Current Student/Alumni News

Jodi Bertram (B.A., 2007), a former winner of the department’s Jablonowski Award for best undergraduate research paper, will be heading to Scotland this fall to start work on a master’s degree in medieval history at St. Andrew’s University. She has spent the past year studying Latin and French at UWM. She also delivered a paper on images of Joan of Arc in a fifteenth-century French manuscript at the regional Phi Alpha Theta meeting held this past October at UWM.

Anna Carello (B.A., 2005), who has been teaching in Boston the past three years, has been admitted to the Doctoral Program in Education at Boston University.

Jim Conway (B.A., 2007) is completing his first year at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis. He earned the highest marks in his legal writing class and is currently ranked in the top 10% of his class. He writes that he "attributes much of the success I have had to the writing skills I honed in the history classes I took at Marquette. Although I thought that you history profs were being sticklers for ridiculous missed periods and commas in the Chicago citation rules and other minor mistakes, I have learned here that a missed citation for a judge’s brief, for example, is akin to making up a legal precedent, and therefore the meticulous attention is very important. … I am finding that the key feature that employers look for in new attorneys is writing skills. As appealing as Law and Order makes oral argument seem, it is time in the library and in front of the computer screen that really pays off." (We had to put that in quotes or you’d think we made it up!) Not all of his time is being spent on legal briefs, however. An essay Jim wrote for Dr. Jablonsky’s Urban History seminar is being revised for publication in Milwaukee History.

Elizabeth Dillenberg (B.A., 2008) will be entering the M.A. program in History at Marquette this fall to concentrate on British History. During the 2007-2008 year, Elizabeth was an intern in the History Department and also served as the president of Alpha Delta, our chapter of Phi Alpha Theta.

A "much needed kick in the pants" from her advisor, Carla Hay and encouragement from Fr. Zeps in Western Civ, helped Kerry Dunn (B.A., 1996) turn from an indifferent high school student into a high achieving History major. While at Marquette, she became president of Phi Alpha Theta and has gone on to a successful career. She writes that after graduating from Marquette, she earned a masters degree from the University of Massachusetts. She taught in Japan for a year, and will soon be starting her 10th year teaching at Framingham High School. Her regular classes include AP US history, Political Theory, International Relations, and special ed inclusion US history. She also teaches as an adjunct instructor in the education schools at Framingham State College and Brandeis University on subjects such as the "Pedagogy of Teaching History," and teaching about Japanese history and international conflicts. Kerry encourages any history majors who are interested in pursuing an M.A.T degree and history teaching certification at Brandeis to contact her (

Charles R. Gallagher, S.J. (Ph.D., 1997), is currently completing his theological studies in London. He recently published Vatican Secret Diplomacy: Joseph P. Hurley P. Hurley and Pope Pius XII (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008).

Jessica Gile (M.A., 2007) will be starting work on her second master’s degree this fall at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She will be concentrating on Archival Records Management as a part of her graduate work in Library and Information Science.

Jim Haas (B.A., 1950) wrote with his memories of some of his professors including Frank Klement ("a brilliant teacher and first-rate scholar") and medievalist Dr. Smith ("an encyclopedic and enthusiastic teacher"). After Marquette, Jim earned his doctorate in History at Illinois and then spent the next 34 years teaching at the University of Southern Illinois. He retired in 1996. Since then, he and his wife (whom he met at Illinois) have been world travelers, although it has been at least twenty years since he visited Marquette on the occasion of a meeting of the Conference on British Studies.

Dan Heimmermann (Ph.D., 1994), who has been chair of the history and political science department at the University of North Alabama, was recently named Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas-Brownsville. He will begin his new job in the fall.

Erik Heinrichs, (B.A., 2000) who double majored in history and German, will receive his Ph.D. in early modern German history next spring from Harvard University.

Ryan Hoffman (B.A., 2007) is head of shipping and receiving at the Eisenhower Center, a nonprofit work facility for people with developmental problems. Outside of work, he is spending a lot of time fishing and offers instructions to any historians interested in the sport.

Nicole Johnson (B.A., 2007) is enrolled in joint program in History and Library Science and Information Services at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Nicole is one of the first graduates to earn an interdisciplinary minor in Public History.

Patrick Jung (Ph.D., 1997), an assistant professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, published The Black Hawk War of 1832 (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2007).

Charles Keenan (B.A., 2009) will be an intern in the History Department during the 2008-2009 year. He also will be working on a major research project as a part of his Honors degree. Charles is examining the lives of Renaissance cardinals, specifically how the distinction between rich and poor cardinals plays out in aspects of their lives including their courts, residences, and aspects of their daily lives.

Peter Kirby (B.A., 2008) will begin to law school at Valparaiso University this fall.

Sarah Kirby’s research project, "The Rule of Law in China: Great Possibility or Doomed Failure?" was the winner of the Raynor Library’s Dittman Award for Best Research Paper at the Junior/Senior level. She wrote the paper for Dr. Meissner’s seminar on Modern China—you can see a picture of both of them, with the other winners on the library’s Web page. Her win makes it a "four-peat" as papers written by History majors or grad students have won an award each year since 2005 (these recent History winners include Jim Conway, Joanna Burgarino, and Aaron Stockham).

Mark Larson (B.A., 2008) would probably win a contest for Marquette student with the most stamps collected in his passport over the past year. Over the past year he has traveled (in chronological order) to Argentina, Spain, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, India, Nepal, Peru, Cambodia, Japan, and the Netherlands. Most recently, he spent spring break in South Africa. Following graduation and his Army commissioning, he will be stationed at Fort Carson in Colorado. You can read Mark’s perspectives on life at Marquette and beyond in his column for the Marquette Tribune.

Although she will not officially graduate until May 2009, Emily Lonergan will be starting law school next fall. Emily is a part of the pre-Law Scholars programs which allows for accelerated admission to the Marquette Law School. Emily also won a scholarship for her studies there, which may concentrate on Human Rights Law, a topic she has explored in Dr. Guenther’s Genocide course. Outside of her classes, RA-work, and participation in Mock Trial, she has been engaging in battle with her sister (a UW-Madison alumna) to persuade their brother to become a Golden Eagle, not a Badger. He’s chosen Madison… for now. Emily is plugging for a mid-year transfer.

Ben Martorell (B.A., 2007) will be starting his graduate work on Arabic Studies this fall at DePaul University.

John McCarthy (Ph.D., 2005), an assistant professor of history at Robert Morris University, answers questions about midwestern cities in the "Ask an Urban Historian: Midwest" Feature on the American website.

Mark McGarvie (M.A., 1998) writes that he is now in his fifth year at University of Richmond since earning his Ph.D. at Indiana University. He is the prelaw advisor and teaches early American history and leadership studies. He currently is researching the life and thought of St. George Tucker in preparation for writing his third book.

Prior to starting the M.A. program in History at Marquette this fall, Mallory Musolf (B.A., 2008) will be spending the summer in Washington D.C. working as a faculty advisor (teaching) for Jr. NYLC. The Junior National Young Leaders Conference (JrNYLC) helps scholars develop and sharpen their leadership skills by examining the leaders of the past and empowering them to make a positive social impact in their community and the world.

Kelly O’Donnell (B.A., 2003) writes that she was inspired by Dr. Meissner’s classes to study in China at the Beijing Center. She continued to develop her interest in international affairs program where she served for two years in Micronesia where she spent two years with the Jesuit Volunteers International program. While there, she taught at a boarding high school (English literature, English skills, and computer science), directed the Campus Ministry program, and started the school’s first drama club. She also has worked in Chicago as a Case Manager at a Refugee Resettlement Program through Catholic Charities and in Washington DC at the Migration Policy Institute—a bipartisan think-tank—as the primary research assistant on the Iraqi refugee crisis. Kelly’s work on refugee resettlement, laws and processes are featured in a report distributed by the Brookings Institution.

Elizabeth (Betsy) Quick (B.A., 2008) will be heading to the University of Illinois this fall to begin her graduate work in Latin American History.

In this election year, Junior Jason Rae (B.A., 2009) has received much attention from the national media as the Democratic Party’s youngest super delegate. You can read about his interest and involvement in politics in the new spring issue of Marquette Magazine.

Patricia Richard (Ph.D., 2001), was promoted to associate professor with tenure at Metropolitan State College of Denver in 2007. She is the author of Busy Hands: Images of the Family in the Northern Civil War Effort (New York: Fordham University Press, 2003).

Jon Shaffer (B.A., 2005) has been admitted to the Ohio State University graduate program in Japanese history. He has spent the last two years teaching in Japan through the JET Program.

Alisyn (Ali) Stuebner (B.A., 2007) is enrolled in the graduate program in historic preservation at the University of Maryland at College Park. She is one of the first students to earn the interdisciplinary minor in Public History.

Heather Stur (M.A., 2003), completed her Ph.D. in modern U. S. history at UW-Madison this spring and will begin as a tenure-track assistant professor at the University of Southern Mississippi this fall.

Katy Tomlinson (B.A., 2006) just graduated with her MS in Counseling and Student Development from Eastern Illinois University with a thesis titled "A Look at the Relationship Underage Drinking Rates has with Student Involvement Rates on a Mid-sized, Midwestern College Campus." She is currently looking for a full time position as a residence hall director (Katy was an RA while at Marquette).

May Vue (B.A., 2007) is currently a law student at the Hamline University School of Law. She will be clerking in the public defenders’ office this summer.

Daryl Webb (Ph.D., 2006) will begin his first year as a tenure-track assistant professor at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee in Fall 2008.

Edward Woell (Ph.D., 1997), associate professor of history at Western Illinois University, published Small-Town Martyrs & Murderers: Religious Revolution & Counterrevolution in Western France, 1774-1914 (Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2006).

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