Loyola University Chicago

Department of History


May 2022

Current Students

Sean Jacobson presented "The Cross at the Straits: Northern Michigan Tourism, Religious Heritage, and Anishinaabeg Perseverance at the Midwestern History Association conference.

March 2022


Dr. Theodore Karamanski will be the keynote speaker at the Phi Alpha Theta Illinois Regional Conference on March 26th.

Dr. Tikia Hamilton worked with the LUC Communications Office to produce three short videos for Black History Month. The first is on the founding of Black History Month and Carter Woodson, the second is on impactful Black women from the 19th century (including Maria Stewart, Anna Cooper, Mary Church Turrell, and Ella Baker), and the final video is on Black women in the civil rights movement.

Dr. Elizabeth Shermer was quoted in the Fortune article "Is Biden actually going to cancel your student loans? Here's what policy insiders say." Shermer was also quoted in the Teen Vogue article "Student Loan Interest Rates Mean Borrowers End Up Owing Thousands More Dollars."

Dr. Michelle Nickerson was featured on the "Know Your Enemy" podcast, speaking on her book Mothers of Conservatism: Women and the Postwar Right. Dr. Nickerson was also featured in an interview on the Metropole Blog from the Urban History Association, where she discussed her book-in-progress and her recent book recommendations.

Dr. Jo N. Hays (Professor Emeritus) saw his 2021 book Epidemics and Pandemics: From Ancient Plagues to Modern-Day Threats named to the 2022 Outstanding References Sources List, a list selected by the Collection Development and Evaluation Section of the Reference and User Services Association, a division of the American Library Association. The book was also named a Best Reference Work of 2021 by Library Journal.

Current Students 

Madison Givens (MA Student) presented her papers "Female Blackness in an Abyss of Racism, Sexism, and The Black Panther Party: A Hypocritical Society that Fought for Equality but Denied Its Own Members Basic Human Rights" and "Black Reproduction: Slavery, Eugenics, and Birth Control: A History of Control that Bleeds into the Present" at the University of Memphis Graduate Association for African-American History / Department of History Conference. Givens also presented both papers at the HGSA Conference, and presented "Female Blackness in an Abyss of Racism, Sexism, and the Black Panther Party" as part of the Loyola Women's Studies and Gender Studies Program's 2022 Feminist Lecture Series.

Nathan Ellstrand (PhD Candidate) successfully defended his dissertation, entitled "Reclaiming the Patria: Sinarquismo in the United States," on February 28th. Ellstrand also presented his paper “Mexican Organization, Not Revolution: Salvador Abascal Infante as Sinarquista President, 1940–41" for the panel “Las Derechas: New Directions in the Study of Lay and Clerical Conservatism in Postrevolutionary Mexico" at the American Historical Association online conference in February. He was also the organizer and chair of the panel "Transnational Mexican Catholic Histories of the 20th Century" at the conference.

Hannah Lahti (PhD Student) has been selected as a fellow for the 2022 Auschwitz Jewish Center Foundation Fellows Program.  The program is a collaboration between the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust (New York) and the Auschwitz Jewish Center (Oswiecim, Poland).

Last semester's HIST 480 students have authored a number of blog posts for the Women and Leadership Archives Blog. Blog posts by Dariel Chaidez, Caroline Lauber, Shannon Honl, and Caroline Handley are currently available. You can read them here. Check back throughout the semester to read more!


Dr. Kelly Schmidt (PhD '21) has joined the WashU & Slavery Project at Washington University in St. Louis as a Postdoctoral Fellow in African and African American Studies. Schmidt also recently won the Council of Graduate Schools Programs' Dissertation of the Year in the Humanities.

Ryan Booth (BA '01) has accepted a tenure-track position teaching American Indian History at Washington State University.

Jeremy Bucher (MA '18, Collections & Archives Manager at National Hellenic Museum) and Caroline Giannakopoulos (MA '16, Project Archivist at the LUC Women and Leadership Archives) were both featured at the Chicago Collections Consortium's anniversary celebration on March 3rd. Bucher spoke on a panel exploring the role of memory institutions in urban areas, and Giannakopoulos introduced the Consortium's newest exhibit.

Erin Witt (MA '21) has started a new position as a contract processing archivist with the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council Archives.
Dr. Eleanor Janega (BA '04; PhD University College London) has published her book The Middle Ages: A Graphic Novel.




February 2022


Dr. Frank Biletz will be giving two talks, "Tudor and Stuart London," and "The Occupation: France 1940-1944" at the Newberry Library.

Dr. Elizabeth Shermer, author of Indentured Students: How Government-Guaranteed Loans Left Generations Drowning in College Debt, was quoted in the Fortune article "How Biden Might Approach Student Loan Forgiveness in 2022" and the CNBC article "Lawsuit Claims 16 Top Colleges Overcharged over 170,000 Students by 'Hundreds of Millions of Dollars.'" 

Dr. Gema Kloppe-Santamaría's book In the Vortex of Violence: Lynching, Extralegal Justice, and the State in Post-Revolutionary Mexico won Honorable Mention for the María Elena Martínez Book Prize in Mexican History, awarded at the Conference on Latin American History's recent conference. Dr. Kloppe-Santamaría's article on femicides in Mexico was also included in the International Peace Institute's "2021 Editor's Choice: Global Observatory Must Reads."

Dr. Tim Lacy was quoted in a WBEZ article on virtual and in-person learning and the impact of the pandemic on college students.

Current Students 

Sean Jacobson (PhD Candidate) received the Arthur J. Schmitt Dissertation Fellowship for the 2022-2023 academic year. Made possible by the generosity of the Arthur J. Schmitt Foundation, this award enables the Graduate School at Loyola University Chicago to offer support to outstanding students as they finish their dissertations while engaging them in an ongoing conversation on ethical leadership. Jacobson also recently published a review of Old Canaan in a New World: Native Americans and the Lost Tribes of Israel by Elizabeth Fenton in Religion. Jacobson also presented his paper entitled "Institutional Memory at University of Notre Dame and Christian Responsibility to the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi" at the American Catholic Historical Association on January 7th. Jacobson also has an upcoming article, "Skokie as Sanctuary: Holocaust Survivor Leadership at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center," in the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society.


Kyle Mathers (MA Public History '16) has started a new position as Lead Exhibits and Curatorial at the Harley-Davidson Museum. 

Rachel Boyle (PhD) will present her talk "Lucy Parson's Chicago" on March 9th as a part of the Newberry Seminar Series.

Lauren O'Brien (MA History '16) successfully defended her dissertation "Ghosts of the Brick City: The History of Black Dispossession, Public Memory, and Urban Renewal in Newark, New Jersey," on January 24th. She will receive her degree from Rutgers University- Newark. O'Brien also co-presented her talk "Bringing African-American Stories and Perspectives into Public History and Museum Narratives" with Loyola Associate Professor of History Dr. Patricia Mooney-Melvin to the Loyola Retiree Association on January 20th. O'Brien's work with New York's Tenement Museum has also been featured in the New York Times.


November 2021


Dr. Karamanski Named 2021 Recipient of AHA Herbert Feis Award
Join us in congratulating Dr. Theodore Karamanski for receiving the Herbert Feis Award from the American Historical Association in recognition for his distinguished contributions to the public history. Dr. Karamanski shares thoughts on his career in the field in an interview.

Dr. Steve Schloesser presented "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" on October 26th at the Joan & Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage.

Dr. Kim Searcy recently published an article titled “The Ethiopian Civil War in Tigray” in a publication titled “Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective.”

Professor Emeritus Dr. Jo N. Hays was featured as the College or Arts and Sciences Faculty Friday Spotlight for his book Epidemics and Pandemics: From Ancient Plagues to Modern-Day that he wrote with economist Joseph Byrne. Check out the faculty spotlight here.

Dr. Tanya Stabler Miller will be a Faculty Fellow at the Gannon Center for Women and Leadership in the Spring 2022 semester. This award gives her an opportunity to work on her project on the vital role that lay religious women played in the medieval Sorbonne’s early years, especially its broad pastoral activities, including hospital work.
Dr. Alice Weinreb was awarded a 2021 Special Research Support Grant from the Office of the Vice Provost for Research to continue work on her project, “Pathologies of Democracy: Anorexia Nervosa and the Rise of Disordered Eating in the Postwar World.” This is a transnational and interdisciplinary project that will help unpack the history of a “paradigmatic disease of modernity” but also an “enigmatic and devastating” one, as her proposal describes.
Dr. Michael Khordakovsky received a 2021 Special Research Support Grant, for work on “Empires of the Steppe: The Russian Empire and its Eurasian Counterparts, 1550s – 1900.” This is a sweeping project with a trans-Asian perspective and comparative methodology, looking at the development of Russia through non-European lenses. 


Current Students 

Sean Jacobson (PhD Candidate) contributed to an article entitled Choctaw Academy restoration continues in Scott County in the Lexington Herald Leader. He was also awarded a travel grant to the 2022 American Catholic Historic Association meeting for his paper “Institutional Memory at the University of Notre Dame and Christian Responsibility to the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi.”

Melina Testin (BA History 2022) is currently serving as an intern at the Pritzker Military Museum where she is creating graphic novels for their Summer 2022 POW Exhibit. Preview the first two in this Google Folder.

Nathan Ellstrand (PhD Candidate) presented his paper "Mexican Fifth Columnists: The Unión Nacional Sinarquista in the United States, 1941-1943" at the UC Berkeley Latin American History Workshop in October. His review of Borderlands Curanderos: The Worlds of Santa Teresa Urrea and Don Pedrito Jaramillo, by Jennifer Koshatka Seman was published in Western Historical Quarterly. He also presented his paper "The First Sanctuary Campus: UC Riverside and Sanctuary Organizing in the Mid-1980s” in Portland in October. He presented "The Unión Nacional Sinarquista: A Threat to World War II Pan-Americanism or Not?" and was a panelist on “New Perspectives on Pan-Americanism from the 1930s through the 1960s" at the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association. 

Katherine Macica's (PhD Candidate) review of Facing the World: Defense Spending and International Trade in the Pacific Northwest since World War II, by Christopher P. Foss was published in Western Historical Quarterly.



James Naughton (BA History 2015) has accepted a position as an Assistant State's Attorney in the Cook County State's Office, Criminal Appeals Division.

Tim Neary (PhD 2004) was quoted in the New York Times article “A Loyal Catholic’s Mission to Protect the Church From Youth Football.

Konstandina (Argyropoulos) Dulu (MAPH 2011) began a new position as the Impactful Grants Management for Patient Centered Outcomes at the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Ve'Amber Miller (MAPH 2021) was interviewed about her work at Pullman National Monument for an article in South Side Weekly.

Eleanor Mahoney (MAPH 2007) completed an ESRI story map of the 1966 farmworker march from Delano to Sacramento - A Fight for Bread and Dignity (arcgis.com) as part of a bigger research project, done with the Chavez National Monument - The Road to Sacramento: Marching for Justice in the Fields - Labor History (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov). She is currently a Mellon Humanities Post-Doctoral Fellow in the History of Labor and Productivity with National Park Service.

Tara Hinkley (MAPH/MLIS 2021) started a new position as an adjunct instructor at Dominican University.

Laurel Overstreet (MAPH 2020) accepted a position as an Exhibit Developer at Luci Creative.



October 2021



Dr. Elizabeth Shermer recently presented her book, Indentured Students: How Government-Guaranteed Loans Left Generations Drowning in College Debt at the Washington History Seminar, sponsored by the National History Center and the Woodrow Wilson Center.

Dr. Gema Kloppe-Santamaría's article "Deadly Rumors: Lynching, Hearsay, and Hierarchies of Credibility in Mexico," has recently been published in the Journal of Social History.

Dr. Steve Schloesser recently published an article in Commonweal titled “Things Get Broken,” on Leonard Bernstein’s “MASS: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers

Professor Emerita Dr. Barbara Rosenwein published her new book "Love: A History in Five Fantasies" with Polity Press

Dr. Paul Naylor (Part-time Instructor) published his newest book From Rebels to Rulers: Writing Legitimacy in the Early Sokoto State published by Boydell and Brewer (Rochester, NY).  Dr. Naylor is Cataloguer of West African Manuscripts at the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota.


Garrett Gutierrez (History BA '18) recently had an article published entitled, Skateboarding, We Hardly Knew You.

Elizabeth Schmidt (Public History MA '21) accepted a new job at the Goodhue County Historical Society in Red Wing, Minnesota, as a Museum Library Manager.

Angela Rothman (Public History MA ‘19) has a new position as an architectural historian with an infrastructure firm, HNTB Corporation, in Seattle.

Tara (Cajacob) Hinkley (Public History MA/MLIS '21) recently accepted a new position as an Archivist at the Barack Obama Presidential Library.

Stephen Petrie (MA Public History '18) accepted a new position as an Educator at the Milwaukee Public Museum. 

Pam Johnson Davis' (History MA '15) debut solo album, "Call Home ''- a collection of original songs & poems - is out now on all digital streaming platforms. You can find it here. She also gave a talk on poetry at TEDx Chicago on October 14th.


Summer 2021


Despite the barriers the pandemic continues to cause, students were able to safely engage in a multitude of intern positions this summer. Check out this story for more details!



Harvard University Press published Associate Professor Elizabeth Tandy Shermer’s new book, Indentured Students: How Government-Guaranteed Loans Left Generations Drowning in College Debt, under its Belknap Press imprint on August 3. LitHub named her history of the student loan industry one of the summer’s top nonfiction reads. Advanced reviews praised it for “illuminating how bad policy saddled millions with crushing debts” and helping “us envision liberation from the savage inequalities of the system on which higher education now depends.”  Additionally Dr. Shermer's book was also reviewed in The Chicago Tribune Column: New books about student loan debt - Chicago Tribune, and on August 18, she wrote an article for the Chronicle of Higher Education on the student loan debt crisis.

Dr. Patricia Mooney-Melvin contributed an essay titled “Acceptance” for the catalog of an exhibition titled “Double-Vision:  Art from Jesuit University Collections,” which opened August 20 at the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University.  Dr. Mooney-Melvin’s piece places exhibition works by Andy Warhol and Daniel Goldstein in dialogue.    

Drs. Benjamin Johnson and Gema Kloppe-Santamaría are featured in a new edited volume, Reverberations of Racial Violence: Critical Reflections on the History of the Border, published June 2021.

History alum and faculty member Dr. Cranston Knight gave a lecture via Zoom on June 20th titled Sanctuary: A Haitian Passport and the Holocaust and on July 22 titled A Promise Kept.

On July 28th Dr. Benjamin Johnson wrote an article titled American History Wars for Heidelberg Center for American Studies Graduate Blog.

Dr. Theodore Karamanski's Columbus, DuSable and the myth of the “Founder” was published in the June 25th edition of the Chicago Sun Times.

Instructor Paul Naylor's new book From Rebels to Rulers: Writing Legitimacy in the Early Sokoto State was recently published in Boydell & Brewer's Religion in Transforming Africa series.

Professor Stephen Schloesser, S.J. coordinated an intensive summer course in Jesuit History for the Jesuit novices of the United States and Canada. (The novitiate is the first two-year period of a Jesuit’s typical twelve years of training.) The course was held on Loyola Chicago’s campus for four weeks in June and July. Participants were housed in Regis Hall and classes met daily for three-hour sessions in the IC 4th Floor. (Visitors were predictably awestruck by spectacular views of the lake and east quad.) Guest scholars gave presentations on topics spanning six centuries: Timothy O’Brien, S.J. (Holy Cross College) on early-modern Spain; Antoni Ucerler, S.J. (Japan / Oxford / San Francisco) on early-modern Japan, China, Korea, and New France; Brent Otto, S.J. (Berkeley) and Francis X. Clooney, S.J. (Harvard) on early-modern India; the Rev. Prof. Peter Phan (Georgetown) on early-modern Vietnam; James Bernauer, S.J. (Boston College) on Jesuit-Jewish relations across four centuries; and James Keenan, S.J. (Boston College) on transformations in moral theology from the 16th through 21st centuries. We were especially honored to have the esteemed Italian Renaissance historian John W. O’Malley, S.J. (Georgetown) on hand during all four weeks for occasional comments and interventions as well as for three dedicated presentations.

The Jesuit novices were exceptionally fortunate to have guest presentations by two members of the LUC History Department: Prof. Ted Karamanski lectured on Jesuit relations with Native Americans from the 17th through 20th centuries; and Dr. Kelly Schmidt lectured on Jesuit slaveholding in the St. Louis region (the subject of her recently completed dissertation defended with great success). Both presentations, impeccably delivered and enthusiastically received, did the LUC department proud. Throughout the four weeks, Prof. Schloesser wove the narrative thread with lectures on Islamic Iberia, Renaissance and Reformation, Baroque and Enlightenment, and transatlantic late- and post-modernity. Every aspect of the event went flawlessly, and deepest thanks go to LUC’s Conference Services, IT, libraries, and other university divisions who delivered beyond the most ambitious hopes. Finally, profound thanks are also owed to President Jo Ann Rooney–without whose dedication the event would not have been possible.


Current Students

Katie Macica's (PhD candidate) book review of Facing the World: Defense Spending and International Trade in the Pacific Northwest since World War II by Christopher P. Foss was published in Western Historical Quarterly

Nathan Ellstrand's (PhD candidate) profile was featured in the Western Historical Association's Graduate Student Caucus Summer 2021 Newsletter. Nathan presented a workshop on August 27th where he shared a draft currently titled "The Establishment of Sinarquistas in the United States – 1940-1941." Dr. Jaime Pensado  provided initial comments.  He also presented "Contesting the Post-Revolutionary Mexican State: The Rise of the Unión Nacional Sinquarquista in the United States, 1936-1940," at the Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Congress in August. Nathan will be a Visiting Student Researcher at UC Berkeley during the 2021-2022 academic year. 

Mikey Spehn and Adam Yunis (Public History MA), along with Leila Willis presented at the "Dismantle Preservation" conference on the Illinois Black Panthers. Watch their presentation on YouTube.

Ina Cox (PhD student) will be a 2021-2022 Rule of Law Fellow with the Loyola Rule of Law Institute.

History Undergraduates Will Alcock (Men’s Basketball) and Ayoub El-Ashmawi (Men’s Cross Country/Track) made the 2020-2021 Missouri Valley Conference Honor Roll (along with 201 other LUC Athletes).



Ruby Oram's (PhD US History/Public History 2020) article "A Superior Kind of Working Woman: The Contested Meaning of Vocational Education for Girls in Progressive Era Chicago" was published in the July 2021 issue of the The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.

Pedro Regalado (History BA 2013), Yale PhD, has joined the History Department at Stanford University as Assistant Professor.

Kelley Szany (MA Public History 2002) won a NEH Grant for a Global History of Genocide Exhibit.

Greg Ruth’s (PhD 2017) first book, Tennis: A History from American Amateurs to Global Professionals, was published by University of Illinois Press.

Alicia Zeimet (MA Public History 2020) is the Program Coordinator for Adult Education Seminars, The Newberry Library.

Mary Abroe (PhD 1996) was elected Vice-Chair of Board of Trustee for American Battlefield Trust.

Kelly Schmidt (PhD US History/Public History 2021) discussed the Catholic Church’s legacies of slave ownership in the 19th century on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition program on July 19, 2021.  Her comments gave context to a news story on how St. Louis residents are wrestling with the revelation that two prominent catholic high schools in St. Louis are named after bishops who owned slaves. Kelly was awarded the New Scholar Essay Prize for Catholic Studies in the Americas from the Curran Center at Fordham University. Read her essay here.

Rebecca Johnson (Public History MA 1991) is Director at the Center for Public History and Adjunct Professor at Northern Kentucky University.

Miranda Ridener (Public History MA 2021) recently accepted a full-time position as Library Services Assistant at University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh at the Fond du Lac campus.


June 2021


Ramblers Participate in the Midwestern History Conference

History faculty, current students, and alumni presented at the the Midwestern History Conference hosted by Grand Valley State University.  Dr. D. Bradford Hunt participated in a roundtable panel on May 26, 2021.  The roundtable discussed "From Collaboration to Community: The Chicago Collections Consortium."  Lucas Bensley (PhD US History candidate) presented on May 27, 2021.  The title of his presentation was "Daring Dames and Dirty Deeds: A History of Chicago Burlesque from 1870 to the 1940s."  Nathan Ellstrand (Public History and US History PhD candidate) presented  "The Mexican Right in WWII Chicagoland" and Jake McAloon (BA/MA History student) presented "Eighty Acres of Hell or A Grand Old-Time?: The War of Words Surrounding Chicago's Camp Douglas and Historical Memory" on May 27, 2021.  Jason Stacy (PhD 2006) presented on May 27, 2021.  The title of his presentation was " Village on the Couch: Edgar Lee Masters, Carl Van Doren, and the Psychoanalysis of the Small Midwestern Town."


Three faculty members recently wrote articles for newspapers that addressed issues in the news.  Dr. Michelle Nickerson wrote an article for The Washington Post on May 13, 2021, "Stefanik’s rise and Cheney’s fall mark a new role for GOP women."  Dr. Benjamin Johnson co-authored with John Morán González an article in The Washington Post on June, 4, 2021, "The bright side of a bad Texas history bill? It’s too late to whitewash the past."  Dr. Elizabeth Tandy Shermer published an article for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on May 22, 2021, "Re­forms ha­ven’t fixed col­lege fi­nan­cial aid sys­tem."  Dr. Elizabeth Tandy Shermer also wrote an article for The Washington Post on May 3,2021, "75 years of reforms have failed to fix our college financial aid system."

Dr. Elliott Gorn was interviewed for the WTTW documentary, “Live at Mr. Kelly’s,” which originally aired on June 8, 2021.

Dr. Theodore Karamanski has a short reflection, “Institutionalism and Activism in the Evolution of the Public History Movement,” in the May 2021 issue of The Public Historian, 38-40, as part of a larger segment in this issue entitled “Threads of Origin: A Roundtable,” edited by Rebecca Conard.  The roundtable was part of the National Council on Public History’s 40th anniversary conference in 2020.

Dr. Gema Kloppe-Santamaría has been busy publishing and presenting. She and Paul Gillingham participated in a book launch discussion on May 18, 2021 about their new books.  The discussion focused on the shared theme of "Lynching, Extralegal Justice, and Authoritarianism in Unrevolutionary Mexico" and was hosted by Northwestern's Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program and the Noria Research.  More information on Dr. Kloppe-Santamaría's book can be found here.  She was also recently featured in the Faculty Friday Spotlight from Loyola University Chicago's College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Office. Read the spotlight feature here.  Additionally, she recently published "Violence in post-revolutionary Mexico," as part of the Work in Progress Series at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies.  View the working paper here.

Faculty Emeriti

Dr. John M. McManamon, S.J. published an article titled "For the Love of the Codices: Paul Oskar Kristeller and the Iter Italicum" in the journal Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome 65 (2020): 560-73.  The article describes the decades-long work of Kristeller, a 20th century scholar of the Renaissance, to produce a seven-volume index of neglected Renaissance manuscripts.

Former Faculty

Dr. Kyle Roberts participated in a conversation with Dr. Benjamin Bankhurst on May 27, 2021 about the Maryland Loyalist Project.  Listen to the Conversations at the Washington Library podcast here.

Current Students

Two graduate students recently received awards.  Cate LiaBraaten (Public History and US History PhD candidate) won two awards this past Spring semester: the King V. Hostick Award from the Illinois State Historical Society and the Graduate Award in American History from the Colonial Dames of America, State of Illinois Chapter.  Anthony Stamilio (Public History and US History PhD student) received the 2021 Robert McCluggage Award from the Loyola University Chicago History Department for the best graduate student research essay for his paper: "Divorce and Melodrama in the Civil War Era."

Nathan Ellstrand (Public History and US History PhD candidate) published a book review on In Combat: The Life of Lombardo Toledano by Daniela Spenser in the Historical Materialism Series on May 21, 2021.  Read it here.


Scarlett Andes (Public History MA 2021) started a new position as Administrative Assistant for Academic Programming at the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership.

Ryan Booth (History BA 2001) finished his PhD at Washington State University.  His dissertation focused on the role of US Indian scouts for the Army.

Tara (Cajacob) Hinkley (Public History MA/MLIS 2021) is the Genealogy and History Librarian at the Algonquin Area Public Library.

Julia Lacher (Public History MA 2017) started a new position as Outreach Director for the Chicago Film Archives.

Ve'Amber Miller (Public History MA 2021) is a Park Guide for the National Park Service at the Pullman National Monument. She is also engaged in a post-graduate internship as Communications Coordinator Intern with the LGBTQ Religious Archives Network.

Lauren O'Brien's (History MA 2016) research with the Tenement Museum in New York City was featured in a recent article in the New York Times.

Karen Seiber (Public History MA 2018) discussed her digital project “Visualizing the Red Summer” on a CBS News Special titled “Tulsa 1921:  An American Tragedy.”   The special aired on May 31 and marked the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Riot and Massacre where whites destroyed Tulsa’s Greenwood District and killed dozens and perhaps hundreds of African Americans.  

Casey Terry (Public History MA 2021) started a new position as a researcher for the Calumet Heritage Area Project, a project affiliated with Chicago's Field Museum.


May 2021

Dr. Gema Kloppe-Santamaría won the Best Article in the Humanities Award from the Mexico section of the Latin American Studies Association.  The award was for "The Lynching of the Impious: Violence, Politics, and Religion in Postrevolutionary Mexico (1930s–1950s)," which appeared in volume 77 of The Americas: A Quarterly Review of Latin American History.

Dr. Gema Kloppe-Santamaría was selected as a Marie S. Curie Visiting Fellow at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Freiburg in Germany. 


April 2021

Two history professors have earned 2021 Sujack Awards from the Loyola College of Arts & Sciences. Congratulations to:

  • Dr. Gema Kloppe-Santamaría received the 2021 Sujack Family Award for Faculty Research Excellence.
  • Dr. Marek Suszko received the 2021 Sujack Master Teacher Award.

Dr. Robert Bucholz was awarded the 2021 Langerbeck Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award. The award is given "to recognize and reward the exceptional work of Loyola's faculty members who are contributing significant time and effort to the intellectual, ethical, and academic development of Loyola's undergraduate researchers by mentoring their research endeavors."

Refusing to Forget, an organization co-founded by Dr. Benjamin Johnson has been honored with the "Friends of History" award, granted annually by the Board of the Organization of American Historians. The organization and its projects have received awards from our work from the Western Historical Association, the American Historical Association, and the American Association for State and Local History, and been covered in the New York Times, Latina Magazine, Mother Jones, the Texas Observer, the Guardian, Slate, and other venues. Click here to view the award presentation from the OAH Annual Meeting. Read more here.

Dr. Gemma Kloppe-Santamaría has been named 2021 Mellon Emerging Faculty Leader for her research and authorship of In the Vortex of Violence: Lynching, Extralegal Justice, and the State in Post-Revolutionary Mexico. Read more about her accomplishment in the Faculty Friday Spotlight.

Dr. John Pincince moderated "Perspectives on Race and Caste in the U.S. and India," featuring Dr. Suraj Yengde from Harvard University. The panel is part of a webinar series "Speaker Series on Global Racism" facilitated by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Patricia Mooney-Melvin was a panelist on the panel "Rethinking the Significance of the Indian Boundary Marker" co-sponsored by the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society and 49th Alderwoman Maria Hadden's Office on April 19, 2021. 

Following the death of Prince Phillip on April 9, Dr. Robert Bucholz was interviewed by several media outlets about the life of Phillip, including on WGN, available on YouTube

Dr. Theodore Karamanski's book Mastering the Inland Seas won the "Superior Achievement Award" in the book category at the Illinois State Historical Society's annual meeting in April. Also, on April 27, he published an opinion piece in the Chicago Sun-Times, titled "Get with the modern world, conservatives: 'Infrastructure is more than roads and bridges."  He gives historical context to the Biden Administration’s Infrastructure investment plan, reminding us that Congress had often defined “infrastructure” expansively in order to spur economic growth.  Harbors, lighthouses, life-saving stations were federally funded in the 19th century around the Great Lakes, and electrification during the New Deal proved economically and socially beneficial. 

Nathan Ellstrand (United States History PhD Candidate) was an Organizer and Panelist on the virtual Zoom panel "Hope for a New Society - Sinarquista Colonization in the Borderlands - 1941-1944," where he presented his paper, "Race, Nation and Identity at the Intersection of Mexico-US Societies," as a part of the Southeastern Council fo Latin American Studies (SECOLAS) in April 2021.

Emily Davis (Public History and United States History PhD Candidate) has been hired as an Assistant Professor of History at Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina. 

Meghan Flannery (Public History MA) was named the Runner-Up in the 2021 Minnesota State Outstanding Junior Member Contest by the Minnesota State Society Daughters of the American Revolution. The Outstanding Junior Member Contest recognizes DAR members, ages 18-35, for their service to the DAR and their local communities. She received this honor for her work as Historian of the Lake Minnetonka Chapter, Wayzata, MN, where she documented chapter events and activities, digitized chapter records for easier future access, and promoted American history in her local community.

James Rubino (History BA), the 2020-2021 recipient of the Polish Resistance (AK) Foundation Scholarship, won first prize ($500) for the original research paper he submitted to the Thirteenth Annual Student Forum on East Central Europe, sponsored by the Polish Studies Program at Loyola. His paper is titled "The Traveler's Perspective: Outsider Perceptions of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth n the 16th and 17th Century." He wrote the paper under the supervision of Dr. Leslie Dossey (HIST 397, Fall 2020). Dr. Robert Bucholz was his second mentor. The forum is usually a day-long conference, but this year was changed to an essay contest due to the pandemic. 

Melina Testin (History BA) won a Provost Research Fellowship from the Center for Engaged Learning, Teaching, and Scholarship (CELTS) and the Loyola Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. She received the fellowship for her mentored research project, American Military History Illustrated through Graphic Novels. 

Taha Din (History BA) received a 2021 Building Community Scholarship for Juniors and Seniors from marginalized groups within the Loyola College of Arts and Sciences. These annual scholarships, created in coordination with our University partners, are awarded to students who have had a positive impact at Loyola and/or in other communities through their advancement of diversity and inclusion initiatives. He was one of 12 students from across the College of Arts and Sciences awarded with a scholarship.

Rochelle Caruthers (Public History MA 2010) started a new position as DEI Programs Assistant at Saint Louis Art Museum.

Andrew Donnelly (PhD 2016) has been hired as an Assistant Professor of History at Texas A&M-Commerce, beginning Fall 2021.

Chelsea Denault (PhD 2020) recently shared her research, "We ALL Live Downwind: Trash, Public Health, and Community-Centered Development in Detroit," during a virtual presentation at Albion College in Michigan. 

H. Bryan Escobar (History MA 2014) received a "Superior Achievement Award" in the digital project category for his project "Waukegan History Society App" at the Illinois State Historical Society's annual meeting in April. Escobar works as Arts and History Specialist at Waukegan Park District in Waukegan, IL.  

Jason Stacy (PhD 2006) has recently published a new book, Spoon River America: Edgar Lee Masters and the Myth of the American Small Town“A literary and cultural milestone, Spoon River Anthology captured an idea of the rural Midwest that became a bedrock myth of life in small-town America. Jason Stacy places the book within the atmosphere of its time and follows its progress as the poetry took root and thrived. Published by Edgar Lee Masters in 1915, Spoon River Anthology won praise from modernists while becoming an ongoing touchstone for American popular culture. Stacy charts the ways readers embraced, debated, and reshaped Masters's work in literary controversies and culture war skirmishes; in films and other media that over time saw the small town as idyllic then conflicted then surreal; and as the source of three archetypes—populist, elite, and exile—that endure across the landscape of American culture in the twenty-first century. A wide-ranging reconsideration of a literary landmark, Spoon River America tells the story of how a Midwesterner's poetry helped change a nation's conception of itself.” 


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 Kloppe-Santamaría 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. Kloppe-Santamaría 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-Santamaría 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.


April & May 2020

This year's recipient of the History Department's highest honor for a graduating senior, The Paul S. Lietz Award for Outstanding Historical Scholarship, goes to Kathleen Koehnke!

The winners of this year’s Undergraduate Blog competition are Frances Bartolutti, Katie Czajka, Jenna Jeffirs, Maddi Matassarin, Noe Serrano, and Amanda Timlin. The website is called “Pandemics: Past and Present”. It is a collaborative effort by Social Studies teaching majors in Dr. Charlie Tocci’s course Teaching Secondary Social Studies as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As teachers all over the country quickly adapted to teaching online, these students likewise stepped up, pulling together resources to teach about the pandemic.

Winners of this year's Undergraduate Essay competition are Shelbi Schultz (First Prize), Sarah Butterfield (Second Prize), and Morgan Zygmunt (Third Prize).

Read more about the 2020 History Department Awards on the History Department website. 

Chelsea Denault accepted a position at the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services as the Michigan Digital Preservation Network Coordinator. 

Meagan McChesney accepted the position of Curator at the Winnetka Historical Society.

Ruby Oram accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Practice in Local and Community History at Texas State University.

Sean Jacobson, PhD student in the Joint American History/Public History Program, has won the 2020 Robert W. McCluggage Award for the Outstanding Graduate  Research Paper for “Boundaries of Authority:  Survivor Leadership at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.

Kristin Jacobsen, MA Public History alum and Assistant Archivist at the Frances Willard House Museum and Archives, recently received a scholarship from the Illinois State Historical Records Board for their Digitization for Small Institutions class. The skills Kristen learns in this class will help her move forward in digitizing the WCTU archival collections materials.

Read MA Alum Angela Rothman's book review on "Power in the Telling: Grand Ronde, Warm Springs, and Intertribal Relations in the Casino Era. Indigenous Confluences" by Brook Colley.

Congratulation to alum Lori Osborne for her publication of "Evanston Women and the Fight for the Vote" in Timelines, Spring 2020, 3-7. 

The final blog posts done by Loyola graduate students went up on the Illinois 2020 Suffrage Blog! Read blog posts by Ve'Amber MillerMattew Norvell, and Jennifer Duvall.


March 2020

The Urban History Association (UHA) Board of Directors announced the appointment of long-time UHA member Hope Shannon to the position of UHA Executive Director effective May 11, 2020. Hope will graduate with her Ph.D. in United States History and Public History from Loyola University Chicago this May.

Hannah Lahti has been accepted to the 2020 Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellows Program run by the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Hannah is a first-year Public History Ph.D. student.

Hannah Overstreet (M.A. Public History student) accepted a Project Archivist position at the Chicago History Museum for their Chicago Sacred project.

Emily-Paige Taylor, Ph.D. candidate, was selected as a student stakeholder for the Society of Architectural Historians Data Project, one of ten selected from across the country.

Ph.D. candidate Nathan Ellstrand was awarded the Catarino and Evangelina Hernández Research Fellowship in Latino History from the Texas State Historical Association and was also one of the winners of the Immigration and Ethnic History Society's graduate student blog competition. Also, read Nathan's blog post "The Transnational Sinarquista Movement" on IEHS Online.

Commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, more blog posts have been posted on the Suffrage 2020 Illinois website. Read the entries by Lucas Bensley, Casey Terry, Davis StubblefieldErin Witt, and Scarlett Andes.

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Urban History, edited by Prof. Timothy J. Gilfoyle, received a review by the Urban History Association. The review called the encyclopedia "...a major achievement testifying to the extraordinary quantity, quality, and diversity of contemporary research on American cities and suburbs". Read the review here

Dr. Stabler-Miller was featured on The Medieval Podcast with Danièle Cybulskie to speak about beguines and what medieval society thought of them. Listen to the episode to learn more. Also, congratulations to Dr. Stabler-Miller on her chapter: "Reviled and Revered: The Importance of Marginality in the Pastoral Care of Beguines" that was included in Rethinking Medieval Margins and Marginality.

Kelly Schmidt is a doctoral candidate in US History and Public History. She received a Research Travel Grant from the Cushwa Center in 2019 to support archival research for her dissertation, “‘We heard sometimes their earnest desire to be free in a free country’: Enslaved People, Jesuit Masters, and Negotiations for Freedom on American Borderlands.” The Cushwa Center interviewed her this semester to catch up on her work

Rutgers University Press is offering free ebook downloads of Professor Emeritus J. N. Hays's book Burdens of Disease: Epidemics and Human Response in Western History.


February 2020

Ph.D. candidates Sean Jacobson and Emily-Paige Taylor's National Register nomination for Historic Peterson Farm in McHenry, IL has been accepted at the state level and is now pending in Washington DC! Congratulations!

Students in Public History Method and Theory (HIST 480) completed blog posts for the Illinois Suffrage 2020 website! Currently, the blog posts of Hannah Lahti, Rachel Madden, Elizabeth Schmidt, Dana Gordon, and Miranda Ridener are posted on the website! Keep watching the website for more posts!

Congratulations to MA alumna Rachel Ramirez for her new job as curator of the Wilmette Historical Museum and PhD alumna Megan McChesney for her new position as curator at the Winnetka Historical Society! 

Kudos to BA alumna Olga (Athena) Triantafilidis. She is in Taiwan on a scholarship and plans to stay for another two years to master the language.

Congratulations to Public History MA alumna Lori Osborne and Ph.D. candidate Ella Wagner for their NCPH honorable mention for their project: Truth Telling: Frances Willard and Ida B. Wells!

Ph.D. alumna, Rachel Boyle, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the National Council on Public History! Congratulations! 

Congratulations to Public History PhD student Hannah Lahti for being accepted into the 2020 Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellows Program run by the Museum of Jewish Heritage!

Congratulations to PhD student June Coyne for being selected as a Teaching Scholar (the Teaching Fellows Program) for 2020-2021! 


January 2020


Congratulations to our three undergraduate poster presenters at the AHA Conference in NYC this year: Jacob McAloon, Kristin Morrison, and Shelbi Schultz. Read more about their experiences at the conference this year

Professor Gema Kloppe-Santamaría's co-edited volume on human security and chronic violence has now been published in English translation and an article has been published in Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica.

Professor (and Chair Emeritus) Robert Bucholz was interviewed on Chicago Tonight about Meghan and Harry's decision to "step back" from royal duties.

The well-received exhibit "Staggering Losses: WW1 & the Influenza Pandemic of 1918", curated by alum Micaela Sullivan-Fowler, was extended and will be closing on January 31st. 

Congratulations to Dr. Marisol Rivera ('17) on publishing "From Radicalism to Representation: Jose 'Cha Cha' Jimenez's Journey into Electoral Politics" in the Journal of African American Studies.

Professor Edin Hajdarpasic's delivered the keynote address at the "Situating Ottoman Europe" Workshop" held at Princeton University in early December.

Congratulations to doctoral candidate Kelly Schmidt being featured as part of a group of researchers helping Jesuits address their history of slaveholding.

Congratulations to alum Amber Dushman who has joined Rotary International as a Processing Archivist. 

Adam Shprintzen was awarded tenure and promotion at Marywood University. He won the Loyola University of Chicago's Dissertation Award at his graduation, which has since been published as The Vegetarian Crusade.

 to PhD candidate Ella Wagner on her selection as the Women's History Fellow with the Cultural Resources Office of Interpretation and Education within National Park Service. 

Loyola University has awarded summer 2020 stipends to Professors Edin Hajdarpasic, Gema Kloppe-Santamaría, and Elizabeth Tandy Shermer for research projects.


December 2019

Undergraduate James Rubino was recently awarded a scholarship from the Center of Experiential Learning for his internship work with Dr. Bucholz providing research on the Database of Court Officers. James describes his internship as "not only a great opportunity to test my organizational skills, but also to improve my ability to analyse and understand primary sources." This financial award will allow James to continue this important work as well as speak on his internship experience at this spring's upcoming Weekend of Excellence. Read more about James' internship and award. Congratulations James!

Professor Emerita Susan Hirsch has just published "Florenz Ziegfeld and the Creation of a Cosmopolitan Chicago," Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society

Public History MA alumna, Paige Halpin Smith, was recently promoted to Development Manager at the Lexington Public Library Foundation.

Congratulations to alumni Frank Lipo, MA in Public History, and Sarah Doherty, PhD in Public and American History, for recently receiving the Award of Excellence in Exhibition from the Illinois Association of Museums. Lipo and Doherty co-curated, "Open House: The Legacy of Fair Housing" for the Oak Park River Forest Museum. Learn more about the exhibit here.

Instructor Jack Binkley recently presented a paper at the Inter-university Seminar on Armed Forces and Society international conference on the military’s attitude toward President Trump: "The Revolt of the Generals 2020.”

Anna Claspy, Public History MA alumna, recently accepted a position with EBI Consulting as an Architectural Historian.

Congratulations to PhD candidate Kelly Schmidt whose ongoing work with the Slavery, History, Memory and Reconciliation Project has received attention in the press: St. Louis Review St. Louis AmericanSt. Louis American Op EdSLU University NewsRaising Equity Podcast , The Belleville Messenger.

PhD candidates, Janette Clay and Nathan Ellstrand, presented their project “Voices from Mundelein: Media Portal” at the Chicago Colloquium for Digital Humanities and Computer Science on November 9th.


November 2019

History undergraduate and graduate students received university-wide awards and honors this fall. PhD candidate, Hope Shannon, was selected as the winner of the President's Medallion for the Graduate School. Six history students were also inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu on Oct. 27th. Undergraduates: Elias Crum, Jacob McAloon, Meghan Olson, and Lillian Spikings. Graduates: Cate LiaBraaten and Emily Davis. Congratulations to all on these honors! Read more about the awards here.

Beth Loch, Public History MA alumna, has been named a Board Member at Black Metropolis Research Consortium.

Congratulations to US and Public History PhD students, Sean Jacobson and Emily-Paige Taylor, on successfully nominating the Historic Petersen Farm in McHenry, IL to the National Register of Historic Places! Their nomination arose from Dr. Karamanski's Spring 2019 Historic Preservation class project.

Public History MA alumna, Kelsey Walsh, was recently promoted to Manager of Archives & Records Management at the American Medical Association.

Bryan Morey, Public History MA alumnus, recently accepted a Collections Specialist position with the Charles Lindbergh Collection at the Missouri Historical Society in St. Louis.


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-Santamaría 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