Loyola University Chicago

Department of History

Accomplishments

March 2021

Dr. Theodore Karamanski recently wrote a reflection on behalf of the Loyola Public History Program accepting the 2021 National Council on Public History's Founders Award on History@Work, the NCPH blog. Read it here. He also serves on the National Council on Public History's Council of Past Presidents. 

Dr. Patricia Mooney-Melvin served as a discussant on the Public Intellectual, Public History, and the History of the Professional Roundtable at the 2021 National Council on Public History Annual Conference. She also serves on the National Council on Public History's Council of Past Presidents. 

Dr. Elliot Gorn, along with alumnus Adam Carston (MA 2016), was recently featured in the Chicago Reader for his work with the Mister Kelly's Collection at the Newberry Library. Read more here

Dr. Gema Kloppe-Santamaría gave a virtual presentation titled "In the Name of Christ: Lynching and Religion in Post-Revolutionary Mexico" through the Catholic University History Department on March 17th. You can watch a recording of her presentation here. She also discussed her book In the Vortex of Violence: Lynching, Extralegal Justice, and the State in Post-Revolutionary Mexico during an online book discussion with the Janey Program in Latin American Studies at The New School on March 23. Watch the recording here.

Dr. Michelle Nickerson was awarded a Mother Theodore Guerin Research Travel Grant in 2020 from the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame for her project "Catholic Resistance: How the Camden 28 Put the Vietnam War on Trial." The Cushwa Center recently interviewed her about her research. Check out the interview here.

Elizabeth Schmidt (Public History MA) completed a summer/fall internship at the Frances Willard House Museum and Archives. She designed a long-term digital project titled "Black Women of the WCTU." She developed a project plan which includes mining the holdings in the Archives for names and context, designing a dynamic database to record the information, writing biographical sketches and interpretive essays, and compiling resources for further research. Schmidt's work lays the foundation for an ongoing, interactive project and will help their findings available online. 

Sean Jacobson (Public History and the United States History PhD Candidate) was awarded a 2021 Research Travel Grant from the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame for his dissertation "Hidden in Plain Sight: Challenges of Remembering Antebellum Indian Missions in the Great Lakes and the South." Read more here

Cate LiaBraaten and Sean Jacobson (Public History and the United States History PhD Candidates) presented a poster on their project Suffrage Sundays at the Frances Willard House Museum at the 2021 National Council on Public History Annual Conference. 

Public History and the United States History PhD Candidates William Ippen (Co-Chair) and Katherine Macica (Committee Member) just completed their terms on the Environmental Sustainability Committee of the National Council on Public History. 

Ella Wagner (Public History and the United States History PhD Candidate) chaired the session The 19th and Beyond: Reflecting on the Suffrage Centennial and Women's History in the National Park Service at the 2021 National Council on Public History Annual Conference. 

June Coyne (United States History PhD Candidate) received The Graduate School's Edward Crown, M.D. Humanities Fellowship for the 2021-2022 academic year. 

Nathan Elstrand (United States History PhD Candidate) as a chair and panelist presented his paper "The Spread of Sinarquismo in the United States, 1936-1940,” as a part of the panel “Transnational Histories of Mexican Catholic Activism in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries,” by the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies presented via Zoom in March 2021. He also presented his paper “Hope for a New Society – Sinarquista Colonization in the Borderlands, 1941-1944” at the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Graduate Workshop at Northwestern University via Zoom in March 2021. 

Dr. Cranston Knight (PhD 2007) has partnered with National Public Housing Museum to produce Silent Voices Among Us:  A Montage of Chicago’s West Side. This digital exhibit, launched this month, features Dr. Knight’s photography documenting disinvestment in west side communities, including Garfield Park and Austin.  The exhibit also includes oral histories of residents of the former Henry Horner Homes, a public housing development on the west side.  Dr. Knight grew up in Horner and thrived in Chicago’s public schools, despite regularly facing racist taunts when he helped racially integrate Theodore Roosevelt High School in 1967.  Since earning his PhD at Loyola, he has taught in the City Colleges of Chicago and St. Augustine College.  With an interest in diplomatic history, he has actively been involved with the United National Association of Chicago.  Congratulations to Dr. Knight on bringing these important stories and voices to a broader audience.

Helen Davies (History/Classics BA 2009, Digital Humanities MA 2013) is now Assistant Professor in Digital Humanities in the Department of English at UC Colorado Springs.

Rachel Boyle (PhD 2017) participated as a discussant in the working group Developing Best Practices Guidelines for Consulting Historians on the National Council on Public History. She is also a member of the National Council on Public History Board of Directors and the Consultant's Committee. She recently published "Still grinding? How the pandemic is accelerating job precarity in public history," an article on the pandemic's impact on the public history job market, on the National Council on Public History's blog History@Work. Read her article here

Kate Johnson (MA 2018) and Marie Pellisier (MA 2018) are members of the Digital Media Group on the National Council on Public History. 

Stella Ress (PhD 2014) serves on the Curriculum and Training Committee and the G. Wesley Johnson Award Committee on the National Council on Public History. 

Hope Shannon (PhD 2020) is a member of the National Council on Public History Board Subcommittee on Gender Discrimination and Sexual Harassment. 

 

 

February 2021

 Dr. David Dennis collaborated with the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies at San Jose University on a new virtual exhibition commemorating the 250th anniversary of the birth of famed composer Ludwig van Beethoven. Beethoven Beyond Borders: Anniversary Celebrations, Politics, and Global Impact Since 1870 examines Beethoven and his impact on global culture during previous anniversaries from 1870 to 2020. It describes the historical contexts that influenced the celebrations from Germany’s unification in the nineteenth century through the First World War and Weimar eras, the Cold War, and the COVID-19 pandemic.  Follow this link for the full article, including directions on how to access the exhibit and watch a video of the launch event.

Dr. Elena Valussi recently gave a virtual lecture titled "Place, Space, and Politics in Chinese Religions: A Case of Chunyang Guan (純陽觀) in Sichuan" hosted by Purdue University's Center on Religion and the Global East. 

Dr. Gema Kloppe-Santamaría wrote a policy brief titled "Putting Citizens' Security First: Towards a New Chapter in U.S.-Mexico Security Cooperation" recently published by the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center. The brief examines the challenges and opportunities faced by US-Mexico security cooperation under President Biden and President López Obradorr, and offers specific policy recommendations to strengthen citizens' security and decrease the current levels of violence impacting both countries. The full brief can be found here.  

Dr. Theodore Karamanski was recently featured in the Faculty Friday Spotlight from Loyola University Chicago's Dean's Office and University Marketing and Communication. Read more here. 

Jenny Barry (Public History MA) received the Friend of MainStreet Libertyville award at the preservation organization's annual meeting in January. The award recognized her leadership in the creation of an online, self-guided tour of downtown Libertyville (https://www.theclio.com/tour/1501) which was launched by the Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society as a companion to the annual MainStreet Libertyville Historic House Walk in September. Jenny is the Local History Librarian at the Cook Memorial Public Library and president of the Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society.

Sean Jacobson (Public History and United States History PhD Candidate) wrote a book review on Narratives of Persistence: Indigenous Negotiations of Colonialism in Alta and Baja California. Archaeology and Indigenous-Colonial Interactions in the Americas by Lee M. Panich in the Spring 2021 issue of Western Historical Quarterly. Read it here

Nathan Ellstrand (United States History PhD Candidate) received a 2021 Samuel Flagg Bemis Dissertation Research Grant from The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations for his dissertation "Reclaiming La Patria: Sinarquismo in the United States, 1937-1946" and was awarded an Arthur J. Schmitt Dissertation Fellowship from Loyola University Chicago for 2021-2022. 

Tim Lacy (PhD 2006) recently participated in a group radio interview "Rise of Anti-Intellectualism" on All Sides with Ann Fisher. The full interview can be found here.

Rachel Lewis (Public History MA 2013) started a new position as Exhibit Designer at Prairie du Chien Historical Society.

Federico Padrones Salvador (Public History MA 2013) started a new position as Administrative Assistant at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Angela Fritz (PhD 2011) joined the Wisconsin Historical Society as Administrator for the Division of Collections and State Archivist. A press release about her new position can be found here

 

January 2021

 In December 2020, Congress passed the Smithsonian Women's History Act, the result of a multi-year effort to establish a women's history museum. Dr. Patricia Mooney-Melvin was part of the scholar summit held by the Congressional Commission on a National Commission on a National Women's History Museum and presented "Claiming and Engaging Space: The National Women's History Museum" on January 26, 2016. She was a member of a working group that provided material for the section on the need for such a museum for the Commission as it prepared its report for Congress. Her particular role was to focus on the importance of location and the significance of memorial space.

Dr. Gema Santamaría-Kloppe recently won a Harry Frank Guggenheim Research Grant. The foundation provides grants to support research projects that “promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence and aggression” in the modern world.  The grant will allow Dr. Santamaría-Kloppe to conduct archival research and hire research assistants to help with her latest project on violence in Latin America. 

Dr. Timothy Gilfoyle published an article in the Fall 2020 issue of Chicago History from the Chicago History Museum titled, "Banking in Chicago: Interviews with Michael Moskow and Rick Waddell."

Professor Emeritus Jo N. Hays with Joseph P. Byrne recently published Epidemics and Pandemics: From Ancient Plagues to Modern-Day Threats (ABC-Clio, 2021), a two-volume pandemic reference book that provides readers with a holistic view of the terrifying—and fascinating—topic of epidemics and pandemics. In Volume 1, readers will discover what an epidemic is, how it emerges and spreads, what diseases are most likely to become epidemics, and how disease outbreaks are tracked, prevented, and combated. They will learn about the impacts of such modern factors as global air travel and antibiotic resistance, as well as the roles played by public health agencies and the media. Volume 2 offers detailed case studies that explore the course and lasting significance of individual epidemics and pandemics throughout history.

Dr. Theodore Karamanski published an op-ed in the Chicago Tribune on the need to preserve Great Lakes lighthouses, "An SOS for our Great Lakes lighthouses and heritage". The piece draws upon material in his book, Mastering the Inland Seas: How Lighthouses, Navigational Aids, and Harbors Transformed the Great Lakes and America, published in 2020.

Professor Emeritus Barbara Rosenwein was interviewed on the Baltimore-based NPR show “Midday” on January 22 about her recent book, Anger: the Conflicted History of an Emotion (Yale University Press, 2020).

Professors Tanya Stabler-Miller and Michael Khodarkovsky were recently awarded Loyola Summer Research Stipends.  Professor Stabler will be traveling to France (conditions permitting) to work on a project titled “Men, Women, and Religious Networks in Medieval France,” exploring the links between women’s religious communities, clerics and scholars at the early Sorbonne in Paris.  Professor Khodarkovsky will be conducting research on his next book project “Empires of the Steppe,” which examines Russian empire-building in the 16th-19th century through the lens of other competing Asian empires.

Elizabeth Schmidt (Public History MA) published a blogpost for the Frances Willard House Museum and Archives titled, "The Fruitful History of 'Dry January'". She shares the origins of modern-day efforts at alcohol-free lifestyles - and the connection between Welch’s Grape Juice and the WCTU.

The Rev. William Corcoran (PhD 2003) made front-page news to start the new year. The headline of the Chicago Tribune on 17 January 2021 blared “Priest speaks out about Trump. Some parishioners walk out.”

Hope Shannon (PhD 2020) is taking over as the American Historical Association's coordinator of Career Diversity for Historians. 

Kathryn Wilmot (BA 2004) is starting a new position as Manuscripts Librarian at Howard University.

Karen Sieber's (Public History MA 2018) extensive research on the Red Summer and subsequent website were featured in a recent article by Mainer News.

 

November & December 2020

Dr. Tanya Stabler Miller published a historical overview on the beguine movement in Northern Europe from the 13th century to the present for the World Religions and Spirituality Project. She has another recently published article "Work and the Home" in the Middle Ages that appears in A Cultural History of the Home, published by Bloomsbury. It examines the relationship between work and the home as a perspective from which to examine gender, socio-economic status, and historical change. Written before the pandemic, some of its points resonate in new, unexpected ways.

Professor Emerita Barbara Rosenwein recently published a new book Anger: The Conflicted History of an Emotion (Yale University Press, 2020). It traces our many conflicting ideas about and expressions of anger, taking the story from the Buddha to our own time, from anger’s complete rejection to its warm reception. Dr. Rosenwein's book shows The book shows that the history of anger can help us grapple with it today. 

Dr. Betsy Jones Hemenway is finishing up six years of work on the board of the Association for Women in Slavic Studies (two years as VP, two as President, two as Past President). AWSS supports research and teaching in women's and gender studies about Eastern Europe and Eurasia, as well as the work of women scholars working in any field in Slavic and Eurasian Studies. Her responsibilities have included chairing multiple prize committees, organizing the AWSS biennial conference, and rebuilding the organization's website.

Dr. Ted Karamanski published an op-ed in the Chicago Sun-Times on Thanksgiving Day "Great Lakes States went big for Joe Biden - and he should go big for the Great Lakes."

Loyola is well-represented in a new book about Chicago environmental history. Professor Emeritus Harold Platt, current Professor Theodore Karamanski, and graduate student Katie Macica all have essays in the volume City of Lake and Prairie.

Nathan Ellstrand (PhD candidate) recently published an article in the Chicago Jewish History's Annual Book issue. You can find "Links to the Past, Bridges to the Future: The CJHS Digitization Project" here.

Melina Testin (BA History) was awarded an ASPIRE Scholarship for her work with Smithsonian Affiliated National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Read more about her work here.

Lori Osborne, (MA History 2004) Director of the Frances Willard House Museum, featured on the recent panel Race and Rights: Willard, Wells, and Addams. The program was a partnership between the Frances Willard House Museum, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, and Northwestern University's History department in commemoration for the 2020 Suffrage Centennial.

Sam Smith, (MAPH/MLIS 2014) was recently mentioned Chicago Tribune article for her capstone project work featuring postmortem photography from Helen Sclair's collection at the Newberry Library.

Charles Heinrich (MA History 2015), created a new digital exhibit for the Archdiocese of Chicago on Fr. John Beyenka. You can find the exhibit online here.

MA Public History Alumna (2014) Courtney Baxter is starting a new position as Early Childhood and Family Programs Manager at Missouri Historical Society.

Adam Shprintzen (PhD 2011), Associate Professor of History, Marywood College, published “Protose Cutlets,” in Everything Has a History, American Historical Association, December 17, 2020.

Angela Fritz (PhD 2010), Head of the University Archives, Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame, recently published “Digital Storytelling, Archival Research, and ‘Layers of Practice’: A Critical Pedagogical Approach to Visual Literacy in Special Collections and University Archives,” in Shailoo Bedi and Jenaya Webb, eds., Visualizing the Library: A Primer on Visual Research Methods in Library and Information Sciences (London: Facet Publishing, 2020) and “Sisters of Faith, Stewards of History: Preserving Women Religious Archives,” Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals,14:03  (Spring 2019); Focus Issue: Women & Collections, edited by Juilee Decker, guest edited by Consuelo Sendino, Margo Note, and Janet Ashton.

Michelle Donahue (Public History MA 1997), the Executive Director of the DeKalb County History Center has been selected by the DeKalb County Government Board as the new DeKalb County Historian. She has also recently been elected to the Board of Directors of the Illinois Association of Museums.

Amber Dushman (Public History MA/MLIS 2010) is starting a new position in Risk Management at Northwestern University.

Austin Sundstrom (Public History MA 2020) published “Restrained v. Martial:  Masculine Ideals in Civil War Photographs,” in Atavist Restrained vs. Martial (atavist.com).

 

October 2020

Dr. Gema Kloppe-Santamariá won the 2020 Best Article Prize from the New England Council of Latin American Studies for her piece, "Lynching and the Politics of State Formation in Post-Revolutionary Puebla,” which appeared in the prestigious Journal of Latin American Studies in August 2019. 

John McManamon, SJ, Professor Emeritus, received two grants (total together of $25,000 for the calendar year 2021) from the George and Ann Bass Endowment and the Frederick H. van Doorninick, Jr., Endowment to support the publication of the final report on the Bozburun Byzantine shipwreck that sank off the Turkish coast around 890.  An article to appear in this year’s number of Traditio: “The Lettered Public for the Funeral Orations of Poggio Bracciolini on Francesco Zabarella and Leonardo Giustiniani on Carlo Zeno,”  Traditio 75 (2020): 311-84. He also has two articles scheduled to be published next year: “Neither Letters Nor Swimming”: The Rebirth of Swimming and Free-diving (scheduled for publication by E. J. Brill in Brill’s Studies in Maritime History series, 2021) and Archaeology at Lago di Nemi: Caligula’s Ships in Diana’s Sanctuary (scheduled for publication by Texas A&M University Press in 2021). 

Erin Witt (MA Public History/MLIS) spent the spring semester of 2020 working for WTTW Chicago as a Research Intern. She was responsible for conducting searches of digital archives and WTTW repositories for images to be used in the “Chicago Stories 2020” program on the Chicago Fire of 1871. In addition to the archival research, she also created a management system for the images to log their metadata, conducted research on story arcs, and assisted during one set of interviews. The internship was conducted both in-person and remotely, due to the coronavirus. The hour-long documentary on the Chicago Fire premiered on October 9, 2020, and can be watched here.

Hope Shannon, (American history/Public history PhD 2020),  joins the AHA as the PhD career outcomes researcher. At Loyola, she was the Career Diversity Fellow for the 2019-2020 year and she will continue this work with the AHA's Where Historians Work database and participate in other data-driven projects on doctoral education.

Pam Johnson-Davis, (MA History 2015) won the 2020 Best Urban Poetry Award from American Book Fest for her poetry collection "Seasons (I'll Be Seeing You)". The poetry in Seasons centers on loss, grief, and self-actualization. Using her historical knowledge and studies of critical race theory, she offers a critique of racism in our country by offering a glimpse into the lived experiences of Black Americans.

Pedro Regalado (BA History 2013), received his Ph.D. from Yale in 2019.  He received the Michael Katz Award for Best Dissertation from the Urban History Association. He is a junior fellow of the Society of Fellows at Harvard University.

 

September 2020

Dr. Elliot Gorn was featured in the Chicago Sun-Times advocating for a statue to be built in honor of labor advocate Mother Jones. Check out the article here

PhD candidate Nathan Ellstrand presented "Crisis and the Growing Importance of Women in the Partido Liberal Mexicano, 1915-1922" from his seminar in Borderlands and Latino/a Studies at the Newberry Library.

August 2020

Dr. Elliott Gorn is the author of Let the People See: The Story of Emmett Tilljust released in paperback by Oxford University Press. View an interview with Dr. Gorn regarding his book here

Dr. Benjamin Johnson was quoted in a Texas Tribune article  that examines the controversial history of the Texas Rangers, especially its legacy of state-sanctioned violence against Tejano communities.

 

July 2020

Dr. Elliot Gorn and Dr. Rosemary Feurer co-authored a Chicago Tribune article on Mother Jones on July 14, 2020.

Dr. Michael Khodarkovsky contributed three op-eds to Russia's premier news channel, Ekho Moskvy (Echo of Moscow). All three essays focused on criticizing different aspects of Putin’s regime with one discussing the new, government-sanctioned narrative of Russian history. Ekho Moskvy remains one of the very few semi-independent news channels in Russia.  Check these out:  “Diktatory vsiakie nuzhny,” in Russian, Ekho Moskvy (Moscow), April 1, 2020; “O Putine i polovtsakh,” in Russian, Ekho Moskvy (Moscow), April 10, 2020; and “Ob istoricheskoi pravde,” (“Of Historical Truth”), in Russian, Ekho Moskvy (Moscow), May 20, 2020.  Dr. Khodarkovsky was also interviewed on NPR about Russian presidential term limits, March 10, and his book Russia’s Twentieth Century: A Journey in 100 Histories (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2019) was short-listed for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing.

Dr. Michelle Nickerson was interviewed about the historical and ideological roots of Sunbelt politics in the United States. Listen the podcast here, July 7, 2020.

 Dr. Ellie Shermer shared her thoughts on the deterioration of American leadership, unity, and shared purpose with the Washington Post on July 22, 2020. The article discusses how she will wrestle with these questions in class this Fall.

Emeritus Professor Dr. Barbara Rosenwein's new book, Anger: The Conflicted History of an Emotion (Yale University Press), was released July 14, 2020.

Kelly L. Schmidt (PhD candidate in Public History/American History) is Research Coordinator for the Jesuits; Slavery, History, and Memory Reconciliation.  Check out the project here.

 

June 2020

Dr. Robert Bucholz was featured on "Queen Anne: The Mother of Great Britain,"  episode three of Lucy Worsley's Royal Myths and Secrets!

Dr. Elena Valussi: “Men Built Religion, Women Made it Superstitious: Gender and Superstition in Republican China”, Journal of Chinese Religions 48.1, 2020 This article was featured in a recent blog post on gender and religion in China.

Dr. Theodore Karamanski’s new bookMastering the Inland Seas:  How Lighthouses, Navigational Aids, and Harbors Transformed the Great Lakes and America (University of Wisconsin Press) is featured in an article in the Great Lakes EchoRead the article here.

We look forward Emeritus Professor Barbara Rosenwein’s new book, Anger: The Conflicted History of an Emotion, which Yale University Press will release on July 14.

Dr. Theodore Karamanski was elected to the Board of the Midwest History Association.

Dr. Michelle Nickerson is the recipient of a Louisville Institute grant and a Cushwa Center Research Travel grant for her study of the Camden 28, Catholic activists who protested the Vietnam War.

Dr. Elena Valussi was elected Vice President of the Society for the Study of Chinese Religions.

October 2019

Professor Ben Johnson has been selected as one of the winners of this year's AHA Herbert Feis Award for exceptional public history work on the project "Refusing to Forget"

On October 3rd, Professor Gema Kloppe-Santamaria presented the recently published co-edited volume on human security and chronic violence, Seguridad Humana y Violencia Crónica en Méxicoin the Mexican Congress (with federal congressmen from all the states of Mexico), and at two of the largest universities of Mexico (ITAM and CIDE)

Professor Theodore Karamanski and undergraduate alum, Joseph Karamanski, led a docent training workshop at the Chicago Maritime Museum on October 1st.

Public History MA student, Austin Sundstrom, was awarded a scholarship from the Rappahannock Valley Civil War Round Table for his essay on the importance of preserving Civil War battlefields for future generations.

September 2019

History Department Chair, Stephen Schloesser, is featured as the first commentator in an online symposium offering a response on the new work by Catherine Osborne, "American Catholics and the Church of Tomorrow".

Professor Michelle Nickerson's April lecture on 1970s and 80s Deindustrialization of the U.S. aired on C-SPAN on September 28th.

Loyola University hosted the 66th annual Midwestern Conference on British Studies from September 26-29th. Drs. Bucholz and Forth acted as the local organizers of the conference and alumni Drs. John Krenzke and Steven Catania acted as the Program Chair and Technology Chair, respectively. Read a recap of the conference here.

Professor Khodarkovsky's essay, "Putin’s Nightmare: The Ballot Box" was published in the New York Times, just ahead of the publication of his newest book, Russia's 20th Century: A Journey in 100 Histories.

Loyola alumna, Karen Sieber, recently published her essay, "Experiential Education and Classrooms on Wheels" in the AHA's Perspectives on History.

April 2019

PhD candidate Ruby Oram received an Arhur J. Schmitt Dissertation Fellowship in Leadership and Service for 2019-2020.

PhD candidate Kate Macica received the OAH Graduate Student Award.

Recent PhD graduate Meagan McChesney won the Council of Graduate School Programs Dissertation of the Year – Humanities Award for “Exhibiting Sovereignty: Tribal Museums in the Great Lakes Region, 1969-2010.”

History BA/MA alumnus and first Ramonat Prize winner, Dan Snow, recently published an article on the French in Chicago in the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society.

Professor Elena Valussi has organized a conference on Spirit-Writing in Chinese History which will take place June 25-26, 2019.

PhD student Cate LiaBraaten won the Robert W. McCluggage Award for the Outstanding Graduate Research Paper for “Playing Properly: Adult Supervision and Gender in Chicago’s Progressive Era Playgrounds.”

PhD student June Coyne has been elected as the 2019-2020 Loyola Graduate Student Advisory Council President.

Graduate students Nathan Ellstrand and Kristin Jacobsen presented at Northwestern's Nicholas D. Chabraja Center for Historical Studies Graduate Conference entitled "Walls and Bridges: Migration and it's Histories."

PhD candidate Kelly Schmidt, received the 2019 National Society of the Colonial Dames of America –IL award for graduate study in American history.

PhD candidate Hope Shannon published an article, "5(+1) Ways Small Cultural Organizations Can Generate Discussions About Voting Rights," in New England Museum Association's New England Museums Now

Oxford University Press published their Oxford Encyclopedia of American Urban History, a two volume, 1712-page scholarly achievement for which Professor Timothy Gilfoyle served as editor in chief.

PhD candidate Katie Macica presented at the Organization for American Historians 2019 conference in Philadelphia. 

PhD candidate Chelsea Denault was awarded the Spirit of Laudato Si Sustainability In Learning Award during this year's weekend of excellence. The "Sustainability in Learning" recognition rewards students for their efforts incorporating sustainability into their academic experience through research, publication, or coursework advancing sustainability knowledge.

March 2019

Public History MA/MLIS student Bianca Barcenas has been awarded a Midwest Archives Conference Louisa Bowen Memorial Scholarship for Graduate Students in Archival Administration.

Professor Christopher Manning has been chosen as a member of the American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows Class of 2019-2020.

February 2019

Professor Emerita Barbara Rosenwein's A Short History of the Middle Ages, Fifth Edition (2018) has been awarded a 2019 Textbook Excellence Award from the Tex​tbook & Academic Authors Association.

Professor Gema Santamaria published her article, "Lynching and the Politics of State Formation in Post-Revolutionary Puebla 1930-50s" in The Journal of Latin American Studies.

Professor Elizabeth Tandy Shermer will be an Obama Fellow at the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies at the University of Mainz this summer 2019. Professor Shermer has also received a Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University for the 2019–20 academic year.

PhD candidate Kelly Schmidt received a Research Travel Grant from the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame.

Donna M. Neary, one of the first Public History MA graduates from Loyola, has published a chapter in a new book describing her use of public history venues to aid education for English as a second language classes in Jefferson County, Kentucky. Her chapter, “I Saw Wonderfull Things in There”: Reflection on an Art Museum Field Trip for High School English Language Learners," can be found in Knowledge Mobilization in Teaching English as a Second Language (Brill, 2018).

January 2019

Professor Michelle Nickerson has been invited to record an upcoming lecture of her "U.S History from 1865 to Present" course on C-SPAN's Lectures in History podcast series.

PhD candidate Kelly Schmidt and recent MA graduate Kate Johnson published a new essay entitled "Digital Paxton: Collaborative Construction with Eighteenth-Century Manuscript Collections" with Will Fenton in the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy.

Alumnus Dr. Timothy Neary published an article entitled Basketball, Nuns, and Civil Rights: Loyola University Chicago Confronts Race in 1963” in the U.S. Catholic Historian, 36:2 (2018): 101-39.

The Omohundro Institute at the College of William & Mary has awarded Professor Kyle RobertsLapidus Initiative Fellowship for Digital Collections. He will be working with his fellow award winner, Benjamin Bankhurst (Shepherd University), on “The Maryland Loyalist Project"

PhD Candidate, Meagan McChesney, successfully defended her dissertation to become Dr. McChesney.

PhD Candidate Ella Wagner was named as a 2019 Humanities Without Walls Predoctoral Fellow. As a fellow, Ella will participate in a summer workshop aimed to help prepare doctoral students for careers both within and outside the academy.

Professor Alice Weinreb's book, Modern Hungers, was awarded the inaugural 2017 Waterloo Centre for German Studies Book Prize.

November 2018

Dr. Elliott Gorn published his book, Let the People See: The Story of Emmett Tillwhich received great reviews from Publisher's Weekly and NPR's Fresh Air.

PhD Alumna Erin Feichtinger was elected to the Board of Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, Nebraska. 

Undergraduate alumnus Pedro Regalado published an op-ed in the Washington Post entitled "What the narrative about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gets wrong.

Professor Aidan Forth's "sophisticated and beautifully written" first book, Barbed-Wire Imperialism, has been awarded the 2018 Stansky Prize for the best book in British Studies since 1800. Learn more about Dr. Forth's work in this interview.

History Major Matthew Pajor of the St. Joseph Seminary was a recipient of this year's Presidential Medallion. Pajor is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in History, Philosophy, and Political Science. The Presidential Medallion is awarded by the University's deans to students "who have exemplified a commitment to leadership, scholarship, and service throughout their time at Loyola."

Masters Student Bryan Morey recently completed a wall case exhibit for the University Archives highlighting the life of Loyola’s founder, Fr. Arnold Damen, S.J. The exhibit is on the second floor of Cudahy Library to the right of the elevators, so be sure to check it out next time you're nearby!

PhD Candidate Kelly Schmidt presented a poster on “Mapping Kinship in an Enslaved Community" at the Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science in Chicago, Illinois. 

October 2018

Alumnus Devin Leigh published an article entitled "The origins of a source: Edward Long, Coromantee slave revolts and The History of Jamaica" in the journal Slavery & Abolition. 

Dr. Ben Johnson recently completed his five-year term as co-editor of The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.

Dr. Michelle Nickerson contributed to the new Oxford Handbook of American Women's and Gender History

Graduate students Jenny Clay and Nathan Ellstrand worked with the Women and Leadership Archives to create the Voices from Mundelein: Media Portal. Showcasing images alongside more than 30 interviews, the site shares the stories of women religious, students, staff, and faculty from Mundelein College.

Graduate students Kristin Jacobsen and Matthew Amyx were inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit national honor society.

PhD Candidate Kelly Schmidt presented on “Digital Pedagogy and the Radical Networks of Common Sense,” at the International Conference of Thomas Paine Studies in New Rochelle, New York.

After much planning and organization by students and faculty alike, the History Club became an official Loyola student organization! Much credit goes to Norman Frazier, the club's first President, for his hard work getting this project off the ground. Congratulations are also in order for the club's additional inaugural officers: Matty Lewis (Vice President), Amela Kalezic (Secretary), and Meghan Olson (Treasurer). 

September 2018

Alumnae Rachel Boyle, PhD, has curated an online exhibit showcasing fifteen case studies of Chicago protests, spanning nearly 150 years of history, for the Chicago Collections Consortium. View the exhibit, "Place of Protest: Chicago's Legacy of Dissent, Declaration, and Disruption" here.

PhD Student Nathan Ellstrand published an article on “Ranchos" and PhD Candidate Kelly Schmidt  published an entry on “Mourning Clothes" in The World of Antebellum America: A Daily Life Encyclopedia, Volume 1. 

Graduate students Nathan Ellstrand, Emily Davis, Lisa Hartman, and Alexandra Gradwohl worked with the Rogers/Park West Ridge Historical Society on the two day Open Houses of Worship event, highlighting the religious diversity of Chicago's Far North Side. 

August 2018

Current History MA Candidate Angela Rothman was named as a winner of the Undergraduate Research Awards competition by her alma mater, the University of Oregon. Read Angela's winning paper, "Well-Intentioned but Ineffective: A Legislative History of the California Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, 2001," here

July 2018

Public History MA candidate Bryan Morey completed the Loyola Research Experience for Master's Programs Fellowship for his work on, "Shabbona Woods, Conducting Public History for the Forest Preserves of Cook County."

PhD candidate Kate Macica served in the Oregon State University Libraries Resident Scholar Program.

PhD Candidate Kelly Schmidt presented on “Insights and Methodologies for Researching Slavery at Religious Archives" at the Association for Catholic Diocesan Archivists Conference in Mundelein, Illinois.

June 2018

Jenny Clay and Nathan Ellstrand created a digital exhibit about the creation of Peace Studies at Loyola University Chicago in June 2018. Created with WLA Director Nancy Freeman and Sociology Professor Kathleen Maas-Weigert, the project uses oral histories to trace the development of the Peace Studies program as part of Mundelein College in 1989. 

Dr. Theodore Karamanski, Professor of History and Director of the Public History program at Loyola, was awarded the Frederick Jackson Turner Award for Lifetime Achievement in Midwestern History on June 6, 2018.

PhD Candidate Kelly Schmidt  gave a speech on “Enslaved Experience among the Missouri Jesuits: An Update on Our Findings"  at the Province Day of the Jesuits US Central and Southern Province in St. Louis, Missouri.

Professor Emerita Dr. Barbara Rosenwein published The Middle Ages in 50 Objects with Elina Gertsman.

May 2018

Professor Emerita Dr. Barbara Rosenwein published a 5th Edition of A Short History of the Middle Ages.

April 2018

Garrett Gutierrez won the Susan Ramonat Award for Scholarly Excellence for his paper "Mission Memory: Analyzing the Public Memory of Mission San Juan Capistrano."

2017 Ramonat Scholar Amanda Malmstrom has been awarded the prestigious Cole fellowship, a one-year, residential fellowship at the Thomas Cole National Historic site.

2017 Ramonat Scholar Matthew Petersen has been accepted into the Meddeas program to teach English as a second language in Spain after graduation.

Several graduate and undergraduate students presented at the Weekend of Excellence, including Lisa Hartman and Emily Davis. The event profiled History Major Matthew HendersonHistory minor Jessica Talwar was awarded second place in the Loyola University Libraries Undergraduate Research Paper Award. History major Robert Baurley was also a Loyola Experience Engagement Key Recipient.

PhD student Ina Cox has been named the inaugural Home Grown Curatorial Fellow for the DuSable Museum for African American History.

At the National Council on Public History Annual Meeting, Stephen Petrie, Julia Lacher, and Ella Wagner presented a poster, "Frances Willard and Ida B. Wells: Creating an Interpretive Plan for a Controversial History." Kate Johnson and Marie Pellissier moderated a working group on Crossing the Line: Facilitating Digital Access to Primary Sources", on which Kelly Schmidt served as a panelist. Hope Shannon facilitated a session. Dr. Theodore Karamanski, PhD candidate William Ippen, and alumni Rachel Boyle, Stella Ress, Dan Ott, and Devin Hunter were also part of NCPH committees and working groups.

Professor Aidan Forth, as one of the four finalists for the 2018 Sujack Family Award, has been designated a Master Researcher.

Dr. Ben Johnson was a recipient of the Autry Public History Prize  from the Western History Association for his project “Refusing to Forget.” Dr. Johnson was also awarded a Lloyd Lewis Fellowship at the Newberry Library and was given an honorable mention in the competition for the Presidents' Book Prize from the Society for the History of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era for his recently published book Escaping the Dark, Gray City: Fear and Hope in Progressive-Era Conservation (Yale, 2017).

Dr. John Donoghue received the Michael J. Connell Foundation Fellowship at the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA, as well as the  The Barbara S. Mosbacher Fellowship at the John Carter Brown Library, Brown University.

Dr. Kyle Roberts was also awarded the 2018 Herbert H. Lehman Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in New York History by the New York Academy of History for his book Evangelical Gotham: Religion and the Making of New York City, 1783-1860 (Chicago, 2016) and named as a Fellow of the New York Academy of History.

March 2018

Katherine Macica presented her paper, "Planning for Prosperity, Planning for War: The New Deal and War Mobilization in the Pacific Northwest" at the American Society for Environmental History Conference in Riverside, CA.

Angela Rothman won an award for outstanding scholarship from the University of Oregon Libraries for her undergraduate senior thesis Well-Intentioned But Ineffective: A Legislative History of the California Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, 2001. The paper will be hosted in Scholars’ Bank, the library’s open access digital archive for UO research.

Professors Patricia Mooney-Melvin and Kyle Roberts participated in the 2017-2018 Career Diversity for Historians Faculty Institute, hosted by the American Historical Association. They also submitted a successful application for the AHA's 2018-2020 Career Diversity Implementation Grant.

Professor Emeritus Dr. Harold Platt published Sinking Chicago: Climate Change and the Remaking of a Flood-Prone Environment.

February 2018

Professor Alice Weinreb's monograph Modern Hungers: Food and Power in Twentieth-Century Germany (Oxford 2017) was awarded the 2017 Wiener Library Ernst Fraenkel Book Prize.

Public History masters student Lisa Hartman received the Loyola Research Experience for Master’s Programs Fellowship for her work on “Race: Are We So Different?” exhibition at Chicago History Museum.

January 2018

Ella Wagner accepted a part-time summer position as Administrative Assistant for the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites.

Katherine Macica wrote a book review for The Long Shadows: A Global Environmental History of the Second World War that was recently published in Western Historical Quarterly.

December 2017

Nathan Ellstrand published an article, “Resilience amidst Upheaval: Raphael and Mathilda’s Letters, 1872-1878,” in Chicago Jewish History.

November 2017

The following Loyola M.A. and PhD students presented papers at the 13th Annual Loyola University Chicago History Graduate Student Association Conference: Janette Clay, Lucas Coyne, Nathan Ellstrand, Meagan McChesney, Marie Pellissier, Angela Rothman, and Ella Wagner.

October 2017

Nathan Ellstrand presented “Chicago’s St. Augustine College: Education, Language and Race at a Crossroads,” at the Conference on Illinois History in Springfield, Illinois.

September 2017

Katherine Macica presented "'Here are your ships, Uncle Sam': Shipbuilding in the Pacific Northwest during World War II," at the McMullen Naval History Symposium at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD

Dr. Elizabeth Fraterrigo was interviewed by CBS Evening News about the passing of Hugh Hefner.

Marie Pellissier and Kelly Schmidt presented a poster on Explore Common Sense at AASLH in Austin, TX. Alumna Rachel Boyle accepted an award and gave a presentation on behalf of the Chrysler Village History Project. Hope Shannon and Marie Pellissier served on the Emerging History Professionals Committee.

August 2017

Chelsea Denault wrote the introduction for the Pritzker Military Presents programs, "Back Over There" and "My Fellow Soldiers" featured on WTTW Prime.

July 2017

Matthew Amyx, Ellen Bushong, and Julia Lacher presented the poster ““The Local Option”: Bringing a Neighborhood Museum into Chicago’s North Side” at the Association of Midwest Museums Annual Meeting and Conference.

Gale Researcher, a research database aimed at undergraduate students published several freelance essays written by Ella Wagner. The topics included 18th, 19th, and 20th century U.S. History; Soviet history; and the history of Communism.

June 2017

Dr. Alice Weinreb published Modern Hungers: Food and Power in Twentieth-Century Germany.

May 2017

Ruby Oram nominated the Lucy Flower Technical High School for Girls to the National Register of Historic Places. It was approved by the National Park Service in May 2017.

Chelsea Denault accepted a two-year Fellowship from Loyola's Office of Sustainability.

Nathan Jeremie-Brink accepted the Louisville Institute Dissertation Fellowship for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Graduate students Ina Cox, Nathan EllstrandKristin Jacobsen, Stephen Petrie, and Ella Wagner received a grant from Loyola's Student Innovation Fund for their Immigration Advocacy History Project.

April 2017

Marie Pellissier, Public History M.A. student, and Kelly Schmidt, U.S. and Public History PhD student, won the History Department's McCluggage Award.

Undergraduate Alexa Lindsley, '17, won the Lietz Award for Outstanding Historical Scholarship.

Chelsea Denault accepted a position as Driehaus Preservation Awards Intern at Landmarks Illinois.

Dr. Elena Valussi joined the "Fate, Freedom and Prognostication" project at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.

March 2017

Katherine Macica presented "Forests or Flying Fortresses? Defining the Public Good in Washington State during World War II," and William Ippen presented "Cotton and the Ecology of Industrial Capitalism in the Indo-Atlantic" at the American Society for Environmental History Conference in Chicago.

Graduate students Kate Johnson, Marie Pellissier, and Kelly Schmidt contributed to the Digital Paxton project.

February 2017

Chelsea Denault won second place in Loyola’s Three Minute Thesis Competition.

January 2017

Graduate Student Hope Shannon became editor of the Urban History Association Newsletter.

November 2016

The following Loyola M.A. and PhD students presented papers at the 13th Annual Loyola University Chicago History Graduate Student Association Conference: Karen Sieber, Matthew Amyx, Marie Pellissier, Ina Cox, Ruby Oram, Daniel Snow, and Sebastian Wuepper

October 2016

The following Loyola MA and PhD students presented papers or posters at the 8th Biennial Urban History Association Conference, held at Loyola University Chicago: Charis Caputo, Julia Lacher, Ruby Oram, Kelly Schmidt, Shannon Pimmel, Rachel Boyle, Lucas Coyne, and Hope Shannon.  

September 2016

Rachel Boyle, U.S. and Public History PhD candidate, Chelsea Denault and Kelly Schmidt, Public History and U.S. History PhD students, presented "Chrysler Village: From Historic Preservation to Community Engagement" at the American Alliance of State and Local History Annual Meeting.  

June 2016

Rachel Boyle, U.S. and Public History PhD candidate, and Nathan Jeremie-Brink, U.S. History PhD candidate, were selected to join the Graduate Scholar-in-Residence Program at the Newberry Library for the 2016-2017 academic year. 

Stephen Schloesser, SJ, PhD, Professor of History, joined the Institutum Historicum Societatis Iesu in the role of advisory editor.

Keith Gill, public history MA 2005, accepted the position of Director of Exhibits and Museum Programming at Air Zoo - Kalamazoo Aviation History Museum.

May 2016

Kelly Schmidt, U.S. and Public History PhD student, accepted an assistantship with The Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage for the 2016-2017 academic year. 

Megan Baumann, B.A. alumna in history and sociology, won a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. She is pursuing a graduate degree in geography at Penn State University.

Matthew Amyx, U.S. History PhD student, presented "The Last Word in Segregation: Jim Crow Cemeteries in Chicago" at the University of Michigan History Graduate Student Conference. 

Matthew Amyx, U.S. History PhD student, Ellen Bushong, Public History MA student, Julia Lacher, Public History MA student, and Hannah Zuber, Public History MA/MLIS student, created and presented "Legal Limits: A Historic Bar Crawl" in association with the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society once in May and twice in July. 

April 2016

Theresa Gross-Diaz, PhD, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Medieval Studies Program, published entries in Roman Art at the Art Institute of Chicagopart of the Art Institute's Online Scholarly Catalogue. 

Kyle Roberts, PhD, Assistant Professor of History, published "Religion in the American City, 1600-1900," in American History: Oxford Research Encyclopedias, 2 May, 2016.

Edin Hajdarpasic, PhD, Associate Professor of History, won The Joseph Rothschild Prize in Nationalism and Ethnic Studies for his book, Whose Bosnia? Nationalism and Political Imagination in the Balkans, 1840-1910, published by Cornell University Press in 2015. 

Andrew Kelly, history undergraduate student, won first place in the Loyola History Department's 2015-2016 Undergraduate Essay Contest for his paper, "Development and Dependency in Burkina Faso, 1983-2014."

Alexa Lindsley, history undergraduate student, won second place in the Loyola History Department's 2015-2016 Undergraduate Essay Contest for her paper, "Going Old School: A Spatial Analysis of Ancient Roman Education and its Purposes." 

Magdalena Jachymiak, history undergraduate student, won third place in the Loyola History Department's 2015-2016 Undergraduate Essay Contest for her paper, "The Unofficial Diplomat: Congressman Dan Rostenkowski's Impact on Polish-American Relations from 1975-1990." 

Daniel Snow, history B.A./M.A. student, won first place in the Loyola History Department's 2015-2016 Undergraduate Blog Contest for his blog, Dan of Loyola: Perspectives from the Ramonat Seminar 

Olivia Raymond, history undergraduate student, won second place in the Loyola History Department's 2015-2016 Undergraduate Blog Contest for her blog, Mustard Seed Catholicism: The Ramonat Seminar 2015-2016.

Hector Bryan Escobar, history M.A. 2013, accepted the Cultural Arts- Arts and History Specialist position with the Waukegan History Museum. 

Kyle Roberts, PhD, Assistant Professor of History, won the Sujack Family Award for Teaching Excellence.

Suzanne Kaufman, PhD, Associate Professor of History, was named a Master Teacher in the College of Arts and Sciences. 

David Dennis, PhD, Professor of History, won the Provost's Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Freshman.

Edin Hajdarpasic, PhD, Associate Professor of History, won the Sujack Family Award for Research Excellence.

Hope Shannon, U.S. and Public History PhD student, won the Regents' Award

Kyle Jenkins, B.A. student in Education and History, Secondary Education and Teaching, won the Outstanding Loyola Undergraduate Research Award

Lauren O'Brien, history MA student, accepted fall 2016 admission to Rutgers University's American Studies PhD program.

Ruby Oram, U.S. and Public History PhD student, won the History Department's McCluggage Award for her paper, "'They Taught Us to be Ladies': The Forgotten History of Flower Tech, 1927-1960." Michael O'Hara, history MA student, received an honorable mention for his essay, "'Roosevelt is My Religion': Mayor Edward Kelly, the New Deal, and Urban Politics in Chicago, 1933-1947."

Peter Kotowski, PhD, U.S. History, successfully defended his dissertation, "The Best Poor Man's Country?": William Penn, Quakers, and Unfree Labor in Atlantic Pennsylvania." 

Chelsea Denault, U.S. and Public History PhD student, accepted a summer archives and oral history internship with the Chicago Archdiocese, as well as the World War I Centennial Marketing summer internship at the Pritzker Military Museum and Library.

Hope Shannon, U.S. and Public History PhD student, accepted a summer internship with Next Exit History.

Anthony DiLorenzo, PhD, U.S. History, successfully defended his dissertation, "A Higher Law: Transatlantic Revolution and Antislavery Radicalism in Early America, 1760-1800."

Thomas Greene, PhD 2012 and Adjunct Professor of History, was appointed to a one year lecturer's position at Texas A&M San Antonio.

Erin Feichtinger, PhD, Transnational Urban History, successfully defended her dissertation, "Remains to be Seen: Execution and Embodiment in the Early English Atlantic."

Kyle Roberts, PhD, Assistant Professor of History, published "'I have hitherto been entirely upon the borrowing hand': The Acquisition and Circulation of Books in Early Eighteenth-Century Dissenting Academies" in Print Culture Histories Beyond the Metropolis.

March 2016

Timothy Gilfoyle, PhD, Professor of History, was appointed to the Society of American Historians' executive board.

Amelia Serafine, U.S. History PhD candidate, published “He Filled My Heart with Doubt: The Southern Belle’s Love and Duty in the Civil War,” in Romance Fiction and American Culture, edited by William Gleason and Eric Selinger and released by Ashgate Press.  

Katherine Macica, U.S. and Public History PhD candidate, joined the "Environmental Impacts of World War II in the Pacific Northwest" roundtable at the American Society for Environmental History Conference, Seattle, WA.

Benjamin Johnson, PhD, was awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor of History. 

Aidan Forth, PhD, Assistant Professor of History, presented “Imperial Internment: Britain’s Empire of Camps, 1871-1914” at the European Social Science History Conference, University of Valencia, Spain.

Peter Kotowski, U.S. History PhD candidate, presented "Honest Men and Covetous Men: Gender and William Penn’s ‘Holy Experiment’” at an American Philosophical Society seminar, Philadelphia, PA. 

Ruby Oram, U.S. and Public History PhD student, presented "They Taught Us To Be Ladies:” The Lucy Flower Technical School for Girls, 1927-1960" at the Women's and Gender History Symposium, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Rachel Boyle, U.S. and Public History PhD candidate, presented “Public Women and Intimate Economy in Working-Class Chicago, 1870-1919” at the Women’s and Gender History Symposium, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Nathan Jeremie-Brink, U.S. History PhD candidate, and Rachel Boyle, U.S. and Public History PhD candidate, each won an Arthur J. Schmitt Dissertation Fellowship In Leadership and Service for the 2016-2017 academic year. 

Hope Shannon, U.S. and Public History PhD student, was part of the "Standing Up for History in the War on the Humanities" working group at the National Council on Public History annual meeting, Baltimore, MD.

Kelly Schmidt, U.S. and Public History PhD student, presented "Using the Element of Surprise to Challenge 'Mythconceptions' about the History of Race and Slavery" with Alexa Wallace at the National Council on Public History annual meeting poster session, Baltimore, MD.

Patricia Mooney-Melvin, PhD, Associate Professor of History and Interim Dean of the Graduate School, was part of the "Re-interpreting Relevance: Preservation, Herstory, and the Challenge to the Traditional Narrative" roundtable at the National Council on Public History annual meeting, Baltimore, MD. 

February 2016

Rachel Ramirez, public history M.A. 2012, accepted the position of Curator at the Winnetka Historical Society. She also won a Workshop Scholarship from the American Association for State and Local History.

William Ippen, U.S. and Public History PhD candidate, won a Pre-Doctoral Teaching Scholars Fellowship for the 2016-2017 academic year. 

Theodore Karamanski, PhD, Professor of History and Public History Program director, appeared as an on-screen commentator for the WTTW (PBS Chicago) documentary Stephen A. Douglas and the Fate of American Democracy.

Siera Heavner Erazo, public history M.A. 2012, accepted the position of Exhibition Developer at The Field Museum. 

Tanya Stabler Miller, PhD, Assistant Professor of History, presented her paper, “Magistra and Magister: Women and the Intellectual Formation of the Secular Clergy at the Early Sorbonne (1254-1274),” at the Northwestern Medieval Colloquium.

Amber Bailey, public history M.A. student, won the Sally Kress Tompkins Fellowship, a competitive award sponsored by the Society of Architectural Historians and the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS).

Devin Leigh, M.A. in history, 2015, recently published “Black Caesar’s Klan” in The Journal of History Miami Museum. His article started as a paper written for Dr. Timothy Gilfoyle’s spring 2015 seminar course. Devin is now a history PhD student at the University of California, Davis.

Elliott Gorn, PhD, Professor of History, presented “Emmett Till: Why His Story Still Matters” at the Newberry Library on February 11. Listen to the lecture audio here.

January 2016

Samantha Smith, public history M.A. 2015, accepted the position of Project Archivist at the Newberry Library.

Benjamin Johnson, PhD, Assistant Professor of History, and the Refusing to Forget project launched the “Life and Death on the Border 1910-1920” exhibition in partnership with the Bullock Texas State History Museum.

Kyle Mathers, public history M.A. student and intern at WTTW Chicago, compiled research used to produce "What’s the History of Asylum Place?" for Chicago Tonight’s “Ask Geoffrey” feature.

Patricia Mooney-Melvin, PhD, Associate Professor of History and Interim Dean of the Graduate School, was selected to serve as a panelist for the Scholar Summit on Women’s History and Public History. The Scholar Summit was convened to assist the Congressional Commission charged with studying the feasibility of a National Women’s History Museum.

Rachel Boyle, U.S. and Public History PhD candidate, won the History Department’s Three Minute Thesis Competition.

Michelle Nickerson, PhD, Associate Professor of History and History Graduate Program Director, co-edited “The Feminine Mystique at Fifty,” a journal roundtable for Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies (2:36), January 2016. 

December 2015

Hope Shannon, U.S. and Public History PhD student, was appointed to serve as chair of the American Association for State and Local History’s Emerging History Professionals Committee.

Theodore Karamanski, PhD, Professor of History and Public History Program director, was interviewed by Chicago Public Radio, WBEZ 91.5, for its Curious City story “Ferry-Tale: Could a Chicago-to-Michigan Ferry Return from Extinction.”

Elena Valussi, PhD, Advanced Lecturer in History, presented "Gender as a Useful Category of Analysis in Chinese Religions," at Framing the Study of Religion in Modern China and Taiwan: Concepts, Methods, and New Research Paths, Centre for the Study of Religion and Culture in Asia, University of Groningen. She also presented "Women's Rights, Nationalism, and Religion in Republican China," at the Forum on Gender and Religion in China, Chinese University of Hong Kong. 

Christopher Manning, PhD, Associate Professor of History and History Undergraduate Program Director, was invited by Loyola University Chicago Interim President John Pelissero to join the President’s Cabinet as a diversity adviser.

Timothy Gilfoyle, PhD, Professor of History, published “Wisconsin Roots – Making History Interviews with Richard M. Jaffee and John W. Rowe,” in Chicago History, vol. 40, no. 1 (Winter 2015).

November 2015

Elena Valussi, PhD, Advanced Lecturer in History, published "The Transmission of the Cult of Lu Dongbin to Sichuan in the Nineteenth Century, and the Transformation of the Local Religious Milieu" in Daoism, Religion, History, and Society. She was also appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of the American Academy of Religions. 

Edin Hajdarpasic, PhD, Associate Professor of History, presented “History Wars: Facing the Past in Bosnia” at the Bosnia Twenty Years After Dayton symposium, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He also served as a panelist at the "Denial and Memory: 100 Years After the Armenian Genocide" Conference at Northwestern University. 

Mollie Fullerton, public history M.A. 2015, joined the John Wesley Powell River History Museum as Education and Programs Manager.

Rachel Boyle, U.S. and Public History PhD candidate, won the Loyola University Chicago President’s Medallion.

Aidan Forth, PhD, Assistant Professor of History, published "The Empire Through its Cities," a review of Cities of Empire: The British Colonies and the Creation of the Urban World by Tristram Hunt, in Historia. 

Kelly Schmidt, U.S. and Public History PhD student, presented “Acknowledging a Complicated Past: Race and Slavery at Xavier University, 1830s-1870s,” at the Jesuits and Race Symposium in St. Louis, Missouri.

Harold Platt, PhD, Emeritus Professor of History, presented “Sinking Chicago: The Politics of a Flood-Prone Environment in the Age of Climate Change,” at the Chicago History Museum’s Urban History Seminar.

The following Loyola M.A. and PhD. students presented papers at the 12th Annual Loyola University Chicago History Graduate Student Association Conference: Matthew Amyx, Katherine Macica, Chelsea Denault, Patrick Fox, Matthew Sawicki, Maggie McClain, and Leah Henning. Rachel Boyle organized the lunch panel and Ruby Oram organized the Public History roundtable. Amelia Serafine and Fazila Kabahita co-chaired this year’s conference committee.

October 2015

Edin Hajdarpasic, PhD, Associate Professor of History, published Whose Bosnia? Nationalism and Political Imagination in the Balkans, 1840-1910 with Cornell University Press.

Rachel Boyle, Katherine Macica, and Hope Shannon were inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu, the honor society of Jesuit institutions of higher education. Selection to Alpha Sigma Nu is one of the highest honors that can be given on a Jesuit campus.

Anthony DiLorenzo, U.S. History PhD Candidate, was awarded a Research Fellowship with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in New York City. 

Theodore Karamanski, PhD, Professor of History, and Eileen McMahon, PhD, Loyola alumna and Associate Professor of History at Lewis University, discussed their new book, Civil War Chicago: Eyewitness to History, for the Loyola Chicago Friends of the Libraries Speaker Series.

Elena Valussi, PhD, Advanced Lecturer in History, presented "Daoism, Nationalism, and Gender in Republican Shanghai," at the Conference on Gender and Religion in Twentieth Century China, Rutgers University.

Chelsea Denault, U.S. and Public History PhD student, joined the Urban History Association’s 2016 Conference Local Arrangements Committee as Conference Coordinator.

Barbara Rosenwein, Emeritus Professor of History, published Generations of Feeling: A History of Emotions, 600-1700 with Cambridge University Press.

Siobhan Heraty, M.A. in public history 2015, accepted a position as Collections Assistant at the West Chicago City Museum in West Chicago, IL.

Michelle Nickerson, PhD, Associate Professor of History and History Graduate Program Director, delivered the keynote address at the Deep Los Angeles Graduate History Conference, USC/UCLA, in Los Angeles, California. Her address was titled “Seeking Treasures and Finding Transformation in Los Angeles History.”

Stephen Schloesser, S.J, PhD, Professor of History, was a panelist on the roundtable “Jason C. Bivins’ Spirits Rejoice! Jazz and American Religion,” at the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, University of Notre Dame.

September 2015

Daniel Ott, U.S. and Public History PhD 2015, accepted the position of Historian at Homestead National Monument of America in Beatrice, Nebraska. 

Samantha Smith, public history M.A. 2015, accepted the position of Modern Manuscripts Accessioner at the Newberry Library.

Maggie McClain, public history M.A. student, began an archives internship at the Evanston History Center.

Samantha Chmelik, public history M.A. 2013, published Museum and Historic Site Management: A Case Study Approach with Rowman and Littlefield.

Hope Shannon, U.S. and Public History PhD student, presented her paper, “Using the Past: Historical Societies and Civic Engagement in Metropolitan Chicago,” at the Conference on Illinois History in Springfield, IL. She also presented a poster, “Historical Societies in Postwar Chicago,” at the annual meeting of the American Association for State and Local History.

Amber Bailey, public history M.A. student, joined the Loyola University Archives and Special Collections as its Oral Historian for the 2015-2016 year.

Kyle Mathers, public history M.A. student, began a research internship with the Chicago History Museum.

Aidan Forth, PhD, Assistant Professor of History, was a panel commentator for “Tsarist, Soviet, and Post-Soviet Russia” at the “The Carceral Archipelago: Transnational circulations in global perspective, 1415-1960” meeting at the University of Leicester, Leicester, UK.

Stephen Schloesser, S.J, PhD, Professor of History, delivered the keynote address, “Biopolitics and What Happened after Vatican II,” at the commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of Vatican II, Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought, University of San Francisco.

Elena Valussi, PhD, Advanced Lecturer in History, was named a fellow at the Centre for the Study of Religion and Culture in Asia at the University of Groningen.

August 2015

Tanya Stabler Miller, PhD, Assistant Professor of History, was named a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies.

Kyle Roberts, PhD, Assistant Professor of Public History and New Media, was awarded the Ramonat Faculty Fellowship for the 2015-2016 year.

Lauren O’Brien, history M.A. student, joined the Jane Addams Hull House Museum as the Cities of Peace Education Program Assistant.

Devin Hunter, U.S. and Public History PhD 2015, joined the faculty of the University of Illinois at Springfield as Assistant Professor of U.S. and Public History. 

Matthew Norgard, public history M.A. student, joined the Loyola University Archives and Special Collections as an archives assistant for the 2015-2016 year.

Courtney M. Baxter, public history M.A. 2014, joined the St. Louis Art Museum as its 2015-16 Romare Bearden Graduate Minority Fellow

Timothy Gilfoyle, PhD, Professor of History, will serve as President of the Urban History Association for the 2015-2016 year.

Lauren O’Brien, history M.A. student, was named an Achieving College Excellence Master’s Mentor for the 2015-2016 year. 

Michelle Nickerson, PhD, Associate Professor of History and History Graduate Program Director, was awarded a Catholic Center for Intellectual Heritage Fellowship for the 2015-2016 year.

Kyle Roberts, PhD, Assistant Professor of Public History and New Media, was awarded the Joan and Bill Hank Center for Catholic Intellectual Heritage Grant for the 2015-2016 year.

Anthony DiLorenzo, U.S. History PhD Candidate, was awarded a Arthur J. Schmitt Leadership Fellowship at Loyola University Chicago for the 2015-2016 year. 

Aidan Forth, PhD, Assistant Professor of History, published "Britain's Archipelago of Camps: Labor and Detention in a Liberal Empire, 1871-1903" in Kritika: Explorations in Russan and Eurasian History, 16(3), summer 2015.

Undergraduate Essay Contest

First Place: Noah Beissel, "Locke, Racialized Chattel Slavery, and the Problem of Mercantile Freedom: Identifying the Source of Locke’s Contradictory Involvements with Atlantic Slavery”

Second Place: Margaret Miller, “Museum Wars: Politicizing the American Past under Ronald Reagan”

Third Place: Sarah Carrillo, “Dueling Identities: Religiosity and Theater in Early Modern Clerkenwell”

History Blogging Contest

First Place: Matthew Racchini, "Ramonat Reflections

Second Place: Bianca Barcenas, "Mapping Catholics with the Jesuit Libraries Provenance Project