News from Graduate Students

Ph.D. students John French and Enaya Othman received funds for travel to present papers at professional conferences in a competitive grant program in the College of Arts and Sciences.

A Smith Family Fellowship allowed Monica S. Gallamore to focus on researching and writing her dissertation, a biography Hildegarde, a mid-twentieth century American entertainer and MU student. Her travel grant funded work in NYC last fall and helped her facilitate the acquisition of seven decades of diaries of the entertainer “The Incomparable Hildegarde” for the Marquette University Archives. For more information, see:

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Monica Gallamore, Christine Jaworski (MA, MU history, 2006), Matt Blessing (MU Archives), Don Dellair (the Donor), Stanford Lester (MA, MU history 2008) acquiring the diaries of "The Incomparable Hidegarde"


In April, she presented two papers: “Introducing the Incomparable Hildegarde: The Sexuality, Style, and Image of a Forgotten Cultural Icon” at the Popular Culture / American Culture Association National Conference in New Orleans, LA and  “Moonshine, Policewomen, and Shimmy Queens: How the Federated Church Women of Milwaukee County ‘Saved’ the City” at the Western Social Science Association Conference in Albuquerque, NM. The graduate school awarded her another Smith Family Fellowship for the next academic year, which will fund research in Lynchburg, VA, Cherry Hill, NJ, and Madison, WI.




Ann Ostendorf garnered two significant awards the year. The history department named her as a Casper Teaching Fellow, which gave her the opportunity to teach an undergraduate seminar, Hist 196, “Popular Culture in the 19th Century US.” The department honored her as the first Prucha-Theoharis Outstanding Graduate Student Award winner.



Bryan Rindfleisch will study for his Ph. D. at the University of Oklahoma. He has been awarded a graduate assistantship for next year.

Ken Shonk conducted dissertation research in Ireland during the fall of 2008. He presented papers entitled "Her Place in the Home--Women and the Reconstitution of Irish Republicanism, 1926-37" at the 2008 National Meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies in Davenport, Iowa and "Bright Days are Coming--In Quaker Gray!' Fianna Fáil and the Reconstitution of Irish Femininity" at the Northeast Conference of Irish Studies in Newcastle, United Kingdom in November 2008. He was an invited delegate (and only American) at the Biannual Conference for Irish Historians in Britain held at the University of Warwick in September 2008. He serves as a Disciplinary Research Fellow with the University of Pittsburgh's Institute for Learning.

The Joseph L. Peyser Endowment awarded Adam Steuck his second consecutive mini-grant to conduct research for his dissertation, “A Place Under Heaven: Amerindian Torture and Cultural Violence in Colonial New France,” in the French Michillimackinac Collection at Western Michigan University. His essay, "To Be Eaten By The Children of Captains: Amerindian Torture and Cultural Violence in Early Eighteenth Century New France" will published in a collection of essays on Amerindians in New France in 2010 by SUNY Press.

Karalee Surface has been admitted to the Ph. D. program at Marquette University.

This year Monica Witkowski held the Smith Family Travel Fellowship under which she continued her dissertation research in Annapolis, Maryland. She also presented a paper entitled “Of ‘Saucy Language’ and ‘Poor Distressed Widows’: Witchcraft in Early Maryland and its Effects on the Status of Women” at the 2009 Western Association of Women Historians Conference in Santa Clara, California. She has been awarded the Arthur J. Schmitt Fellowship for the 2009-2010 school year.

New Ph.D.s:

In the WOW! Department, the department welcomed eight new members to our profession with their graduations. Researching and writing the dissertation for the student and director alike is, among other things, a time-consuming process. So congratulations to the newly-minted doctors of philosophy in history and to their dedicated advisers and directors.

Steven Avella directed two students through the dissertation process:  

Enaya Othman, “The American Friends Mission in Ramallah, Palestine: A Case Study of American-Arab Encounter, 1869-1948.”

John Vietoris, “Religion and Race: Interaction Between the Catholic Church and the African-American Community in Milwaukee, 1908-1968.” He teaches at Lewis University, Romeoville, IL.

Kristen Foster directed Ann Ostendorf ‘s dissertation, “Antebellum Music Culture of the Southern Mississippi River and the Creation of an American National Identity.” Ann has a tenure track appointment at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA.

Three students completed their dissertations under the supervision of Carla Hay:

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Dr. Carla Hay places the hood over Jodi Eastberg


Jodi Eastberg, “West Meets East: British Perceptions of China as Demonstrated in the Life and Works of Sir George Thomas Staunton, 1781-1859.” She teaches at Alverno College in Milwaukee.

Thomas Sobbotke, “The Imperial Enterprise: Anglo-American Reaction to the Spanish American and Boer Wars, 1898-1902.”

Wayne Riggs, “Religion in Britain During the Great War: A Comparative Study of the Church of England, the Church of Scotland and the Ro. Catholic Church.” Wayne teaches at Flagler College, St. Augustine, FL.

Two more students completed their Ph. D. requirements under the guidance of Thomas Jablonsky:

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Dr. Steven Avella, standing in for Dr. Thomas Jablonsky, places the hood over Jason Hustutler


Jason Hostutler, “Smokestacks and Steeples: An Analysis of the Milwaukee CatholicChurch in the Industrial Era, 1870-1930.” He will be teaching at Mount Mary College next fall.

David Schroeder, “Mr. Justice Pierce Butler and the New Deal.” This fall David will begin teaching history at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN.


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