Letter from the Chair:
This has been a great year for the History Department. As you’ll see when you browse the news from the faculty and graduate students, several members of our community were recognized for their research and advising. Regular faculty and friends of the department published half a dozen books and have another four in the pipeline. Laura Matthew and Andrew Kahrl received major research grants from the American Council of Learned Societies. Hundreds of people attended the seven public lectures hosted by the department. Please explore the entire newsletter for details about these and many other bits of news about the department.
Our long-time friend and colleague, John Krugler, was promoted to Professor Emeritus and will begin the first year of this three-year phased retirement in Fall 2012. John came to Marquette in 1969 as a historian of early America, but over the last twenty years he has developed classes in public history and led the development of our Interdisciplinary Minor in Public History (check out the section “Student News: Undergraduates” for more on the most recent projects undertaken by his public history students). He received MU’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 1984. John’s research specialty is Catholicism in early America; his best known work is English and Catholic: The Lords Baltimore in the Seventeenth Century (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University, 2004). More recently he has conducted research on two outdoor museums, the Wisconsin Historical Society’s Old World Wisconsin, and St. Mary’s City in Maryland. In addition to his teaching and research, John has been a member of dozens of department and university committees, was long-time assistant chair of the history department, and served a term as associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. John will teach one class each semester and continue to lead the Public History program.
There is much more to learn about the department, including news from alumni. As always, we’d love to hear from all of you. Send your news and comments for next year’s newsletter to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Best wishes, Jim Marten
Professor and Chair, History Department