The department hosted three distinguished scholars in 2013-2014. Each of them taught a class, worked on their own scholarship, and delivered a public lecture.
*Julia Clancy-Smith was the 2013-2014 Association of Marquette University Women Chair at Marquette. She is a professor at the University of Arizona and a specialist on the Middle East. Among her books are Mediterraneans: North Africa and Europe in an Age of Migration, c. 1800-1900 (2010), which won the 2011 French Colonial Historical Society Book Award and the 2011 Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society Award for the Best Subsequent Book, and Rebel and Saint: Muslim Notables, Populist Protest, Colonial Encounters (Algeria and Tunisia, 1800-1904 (1994), which received three book awards. Julia taught an undergraduate seminar called “Modern Mediterranean Migrations.”
*This year’s Francis C. Wade Chair was Fr. Oliver Rafferty, SJ, of Heythrop College at the University of London. He is an expert on the religious history of Ireland. His undergraduate readings course is "Ireland, 1800-1870: Church, State, and Society." Among his books are The Church, the State and the Fenian Threat, 1861-75 (1999) and Catholicism in Ulster, 1603-1983: An Interpretative History (1995). Oliver’s undergraduate seminar was called “Ireland 1800-1870: Church, State and Society.”
*For the second year in a row the department hosted an Arnold L. Mitchem Dissertation Fellow, which provides funding and mentoring for a scholar of color in the last stages of writing his or her dissertation. This year’s fellow was Brandon Bryd, who recently received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His dissertation “An Experiment of Self-Government”: Haiti in the African American Political Imagination, 1863-1915.” Brandon accepted a tenure-track position at Mississippi State University, where he will begin teaching in fall 2014. Brandon’s course was titled “African American Diaspora.”