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Fr. Francis Paul Prucha, S.J.
at the Pere Marquette Dinner





Avella book Steven Avella was elected vice president (and president elect) of the American Catholic Historical Association. He assumes the presidency at the annual meeting in San Diego in January 2010. The Sacramento Archives and Museum Collection Center, Sacramento, California will showcase his most recent book, Sacramento and the Catholic Church: Shaping a Capital City (University of Nevada Press, 2008) on June 12, 2009. This will include a lecture, a special picture display, and a reception. Media outlets frequently called on Fr. Avella to provide historical background and analysis of the appointment of Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan as Archbishop of New York during the spring semester.

Alan Ball has a contract with Oxford University Press to publish a volume of translations and analysis of short pieces about America published in Soviet periodicals aimed at a mass readership—the Soviet equivalent of Sports Illustrated, Life, Ladies’ Home Journal, and Reader’s Digest, to name a few.  The selections are to be organized by topic (American politics, culture, sports, religion, racism, economics, propaganda, foreign policy, status of women, and so forth) and are to span the Cold War decades from the late Stalin years to the beginning of the Gorbachev era. 

John Patrick Donnelly, S.J., published a chapter, "The Jesuits as Peacemakers: Negotiating with Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great and Sitting Bull" in Justice and Mercy will Kiss: Paths to Peace in a World of Many Faiths (Milwaukee: Marquette U.P., 2008) 165-77.

Michael Donoghue has submitted his book manuscript, Imperial Sunset: Zonians, Panamanians, and the Struggle for the Canal Zone 1941-1979, to Duke University Press for review. He led two workshops for Milwaukee Public School teachers, one on “The Monroe Doctrine: Foundation of U.S. Foreign Policy” (November 2008) and the other on Michael Dobb’s One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War (March 2009). He organized a panel called “Culture and Conflict in U.S.-Latin American Relations 1920-1980” that included his paper entitled: "Frontiers of Exclusion, Frontiers of Rebellion: Zonian-Panamanian Cultural Relations 1920-1964" for the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Conference the June 2008. In December 2008 the University awarded him a Summer Faculty Fellowship and a Regular Research Grant for his new research project: "U.S. Military-Cuban Relations 1941-1959.”

Alison Clark Efford, who joined the department last fall as a specialist in immigration and ethnicity in the late nineteenth-century United States, is preparing her manuscript, New Citizens: German Immigrants, African Americans, and the Reconstruction of Citizenship, 1865-1877, for publication. She published book reviews in Ohio History and The Historian. Her article, “Putting Down Roots: Immigrants Build Communities in the United States, 1880s-1920s,” will be published as a module in the Pearson customized reader Retrieving the American Past.

Kristen Foster published “’A Few Thoughts in Vindication of Female Eloquence’: The Case for the Education of Republican Women” in Children and Youth in a New Nation, ed. James Marten (New York, 2008) and “A World of Independent Men: Artisans in the Early Republic,” in The Early Republic: People and Perspectives, ed., Andrew K. Frank (Santa Barbara, CA, 2009).  She also chaired and commented on a panel, "Creating Peoples: Publications and Power in the Atlantic World,” at the Organization of American Historians in March; presented a paper, “A Question of Arming Black Men: L’Ouverture, Douglass, and The Problem of Black Masculinity in America’s Early Republic” at the annual conference for the Society for Historians of the Early Republic; and participated in a Teaching American History Workshop for the Milwaukee Public Schools.

Guenther Irene Guenther was an invited speaker at the German-Jewish Symposium on Culture and Economics at Miami University of Ohio, where she spoke on German and Jewish business relationships in the fashion industry before and after the Holocaust, and at the National World War One Museum in Kansas City, where she talked about German anti-war artists during and after WWI. She discussed fashion, clothing, and “making do” during wartime in an interview on the NPR station in Kansas City. In addition she served as a panelist and commentator on two panels at the German Studies Annual Conference in Minneapolis, published a number of book reviews, and reviewed several manuscripts for possible publication. The college awarded her the Way Klingler Young Scholar Award for a new book-length project on fashion in Berlin, 1945-1949.

Carla Hay continues to serve as the department’s Director of Undergraduate Studies. She spent some of her sabbatical leave in the spring semester working on a monograph that studies celebrity in eighteen-century England. She serves on the editorial boards of The Historian and Milwaukee History.

Thomas Jablonsky, the Harry John Professor of Urban Studies, presented numerous talks relating to his recently published history of Marquette University, published a review in the Journal of American History, and refereed an article for possible publication in the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.

Andrew Kahrl, who has been on leave for 2008-2009 as a Fellow of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University, will begin his career at Marquette in the fall. He published an article, “The Political Work of Leisure: Class, Recreation, and African American Commemoration at Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, 1881-1933,” in the Journal of Social History (Fall 2008). His book, On the Beach: Race and Leisure in the Jim Crow South, is under contract with Harvard University Press.

Lezlie Knox’s book, Creating Clare of Assisi, appeared last August. Since then she has continued to work on her new project on monastic prisons during the later Middle Ages, as well as research for two articles that are sending her in some new directions. This summer she will be writing an article on “Female Saints of the Third Order” for the Cambridge Companion to Saint Francis of Assisi as well as one on the Dominican friary of Santa Caterina in Pisa for the Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle. Moving from nuns to laywomen seems logical; however, for a medievalist to move from the Franciscans to the Dominican Order is a bit like a Packers fan deciding to root for the Bears.

Korieh book Chima Korieh edited, with Philomena Okeke-Ihejirika, Gendering Global Transformations: Gender, Culture, Race, and Identity (New York, 2009) and edited Olaudah Equiano and the Igbo World: History, Society and Atlantic Diaspora (Trenton, NJ, 2009). His book, The Land Has Changed: Gender, Society, and Change in Colonial Eastern Nigeria, 1880 to c. 1980, has been accepted for publication by the University of Calgary Press. His current research focuses on Africans in World War II.  He helped to establish MBARI: The International Journal of Igbo Studies, a peer-reviewed journal, and serves as its first editor.  The first issue appeared in April 2008.

John Krugler’s English and Catholic: The Lords Baltimore in the Seventeenth Century has been published in a paperback edition. He served as member of the program committee for a conference, “The Early Chesapeake: Reflecting Back, Projecting Forward” to be held November 19-21, 2009 and sponsored by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and Historic St. Mary’s City. In November 2008 he presented a talk, “Amateurs, Volunteers, & Co-opted Professionals: Wisconsin Gets its Outdoor Museum,” at the annual meeting of the Old World Wisconsin Foundation. In March he was the lead speaker for a symposium, “Maryland at the Beginning: The 375th Anniversary of the Founding of Maryland,” where he spoke on the topic, “Why Maryland? The Lords Baltimore and their Colonial Enterprises.” He has a contract with Northern Illinois University for his book, Present at the Creation: The People “Behind the History of Old World Wisconsin and Historic St. Mary’s City, 1958-1985. The Edward D. Simmons Religious Commitment Fund has granted Krugler, Matt Blessing, Head of Special Collections and University Archivist, and Jon Pray, Associate Vice Provost for Educational Technology, $2,500 for their class Hist 4901/5101, Technology for Historians. The grant will be used to create an exhibit to commemorate the centennial of the admission of women to undergraduate programs and to celebrate 100 years of women at Marquette.

James Marten edited the anthology Children and Youth in a New Nation (New York: New York University Press, 2009), the second in a projected seven volume series of books American children’s history, and continued working with his co-general editor Elizabeth Foyster on the six-volume Cultural History of Childhood and the Family (Oxford: Berg Publishers), which should be published in 2010. He gave the Summersell Lecture at the University of Alabama in March and accepted invitations to appear on panels dealing with children and war at Kansas State University (October) and Rutgers University-Camden (April). In November he began a four-year term as president of the Society of Civil War Historians. Governor James Doyle appointed him to serve on the Wisconsin Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. He is one of fifteen state experts and leaders in academia, history, law and statesmanship commissioned to recommend and organize scommemorations throughout the state of the 200th anniversary of President Lincoln's birth on Feb. 12, 1809.

Laura Matthew is finishing a book on Nahua and Oaxacan conquistadors from Mexico who allied with the Spanish to conquer Guatemala in the 1500s. Parts of that research -- on a feud between Tlaxcalan and Guatemalan migrants in sixteenth-century Chiapas, Mexico, and on Nahuatl documents from colonial Central America -- are forthcoming in volumes from Pearson/Prentice Hall and the University of Texas Presses. She presented a paper at the Society for American Archaeology 2009 meeting, and will also present at the 53rd Internacional Congreso de Americanistas in Mexico City. She is co-founder and co-director of the Midwest Working Group on Colonial Latin America, an interdisciplinary group of scholars whose spring 2009 meeting, "Law and Religion in the Creation of Colonial Society," was hosted by the Kellogg Center for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

McMahon book Timothy McMahon published “Grand Opportunity”: The Gaelic Revival and Irish Society, 1893-1910 with Syracuse University Press and “Dashing and Daring: Imperial Violence and Irish Ambiguity,” in Shadows of the Gunmen: Considerations about Violence in Irish History (Cork, 2008), 79-89. He also presented three papers this year: “More than ‘Three Years’ Enterprise': The Hibernian CMS and the Imperial Enterprise,” at the annual meeting of the American Historical Society in January 2009; “Serving God’s Empire: Women in the Hibernian Church Missionary Society,” at the annual meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies in April 2009; and "'The Land for the People': A Reconsideration of the Revolution of Rising Expectations" at the Modern British and Irish History Symposium in Madison, Wisconsin, in November 2008.

Daniel Meissner was on sabbatical leave during the spring semester. The Edward D. Simmons Religious Commitment awarded him a grant to fund a panel discussion, “Introduction to Hmong Spirituality and Hmong-Catholic Interfaith Dialogue,” that he hosted at Marquette on March 22, 2009. He published book reviews in The Historian and The Canadian Journal of History, wrote three articles for the Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, and refereed an article manuscript for Twentieth Century China and a book manuscript for Prentice Hall.

Ball and Naylor



Dr. Alan Ball and Dr. Phillip Naylor



Phillip Naylor, who now serves a the department’s Director of Graduate Studies, published “The Ecumenical Praxis of Patriarch Athenagoras I (r. 1948-72)” in Justice and Mercy Will Kiss: Paths to Peace in a World of Many Faiths, edited by Michael K. Duffey and Deborah S. Nash (Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2008); “Abd al-Aziz Bouteflika” and “Hassiba Boulmerka” for the Biographical Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East (Thomson/Gale, 2008); and “Malik Bennabi” for the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World (Oxford, 2008). His book, North Africa: A History from Antiquity to the Present (University of Texas Press) is scheduled for publication this summer. WUWM, Milwaukee’s NPR station, interviewed him about “the day the music died”—the deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper (February 2009) and France24 interviewed him regarding French Arab Policy (April 2009). He presented a talk, “US/North Africa: Strategic Engagement (Historical Context and New Challenges),” at the Institut Français des Relations Internationales, Paris (April 2009).

Ruff and Jablonsky



Dr. Julius Ruff and Dr. Thomas Jablonsky



Julius Ruff published “Popular Violence and its Prosecution in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century France” in Richard McMahon, ed., Crime, Law and Popular Culture in Europe since 1500 (Cullomton, Devon, 2008) and has a Turkish translation of his Violence in Early Modern Europe forthcoming from Bosporus University Press, Istanbul in 2009. He is currently working on three book projects, a monograph on banditry and its cultural representations in the Ile-de-France region in the eighteenth century, a synthetic study of European banditry, and book on the army and the crowd from the Renaissance to Kent State.

Michael Wert taught Japanese history last summer at Sophia University, a Jesuit institution in Tokyo. Throughout the year he published several book reviews and encyclopedia articles, gave several guest lectures at UW Milwaukee, published a peer- reviewed article, and continues revising his book manuscript, The Hero or his Gold: Oguri Tadamasa and the Making of National History in Local Japan.

Annemarie Sawkins, who teaches the art history courses in addition to her role as a curator at the Haggerty Museum of Art, published “Historical Analysis of Zurbarán’s Saint Apollonia,” which appeared in the Journal of the History of Dentistry, 56: 3 (Winter 2008). She received a Royal Danish Embassy grant in support of stop.look.listen: an exhibition of video work, Haggerty Museum of Art (October 23-2008-February 22, 2009) and for the second consecutive year, was awarded an Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) Foundation Travel Fellowship to attend the 2008 Annual Meeting of the Association of Art Museum Curators in Los Angeles. She presented talks at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and at the Milwaukee Public Museum juried several exhibitions including Arts on the River at MEC, the Wisconsin Visual Artists Portrait Exhibition, and the 3rd Annual Hidden River Art Festival, Sharon Wilson Center for the Arts.

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