News from Graduate Students

Five students have defended their dissertations since the last newsletter

David Bruce defended his dissertation on “’Ordinary Talents and Extraordinary Perseverance’: The Life of Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton” under the direction of Carla Hay and accepted a tenure-track position in the history department at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, which he began in fall 2009.

Kenneth Shonk defended his dissertation on “’Irish Blood, English Heart’: Gender, Modernity, and ‘Third-way’ Republicanism in the Formation of the Irish Republic” under the direction of Timothy McMahon and accepted a tenure-track position in the history department at the University of Wisconsin-Superior starting in fall 2010.

Monica Witkowski defended her dissertation on "Justice Without Partiality': Women and the Law in Colonial Maryland, 1648-1715," under the direction of John Krugler; she will be a visiting assistant professor at Marquette in 2010-2011.

Monica Witkowski

Monica Witkowski is hooded by dissertation director John Krugler at the May 23 commencement.


Other Ph.D. students to successfully defend their dissertations were:

Patrick Steele, “Strategic Air Warfare and Nuclear Strategy: The Formulation of Military Policy in the Truman Administration, 1945-195” (Steve Avella, Director)

Julie Leonard, “A Window Into Their Lives: The Women of the Aubourg Saint-Antoine, 1725-1765” (Julius Ruff, Director)

Six students completed their M.A.s this academic year: Andrew Beyer, Peter Cajka, Elizabeth Dillenberg, Christopher Luedke, Christina Makos, and Mallory Musolf.

Scholarly activities: Ph.D. students

Chris Chan presented a poster on the history of the Milwaukee Journal’s “Green Sheet” at the Conference on History of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Area in October and recently completed a book review that will appear in Study of Peace and Conflict.

Dominic Faraone passed his DQEs and presented two papers: “Secularization, Revival, and Catholic Memory in Western Europe, 1945-2000,” at the University of Illinois-Chicago, Conference on “Visions of Purpose: Belief, Ideology, and Historical Change,” April 2010, and “The Parish, Neighborhood Change, and ‘Localized Aggiornamento’: The Pre- and Post-Conciliar Lives of Holy Rosary Catholic Church,” at a conference on Secularization and Revival: The Fate of Religion in Modern Intellectual History at Baylor University, Waco, TX, in October 2009.

John French has been busy researching his dissertation, writing a book review for Southern Journal of Canadian Studies, and reviewing an article manuscript for the Journal of Urban History. This summer he will be teaching a Twentieth Century World History course for Marian University.

Monica Gallamore delivered "Who’s That Girl? The Divergence of Published vs. Lived Experiences in the Autobiography and Diaries of the Incomparable Hildegarde,” at the Popular Culture / American Culture Association National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, in March 2010.

Bethany Harding presented "The Menace of John Bull: Early U.S.-Latin America Relations and Cold War Parallels" at the Graduate History Forum at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte in March.

Charissa Keup passed her DQEs and was awarded a Smith Family Fellowship for 2010-2011 to conduct research on her dissertation, “The Unfortunate Girls: A History of the Unwed Teenage Mother in the Midwest, 1941-1960,” which she is writing under the direction of Thomas Jablonsky. She also delivered “’The Peril of Erring Girls’: Sex Delinquency during World War II” at the Society for the History of Children and Youth Conference at Berkeley in July and “Saddle Shoes and Rosaries: Discovering Catholic School Girl Culture in 1940’s Milwaukee” at the Exploring Childhood Studies: A Graduate Student Conference at Rutgers University-Camden in April.

Michael Pulido delivered "Monumental Changes: Memorializing the Cityscape in East Germany” at a graduate student conference on "Negotiating Europe, Defining Germany: Past, Present, and Future at the University of Texas at Austin.

Jeff Ramsey delivered “Flower Children and Footballers: Connections Between Professional Football and the 1960s Counterculture,” at the “A Mirror of our Culture: Sport and Society in America” Conference at St. Norbert College in DePere, Wisconsin, in May 2010.

Kenneth Shonk delivered papers at three conferences this year: “Put the Laggards Out!—FiannaFáil and gendered discourse during the Economic War,” at the American Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS) Midwest Regional at Southern Illinois University in October; “From Document #2 to Pamphlet #2:FiannaFáil’s “Act of Apostacy,” 1926-7,”at the ACIS New England Regional,Massachusetts Maritime University in November; and “Memory is a Rather Fleeting Sense”: The Strange Case of Fianna Fáil,Pathé Films and the Memory of the Irish-Anglo War,”at the ACIS National Conference at Penn State University in May. He also published a book review in The New Hibernian Review and three reviews in The World History Bulletin and led Social Science Education Teacher Workshops (through the University of Pittsburgh) for the Dallas Independent School District, the Grand Rapids (MI) Public Schools, and the Prince George's County (MD) School District. Finally, he also published “A Beacon Sighted Through Fog—The Case for History in 2009” for the Institute for Learning, University of Pittsburgh, and "Frank Sinatra," and "FerrisBueller's Day Off," in the American Encyclopedia of Film and Culture.

McKayla Sutton delivered "Promoting the Shannon Hydroelectric Scheme to Irish Women: Reconciling Modernity with Nationalism," at the Midwest Regional American Conference for Irish Studies at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in October 2009.

Monica Witkowski delivered "'At the Instigation of the Divell': Witchcraft and Early Maryland Women," at a conference on The Early Chesapeake: Reflections and Projections at Historic St. Mary’s City, Maryland in November2009 and "Of 'Saucy Language' and 'Poor Distressed Widows': Witchcraft in Early Maryland and its Effects on the Status of Women" at the Western Association of Women Historians Convention in May 2009. She also defended her dissertation, "'Justice Without Partiality': Women and the Law in Colonial Maryland, 1648-1715," which she wrote under the direction of John Krugler.

Scholarly Activities, M.A. Students

Matthew Costello gave a paper entitled"Race, Gender, and Military Intelligence in the American Revolution" at the Missouri Valley History Conference in Omaha, March 2010. He received a $175 Graduate Student Travel Award from the Graduate School to attend the conference.

Christina Makos presented a poster on the “University Settlement” at the Conference on History of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Area at UWM in October and delivered a paper called “The Milwaukee Settlement Movement: Social Reform of the Progressive Movement at the Local Level” at the Mid-America Conference on History” at the University of Oklahoma, also in October. This fall she will begin a Public History / School of Information Studies combined M.A. degree with a focus on preservation of archives and special collections at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Peter Cajka has been accepted into the Ph.D. program at Boston College, where he will study American religious history. During the last year, he published: “Consumers, Cadillacs, and Civil Rights: The Social and Cultural Impact of the Automobile in Ebony, 1945-1965” in the Automotive History Review, (Spring 2009): 31-43, and "Union Man,” in the University of Dayton: The Magazine, (Summer 2009): 22-23. He also presented three papers: “Riding with St. Paul in the Passenger Side and the Creation of Consumer Sites: The Archdiocese of Milwaukee Enters the Automobile Age, 1920-1965,” at Baylor University’s third annual Symposium on Faith and Culture, Secularization and Revival: The Fate of Religion in Modern Intellectual History, Baylor University, October 2009; “‘I Still Have my Smile’: The Triumph of Consumer Culture in the Dayton Flood of 1913,” at the Phi Alpha Theta 2010 Biennial Convention, San Diego, January 2010; and “Materialistic Consumerism as Exaltation of the Individual: Papal Critiques of Western Consumer Culture, 1878-2004.” at the University of Illinois at Chicago History Graduate Society’s “Third Annual Chicago Graduate Student History Conference, April 10, 2010.

In addition, four history Ph.D. students and an M.A. student received $350 grants from the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences to fund travel to deliver papers at conferences. They were: Peter Cajka, Dominic Faraone, Monica Gallamore, McKayla Sutton, and Monica Witkowski.




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