GOOD NEWS BULLETIN
of the Department of History of the
University of Illinois at Chicago

September 2002

“We’re Number One!” In Cook County! In Illinois! According to an article in the July/August 2000 issue of Change and statistics on a Vanderbilt University website, that is. Someone added up the number of times members of a particular history department have had their work cited and then divided that total by the number of members in that department, arriving at what we might call a coefficient of citability. (Or perhaps of citedness.) Running down the list (which has Stanford at the top), we find UIC History in 22nd place nationally. We are thus the first university, public or private, in Illinois -­ and we all know whom that includes -- to make its appearance.

FROM OUR NATION’S CAPITAL: Prof. emeritus ROBERT V. REMINI has been appointed Distinguished Visiting Scholar of the Library of Congress with the commission to write the history of the U.S. House of Representatives as >mandated by the History of the House Awareness and Preservation Act, Public Law 106-99, passed by the 106th Congress on November 12, 1999. This is obviously a big job and a great honor.

GRADS: The following students received degrees at UIC’s Commencement in May:


MAT: JACKSON POTTER, JAY STANEK, KRISTINA MARCY, ERNEST MIRACLE, DAVID RUDD, MARC SNIDER, MARC WOODS.

MA: DIONYSIOS SKENTZIS, MICHAEL TAFEL, JUSTIN EDGINGTON.

Ph.D.: ANTHONY MARAVILLAS, STANLEY ROSE, JASON DIGMAN, CHRISTOPHER YOUNG, LAWRENCE ELDRIDGE, SEAN LaBAT.

**Other News about faculty, grad students, and alums**

Prof. and Chair ERIC ARNESEN published “A Paler Shade of White,”a review essay, in The New Republic (June 24, 2002). He had two reviews recently in the Chicago Tribune Sunday book section -- "Examining the History of Unionism," a review of Nelson Lichtenstein's State of the Unions (May 5, 2002) and “Beating the Heat,” a review of two books on the history of air conditioning and the Chicago heat wave of 1995 (August 18, 2002). His review of Eliot Gorn’s biography of Mother Jones was published in Reviews in American History (March 2002). He gave a paper on “Politics, Scholarship, and a Matter of Perspective” for a a panel, “1968/2001: Are We Still Radical,” at a conference at Yale in May. He chaired a panel on “Race, Labor, and the Colonial Subject” at the Southern Labor Studies Conference in Miami in April. In the same month he chaired and commented on the panel “Identity, Race and Resistance: Transportation Workers Across Two Centuries” at the OAH Convention in Washington. And he was elected to the Executive Board of the Immigration and Ethnic Society.

Grad student ROBERT P. ARNOLDT is one of the people to be featured in coverage in UIC’s LAS alum magazine due out this fall, the focus being his military service in the Vietnam War.

Joint good news. LEE BAKER (Ph.D., 2002) and current grad student PAMELA BAKER were married August 17 in New Smyrna Beach, FL. They live in Cincinnati, where Lee teaches at the University of Cincinnati, Raymond Walters College, and Pam is finishing the last chapter of her dissertation.

EDWARD BEHREND-MARTINEZ successfully defended his dissertation, "'She Wanted to be Her Own Master': Women's Suits against Impotent and Abusive Husbands in a Spanish Church Court, 1650-1750" on April 22, 2002. He now has a one-year appointment at Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

Prof. ROGER BILES of East Carolina University (Ph.D., 1981) has a two-fer in this edition. He is author of Crusading Liberal: Paul H. Douglas of Illinois, just published by Northern Illinois University Press, and is editor of The Human Tradition in Urban America (Scholarly Resources, Inc.). The latter volume comes blurbed by UIC’s Mel Holli and Perry Duis.

Prof. PETER D’AGOSTINO published "Craniums, Criminals, and the 'Cursed Race': Italian Anthropology in American Racial Thought, 1861-1924" in Comparative Studies of Society and History, vol. 44 (April 2002).

NYU Professor HASIA DINER (Ph.D., 1975) recently published Hungering for America: Italian, Irish, and Jewish Foodways in the Age of Migration (Harvard University Press). The book was reviewed in the New York Times on May 5.

Prof. L. MARA DODGE (Ph.D., 1997) of Westfield State College in Massachusetts is the author of ”Whores and Thieves of the Worst Kind”: A Study of Women, Crime, and Prisons, 1835-2000, to be published by Northern Illinois University Press in October.

Grad student JOSEPHINE FAULK gave a paper at the 37th International Congress on Medieval Studies in May, and will give another at the Center for the Advancement of Early Studies (Ball State) in October. The latter paper is a finalist in the Novus Competition for young scholars.

Prof. RICK FRIED published “The Idea of ‘Conspiracy’ in McCarthy-Era Politics” in the Spring 2002 issue of Prologue.

Grad student CHERYL GANZ received a King V. Hostick Award for research travel from the Illinois Preservation Agency and was interviewed live on internet radio in August regarding the zeppelin Hindenburg.

Prof. MEL HOLLI published “Emil Hurja and the Winter War’s Impact on American Isolationism” in The Journal of Finnish Studies (Dec. 2001). He also gave a presentation on Chicago Politics for Oak Park’s Summer Festival of Books and Authors on July 13.

Prof. RICHARD R. JOHN gave a paper in July on early telecommunications regulation at a July conference in Stockholm. In April, he gave a paper on "Affairs of Office: The Jacksonian Ascendancy and the Dismantling of the Early American State" for the Politics Workshop at the University of Chicago. In May, he was a mentor at the annual conference for graduate students at the Miller Center of the University of Virginia and gave a paper on "The Victorian Internet? The Rise and Fall of Electric Telegraphy" at the Filson Historical Society in Louisville. On 30 May-2 June, he gave a paper on Jacksonian state-building at the Policy History Conference in St. Louis. He commented on papers at this conference and, in July, at the annual meeting of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic. In June, Executive Digest, a Portuguese publication, quoted him on business historian Alfred D. Chandler.

In August, (former) graduate student ANA KAPELUSZ-POPPI defended her dissertation titled "Provincial intellectuals from Michoacan and the Professionalization of the Post-Revolutionary Mexican State." She is currently teaching at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Prof. BOB MESSER has an article in the above-mentioned UIC alumni/ae magazine dealing with America’s war in Vietnam.

Grad student JOSEPH R. O’NEILL has been invited to present his research on epiphanies in ancient religion to the Annual Meeting of the Illinois Classics Conference, hosted this year by the Department of Classics at Monmouth College, in October.

Prof. DOMINIC PACYGA (Ph.D., 1981) has been named Acting Chairperson of the Liberal Education Department at Columbia College/Chicago. He is also elected Chair of the Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board/Illinois State Archives Advisory Board for 2002-2004. Last academic year he traveled to Vietnam to do groundwork for student and faculty exchanges between Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City and Columbia College.

Prof. JIM SACK’s book From Jacobite to Conservative (Cambridge University Press) has come out in paperback as of August.

Prof. LESLIE V. TISCHAUSER (Ph.D., 1981) of Prairie State College (whose Department of Social Science he recently chaired) has just published The Changing Nature of Racial and Ethnic Conflict in United States History: 1492 to the Present (University Press of America). He has also signed a contract to write the official history of Prairie State College.

Prof. MARY TODD (PhD, 1996) has been appointed Assistant Provost at Concordia University, River Forest, Illinois. As such she directs the honors program, interdisciplinary course offerings, first-year experience and senior capstone courses. In July she was interviewed on NPR’s “All Things Considered” about the current controversy in The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

Grad student DAVID VEENSTRA received a Gerald R. Ford Foundation Research Travel Grant Award.

BEN WHISENHUNT (Ph.D., 1997), Associate Professor of History at the College of DuPage, published "Teaching Russian History Out of the Limelight," in the May 2002 issue of NewsNet: The Newsletter of the AAASS (American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies).

Prof. JACQUELINE H. WOLF (Ph.D., 1998) of Ohio University has recently published "'Mighty Glad to Gasp in the Gas': Perceptions of Pain and the Traditional Timing of Obstetric Anesthesia" in the July 2002 issue of Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine. Her chapter on "Breastfeeding" appears in The Family in America: An Encyclopedia, Joseph M. Hawes, ed.

Please submit all news items you wish included in future issues of this bulletin to RMFRIED@uic.edu