Around the Courtyard
“Around the Courtyard” provides news of history faculty and students. In addition to publications and presentations, it also includes information about the community that makes up the history department.
The History Department celebrated National House Keeping week (Sept 9-15) by honoring Rosie, our outstanding custodian! Thanks for all your hard work!
The History Department is proud to announce that Dr. Nancy K. Berlage, Associate Professor of History and Associate Director of the Public History Program, has been awarded the 2018 Golden Apple Award for Scholarly/Creative Activity from the College of Liberal Arts. Each year, the College honors the Presidential Award nominee who received the highest number of votes at the Liberal Arts Council during the University-wide nominating process. This award honors Dr. Berlage as the top scholar in the Liberal Arts College for the previous year.
New book review essay by Dr. Jose Carlos de la Puente:
De la Puente Luna, José Carlos. 2018. “Painting the Canvas of the Great Andean Uprising: Recent Research on the Age of Tupac Amaru.” Latin American Research Review 53(2), pp. 381–387.
We are very excited to announce that Dr. Lynn Denton will receive the Texas State Alumni Association Teaching Award of Honor for this upcoming year.
The award is given to one Texas State educator each year based on the following criteria:
- Excellence in Instructional Delivery and Design
- Subject Matter and Competency
- Impact on Student Success
The Illinois State Historical Society gave to Nancy Berlage’s book, Farmers Helping Farmers: The Rise of the Farm and Home Bureau, 1914-1935, the Award of Superior Achievement, in “Recognition of superior achievement that serves as a model for the profession and reaches a greater public.”
Congratulations to Nancy, who is remaining busy. She just received an advance contract for her next book from the University of Nebraska Press.
Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Bishop. The Center for Russian and East European Studies has awarded her a grant for research in the National Archives of Azerbaijan in Baku, regarding Shi'i Muslims in the international "Partisans of Peace" movement in the USSR during the 1950s.
Congratulations to Dr. Ron Johnson. The majors and minors in International Studies have selected him to be the International Studies Professor of the Year!
Eighteen Texas State students and a faculty member brought back gold from Washington DC. At the National University Model Arab League competition (NUMAL, 5-8 April 2018), student-diplomats represent one of the 22 nation-state members of the Arab League. This year, the Bobcats represented Lebanon, with N'Deye Ndiaye (as the team's Head Delegate) and Devin Barrett receiving the "Outstanding Delegation" award.
Of 2018's conference, Political Science major Patrick Maloney said, “I definitely improved upon my diplomatic skills. Working with other people has always made me a bit apprehensive. However, I gained a new respect and appreciation for diplomacy and working towards a collective goal." Maloney presented Lebanon's policies on the Environmental Affairs council, where Texas State faced stiff competition. Among the institutions of higher education qualifying for this year's Nationals were the American University in Cairo (Egypt), Adrian College, Bringham Young University, Converse College, George Mason University, George Washington University, Northeastern University, Northwestern University, the U. S. Military Academy at West Point, the University of Arkansas/Little Rock, and the University of Houston. We're thankful for an excellent experience, and we learned a lot.
Keynote speaker at this year's event was Al-Jazeera’s Washington D.C. bureau chief Abderrahim Foukara. Responding to his thoghtful remarks, Journalism and Mass Communication major Geoff Sloan reflected: "My highlight at NUMAL 2018 in Washington was the opportunity to work with students from universities around the world. I’ve had the pleasure of making connections with tomorrow’s practitioners in the Arab world and I look forward to our continued relationship." Sloan (photo attached, with Zehra Haque, representing Lebanon on the Political Affairs council) travelled with the National Council to Doha, Qatar during December 2017.
The entire Model Arab League team gratefully acknowledges support from the College of Liberal Arts, Office of the Dean; College of Liberal Arts, Department of Geography; College of Liberal Arts, Department of History; College of Liberal Arts, Department of Political Science; College of Liberal Arts, Department of Psychology; Department of Engineering Technology; McCoy College of Business Administration, Department of Management; McCoy College of Business Administration, Dept. of CIS & QMST, Mr. Robert Mooney, Student Government's Rising STAR travel grants, the Student Organizations Council, from the Dean of Students’ Office, Student Service Fee funds, the Coalition of Black Faculty and Staff, and finally-- from the University Bookstore.
Congratulations to Alex LaRotta -- one of our former students who has won a Mellon Fellowship to complete his Ph.D. the University of Houston! Dr. Gary Hartman directed Alex’s MA thesis in 2012. That thesis became the basis for Alex’s article in the 2013 Journal of Texas Music History. The article examines San Antonio’s “West Side Sound,” a unique blending of Chicano, African-American, and Anglo-American musical and cultural influences.
Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Bishop who was selected to be a Fulbright Scholar in Algeria next year! Dr. Bishop will be going to be at the Université d'Oran, where Belkacem Belmekki is setting up a center for American Studies. She also held a Fulbright in Algeria during 2007-2009, at the Université d'Alger, Bouzaréah campus. There, she taught courses on US literature, including a seminar where students read fiction written by James Baldwin, Chester Himes, and Richard Wright. The graduate students discovered their divergent discussions of North African politics during the 1950s and 1960s.
Congratulations to one of our December MA graduates, Rachel Brown, who accepted a fully funded offer of admission to Tulane University this weekend. Rachel will pursue a Ph.D. in the Department of American History, and her emphasis will be on the history of women, genders, and sexualities. Her MA thesis, directed by Dr. Jessica Pliley, is entitled: "Repeal Politics: Abortion in Austin, Texas 1965-1975." Her proposed dissertation will be a comparative, transnational project focusing on how women travel for abortions across borders.
Congratulations to Dr. Louie Valencia on the publication of his book, Antiauthoritarian Youth Culture in Francoist Spain: Clashing with Fascism available from Bloomsbury Press.
Congratulations to Dr. Leah Renold whose article, "The Mahatma and the Missionary: Gandhi's Conflicting Accounts of His First Encounter with Christianity," has just come out in the Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, published by Johns Hopkins University Press. Leah wanted to put in a special word of thanks to Ken Margerison for reviewing the article and making suggestions.
One of our MA students, Shina Shayesteh, has accepted an offer of admission to Penn. She will pursue a Ph.D. in the Department of History and Sociology of Science, and her emphasis will be on the history of medicine. Her MA thesis, which Ken Margerison directed, was entitled: "'THIS MOST TERRIBLE OF ALL DEFORMITIES': THE VICTORIANS AND SCOLIOSIS, 1849-1899."
Congratulations to Dr. José Carlos de la Puente whose article on the colonial Incas, published in Revista Andina last year, has been awarded the “José María Arguedas Best Article Prize” of the Peru Section of the Latin American Studies Association! The prize is awarded to the best article, in English or Spanish, about Peru, published in the previous year.
Congratulations to Public History graduate students Krista Pollett and Cori McDonald! They won first place and people’s choice awards, respectively, in the University 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) competition.
They will advance to the University Final at the Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, April 3, from 1:00-3:00 pm. A reception with refreshments will be held at 1 pm with the competition starting directly after. RSVP at http://signup.txstate.edu/sessions/4087-3mt-university-final. To learn more about 3MT: http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/events/3mt.html
Elise Leal, a 2013 graduate of our master's program, will graduate this spring with a Ph.D. in history from Baylor and has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Early and Nineteenth Century American History at Whitworth University. Dr. Ronald Johnson, who was her thesis advisor, just shared the news!
Dr. Ronald Johnson recently published a review article in the March 2018 issue of Reviews in American History: “Not your Fathers’ Revolution: Internationalizing American Independence.”
Congratulations to Sara Damiano, who has received a fellowship to work on her book this summer! She will be participating in the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture’s Scholars’ Workshop, a four week program focused on manuscript development and revisions for early scholars.
Texas State's Model Arab League team returned from the Bilateral Chamber Regional MAL competition in Houston, receiving multiple awards for their representation of the Lebanese Republic.
Competing at UHCL (16-18 February) against teams representing the Houston Community College's Honors College, Texas A&M University, the University of Arkansas Little Rock, the University of Houston Clear Lake, and the University of Houston Downtown campuses, Texas State students Brittlin Richardson and Aaron Gaul were recognized as "Outstanding Delegation" on the Joint Defense Council. About their work, Brittlin Richardson says; "we spearheaded a resolution to solve the issue of natural disaster preparedness in the Middle East/North Africa region."
Also receiving awards were Bobcats Sandra Sadek and Richard Geoff Sloan, who were recognized as "Distinguished Delegation" on the Political Affairs Council. About this, Geoff Sloan says: "I was thrown into heated debate about a range of issues from mending diplomatic ties to reworking the Arab League Charter. My skills in parliamentary procedure, diplomacy, and resolution writing earned my partner and I the... award."
Finally, Head Delegate N’Deye Ndiaye was recognized as "Distinguished Chair." The Model Arab League team is grateful for support from the College of Liberal Arts, Student Government's Rising STAR program, and the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.
Congratulations to Dr. Ellen Tillman who has a book chapter in the recently published Routledge History of Global War & Society!
Congratulations to Dr. Leah Renold. Her book chapter “Maharaja and the Brahman: The Subordination of History to Myth” appears in Hidden Histories: Religion and Reform in South Asia, an edited volume that just has been published in India by Primus Books.
Congratulations to Dr. Jeff Mauck – this year’s recipient of the Swinney Leave Award. He will be taking his leave during fall semester in order to work on course development.
Thank you to the committee for their work on this!
Congratulations to Dr. Nancy Berlage who was selected as a Liberal Arts nominee for the Presidential Award in Scholarly/Creative Activity!
Congratulations to Dr. Ron Johnson whose article "Haiti's Connection to Early America: Beyond the Revolution" was published in History Compass last week!
Dr. Nancy Berlage has contributed a blog entry on her book for the Rural Women’s Studies Association Blog.
Congratulations to Dr. Peter Dedek. His book Cemeteries of New Orleans has been named an “Honor Book” by the Louisiana Library Association, and will be recognized at the organization’s March conference.
Louie Valencia has a weekly, five-part series titled “The Rise of the European Far-Right in the Internet Age,” published in EuropeNow (Council for European Studies at Columbia University), which is running concurrently with their February issue on “Nationalism, Nativism, and the Revolt against Globalism.” Each installment is around 2000-words on average.
Congratulations to Dr. Joseph Yick on his recent publication.
Joseph K.S. Yick, "Yuan Shu: Chinese Special Service Agent & Spy, 1931-45," Southeast Review of Asian Studies, Volume 39 (2017), pp. 84-113.
Congratulations to Dr. John McKiernan-Gonzalez on the publication of “Working at the Crossroads: A Guide for Border Crossing” in Kalfou, Volume 4, Issue 2 (Fall 2017).
Congratulations to History grad student Jane Heffelfinger who has won a grant from Chapter IW (Horseshoe Bay) of the P.E.O. Sisterhood through its Program for Continuing Education! P.E.O. stands for Philanthropic Educational Organization, and its mission is to support educational opportunities for women.
Congratulations to Jose Carlos de la Puente! His book, Andean Cosmopolitans: Seeking Justice and Reward at the Spanish Royal Court, has been published by UT press.
Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Bishop whose article “Indemnity Against The Government”: Prisons and Prisoners in Hashemite Iraq During the Cold War,” was published in Historical Yearbook, Romanian Academy “Nicolae Iorga” Historical Institute, vol. 8 (2017): 85-97.
Congratulations to Dr. Jeremy Roethler whose article, Albert Leo Schlageter: First Soldier of the Third Reich or Catholic War Hero?, has been published in Catholic Historical Review.
Congratulations to Elizabeth on the publication of the following piece:
Elizabeth Bishop, « Golden Flies: Egypt's Pharaonic Past in Multiple Mirrors », in Mercedes Volait et Emmanuelle Perrin (dir.), Dialogues artistiques avec les passés de l'Égypte : une perspective transnationale et transmédiale, Paris, InVisu (CNRS-INHA) (« Actes de colloques »), 2017.
Congratulations to Dr. Paul Hart who has been named director of Texas State University’s Center for International Studies. On September 1, 2018, he will succeed Dr. Dennis Dunn, who is retiring as director of center and Regents’ Professor of History.
Congratulations to Dr. Jimmy McWilliams who wrote the cover story for The American Scholar magazine, Winter 2018.
Congratulations to Dr. John McKiernan, who has a contribution in the recently published “Keywords in Latina/o Studies,” part of the Keywords series of NY Press!
Civil War History has published a roundtable on Free State of Jones, a movie based on the scholarship of our own Distinguished Professor Emeritus Victoria Bynum.
Congratulations to Dr. Ken Margerison who has been named an Honorary Professor of International Studies.
Congratulations to Jessica Pliley, who has been named one of the Moore Institute Visiting Research Fellows, National University of Ireland, Galway, 2017-2018! Jessica will be visiting Galway in May 2018.
Dr. Jimmy McWilliams was recently published in the Virginia Quarterly Review.
Congratulations to Dr. Jeff Helgeson who is one the university's two nominees for the Carnegie Fellowship.
Congratulations to Sara Damiano on the publication of her article, "Writing Women's History Through the Revolution: Family Finances, Letter Writing, and Conceptions of Marriage," in the October 2017 issue of the William and Mary Quarterly!
Congratulations to Dan Utley on his new book The Presidents Speak: Addresses from the Leadership of the East Texas Historical Association, 2000-2016. Edited by Milton S. Jordan and Dan K. Utley. Nacogdoches: Stephen F. Austin State University Press.
Congratulations to De. Peter Dedek on his recent interview by the New Orleans Advocate about his book, the Cemeteries of New Orleans: A Cultural History. You can find the interview on theadvocate.com.
Congratulations to Jeremy Roethler whose article, "Albert Leo Schlageter: First Soldier of the Third Reich or Catholic War Hero?", will appear in the Autumn 2017 issue of the Catholic Historical Review!
Congratulations to Jimmy McWilliams whose 2016 essay, "Saving the Self in the Age of the Selfie," in The American Scholar, made it onto The Atlantic's annual 100 exceptional works of journalism list!
Dr. Jason Mellard's "1973 Redux: Revisiting Michael Novak and Agnes Moreland Jackson on White Ethnicity and National Belonging" appears in Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal Vol. 100, No. 3, 2017. The article reframes a 1973 point/counterpoint debate from the pages of the journal between Michael Novak ("How American Are You If Your Grandparents Came from Serbia in 1888?") and Agnes Moreland Jackson ("To See the 'Me' in 'Thee': Challenge to All White Americans, or, White Ethnicity from a Black Perspective").
Dr. Ron Jager passed away Wednesday, July 26. Ron was a full time faculty member in the History Department from 1967 to 1993. Even after his retirement, he continued for several years to teach part time for the department.
Ron was a “renaissance man” in many ways. In addition to his PhD in History, he held a J.D. and worked as a geologist. Always active in the Arts, he and his wife, Marie, spearheaded the restoration of the Old First Christian Church, turning it into the Price Center which, according to their website, currently serves as a “gathering place for stimulating cultural, social and intellectual opportunities.”
A Wake was held at the Price Senior Center, from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, August 4th. Ron’s Life was celebrated at The Chapel at the San Marcos City Cemetery, 10 a.m., Saturday, August 5th, where he was laid to rest.
Congratulations to Dr. John Mckiernan-Gonzalez who has been named the Jerome H. and Catherine E. Supple Professor of Southwestern Studies beginning September 1, 2017. He succeeds Dr. Jesús F. “Frank” de la Teja, who is retiring as director of Texas State’s Center for the Study of the Southwest.
Congratulations to Jeremy Roethler! His Conference Report: “Catholic Antisemitism and German National Socialism” appears in the June 2017 issue of Contemporary Church History Quarterly available at https://contemporarychurchhistory.org/2017/06/conference-report-catholic-antisemitism-and-german-national-socialism/.
Dr. Elizabeth Bishop recently co-chaired the Annual conference of the American Institute of Maghrib Studies (AIMS) in Djerba, Tunisia. Co chairs were Brock Cutler (Redford University) and Jacob Mundy (Colgate University). The annual AIMS conference is a signature event that brings together delegations of scholars-- in this particular case, architects as well-- from Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, and the US, as well as individual scholars from Egypt and Germany. We addressed "Making Space in the Maghrib" as our thematic.
Congratulations to Jason Mellard on the publication of "'These Are My People': The Politics of Country Music" in the The Oxford Handbook of Country Music edited by Travis Stimeling.
Congratulations to N’Deye Ndiaye who has been awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of States' Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, to study or intern abroad during the Summer 2017 academic term. She has also been recently elected as president of the Model Arab League! You can read more about N'Deye in the University Star.
Congratulations to Ron Johnson! He has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Alumni Association’s Teaching Award of Honor! He will receive the award at Convocation in August.
Congratulations to John Mckiernan-Gonzalez! He is one of five founders of a public conference and a virtual forum where journalists and academics bring their expertise to bear on matters of interest to/for/about Latinos. ‘Cronicas: where academics and journalists meet.’: http://cronicas.latinostudies.duke.edu/ has now made its debut.
The site includes several articles published by other as well. A selection can be found here.
- A piece on his father-in-law’s situation in 1951.
- A series on growing up working-class in West New York and becoming professionally successful.
- On election day.
- On Spanish and kids.
- And on writing a book around what is unexpected and potentially unknowable (Cubans in New York, pre 1959).
Congratulations to Nancy Berlage who learned that her book, Farmers Helping Farmers, was a Finalist for the Jon Gjerde Prize for the Best Book in Midwestern History given by the Midwestern History Association!
Congratulations to Peter Dedek! LSU press just published his book, The Cemeteries of New Orleans: A Cultural History.
Congratulations to Frank de la Teja whose article, “San Antonio Military Roots Go Back to the Presidio,” appeared in the May 28th San Antonio Express-News.
Congratulations to Dan Utley, who not only has a new article, but also wins for the “catchiest article title of the year”!
“Flying an Outhouse to the Cajuns: Woodville’s Clyde E. Gray as Artist and Promoter,” The Texas Gulf Historical and Biographical Record (The Journal of the Texas Gulf Historical Society, Lamar University), Vol. 52.
Congratulations to Dr. McWilliams whose article on Walt Whitman appears in the current issue of The Paris Review. You may read the article at https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2017/05/22/before-a-million-universes/
Congratulations to Dr. Ronald Johnson who was awarded the Outstanding Faculty Award, which is sponsored by the Black Student Alliance and voted on by members of student body. The award was presented to him by Jerrilyn Roberson, Texas State University '18, Black Student Alliance (BSA) President.
Congratulations to Jessica Pliley. Her chapter, “Protecting the Young and the Innocent: Age and Consent in the Enforcement of the White Slave Traffic Act,” has been published in Child Slavery before and after Emancipation, edited by Anna Mae Duane (Cambridge University Press, 2017).
Our student worker, Joceline, is not only graduating, but she also has a new job. She is set to begin her training later this month with the Department of US Customs and Border Protection!
Congratulations to Nichole Saunders (MA ’96)! Vikki Bynum recently caught up with Nichole at Lynchburg College, where Nikki is now a full professor! Nikki wrote her thesis under Gregg's direction and went on to earn her PhD from UC Irvine. She was just named Lynchburg College's John Franklin East Distinguished Professor of the Humanities.
The Center for International Studies presented Dr. Mary Brennan with the International Studies Administrator of the Year Award for the 2016-2017 academic year. Dr. Brennan has provided continued support for the Center and its students. She most recently was on the planning committee for the Obama Legacy Conference. The interdisciplinary conference hosted scholars from around the world to discuss the impact of the past administration with regards to both foreign and domestic policy. In addition to serving on the committee, Dr. Brennan participated in a panel discussing the impact of Michelle Obama and her role as First Lady.
Congratulations to Dr. Brennan and thank you for your continued support.
Congratulations to Sandra Smith Davidson (MA 1999) who will earn her PhD from the University of Houston this May!
Congratulations to Joaquin Rivaya-Martinez who has been notified that he has been awarded the Medalla de Acero al Mérito Histórico "Capitán Alonso de León" by the Sociedad Nuevo Leonesa de Historia, Geografía y Estadística.
Here are words I never thought I would write about our department: we are a department of athletes! I know that you all are academic rock stars, but now, I discover that many of you are out running marathons! Alan Atchison and Jimmy had been our department runners for years. The rest of us could accept a couple of healthy types, but now we are being overrun (pardon the pun!) with athletes. Last week, Sara ran in the Boston Marathon and on Sunday, Carrie placed 5th among all the women in the Capitol 10K and first in her age category. John and Jeff are runners/bikers and Adam has the graduate students playing softball. Dennis and Paul play basketball.
Congratulations to Nancy Berlage! The Iowa State Historical Society named her book, Farmers Helping Farmers, one of the five best Iowa history books published in 2016. As such, her work was named a Benjamin F. Shambaugh Award Finalist.
Congratulations to our newest tenured Associate Professor, Dr. Ellen Tillman, and our newest Full Professors, Drs. Paul Hart and Lynn Denton!!!
Congratulations to the Texas State Model Arab League Team! Competing with students from over 20 universities around the globe at the National University Model Arab League held in Washington, D.C., Texas State students Daisy Jaimez, N'Deye Ndiaye, Coffey McCurdy, and Brittlin Richardson distinguished themselves by winning awards. In addition, Texas State’s Coffey McCurdy will also be an executive member of the NCUSAR Secretariat for the 2018 season.
Congratulations to Lindsey Wallenberg and Heather Marie Haley! Lindsey was named the Outstanding Graduate Student in Liberal Arts, and Heather won the Outstanding Master's Thesis Award in the Humanities and Fine Arts.
Congratulations to Elizabeth Bishop whose letter to the editor was printed in the Statesman on March 26th!
Congratulations to Josh Paddison whose essay, “Studying Gods and Monsters,” was recently published in a new anthology, Monsters in the Classroom: Essays on Teaching What Scares Us, edited by Adam Golub and Heather Richardson Hayton (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., 2017).
George Gentry, who taught in the department for 19 years during the 1980s and ‘90s, passed away last September. George was a gentleman who loved history and his students. After retiring from the military, he returned to then Southwest Texas State University to complete a graduate degree. He was a kind man and a good teacher. Margaret Vaverek found this obituary in the Houston Chronicle.
Congratulations to Lindsey Waldenberg, Outstanding Graduate Student in Liberal Arts!
Congratulations to Dr. Nancy Berlage! New York History, the journal of the New York State Historical Association and the State University of New York – Oneonta, published her article, "Plotting a Better Future for Agriculture, Women, and the Empire State: Historical Pageantry in the 1920s."
Congratulations to Dr. Dennis Dunn, the LA nominee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activity!
Thank you to all of our nominees: Ellen, Rebecca, Bryan M., Jessica, Nancy, and Jason. We think you are all winners.
Everette Swinney passed away on March 1, 2017. He joined the faculty in 1957 and retired in 2004. He was a wonderful teacher; an innovator; a strong advocate for faculty; a dedicated historian who chaired the department for at least 10 years; and always a voice of calm reason. Visitation is at Pennington’s on Sunday, March 5th from 4 to 6. Funeral service is also at Pennington’s on Monday, March 6th at 2 pm. You can read his obituary here.
Congratulations to Dr. Paul Chevedden whose chapter, “Pope Urban II and the Ideology of the Crusades,” appears in Adrian Boas, ed, The Crusader World (London: Routledge, 2016) which was just named one of the CHOICE list of Outstanding Academic Titles for 2016.
Congratulations to Frank de la Teja! His book, Faces of Bexar: Early San Antonio and Texas, won the Summerfield G. Roberts award from the Sons of the Republic of Texas!
Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Bishop and the members of the Model Arab League! They won honors as the Outstanding Delegation at the Bilateral Chamber Model Arab League in Houston this weekend!
Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Bishop who has been nominated and chosen to have a Paws Preview “Den” named for her!
Congratulations to Elizabeth Bishop who has been awarded one of Notre Dame's Global Religion Research Initiative (GRRI) competitive grants to develop a course on the Shi'a Muslim community of Najaf, Iraq-- in particular, how they understood nuclear non-proliferation during the Cold War.
Congratulations to Jimmy McWilliams whose latest essay appears in The Paris Review and is accessible at https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2017/01/19/ideas-and-a-new-hat/.
Congratulations to Dan Utley who published a chapter titled "With the Yalies in the Deep Woods" in Eavesdropping on Texas History (UNT Press), edited by Mary L. Scheer, a Texas State (SWT) graduate. The book also includes a chapter entitled 'The Loneliest Job in the World': The Day Lyndon Johnson Became President" by Michael Collins and chapters by SWT alumns Light Cummins and Patrick Cox.
Congratulations to Ken Margerison on publication of his article, “Rogue Diplomacy: Sartine, Saint-Lubin and the French Attempt to Recover ‘Lost India,’” French History, 30 (December 2016): 477-504.
Congratulations to Elizabeth Bishop who has succeeded in winning Texas State its second full-year resident Fulbright Scholar! Dr. Gökser Gökçay, who trained within the Ataturk Institute for Modern Turkish History at Dokuz Eylül University, will be joining the department for the 2017-2018 academic year. A historian of US economic assistance during the Cold War, Dr. Gökçay will be team-teaching a course with Elizabeth and will be available throughout the year for guest lectures.
Congratulations to Jeff Helgeson and Jessica Pliley who were awarded Supplemental Grants to extend their Faculty Development Leaves for the entire 2017-2018 academic year!
Congratulations to Dennis Dunn on the publication of his latest book, The Catholic Church and Soviet Russia, 1917-1939 (Routledge Press, 2017).
Jimmy McWilliam's Virginia Quarterly Review article was reprinted in Italian in an Italian literary journal called Internazionale. It's worth looking at for the images alone. I strongly recommend looking through it.
Texas State’s Model Arab League attended the National University Model Arab League from March 31- April 2. This was hosted by the National Council on U.S.- Arab Relations (NCUSAR) in Washington D.C. with over 20 other universities in attendance from around the globe.
Students from Texas State participated in councils that were directed at specific topics including: Joint Defense, Palestinian Affairs, Social Affairs, Political Affairs, Environmental Affairs, Economic Affairs, Heads of State, Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons, and a Joint Cabinet Crisis simulator. These councils were all directed towards the ongoing development in the Arab world with an emphasis on Texas State’s ability to learn and build skills related to their respective topics.
During the National University Model Arab League, awards were presented to Texas State students among a handful of students from other universities. These recipients include Daisy Jaimez, N'Deye Ndiaye, Coffey McCurdy, and Brittlin Richardson. In addition, Texas State’s Coffey McCurdy will also be an executive member of the NCUSAR Secretariat for the 2018 season.
Each student had a unique experience within their council and attacked the council’s task with their own creative solutions. Catherine Wicker of the Environmental Affairs Council stated “I represented the delegation of Qatar with Madeline Machlab in the environmental council. In session with worked with other countries to make resolutions fixing the problems of lack of water and environmental problems such as oil spills and overfishing.” Kele Isibor of the Economic Affairs Council stated that “I was on the economic affairs council along side Devin Barrett. My experience in session strengthen my public speaking skills and awarded me an in depth knowledge on the Arab region. Especially the connections between Qatar and other Arab states. As a council we were able to acknowledge ties between economic and social issues and respond appropriately. Most of all I was happy with the diplomatic interactions between my fellow delegates and I throughout NUMAL.”
The Model Arab League acknowledges support from the Assistant Vice President for International Affairs; from Texas State University Crowdfunding; and from the Dean of Students' Office, Student Government "Rising STAR" travel grants; as well as from the the College of Liberal Arts; from the Departments of Anthropology, Geography, History, Modern Languages, and Political Science. In addition, two personal donations from friends of the University and friends of the Model Arab League made travel to NUMAL possible.
Seventeen Texas State students and a faculty member returned from the Bilateral Chamber Regional Model Arab League event at the University of Houston-Clear Lake with awards. The Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce and the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations organize these events at which students debate in five councils: Economic Affairs, Joint Defense, Palestinian Affairs, Political Affairs, and Social Affairs. Six universities (among them Houston Community College – Honors, Texas A&M University – College Station, University of Houston Downtown and Clear Lake campuses, as well as the Honors College) were represented at the competition, which took place 18-19 February 2017.
At such competitions, students sharpened their skills in diplomacy and public speech, and ten Bobcats-- as well as the entire Texas State team-- brought home honors. At this year's competition, students took the added challenge of representing Qatar's government. The entire Bobcat delegation was recognized as "Outstanding Team." In addition, Sarah Marshall was recognized as "Outstanding Chair;" of her experience, Ms Marshall said: "as chair of the council on Palestinian Affairs, I brought leadership and experience." Head Delegate Daisy Jaimez received the competition's "Distinguished Chair" award as well.
For their contributions to the Joint Defense council, Coffey McCurdy and Keeley Dorman were awarded Outstanding Delegation Regarding her representation of Qatar, Ms McCurdy observes: "Participating at Model Arab League allowed me to enhance my public speaking skills through giving short thirty seconds to two minute speeches throughout the day. I also improved my writing skills by contributing a substantial amount of draft language. Overall I gained impeccable teamwork skills because I worked closely with my partner along with every person in the room to come up with creative and realistic solutions to some of the world's most challenging problems." Bobcats Mohammad Al-Rousan and Kierah Shirk won Outstanding Delegation for their representation of Qatar on Political Affairs as well.
On the Economic Affairs council, N'Deye Ndiaye and Kele Isibor were recognized as a Distinguished Delegation Regarding their contributions to the debate, Ms Isibor notes: "in council we proposed an incorporation of an ethical perspective when examining the given topics and advocated that we not solely view from a financial/monetary standpoint, but the also consider the overall implications of any given action." Geoffrey Sloan and Aaron Gaul were recognized as a Distinguished Delegation for their representation of Qatar on the Palestinian Affairs council as well. Finally, Eman Saleh and Christine Gian won Distinguished Delegation for their contribution to Social Affairs.
As Head Delegate, Ms Jaimez said, "At my third Bilateral, I had the privilege of chairing the Economic Affairs. Serving as Chair was a huge responsibility... not only did I assist my delegation preparing for their own councils, I also ensured my parliamentary procedure skills were to the expected level. With this ability, I lead a successful and productive council, earned recognition as Distinguished Chair, and assisted Texas State in receiving the Outstanding Delegation award at the Bilateral Conference."
The MAL program acknowledges support from the Student Service Fee committee, the Rising STAR program, the College of Liberal Arts, and the History Department. History's Dr. Elizabeth Bishop mentors Texas State University's program. For further information, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to Jose Carlos on the following publications:
- "Guardianes de la real justicia: alcaldes de indios y justicia local en los Andes." Histórica 40. 2 (2016): 11-48 (with Renzo Honores).
[I am the guest editor of this special issue, devoted to Indigenous Jurisdictions in Peru and New Spain. The TOC is available here]
- "El capitán, el ermitaño y el cronista: claves para establecer cuándo nació el autor de El primer nueva corónica y buen gobierno." In La memoria del mundo inca: Guaman Poma y la escritura de la Nueva Corónica. Edited by Jean-Philippe Husson. Lima: Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, 2016, 129-162.
- "En lengua de indios y en lengua española: escribanos indígenas, cabildos de naturales y escritura alfabética en el Perú colonial" In Desafíos metodológicos para la historia de los pueblos indígenas. Edited by Ana Luisa Izquierdo de la Cueva. Mexico D.F.: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 2016, 51-113.
Congratulations to Josh Paddison whose essay, "New Directions in the History of Religion and Race," appears in the current issue of American Quarterly 68 no. 4 (Dec. 2016): 1007-1017; here's the link: http://muse.jhu.edu/article/641471/pdf.
Congratulations to Joaquin who had two book chapters published this week.
- “Tras la huella de los bárbaros: Itinerarios comanches a través de México, 1821-1875.” Chapter in the book Los caminos transversales, edited by Chantal Cramaussel and Guadalupe Rodríguez, 189-216. Zamora, Michoacán: El Colegio de Michoacán, Universidad Juárez del Estado de Durango.
- “De ‘salvajes’ a ‘imperialistas’. Una revisión crítica de la historiografía sobre los comanches durante el período anterior a la reserva (1700-1875).” In Visiones del pasado. Reflexiones para escribir la historia de los pueblos indígenas de América, edited by Ana Luisa Izquierdo, 153-192. Mexico City: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
Congratulations to Ana Romo, recipient of an NEH Award for Faculty for 2017!
Congratulations to Dennis Dunn who has had an extraordinary week. He was named Regents’ Professor by the Texas State Board of Regents and published his sixth book, The Catholic Church and Soviet Russia, 1917-39 (Routledge Religion, Society and Government in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet States)!
Congratulations to Sara, Jose Carlos, Jeff, Ken, Jessica, and Joseph on winning REP awards! Of the 13 grants awarded in Liberal Arts, History earned 6.
Congratulations to Frank de la Teja who was one of several historians interviewed by KUT concerning the State Board of Education’s rejection of the Dunbar textbook on Mexican Americans. You can find the interview at the following link: http://kut.org/post/what-1950s-texas-textbook-can-teach-us-about-todays-textbook-fight
Congratulations to Frank de la Teja! His book, Faces of Bexar; Early San Antonio & Texas won the Presidio La Bahia Award given by the Sons of the Republic of Texas.
Congratulations to Adam Clark, who successfully defended his thesis on November 3rd.
Congratulations to Heather Haley, MA’16, (and her advisor, Ellen Tillman), for winning The Graduate College’s Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award in the Humanities and Fine Arts!
Congratulations to Lynn Denton whose article, “’They are Hauling Off bits of Texas’: James E. Pearce and the Effort to Establish a State Museum,” appears in the October 2016 edition of the Southwestern Historical Quarterly.
Congratulations to Angie Murphy whose chapter, “Wendell Phillips and the American Indian,” appears in Wendell Phillips, Social Justice, and the Power of the Past, eds. A J Aiséirithe and Donald Yacovone, Louisiana State University Press, 2016.
Congratulations to Elizabeth Makowski, whose chapter “The Curious Case of Mary Felton,” will appear in Proceedings of the Fourteenth International Congress of Medieval Canon Law, published by the Vatican.
Congratulations to Frank de la Teja who participated in a BBC World Service program entitled “Hispanic in Texas.” His contribution begins about minute 6 of the 18-minute piece. Here is the link to the program: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04b3ndh.
Congratulations to Jason Mellard, whose the chapter "'Gettin' Tough': Steve Earle's America" appears in Craig Clifford and Craig Hillis, eds. Pickers & Poets: The Ruthlessly Poetic Singer-Songwriters of Texas (Texas A & M Press)!
Jimmy’s latest essay can be found at http://www.themillions.com/2016/10/shape-beneath-color-impressionistic-wonders-woolfs-lighthouse.html
Congratulations to Dennis Dunn. His latest book, A History of Orthodox, Islamic, and Western Christian Political Values, is now available from Palgrave Macmillan. There is a copy on the table the office. Dennis’ work will be included in the first spring book reading.
Congratulations to Angie Murphy, whose article, Slavery & Abolition: "'This Foul Slavery-Reviving System': Irish Opposition to the Jamaica Emigration Scheme,” appears in Slavery & Abolition, 37:3, 578-579. You can also find the article at the link below:
Congratulations to Elizabeth Bishop and Ellen Tillman who have been chosen to guest edit an issue of the Graduate Journal of Social Sciences. The theme for the issue is “New Military Histories of the 20th Century." The CFP has gone live and the new submission deadline is February 20, 2017. Please bring this to the attention of your graduate students. http://gjss.org/cfp/new-military-histories
Congratulations as well to Jeff Helgeson who has been named the subject matter expert on the winning bid for the National Park Service's museum development team at the Pullman National Monument.
Congratulations to Jimmy McWilliams whose article, "The Examined Lie," from Summer 2015 American Scholar was just named a Notable Essay of 2015 in The Best American Essays 2016 (edited by Jonathan Franzen).
Congratulations to Dan Utley. Texas A&M University Press published his edited collection of oral histories entitled Archie P. McDonald: A Life in Texas History.
Congratulations to Jessica Pliley. Cambridge University Press published her co-edited volume (along with Robert Kramm-Masaoka and Harald Fischer-Tiné), Global Anti-Vice Activism, 1890-1950: Fighting Drinks, Drugs, and “Immorality.” In addition to editing, Jessica also wrote the introduction and one of the chapters.
Congratulations to Frank de la Teja on the publication of Texan Identities: Moving beyond Myth, Memory, and fallacy in Texas History. This book, published by the University of North Texas Press, is a compilation of essays written by former Texas State graduates and presented at a symposium organized by Frank.
Congratulations to Jeff Helgeson whose article, “American Labor and Working-Class History, 1900-1945,” has been published in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History. As editor Jon Butler notes: The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History is a peer-reviewed resource that “combines the speed & flexibility of digital with the rigorous standards of academic publishing.” the article is available online at:
Helgeson, Jeffrey. "American Labor and Working-Class History, 1900–1945." American History: Oxford Research Encyclopedias. 1 Sep. 2016.
Congratulations to Margaret Menninger, whose edited volume, The Total Work of Art: foundations, articulations, inspirations, was published this summer by Berghahn. In addition to editing the volume, Margaret also wrote the Introduction and co-authored one of the chapters, “The Will to Heal: Gesanamtkunstwerk and Memorial Music since 1945.”
Congratulations to Dwight Watson, whose monograph, Race and the Houston Police Department, appears on The August 2016 New & Noteworthy list from the Legislative Reference Library.
Congratulations to Tom Alter [MA ‘08] who successfully defended his dissertation [University of Illinois at Chicago] in July--"Dirt Farmer Internationalists, The Meitzen Family: Three Generations of Farmer-Labor Radicals, 1848-1932."
Congratulations Elizabeth Bishop on the publication of her chapter, “Wearing Balmain, Dior, and Schiaparelli: Foreign Escorts in Hashemite Iraq,” in Prostitution: A Companion of Mankind, ed. Frank Jacob, NY: Peter Lang, 2016.
John Mckiernan-Gonzales participated in an extended podcast that New Books in Latino Studies completed with Kellly Lyttle-Hernandez. Dr. Lyttle-Hernandez discussed how her experience growing up black and politically conscious on the San Diego border shaped her sense that the border matters to everybody. She also discusses the joy of the hunt, the troublesome effort to find archives – and ultimately make archives – to begin a history of the border patrol, and to look at the ways actual people (with families) tried to govern and control movement between Mexico and the United States.
- Link to podcast
- Link to the series, New Books in Latino Studies
Congratulations to Dr. McWilliams who had two articles, Black Oxygen: Suttree Reconsidered and Citizen Canine, Comrade Cow: Toward a New Kind of Animal Rights, published over the summer.
Congratulations to the Model Arab League who was named "Academic Organization of the Year" for 2016 by the Student Organizations Council!
Congratulations to the History Department's newest tenured faculty members!
- "Guardianes de la real justicia: alcaldes de indios y justicia local en los Andes." Histórica 40. 2 (2016): 11-48 (with Renzo Honores).