Graduate Student Activities

Jeremy Ault (MA), who is a Trinity Fellow in the public service MA program, will spend part of his summer as program leader for a visit of Czech executive directors from the nonprofit organization Diakonie, who will have the opportunity to visit seven Milwaukee nonprofits.

Peter Borg (Ph.D. candidate) presented “A House Divided: One Milwaukee Pastor's Battle with His Congregation over Civil Rights" at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst's History Graduate Student Association Conference.

Abigail Bourman (MA 2012) has taken a job as Program Coordinator at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Christopher Chan (Ph.D. candidate) published two articles in the Wisconsin Magazine of History: “Milwaukee’s Local Color: the Journal, the Green Sheet, and Its Readers” (Summer 2011) and “Asians, Abuse, and Accusations: A Rape Trial and Race Riots in Milwaukee, 1889-1890" (Spring 2012).

Matt Costello (Ph.D. candidate) was named to MU’s Committee for Teaching as a representative of the Graduate Student Organization and is working this summer as a seminar leader for the Freshman Frontier Program. His article, "Bones, Blood, and Soil: Virginian Identity and the Relics of George Washington" will be published this summer in Essays in History, the annual journal of the University of Virginia's Corcoran History Department.

Blake Edwards (MA 2012) will be teaching AP World History and coaching both the boys’ and girls’ Cross Country teams at a high school in California.

Dominic Faraone (Ph.D. candidate) was an Arthur J. Schmitt Fellow for the 2011-2012 academic year, which allowed him to conduct research and draft five chapters of his dissertation on Chicago and the Catholic Church between 1965 and 1996. He also presented a research paper on death, grief, and late twentieth-century American Catholicism at the American Catholic Historical Association’s winter meeting in Chicago.

Maggie Hoffmann (MA) delivered "Reason, a Feminine Virtue: The Philosophy of Mary Wollstonecraft and Jane Austen” at the Wisconsin Philosophical Association conference and guest lectured about the history and power of philanthropy for a Mount Mary College course called “The Essence of Money.”

Charissa Keup (Ph.D. candidate) received the 2011-12 Prucha-Theoharis Outstanding Graduate Student Award from the history department. In September she gave “Rehabilitation and Redemption: Chicago Reacts to Teenage Pregnancy” at the Urban History Dissertation Workshop at the Newberry Library in Chicago.

Adam Mertz (MA 2012) won the 2011 Zeidler Academic Award from the Wisconsin Labor History Society for his paper, "Forged in the Fire of Community: The 1974 Hortonville Teachers' Strike and the Rise of Modern Conservatism.” He delivered a shorter version of that paper at the Midwest Labor and Working-Class History Conference at UW-Milwaukee, and also delivered "Show Case Showdown: The United States and Chilean Copper Policy at the Dawn of the Alliance for Progress, 1960-1964" at the Northern Illinois University Graduate Student Conference. This fall Adam will begin Ph.D. work at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Jeff Ramsey (Ph.D. candidate) received the Marvin Perry Graduate Fellowship from the Phi Delta Theta Educational Foundation, July 2011. He also received a Smith Family Fellowship for 2012-13. Jeff delivered "From Jackie to Ali: The Evolution of Black Manhood in the Civil Rights Era" at the Mid-America History Conference in Stillwater, OK.

Karalee Surface (Ph.D. candidate) worked as researcher/writer for the Encyclopedia of Milwaukee under the direction of Jim Marten and Thomas Jablonsky.

McKayla Sutton (Ph.D. candidate) received the 2012 Past President's Award for the best paper delivered by a graduate student at the American Conference of Irish Studies in New Orleans in spring 2012, for "'Practicing the Goose Step in Phoenix Park': Imagining Irishness amongst Germans in the Promotion of the Shannon Hydroelectric Scheme.” McKayla spent much of the year doing research in Ireland, where she also delivered a paper at the Newspaper Periodical History Forum of Ireland conference and was featured in an article about the conference in the Irish Times.


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