Books: MU Historians have published several book-length projects since last year’s newsletter:


Confidence & Crisis

Steve Avella
published Confidence and Crisis: A History of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, 1959-1977 (Marquette), a follow-up to his 2002 book, In the Richness of the Earth: A History of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, 1843-1958. 

Liberty's Tears


Alan Ball’s long-awaited book, Liberty's Tears: Soviet Portraits of the "American Way of Life" During the Cold War (Oxford) provides many examples of representations of the United States in Soviet magazines.    

Life Not Worth Living

Chima Korieh
edited Life Not Worth Living’: Nigerian Petitions Reflecting an African Society’s Experiences During World War II (Carolina Academic Press) and co-edited a new book on Human Rights: A Cross-Cultural Perspective, and edited LETTERS

Children and Youth


Jim Marten edited an anthology on Children and Youth during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (NYU) and continued to edit the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth.


Phil Naylor published revised editions of North Africa: A History from Antiquity to the Present (Texas) and Historical Dictionary of Algeria (Rowman and Littlefield).



Faculty also published articles and essays in journals and anthologies: Alison Efford published “The Appeal of Racial Neutrality in the Civil War–Era North: German Americans and the Democratic New Departure,” in the Journal of the Civil War Era (March 2015) and “Immigration and the Gettysburg Address: Nationalism and Equality at the Gates,” in The Gettysburg Address: Perspectives on Lincoln’s Greatest Speech (Oxford).  Laura Matthew wrote “Facing East from the South: Indigenous Americans in the Mostly Iberian Atlantic World,” for The Atlantic World, 1400-1850 (Routledge) and Tim McMahon published “Revolution of Silence: The Case of Jenico Preston, 15th Viscount Gormanston (1879-1925),” in New Hibernia Review (Autumn 2014).  Michael Donoghue’s “Roberto Duran and the Rise of Panamanian Nationalism 1964-1989,” appeared in the anthology Sports Culture in Latin American History (Pittsburgh), while Jim Marten’s “My Dead Confederate: A Terrible Distinctness,” was published in Lens of War (Georgia) and Michael Wert’s "Structures of Collective Memory in Japan" appeared in Local Memories in a Nationalizing and Globalizing World. Donoghue also joined the team of the most popular textbook on American foreign relations, contributing several chapters to the 8th edition of American Foreign Relations: A History (Cengage).


MU Historians gave papers and lectures in the United States and all over the world: Laura Matthew presented “El pipil en la Guatemala colonial: unas propuestas,” with Sergio Romero, at the XII Congreso Centroamericano de Historia, in San Salvador, El Salvador.  The 2015 Centennial of the completion of the Panama Canal made Michael Donoghue a popular speaker; he delivered lectures on the history of the canal and of the Canal Zone at the University of Florida, the University of Connecticut, the Sorbonne in Paris, and in Panama. He was also interviewed by the BBC and Irish National Radio on the anniversary of the canal.  Tim McMahon delivered several papers and lectures, including an invited lecture at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and papers conferences in Belfast and Dublin; Julius Ruff gave a talk on "Rolling the Dice: German Decision-Making in the Great War" at Saint Louis University; Lezlie Knox presented papers at the Medieval Academy of America, held at the University of Notre Dame, and at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University; and  Jim Marten spoke on Civil War children at Washington University in St. Louis and on the lives of Civil War veterans at a conference hosted by the Institute for Social Research in Hamburg, Germany.  Peter Staudenmaier delivered papers at John Felice Rome Center of Loyola University Chicago in Rome and at the German Studies Association meeting and an invited lecture on book-burning in Nazi Germany at the University of Montana.  Michael Wert delivered "Meiji Restoration Losers," at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, while Phil Naylor presented “France and Algeria: Conflict, Cooperation, and Conciliation” at Hong Kong Baptist University. 

Research Funding:

Three members of the department received summer funding from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs:  Peter Staudenmaier will do research in Germany and Italy for his project, “The Politics of Blood and Soil: Environmental Ideals in Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy,” while Lezlie Knox will travel to Rome to research “Mariano of Florence: An Ordinary Friar in an Extraordinary Time” and Michael Donoghue will spend part of the summer in Cuba working on “Race, Identity, and Gender in U.S. Military-Cuban Relations 1941-1964.”  Read more about their projects at

Service Related to Scholarship:

Finally, many members of the department performed valuable service related to their research, both on and off campus.

Carla Hay served as Director of MU’s Women's and Gender Studies Program, and chaired both the Women and Gender Studies Advisory Board and the Sabbatical Review Committee.  Kristen Foster chaired the College of Arts and Science’s Advising Committee, while Tim McMahon chaired the university’s Committee on Research and became Vice-President/President Elect of the American Conference for Irish Studies.  In addition to her work as the department’s Director of Graduate Studies, Lezlie Knox was Director of the Interdisciplinary Minor in Medieval Studies.  Chima Korieh served as President of the Igbo Studies Association and as editor of MBARI: The International Journal of Igbo Studies.  Jim Marten had a similar portfolio, as President of the Society for the History of Children and Youth and as editor of the Journal of the History of Childhood and YouthLaura Matthew was Chair of the Conference on Latin American History’s Howard F. Cline Book Award committee.  Daniel Meissner was the Coordinator and Advisor for Marquette’s Fulbright Program for undergraduates.  Phil Naylor was an editor for the Journal of North African Studies.  And Michael Wert, in addition to serving as the department’s Director of Undergraduate Studies, was Coordinator of the university’s Asian Studies Interdisciplinary Minor.





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