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Allan Austin was awarded a faculty research sabbatical for Fall 2018. Dr. Austin also expects a forthcoming book chapter this fall: “The Alpha and the Omega: Myths and Paradoxes of Masculinity on the Frontier,” in Travis Langley and Wind Goodfriend, editors, in Westworld Psychology: Violent Delights, (with Patrick L. Hamilton and Alicia Nordstrom), New York: Sterling Publishing, 2018.

Jennifer Black published two articles in 2017: “Exchange Cards: Advertising, Album-making, and the Commodification of Sentiment in the Gilded Age,” Winterthur Portfolio 51, no. 1 (2017): 1-56; and “Citizenship and Caricature: Teaching the American Past with Images,” in Art & Public History: Approaches, Opportunities, and Challenges, ed. Rebecca Bush & K. Tawny Paul (New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017), 47-70. In July 2018, Dr. Black presented a paper at the Eighteenth International Hemingway Conference in Paris, France. Her article, “Gender in the Academy: Recovering the Hidden History of Women’s Scholarship on Scrapbooks and Albums,” is forthcoming in the journal, Material Culture.

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 Dr. Stevens on his recent tenure and promotion to Associate Professor.

The Department of History and Government congratulates the following faculty on receiving research grant funding for 2018-2019:

  • Dr. Allan Austin, “The Limits of Racial Sympathy: Popular Culture & Remembering the Wartime Exile & Incarceration of Japanese Americans”
  • Dr. Jennifer Black, “Branding Trust: Advertising & Trademarks in the US, C. 1830-1920”
  • Dr. Rebecca Padot, “The Active Shooter Policies of Colleges in a Post 9/11 Era”
  • Dr. Christopher Stevens, “Image Theory & Strategic Relations in the Post-Soviet Space”
  • Dr. Luke Williams, “Parties Matter, Even When they’re Weak: Party Battles in the Progressive Era”

Speakers and Events 2018-19

September 4th, 5:00pm - 6:00pm

GLNS Club Fall Kick-Off
Mercy Hall 379
Food will be provided

September 18th, 8:30am - 12 Noon

Constitution Day!
Banks Lobby
Student Poster Presentation and Judging

October 1st, 6:30pm

“Missing Me One Place, Search Another’: Keywords, Digital Archives, and the Search for the Next Great American Novel,” a lecture presented by Zachary Turpin, Ph.D., who found not one, but two lost books written by Walt Whitman: “Life and Adventures of Jack Engle,” a Dickensian city mystery novel, and “Manly Health and Training,” a hair-raising, kitchen-sink wellness guide for urban men, through archival research. Dr. Turpin will explain how, far from being in the final days of great literary finds, we are entering a new era of digital sleuthing and discovery. He will name two more lost Whitman novels that may be out there, and will show the audience where and how to begin looking for them.
Dr. Turpin is assistant professor of American Literature at University of Idaho, and a Kluge Fellow of the Library of Congress. Sponsored by the Soyka Fund for the Humanities at Misericordia University.
Alden Trust Room 219, Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall
Free/Open to the Public!
Contact R. Lucas Williams, Ph.D., at, 570-674-3047.

Tuesday, October 23rd, 6 - 8PM

GLNS Speaker Panel: Lieutenant Meditz, Detective Schaffer
Insalaco Hall 218/219

To see previous events from 2017-2018, click here

Student News

In July 2018, History major Briana Scorey presented a paper at the Eighteenth International Hemingway Conference in Paris, France.

MU History Alum Mike Dunleavy (Class of 1983) wins Gubernatorial race in Alaska

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