Loyola University Chicago

Department of History

Graduate Student News and Awards - OLD


Andrew Altepeter (M.A. student in public history) was awarded the Cuneo Fellowship for 2010-2011.  The fellowship will enable him to work as an intern at Loyola’s Cuneo Museum.  He will serve as Vice President of HGSA for 2010-2011. 

Steve Bruner (Ph.D. candidate in modern European history) presented a paper on late nineteenth-century Italian colonialism at the three-day University of Notre Dame Regional Graduate Conference in October 2010.  The paper was entitled “Italy’s 1891 Livraghi Affair: Press and Parliament, Liberalism and Colonialism,” and it responded to the over-all conference topic, which was “’The Center Cannot Hold’:  The Movement of Ideas between Imperial Centers and Peripheries.”   

Justin Dickerson (M.A. student in U.S history) will present “Daniel Burnham’s Progressive Plan for Chicago,” at San Jose State University’s “Immigration and Social Policy: The Changing Face of America Conference” in October 2010.  He will serve as President of HGSA for 2010-2011.

Anthony Di Lorenzo (Ph.D. student in U.S. history) published “Dissenting Protestantism as a Language of Revolution in Thomas Paine’s Common Sense” in Eighteenth-Century Thought, vol. 4 (August, 2009), 229-283.  He also presented “The Religious Roots of American Identity: Dissenting Protestant Rhetoric in Thomas Paine's Common Sense” in October 2009 at the Northern Illinois University Graduate Student History Conference.  

Thomas Greene (Ph.D. candidate in medieval history) was awarded the Birgit Baldwin Fellowship from the Medieval Academy of America.  The Fellowship provides a grant to support a graduate student at a North American university who is researching and writing a significant dissertation for the Ph.D. on any subject in French medieval history that can only be realized by sustained research in the archives and libraries of France.  Greene also presented “Emotional Norms and Ninth-Century Monasticism: Lupus of Ferrières’ Hagiography” at the International Medieval Congress in Leeds, UK in July 2009.  He also co-organized a session at the 45th International Congress of Medieval Studies, “Consuming the Word: The Sensory Experience of the Eucharist in the Medieval West,” at Western Michigan University in May 2010.  Greene won the 2010 McCluggage Award from the Department of History at Loyola University Chicago for best graduate student paper. 

Paige Halpin (M.A. student in U.S. history) presented “Despite the Growling: The Unlikely Friendship Between George W. Perkins and Theodore Roosevelt” in October 2009 at the Northern Illinois University Graduate Student History Conference.  She will present “Caught in the Crossfire: Chicago Women’s Clubs, Public Health, and the Anti-Spitting Campaign in the Progressive Era” in June 2010 at the Women and Gender Historians of the Midwest Conference. 

Elizabeth Hoffman Ransford (Ph.D. candidate in U.S. and public history) presented “Using Geography in Local History The Place of the Church in Ravenswood, Illinois, 1869-1889” at the National Council on Public History Conference in March 11 2010. 

John Kelleher (Ph.D. student in U.S. history) was awarded a Haynes Award summer research stipend from the Historical Society of Southern California for his dissertation project, “The Entrepreneur as Hero: Peter Ueberroth and the Rise of Neo-Liberalism in the Reagan Era.”

John Krenzke (Ph.D. student in early modern English history) presented “The Power of the Purse: Goldsmiths during the Reigns of the later Stuarts and George III” at the Midwest Conference on British Studies in Pittsburgh, PA in October 2009.  He also presented “Political Capital: The Investment Strategies of Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough” at the Loyola University Graduate  Student History Conference in April 2010 and at the Loyola Women and Leadership Archives Lunch Lecture Series in February 2010. 

Kristina Maldre (M.A. student in U.S. history) presented "Historical Records and American Indians in the Great Lakes region" at the Great Lakes Social Studies Regional Conference, Madison, WI, in March 2010.  She also presented "A Time of Becoming: The Struggle for Civil Rights Before Rosa Parks" at the National Council for History Education Conference in San Diego, CA in March 2010.

Elizabeth Matelski (Ph.D. candidate in U.S. History) was awarded a Schmitt Dissertation Fellowship from the Graduate School at Loyola University Chicago for 2010-2011.  She presented " 'I can always tell a lessie' The Lesbian Commercial Novel and Identity in Post-World War II America,” at the Ohio State University Symposium on Contemporary Interdisciplinary Scholarship on Gender and Sexuality in April 2010.  It will be published under the same title for the forthcoming anthology, Romance Fiction and American Culture Love as the Practice of Freedom?

Kelly O'Connor (Ph.D. candidate in U.S. history) was awarded the Pre-Doctoral Teaching Scholar Award from Loyola University Chicago for 2009-2010.  She was awarded an Advanced Doctoral Fellowship from Loyola University Chicago for 2010-2011.  She has a forthcoming (2010) Review of The Chicago Sports Reader: 100 Years of Sports in the Windy City edited by Steven A. Reiss and Gerald R. Gems for the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society.  She presented “Esquire’s Fashionable Male: White Male Body Imagery in the 1980s” in April 2009 at the 39th/31st Annual Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association’s National Conference in New Orleans, LA.

Amy Oberlin (Ph.D. student in early modern European history) presented “Love and Politics in the Exegesis of Hrabanus Maurus” at the Midwest Medieval History Conference at the University of Notre Dame in September 2009.  She also presented “’A sincere Affection’: William III’s 1691 Entry into The Hague” at the Graduate Student History Conference at Loyola University in April 2010.

Jilana Ordman (Ph.D. Candidate in medieval history) presented "Feeling like a Crusader: Emotion as Evidence of Combatants' Motivations for Violence" at Loyola's 3rd Annual Interdisciplinary Research Symposium.

Nicole Perez (Ph.D. student in U.S. history) will begin an internship in architecture and history production with WTTW, the local PBS station in summer 2010.

Kirby Pringle (Ph.D. student in U.S. history) has recently completed a visiting scholar fellowship at the Autry Institute for the Study of the American West in Los Angeles for his project “Developing the West: Country Music and Western Music in the San Fernando Valley.”  He presented "I Made the Prison Band!: Country Music Behind Bars" at Belmont University in May 2010.

Cord Scott (Ph.D. candidate in U.S. history) presented “The Battles of Herbie, Willie and Joe: The Depiction of the Allied Soldier in World War II through Comic Illustration” at the Conference Seventy Years On: New Perspectives of the Second World War Conference at the University of Calgary in September 2009.  He also presented “Frankly, Mac, This ‘Police Action’ Business Is Going Too Damn Far!: Armed Forces Cartoons in the Korean Conflict” at the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Conference in June 2010 at Victoria College in Victoria Texas.  Scott was also awarded a research fellowship in 2010 from the Colonial Dames of the United States for his dissertation project, “Comics and Conflict: A Critical Analysis of War and Politically Themed Comics from World War II through Operation Iraqi Freedom. 

Adam Shprintzen (Ph.D candidate in U.S. history) was awarded a Schmitt Fellowship from the Graduate School at Loyola University Chicago for 2010-2011.  He presented “A Wandering Minstrel, I The Swing Mikado, Race and New Deal Chicago” at the 2009 Conference on Illinois History.  He also presented “Thrifty, Industrious Settlers Wanted The Vegetarian Settlement Company and the Question of Kansas” at the 2010 Association for the Study of Food in Society Conference.  He published three articles in the Cultural Encyclopedia of Vegetarianism (Facts on File, 2010).

Maria Wagner (M.A. student in medieval history) presented “The Role of Bernard of Clairvaux in the Annulment of the Marriage of Louis VII and Eleanor of Aquitaine” at Northern Illinois University’s Second Annual Graduate History Conference, in October 2009 and at Vagantes Medieval Graduate Student Conference in New Mexico in March 13 2010.  She also presented “The Queen and Saint Bernard of Clairvaux and Eleanor of Aquitaine” at The Newberry Library’s 28th Annual Graduate Student Conference in January 2010.