Faculty News

The history faculty had a particularly productive year in 2014-2015:

Five colleagues published books:

Image*Michael Donoghue, Borderland on the Isthmus: Race, Culture, and the Struggle for the Canal Zone http://www.dukeupress.edu/Borderland-on-the-Isthmus/.

*John Krugler, Creating Old World Wisconsin: The Struggle to Build an Outdoor History Museum of Ethnic Architecture http://uwpress.wisc.edu/books/5126.htm.

*James Marten, America’s Corporal: James Tanner in War and Peace http://www.ugapress.org/index.php/books/index/americas_corporal.

Image*Peter Staudenmaier, Between Occultism and Nazism: Anthroposophy and the Politics of Race in the Fascist Era http://www.brill.com/products/book/between-occultism-and-nazism.

*Michael Wert, Meiji Restoration Losers: Memory and Tokugawa Supporters in Modern Japan


Here is a partial listing of other accomplishments and activities by MU historians:

Steve Avella delivered the paper "Catholicism in the 20th Century American West” at a conference on Religion in American Life at King's College in London.  He is in the end stages of revising his history of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and his biography of C. K. McClatchy (which will be published by the University of  Missouri Press) and at the beginning of a commissioned work, A History of the Diocese of Des Moines, Iowa.  Steve was also among fifteen local Catholics who received the Archbishop’s 2013 Vatican II Award for Distinguished Service for outstanding contributions to the Church and society. Steve received a Service to the Priesthood award for his work as a scholar, media expert, and educator at Marquette University, the diocesan seminar, and area schools

Alan Ball’s Liberty's Tears: Soviet Portraits of the "American Way of Life" During the Cold War is in press at Oxford University Press; he continues to publish periodic blogs that provide statistical analyses of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.  For more, go to a story on the project at https://medium.com/research-at-marquette/numbers-dont-lie-6a55108546e1

Mike Donoghue published his first book, Borderland on the Isthmus, and also became one of the co-authors of the leading textbook on foreign policy, American Foreign Relations; the 8th edition, the first featuring his work, was published in 2014 by Cengage Learning.

Alison Efford also published her first book.  In addition, she delivered a public lecture on "Wisconsin Germans, the Question of Slavery, and the Civil War," at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum in Madison and continued researching her new project, “Suicide and the Immigrant Experience, 1880-1924,” with the help of an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship, which funded her trip to several archives in Philadelphia earlier this summer.

Kristen Foster is in the process of writing her next book, Haiti's Mirror: A Look at the Impact of the Haitian Revolution on American Ideas about Equality. In addition, she served as chair of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Faculty Advising Committee and commented on the panel "Recasting Early American Historical Narrative" at the annual conference of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic.

Carla Hay continues to contribute to the university in administrative and service roles, as, among other things, Director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program, Chairperson of the Women and Gender Studies Advisory Board, and Chairperson of the Sabbatical Review Committee.

Tom Jablonsky will retire in December 2014, but continues working on “Guardians of the Angels: A Collective Biography of Los Angeles Mayors, 1850-1940” and to serve as one of four senior editors for the Encyclopedia of Milwaukee. In spring 2014 he was promoted to Professor Emeritus, effective in January 2015.

Lezlie Knox was chosen to participate in a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar on “Reform and Renewal in Medieval Rome.” See more at (https://apps.carleton.edu/neh2014/). She also was part of "A Roundtable on Sean Field, The Rules of Isabelle of France” at the 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, MI, and gave papers at two conferences: "Medieval Italy on Modern TV” at the New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Sarasota FL; "Is it a Person, Place or Thing: When is ‘Franciscan’ a Useful Category of Analysis?" at the Society for Italian Historical Scholarship in Washington, DC.

Chima Korieh finished work on his next monograph, Untold Stories: An African Society's Experiences and Contributions during the Second World War; gave "African Studies: The Epistemology as Protest," as the keynote address at a conference at the International Studies and Programs/African Studies Center, Michigan State University; and hosted an international conference on Sexuality, Human Rights, and Public Policy on April 23-24. Read more about the conference at http://www.marquette.edu/history/conference/index.shtml.

John Krugler published a co-authored article, "’Over Shoes Over Boots': Lord Baltimore's Final Days in Ferryland." Journal of Early American History (2011): 167-182, and continued work on his next book, Saving its Past: The State of Maryland and Historic St. Mary's City, 1964-1985.  John enters the third year of his three phrase-out contract this fall and will retire in spring 2015.

journal_of_the_history_of_childhood_and_youth coverJames Marten published America’s Corporal and took over as editor of the Journal of the History of Children and Youth.  He also gave two named lectures: the William L. Davis, S.J., Lecture at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA, and the Sister Justine Peter Lecture at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, WI. He was co-organizer of the conference, “War and Childhood in the Age of the World Wars” at the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC, and serves as president of the Society for the History of Children and Youth.

http://unccp3.codemantra.us/PDFViewer/9780807835371/Universal%20PDF/9780807835371/Images/19780807835371.jpg Laura Matthew’s past and current research was recognized: Her book, Memories of Conquest: Becoming Mexicano in Colonial Guatemala, received two major awards: the Howard Cline Memorial Prize from the Conference on Latin American History and the Murdo MacLeod Prize from the Latin American and Caribbean Section of Southern Historical Association.  She was also the recipient of the year-long Way-Klingler Sabbatical Award and was chosen to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar, “Bridging National Borders in North America” at the Newberry Library in Chicago (http://www.newberry.org/06022014-bridging-national-borders-north-america).

Tim McMahon continued working on his next book, Eire-Imperator: Ireland's Imperial Ambivalence and served as President of the Midwest Region of the American Conference for Irish Studies and as Chairperson of the Committee on Research at Marquette.  He also presented papers at conferences in Belfast and Dublin.

Daniel Meissner became the twelfth member of the History Department since 1965 to receive the Award for Teaching Excellence. Current members of the department who have also earned the award are John Krugler, Phil Naylor, Julius Ruff, and Steve Avella. Click here to read a transcript of Dan’s remarks at the Pere Marquette Banquet, where the awards were announced. Dan and the other teaching award winners were featured in a Marquette Matters article you can read at http://issuu.com/marquetteu/docs/may-2014-marquette-matters/1?e=3052848/7875978

Phil Naylor spent his year-long sabbatical working on a number of projects.  Among his planned books are: “Rock and Roll: A History of Insurgency, Synergy, and Liturgy”; “Malik Bennabi: Individuation and the Imagination of Nation and Civilization”; and a revised edition of his first book, France and Algeria: A History of Decolonization and Transformation.  He was also interviewed several times by France24 television news on affairs in North Africa and now serves as co-editor of Journal of North African Studies.

Julius Ruff presented "Myth-Making in Eighteenth-Century France: Visual Representations of Banditry" at the Visualizing Revolt and Punishment in Early Modern Times: Conflict- and Contact-Zones Between Visual Cultures and Policies Symposium at the Mahindra Humanities Center of Harvard University and continued working on his book, Bandits: A Study of Criminal Bands in the Eighteenth-Century Ile-de-France.

ImagePeter Staudenmaier published his first book and received the Way-Klingler Young Scholar  Award, which pays for a semester-sabbatical and provides research funding, as well as a United States Holocaust Memorial Museum summer fellowship, which provided funds for a research trip to Washington, DC, in May 2014.  Both supported his next project, Inventing Race: A History of Racial Thought from the Enlightenment to the Genomic Age.

Michael Wert also published his first book, Meiji Restoration Losers, and wrote three chapters in a new textbook, The Earth and Its Peoples: A Global History.  He also Contributed research to, and appeared in an episode titled "Shogun's lost treasure" for the program "Raiders of the Lost Past" on British television.  Michael also took over as Director of Undergraduate Studies earlier in the summer and serves on the University Academic Senate.

Michael Zeps played orchestral and chamber music for various events and occasions on and off campus and continued working on "Housing Projects and Cityscape in Vienna: Apartment Buildings as Fortresses from Metaphor to Reality."

Faculty in the Media

A number of faculty members appeared on radio, television, and podcasts over the last year.

Chima Korieh was featured on the Africa: Past and Present podcast.  Listen to him talk about the WWII home front in Nigeria (the subject of his current research) at http://afripod.aodl.org/2014/03/afripod-81/

John Krugler was interviewed about his new book on Old World Wisconsin on WUWM’s “Lake Effect”; listen to it at http://wuwm.com/post/how-wisconsins-biggest-living-history-museum-wound-state-forest

Jim Marten was also interviewed about his new book—America’s Corporal: James Tanner in War and Peace—on Lake Effect.  Listen to it (at about the 13:50 mark) at http://wuwm.com/post/monday-lake-effect-wisconsin-economic-scorecard-teslas-electric-car-islands-milwaukee.

Tim McMahon interviewed Wade Chair-holder Fr. Oliver Rafferty on “The Church, the State, and the Troubles”; watch it at http://www.marquette.edu/history/NewsHistRaffertyvideo.shtml

Michael Wert was interviewed on memory and current Japanese politics for UW-Milwaukee’s Institute for World Affairs at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Xp3HXlHnuc.




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