Recent Awards

A number of History Professors were recognized for their research, advising, teaching, and other contributions to the Marquette Community this year:

Kristen Foster received the Faculty Excellence in Advising Award in the College of Arts and Sciences, becoming the second historian in a row to be so recognized (Julius Ruff won the award last year). Timothy McMahon and Lezlie Knox were also finalists for this year’s award. Click here to read Kristen’s remarks on receiving the Excellence in Faculty Advising Award, April 23, 2008

Thomas Jablonsky bookThomas Jablonsky received the Gambrinus Prize from the Milwaukee County Historical Society for the best book published on Milwaukee County History in 2008 for Milwaukee’s Jesuit Univeristy: Marquette, 1881-1981.

Irene Guenther was granted a Regular Research Grant from Marquette to help fund her research trip to Germany this summer to work on two projects: 1. Fashioning Berlin, 1945-1961, and 2. Art and War: The Life and Times of Otto Schubert.

David McDaniel was named a "Faculty hALL STAR" by the Marquette chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary for making a "positive and lasting impact upon the lives of Marquette residents."

Daniel Meissner received an Edward D. Simmons Religious Commitment Award for the project "Introduction to Hmong Spirituality and Hmong-Catholic Interfaith Dialogue." He was also named a Faculty "STAR" by the Marquette chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary for contributing his "energy, efforts, and time to programming within a residence hall or university apartment community."

Andrew Kahrl, our new African American historian, will be a Mellon/ACLS fellow at the W. E. B. DuBois Institute at Harvard University, which will delay his joining the department until 2009-2010. He will use the fellowship to revise his dissertation: "Wade-in-the-Water: Race, Space, and Leisure in the American South, 1890-1965."

James Marten was appointed by Gov. Jim Doyle to the Wisconsin Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, along with two dozen other historians, historical society administrators, and history enthusiasts. The Commission will coordinate events for the commemoration in Wisconsin of the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth.

Our students also have won quite a few awards, especially for their writing.

Sarah Kirby won the Raynor Library’s Dittman Award for Best Research Paper at the Junior/Senior level. Her win makes it a "four-peat" as papers written by History majors or grad students have won an award each year since 2005. Recent History winners include Jim Conway (2007, Junior/Senior), Joanna Burgarino (2006, Freshman/Sophomore), and Aaron Stockham (2005, Graduate).

Graduating senior Andrew Altepeter won the department’s Jablonowski Award for best research paper. His project, "Surviving Tragedy: The Response of English Monasteries to the Black Death," was written for Dr Knox’s Senior Experience class on the Black Death.

Graduate students Adam Stueck and John French have been named teaching fellows for the 2008-2009 academic year and will be teaching sections of HIST 6 during next year. Schmitt and Smith Family Fellowships, which support dissertation research, have been won by Enaya Othman, Monica Witkowski, Monica Gallamore, and Tim Lay.

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