History Department Notables
Congratulations to all the History majors in the Class of 2018!
Click on this link to take a trip through "The Islamic World in the Travels of Ibn Battutah", a presentation by students in Dr. Lev Weitz's HIST 309: "The Rise of Islam".
Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Paxton for winning the Best Faculty Advisor Award from the Office of Campus Activities for her work as undergraduate advisor for the program in Medieval and Byzantine Studies.
Congratulations to senior history major Allyson Zeitler, who won the prize for best undergraduate presentation at the 2018 Catholic University Research Day for her project, “The Sanctuary Movement in Arizona: Civil Initiative and the Salvadoran Refugee Crisis, 1981-1989”.
Congratulations to Dr. Patricia Tillman for the successful defense of her dissertation, “Cardinal Mindszenty, Anti-Communism, and American Catholicism from the Early Cold War to the Reagan Era” on 17 April 2018, and Dr. Brian Boosel O.S.B. for the successful defense of his dissertation, “A Crisis of Amity in Early Modern France: Jansenism and the Friendship between Vincent de Paul and Abbé Saint-Cyran” on 20 April 2018.
Congratulations to senior history major Clare Whitton, winner of the 2018 John K. Zeender prize for her senior thesis, “The Evolution of Devotion to the Holy House of Loreto: How the Papacy Influenced the Cult of the Holy House.”
Congratulations to our 2018 inductees into Phi Alpha Theta! (pictured, from left to right: Janae Carter, Ryan Sledjeski, Samantha Reyes, Matthew Silberger, Susannah Marshall, John Glascock, and Shannen Gora; not pictured: Jillian Harrison and Catherine Langan; in background, Professor Samuel Fisher)
Congratulations to senior history major Ethan Rudman, who won third prize in American History for his paper, “A Social Darwinist Business: The Corporatization of Charity in Carnegie’s Philanthropy,” presented at the 2018 Regional Mid-Atlantic Phi Alpha Theta Conference, McDaniel College, March 24, 2018.
Professor Miri Rubin of Queen Mary, University of London, presents Professor Katherine L. Jansen's book, Peace and Penance in Late Medieval Italy (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018), at the book launch held in the May Gallery of the Mullen Library on 11 April 2018.
Ph.D. candidate Shane MacDonald gave a paper entitled, "Law and Sanctity in the Cult of Umiliana de' Cerchi" on April 14 at the Annual Sewanee Medieval Colloquium at the University of the South, Sewanee, TN.
Congratulations to senior history major Clare Whitton on delivering the following papers:
“The Holy House of Loreto: How the Papacy Influenced the Cult of the Holy House,” Longwood University 12th Annual "Meeting in the Middle" Conference, April 6-7 2018;
“The Holy House of Loreto: How the Papacy Influenced the Cult of the Holy House,” 2018 Regional Mid-Atlantic Phi Alpha Theta Conference, McDaniel College, March 24, 2018;
“Politics as Usual, Expired,” 43rd Annual Undergraduate Honors Conference of DePauw University, April 2017.
Ph.D. candidate Carol Anderson gave a paper entitled, “Becoming Roman through Hagiography: The Construction of Florence’s Ancient Papal and Imperial Ties in the Legends of Saints Minias and Zanobi" on March 3, 2018 at the Annual Meeting of The Medieval Academy of America in Atlanta, GA.
Steven Pearlstein, Pulitzer-Prize-winning business/economics columnist (The Washington Post/George Mason University) presents commentary at the book launch event for Dr. Jerry Muller’s The Tyranny of Metrics, on campus 28 March 2018
Dr. Michael Kimmage was interviewed by Romania's Știrile Pro TV television program about Russia's recent claim to possess "invincible" nuclear weapons: footage appears here.
Congratulations to Dr. Julia Young for her new article in Commonweal, "We were different: Why nativism persists among U.S. Catholics."
Congratulations to Tanner Jackson (BA History and Italian Studies, 2017), for his acceptance with full scholarship to Roger Williams University School of Law
Congratulations to Dr. Julia Young for her Washington Post article, "Republicans want to use immigration policy to make America whiter. Here’s why they’re destined to fail."
Congratulations to Ph.D. student Shane MacDonald, who has been promoted to Reference Archivist at Catholic University's American Catholic History Research Center and University Archive.
Congratulations to Ph.D. students Jon Paul Heyne and Dallas Grubbs for winning grants from the Cosmos Foundation for dissertation research.
Congratulations to our 2017-2018 seniors on completion of their senior theses!
Dr. Katherine Jansen gave a paper entitled “Constructing the Charisma of Catherine of Siena: Is Gender a Useful Category of Analysis?” at the international workshop “Charisma: Imagining Women’s Power in Medieval Europe,” part of the Macht und Herrshaft seminar at the Universität Bonn, Germany, on December 1, 2017.
Dr. Nelson Minnich published “Luther, Cajetan, and Pastor Aeternus (1516),” in Martin Luther in Rom, eds. Michael Matheus, Arnold Nesselrath, and Martin Wallraff (Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton, 2017). He also published “Lateran V and the Call for a Crusade,” in Begegnung der Kirche in Ost und West im Spiegel der synodalen Strukturen - Festschrift für Petar Vrankic zum 70. Geburtstag (EOS Verlag, 2017).
Dr. Jennifer Paxton gave a lecture entitled “The Norman Invasion: William’s Unlikely Conquest” at the Smithsonian on November 13, 2017.
Dr. Julia Young published “A ‘Sorrowful Caravan’? Rhetoric vs. Reality in Mexico’s Debate over Immigration, 1926-1929,” in El ir y venir de los norteños. La historia de la migración mexicana a Estados Unidos (S.XIX-S.XXI), eds. Rafael Alarcón and Fernando Saúl Alanis (Mexico: El Colef, El Colmich y El Colsan), 2016.
Dr. Sam Fisher gave a paper entitled “‘What Men Would Wish Done, and What They Would Attempt to Do’: Repositioning the Whiteboys in an Era of Imperial Reform” at the American Conference for Irish Studies Mid-Atlantic Regional meeting on November 4, 2017.
Dr. Laura Mayhall presented a paper at the North American Conference on British Studies in Denver, Colorado, on November 4, 2017, entitled “‘Indecently Preposterous’: The Press in Interwar Detective Fiction.”
Dr. Nelson Minnich gave a paper entitled “Leone X e i Mendicanti” at the 45o convegno internazionale di studi: “Identità francescane agli inizi del Cinquecento” in Assisi on October 19, 2017. On November 2 he gave the Touhy Lecture on “Martin Luther and the German Princes” at John Carroll University, University Heights, Ohio.
Dr. Michael Kimmage was participant in a U.S.-Russian Bilateral Dialogue at the Russian International Affairs Council in Moscow (October 30-31, 2017). He was also appointed a non-resident fellow of the German Marshall Fund, with a focus on U.S. policy toward Ukraine and Russia.
PhD student Dallas Grubbs gave a talk on October 7, 2017, at the New England Medieval Conference entitled, “Recycling the Merovingian and Carolingian Past in the Vita Dagoberti regis.”
Dr. Jennifer Davis gave two papers: “The Legacy of Law: The Frankish Capitularies in Cava dei Tirreni, Manuscript 4” on Oct. 7, 2017, at the New England Medieval Conference; and “Capitularies after the Carolingians” at the conference Legitimacy, Lordship and Government in the Post-Carolingian World at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire.
Dr. Laura Mayhall edited, wrote the introduction for, and contributed an essay to a Forum in the Journal of Women's History (Oct. 2017) in honor of Susan Groag Bell.
Dr. Thomas Cohen co-organized a two-day conference with CUA History alumnus, Jay Harrison of Hood College in honor of another CUA History alumnus, Fray Francisco Morales. Held at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington DC on Oct 13-14 2017, it was entitled, “Five Centuries of Franciscans in Mexico.”
Dr. Michael Kimmage gave three invited lectures in September 2017: “Outlines of a New Diplomacy: On the Future of U.S.-Russian Relations,” Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Monterey, CA, September 14; “U.S.-Russian Relations: Crisis without End,” University of California, Santa Barbara, September 29; “The Rise of the West circa 1963: John F. Kennedy in Berlin, William Hardy McNeill in Chicago,” University of California, Santa Barbara, September 29.
Dr. Jennifer Paxton gave a talk at the Smithsonian entitled “Mary Queen of Scots: Villain or Victim?” on September 13, 2017.
Dr. Jennifer Paxton served as a Study Leader on a Smithsonian tour of Scotland from Aug. 10 to 21, 2017
Dr. Jerry Muller published an article entitled, “‘I Am Impossible’: An Exchange between Jacob Taubes and Arthur A. Cohen,” Jewish Review of Books (Summer, 2017), pp. 42-44. He also led a week-long seminar on “The Economy and the Family” (with Amy Wax), Elm Institute, New Haven, Connecticut, July 30-August 4, 2017.
Dr. Julia Young published: “Knights and Caballeros: Cross-border Catholic Activism During Mexico’s Cristero War,” in the July 2017 issue of Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos.
Dr. Árpád von Klimó gave a talk on “Victor Orbán`s regime in historical perspective” on June 19, 2017 at the University of Vienna, Austria.
Dr. Michael Kimmage gave the lecture “The Current State of Transatlantic Relations - Germany, the United States and Russia” at the University of Leipzig on June 8th and at the University of Heidelberg on June 9, 2017.
Dr. Michael Kimmage publishes “It's Time to Take the Idea of the West Back from the Populists” in the Washington Post, June 8 2017
Dr. Nelson Minnich gave a lecture on “Late Medieval Ecclesiologies” for the conference “The 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther’s Posting of the Ninety-five Theses: Luther and the Shaping of the Catholic Tradition,” May 30-1 June 2017, which he co-organized with Michael Root. Dr. Minnich is the co-editor of the conference’s proceedings.
Dr. Lev Weitz gave a public lecture for the project, “Syriac Christian Law and Islamic Tradition in the Medieval Middle East,” at the University of Hamburg on May 31, 2017.
Dr. Katherine Jansen was as an invited commentator for the The Wiles Lectures in the History of Civilization: “Civitas: Toleration and its Limits” at Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland from 17-20 May, 2017.
Ph.D. student Joseph Funk presented a paper entitled, “Visualizations of Free Labor: Persons of African Descent on Civil War Era Stamps” to a colloquium at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in May, 2017.
Ph.D. Student Carol Anderson won the American Catholic Historical Association's Student Summer Research Grant to conduct research for her dissertation in Italy during the summer of 2017.
Congratulations to Dr. Jerry Muller, who received the Provost's Award for excellence in research for 2017.
Congratulations to Dr. Caroline Sherman, who received the Provost's Award for excellence in early career teaching for 2017.
Congratulations to Erica Fuller, whose senior thesis on "The Sylvia Likens Case and the Transformation of Media Coverage of Child Abuse in America" appeared in the May 2017 issue of History Matters.
Congratulations to Bridget Power, senior history major and member of the CUA women's basketball team, who has been named to the Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll. She has earned Honor Roll distinction all three years she has been eligible.
Doctoral student, Atlas Tian Xu, gave a paper at the American Catholic Historical Association meeting held in Denver, Colorado at the American Historical Association annual meeting on January 6, 2017 entitled, "Evading the 'Absurdly Sanguine': William Bourke Cockran, American Catholicism, and the Cause of Anti-imperialism, 1904-8"
Congratulations to Austin Powell for winning a grant from the Cosmos Foundation to support work on his doctoral dissertation, "Charisma, Community, and Authority: Dominican Epistolary Practice in Italy, 1300-1500" supervised by Prof. K. L. Jansen.
Jennifer Davis published "The Curious Persistence of Frankish Law," in The Berlin Journal 30 (2016), pp. 52-55.
Arpad von Klimo gave a talk on the "Collapse of the Stalinist Politics of Memory in Hungary after 1956" at the workshop, "New Directions in the Scholarship on the 1956 Hungarian Revolution held at the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He participated in the panel "Religious Persecution under Communism" held at CUA. He also gave a comment on the premiere of "Keep Quiet" at the Jewish Film Festival in Philadelphia.
Dr. Jennifer Paxton gave a daylong seminar for Smithsonian Associates entitled "How the Britons Became the English, the Welsh, and the Scottish: Creating a United Kingdom."
Arpad von Klimo published a comment under the title “‘Fancy, sexy und trendy.’ Popkultur als Erinnerungspolitik: 60 Jahre Ungarn 1956.” Website “Ungarn 1956. Geschichte und Erinnerung.” Zeitgeschichte-online.
Laura Mayhall published an article entitled, “‘It's Your Face That Is Carrying You Through!’ Class, Gender, and Celebrity in Nancy Astor's 1919 Campaign for Parliament,” in the current issue of Feminist Media Histories (Fall 2016).
Nelson Minnich gave a lecture entitled, “The Quest for Peace among Christian Princes at Lateran V (1512-17),” at “Tagung: Konzil und Frieden,” at the Humboldt University Berlin, 16 September 2016. He also published an article entitled, “Teutonic Knights and Poland at the Fifth Lateran Council,” Annuarium Historiae Conciliorum 46 (2014), 191-224. And finally, he organized an international conference in Rome on October 12-14 entitled: “ALLA RICERCA DI SOLUZIONI:NUOVA LUCE SUL V CONCILIO LATERANENSE, Convegno Internazionale di Studi per i 500 anni del V Concilio Lateranense.” He also gave one of the lectures, moderated the final discussion, and led a guided tour of the conciliar site in the Lateran Basilica.
Jennifer Paxton gave a lecture on 18 October to the Alexandria-Caen Sister Cities Committee in Alexandria, Virginia entitled, “William the (Lucky) Bastard: The Norman Conquest and the Original ‘October Surprise.’”
Stephen West gave a paper entitled "'Rendered Absolutely Necessary ... by the Truculence of the Southern States': Republican Memoirists Explain the Origins of Black Suffrage, 1879-1895" at the conference "Reconciliation after Civil Wars: Global Perspectives," sponsored by the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies, of Virginia Tech.
Jennifer Davis gave a talk entitled "Legal Plurality" at the Transformation of the Carolingian World Workshop at Princeton University
Nelson Minnich delivered a lecture "A volte si vince, a volte si perde, sempre fedeli servitori del Papa: Il ruolo dei Domenicani al Concilio Laterano V (1512-1517)” at a conference in Rome commemorating the 800th anniversary of the founding of the Order of Preachers
Jennifer Paxton was a study leader for a Smithsonian tour of Scotland, delivering lectures on "Three Famous Scots": Bonnie Prince Charlie, Macbeth, and Mary Queen of Scots"
Lev Weitz gave a talk, "Islamic Society and Christian History: Scholarly Categories and Meideval Middle Eastern Historiography," at the workshop Recovering the Role of Christians in the History of the Middle East at Princeton University
Steve West gave a lecture on "The Road (Back) to Home Rule: Washington, DC and the Second Reconstruction, 1963-75" at the Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum
Julia Young gave a lecture entitled "The Catholic Church in Mexico in the 20th Century" for the Western History Intensive Seminar, at the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. Department of State
Congratulations to Carol Anderson, PhD candidate, who has been awarded this year's Graduate Teaching Award to honor excellence in teaching
Clare Hennigan, B.A. 15, has published a revised version of her senior thesis, "The 'Last Ditch' of Oppression: Charles Sumner and Public Schools in the District of Columbia" in the Spring 2016 issue of Washington History.
Congratulations to Karen Hernandez for winning 3rd place (in the pre-1900 category) at the Phi Alpha Theta Mid-Atlantic History Conference for "Struggle in the Andes: Garcilaso de la Vega’s Defense of the Inca."
Congratulations to senior Sam Aurilia on winning the 2016 Zeender Prize for her thesis, “Contradictions and Coalitions: the Anti Rape Movement in the United States, 1968-1975.”
Congratulations to graduate students Jim Zibro, Kate Bush, Laura Hohman, and Seth Smith, who all successfully defended their Ph.D. dissertations in April 2016!
Congrats to graduate alumna Melodie Eichbauer, Ph.D.on winning a prestigious fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies.
Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Davis for having won a membership at the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study for academic year 2016-2017. She has also won a fellowship for a semester at the American Academy in Berlin.
Congratulations to Carol Anderson on winning a grant from the Cosmos Club Foundation for work on her dissertation entitled, Sacred Histories: Remembering the Christian Past in Medieval Italian Cities (ca. 1100-1350) under the direction of Prof. Katherine L. Jansen
Congratulations to Jay Carney (Ph.D., Church History, 2010), who was awarded the annual Bethwell Ogot prize for best book in East African Studies by the African Studies Association for his study of the missionary church in Rwanda.