McMahon and Knox

Faculty Promotions

Based on the enthusiastic endorsement of their colleagues and of peers in their research fields and on their achievements in scholarship and teaching, the University promoted Lezlie Knox and Timothy McMahon to Associate Professor with tenure.

Lezlie’s teaching interests include Medieval Europe: Crusades, Gender; Historical Methodology. She received her Ph. D. from the University of Notre Dame in 1999 and secured a tenure-track appointment at California State University at Long Beach where she taught medieval history and directed the program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Before taking up residence at Marquette, she used her grant from the American Council of Learned Societies/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship for Junior Faculty to research her book. She published that book, Creating Clare of Assisi: Female Franciscan Identities in Later Medieval Italy, last year and is currently working on another book that considers prisons and imprisonment practices within the two major religious orders of the later Middle Ages, the Franciscans and the Dominicans. Lezlie is married to John, who teaches Mathematics at Carroll University in Waukesha. They have a one-year-old son named Alexander.

Tim’s teaching interests include modern Britain and Ireland. He received his Ph. D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2001. He came to Marquette as Visiting Assistant Professor in 2001 and a gained a tenure-track appointment in 2004. He published his book, “Grand Opportunity”: The Gaelic Revival and Irish Society, 1893-1910, in 2008. He is presently engaged in researching a book tentatively entitled The Irish Mission: Reflections on Imperial Involvement, 1890-1910 and writing four articles on Irish history. He is married to Anne Coulling and they have two children, William Patrick and Mary Catherine.

Mitchem Fellow

This year the department hosted Sherri Harper-Charleston of the University of Michigan as an Arnold L. Mitchem Dissertation Fellow, which seeks to increase the presence of underrepresented ethnic groups in the professoriate by sponsoring doctoral candidates in the final stages of their dissertations.. In addition to teaching an undergraduate colloquium on race and citizenship, Sherri completed and successfully defended her dissertation, "The Fruits of Citizenship: African Americans, Military Service, and the Cause of Cuba Libre, 1898-1914."

The program honors Dr. Arnold L. Mitchem who earned his Ph. D. from Marquette and founded Marquette's Educational Opportunity Program. He served as its director from 1969-86. On March 5, 2009, Sherri and Lauren Mason, Mitchem Fellow in English, presented their research to approximately fifty students and faculty.

Klement Lecture/Legacies of Lincoln Conference

The history department will commemorate the Bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth with a lecture and conference on October 1-2, 2009.  Both events are free and open to the public.  Allen Guelzo, Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era and Director, Civil War Era Studies, at Gettysburg College will deliver the Klement Lecture in the evening of October 1.  Dr. Guelzo is the only two-time winner of the Lincoln Prize, the most prestigious book award for historians of the Civil War era, which he won for Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President (1999), Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America (2004).  His most recent book is ''Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates That Defined America" (2008).

The Legacies of Lincoln Conference, co-sponsored with the MU Law School on Friday, October 2, will examine Abraham Lincoln in three contexts: Lincoln and the Constitution, Lincoln and Politics, and Lincoln the Lawyer.  Each panel will feature a major talk and two shorter talks by leading experts.  The lead panelists are:

Lincoln and the Constitution

Michael Les Benedict, professor emeritus of history at The Ohio State University, who is author of The Impeachment and Trial of Andrew Johnson (1973); A Compromise of Principle: Congressional Republicans and Reconstruction (1975); and The Blessings of Liberty (1996, rev. ed. 2005); and editor of Sources in American Constitutional History (1996).  Alison Clark Efford and James Marten, members of the MU history department, will also participate on this panel.

Lincoln and Politics

Heather Cox Richardson, professor of history at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, who is the author of The Greatest Nation of the Earth: Republican Economic Policies During the Civil War (1997) and The Death of Reconstruction: Race, Labor, and Politics in the Post-Civil War North, 1865-1901 (2001)

Lincoln the Lawyer

Mark Steiner, professor at the South Texas College of Law, is author of An Honest Calling: The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln (2006).

More information will be available later in the year.

Chima Korieh has organized an International Conference on Biafra-Nigeria Civil War that Marquette will host on Sept. 25-26, 2009. In 1967, Nigeria was plunged into a brutal civil war with secessionist Biafra that lasted for thirty months, and ended with the surrender of Biafra and a re-assimilation of Biafrans into Nigeria. The conference will reexamine the civil war from the perspective of non-military support of the war effort, and the lingering human costs of that conflict. For more information, click here for the conference website.

Zupko Scholarships


At the Père Marquette dinner on May 7, Fr. Robert Wild announced that Dr. Ron Zupko and his wife Kay had pledged a $1 million gift to endow a scholarship fund for qualified Milwaukee Public School high school graduates. Professor Zupko, an internationally recognized expert on metrology, taught Medieval history at Marquette from 1966 until his retirement in 2002 and then for four additional years as a professor emeritus. Mrs. Zupko taught at Lloyd Street School for 32 years before she retired in 2006. The gift intertwines their careers in way that will benefit MPS students who need financial assistance. Of the gift, Fr. Wild said, “I am truly inspired by the extraordinary vision, generosity and commitment these two teachers are making to students.” The assembled faculty, administrators, and staff members attending the Père Marquette dinner gave the Zupkos a standing ovation.


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