Faculty News

Steven Avella spent his sabbatical year in California, working on his next book, a biography of Charles K. McClatchy, the editor of the Sacramento Bee from 1883-1936. In January, he completed his term as president of the American Catholic Historical Association by delivering the keynote address at its annual meeting in Boston.

Alan Ball is nearing completion on a book of translations of and introductions to articles on American culture in the popular press of the Soviet Union. The book is under contract with Oxford University Press.

Michael Donoghue submitted the final version of his book, Borderland on the Isthmus: Zonians, Panamanians, West Indians, and the Struggle for the Canal Zone 1939-1979 to Duke University Press; it will appear in spring 2012. He also gave papers at the Latin American Studies Association in Toronto and at a conference on U. S. foreign relations at the University of Nottingham in Great Britain. He is spending the first half of the summer of 2012 in Cuba, conducting research on his next major project, “Race, Identity, and Gender in U. S. Military-Cuban Relations, 1941-1959.” He was also co-faculty advisor for Phi Alpha Theta.

Alison Efford published articles in the Bulletin of the German Historical Institute, the Marquette Law Review, and the Missouri Historical Review; she also put the finishing touches on her book manuscript, New Citizens: German Immigrants and the Politics of African American Citizenship, 1848-1877, which will be published by Cambridge University Press. She was also co-faculty advisor for Phi Alpha Theta.

Kristen Foster published “’We Are Men!’ Frederick Douglass and the Fault Lines of Gendered Citizenship” in the Journal of the Civil War Era, delivered a paper at the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and continued to work on her next book, Creating the American Citizen: A Look at the Impact of the Haitian Revolution on American Ideas about Equality.

Carla Hay stepped down after eight years as Director of Undergraduate Studies, but continued to serve as chair of the Search Committee for the AMUW Women’s Chair in Humanistic Studies and on the editorial boards of The Historian and of Milwaukee History. Her current research is for a book-length study of Celebrity in Eighteenth-Century England.

Andrew Kahrl completed research and revisions on a book-length manuscript, Set in Sand: African American Beaches in the Age of Coastal Capitalism, which will be published by Harvard University Press in spring 2012.

Thomas Jablonsky continued to serve on the University Committee on Research and as Director of the Institute for Urban Life. He also published two book reviews and became a member of the Editorial Board for the Encyclopedia of Milwaukee. He was editor of the winner of the Milwaukee County Historical Society’s Gambrinus Prize for best book on Milwaukee history, Bill Dahik’s Against the Wind: African Americans & the Schools in Milwaukee, 1963-2002, which was published in Tom’s “Urban Life Series” by Marquette University Press.

Lezlie Knox published a major piece on “St. Clare’s Forma Vitae” in Michael Blastic, ed., Essays on Early Franciscan Sources, Vol. 1, and delivered a paper at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University. She is currently serving as advisor to the Fulbright student program and on the Women and Gender Studies Program. This fall she will become Director of the Medieval Studies Program and Director of Graduate Studies.

Against Odds

Chima Korieh celebrated earning tenure and promotion to full professor by publishing a co-edited volume (with Apollos O. Nwauwa): Against All Odds: The Igbo Experience in Postcolonial Nigeria (Glassboro: Goldline and Jacobs, 2011). His current book-length projects are ‘Life Not Worth Living’: Nigerian Petitions Reflecting on African Society’s Experiences during World War II and Ghosts of Biafra: War, Genocide, and Memory of the Nigeria-Biafra War, an anthology of essays drawn from a conference he organized two years ago at Marquette University. He is also faculty advisor to MU’s African Student Association.

John Krugler has two books in various stages of completion: Creating a Past: Old World Wisconsin and the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1946-1978, and Saving Its Past: The State of Maryland and Historic St. Mary’s City, 1964-1984.

Sing Not War

James Marten completed his second full term as department chair and was re-elected to another term that will begin in fall 2011. He published Sing Not War: The Lives of Union & Confederate Veterans in Gilded Age America (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2011), which was an alternative selection of the History Book Club in May. In addition, he was elected Vice-President/President-Elect of the Society for the History of Children and Youth and continued to serve as President of the Society of Civil War Historians. [picture]

Laura Matthew finished revisions on Memories of Conquest: Becoming Mexicano in Colonial Guatemala, which will be published by the University of North Carolina Press in spring 2012. She also delivered papers at the Ethnohistory conference in October 2010 and at the American Anthropological Association meeting in November 2010. She spent part of May conducting research in Guatemala and will spend part of July in Mexico.

Timothy McMahon published a book chapter and two book reviews and delivered papers at Midwest regional of the American Conference for Irish Studies, the American Conference for Irish Studies, and the Meeting of the Galway Conference on Colonialism: Education and Empire, at the National University of Ireland-Galway. He will spend part of the summer in Ireland researching his next book, Éire-Imperator: Actors on an Imperial Stage.

Dan Meissner spent the year learning the ropes as our new Director of Undergraduate Studies and as a member of the Executive Committee of the University Senate. He was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to China for spring 2012. In addition to teaching at South China Normal University, he will be working on two projects: Taming Shanghai: Late Imperial Diplomacy and Corruption under George F. Seward and Serve the People, on the last college class to be primarily shaped by both the Cultural Revolution and post-Mao reform.

Phillip Naylor published an article in the Catholic Historical Review and two book reviews, delivered a lecture on “Algeria and France: An Enduring Decolonization” in the North African Studies Speaker Series at UWM, spoke on Mauratania at a State Department Seminar, and served as the Faculty Athletics Representative for Marquette University. While traveling in the middle East in January, Phil witnessed the beginnings of the so-called “Jasmine Revolution” in Egypt. Naylor appeared in a number of media reports on the unrest in the Middle East.

Julius Ruff spoke to the Ohio State University History Department’s seminar on "Bandit Myth and Reality in the Eighteenth-Century Ile-de-France,” which stems from his current research on banditry in Europe. He has also begun work on a synthetic work tentatively entitled “The Army and the Crowd from the Renaissance to Kent State.” Sometime in 2011, his book, Violence in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1800 (published by Cambridge University Press in 2001), will be published in Turkish.

Theoharis bookAthan Theoharis, Professor Emeritus, published Abuse of Power: How Cold War Surveillance and Secrecy Policy Shaped the Response to 9/11 (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2011).

Michael Wert delivered papers at the Social Science History Association in Chicago and at an international conference on history and memory at University College in Dublin. He also participated on a panel at the World History Association conference at Loyola-Chicago and spoke on “Buddhism as an Institution of Rule in Pre-modern Japan” at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He spent his junior sabbatical in spring 2011 revising his book manuscript, Remembering Restoration Losers: Oguri Tadamasa, Ii Naosuke and Tokugawa Supporters.

Michael Zeps spent part of his fall sabbatical in Vienna, where he conducted research on public housing between the World Wars. He continues to work as a Pastoral Minister in Cobeen Hall and accompanied an alumni tour to Rome.

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