News from Faculty



Four faculty members published books in 2016-2017:

    978-0-7006-2448-5         The Nigeria-Biafra War:  Genocide and the Politics of Memory

Jenn Finn, Much Ado about Marduk: Questioning Discourses of Royalty in First Millennium Mesopotamian Literature (De Gruyter)


Chima Korieh, The Nigeria-Biafra War: Genocide and the Politics of Memory I (Cambria) 


Timothy McMahon, Ireland in an Imperial World: Citizenship, Opportunism, and Subversion (Palgrave)


J. Patrick Mullins, Father of Liberty: Jonathan Mayhew and the Principles of the American Revolution (University Press of Kansas)


Research Grants

This year’s Summer Faculty Fellowships and Regular Research Grants, awarded by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, made history for our department—members received six awards worth over $50,000.  They will use their awards to do research in Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Germany, Ireland, and Italy, as well as Virginia, California, and Chicago. The projects for which they received their awards are listed below.  You can read more about them here.

Michael Donoghue, Race, Identity, and Gender in U.S. Military-Cuban Relations 1941-1964 

Alison Clark Efford, Suicide and Immigrant Emotions, 1882-1924 

Lezlie Knox, Mariano of Florence and Religious Life in Cinquecento Italy

Laura Matthew, Circulations: Death and Opportunity on Mesoamerica’s Costa del Sur, 1500-1630 

Timothy G. McMahon, Beyond the Boundary Commission: Partitioned Identities in Modern Ireland  

Peter Staudenmaier, The Politics of Blood and Soil: Environmental Ideals in Nazi Germany 

Other faculty grants included Franklin Research Grants for McMahon and Knox ($6000 and $3000, respectively) and Bryan Rindfleisch’s National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Native American & Indigenous Studies Grant.


Other Scholarly Activities

The following is a sampling—by no means exhaustive—of various talks, lectures, and other scholarly activities that our busy faculty engaged in during the 2016-2017 academic year:


Alan Ball published more than twenty articles on his SCOWstats website, which analyzes the Wisconsin Supreme Court in terms of current legal issues. SCOWStats was named a “Notable Blog” for 2017 by the Wisconsin State Bar.


Michael Donoghue delivered the paper “Panama Canal Zone as a Site of Global and Local Entanglements” at the Reflecting the Americas as Space of Entanglements Conference, University of Bielefeld, Germany.


Jenn Finn delivered several invited lectures, including “Counter-discourses on Royalty in First Millennium Epistolary and Ritual,” Distant Worlds Graduate School, Munich, Germany; and “Hic Dracones Sunt: Creating, Defining, and Abstracting Space in the Ancient World,” Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University.


Alison Efford took over as editor of the Newsletter of the Immigration and Ethnic History Society.


Lezlie Knox was lead organizer for the academic conference, Franciscan Women: Medieval and Beyond, at St. Bonaventure University.


Jim Marten presented “Everything I Know About History I Learned From Studying Childhood” to The Child Studies Working Group at Texas A & M University and continued as editor of the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth.


Laura Matthew delivered the lecture, “En las telerañas de la ley: un bígamo chontal entre tres lenguas,” at the Segundo Coloquio de Estudios Modernos, Colegio de Historia, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, in Mexico City, Mexico.


Tim McMahon spoke on “ʽNot Free Merely, But Gaelic as Well’: Was 1916 a Gaelic Rising?” at RTÉ’s Reflecting the Rising program, in Dublin, Ireland.  Tim also became president of the American Conference for Irish Studies.


Daniel Meissner attended the Fourth Hmong Studies Consortium International Conference in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where he gave a paper on "Chinese Views of Miao in Chinese History.”


Phil Naylor delivered the plenary address at the “Jazīrat al-Maghrib” Symposium at Princeton University. He also continued as co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of North African Studies.


Bryan Rindfliesch traveled to the University of Paris to give the paper “Space, Mobility, and Power in Early America and the Atlantic World, 1650-1850,” at the McNeil Center for Early American History & European Early American Studies Association.


Peter Staudenmaier gave the keynote address at a conference on “Esoteric Interferences: Towards a Transnational History of the Occult in Germany and Italy (1880-1945),” at the Villa Vigoni, Italy. He also was invited to give a paper on  “Antisemitism and the Rome-Berlin Axis: The Failed ‘Blood and Spirit’ Project in Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany,” at the University of Toronto.


Michael Wert gave lectures at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign on "Martial Culture and the Invention of the Samurai in Early Modern Japan," and at the Ax:son-Johnson Foundation, Stockholm, on "The Invention of the Samurai in Early Modern Japan."






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