News from UIC’s History Department

April 2006


David Jordan
, Distinguished Professor of French History, is retiring at the end of this academic year.  For the next three years, however, he will be teaching one course every two semesters.

Joining the department for the fall semester of 2006 as assistant professors will be Gosia Fidelis in Polish history, and Rama Mantena in South Asian History.

Elspeth Carruthers, Brian Hosmer, and Robert Johnston were named Fellows of the Institute of the Humanities for the 2006-07 academic year.  Barbara Ramsby will be a Faculty Fellow at the UIC Great Cities Institute.


Amy Harth
and John Mesce were co-winners of the 2006 Goodman Prize for outstanding academic performance as undergraduate history majors.

Graduate students Lara Kelland, AdriennePhelps, Libby Purcell, Wayne Ratliffe, and, Amy Sullivan all presented papers at Missouri Valley History Conference in March 2006

Faculty, Graduate Students and UIC PhDs:

Michael Alexander
delivered a paper entitled, "The Commentariolum Petitionis: An Attack on Roman Election  Campaigns," on January 6, 2006, in Montreal to the Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association.

Eric Arnesen is at Uppsala University in Sweden as Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies during the spring term.  His coauthored essay (with Alex Lichtenstein), Labor and the Problem of Social Unity During World War II: Katherine Archibalds Wartime Shipyard in Retrospect,  appeared in the Spring 2006 issue of Labor: Studies in 
Working-Class History of the Americas
and his Defining Figure, a  review of Taylor Branchs At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-68, appeared in the January 15, 2006 Boston Globe. On the Chicago Tribune Book section front, hes published reviews of James Greens Death in the Haymarket April 2, 2006), Bruiniuss Better for All the World: The Secret History of Forced Sterilization and America's Quest for Racial Purity (March 26, 2006), Kazins A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan (March 5, 2006), Richard Slotkin, Lost Battalions: The Great War and  the Crisis of American Nationality (February 12, 2006), John Hope Franklins autobiography, Mirror to America (January 1, 2006), Jerome Karabels The Chosen: The Hidden History of Admission and Exclusion at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton (December 11, 2005), James T. Pattersons Restless Giant:
The United States from Watergate to Bush v. Gore
(November 26, 2005), andHerbert Kohls She Would Not Be Moved: How We Tell the Story of Rosa Parks and the
Montgomery Bus
(November 20, 2005).  A review essay on Comparing Urban Crises:  Race, Migration, and the Transformation of the Modern American City appeared in the November 2004 issue of Social History.  On the Swedish  front, he delivered his official Fulbright lecture, From King to Katrina: The Fate of Racial Equality in America, at Uppsala University on April 27, 2006 and lectured on Civil Rights in Myth and Memory at the University of Kalmar on April 20; in May and June hell be giving talks in V䩸a, Uppsala, Stockholm, Pamplona, and Oslo. Before leaving for Sweden, he presented papers on A. Philip Randolph, the March on Washington Movement, and the Politics of Race in
Chicago to the Urban History Seminar of the Chicago Historical Society in December,  "A. Philip Randolph, Black Anti-Communism, and the Historians of the Left" at the
conference of the Southern Historical Association in November, and Reconsidering Black Anti-Communism: A. Philip Randolph, the Left, and the Race Question at the
Newberry Library Seminar in Labor History in October.  He chaired the AHAs 2005  Wesley-Logan Book Prize in Diaspora History Committee and has recently been appointed as a Distinguished Lecturer for the OAH for 2006-2009.

Pamela Baker (UIC PhD, 2003) was appointed as assistant professor of  history and geography at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia.

Beth Collins presented two papers:  "Relative Culpability: Reconsidering Gender, Marriage and Red Scare Politics" at the UIC Covering New Ground Humanities conference, and
"Vestiges of Coverture: How Common Law Accomplished What McCarthyism Could Not" at the Warren Sussman  Conference at Rutgers University.  She also received a Travel  Grant from the Detroit Branch of the AAUW.

Since January Rick Fried has been on a Fulbright in Hanoi, Vietnam.  On February 20 he "narrated" a showing of the Emilio D'Antonio documentary on the Army-McCarthy hearings titled "Point of Order," providing historical context and answering questions.  On February 21, he spoke at the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi as part of Black History Month on "The Movement before the Movement,"i.e. the civil rights movement before the Brown decision of the Supreme Court.  In addition, he participated in two-day workshop in Hanoi on "Promoting American Studies in Vietnam."  Hitting the road, Fried spoke on "the origins of  advertising in the United States" and on "America in the 1950s" at both the University of Vinh and the University of Hue on April 5 and 7. Also, at Hue, on April 6, he talked on "American Studies in Vietnam and the United States."  Doing much traveling around the
country, he does not recommend taking the train. In addition, the Society of Midland Authors selected The Man Everybody Knew, his study of Bruce Barton, as a runner-up in the 2005-2006  biography category.

Arnold R. Hirsch, UIC PhD, 1978, Ethel and Herman L. Midlo Professor for New Orleans Studies and University Research Professor at the University of New Orleans was recently became President-Elect of the Urban History Association. 

Laura Hostetler introduced the book, The Art of Ethnography: A Chinese Miao Album, published by the University of Washington  Press in 2006, and also, with David M. Deal,
translated it.

George Huppert has just returned from a month's research in Paris, Avignon and Bordeaux.

Richard R. John edited a special issue (no. 1, 2006) of the Journal of Policy History on Ruling Passions:  Political Economy in Nineteenth-Century America. Penn State University Press will issue the collection shortly as a book.  In January, he organized a roundtable on Political Nation/Political Economy at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association.  He has, in addition, signed on as co-editor of two book series:  Business,
Politics, and Society with the University of Pennsylvania Press and How Things Worked:  Institutional Dimensions of the American Past with Johns Hopkins University Press.

Robert Johnston is serving as the academic director of a joint UIC-Newberry project with a consortium of southern suburban public high schools led by Homewood-Flossmoor.  In this project, teachers take full-scale graduate courses.  He taught the first course (U.S history before 1877).  Brian Hosmer will be offering a course this summer on Native Americans and American History. More information is available on the website at

Johnston has also continued to consult on educational projects with the Terra Foundation for American Art, History Alive!, and National Geographic. For the latter, he edits the series,"Voices of Colonial America." He also edited and wrote the introduction to National Geographic's American Heroes, a childrens book that was named a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People 2006, a cooperative project of the National Council for the Social Studies and the Children's Book Council.

Oxford University Press has offered him a contract for Crusaders against Vaccination: An American History of Medical Populism, and the The Radical Middle Class is now in paperback.He presented, "Toward a Historical Anti-Definition of the Middle Class," at the "We Shall Be All: Toward a Global History of the Middle Class" conference at the University of Maryland,"Becoming the People's Doctor: Robert Mendelsohn and the Rise
of  Contemporary Anti-Vaccination Activism," at the AHA, and "The Age of Reform: A Defense of Richard Hofstadter Fifty Years On," presented to the joint meeting of British American Nineteenth Century Historians and the Society of the History of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era at Cambridge University.  Finally, he served as chair and commenter for "Explaining, Debating and Accommodating Capitalism: Political Economy in the Gilded Age And Progressive Era" at the Social Science History Association meetings.

John Kulczycki gave the annual Fiedorczyk Lecture at Central Connecticut State University on April 20. His presentation was on "The Image of Poland at American Universities."

Lara Leigh Kelland presented "Remembering the Queer Old Days: Cultivators of Collective Memory in the Production of a Useable LGBT Past" Missouri Valley History Conference, March 2006, at the UIC Humanities Institute Interdisciplinary Graduate
Student Conference, March 2006, and at a poster session at the National Council on Public History Annual Meeting in April 2006.

Emily E. LaBarbera Twarog  won a UIC Provosts Award and a Travel-to-Collections grant from the Sophia Smith Archives in Northampton, Mass. She also gave a paper at the 2006 OAH meetings in Washington: Out of the Strike Kitchen: The UAW Womens Auxiliaries Gender Equity Campaigns.

Richard Levy spoke on Antisemitism: Used or New?at The Annual Henry and Gretl Wald Lecture, at the University of Nebraska/Lincoln on March 23.

Dominic A. Pacyga (Ph.D. 1981) has been named Acting Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Columbia College. He iscurrently finishing his manuscript Chicago: An Urban Biography for the University of Chicago Press.

The AHA President, Linda Kerber appointed Barbara Ramsby to chair the Committee on Women Historians for a three year term. It is one of the eight permanent committees of the AHA.  She also received a Great Cities Faculty Fellowship for next year to finish her book on Eslanda Goode Robeson..

John Reda has won a Graduate Dean's Scholar Award from UIC.

Robert Remini, UIC Professor Emeritus, has written The House: The History of the U.S. House of Representatives, a 625-page book that was published by the Library of Congress and Smithsonian Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers in April.  Remini utilized the Library of Congress' collection of manuscripts, congressional records, newspaper accounts, letters, diaries, memoirs and biographies. He also conducted interviews with many current and former House members.

Sarah Rose has won a Spencer Dissertation Fellowship and an AAUW Dissertation Fellowship for the 2006-2007 academic year, along with an Alfred D. Chandler, Jr., Travel Fellowship from the Harvard Business School.

Matt Rothwell will be presenting a paper, Transpacific Revolutionaries: Latin Americans Learn from Maoist China, at the conference on "The Fortieth Anniversary: Rethinking the
Genealogy and Legacy of the Cultural Revolution" in Hong Kong on June 9-10. In addition, he won a Multi-Country Research Fellowship from the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, and both the Judy Curry Award and a Provost's Award for Graduate Research from UIC.

Marian J. Rubchak  published an article in Transitions on Line titled "Goddess of the Orange Revolution: Yulia Tymoshenko".  This article has been translatedinto Ukrainian as a chapter in a text, which will be required reading for a program on Gender Studies in all universities throughout Ukraine. At the end of this semester, she retires from teaching at Valparaiso University to take up the appointment as Senior Research Professor at Valparaiso.

Peg Strobel will serve as co-chair for the Program Committee of the 2008 Berkshire Conference on the History of Women.

Astrida Tantillo has established a new book series (co-sponsored by the Goethe Society of North America and Bucknell University Press) on Goethe and His Age; she will be the first editor of the series. She published a chapter, "Goethe's 'Classical' Science," in
the volume, Weimar Classicism, edited by Simon Richter (Rochester: Camden House, 2005), 323-45. (This volume is part of  a series on German literary history.)

Benn Williams was appointed visiting lecturer in the Department of History at North Central College for Spring 2006. He presenteda paper, Denouncing the Denouncers: A Forgotten Element of Postwar Justice, 1944-1953 at the Society for French Historical
Studies Annual Conference, Urbana-Champaign on April 21, 2006.  In addition, his abstract,: Varying Shades of Gray: Denunciation at the Frontier of Fact and Fiction. was accepted for the annual conference of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association
to be held Tucson in October 2006.

Jackie Wolf, (UIC PhD, 1998), Associate Professor at Ohio University, published an article What Feminists Can Do for Breastfeeding and What Breastfeeding Can Do for Feminists, in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society,  (Winter 2006): 397-424. She also has an invited entry, Commentary on A State-wide Milk Sanitation Program. in: Robert A. Rinsky, ed., Public Health Reports: Historical Collection 1878-2005
(Association of Schools of Public Health, 2005).  She has also delivered several invited lectures in the last few months: Got Milk? Not in Public! at the Fourth Annual Womens Health Conference, Greensboro, NC, on February 17; What Feminism Can Do for Breastfeeding and What Breastfeeding Can Do for Feminism, Keynote Speaker, Symposium on Breastfeeding and Feminism: A Focus on the Working Mother at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro on March 24; and From Ether to Epidural: Obstetric Anesthesia in Social Context, Conference on the History of Womens Health: From Franklins Era to the Present, Pennsylvania Hospital on April 5, in Philadelphia,