Chris Chan's recent research projects include a comparison of Hong Kong's reunification with China with the reunification of the North and the South following the American Civil War and an investigation of an 1888 case in Milwaukee where two Chinese laundrymen were charged with kidnapping and abusing a number of young Caucasian girls, and the ensuing race riots rocked the city. Chris also remains a very active member of the G.K. Chesterton Society. He is a contributing editor to the society's magazine and writes a regular column of literary criticism for it. One of his essays was nominated for a Pushcart Prize!
Monica Gallamore passed her Doctoral Qualifying Exams (DQEs) this spring and will now be concentrating on her dissertation research. Her work focuses on the Incomparable Hildegard, a performer who was most popular in the 1940s and 1950s. She will have a Smith Family Research Fellowship for 2008/ 2009, which will allow her to travel this summer and next year to important archival collections in Santa Fe, Laramie, New York City, and Philadelphia. Monica presented a paper, "Moonshine, Policewomen, and Shimmy Queens: How the Federated Church Women of Milwaukee County 'Saved' the City" at the Southwestern Historical Association conference held in March in Las Vegas. This summer she also will be researching as well as training for her second Danskin Triathlon.
Charissa Keup's paper, "'Sisters, Unite!': The Opening Years of the Women's Liberation Movement in Milwaukee, 1967-1972" was awarded Best Graduate Student Paper and Presentation at the regional Phi Alpha Theta conference held at UWM in October. She also presented a paper at the Southwestern Social Science Association Conference in Las Vegas in March. Charissa will be continuing her research on teenage sexuality in the twentieth century as a part of her Ph.D. work here at Marquette.
Tim Lay will be taking his DQEs at the end of the summer. Thanks to the Smith Family Fellowship, he will be traveling to London in the fall for dissertation research. His project is entitled National Identity and the Construction of British Militarism, 1890-1916.
Ann Ostendorfis continuing work on her dissertation looking at the musical culture of the lower Mississippi river valley from 1800-1860 and how this region became part of the nation. She won a second year of funding from the Smith Family Fellowship which allowed her to return to New Orleans and other areas along the lower Mississippi for additional research. She presented some of her arguments at the Louisiana Historical Association Conference in a paper titled "The Spanish Never Made Us Dance the Fandango: The 'War of the Quadrilles' and the Making of an American Territory." She also spoke on "Making American Music: the Call for an American Music Culture" to the West Side Solders'Aid Society in Milwaukee and has written several encyclopedia articles. Ann will teach a graduate course at Cardinal Stritch University this summer and has been awarded the Casper Teaching Fellowship for 2008-2009.
Ken Shonk is currently studying Irish Gaelic for his dissertation research. He is examining Irish-language editorials in the Irish Press (the newspaper of the Irish Republican party Fianna Fail) in the hopes of discerning the party's views on women, modernity, and European fascism. His research already has led to a conference presentation, "Her Place in the Home"—Fianna Fáil and the reconstitution of Irish femininity, 1926-37," which Ken delivered at the American Conference for Irish Studies National Conference at St. Ambrose University in September, 2007. He also spoke on "Partners in Decolonization—Kwame Nkrumah, Eamon de Valera and National Liberation Discourse" at the International Meeting of the World History Association in July 2007. He has recently published reviews in the Journal of British History, the New Hiberian Review, Teaching History, and H-Nationalism. He is the author of several encyclopedia articles, including "Blacks in Ireland" for The Encyclopedia of the Black Diaspora in Europe (Greenwood Press, forthcoming, 2008).
Adam Stueck's dissertation in progress is entitled "A Place Under Heaven: Amerindian Torture and Cultural Violence in Seventeenth Century New France." He presented "Drawn From 500 Leagues by the Smell of Fresh Human Flesh: Amerindian Torture in Eighteenth Century New France" at the Atlantic History Seminar at Cambridge, Mass this past August and just recently traveled to Yale University to present at the annual Omohondro Institute Conference, co sponsored by Yale and the College of William and Mary on the subject of "Caresses and the Cross: the Jesuit Response to Amerindian Torture in Seventeenth Century New France." He recently received a grant from the Joseph L. Peyser Endowment for the Study of New France to support his archival research.
"Lack of Oversight: The Relationship between Congress and the FBI, 1907-1975," is the title of Aaron Stockham's dissertation. This fall he will be returning to his alma mater in Utah to teach high school as he completes his writing. Aaron will be teaching not only his main field of US History, but also some World and European classes.
Kylene Tucker's research has concentrated on Renaissance Florence and its merchant community. She will earn her M.A. this May and is currently deciding between the Library and Information Studies programs at Maryland, South Carolina, and Louisiana State for her second master's degree.
Clare Wilson delivered a paper at the International Congress on Medieval Studies held annually at Western Michigan University (known to medievalists as "Kalamazoo"). Her presentation, "The Unsung Hero: Huon de Bordeaux and the Troubadour's Self-Image," is drawn from research for her master's essay. In addition to her studies at Marquette, Clare studied Latin last summer at UC-Berkeley and participated in the seminar "Introduction to the Troubadours" at the Newberry Library in Chicago this spring. Next fall, she will begin her doctoral studies in medieval history at the City University of New York.
Monica Witkowski passed her doctoral qualifying exams this fall and has spent the last year teaching the one-semester survey of US History, HIST 006. She is currently working on her dissertation, tentatively entitled "Women, the Law, and Aberrant Behavior in Colonial Maryland, 1648-1734." Monica has been awarded the Smith Family Fellowship for the 2008-2009 school year and will be traveling to Maryland and the D.C. area to do research for her dissertation.