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 2015, 70 students received Loyola doctoral degrees in History. Of the 70 recipients, 14 currently hold tenure-track appointments, 30 others hold full-time teaching or administrative appointments in educational institutions, and 12 other hold full-time positions in public history or cultural institutions.

 

2017

Rachel Boyle
Newberry Mellon Major Projects Fellow, Newberry Library, Chicago, IL
Newberry Library Guest Curator, Chicago Collections Consortium, Chicago, IL
Dissertation: "She Shot Him Dead: The Criminalization of Women and the Struggle over Social Order in Chicago, 1871-1919"
Advisor: Timothy J. Gilfoyle

Amy Oberlin
Senior Associate of Investigations and Disputes, Kroll Associates, Inc., New York, NY

Noah Phelps
Director of Information Management, Sigma Chi Foundation, Evanston, IL

O. Eliot Pope
Instructor, Arrupe College, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL
Dissertation: "Forgotten Soldiers from a Forgotten War: Oral History Testimonies of African American Korean War Veterans"
Advisor: Christopher Manning

Chris Ramsey
Part-time Instructor, History, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL
Dissertation: Forgetting How to Hate: The Evolution of White Responses to Racial Integration in Chicago, 1946-1987
Advisor: Timothy J. Gilfoyle

Marisol Rivera
Adjunt Lecturer, History, Dominican University, River Forest, IL

Gregory Ruth
Social Studies Department Co-Chair, Asia Pacific International School, Seoul, South Korea
Dissertation: "Pancho's Racket and the Long Road to Professional Tennis"
Advisor: Timothy J. Gilfoyle

Amelia Serafine
Part-time Instructor, Honors Program, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL

 

2016

Melissa Cushing-Davis
Operations Manager, Cuneo Museum and Gardens, Loyola University Chicago, Vernon Hills, IL
Dissertation: "A Fire That Could Not Be Extinguished: Sovereignty and Identity in the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, 1634-1994"
Advisor: Theodore Karamanski

Anthony Di Lorenzo
Assistant Professor of American History, Savannah State University, Savannah, GA
Dissertation: "A Higher Law: Transatlantic Revolution and Antislavery Radicalism in Early America, 1760-1800"
Advisor: John Donoghue

Andrew Donnelly
Part-time Instructor, History and Classical Studies Departments, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL
Mitarbeiter, University of Cologne, Germany
Historian and Ceramicist at the Marzamemi Maritime Heritage Project in Marzamemi, Sicily (a Stanford University archeological project)
Dissertation: "Cooking, Cooking Pots, and Cultural Transformation in Imperial and Late Antique Italy"
Advisor: Barbara Rosenwein

Erin Feichtinger
Best Practices Coordinator, Alliance for a Better Omaha, Omaha, NE
Dissertation: "Remains to be Seen: Execution and Embodiment in the Early English Atlantic World"
Advisors: John Donoghue and Robert Bucholz

Peter Kotowski
Associate Director of Prospect Research, Loyola Academy, Wilmette, IL
Dissertation: "The Best Poor Man's Country?: William Penn, Quakers, and Unfree Labor in Atlantic Pennsylvania" 
Advisor: John Donoghue

Jeffrey Wing
Academic Advisor, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Dissertation: "Olympic Bids, Professional Sports, and Urban Politics: Four Decades of Stadium Planning in Detroit, 1936-1975"
Advisor: Timothy J. Gilfoyle

 

2015

Devin V. Hunter
Assistant Professor of American and Public History, University of Illinois at Springfield
Dissertation: "Growing Diversity: Urban Renewal, Community Activism, and the Politics of Cultural Diversity in Uptown Chicago, 1940-1970"
Advisor: Timothy J. Gilfoyle

Daniel O'Gorman
Independent Historian
Dissertation: "Institution and Identity: Anglo-Saxon Ethnogenesis in the Pre-Conquest Century"
Advisor: Barbara Rosenwein

Daniel Ott
Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin, Eau Clair
Dissertation: "Producing a Past: Cyrus McCormick's Reaper from Heritage to History"
Advisor: Theodore J. Karamanski

Kirby Pringle
Instructor, Bakersfield College, Prison System Inmate Scholars Program, Bakersfield CA (start date spring semester 2018)
Dissertation: "Waiting on Hollywood: The Tale of an Italian Bit Player"
Advisor: Timothy J. Gilfoyle
To be published as Waiting on Hollywood: The Tale of an Italian Bit Player (University Press of Mississippi, 2018).

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

 

2014

Audra Bellmore
Associate Professor and Curator, Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Adjunct Professor, Museum Studies Program, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Chair, UNM Regents Historic Preservation Committee, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Dissertation: "English Cottage Style Homes in America: Expressions of Architectural, Technological, and Social Innovation"
Advisor: Patricia Mooney-Melvin

Steven J. Catania
Online Training Coordinator, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dissertation:"Brandy Nan and Farmer George: Public Perceptions of Royal Health and the Demystification of English Monarchy During the Long Eighteenth Century"
Advisor: Robert O. Bucholz

John 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

Kelly O'Connor
Instructor, History Department, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL
Dissertation: "The Fashionable Life: Fashion Imagery and the Construction of Masculinity in America, 1960-2000" 
Advisor: Susan E. Hirsch

Stella Ress
Assistant Professor of History, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN
Dissertation: "Will You Love Me in December, As You Do in May?: Gold Diggers, Sugar Daddies, & Age-Disparate Relationships in the US, 1890-1950"
Advisors: Lewis A. Erenberg

 

2013

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

Patrick R. Mallory

Academic Dean, Business and Social Sciences, Meramec Campus of St. Louis Community College, St. Louis, MO
Dissertation: "The Game They All Played: Chicago Baseball 1876-1906"
Advisor: Patricia Mooney-Melvin

Jilana Ordman
Lecturer, History, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL
Dissertation: "Feeling Like a Crusader: Crusader Affect and Crusade Theology 1095-1291"
Advisor: Barbara Rosenwein

Jennifer Searcy
Director, 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
Curator and Chief 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
Co-Founder, Of Historical Interest (a history consulting firm)
Dissertation: "The Costumed Catholic: Catholics, Whiteness, and the Movies, 1928-1968"
Advisor: Christopher E Manning

 

2012

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, Texas A&M University, San Antonio
Dissertation: "Emotional Standards, Liturgical Celebration and the Monks of Saint-Germain (Auxerre), 840-908"
Advisor: Barbara H. Rosenwein

Brian Jolet
Associate 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

 

2011

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
Assistant Professor of History, Endicott College
Dissertation: "The Color(s) of Perfection:  The Feminine Body, Beauty Ideals, and Identity in Postwar America, 1945-1970"
Advisor: Timothy J. Gilfoyle
Published as Reducing Bodies: Mass Culture and the Female Figure in Postwar America (New York: Routledge, 2017).

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).

 

2010

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).

 

2009

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 of Exhibits and Interpretation, Naper Settlement, 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

 

2008

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

 

2007

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

 

2006

Timothy N. Lacy

Assistant Director, Biomedical Informatics Program, Graham School, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Co-founder of the Society for U.S. Intellectual History
Teacher of Adult Education Seminars, The Newberry Library
Dissertation: "Making a Democratic Culture: The Great Books Idea, Mortimer J. Adler and Twentieth-Century America"
Advisor: Lewis A. Erenberg
Published as, "The Dream of a Democratic Culture: Mortimer J. Adler and the Great Books Idea" (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

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).

 

2005

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).

 

2004

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).

 

2003

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

 

2002

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

 

2001

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

 

2000

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

Lori Witt
Central College in Iowa
Dissertation: "More than a 'Slaving W(fe': The Limits and Possibilities of Womanhood for Conservative Protestant College Women in the  1920's and 1930's"

 

1999

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

Dennis Cremin
Professor of History, Lewis University
Dissertation: "Building Chicago's Front Yard: Grant Park 1836 to 1936"

Robert Karrow
Dissertation:  "Intellectual Foundations of the Cartographic Revolution"

 

1997

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

 

1996

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

 

1989

Eileen McMahon
Associate Professor, Lewis University
Dissertation: "What Parish Are You From? A Chicago Irish Community and Race Relations
Advisor: Lewis A. Erenberg
Published as What Parish Are You From? A Chicago Irish Community and Race Relations (University of Kentucky, 1995).