Faculty News

The Good Life: Sacramento's Consumer CultureFr. Steve Avella has continued his active record of publications on religion and urbanization in the United States. His Capital City: The Catholic Church and the Shaping of Sacramento, California, 1850-2000, will appear this fall in the University of Nevada's Urban History series and Steven M. Avella, The Good Life: Sacramento's Consumer Culture (Arcadia Publishing) came out in spring 2008. He also wrote a chapter on religion in Milwaukee for a new history of the city that will appear soon from the University of Illinois Press. In addition, Steve has developed two new classes that will become a regular part of the department's course offerings—a lecture course entitled America in the Twentieth Century and a new colloquium focusing on the United States in the 1950s.

Alan Ball has begun a new research project on representations of the United States in the Soviet popular press. He is particularly interested in articles that address the American political system, American capitalism, and foreign policy, along with aspects of American culture including racism and sports, among other topics. Alan has translated some of these articles with the goal of producing a reader for use in courses.

Fr. Patrick DonnellyFr. Patrick Donnelly, S.J. maintains his active teaching and research schedule (and still finds time for regular golf outings!). Several articles appeared this past year including "New Religious Orders for Men," a chapter in the Cambridge History of Christianity, vol. 6, Reform and Expansion, 1500-1660. He also continues to edit and translate the works of Peter Martyr Vermigli, having now finished almost 600 pages of his commentary on Genesis. Along with Fr. Zeps, he was featured in an article on the local Jesuit community in the Winter issue of Marquette Magazine.

Michael Donoghue has become a popular speaker on campus and in the local community since joining the department. Last fall he spoke about "U.S.-Caribbean Relations" at a panel sponsored by the Society of Caribbean Ambassadors, a Marquette student group. He addressed "The School of the Americas: From Panama to Georgia" as a part of a discussion "Waging War in America: The School of the Americas and the Art of Nonviolent Resistance" sponsored by the Marquette Center for Peacemaking. Mike also appeared on a panel at Schwartz's Bookstore marking the publication of David Halberstam's The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War. He continues to travel regularly to Panama for his research and most recently has published "Rape and Murder in the Canal Zone: Cultural Conflict and the U.S. Military Presence in Panama 1955-1956" in Jessica Gienow-Hecht (ed.) Decentering America: New Perspectives in Culture and International History (Berghahn Press). He delivered a paper "Roberto Duran and Panamanian Machismo: Boxing as Resistance in U.S.-Panamanian Relations 1964-1981" at the Mid-Atlantic Conference on Latin American Studies and will be presenting "Frontiers of Exclusion, Frontiers of Rebellion: Zonian-Panamanian Cultural Relations and the Genesis of a Crisis" at the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations meeting in June. Adding to our department's strengths in twentieth-century history, Dr. Donoghue has developed a new colloquium on the Cold War in Latin America.

Contest Between Armies: Essays on the Civil War EraIn addition to winning the 2008 Excellence in Faculty Advising Award Kristen Foster has also has two articles in press, "'A Few Thoughts in Vindication of Female Eloquence': The Case for the Education of Republican Women," in Children in the Early Republic (New York University Press) and "Leather Aprons and White Sleeves: Artisans in the Early Republic," in A Social History of the Early Republic (ABC Clio). This past year, Kristen collaborated with Jim Marten to edit the essay collection More than a Contest Between Armies: Essays on the Civil War Era (Kent State University Press) In addition to her regular course offerings in early US History and US Women's History, this spring Kristen's teaching moved closer to the present, offering a course on the 1960s as a part of the department's Senior Experience.

Irene GuentherIrene Guenther continues to draw attention for her award winning monograph Nazi "Chic"? Fashioning Women in the Third Reich (Berg) (see the recent notice). She addressed this subject in a talk at the Milwaukee Art Museum's exhibit, Foto: Modernity in Central Europe, 1918-1945. She also published "The Destruction of a Culture and an Industry," in Broken Threads: The Destruction of the Jewish Fashion Industry in Germany and Austria (Berg Publishers). Irene delivered papers at the annual meetings of the German Studies Association, the Society for French Historical Studies, and the American Historical Association. She will be spending this summer in Germany in the archives thanks to research support from Marquette. While continuing to work on the cultural history of the Swastika, she also will be investigating two new projects: Berlin between 1945-1949 and WWI trench postcards. You can learn more about her courses, ranging from Western Civilization II to Modern Germany and the Third Reich at www.historian.cc.

Carla Hay continues her dedicated service as Director of Undergraduate Studies in the department, representing the first stop when a student decides to declare a major. Carla also is kept busy by her service on the University Academic Senate and other university committees. She also finds time for Phi Alpha Theta, and the Milwaukee County Historical Society, among other organizations. She continues her research on Catharine Macaulay and on the culture of celebrity in eighteenth-century England.

Thomas  JablonskyThe big news around campus this past year certainly has been the publication of Thomas Jablonsky's Milwaukee's Jesuit University: Marquette 1881-1981 (Marquette University Press). Members of Phi Alpha Theta were treated to highlights focusing on student activism and coeducation at this year's initiation banquet in February. His essays on "Chicago's South Side" and "Daniel Hoan" also appeared this past year, in the Encyclopedia of Urban America and the Encyclopedia of the Midwest respectively. Finally and not least importantly, Tom was promoted to full professor this year.

Lezlie Knox's monograph Creating Clare of Assisi: Female Franciscan Identities in Later Medieval Italy will be published this summer by Brill. As a respite from checking footnotes and other finishing details, she spent part of the last year reading up on the Black Death and its impact on medieval society (offered as a part of the College's Senior Experience courses), along with new scientific research on immunity to plague, HIV and other related illnesses that has changed our understanding of the spread of the medieval epidemic. Lezlie was a finalist for the 2008 Excellence in Faculty Advising Award. Her usual conference travel to the medievalists' annual meeting at Western Michigan University was curtailed this spring by the arrival of her son, Alexander Knox Symms, on St. Patrick's Day.

Specializing in African History, Chimah Korieh joined the department this fall, adding to the department's growing attention to Global History. He recently published two articles, "Yam is King! But Cassava is the Mother of all Crops: Farming, Culture, and Identity in Igbo Agrarian Economy," in Dialectical Anthropology 30 (2007) and "Migration Patterns and Identity Formation: The Igbo of Nigeria," in Toyin Falola and Okpeh Ochayi Okpeh (eds.) Population Movements, Conflicts and Displacements in Nigeria. He is also co-editor of Gendering Global Transformations: Gender, Culture, Race, and Identity (Routledge) which will appear in April 2008 and of The Aftermath of Slavery: Transitions and Transformations in Southeastern Nigeria (find out more at the Africa World Press Web site). The first issue of the journal he founded and edits, Mbori: The International Journal of Igbo Studies, appeared in spring 2008. Chima has spent the spring semester at Oxford University as the holder of a British Academy Visiting Fellowship.

John Krugler's next book, Present at the Creation: The People 'Behind' the History of Old World Wisconsin and Historic St. Mary's City, 1958-1985 (Northern Illinois University Press), has grown out of his work in public history. He is completing an entry on Sir George Calvert, the first Lord Baltimore, for The Encyclopedia of US Political History and has reviewed two articles for publication in historical journals. A paperback edition of English and Catholic: The Lords Baltimore in the Seventeenth Century will be published in October. As a part of the department's commitment to Public History, John again offered "Introduction to Public History" in the fall and "Technology for Historians" with Matt Blessing, University archivist, and Jon Pray, Instructional Media Center, in the spring.

This past February, James Marten was elected to a second term as department chair. While successfully guiding the department through an external review this past fall, Jim also completed two essays. These forthcoming publications include "Not a Veteran in the Poorhouse: Civil War Pensions and Soldiers' Homes," in Gary Gallagher and Joan Waugh, eds., Wars Within a War: Controversy and Conflict over the American Civil War (University of North Carolina Press), and "Dark Days of Misery and Uncertainty: Children and Childhood in 1863 Virginia," in Jack Davis and James I. Robertson, eds., The Civil War in Virginia, 1863 (University of Virginia Press). His Civil War America: Voices from the Homefront (Fordham) appeared this year in paperback. He also gave a talk at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in February as part of a conference celebrating the launch the new journal published by the Society for the History of Children and Youth. As secretary-treasurer of the Society for the History of Children and Youth, Jim traveled to Linköping University in Norrköping, Sweden, for the Society's biannual conference, where he chaired a session on children and war in the 20th century.

Indian Conquistadors:  Indigenous Militaries in the Conquest of MesoamericaLaura Matthew presented "Mexicans, Maya, and Conquest in the Longue Durée of Mesoamerican History" at the Latin American Studies Association annual meeting in Montreal last September, and was an invited speaker addressing "Historiografía de las visiones autóctonas como reto metodológic " at the Centro de Investigaciones Regionales de Mesoamérica in Guatemala last June. Indian Conquistadors: Indigenous Militaries in the Conquest of Mesoamerica, which she co-edited with Michel Oudijk (University of Oklahoma Press) is now available (see the press' webpage for more details). She also has developed extensive websites for her courses; you can visit the Latin America (HIST 71) survey and her course on the History of Mexico.

Grand Opportunity: The Gaelic Revival and Irish Society, 1893-1910Timothy McMahon's book, "Grand Opportunity": The Gaelic Revival and Irish Society, 1893-1910 has just arrived from Syracuse University Press. He also published "Religion and Popular Culture in Nineteeth-Century Ireland," History Compass 5: 3 (Spring 2007): 845-64 and "'Dash and Daring': Imperial Violence and Irish Ambiguity," in Sean Farrell and Danine Farquharson (eds.), Shadows of the Gunmen: Considerations about Violence in Irish History (Cork University Press). Tim delivered papers at the American Conference for Irish Studies, Midwest Regional Meeting ("Training Irish Historians in the Twenty-First Century: Considerations,"), the Meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies ("Éire-Imperator: The Irish Jesuits and the Scramble for Australia, 1860-1900"), and the meeting of the American Historical Association ("More than 'Three Years' Enterprise': The Hibernian Church Missionary Society and the Imperial Enterprise"). Tim was a finalist for the 2008 Excellence in Faculty Advising Award.

Daniel Meissner's publications and teaching over the past year show the range of his scholarly interests. For the Encyclopedia of the Age of the Industrial Revolution (Greenwood) he wrote an entry on "Flour Milling." He also provided the glossary and notes for re-publication of Elizabeth Lewis' novel, Young Fu (Henry Holt), and translated "Reng aiguo shiyejiade jingshen fayang guangda" ["Carrying on the Great and Glorious Spirit of Patriotic Industrialists"] for China Business History. Dan has developed two new courses, a colloquium on medieval East Asia and a lecture course on modern China. You can find out more about them and his other classes on his Web page.

Philip Naylor has completed North Africa: A History from Antiquity to the Present, which will be appearing next spring from the University of Texas Press. Also soon to appear are two book chapters, "The Ecumenical Praxis of Patriarch Athenagoras I (r. 1948-72)" in Justice and Mercy Will Kiss (Marquette University Press), and "Islamic Humanism in the Thought of Ibn Khaldün and Malik bn Nabi (Malik Bennabi)" in The Muslim, Christian, and Jewish Heritage: Philosophical and Theological Explorations in the Abrahamic Traditions (Marquette University Press). The life, thought, and times of the Algerian Malek Bennabi (Malik bn Nabi), a renowned but understudied Islamist, will be the focus of Phil's next book project. He also continues his research and teaching on the history of Rock and Roll and the Byzantine Empire. With this range of expertise, it is no surprise that Phil is heading up the department's new graduate concentration in Global History and in the fall will take over as the Director of Graduate Studies.

Julius Ruff's sabbatical during the spring 2008 semester is devoted to finishing his monograph on banditry and its cultural representations in the Ile-de-France region in the eighteenth century. Discovering the Western Past, the popular reader for Western Civilization courses, which he edited with Merry Wiesner and William Bruce Wheeler, is now in its sixth edition. Last April, he was awarded the Excellence in Advising Award, by the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences.

Annemarie Sawkins, continues to teach the art history survey courses on campus in addition to her role as a curator at the Haggerty Museum of Art. Her research is concentrated on art in the museum's permanent collection, and she has authored a number of essays in conjunction with exhibitions. They include William Hogarth: Pioneer of the Print Series and Master of the Satirical Portrait; Louise Bourgeois: Recent Projects and Hokusai, Hiroshige and the Utagawa School: Japanese Prints from the Haggerty Collection. Annemarie also contributed a chapter entitled "Milwaukee Architecture at the Turn of the Century: Period Revival 1890-1940" to the publication Alexander Eschweiler in Milwaukee: Celebrating a Rich Architectural Heritage, which appeared in conjunction with a major exhibition of the architect's work at the Charles Allis Art Museum in Milwaukee. Last year, she was also invited to guest curate an exhibition at Walker's Point Center for the Art which included a small publication on the various artists. In addition to these projects, she received a Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences Mellon Grant in support of undergraduate education and gave two talks in 2007. Annemarie presented The Golden Age of Japanese Woodblock Prints at the Haggerty Museum of Art on April 26, and "You are not fit to rule": Honoré Daumier's Representations of Women, at the 13th Annual Women's Studies Program Conference, Marquette University (March 22-24). Finally, for the second year in a row, she was awarded an AAMC Foundation Travel Fellowship to attend the Annual Meeting of the Association of Art Museum Curators.

Michael Wert, our specialist in Japanese History, is the second global historian to join the department this academic year. Mike recently presented research on two areas of continuing interest: historical memory of Japan's modern origins, and violence, status and martial arts in early modern Japan. In his free time he teaches Japanese archery and has started a club called the Milwaukee Kyudo Kai with the goal of providing instruction in the Japanese "way of the bow" (kyudo) to people in the Milwaukee area. This summer he will return to teach at Sophia University, a Jesuit school in Tokyo.

Fr. ZepsFr. Michael Zeps continues to blend his musical interests (he plays violin with the University Symphony Orchestra and plays regularly with other local musicians) with his teaching in his popular seminar on Music and Society. We're happy to report that his monochord is now repaired. Along with Fr. Donnelly, Mike was featured in an article on the local Jesuit community in the Winter issue of Marquette Magazine.

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