Faculty News


Although this list is far from comprehensive, it give you a very good idea of the breadth and depth of the History Faculty’s scholarship and professional activities:

Steven Avella published "’I Don't Think Any Council Father Could Go Back Home the Same’: Albert G. Meyer and Vatican II: A Case Study of Episcopal Transformation," U.S. Catholic Historian 30 (2012): 25-38. He is currently revising his book on the Milwaukee Archdiocese, In the Richness of the Earth, finishing up his biography of the prominent west coast editor C. K. McClatchy, and beginning research on A History of the Diocese of Des Moines, Iowa.

Alan Ball launched a blog based on his current research on the Wisconsin Supreme Court called SCOW stats.  SCOW is the abbreviation for Supreme Court of Wisconsin, and the blog is a vehicle for presenting statistical studies of the court's decisions.

Sarah Bond was named a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome, where she will be conducting research in summer 2013.  She also published "Mortuary Workers, the Church, and the Funeral Trade in Late Antiquity," Journal of Late Antiquity 6 (Spring 2013): 111-127.  She received a Summer Faculty Fellowship (SFF) to conduct research in Rome this summer on “Touch, Taboo, and Trade: Status and Pollution in Ancient Rome.”

Michael Donoghue awaits publication later this year of his first book by Duke University Press, Borderland on the Isthmus: Zonians, Panamanians, West Indians, and the Struggle for the Canal Zone 1939-1979.  In the meantime, he received both a Summer Faculty Fellowship and a Regular Research Grant to conduct research in Cuba on his next project, Race, Identity, and Gender in U.S. Military-Cuban Relations 1941-1959.  He also became a co-author of the textbook American Foreign Relations Volumes I & II, starting with the 8th edition.

Efford book 2013Alison Efford published German Immigrants, Race, and Citizenship in the Civil War Era (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013); delivered "Germans, African Americans, and Citizenship during Reconstruction," German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C., September 21, 2012; and received an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship, Library Company of Philadelphia and Historical Society of Pennsylvania, April 2013

Kristen Foster published "Art and the American Paradox" in the Haggerty Museum of Art Exhibition Catalogue (2012): 4-7, and served as chair of the Faculty Advising Committee of the Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences. She received both a Summer Faculty Fellowship and a Regular Research Grant for her next book-length project, Haiti's Mirror: The Impact of the Haitian Revolution on American Revolutionary Idealism. 

Carla Hay serves as Director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program.  She is currently working on an article tentatively called "Dear President Washington" on the relationship between Catharine Macaulay and George Washington.

Tom Jablonsky serves as one of the senior editors of the Encyclopedia of Milwaukee, a UWM-based project that recently received a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is also at work on Guardians of the Angels:  A Collective Biography of Los Angeles Mayors, 1850-1940.

Andrew W. Kahrl won the 2013 Liberty Legacy Foundation Award from the Organization of American Historians, which is given annually for the best book by a historian on the civil rights struggle from the beginnings of the nation to the present, for his first book, The Land Was Ours: African American Beaches from Jim Crow to the Sunbelt South (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2011).   He also received a 2012 Governor's Citation from the State of Maryland for service and contributions to historic preservation through chronicling the history of African American beaches in Maryland.  Andrew also published "The ‘Negro Park’ Question: Land, Labor, and Leisure in Pitt County, North Carolina, 1920-1930," Journal of Southern History 79 (February 2013): 113-142.

Lezlie Knox continued to serve as Director of Graduate Studies and as Director of the Interdisciplinary Minor in Medieval Studies.  She delivered the 19th Annual Clare Center Lecture at Siena College in Loudonville, New York, in September 2012 on "How Does Franciscan History Matter? Hagiography, Letters and Chronicles in the Convents of Medieval Italy.”  She is also Senior Editor of Franciscan Studies.  Her major research project these days is Gender and Franciscan History, a book on what a gendered history of a religious order might look like—topics will include masculinity of the Franciscan friars, Francis of Assisi’s androgyny, the fraught relationships between the friars and sisters, life in female communities, and the lay movement where women often had leadership roles.

Chima Korieh published two edited books: Missions, States, and European Expansion in Africa (Boca Raton, FL: Taylor & Francis Group, 2012) and The Nigeria-Biafra War, Genocide and the Politics of Memory (Amherst, NY: Cambria Press, 2012).  He continues to edit MBARI: The International Journal of Igbo Studies, and delivered the 2013 Richard H. Foster Lecture at Idaho State University on "The Boko Harram Insurgency: Challenges to Security and Economic Development.”

Krugler book 2013John D. Krugler published Creating Old World Wisconsin: The Struggle to Build an Outdoor History Museum of Ethnic Architecture (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2013) and was co-author of ""Over Shoes Over Boots': Lord Baltimore's Final Days in Ferryland,” Journal of Early American History 1 (2011): 167-182.

Jim Marten published "Childhood Studies and History: Catching a Culture in High Relief" in The Children's Table: Childhood Studies in the Humanities, Anna Mae Duane, ed. (Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2013): 52-67, and "Children and War" in The Routledge History of Childhood in the Western World, Paula Fass, ed. (New York: Routledge, 2012).  He also was very active with the Society for the History of Children and Youth: acting as Co-Chair of the Program Committee for its conference in June 2013; beginning a two-term as the Society’s president at Nottingham University, and assuming the editorship of Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth (beginning summer 2013).

Laura Matthew spent the spring semester on an American Council of Learned Societies grant conducting research in Seville, Spain, on her next major project Circulations: Death and Opportunity in Southern Pacific Mesoamerica, 1480-1630, for which she was also awarded a Summer Faculty Fellowship and Regular Research Grant from MU.  She was also co-author of "Nahuatl and Pipil in Colonial Guatemala: A Central American Counterpoint,” Ethnohistory 59 (2012): 765-783.  She continues to serve as book review editor for Boletín de la Asociación para el Fomento de Estudios Históricos en Centroamérica.

Tim McMahon published ""Irish Jesuit Education and Imperial Ideals"" in Irish Classrooms and the British Empire: Imperial Contexts in the Origins of Modern Education. Edited by David Dickson, Justyna Pyz, and Christopher Sheppard. (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2012).  He was also elected Secretary of the American Conference on Irish Studies and in September 2012 was the featured speaker for Irish Studies Week at the University of Pittsburgh, where he spoke on "Grand Legacy? Ireland's Gaelic Revivals, Past and Present.”

Daniel Meissner returned from his Fulbright semester in China; among a number of public lectures he gave in China was "American Views of 21st Century China," which he delivered at the American Embassy, Beijing, People’s Republic of China, June 2012.  He continues to serve as Director of Undergraduate Studies and to work on a book called Seward’s Shanghai: The Roots of American Diplomacy in China.  In early summer 2013, he was back in China with an undergraduate study group to China.

Phil Naylor chaired the successful search for the Dean of the Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences and became Editor of the Journal of North African Studies.  He published "Islamic Humanism in the Thought of Ibn Khaldun and Malik bin Nabi" in The Judeo-Christian-Islamic Heritage: Philosophical & Theological Perspectives, edited by Richard C. Taylor and Irfan A. Omar. (Marquette University Press, 2012). 217-42. He will spend his sabbatical year of 2013-2014 working on Malik Bennabi: Individuation and the Imagination of Nation and Civilization and Byzantium: A Transcultural Commonwealth.

Julius Ruff served as chair of the Humanities Area Tenure and Promotion Committee. IN October 2013 he delivered "The Enduring Impact of the Great War” at the Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear, Milwaukee, WI. His current book project is tentatively called Bandits: A Study of Criminal Bands in the Eighteenth-Century Ile-de-France.

Peter Staudenmaier was chosen to participate in the two week Silberman Faculty Seminar sponsored by the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC.  He also published "Organic Farming in Nazi Germany: The Politics of Biodynamic Agriculture, 1933-1945," Environmental History 18 (2013): 383-411, and received a Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society to conduct research in Germany on Nazi environmental policies in summer 2013.

Michael Wert awaits publication this fall of his first book, Meiji Restoration Losers: Memory and Tokugawa Supporters in Modern Japan (Cambridge: Harvard Asia Center Press) and became a contributor to a major textbook on world history calledThe Earth and its Peoples: A Global History.  He organized the Midwest Japan Seminar meeting in Milwaukee in April 2013.  Earlier this year, he and his wife Yuko became the parents of a daughter named Hera.

Fr. Mike Zeps, SJ, spent the year digitizing and cataloguing photographs of 375 municipal housing projects constructed in Vienna from 1919-1934.  This is a companion project to his collection of documents and reflections called “Documents of Baudirektion Wien 1919-1941:

Notes of Michael J. Zeps, S.J.,” which are posted on the Raynor Library Website at: http://epublications.marquette.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1018&context=hist_fac

Finally, former faculty member Mike Phayer’s book, The Catholic Church and the Holocaust, 1930-1965 (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2000) was published in Polish in 2012. Previously it was published in France (2001) and in Italy (2008).




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