Department News


Faculty Presentations and Publications

Allan Austin, with Dr. Patrick Hamilton (English), was recently featured in a number of national newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Baltimore Sun for his work on the racialization of comic-book characters.

In the spring 2017, Dr. Austin collaborated with Dr. Black on a student web exhibit highlighting the humanitarian work of the American Friends’ Service Committee (headquartered in Philadelphia).

In September 2017, Dr. Austin will present a public lecture at Park University (Parkville, MO) titled "Ambassadors of Goodwill": Japanese American Student Resettlement during World War II."

Jennifer Black recently finished mentoring a student exhibit on the changing scope of Main Street Pittston, PA, which you can read more about here. Dr. Black was also recently recognized by Proclamation of Recognition by the City of Pittston, for her work with the Greater Pittston Historical Society and MU students. In the spring 2017, Dr. Black collaborated with Dr. Austin on a student web exhibit highlighting the humanitarian work of the American Friends’ Service Committee (headquartered in Philadelphia). Dr. Black presented several papers this spring at professional conferences, including the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association, the Business History Conference, and the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic.

Rebecca Padot will present the following at professional conferences in the next year. "The Art of Faculty Mentoring of Minority Graduate Students," American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, (September 1, 2017).

“Foster Care Outcomes Data Provides Roadmap for Improved Practice.” One Child, Many Hands Conference, Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice, and Research, The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, (June 8, 2017).

Invited Talk, Welcoming the Child: Mother Theresa’s Care for the Most Vulnerable, “The U.S. Foster Care System,” Ave Maria University, Ave Maria, FL. (February 25, 2017).

Christopher Stevens published an article on the Libyan Debate on June 20, 2017 in the Diplomacy and Statecraft Journal. The study argues that the "coercive diplomacy perspective needs slight modification to account for the Libyan case."

Stevens, Christopher A. 2017. The libyan debate: Coercive diplomacy reconsidered. Diplomacy & Statecraft 28 (2) (04/03): 320-43.


The Department of History and Government congratulates the following faculty on receiving research grant funding for 2017-2018:

-Dr. Allan Austin: “Embarking on the Anxious “American Century”: Superman & the Rise of the US as a World Power during WWII”

-Dr. Jennifer Black: “Branding Trust: Advertising & Trademarks in the US, c.1830-1920”

-Dr. Rebecca Padot: “Leadership Trends in the Private Sector during the US Great Recession Era”

-Dr. Christopher Stevens: “Image Theory & Strategic Relations in the post-Soviet Space”


Speakers and Events

September 14, 9:00am

Dr. R. Luke Williams presents a master class on Aaron Kaufer.

McGowan Room, Bevevino Library

For more information click here.

September 19, 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Constitution Day Panel Discussion: "A Review of Trump's First Year in the Presidency"

McGowan Room, Bevevino Library

For more information click here.

September 29-30 2017

Digital Humanities & Pedagogy Symposium

Funded by the Soyka Fund for the Humanities

  • Friday 2:30-5:30pm Technology Workshops, INS 218-219
  • Friday 7pm Keynote Address: Digital Humanities in the Classroom / Dr. Michelle Moravec, McGowan Room, Bevevino Library
  • Saturday 8:30a-2:30pm, Teaching Workshops, INS 218-219

For more information and to RSVP, click here.

October 16-19, 2017

Reformation Anniversary Panels

Insalaco Hall

Dr. Christopher Stevens will speak in Panel I on October 16th at 7:00pm about The Lessons of the Thirty Years' War: Then and Now

For more information, click here.

March is Women's History Month!
Check out our events here.

March 17, 2018
National History Day Region 2 Contest
8am-5pm, Insalaco Hall

Read more about the event here!

Student News

History Majors Present Research at the Pennsylvania Historical Association Annual Meeting.

In October 2017, history majors Briana Scorey and Amber Kelley will present research posters at the Pennsylvania Historical Association conference in Scranton, PA.

Nicole Negron (class of 2016) has recently accepted the position of Education and Volunteer Coordinator at Eckley Miners' Village and Museum.

Quaker Project in the News

Intern's Blog

Misericordia places students in professional internships across the region. Follow their experiences through our special interns' blog.

In the spring of 2016, GLNS major John Eisenhauer (class of 2017), studied foreign policy at American University in Washington, DC, as part of MU’s Semester in DC program. John is shown here with Congressman David Jolly of Florida. While in DC, John also interned in Jolly’s office in the House of Representatives.

GLNS Major Recalls Meeting with Justice Scalia

Students Collaborate with Center for Nursing History to Preserve Regional History

Graduate Placements

Class of 2016

  • Rebeka Buczeskie will attend Widener Commonwealth Law School (Harrisburg, PA)
  • Mason Moher plans to pursue a graduate degree in Historical Studies at The New School for Social Research(New York, NY)
  • Patrick Gallagher plans to pursue a graduate degree in Military History through University of Norwich (VT) while working in logistics management
  • Collin Sibilia plans to attend Villanova University (Philadelphia, PA) to pursue a graduate degree in History, and has secured a position as an Assistant Coach for Women's Volleyball at the University of the Sciences (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Cailey Ware plans to attend Villanova Law School (Philadelphia, PA)



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