Graduate Student Activities

Bethany Harding and Jodi Bertram each received a Prucha-Theoharis Outstanding Graduate Student Award at the annual end-of-the-year party at the Kneeland-Walker House in Wauwatosa. Bethany is a PhD student; Jodi completed her MA. They received the awards on the basis of the excellence of their academic records. Bethany also excelled as a teaching fellow in 2010-2011; the selection committee also admired Jodi’s research on women and sexuality in medieval Europe.

Matt Costello presented two papers: "The Sage of the Republic: Sectionalism, Politics, and the Memory of George Washington, 1799-1885" at the University of Maine/University of New Brunswick Graduate Student History Conference in Orono, ME, October 2010, and "Lies at Yorktown: Trust, Deception, and Self-Deception" at the Social Science Historical Association Conference in Chicago, IL, November, 2010. This fall Matt will enter the PhD program at Marquette University to work with Kristen Foster.

John French published an encyclopedia article, “Agriculture,” in American Centuries: The Ideas, Issues, and Trends that made U.S. History, volume 4, edited by Melanie Gustafson. He also wrote a book review of The Hanging of Angelique: The Untold Story of Canadian Slavery and the Burning of Old Montreal, by Afua Cooper for the June 2010 issue ofSouthern Journal of Canadian Studies. His encyclopedia entries on “Blakeley, Adeline” and “Manson, Jacob” will be published in the forthcoming African American National Biography, edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Evelyn Brooks. In November, John presented“Those who “need hyphens in their names because only part of them has come over": Irish-American Political Identities during the American Civil War and First World War” at the Social Science History Association Conference in Chicago. In addition, he was the featured speaker, Maureen Murphy Lecture Series in Irish and American Irish Studies at the American Irish Historical Society in New York City, December 6, 2010. The title of his lecture was “’The Word American…is as Different from the Word English as the Atlantic Ocean and Declaration of Independence would Indicate’: Wartime Irish-American Notions of the “Un-American." John will hold the Casper Teaching Fellowship in the fall, teaching an undergraduate seminar on “Dissent in Wartime America.”

Monica Gallamore is the new History section Coordinator for the Western Social Science Association. She attended the Western Social Science Association Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah in April, where she moderated a panel and presented “Who’s That Girl? The Divergence of Published vs. Lived Experiences of the Incomparable Hildegarde.” She also delivered “Setting the Record Straight: What the Biography of the Incomparable Hildegarde Tells Us About the 20th Century and American Memory” at the Popular Culture / American Culture National Conference in San Antonio, Texas. She is currently teaching at Oklahoma City University, St. Gregory’s University, and Oklahoma State University / OKC. In her free time, she teaches Pilates classes and runs Triathlon clinics in preparation for three Triathlons (sprint) this year.

Charissa Keup conducted research on her dissertation during her Smith Fellowship Year. She received the Ogden Prize for the best article published in Milwaukee County History for her piece, “Delinquency, Sex, and Milwaukee Girls during the Second World War.” This summer she will participate in two professional conferences: she will deliver “’It Could Be Your Daughter’: The Young Unwed Mother in WWII Chicago” at the Society for the History of Children and Youth conference at Columbia University, and be part of a roundtable panel on “The Transgressive Body: Young Women as Objects and Agents of Desire” at the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Timothy Lay gave a paper entitled "Defining 19th Century Militarism and theIssue of British Exceptionalism" at the European Studies Conference at the University of Nebraska Omaha. At the end of March, he presented a paper, "From Napier to Elgin: Thirty Years of Palmerstonian Intervention in China," at the British Scholars Conference at University of Texas, Austin.

Adam Stueck is the curator of the White Pillars Museum in De Pere Wisconsin. His essay, "To be eaten by the children of captains: Amerindian Torture in early 18th Century New France,” will be publishedas a chapter in The French and Indians in the Heart of North America, by SUNY Press in the near future.

Patrick Witt presented "A Day of Green in the German Athens: St. Patrick's Day Celebrations in Milwaukee, 1860-1895 " at the New England ACIS (American Conference of Irish Studies) conference in November. He plans to continue his studies under the direction of Professor Kerby A. Miller at the University of Missouri in the fall.


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