management policies and practices across the United States. This essay examines the period of administration of the park by the United States Army from 1886 to 1916, which was especially formative for Yellowstone. The army reversed ...
  • Back Matter 2016 Spring Issue 

    Carroll, Mary Charlotte Y.; Landsman, Rachel S. (2016)
    CONTENTS: Acknowledgements -- THE INAUGURAL ISSUE CONTRIBUTORS -- Additional Information -- Future Contributors
  • The Blockade of Leningrad & the Mixed Results of Sovietization 

    Burrough, Dane (2016)
    The Siege of Leningrad, a joint German-Finnish operation during World War II, lasted for 880 days and took the lives of a large number of the citizens of the city. The city was entirely cut off from the rest of the Soviet Union, causing mass starvation that was far deadlier than the military operations of the siege. Many scholars have argued that the ...
  • Extirpating the Loathsome Smallpox: A Study in the History and Demise of Smallpox, as Aided by Thomas Jefferson 

    Durham, Anna (2016)
    This essay explores the history of smallpox variolation and vaccination with particular emphasis on the contributions of Thomas Jefferson to the spread of both methods in the United States. The research draws mainly upon contemporary histories of the disease and modern medical insights, as well as primary sources in the form correspondence between ...
  • Front Matter 2016 Spring Issue 

    Carroll, Mary Charlotte Y. ; Landsman, Rachel S. (2016)
    CONTENTS: About the Rice Historical Review -- Founding Editorial Board -- Faculty Board -- Welcome from the Editors -- Table of Contents