History Newsletter

Letter from the Chair

James Marten

Welcome to the fifteenth edition of the MU History Department’s newsletter!

 Until early this spring, we’d had our normal year, full of accomplishments and scholarly enterprise. But that all changed at spring break, when the COVID-19 pandemic washed over the United States, Wisconsin, and Milwaukee, and students and faculty were told to stay off campus.  Classes met via Microsoft Teams or Zoom or Facetime; the word “remote” will forever inspire memories of fuzzy images, scrambled voices, and isolation. As of late May, no reports have come to me of serious illnesses among our faculty and students, which is, of course, a blessing. But a number of traditions and events were inevitably canceled, including the Casper Lecture, the Phi Alpha Theta initiation and lecture, the end of year party and recognition of outstanding graduate students, and, of course, graduation. Some will be rescheduled, but the disruption of these social and scholarly events will be one of the more memorable parts of the semester.

 Everyone had to adapt, uploading notes, videos, and powerpoints, changing assignments, holding virtual office hours, scrambling to find readings to replace lectures.  But some instructors were able to make the crisis a teachable moment; a blog posted earlier this spring on Historians@Work described some of the ways in which instructors incorporated the crisis into their courses.Discussion in Dr. Efford's grad seminar

Recognizing that we would not be able to wish graduating seniors farewell and good luck in person, the faculty sent a letter to our Seniors instead.

Finally, once the university prohibited funded travel (through grants or other internal funding), it became impossible for us to hold our annual Casper Lecture or to fund graduate student research grants, which help students travel to archives for dissertation or other research. Instead, Tim McMahon and Lezlie Knox designed the Casper COVID Research Grant, which provided summer funding while grad students conducted their own non-travel research, and the Casper COVID Research Assistance Award, which enabled students to work alongside a faculty member pursuing a project. Both allowed students to work while following the safer at home policies. Next year’s newsletter will report on the projects funded by these small grants.

Before closing, I want to announce a change in department leadership: Lezlie Knox will become chair on July 1.  A native of Madison and with a Notre Dame PhD, she became our medieval historian in 2002.  Lezlie’s scholarship includes the monograph Creating Clare Of Assisi: Female Franciscan Identities In Later Medieval Italy (2008) and a co-edited work, Visions of Sainthood in Medieval Rome: The Lives of Margherita Colonna by Giovanni Colonna and Stefania (2018). Among her many contributions to the university over the years are her work with the Honors Program and on the Committee on Research; in the department she has served a number of terms on the Executive Committee and as Director of Graduate Studies for six years.

This year, as they say, will truly be one for the books! But some normal things occurred, too, so please enjoy this year’s newsletter. Also, check us out on Facebook or at our website.

Take care,
Jim Marten

  • Our Letter to the Seniors
  • Jim's Last Waltz
  • Newsletter Highlights
  • Faculty News
  • Public Programming
  • Undergraduate Student News 
  • Graduate News

Our Letter to Seniors

No one would have imagined last August that before this school year ended, we’d be in the middle of a historic event.  The COVID-19 virus suddenly changed everything we did: the ways we taught and learned, of course, but also how we communicated, shopped, and considered our futures. It’s been extraordinarily disruptive, and nothing about your last semester at Marquette or your graduation has been or will be normal.           

But we want you to know that it’s been our privilege and pleasure to have known you. We hope that we were able to help teach you some useful skills and tell you a few good stories.  We’re proud to have been among the teachers and mentors and advisers who have tried to guide you toward a fulfilling future.  Although each us would probably articulate differently our deepest wishes for you as you start this next phase of your life, we hope that you’ve all come to understand history in a way that is meaningful and useful to you.  As Pia Russo, who is combining majors in History, Education, and Theatre, wrote on a discussion board toward the end of the semester,

Even though I had never put words to it, I supposed I viewed history as . . . you would learn things about that period or person, or yourself, or how you can take that knowledge into life today. But this semester I realized that the study of history was an uncovering of mysteries, of putting pieces together for the sake of understanding that specific time. While I don't think my view on history was invalid, I realized that it was perhaps self-centered. It was a strange moment where I saw how someone could have a truly different perspective than myself. And there is overlap, the things you discover about the past do inform our present, but that pure love of learning about the past and trying to figure it out for the sake of figuring it out, it's admirable, and I think I understand it a little better now.

We’re sure you all have your own ideas about how your views on history and the world have changed over the last few years and we’re happy to have played at least small part in that development.

Congratulations, good luck, and please let us know how you’re doing and where you land as we emerge from this strange and uncomfortable time.

Jim’s Last Waltz

This is my last newsletter as chair of the history department. In 2004 I rather suddenly became acting chair when my predecessor, Lance Grahn, left for a job as dean at UW-Stevens Point.  I was elected to a full term later than year, and I’ve been chair ever since. 

It’s been the greatest privilege of my professional career.

The department has evolved a great deal during the last decade-and-a-half: we added several tenure lines and branched out into new areas (particularly in global history and race and ethnic history); we built up our public history and internship programs (for undergraduates and graduates alike); we moved from our rather decrepit offices in Coughlin Hall to our resplendent surroundings in Sensenbrenner (have we mentioned the skylight?); we’ve endured having to deliver countless strategic plans and “visioning” documents and hiring schemes; we worked through almost existential issues while creating a “workload document”; and we’ve adapted to a complete overhaul of the core curriculum.

And members of our department have won a dozen university and college teaching, advising, mentoring, and research awards.

Other things have happened, I’m sure, but what has been rewarding to me and a tribute to all of the members of the department is that we’ve gone through all of this without the devastating fights and divisions that can often plague academic departments (or any organization, I suppose). We can disagree without being mean or personal. And we’ve shared in life passages—retirements and deaths, colleagues’ children being born and coming of age (my daughter was a first-year student at MU and my son was in fifth grade when I became chair; they’re 35 and 27 now and we have a grandson!), and the other large and small events that make our lives.

All of this is why I was glad that the department kept electing me chair. Most department chairs burn out because of internal divisions and strife, even among well-meaning colleagues. The other chairs in the college were a little jealous when I told them of our collegiality and ability to work through thorny problems and disagreements without causing irreparable harm. I kind of dreaded the day when I would no longer be chair.

But we all agreed that this term would be my last; no one wanted me to serve “a term too far” (a lame reference to the epic WWII movie “A Bridge Too Far”). We held our election a year early and the faculty chose Lezlie Knox.  She’s been serving as assistant chair throughout 2020-2021; the transition will be seamless and she’ll be a great chair! 

I also want to note here how much I’ve appreciated the work of Jolene Kreisler, who has been our administrative assistant for most of the time I’ve been chair. But she’s much more than that—to most students (and probably a few faculty members), Jolene IS the History Department. As I wrote in my most recent annual review of Jolene: “I’m sure that anyone reading the last few years of Jolene’s performance appraisals will think I’m a broken record, but Jolene continues to work hard and effectively and to fully ‘own’ her responsibilities and her position in the department. She truly makes everyone’s job easier. . . . She received the College’s ‘Staff Person of the Year’ award in 2018, but she could be nominated every year!” I’ll write something along those lines this year, in my last evaluation of her excellent work.

While flipping through channels earlier this spring, I happened across “The Last Waltz,” Martin Scorsese’s documentary about the last concert by “The Band.” The 1978 film commemorated the group’s sixteen years of playing everywhere from dive bars and dance halls to theaters and arenas. I was in college when the The Band called it quits, and I was never a particularly big fan (although I do like the movie).  I’m ending my own sixteen years—of serving as chair of this wonderful department. At one point, front man Robbie Robertson declares, “Sixteen years on the road—the numbers start to scare ya.”

They don’t scare me, but there are some numbers that give me a little perspective. I’ve served. under six different deans during my time as chair—two permanent, four acting or interim—and the other twelve departments in the college have had a total of about sixty chairs while I’ve served. Among the current history faculty, there are only two that I did not either hire or help get promoted to associate or full professor. These numbers and many others are just additional ways of measuring that, geez, I’m getting old.  It’s time to be a regular faculty member for a while, which I’ll do when I return from my sabbatical.

Is that “The Weight” I hear playing in the background?—"take a load off, Marten . . . “—yeah, it’s been exactly like The Band, without the Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n Roll.

Two of the highlights of this year’s faculty news were Jenn Finn’s successful nomination for promotion to associate professor with tenure and Carla Hay’s successful nomination to Associate Professor Emerita effective upon her retirement next December. Jenn came to Marquette in 2015 as our first ancient historian.  Her first book, Much Ado about Marduk: Questioning Discourses of Royalty in First Millennium Mesopotamian Literature, came out a couple of years ago.  Carla will complete fifty years of teaching at Marquette in December. Among her many contributions to Marquette and the field have been leadership positions on committees related to the role of woman at Marquette and in the NCAA; she was also the president of Phi Alpha Theta, the international honor society for history. She is the author of James Burgh: Spokesman for Reform in Hanoverian England. 


Steven AvellaSteven Avella became the third member of the history faculty to receive the Haggerty Award for Excellence in Research, the university’s most prestigious award for scholarship. Steve has published over a dozen books on the history of Catholicism in the United States, including volumes on the Milwaukee and Chicago archdioceses.  The citation for his award reads:

Steve Avella effortlessly combines his twin vocations—as an ordained priest and as a scholar—in his teaching, community outreach, and scholarship. He has brought scholarly rigor and a critical perspective to an old but often staid genre of historical writing: the diocesan history.  He was one of the first historians in the US (or anywhere) to integrate social and political contexts into diocesan histories. His work has helped to explain the complicated transformations in the Catholic Church in the decades since the Second World War.  His leadership in the “cultural turn” in this field is evidenced by his election to the presidency of the most important association of historians of Catholicism in the United States. At the same time, he has become a beloved classroom teacher, mentored over a dozen PhD students, and brought his scholarship to the public in dozens of public lectures and presentations to diocesan organizations.

Steve is one of a handful of MU faculty to be honored for both his scholarship and his teaching, having received the university’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2010.

Below is a sampling of the other accomplishments by members of the history faculty:

  • Scow StatsAlan Ball continued to publish original statistical studies of the Wisconsin State Supreme Court on his SCOWStats website; it was featured in an article in the Journal Sentinel.
  • Michael Donoghue once again led a class of students to Cuba during J-Term in January (along with Laura Matthew) and continued working on two book projects, one on Cuba and one on Panama.  Last fall he delivered the paper "Nationalist Conflict at the Panama Canal: The Long Battle over the Waterway 1935-1978" at the Congress of History, Anthropology, and Tourism at the University of Panama.
  • Alison Efford published “What Historians Can Learn From Translators,” in the Organization of American Historians magazine, the American Historian. It relates to her current co-editing project of the letters of the Milwaukee German-American abolitionist and feminist Mathilde Franziska Anneke.
  • Kristen Foster continued working on her second book, Haiti's Mirror, and served as director of the Honors in the Humanities program, for which she has developed new courses and acts as an advisor to a number of students.
  • Sergio González spoke on “Practicing Radical Hospitality: Sanctuary in the American Midwest,” as the invited keynote lecturer at the University of Notre Dame’s annual Cushwa Center Lecture and gave more than a dozen talks to community and student groups about issues facing the Latinx community.
  • In preparation for taking over as department chair this summer, Lezlie Knox served as assistant chair.  She also completed work on the edited volume Franciscan Women: Female Identities and Religious Culture in the Long Middle Ages and was the keynote speaker at Mendikantische Genderdiskurse: Ein interdisziplinärer Workshop [Gender Constructs among the Mendicants] in Stuttgart, Germany, last July.
  • Nigeria KoriehChima Korieh published Nigeria and World War II: Colonialism, Empire, and Global Conflict with Cambridge University Press.
  • Jim Marten was featured on the podcast for the Society for the History of Children and Youth podcast, where MU PhD student Lisa Lamson interviewed him about his most recent book, published by Oxford, A Very Short Introduction to the History of Childhood.
  • In addition to her work with undergraduates in the Madre Rosa (see below) project and the study trip to Cuba, Laura Matthew published "A Tense Convivencia: Placemaking, Pluralism, and Violence in Early Spanish Central America " (with Vanderbilt University archaeologist William Fowler), in Christine Beaule and John Douglass, eds., The Global Spanish Empire: Five Hundred Years of Place Making and Pluralism, and served on the program committee for the American Historical Association annual conference in 2021.
  • McMahon's honorTim McMahon (right) was honored as a Faculty All-Star at an early-season MU men’s basketball game. He gave a number of talks throughout the year on his research on the partition of Ireland in the 1920s and on Brexit.
  • In addition to continuing his work on Seward’s Shanghai: The Roots of American Diplomacy in China, Daniel Meissner served on the university’s Academic Integrity Committee and was a presenter at the Fulbright Pre-departure Orientation in Washington last summer.
  • Patrick Mullins spent the year (including a spring sabbatical) presenting several papers and working on a number of writing projects, as well as continuing to serve as Exhibit Research Director for the governing committee of the Ray Bradbury Experience Museum and as a founding member of the City of Waukegan’s Ray Bradbury Centennial Celebration committee.
  • Naylor's rocknroll bookPhil Naylor co-edited Milwaukee Rock and Roll, 1950-2000: A Reflective History, published by Marquette University Press. 
  • Bryan Rindfleisch’s book, George Galphin's Intimate Empire, received the Anne B. and James B. McMillan Prize from the University of Alabama Press, for the best book in Alabama or Southern history published in 2019. It also won the George C. Rogers Jr. Award for Best Book in South Carolina History.
  • Rob Smith's AwardRob Smith was one of a team of MU faculty to receive the 2020 Way Klingler Teaching Enhancement Award. Their project, “Bringing Mass Incarceration into the Classroom: Expanding the Blended Course Model,” will bring traditional Marquette students and current/former incarcerated students into the classroom together.  Rob was also recognized as a Marquette Faculty All-Star at a men’s basketball game.
  • Peter Staudenmaier is nearing completion of his manuscript, The Politics of Nature in Nazi Germany: Environmental Ideals and the Myth of Blood and Soil.  This year he published “Racial Ideology between Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany: Julius Evola and the Aryan Myth, 1933 – 1943” in Journal of Contemporary History.
  • Samurai history Dr. WertMichael Wert published Samurai: A Concise History late last summer with Oxford University Press; this spring, a Spanish language edition was published. The book will also be translated into Chinese, Italian, and Portuguese.  Mike’s first book, Meiji Restoration Losers, was published in Japanese in summer 2019.

 

  • Klement lecture flyer 2019Although much of our spring programming was canceled, we did sponsor or co-sponsor some events in the fall semester. The 2019 Klement Lecture was delivered in October by Caroline E. Janney, Nau Professor of History in the Civil War Era at the University of Virginia. The title of her talk was "Communities of Memory: Remembering the Civil War.
  • The department also co-sponsored with the Marquette Core Curriculum and the Center for the Advancement a public lecture by Greg Kot, the Rock and Roll critic for the Chicago Tribune, on "Writing about music is like dancing about architecture."
  • Haggerty exhibitSeveral history faculty participated in the Haggerty Museum of Art’s exhibition, “Exploring the Core Curriculum: Individuals and Communities,” by writing captions for paintings and photographs drawn from the Haggerty’s collection inspired by the Individuals and Communities theme in the Discovery Tier of the Core. Faculty from all over campus took part, including our own Kristen Foster, James Marten, Bryan Rindfleisch, and Peter Staudenmaier.

News from Undergraduate Students and Alums

  • Megan HollandAndrew HimmelbergThe department gave its annual awards to: Megan Holland: 2019-20 Boden Award winner for academic and extracurricular accomplishment in History, and to Andrew Himmelberg: the James Jablonowski Memorial Award for best undergraduate research paper, for "More than a Woman's Part: Re-examining the Role of Nationalist Women in the Irish Revolution." This is the second year in a row that Andrew won this award. He will be attending graduate school at Oxford University this fall.
  • Phi Alpha Theta logoAlthough we were unable to hold our annual Phil Alpha Theta initiation and lecture, this year’s initiates into the international honor society for history were: Arianna Arthur, Michael S. Powell, Angelo Bruscato, Arpita Sangani, Karina Cerny, Grady Theriault, Emma Hazeltine, Wynne Thom, Will McClure. PAT Co-presidents for 2019-2020 were Amia Bridgeford and Mercedes Blunt-Díaz Co-presidents for 2020-2021 will be Mercedes Blunt-Díaz and Brooke McArdle.
  • For more undergraduate recognitions, watch Director of Undergraduate Studies Laura Matthew’s video here.
  • Madre Rosa ProjectMadre Rosa Project: Laura Matthews has led student research trips to Guatemala the last few years to explore a medical facility set up decades ago by a nun with a direct connection to Marquette. The results of their work appear in this spring's Marquette Journal (left).
  • The students in Jim Marten’s Applied History course shifted gears at spring break and completed a project on how the COVID-19 pandemic was affecting MU students.  You can see the result of their work—including their own moving reflections—here.

Other news from graduating seniors and alumni:

  • After working this summer with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Real Estate team, Abby Gorzlancyk will attend law school at Syracuse University, with a special interest in  National Security and Counterterrorism law.
  • MU History graduate Kevin Gleeson, chair of the Social Studies department at St. Thomas More High School, has been named a Teaching Fellow at the Center for the Study of the American Constitution at UW-Madison, the Teaching Fellow of the Year by the Herb Kohl Foundation in 2018, and a James Madison Foundation Senior Fellow in 2019. He continues to teach while pursuing MA in Political Science at Marquette.
  • Natalie Hill (Russell) graduated in the spring of 2017 with majors in French and history, then completed a service year with AmeriCorps in Chicago.  She is currently teaching U.S. History at Noble Street College Prep in Chicago.
  • Alumnus Matt Holubecki recently completed a two-year stint as a Peace Corps volunteer; before that he worked as an AmeriCorps volunteer after graduating.
  • Alum Karl Krem is Archives Coordinator at the Glen Ellyn (Illinois) Historical Society.
  • Kevin Mondl graduated from Marquette in ’06 as an undergraduate and subsequently ’08 with a masters in History.  He is currently working as the Senior Complex Risk Officer for the Ultra High Net Worth department of Morgan Stanley throughout the Great Lakes Region in Chicago.
  • Graduating senior Michael Powell will start an MA program in the fall at the University of Oklahoma. 

News from Graduate Students and Alums

  • This year’s Prucha-Theoharis awards were given to Patrick Eickman (MA) and Lisa Rose Lamson (PhD).  For more on those awards and other graduate student accomplishments, watch DGS Tim McMahon’s video here.
  • Two students defended their dissertations this spring.
    Peter Borg’s dissertation, written under the direction of James Marten, is “’The Colored Problem’: Milwaukee’s White Protestant Churches Respond to the Second Great Migration.” Also on the dissertation committee was Thomas Jablonsky and Rob Smith.
    Katharine Curtis (MA) is the US History team leader at a Title-1 school in Tampa, Florida and will be the new Social Studies coach starting in 2020. She teaches honors-, AP- and dual enrollment- level US History classes, Last year Katie rewrote the school’s curriculum on Florida History; she also received support from the Gilder Lehrman Institute to take 100 of her students to see the musical Hamilton.
    Cory Haala’s dissertation, directed by Steven Avella, is “The Progressive Center: Midwestern Liberalism in the Age of Reagan, 1978-1992.” Also on the dissertation committee was Thomas Jablonsky and James Marten.
  • Six students completed their MA degrees this spring. They were: Heyley Bowman, Patrick Eickman, Jennifer Passon, Tyechia Price, Michael Whittaker, Theodore (Teddy) Williams IV
  • Career Diversity Programming for Graduate Students
    For several semesters, the History Department has been working to provide meaningful and useful alternative employment experiences for our PhD students, allowing them to work as tutors in the Ott Memorial Writing Center, as interns at local museums, or in the Digital Scholarship Lab in order to give them skills that will give them more chances at employment beyond traditional academic jobs. Director of Graduate Studies Tim McMahon describes the notion of career diversity as it applies to our students below:

    The Department of History is playing a key role in Marquette’s ongoing efforts to prepare our graduate students for the diverse career opportunities. As we have noted over the past several years, our MAs and PhDs pursue careers inside and outside of Academe, and in this, Marquette mirrors national trends. As the American Historical Association has documented for the years 2007-17, at least one-quarter of history PhDs nationwide work outside of secondary- and tertiary-level institutions, and many who remain in the education sector engage in careers outside of traditional classroom teaching. Thus, together with colleagues in the Graduate School, the Center for the Advancement of the Humanities, other Humanities departments in the College, and a national consortium of universities meeting through the Humanities Without Walls (HWW) initiative at the University of Illinois, we are developing creative ways to meet this reality.

  • Advanced dissertator Margaret Nettesheim-Hoffmann has benefited enormously from the HWW Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Workshop and has helped the Graduate School to implement localized programs based on that model. Within the department, we are supplementing our coursework to incorporate varied experiences for students, including internships associated with the Public History minor and assistantships that involve administrative placements or positions with Milwaukee-area firms interested in including someone with the research and communications skills we hone in our program. Alongside the traditional coursework, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships, we believe these experiences will better prepare our graduates for careers on campuses and in the wider society that can benefit from professionals trained to think historically.
  • Other news from current and former graduate students:
    BA and MA alum Kendall Cosley just finished her second year in the Doctoral Program at Texas A&M University, where she organized the 11th Annual Texas A&M History Conference in February 2020. Kendall’s dissertation focuses on the formation of the American GI identity in World War II. She also received the U.S. Army Center of Military History internship for 2020-21 and will be moving out to Washington D.C. in August.
  • Matt Costello's bookPhD alum Matt Costello has turned the dissertation he wrote under the direction of Kristen Foster into a book published by the University Press of Kansas: The Property of the Nation: George Washington’s Tomb, Mount Vernon, and the Memory of the First President. Matt has also been  promoted to Vice President of the David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History at the White House Historical Association, while still serving as the Association’s senior historian.
  • In February 2020, the Association launched the Slavery in President’s Neighborhood research initiative, which Matt had worked on for over two years: https://www.whitehousehistory.org/spn/introduction 
  • Dennis B. Downey, who received his PhD from MU in 1981, has retired from Millersville University as Professor of History and Director Emeritus of the University Honors College.  Downey's new book, Pennhurst and the Struggle for Disability Rights, will appear in June 2020.
  • MA Alum Tony Guidone is currently a PhD candidate at George Mason University. My dissertation is on the cultural impact of global trade in Salem, Massachusetts, 1783-1820. I am also a digital projects assistant for the University’s “Center for Mason Legacies,” which studies the Mason family’s many contributions, including individual rights, slaveholding, and western expansion, to American history.
  • After receiving her MA, Jessica Hutchins obtained an MLIS from UW-Madison and worked as an academic librarian at Cardinal Stritch University for a year. She spent five years at UWM, three as an Academic Advisor and adjunct instructor in the School of Information Studies and two as a Learning Technologist. She’s currently working remotely as an instructional designer for a company that designs online courses for universities all over the world.
  • PhD student Christian Krueger presented "Battle for the Bluegrass: Racers, Raiders, and the American Civil War" at the second annual Equine History Collective Conference at Cal-Poly (California) Pomona, and in March was elected to a two-year term as the Treasurer of the Equine History Collective.
  • Lisa Lamson accepted a position as a permanent lecturer in African American history at the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay. She delivered a paper at the Society for the History or Children and Youth in Sydney, Australia in June 2019 and received a summer graduate student research fellowship from MU’s Center for Urban Research, Teaching, and Outreach.  She served as president of the Marquette Graduate Student Organization for 2019-2020. 
  • PhD alum Stephen Leahy won the Swastek Award for the best article published in the 2018 volume of Polish American Studies for “George Wallace and the Myth of the White Ethnic Backlash in Milwaukee, 1958-1964.”
  • PhD student Ben Linzy published “The Phone Call We All Dread How One PhD Student Dealt with Trauma during His Studies.” Perspectives on History. Vol 57, Issue 7, (2019): 16-18, and presented a paper at the 2019 Conference of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. Washington, DC, and was scheduled to deliver a paper at the SHAFR conference in New Orleans this summer before it was canceled. He also served on the conference steering committee for the Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies (CRWS) and the Institute for Research on Male Supremacism joint conference. At Marquette, he was co-executive Producer of "The Historians" video series produced in conjunction with the Center for Urban Research, Teaching, and Outreach, Finally, he received a Student Peacemaking Fellowship from the Center for Peacemaking.
  • MA alum Matt Luckett received his PhD from UCLA in 2014 and published his first book, Never Caught Twice: Horse Stealing and Culture in Western Nebraska, 1850 – 1890, this year.  He teaches at Sierra College and coordinates the Masters in Humanities External Degree program at California State University Dominguez Hills. You can check out his blog, which mainly covers the Second World War through the lens of his grandfather’s letters, at https://lucketthistory.com/.
  • PhD alum John McCarthy was a Fulbright professor in Slovakia during the first part of the spring semester; the story of his family’s complicated and long journey home when the State Department recalled all Fulbrighters due to the COVID-19 pandemic appeared in a Pittsburgh newspaper.
  • Ben Nestor participated in two research workshops. The first, which was funded, was titled “Jewish Experiences and the Holocaust in the Soviet Union” arranged by the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Moshe Mirilashvili Center for Research on the Holocaust in the Soviet Union of the Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem, held in Washington D.C. in August. The second workshop was titled “Beyond the Racial State: New Perspectives on Race in Nazi Germany” held at the 43rd Conference of the German Studies Association in Portland, OR (October). He also presented a paper in September at the Great Lakes History Conference in Grand Rapids, MI; conducted summer research with the hekp of a Casper Research Fellowship, a Graduate School Dean’s Research Enhancement Award, and a Doctoral Fellowship through the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C.; and published a review of Lars Rensmann, The Politics of Unreason: The Frankfurt School and the Origins of Modern Antisemitism in Focus on German Studies Vol. 25/26 (October 2019): 145-148. Finally, he was awarded the Rev. John P. Raynor, S.J. Fellowship through Marquette University for the 2020-2021 academic year. 
  • PhD alum Ann Ostendorf, recently promoted to full professor at Gonzaga University, was a Fulbright Lecturer at the University of Tokyo and Japan Women’s University—although she had to return to the United States two months early.  Read more here.
  • MA alum Charles Reed, an associate professor of history, Department of Social Sciences, Elizabeth City State University, was named a recipient of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.
  • MA alum Paul Sampson will complete his PhD in history at Rutgers University this summer and this fall will begin a tenure-track job in the history of science at the University of Scranton.
  • PhD alum McKayla (Sutton) Stehr will begin a tenure-track job at Fresno City Community College this fall. 
  • PhD student Brooke Tranten gave “‘Bound Forever with Chains of Esteem’: The Troubled Friendship of Father Theodore Hesburgh and Pope St. Paul VI” at the 20th Annual Fall Conference of the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture at Notre Dame (November 7-9, 2019) and published a short article in the Church Life Journal, an online journal through the McGrath Institute for Church Life at Notre Dame in September. She was to have given a paper, "The Milwaukee Mindszenty Rally: Mayor Frank Zeidler, Archbishop Moses Kiley, and the Cold War" at the 2020 Midwestern History Conference at Grand Valley State, May 12-13, 2020, but it was canceled.
  • Last summer, PhD student Steven Vickers conducted research at the Historical Archives of the European Union at Villa Salviati in Florence (Fiesole), Italy; some of that research went into two papers accepted for conferences (that were postponed due to COVID-19): "Inheritors of Hate: The Lasting Influence of Postwar Far-Right Idealogues," Conference on Right-Wing Studies, University of California-Berkeley, and "A Union Built from Rubble: Violence and Integration in Western Europe, 1968-1993," 27th Annual Conference of Europeanists, Council for European Studies, Reykyavik, Iceland.

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