Faculty News

Three members of the department were featured in MU publications: John Krugler and his public history course in Marquette Magazine (Winter 2012), Jim Marten and his recent work on Civil War veterans in Discover: Research at Marquette (Spring 2012), and Dan Meissner and his Fulbright to China in Marquette Matters (February 2012).

Steven Avella finished his term on the Board of the American Catholic Historical Association; lectured to students at St. Francis Seminary on church history; and reorganized his US survey classes to reflect transnational themes. He continues to fine-tune his biography of Charles K. McClatchy, the long-time editor of the Sacramento Bee.

Alan Ball’s new research turns away from the Soviet Union; he has started research on a long-term statistical analysis of Wisconsin appellate courts. He has also filmed a series of approximately 30 four-minute videos to play at the beginning of his Soviet history class. Each video has something to do with the topic of the day or a topic in the readings for that week's discussion groups.

Michael Donoghue finished revising Borderland on the Isthmus: Zonians, Panamanians, West Indians, and the Struggle for the Canal Zone 1939-1979, which will be published by Duke University Press in 2013. He also became a co-author of the textbook American Foreign Relations Volumes I & II, 8th edition (New York: Cengage, 2013) and spent the first half of summer 2012 doing research in Cuba on his next project, Race, Identity, and Gender in U.S. Military-Cuban Relations 1941-1959.

Alison Efford finished revising German Immigrants, Race, and Citizenship in the Civil War Era, which will be published next year by Cambridge University Press. She also spent part of her fourth-year sabbatical in the spring visiting Samoa as part of a future research project. Alison delivered papers at the Southern Historical Association conference in Baltimore, at the Organization of American Historians conference in Milwaukee, and at the Society of Civil War Historians conference in Lexington, Ky. She also served on the national selection committee for the James Madison Foundation fellowships for secondary school teachers.

Kristen Foster received a Fellowship from the Arts and Sciences Research Cooperative, which will buy out two of her courses in fall 2012 and provide research support for her book-length project, which she has tentatively entitled Haiti’s Mirror: The Impact of the Haitian Revolution on American Revolutionary Idealism. She also served as chair of the Arts and Sciences Advising Committee.

Carla Hay continues to work on her book on celebrity in eighteenth century Britain; she was appointed director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Major starting in Fall 2012.

Thomas Jablonsky serves as a member of the editorial board and as a senior editor of the Encyclopedia of Milwaukee, an ongoing project headed up by members of the history departments of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Marquette University.

John Jentz, Research & Instructional Services Librarian and friend of the department, was co-author of Chicago in the Age of Capital: Class, Politics, and Democracy during the Civil War and Reconstruction (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2012).

Kahrl Land Was Ours Andrew Kahrl published The Land Was Ours: African American Beaches from Jim Crow to the Sunbelt South (Harvard University Press, 2012), as well as the article "Sunbelt by the Sea: Governing Race and Nature in a Coastal Metropolis," Journal of Urban History 38 (no. 3, 2012). He continues to sit on the Board of Directors of the Urban History Association and helped organize two panels for the recent Organization of American Historians Conference. His biggest news is receiving a year-long Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and American Council of Learned Societies. Andrew will fulfill the terms of the fellowship in 2012-13, when he will work on “Lien on Me: Race, Power, and the Property Tax in Twentieth-Century America,” which will explore the precipitous decline of African American landownership in the 20th century.

Lezlie Knox spent the year learning the ropes as Director of Graduate Studies; delivered “How do the Poor Clares fit into Franciscan History?” at the Donatus Mooney Seminar at University College Dublin in Spring 2012; developed her 3210 Medieval Europe course as an on-line offering; and was named a Faculty Hall-STAR by the National Residence Hall Honorary.

Korieh Between Tradition and Change Chima Korieh published a co-edited volume, Between Tradition and Change: Sociopolitical and Economic Transformation Among the Igbo of Nigeria (Glassboro, NJ: Goldline & Jacobs Publishing, 2012); took part in the Jesuit Commons: Higher Education in the Margins Conference in Denver in the spring and was part of a group of African historians teaching an online course through Regis University for students in the Kakumarefugee camp in Kenya. He also was coordinator of a roundtable held at Howard University on April 12 called “Nigeria's Future: The Challenges to Security and Economic Development Caused by Boko Haram and the Way Forward.” It featured scholars, diplomats, and policy makers from the United States and Nigeria. He will be faculty director of MU’s study abroad program in South Africa during the Fall 2012 semester.

John Krugler’s book on Old World Wisconsin, Saving Its Heritage, was accepted for publication by the Wisconsin Historical Society and will be published in 2013.

Andrew Larsen, a long time visiting assistant professor in the department, published The School of Heretics: Academic Condemnation at the University of Oxford, 127-1409 (Leiden: Brill, 2011).

Children and Youth during the  Civil War Era James Marten published an edited volume, Children and Youth during the Civil War Era, editor (New York: NYU Press, 2012); gave the Jeans Lecture at Missouri Southern State University in March 2012 and the Herbert Schell Lecture at the University of South Dakota in November 2011; finished his term as President of the Society of Civil War Historians; and continues to serve as VP-President Elect of the Society for the History of Children and Youth.


Memories of Conquest Matthew

Laura Matthew published Memories of Conquest: Becoming Mexicano in Colonial Guatemala (Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2012), participated in conferences in Pasadena and San Francisco, and delivered an invited lecture to the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She also received three research grants, including an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, which will provide for a leave in spring 2013. She will work on a project tentatively entitled, “Circulations: Death and Opportunity in Southern Pacific Mesoamerica, 1480-1630,” which asks whether Spanish conquest radically altered indigenous trade and migration along the Pacific coast of Guatemala and El Salvador, and with what cultural impact.


Tim McMahon gave a paper at the American Conference for Irish Studies in New Orleans and served on the board of the Milwaukee County Historical Society and on MU’s Committee on Research (which, among other things, distributes internal grant money to faculty researchers). In the spring he became the third member of the department (with Julius Ruff and Kristen Foster) to receive the Excellence in Faculty Advising Award from the College of Arts and Sciences. He is chair of the program committee for this fall’s American Conference for Irish Studies Midwest Regional Conference, which will be held October 18-20 at Marquette.

Daniel Meissner spent spring and summer 2012 as a Fulbright Lecturer at South China Normal University. For more on Dan’s Fulbright semester, see Marquette Matters (February 2012) and his blogs at Historians@work.

Phil Naylor finished several years as Faculty Athletics Representative and was appointed chair of the Dean of Arts and Sciences search committee (which will be conducted in 2012-2013). He also became an associate editor of Journal of North African Studies.

Julius Ruff's Violence in Early Modern Europe was re-published in Turkish (Boğaziçi Ǜniversitesi Yayinevi, 2011). He also finished a long term as chair of the Library Board and served as acting chair while Jim Marten was on semi-sabbatical during the spring semester.

Peter Staudenmaier had a good first year in the department. In addition to receiving a Summer Faculty Fellowship for 2012 (he will spend it in Europe conducting research), he published "Hannah Arendt’s Analysis of Antisemitism in The Origins of Totalitarianism: A Critical Appraisal," Patterns of Prejudice 46 (2012), 154-79. He was also one of a number of academics invited to teach week-long courses (during Christmas and spring break) to Occupy Wall Street organizers from around the country that provided historical context and intellectual perspectives on current struggles around fundamental economic and political issues.

Michael Wert finished revisions on his book, Remembering Restoration Losers, which will be published next year by the Harvard University Asia Center through Harvard University Press. He also revised three chapters of The Earth and Its Peoples: A Global History, a college-level textbook, and delivered a paper on physical culture and Japan at a workshop at the University of London. He became Coordinator of Asian Studies Program at Marquette at the beginning of the summer.

Michael Zeps posted scores of documents and photographs from his research on inter-war architecture and urban planning in Austria on the MU Library’s E-Publications website. You can find it here: Documents of Baudirektion Wien 1919-1941: Notes of Michael J. Zeps, S.J.


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