Cal State L.A.’s student-edited journal garners national honor

Cal State L.A.’s Department of History’s Perspectives: A Journal of Historical Inquiry was recently named the “Best Graduate Electronic Journal” in the 2013 Gerald D. Nash History Journal Prize competition by the national Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society.

“As president of Cal State L.A.’s Phi Alpha Theta chapter, Eta Xi, I am extremely proud of our department’s accomplishment in bringing Cal State L.A. this award,” said Rafael Mazon, a history graduate student who also served as co-editor of the journal.

Perspectives, which serves a forum for intellectual exchange, is an annual publication showcasing original historical research conducted by graduate and undergraduate students.

In commemorating its 40th anniversary, the Perspectives staff reflected on the journal’s history, accomplishments, and themes important to historical inquiry as well as the community.

Volume 40 (2013) of the award-winning journal is available here.

The Gerald D. Nash History Journal Prize is sponsored by the Phi Alpha Theta organization and is given to journals on the basis of scholarly merit, variety of papers, overall literary merit of all printed material, layout and design, and creativity of the cover.

Journals must consist primarily of student research, and the editor and a majority of the editorial staff must be a member of the society.

Cal State L.A. Professors Eileen Ford and Birte Pfleger were the faculty advisers for volume 40 and Cal State L.A. Professors Scott Wells and Birte Pfleger are faculty advisers for CSULA’s Phi Alpha Theta chapter.

“Congratulations to our student editors and authors for winning the $100 award in this year’s Nash History Journal Prize competition,” said Professor Ford. “The students did a wonderful job in putting together the publication.”

Phi Alpha Theta, established on March 17, 1921, aims to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. The Eta Xi chapter of Phi Alpha Theta at CSULA was founded in 1960 by Professor Arthur Smith and has held a distinguished reputation since its inception.


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