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Fr. Avella Steven Avella is serving as President of the American Catholic Historical Association during 2010. In addition to coordinating the ACHA’s spring meeting at Princeton University, he has inaugurated a series of honorary awards and the Presidential Graduate Scholarships for students delivering papers at ACMA meetings. His book, Sacramento and the Catholic Church: Shaping a Capital City (Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2008) received the Award of Excellence from the Sacramento County Historical Society in March. At Marquette, he was one of six faculty members to receive a Faculty Star Award from the MU chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary. Finally, he served as a commentator on local television and radio stations on the appointment of Fr. Jerome Listecki as Archbishop of Milwaukee. He also received the Faculty Excellence Award for 2009-2010 from the National Residence Hall Honorary, St. Joan of Arc Chapter, at a ceremony on Thursday, April 8. The award salutes teachers who demonstrate dedication, enthusiasm, a "helping hand," and cura personalis.


Dr. Alan BallAlan Ball continued work on a book under contract with Oxford University Press that will consist of introductory material and translations of articles from the Soviet popular press on various aspects of American life during the Cold War (political system, capitalism, culture, racism, sports, women, propaganda, foreign policy, religion). He also administered the James Madison Fellowship Program for the university and served as a volunteer judge for the National History Day state-level competition held at the University of Wisconsin—Madison.


Fr. Donnelly Fr. John Patrick Donnelly, SJ, continued working on an edition of Peter Martyr Vermigli’s Commentary on the Book of Genesis, first published in 1569; thus far he has translated and edited about 600 pages of the manuscript. Fr. Donnelly announced that he will retire at the end of the 2010-11 academic year.


Dr. Donoghue Michael Donoghue’s manuscript, Imperial Sunset: Zonians, Panamanians, and the Struggle for the Panama Canal Zone, 1939-1979 has been accepted by Duke University Press. Mike also delivered a paper at the Society of Historians of America Foreign Relations, discussed books on American foreign relations at a local Barnes and Nobles, and helped lead a Phi Alpha Theta field trip to the “Real Pirates of the Caribbean” exhibit at Chicago’s Field Museum. He spent part of his junior sabbatical in spring 2010 researching his next project on U. S. military-Cuban relations in Washington, DC.


Dr. Allison EffordAlison Efford was Co-winner of the Fritz Stern Dissertation Prize of the German Historical Institute for her dissertation, “New Citizens: German Immigrants, African Americans, and the Reconstruction of Citizenship, 1865-1877.” In addition, Alison published two articles during the spring semester: “German Immigrants and the Arc of Reconstruction Citizenship in the United States, 1865-1877,” German Historical Institute Bulletin (Spring 2010) and “Race Should Be as Unimportant as Ancestry: German Radicals and African-American Citizenship in the Missouri Constitution of 1865,” Missouri Historical Review (April 2010). She also delivered papers at the Working-Class History Association Conference in Chicago and the Legacies of Lincoln Conference at Marquette, as well as an invited lecture at the Symposium of the Friends of the German Historical Institute.


Dr. Kristen Foster Kristen Foster is a charter member of the Marquette University Faculty Research Seminar on Race, Class, and Gender, which meets once a month to discuss MU faculty members’ research. She served on the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Committee and delivered a paper based on her current research on masculinity and race in the early republic at the Annual Conference for the American Society of Legal Historians in Dallas.


Dr. Carla Hay Carla Hay continued serving the department as director of undergraduate studies, the university as a member of the committee organizing the Centennial Celebration of Women at Marquette, and the profession as a member of the editorial boards of The Historian and of Milwaukee History. She delivered a talk entitled “Living History” at the 2010 initiation banquet of Phi Alpha Theta, which can be read here.


Dr. Thomas Jablonsky Thomas Jablonsky finished his fourth year as a member of the department’s executive committee. He continued research on a book-length project entitled Guardians of the Angels: A Collective Biography of the Los Angeles Mayors, 1850-1941, wrote several book reviews, developed a new required course for all incoming graduate students called “The Art and Craft of History.” He also continued to serve as the Director of the Institute for Urban Life and as director of the Urban Life Series and joined the editorial advisory board for Milwaukee County History.

Andrew Kahrl delivered talks at the John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture at Duke University and at the Katrina Legal Clinic Workshop in Biloxi, Mississippi, served as commentator on a panel at the Society for American City and Regional Planning History meeting in Oakland, and was on a panel on the job market at the Organization of American Historians. Andrew also serves on the Advisory Board for the National Endowment for the Humanities-sponsored, “The Crossroads Project: Documenting and Teaching the Great African American Migration” and is a Contributing Member of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. This summer he plans to finish work on his manuscript, Pleasure and Power: Race and Coastal Property in the Chesapeake and Gulf South, which will be published by Harvard University Press.


Lezlie Knox’s work as a member of the search committee for the Dean of the Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences occupied much of her time in 2009-2010, although she also hosted Judith Bennett’s Casper Lecture and delivered an invited lecture on “Clare and Medieval Franciscan Women,” for the Annual Franciscan Lecture Series at the Washington Theological Union. She is the Faculty Advisor for the Fulbright Fellowship Program at Marquette. Her current research is on prisons and imprisonment practices within the Franciscan and Dominican Orders in the Later Middle Ages


Dr. Chima Korieh In addition to several articles, essays, and introductions, Chima Korieh published two books: The Land Has Changed: History, Society, and Gender in Colonial Eastern Nigeria (Alberta: The University of Calgary Press, 2010) and the co-edited (with Michael U. Mbanaso) Minorities and the State in Africa (Amherst, NY: Cambria Press, 2010). He also delivered several papers and lectures, continued to edit Mbari: Journal of Igbo Studies, and organized the “Biafra-Nigeria Civil War: Our Stories and Lessons Learned Conference,” at Marquette in September 2009. In May 2010 he led a study tour of Marquette students to Ghana.


Dr. John Krugler John Krugler commented on a panel called “Gendered Subjects: Women on the Margins of Chesapeake Society” at a conference on “The Early Chesapeake—Reflecting Back, Projecting Forward,” and also served on the conference program committee. He will be on leave in the fall of 2010, when he will finish Creating a Past: Old World Wisconsin and the State Historical Society, 1958-1978, which will be published by Northern Illinois University Press.


Dr. James Marten James Marten continued to serve as chair of the department, as president of the Society of Civil War Historians, and as secretary-treasurer of the Society for the History of Children and Youth. He served as senior co-editor (with Elizabeth Foster of the University of Cambridge) of the six-volume Cultural History of Childhood and Family (Oxford: Berg Publishers), which includes of contributions from seventy-two editors and authors from four continents and thirteen countries. He also completed work on a book manuscript called Sing Not War: Civil War Veterans in Gilded Age America, which will be published in spring 2011 by the University of North Carolina Press.


Dr. Laura MatthewLaura Matthew’s book, Memories of Conquest: Becoming Mexicano in Colonial Guatemala, was accepted by the University of North Carolina Press. She will spend her summer revising the manuscript and conducting research in Guatemala on a new project on how sixteenth-century conquest wars affected the circulation of goods and people along the southern Pacific Coast of Guatemala and El Salvador. She presented papers at the Midwest Mesoamericanist Meeting in Milwaukee in March and at the American Society for Ethnohistory annual meeting in New Orleans last October. Finally, she was elected Secretary/President-Elect of the Central American Studies Committee of the Conference on Latin American History.


Dr. Tim McMahon Timothy McMahon delivered the plenary address at the Midwest Regional Meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies and became President of the Midwest Region and Member of the Executive Committee of the ACIS. Tim also completed a three-year term as co-faculty advisor of Phi Alpha Theta and began a three-year-term on the board of the Milwaukee County Historical Society. His first PhD student, Kenneth Shonk, defended his dissertation in April.


Dr. Dan MeissnerDaniel Meissner continues to work on Taming Shanghai: Late Imperial Diplomacy and Corruption under George F. Seward and to serve on the editorial board of China Business History. He delivered an invited lecture entitled “Role of a Private Industrialization in the Preservation of Chinese Sovereignty” at the University of California-Berkeley. He has been a member of the MU Academic Senate for the last three years and a faculty mentor for the last year.


Dr. Phillip Naylor Phillip Naylor continued to mentor and advise graduate students as Director of Graduate Studies. He published North Africa: A History from Antiquity to the Present, inaugurated the Middle Eastern & North African Speaker Series at UWM with a lecture entitled: "Algeria and France: An Enduring Decolonization," delivered a paper at the Middle East Studies Association Meeting, and continued to serve on the editorial board of French Colonial Studies. He also served as a faculty mentor and as the Faculty Athletics Representative on the Athletic Board.

Dr. Julius Ruff Julius Ruff served on the department’s executive committee, on the Humanities Area Promotion and Tenure Committee, and as chair of the University Library Board. In addition to books in progress on banditry in the Ile-de-France region and in Europe as a whole, he is beginning the process of revising his co-authored textbook Discovering the Western Past: A Look at the Evidence. His Violence in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1800, published by Cambridge University Press in 2001, will soon appear in Turkish.


Dr. Michael Wert Michael Wert gave a talk on Buddhism in Premodern Japan at UWM in Feb, presented a paper on teaching violence at the "Exploring the Teacher Scholar Model at Marquette" workshop, and delivered “The Last Bannerman: Taking a Local Hero to the National Stage” at the Local Memories in a Nationalizing and Globalizing World Conference at the University of Antwerp, Belgium.


Fr. Michael ZepsFr. Michael Zeps, S.J., continued to serve as pastoral minister at Cobeen Hall and finished his three-year-term as the department’s representative on the Core Curriculum Committee.


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