Loyola University Chicago

Department of History

Doctoral Placements

Placement History for Doctoral Program

Loyola accepts a small number of PhD students every year and works to place them in tenure-track, teaching, and public history positions across the nation.  From 2000 to 2013, 62 students received Loyola doctoral degrees in History. Of the 62 recipients, 11 currently hold tenure-track appointments, 29 others hold full-time teaching or administrative appointments in educational institutions, and 11 other hold full-time positions in public history or cultural institutions.

Loyola PhDs in tenure-track and tenured positions include: David Blanke, Professor, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi; Laura Milsk Fowler, Associate Professor, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville;  Timothy Neary, Associate Professor, Salve Regina University; Jason Stacy, Associate Professor, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; Matthew Szromba, Associate Professor, Marian University; and Andrew Witt, Associate Professor and Department chair, Edgewood College.


Devin V. Hunter
Assistant Professor of American and Public History, University of Illinois Springfield
Dissertation: "Growing Diversity: Urban Renewal, Gentrification, and Community Activism in Uptown Chicago, 1945-1981"
Advisor: Timothy J. Gilfoyle

Daniel M. O'Gorman
Dissertation: "'Unius Regulate ac Unius Patriae': The Standardizing Process in Anglo-Saxon England"
Advisor: Barbara H. Rosenwein

Kirby T. Pringle
Dissertation: "Waiting on Hollywood: The Tale of an Italian Bit Player"
Advisor: Timothy J. Gilfoyle

Joel F. Yoder
Dissertation: "Herbert Spencer and His American Audience"
Advisor: Timothy J. Gilfoyle


Steven J. Catania
Adjunct Professor, Loyola University Chicago
Dissertation: "Brandy Nan and Farmer George: Constitutional Monarchy and Public Perceptions of Health"
Advisor: Robert O. Bucholz

John R. Krenzke
Assistant Professor of History, Tidewater Community College, Virginia Beach Campus, Norfolk, VA
Dissertation: "Change Is Brewing: The Industrialization of the Brewing Industry in England, 1550-1750"
Advisor: Robert O. Bucholz

Daniel P. Ott
Historian, National Park Service, Homestead National Monument, Beatrice, NE
Dissertation: "Producing a Past: Cyrus McCormick's Reaper from Heritage to History"
Advisor: Theodore J. Karamanski

Stella A. Ress
Assistant Professor of History, University of Southern Indiana
Dissertation: "'We're Not Little Babies Anymore': A Cultural History of Small Girls in America, 1920-1945"
Advisors: Lewis A. Erenberg and Patricia Mooney-Melvin


Domenico R. Ferri
Assistant Professor of History/Social Science Department Chairperson, Harold Washington College
Dissertation: "Funk My Soul: The Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Birth of Funk Culture"
Advisor: Lewis A. Erenberg

Kelly O’Connor
Adjunct Professor, Loyola University Chicago
Dissertation: "The Fashionable Life: Fashion Imagery and the Construction of Masculinity in America, 1960-2000"
Advisor: Susan E. Hirsch

Patrick R. Mallory
Senior Manager of Library and Instructional Resources, Meramec Campus of St. Louis Community College
Dissertation: "The Game They All Played: Chicago Baseball 1876-1906"
Advisor: Theodore J. Karamanski

Jilana Ordman
Adjunct Instructor at Benedictine University, Lisle, IL
Dissertation: "Feeling Like a Holy Warrior: Authors' Attributions of Emotion as Evidence of Actors' Motives for Violence in Tenth Through Early twelfth Century Western Narrative and Epistolary Accounts of Military Conflicts"
Advisor: Barbara H. Rosenwein

Jennifer Searcy
Director of the Great Lakes Naval Museum, Great Lakes, IL
Dissertation: "The Voice of the Negro: African American Radio, WVON, and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Chicago"
Advisor: Christopher E. Manning

Megan Stout Sibbel
Curatorial Historian, Salisbury House and Gardens, Des Moines, IA
Dissertation: "'Reaping the Colored Harvest': The Catholic Mission in the American South"
Advisor: Timothy J. Gilfoyle

Albert W. Vogt III
Lecturer, University of South Florida
Dissertation: "The Costumed Catholic: Catholics, Whiteness, and the Movies, 1928-1973"
Advisor: Lewis A. Erenberg


Alexandra DeMonte Michaelides
User Experience Researcher at Flywheel, Bay Area, CA
Dissertation: "Redefining Sisterhood: The New Nuns, Laywomen and Catholic Feminist Activism, 1953-1994"
Advisors: Timothy J. Gilfoye and Susan E. Hirsch

Sarah E. Doherty
Assistant Professor, North Park University
Dissertation: "Aliens Found in Waiting: Women of the Ku Klux Klan in Suburban Chicago, 1870-1930"
Advisor: Timothy J. Gilfoyle

Susan Garneau
Adjunct Professor, Loyola University Chicago
Dissertation: "Imprisoning Chicago: Incarceration, the Chicago City Council, Prisoners, and Reform, 1832-1915"
Advisor: Timothy J. Gilfoyle

Thomas A. Greene
Lecturer, Loyola University Chicago
Dissertation: "Emotional Standards, Liturgical Celebration and the Monks of Saint-Germain (Auxerre), 840-908"
Advisor: Barbara H. Rosenwein

Brian Jolet
Lecturer, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Dissertation: "Wet Chicago: Prohibition and the Development of the Informal Alcohol Economy, 1919-1933"
Advisor: Timothy J. Gilfoyle

Dejan Kralj
Assistant Professor of History, Department of American Studies, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic
Dissertation: "Transnational Nationalism & the Transformation of South Slavic Immigrant Identity in Chicago, 1890-1941"
Advisor: Timothy J. Gilfoyle

Ronald P. Martin
Associate Director, GPEM Operations, Loyola University Chicago
Dissertation: "Flowers in Chicago: Counterculture in Chicago in the 1960s"
Advisors: Lewis A. Erenberg and Patricia Mooney-Melvin


Stephen C. Bruner
Dissertation: "Press and Parliament, Liberalism and Colonialism:  Italy's 1891 Livraghi Affair and the Waning of the Civilizing Mission"
Advisor: Anthony L. Cardoza

Kevin Kaufmann
Pre-Health, Pre-Law Advising, Loyola University Chicago
Dissertation: "Rigorous Honesty: A Cultural History of Alcoholics Anonymous, 1935-1960"
Advisors: Lewis A. Erenberg and Harold L. Platt

Elizabeth Matelski
Postdoctoral Fellow, Loyola University Chicago
Dissertation: "The Color(s) of Perfection:  The Feminine Body, Beauty Ideals, and Identity in Postwar America, 1945-1970"
Advisor: Timothy J. Gilfoyle

Maria F. Reynolds
Historic Interpreter, Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Dissertation: "Doing History in the Adirondacks:  Interpreting the Park, the People, and the Landscape"
Advisor: Patricia Mooney-Melvin

Cord A. Scott
Lecturer, Loyola University Chicago
Dissertation: "Comics and Conflict: War and Patriotically Themed Comics in American Cultural History from World War II through Operation Iraqi Freedom"
Advisor: Lewis A. Erenberg
Published as Comics and Conflict: Patriotism and Propaganda from WWII through Operation Iraqi Freedom (US Naval Institute Press, 2014).

Adam D. Shprintzen
Assistant Professor of History, Marywood University
Dissertation: "Abstention to Consumption: The Development of American Vegetarian Identity, 1817-1917"
Advisor: Timothy J. Gilfoyle
Published as The Vegetarian Crusade: The Rise of an American Reform Movement, 1817-1921(UNC Press, 2015).


Angela Fritz
Associate Professor and Assistant Head of Special Collections, University of Arkansas-Fayetville
Dissertation: "Ten Cents a Dance: Taxi Dancers, A Living Wage, and the Sexual Politics of Women's Work, 1912-1952"
Advisor: Susan E. Hirsch

L. Jon Grogan
VP, Lead Sourcing Specialist, PNC Financial Group
Dissertation: "From Subject to Citizen: Tarleton Bates and the Evolution of Republican Man on the Pennsylvania Frontier"
Advisor: Theodore J. Karamanski

Elizabeth Hoffman Ransford
History Consultant
Dissertation: "Sacred Spaces, Public Places: The Intersection of Religion and Space in Three Chicago Communities, 1869-1932"
Advisor: Patricia Mooney-Melvin

Jason R. Myers
Copywriter at Plum Voice, Denver, CO
Dissertation: "'A Land Fit for Heroes'?: The Great War, Memory, Popular Culture, and Politics in Ireland Since 1914"
Advisor: Theodore J. Karamanski
Published as The Great War and Memory in Irish Culture, 1918 -2010 (Academica Press, 2012).


Rae M. Bielakowski
Freelance Writer/Editor
Dissertation: "You Are in the World: Catholic Campus Life at Loyola University Chicago, Mundelein College, and De Paul University, 1924-1950"
Advisor: William J. Galush

Jennifer R. Bridge
Curator, The Naper Settlement Museum, Naperville, IL
Dissertation: "Tourist Attractions, Souvenirs, and Civil War Memory in Chicago, 1861-1915"
Advisor: Patricia Mooney-Melvin

Kirsten M. DeVries
Visiting Assistant Professor, Roanoke College
Dissertation: "Episcopal Identity in Merovingian Gaul, A.D. 397-700"
Advisor: Barbara H. Rosenwein

Marc A. Dluger
Assistant Professor, Northern Virginia Community College
Dissertation:  "A Regimental Community: The Men of the 82nd Illinois Infantry Before, During, and After the American Civil War"
Advisor: Theodore J. Karamanski

Alfonzo Greene, Jr.
Lecturer, Oakwood University
Dissertation: "[Black] Regional Conferences in the Seventh-day Adventist Church (SDA) Compared with United Methodist [Black] Central Jurisdiction/Annual Conferences with White SDA Conferences, 1940-2001"

Troy Henderson
Michigan Iron Industry Museum, Neguanee, MI
Dissertation: "Shanty-boys, Lumberjacks, and Loggers: A Social and Cultural History of the Upper Great Lakes Woodsworkers"
Advisor: Theodore J. Karamanski

Frances Howard Mitilineos
Instructor, Oakton Community College
Dissertation: "Christians and Jews in Thirteenth-Century England: Confrontation and Cooperation 1189-1290"
Advisor: Barbara H. Rosenwein


J. Derek Halvorson
President of Covenant College 
Dissertation: "Religion and Reformation: Johannes Justus Lansperger, O. Cart. (1489/90-1539) and the Sixteenth-Century 'Religious' Question"
Advisor: Robert L. Bireley, SJ

Mark Long
Lecturer, University of Central Florida
Dissertation: "Cultivating a New Order: Reconstructing Florida's Postbellum Frontier"
Advisor: Susan E. Hirsch

Michael Nicholsen
Associate Professor (tenure-track), Oakton Community College
Dissertation: "'Auld Sod' and New Turf: Entertainment, Nationalism, and Identity in the Irish Traditional Music Community of Chicago, 1868-1999"
Advisor: Lewis A. Erenberg

Angela Schlater
Owns the history consulting firm, Preserve
Dissertation: "Flaming Youth: Gender in 1920s Hollywood"
Advisor: Lewis A. Erenberg

Claudette Tolson
Assistant Professor of Online History (tenure-track), Georgia Perimeter College
Dissertation: "The Excluded and the Included: Chicago, White Supremacy and the Clubwomen's Movement, 1873-1915"
Advisor: Timothy J. Gilfoyle

Alan Zola
Instructor, College of DuPage
Dissertation: "Radbertus's Monasic Voice: Ideas about Monasticism at Ninth-Century Corbie"
Advisor: Barbara H. Rosenwein


Patrick Jennings 
Historian, National Park Service, American Battlefield Protection Program, Washington, D.C.
Dissertation: "Clio's Drumbeat: Gathering and Using History in Wartime"
Advisor: Theodore J. Karamanski

Cranston Knight
Instructor, Malcolm X College of Chicago
Board Member of the Chicago United Nations organization
Dissertation: "When War was no longer unthinkable: American Perception of and reaction to Japan prior to Pearl Harbor"
Advisor: Paula F. Pfeffer


Timothy N. Lacy
Dissertation: "Making a Democratic Culture:  The Great Books Idea, Mortimer J. Adler and Twentieth-Century America"
Advisor: Lewis A. Erenberg

Elizabeth Myers
Director of Special Collections, Smith College
Dissertation: "Burning Bras, Long Hairs & Dashikis:  The Personal Politics of American Culture, 1950-1975"

Jan Nash
Owns the history consulting firm, Tallgrass Historians L.C.
Dissertation: "Hinterland or Heartland: Survival of the Midwest Small Town, 1850-1990"

Justin Pettegrew
Assistant Professor, Shorter College in Rome Georgia
Dissertation: "Onward Christian Soldiers: The Transformation of Religion, Masculinity, and Class in the Chicago YMCA, 1857-1933"
Advisors: Lewis A. Erenberg

Jason Stacy
Assistant Professor, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Dissertation: "Containing Multitudes: Walt Whitman's Three Personas in the New Market Economy"
Advisor: Lewis A. Erenberg
Published as Walt Whitman's Multitudes: Labor Reform and Persona in Whitman's Journalism and the First Leaves of Grass, 1840-1855 (Peter Lang, 2008).


Constance Buckley
Lecturer, Loyola University Chicago
Dissertation: "Searching for Fort Dearborn: Perception, Commemoration and Celebration of an Urban Creation Memory"
Advisor: Patricia Mooney-Melvin

David Groeninger
Instructor, Grayslake Community College
Dissertation: "Imagining Chicago: The Role of Newspaper Columnists in Creating a City of the Mind, 1890-1930"
Advisor: Lewis A. Erenberg

John Leazer 
Visiting Assistant Professor, Carthage College
Dissertation: "The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Scottish Herring Fishery: The Effects of the 1707 Treaty of Union on the Scottish Economy and Early Modern Britain"
Advisor: Robert O. Bucholz

Catherine Maybrey
Graduate Career Strategist, McMaster University
Dissertation: "From Onanism to Orgasm: Masturbation, Medicine and Gender in America, 1646-1960"
Advisor: Timothy J. Gilfoyle

Andrew Witt
Associate Professor, Edgewood College
Dissertation: "Picking Up the Hammer': The Community Programs and Services of the Black Panther Party with Emphasis on the Milwaukee Branch, 1966-1977"
Advisor: Paula F. Pfeffer
Published as The Black Panthers in the Midwest: The Community Programs and Services of the Black Panther Party in Milwaukee, 1966-1977 (Routledge, 2007).


Jerry L. Foust
Collections & Facilities Manager at Dumbarton House, Washington, D.C.
Dissertation: "Our Town, Their Town: Community and Tourism South Haven, Michigan, 1830-1930"
Advisor: Patricia Mooney-Melvin

Elizabeth Fraterrigo
Associate Professor, Loyola University Chicago
Dissertation: "Entertainment for Men: Playboy, Masculinity and Postwar American Culture"
Advisor: Lewis A. Erenberg
Published as Playboy and the Making of the Good Life in Modern America (Oxford University Press, 2009).

Laura E. Milsk
Assistant Professor, Department of Historical Studies
Director, Museum Studies Program, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
Dissertation: "Meet Me at the Station: The Culture and Aesthetics of Chicago's Railroad Terminals, 1871-1930"
Advisor: Susan E. Hirsch

Timothy B. Neary
Assistant Professor, Salve Regina University
Dissertation: "Crossing Parochial Boundaries: African-Americans and Interracial Catholic Social Action in Chicago, 1914-1954"
Advisor: Timothy J. Gilfoyle
Published as Crossing Parish Boundaries: African Americans, Catholicism, and Sports in Chicago, 1914–1954 (University of Chicago Press, 2016).

Scott A. Newman
Educational Testing Service
Dissertation: "Boundless Pleasures: Young Chicagoans, Commercial Amusements, and the Revitalization of Urban Life, 1900-1930"
Advisor: Lewis A. Erenberg

Temple Tsenes
Adjunct Professor, Benedictine University
Dissertation: "I am the Utterance of My Name:  Black Victorian Feminist Discourse and Intellectual Enterprise at the Columbian Exposition, 1893"
Advisor: Susan E. Hirsch
Published as I Am the Utterance of My Name: Black Victorian Feminist Discourse and Intellectual Enterprise at the Columbian Exposition, 1893 (IUniverse, 2006).


Rev. William T. Corcoran, Jr.
Chairman of the Associations of Chicago Priests and Faculty member at Quigley South High School
Dissertation: "Imagining a Future: The Reassertion of Irish Identity"
Advisor: Timothy J. Gilfoyle

Matthew P. Szromba
Assistant Professor, Henderson State University
Dissertation: "The Wicked Man shall not abide in my House: The Courts of the Verge and the English Monarchy, 1660-1760"
Advisor: Robert O. Bucholz

Anne Michele Wingenter
Adjunct Professor, Loyola University Chicago, Rome Center
Dissertation: "The Dead are Passing: The Association of Mothers and Widows of the 'Fallen' in Fascist Italy"
Advisor: Anthony L. Cardoza


Malachy R. McCarthy, O.S.B
Archvist, Claretian Missionaries Archives, Catholic Library Association
Dissertation: "Which Christ Came to Chicago: Catholic and Protestant Programs to Evangelize, Socialize and Americanize the Mexican Immigrant, 1900-1940"
Advisor: Willam J. Galush


Lori Witt
Associate Professor, Central College of Iowa
Dissertation: "More than a 'Slaving Wife': The Limits and Possibilities of Womanhood for Conservative Protestant College Women in the 1920s and 1930s"
Advisor: Theodore J. Karamanski


Jeffrey T. Brierton
Principal, Round Lake High School
Dissertation: "War on Two Fronts Vietnam and the Heartland: A Study of the Effect of the Vietnam War on an American Community 1965-1973"
Advisor: Theodore J. Karamanski

Michael O'Malley
Visiting Assistant Professor, St. Norbert College
Dissertation: "Local Relief during the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850: The Case of County Mayo" 
Advisor: Janet A. Nolan


Paul Connors
Dissertation: "America's Emerald Isle: A Social History of the Irish of Beaver Island, Michigan, 1856-1945"
Advisor: Theodore J. Karamanski


Eric M. Reisenauer
Professor, University of South Carolina, Sumpter
Dissertation: "British-Israel: Racial Identity in Imperial Britain, 1870-1920"
Advisor: Jo N. Hays


David Blanke
Professor, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Dissertation: "Sowing the American Dream: Consumer Culture in the Rural Midwest, 1865-1900"
Advisor: Harold L. Platt
Published as Sowing the American Dream: How Consumer Culture Took Root in the Rural Midwest (Ohio University Press, 2000).

Catherine Candy
Associate Professor, University of New Orleans
Dissertation: "The Occult Feminism of Margaret Cousins in Modern Ireland and India, 1878-1954"
Advisor: Janet A. Nolan

Mary J. Munsell Abroe
Dissertation: "'All the Profound Scenes': Federal Preservation of Civil War Battlefields, 1861-1900"  
Advisor: Theodore J. Karamanski


Eileen McMahon
Associate Professor, Lewis University
Advisor: Lewis A. Erenberg