News from Alumni


Kevin Abing (PhD) became archivist at the Milwaukee County Historical Society.  This is Kevin’s second stint at MCHS.

2013 Prucha-Theoharis Award Winner Jeremy Ault (MA) will teach English in Africa.  His band the Delphines is about to release their first album.

Paul Beck (PhD), professor of History at Wisconsin Lutheran College, publishedColumns of Vengeance: Soldiers, Sioux, and the Punitive Expeditions, 1863–1864 (Oklahoma, 2013).

David Bruce (PhD), an assistant professor UW-Parkside, published The Life of Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton: Extraordinary Perseverance (Lexington, 2014), a revised version of the dissertation he wrote under the direction of Carla Hay.

Kathy Callahan (PhD), assistant professor of history at Murray State University, published "Women Who Kill: An Analysis of Cases in Late Eighteenth- and Early Nineteenth-Century London", The Journal of Social History 46:4 (Summer 2013): 1013-38 and the forthcoming “Women, Poverty and Criminality in Late Eighteenth-Century London," Journal for the Study of British Cultures.

Caitlin Cushing (BA) has returned to the US after completing her MA in medieval history at York University in England. This May she starts a new position as an art associate for the Park West Gallery-- which basically means selling art on various cruise ships for 5 months!

Matthew Damback (BA) recently graduated from DePaul College of Law, passed the Illinois Bar Exam, and taken a position as an Assistant State's Attorney in DuPage County, Illinois.

PhD alum Jodi Eastberg, a professor at Alverno College, led an interdisciplinary student trip to Europe to study coastal cities. See more at  

Elizabeth Schroepfer Gabriel (MA) is a reference assistant at the East Branch of the Milwaukee Public Library. She was recently interviewed on WUWM's Lake Effect about the time capsule she created for the branch's new building. You can listen to it at:

Richard Gardiner (PhD) became a member of the faculty at Columbus State University in 2009. He is the program director for History Education.

Patrick M. Green (MA) serves as the founding Director of the Center for Experiential Learning (CEL) at Loyola University Chicago, overseeing the service-learning, academic internships, undergraduate research, and electronic portfolio programs.

Dan Heimmermann (PhD) became Provost of the University of Texas-Permian Basin this summer. In addition, his book based on his MU dissertation on the leather workers of Bordeaux in the eighteenth century will soon beout.

Ricardo Herrera (PhD), an instructor at the Army War College, published “Toward an American Army: U. S. Soldiers, the War of 1812, and National Identity,” Army History (Summer 2013).

Craig Holliday (MA), a teacher at Bakersfield (California) High School, was named “Best Local Teacher” for 2014 by the Bakersfield Californian.

Charissa Keup (PhD) taught at the University of California-San Diego in 2013-2014 and will be a full-time lecturer at Cal State-Long Beach in fall 2014.

Matt Luckett (MA) recently completed his dissertation at UCLA.  Its title is “Another Man’s Ride: Farmers, Ranchers, and Horse Thieves in Missouri and Nebraska, 1865 – 1890.” This fall he will be a part-time adjunct at Cal-State Dominguez Hills and at UCLA.

PhD graduate Enaya Othman developed an exhibit at the Milwaukee Public Museum on clothing and culture among Muslim-American women.  She was featured in a Journal-Sentinel about the exhibit:  This fall Enaya will join MU’s Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures as a tenure-track assistant professor of Arabic language and culture.

William Prigge (PhD), a long-time professor at Briar Cliff College, has become professor and chair of the Department of History, Political Sciences, Philosophy, and Religion at South Dakota State University.

Kenneth L. Shonk, Jr., now an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, delivered “The Shadow Metropole: The Varieties of Anti-colonial Experience in Twentieth Century Ireland, 1937-1968” at the Irish Studies in an international context Conference at University College, Dublin, in June.

Ali Stuebner (BA), is curator and department head of traveling exhibitions at The GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles.




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