Call for Papers now Open

Are you an MA or first- or second-year PhD student looking for your first publication? We invite you to submit your work for the Spring 2020 issue of Past Tense Graduate Review of History.

We accept articles of original research, book reviews of recent publications, and critical commentaries about issues in the field of history. More information about submission types is available on the Submissions page of this website.

All submissions should conform to the requirements listed on the For Authors page of this website. Authors should also consult the Style Guide. Submissions should be sent to by October 1, 2019 to be considered for the 2020 issue.

Download a PDF version of the Call for Papers or visit the Call for Papers page.

Volume 7 Now Available

We are pleased to announce the release of Volume 7 of Past Tense Graduate Review of History.

Volume 7 features three academic articles written by graduate students from across North America. Jason Romisher’s award-winning article details the ways that segregation was enacted in New Jersey, as well as African American responses to northern Jim Crow practices, focusing on swimming pools and beaches.

Jacob Bell’s article brings attention to an eighteenth-century sexual assault case, examining the international significance of this case at the time.

Vladimir Penaloza’s article examines the role of Latin America in the Second World War, encouraging readers to reconsider the conventional narratives about Nicaraguan participation in international wartime diplomacy.

Drawing from diverse time periods and geographies, the articles in this issue all speak to the way activity and passivity have been understood in specific historical contexts. All three articles offer examples of individuals, groups, and governments demonstrating agency, and ask us to re-think commonly held beliefs about authority, control, resistance, and action in the past in light of more nuanced understandings about reciprocal but unequal power relationships.

The issue also features a book review by Benson Cheung.

Thank you for supporting graduate research in history, and please enjoy the latest issue of Past Tense!