News and Opportunities
Faculty in the History & Government Department have recently had their work featured on The Academic Minute
Chinese Cultural Diplomacy in the United States, 1875-1974
Find out more about how cultural diplomacy helped China get on track to become a major world player again. Dr. Yanqui Zheng, professor of history and government, delivered a 2 1/2 minute podcast entitled "Chinese Cultural Diplomacy in the United States, 1875-1974" on The Academic Minute, looking into the history of two distinctive Chinese pedagogies.
The Secret History of Race and Comics
What do superheroes show us about ourselves?
This is the question that Dr. Patrick Hamilton, professor and chair of English, explored during his 2 1/2 minute podcast on The Academic Minute. The podcast, "The Secret History of Race and Comics," draws upon the book he and Dr. Allan Austin of MU's History & Government department co-wrote.
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Faculty Presentations and Publications
Allan Austin recently published "DC Comics and the American Dilemma of Race" (co-authored with Patrick Hamilton) in George Washington University's History News Network in March 2020. He also recently published "An Age of (Super)Heroes?: Hollywood and the 'Global War on Terror'" in the online magazine Vault of Culture. In November 2019, Dr. Austin published All New, All Different? A History of Race and the American Superhero (co-authored with Patrick Hamilton), University of Texas Press, 2019. The book was recently selected for the John G. Cawelti Award for best textbook / primer in Popular Culture, by the Popular Culture Association of America.
Jennifer Black recently published “Autograph Albums and the Commercialization of Memory in the United States,” in Cultures of Memory in the Nineteenth Century: Consuming Commemoration, ed. Katherine Haldane Grenier and Amanda R. Mushal (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2020), 39-60. In the summer of 2020, Dr. Black helped facilitate an online working group for the National Council of Public History, on Teaching Public History online. She also co-authored a report from that working group for NCPH.
Yanqiu Zheng recently published "The Cultural Politics of Chineseness: The US Tour of Taiwan's National Chinese Opera Theater, 1973-1974" in Twentieth-Century China 45, no. 1 (2020): 46-65.
The Department of History and Government congratulates the following faculty members on winning faculty research and summer research grants for the 2020-2021 academic year:
- Allan Austin– “The Comic-Book Superhero & the Mass Incarceration of Japanese Americans in World War II”
- Jennifer Black– “Branding Trust: Advertising &Trademarks in the US & Consuming Deception: Counterfeit Commodities in American Culture”
- Rebecca Padot –“U.S. Foster Care in the News”
- Christopher Stevens –“Image, Theory and Strategic Relations in the Post-Soviet Space”
- Robert Lucas Williams – “Issue Coalitions, Constituency Preferences, & Legislative Party Influence: A Natural Experiment”
- Yanqiu Zheng – “In Search of Admiration and Respect: Chinese Cultural Diplomacy in the US, 1875-1974” AND “Beyond Culinary Nostalgia:Gender & Food Writings in Postwar Taiwan, 1950-1979.
Speakers and Events
History in the Making: Collecting and Interpreting the Artifacts of American Life
This webinar will be held via Zoom on October 19th at 7:00pm and will talk about how museums help us think about our contemporary moment, and how they identify and display items that illustrate historical events. Contact Dr. Jennifer Black at email@example.com to access the Zoom link
You, Me, and History: How Memoir and Storytelling Explain Our Past and Present
This webinar will be held over Zoom on October 26th at 7:00pm and will talk about how our lives are records of history. To access the Zoom link, contact Dr. Jennifer Black at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student News & Placements
TED 2021-22 First-attempt Pass Rates
MU Secondary Ed Citizenship Pass Rate 100%
(State Pass Rate = 75%)
Sean Boylan, senior history/secondary education major, was named to the 2021 Academic All-America® Division III baseball team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The team recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.
Ashleigh Rose (History-for-Business) is spearheading the effort to market "Public History in the Pandemic" as part of her capstone thesis for Fall 2020.
Sara Shields is building a digital exhibit on African Americans in the New Deal, as part of her public history coursework for Fall 2020.
Students in Dr. Black's Introduction to Public History course (Fall 2020), are supporting a major collecting project to document the experiences of the Misericordia community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The project is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and organized by Maureen Cech, Misericordia's University Archivist. Read more about their work here.
- 2020- Sara Shields, Anthracite Heritage Museum, Scranton, PA. Kyle Shea, Luzerne County Historical Society, Wilkes Barre, PA.
- For the summer of 2019, Sarah Sporko worked at the National Federation of the Blind in Baltimore, MD on a paid internship funded by the Soyka Fund for the Humanities.
- Ashleigh Rose has won a prestigious spot interning with the National Cemetery Association, a division of the Office of Veteran's Affairs (Washington, DC).
- Sarah Sporko (History / GLNS major) has won a prestigious internship at the National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC, for the spring 2020 semester.
To read more about our interns' experiences, please visit the Interns' Corner Blog.
Class of 2020
- Sarah Sporko is Education Coordinator at Eckley Miner's Village, Hazelton, PA.
- Allison McEllheran, High-school teacher, Our Lady of Mercy School, Rochester, NY.
Class of 2019
- Gina Cotticchio, Master's in Library Science at St. John's University (Queens, NY).
Class of 2017
- Damien Effird, Self-employed tutor and Social Media Manager for the musical group, The Up and Up (Durham, NC)
- Rebecca Schnable, Claims Representative, Progressive Insurance
- Zachary Stritzinger, Widener Commonwealth Law School (Harrisburg, PA)
Class of 2016
- Rebeka Buczeskie, Widener Commonwealth Law School (Harrisburg, PA)
- Kyle Coslett, Mohegan Sun Arena, Wilkes-Barre, PA
- Ray Ellis, Graduate School (History), University of Nebraska-Kearney
- Patrick Gallagher, Graduate School (Military History), University of Norwich (VT); also working in logistics management
- AJ Mancini, Local government, Avoca, PA
- Mason Moher, Graduate School (History), The New School for Social Research (New York, NY)
- Nicole Negron, Education Coordinator, Eckley Miner's Village (Hazleton, PA); and Graduate School (Museum Studies), Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)
- Collin Sibilia, Graduate School (History), Villanova University (Philadelphia, PA); also Assistant Coach for Women's Volleyball at the University of the Sciences (Philadelphia, PA)
- Cailey Ware, Villanova Law School (Philadelphia, PA)
Class of 2015
Jonathan Grybos, Junior High / High-School teacher, Shamokin Area School District (Shamokin, PA)
- Matthew LaPorte, IT Services Assistant, Misericordia University (Dallas, PA)
- Matthew Levine, Graduate School (History), Bloomsburg University (Bloomsburg, PA)
- Brian Quinlan, Social studies teacher, grades 6-8, St. Joseph the Worker School (Orefield, PA)
- Mara Zumchak, Middle School teacher, Saint Thomas the Apostle School (Glen Mills, PA)
Class of 2014
- Catherine Becker, Assistant Director of Admissions at Misericordia University (Dallas, PA)
- Rebekah Evangalista, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Misericordia University (Dallas, PA)
Class of 2013
- Nathan Delmar, Law Librarian at Fordham University (Bronx, New York)
- James Cerulli, Assistant Vice President of Operations Planning, Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad (Port Clinton, PA)
- Patrick Smith, High School Teacher, Marian Catholic High School (Tamaqua, PA)
- Andrew Zesk, Graduate School (Archives), New York University (New York, NY)
Class of 1996
- Nicholena Iacuzio Rushton, Assistant Public Defender, Delaware County (DE)
Class of 1992
Jill C. Gorman, Attorney, Temple University (Philadelphia, PA)
- Scott Helfrich, Associate Director of Residential Life, Columbia University (New York, NY)
Class of 1984
- Kenneth Wolensky, Historian, Pennsylvania Historical & Museums Commission (Harrisburg, PA)
Class of 1983
- Michael Dunleavy, Governor of Alaska (beg. 2019)
Class of 1977
- Elizabeth Craig Hughes, Executive Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer, Fiduciary Trust International (New York, NY)
MU History Alum Mike Dunleavy (Class of 1983) wins Gubernatorial race in Alaska
History alumni have obtained employment at:
- Elementary and Special Ed Teachers
- Professors/Instructors at Universities
- Middle and High School Teachers
- College Administrator – SUNY
- Librarian – Historical Institutions
- Writer – for Governor Milton Shapp
- Owner/CEO – Assoc. American Publishers
- CW2 Aviator – United States Army
- Historian – PA History & Museum Comm.
- School Board of Directors
- Assistant Public Defender – Delaware County
- United States Government
- Department of Homeland Security
- Pennsylvania State Police
- McKean County Juvenile Probation
- Luzerne County Courts
- Commodity Futures Trading Commission
- International Student Exchange
- United States Department of Justice
- Manager–U.S. House of Representatives
- VP/CCO - Fiduciary Trust International
- Maximas Federal Services
- Numerous students went on to be Lawyers