News from Graduate Alumni

Kenneth Shonk (Ph.D., 2010) received the second Prucha-Theoharis Outstanding Graduate Student Award. Funded by an anonymous donor, the award features a $250 check and a plaque and honors two legendary historians, Fr. Francis Paul Prucha and Athan Theoharis.

Kathy Callahan (Ph.D., 2005), moved from a tenure-track position at UW-Stout to a tenture-track position at Murray State University in Kentucky.

Douglas Charles (M.A., 1997) earned his Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh and is now assistant professor of history at Penn State Greater Allegheny. He is the author of J. Edgar Hoover and the Anti-interventionists: FBI Political Surveillance and the Rise of the Domestic Security State, 1939-45 (Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, 2007).

Andrew Demshuk (M.A., 2005) successfully defended his dissertation at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. His dissertation is titled: "The Lost East: West German Silesian Expellees and the Fantasy of Return, 1945-1970."

Jodi Bartley Eastberg (Ph.D., 2009), an assistant professor Alverno College, will lead a group of Alverno professors on a study trip to Hong Kong, Guangzhou, and Shanghai this summer.

John Eastberg (M.A., 2000), Director of Development and Senior Historian at the Pabst Mansion in Milwaukee, published The Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion: An Illustrated History (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2009), which has been recognized by the Independent Publishers Book Awards

Michael Ebel (M.A., 2007), is a Corporate Trainee at Quad/Graphics, Inc.

John Feehery (M.A., 1988), has his own political consulting firm in Washington, DC—the Feehery Group. You can read his blog at

Charles Gallagher (Ph.D., 1997) was ordained as a member of the Society of Jesus and accepted a tenure-track position at Boston College that will begin in Fall 2010.

Jason Hostutler (Ph.D., 2009) accepted a tenure-track position at Crichton College in Memphis beginning in January 2010.

Stephen Leahy (Ph.D., 1994), is an Assistant Professor of History at the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where he is helping to develop an online program for the Bosnians living in small towns or working in Iraq and Afghanistan. His current research is on public opinion on civil rights in Milwaukee from 1958 to 1968.

Will Lewis (M.A., 2002), now lives in Philadelphia and works in Princeton, NJ, for Educational Testing Service; his primary responsibility is developing the writing section of the GRE.

John McCarthy (Ph.D., 2006), an assistant professor at Robert Morris University, is co-winner of the 2010 Gambrinus Award from the Milwaukee County Historical Society for his book, Making Milwaukee Mightier: Planning and the Politics of Growth, 1910–1960 (DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2009).

Kathryn Puls (M.A., 2007), is attending the John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

Edward Schmitt (Ph.D., 2003), currently an associate professor at UW-Parkside, published President of the Other America: Robert Kennedy and the Politics of Poverty (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2010).

Heather Stur (M.A., 2003) received her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin in May 2008 and is now an assistant professor in the History Dept. at the University of Southern Mississippi. Cambridge University Press will publish her first book, Dragon Ladies, Gentle Warriors, and Girls Next Door: Gender and the Vietnam War.

Kylene Tucker (M.A., 2008) received her master’s in library science at the University of Pittsburgh and is now working at the National Archives.

News from Undergraduate Alumni

Jayne Bernhard-Armington (B.A., 2004) received her masters in History from the University of Massachusetts in 2006 and her masters in Regional Planning at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2008. She is currently a housing and land use planning specialist at the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, which is the regional planning agency for Hampden and Hampshire Counties in western Massachusetts.

David S. Bovee (B.A., 1974), is Assistant Professor of History at Fort Hays State University in Kansas. Catholic University of America Press published his book The Church and the Land: The National Catholic Rural Life Conference and American Society, 1923-2007 earlier this year.

Arthur Heimbold (B.A., 1958) is retired in Washington, DC, and is writing a book about his family, which came to the US in 1854.

Pete Leenhouts (B.A., 1976), was commissioned into the Navy and retired in 2004 as a captain after a twenty-seven year career. He builds and writes about wooden boats and traditional boat-building methods.

Kate Lehman (B.A., 2001) is assistant dean of students at Otterbein College and a Ph.D. student in Higher Education Leadership at Indiana State University.

Emily Pfizenmaier Henderson (B.A.) recalls working as a research assistant for Frank Klement; she is now a professional researcher whose current project is on an Episcopal church in Maysville, Kentucky.

John S. Weitzer (B.A. 1993) earned a law degree from Marquette and is currently Senior Investment Manager & Senior Vice President at Wells Fargo Private Bank.

Leonard Wojtecki (B.A., 1969) is a lawyer and judge in Illinois. He is still an avid reader of history and writes that “History not only defines us and tells us what and who we are but all learning would be impossible without it.”




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