New CSGS Postdoctoral Researchers

Introducing CSGS postdoctoral researchers Brennan Gardner Rivas and Evan Turiano CSGS is thrilled to welcome two outstanding historians as postdoctoral researchers. Brennan Gardner Rivas and Evan Turiano will contribute to our project on “Firearms use and regulation in the 18th and 19th centuries: Modeling the Application of Historical Methods for Read more…

Center for the Study of Guns & Society Hosts Second Annual Fall Conference

On October 13–14, the Center for the Study of Guns & Society (CSGS) at Wesleyan University, hosted its second-annual fall conference, “Current Perspectives on the History of Guns and Society.” The event convened historians, museum curators, legal scholars, journalists, filmmakers, and other subject-matter experts for panel discussions, a film screening, Read more…

NEH Supports “Engineering Safety into U.S. Firearms: 1750-2010” Research at the Center for the Study of Guns & Society

In America, firearms are widely discussed through the lenses of laws and ownership, gun violence statistics, and the contested history of the right to bear arms. Firearms are designed to kill. They also can endanger the lives of the operator and bystanders. In 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Read more…

CSGS Partners With Coltsville National Historical Park on Teaching, Research

In its Winter 2022–23 newsletter, the National Park Service highlighted a budding partnership between the Center for the Study of Guns & Society at Wesleyan University and Coltsville National Historical Park, writing: “The partnership represents a strong foundation for supporting current research and student engagement locally, throughout the Precision Valley, Read more…

Mellon Foundation Supports Research, New Courses, and Exhibitions on Gun History at Wesleyan

In 2022, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded a three-year, $1 million grant to support the Carceral Connecticut Project (CCP) at Wesleyan University, an interdisciplinary project to investigate the state’s racial, industrial, and political history. The award includes support for the design and implementation of new courses, including “Reenacting Justice: Read more…

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