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History Graduates May 2018

Steven Baldwin

Dominic Cottone

Andrew Deshler

John Donnelly

Paul Dooner

Frank Fazio

Peter Fedoryk

John Griffin

Katherine Heroux

Evangeline Hobbs

Claire Hoffman

Donald Holton

Nykeia Jones

Kellie Joyce

Jacob Kurpis

Angelina Lincoln

Spencer Mendez

Demetrios Mikelis

Tara More

Caroline O’Neill

Elaina Snyder

Julia Taladay

Art History Graduates May 2018

Bailey Briggs

Lawson Buckley

Julia Luciani

Isabella Moore

Dr. Lynne Hartnett

Dr. Lynne Hartnett


The Great Courses

Dr. Lynne Hartnett's “Understanding Russia: A Cultural History,” is the newest addition to ‘The Great Courses’; college level courses offered on CD, DVD, and digital formats. Great production and, of course, Villanova University’s very own Dr. Hartnett!

In Understanding Russia: A Cultural History, award-winning professor and Russian historian Lynne Ann Hartnett of Villanova University guides you through hundreds of years of Russian culture, from the world of Ivan the Terrible to the dawn of the Soviet Union to the post-war tensions of Putin’s Russia. Blending history with cultural studies, these 24 illuminating lectures are designed to bring you closer than ever before to the Russian people—not just the authoritarian rulers like Peter the Great, the Romanovs, and Stalin, but also the everyday men and women who sought their own meaning in the poetry of Pushkin, the comfort of early folk tales, the faith of medieval iconography, the avant-garde films of Eisenstein, and more.

18th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival

Jefferson's Daughters

by Catherine Kerrison

18th Annual Library of Congress National Book Festival

Villanova University history professor Catherine Kerrison, PhD, was selected to participate in the 18th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival on Saturday, September 1, 2018, in Washington D.C. Dr. Kerrison discussed her recent critically acclaimed book, Jefferson’s Daughters. The Festival, which attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year, featured 115 authors, including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, renowned presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, and United States Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor.

Read more about this event.

Cristinia Soriano

Tides of Revolution: Information, Insurgencies, and the Crisis of Colonial Rule in Venezuela

by Cristina Soriano

The History Department has the pleasure of announcing the publication of Dr. Cristina Soriano’s book, Tides of Revolution: Information, Insurgencies, and the Crisis of Colonial Rule in Venezuela (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2018).

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The History Department welcomed guest speaker Marc Jackson for a special program: New Threats, Timeless Challenges: A Career in Diplomacy in the 21st Century.
Jackson spoke with Villanova students about U.S. policy in East Asia with special reference to the ongoing disputes in the South China Sea.

Jackson has served as U.S. Embassy Mainla's Political-Military and External Affairs Unit Chief since July 2014. Prior to Manila, he served as the Political-Military Officer at the United States Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq; the Outreach Unit Chief at the United States Consulate in Guangzhou, China; Political Officer for the Japan Desk at the Department of State in Washington, DC; Management Officer at the United States Embassy in Tokyo, Japan; Economic Officer at the United States Embassy in Beijing, China; and as Vice-Consul at the United States Embassy in Beijing, China.  He also studied Chinese for one year at the Department of State’s Chinese Language Field School in Taipei, Taiwan.

Jackson also spoke to the students about making a career in diplomacy.

Dr. Judith Giesberg recently participated in a radio discussion: A country divided, but does that mean civil war? Bill Radke spoke with Dr. Giesberg and David Blight, a history professor at Yale University, about the Civil War and whether today's political climate, while divided, is anywhere near the brink of another war. Click here to listen to the discussion.

The History Department and the Latin American Studies Program presented the prizewinning documentary film Club Frontera on Wednesday, March 22. After the film, the director, Chris Cashman, VU ’97 held a discussion with the audience.

Art History Senior Thesis Presentations

The Department of History hosted its annual Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society Induction Ceremony & Brunch on Sunday, November 12, 2017. Faculty, staff, family, and friends proudly gathered at Overbrook Golf Club to celebrate 27 undergraduate and graduate students’ induction into the Society.

Kathleen Boyce was awarded the Richard L. Bates Memorial Prize for Outstanding Service to the History Department. Danielle Fusaro received the Bohdan P. Procko Prize for Best Paper by an Undergraduate Student in History. The Daniel B. Carrol Prize for Best Paper by a Graduate Student in History was awarded to Joseph Landgraf. Katie Lee received the George T. Radan Prize for Best Paper by an Undergraduate Student in Art History. Congrats to all of our prize winners!

Peter Fedoryk

2018 Louise L. Stevenson Award for Most Outstanding History Undergraduate Paper

Peter Fedoryk was awarded the 2018 Louise L. Stevenson Award for Most Outstanding History Undergraduate Paper at the 2018 Eastern American Studies Association Undergraduate Conference, regional chapter of the American Studies Association.

Peter is a History major with an Art History minor. His paper, which he wrote in Dr. Paul Rosier’s senior seminar, is titled "The Origins of the American Environmental Movement: Hudson River School Naturalism in the 19th Century."

2017 Phi Alpha Theta Pennsylvania East Regional Conference

On April 1, 2017 a group of our History majors presented papers at the Phi Alpha Theta East Regional Conference at Rowan University. Villanova students won two of the four prizes awarded by the judges. The winners were:

Erin Mysogoland for: “Innocent Criminals and Convict Leasing: How Southern Industrialists Exploited the Black Body.”

Kathleen Boyce for: “America’s ‘Youth’ go to Nazi Germany: The Movement to Boycott the 1936 Berlin Olympics and the Racial Divide in American Society.”

The 2016 Medallion for Academic Excellence
The Medallion for Academic Excellence is an annual award given to recognize the accomplishments of select graduates. Department Chairs and faculty consider criteria including cumulative grade point average, excellence in research, academic creativity, and demonstrated commitment to the values of a liberal arts education.

Patrick Ciapciak was awarded with the Christopher Dawson Award in History. Congratulations!

Additional Awards


Nicole Jurgot was awarded the Richard L. Bates Memorial Award in 2018 for Outstanding Service to the History Department. Brooke Wichterman received the Barbara W. Tuchman Award for Best First-Year Undergraduate Paper in History and Caroline Becker was awarded an honorable mention. Kathleen Clyde received the Bohdan P. Procko Award in 2018 for Best Paper by an Undergraduate Student in History and Tara More was awarded an honorable mention. The Daniel B. Carrol Award for Best Paper by a Graduate Student in History in 2018 was awarded to Madison Bastress and Daniel Runyon was awarded an honorable mention. The George T. Radan Award went to Peter Fedoryk for Best Undergraduate Art History Paper in 2018.



Peter Fedoryk was awarded the Richard L. Bates Memorial Prize in 2017 for Outstanding Service to the History Department. Kathleen L. Boyce received the Bohdan P. Procko Prize in 2017 for Best Paper by an Undergraduate Student in History. The Daniel B. Carroll Prize for Best Paper by a Graduate Student in History in 2017 was awarded to Andrew Zetts.


The Bohdan P. Procko Prize for best undergraduate student paper in 2016 was awarded to Danielle Fusaro for her paper titled, "Reynard and Robin Hood: The Development of the Woodland Trickster Figure."

The Daniel B. Carroll Prize for best graduate history paper in 2016 was awarded to Joseph Landgraf for his paper titled, "The Heresy of Secession will Be Rebuked: The Civil War, Treason, and the Curious Case of Algernon Sydney Sullivan."

Katie Lee was awarded with the George T. Radan Prize in Art History for her paper titled "Yayoi Kusama: The Multi-Faceted Artist of the Self."

The Richard L. Bates Memorial Award for Outstanding Service to History 2016 was awarded to Kathleen L. Boyce.

Congratulations to all our winners!

Peter Fedoryk, '18, was awarded a yearlong residential fellowship at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site to conduct research on the site and the artist., Peter was a History major and Art History minor. He wrote to say that “I'm very excited to pursue this new opportunity and I feel like the History Department as a whole has done an impeccable job of preparing me to take on bigger challenges in the fields of history and art history.”

Peter writes: The Cole Fellowship is sponsored by the Thomas Cole National Historic Site (TCNHS) and offered as a yearlong post-baccalaureate opportunity to pursue art historical research that is relevant to the artist and the site. Thomas Cole was a nineteenth century American landscape painter—credited today as the founder of the Hudson River School art movement. The TCNHS is a house museum and grounds located on the property where the painter lived and worked from 1836 to 1848. The Fellowship Program is designed to provide experience to recent undergraduates who are looking to pursue a career in art history and the museum field. Fellows will work with curatorial, exhibitions, education, and other departmental staff throughout the course of the year to develop a breadth of knowledge about the workings of a museum site and the role of each department.

In addition helping with day-to-day functions of the site, the bulk of the Fellows' work consists of a primary research project. For the next year I will specifically be researching the broader experience of Thomas Cole in America, aiming to contextualize his social, political, religious, and economic views in the wider scope of Catskill, NY and the happenings in America. This project aims to develop the complex story of Cole's inner monologue as he paints his way into the annals of American art history and determine how this story can best be presented at the TCNHS. This body of research will serve as foundational research for future reinterpretations of how Thomas Cole's story is told through the house museum. Following this yearlong position, I hope to attend graduate school for an art history/curatorial degree.

Katie Boyce, ’17, has been admitted to the PhD program at the College of William and Mary with full funding. Congratulations, Katie!

Update on John Brennan

John has been selected as one of 12 FEMA Corps team leaders at the Iowa AmeriCorps campus for next year. John had previously worked responding to natural disasters in Houston, Florida, and most recently, Puerto Rico (see post below for details). Way to go, John!

John Brennan '17, is a member of FEMA Corps (Federal Emergency Management Agency), an organization within AmeriCorps that is devoted to disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. In 2017, he was in Corpus Christi, Texas  conducting Disaster Survivor Assistance, registering survivors for FEMA assistance and providing updates on their application status. At times he walked door-to-door to reach people who weren't able to travel to established FEMA disaster recovery centers. His team, along with 9 other FEMA Corps teams, lived on the USS Lexington, now a museum ship docked in Corpus Christi Harbor, for the month of September 2017. His team was one of the first to be assigned to Rockport, Texas  where Hurricane Harvey made landfall. On October 1, 2017, his team was sent to St. Augustine, Florida to continue canvassing in support of recovery for Hurricane Irma. Thank you for your service, John!

Michael LaFlash '15 enrolled in Cornell's Historic Preservation M.A. Program that began in the fall of 2017. Congrats, Michael!

Devlin Woods '15 was accepted to Georgetown University Law School and began his studies there in the Fall of 2017. Devlin had been working as a Corporate Paralegal for Lantham and Waltkins since January 2016. Congrats, Devlin!  

Michael Seyer, '12, who is pursuing a concentration in Russian Area Studies, was accepted at the International MA program in Russian and Eurasian Studies (IMARES) at European University in St. Petersburg, Russia. This is a joint program with the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. In addition, Mike received an ACTR (American Council of Teachers of Russian) stipend to master Russian language.

Matthew Thorp '15 received a full scholarship from the Critical Languages Institute to study Tatar language in Kazan, Russia. Matt was an engineering student who spent a year at the Kazan State University.

Gavin Wilk, '00, received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Limerick, Ireland in January 2012. His dissertation title is “Displaced allegiance: militant Irish republican activism in the United States, 1923-39.” During his Ph.D. studies, Gavin was an Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences Government of Ireland Postgraduate scholar (2008-11). Dr. Wilk visited Villanova on February 20, 2012 and spoke about his use of the McGarrity collection in Falvey Library and his research on IRA activities in the Philadelphia area during the early 20th century. The title of Dr Wilk’s presentation was: 'Resolute revolutionaries: Joseph McGarrity and the militant Irish republican networks in the United States, 1922-1940.'

Three former Villanova graduate students wrote articles (under Dr. Judith Geisberg) for the October 2011 edition of the journal, Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. CXXXV, No. 4. This was a special issue commemorating the sesquicentennial of the start of the American Civil War. Colleen Rafferty (M.A. 2006), wrote "The Records of Camp William Penn"; Dane DiFebo (M.A. 2011) wrote, "Old Baldy: A Horse’s Tale"; and Emily Hatcher wrote, "The Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society and the Civil War."

At the Pennsylvania Historical Association annual meeting this year, held at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA, Kelly Weber, ‘06, Dana Kellogg-Repash, ‘10, and Brian Taylor, ‘10 presented their research in a session titled, “In Pursuit of Freedom: African American Court and Prison Stories in Nineteenth-Century Philadelphia.”

Kevin Ostlie, ’10, was accepted into the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. Good Luck, Kevin.

Timothy Johnson, '09, received a bachelor's degree is History, wrote his senior paper on “The British in Philadelphia: The Mid-Eighteenth Century Colonial Experience.” His opinion piece, "Unaltered beauty tells story best," appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Johnson is a graduate student in the University of Pennsylvania's History Department.

Allison Nolan, ‘09, has obtained a job as a paralegal at Seeger Weiss LLP. Seeger Weiss is a relatively small firm that handles mostly mass tort cases against pharmaceutical companies.

Jeffrey S. Addis, ’08, is teaching history at the Woodhall School, a small boarding school located in western Connecticut. He has taught ninth-grade global history, eleventh-grade American history, and a senior elective on the Cold War.

After spending part of the summer in England and Scotland with a Villanova Summer Research Grant, James Dudley, '08, presented his paper, "Brittania Ruled the Waves: The Royal Navy and the War Against Napoleon," at the 2008 Regional Phi Alpha Theta Conference at Ursinus College on April 5, 2008, and at the 22nd National Conference on Undergraduate Research at Salisbury University on April 10-12, 2008. In May, James graduated from Villanova with a double major in history and political science and a minor in naval science, and he was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy.

Eric Webber, '07 is a sales planner for CBS College Sports.

Susan Brandt, ’03, a nurse by training and profession, returned to Villanova in 2001 as an undergraduate to take credits she lacked in history to prepare for graduate school. In her first spring semester here, she began work on the African American women who worked as nurses under Richard Allen during the 1793 yellow fever epidemic. Her further work on this project awarded her the Procko prize for best undergraduate paper that year. With her last child going off to college in the fall, Susan headed for fulltime Ph.D. work at Temple University, where she received a Presidential Fellowship. She pursued her doctorate working with Susan Klepp, an expert in early America, gender, and medicine and health. The fellowship brought full tuition funding, a stipend for four years, and two years of teaching opportunities. Susan was also waitlisted at Penn, a remarkable achievement in itself, given the 500 applications for 17 positions. Congratulations, Susan!

George Phillips, '98, who earned a bachelor's degree in History, launched a bid for a U.S. Congressional seat in Binghamton, N.Y. In his senior year at Villanova, George won the Procko Prize for his outstanding work researching Civil Rights legislation in the 1960’s.

Liz Barszczewski, '95, returned to the National Constitution Center to help plan and promote the April 16 Democrat Candidate Presidential Debate. Liz served as Public Relations Director for the National Constitution Center from 2001-2004 and spearheaded its PR and media relations campaign leading up to and including the Center's grand opening on July 4, 2003.

Anthony Giacchino, '92, has directed the documentary film, The Camden 28. Winner of jury and audience prizes for best documentary at the Philadelphia Film Festival, the film explores the arrest and trial of the Camden 28, a group of antiwar activists seized following their August 1971 attempt to destroy draft documents in the Camden, NJ federal building. For more information, please visit the Camden 28 website.

Steven Runk, '85, who received a bachelor's degree in Art History, was named the new executive director of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. The Council selected him as its new executive director at a special meeting in Trenton. Runk had served as interim executive director of the state agency since September, when former head David Miller retired. Steve joined the arts council in 1991 as assistant director of information services. In his 16 years on staff, he rose through the ranks, serving as grants coordinator and program coordinator before becoming director of programs and services, a position he has held since 1996. A graduate of Villanova University, Runk resides in Langhorne, PA. Herbert said the search committee began with 40 candidates. Eight were interviewed and three finalists were selected to interview a second time.

Marc S. Raspanti, Esq., '79, founding partner of the Philadelphia law firm of Miller, Alfano & Raspanti, was appointed to the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing by former Governor Edward G. Rendell.

News on our MAs:

Temple University offered Justin Clark, ‘12, four years of funding toward his Ph.D. Congratulations, Justin!

Note from Delaware County Community College: Three of the four full-time history faculty hold graduate degrees from Villanova – Anthony Makowski, Kevin Cahill and Jeff LaMonica.

Christopher McGovern, (History M.A. program) had his paper titled, "The Hand and the Hammer: Henry Clay / John C Calhoun and the War of 1812," accepted to the 15th Annual, Brian Bertoti Innovative Perspectives in History, Graduate Conference. The conference was held at the Virginia Tech Graduate Life Center in Blacksburg, Virginia from April 13-14, 2012.

Beth Petitjean, '10, had an abstract accepted for the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association. Her paper was titled, "Atlantis on our minds: Through the Stargate and Under the Sea to Find a Lost World." The conference was held in Albuquerque, NM in February 2010. Another abstract submitted by Beth to the 8th Annual International Conference on History, From Ancient to Modern, was accepted for their conference. Beth’s abstract, titled “Reforming Rome’s Relics,” will be presented at the Athens Institute for Education and Research in Athens, Greece in December 2010. Congratulations, Beth!

Brian Taylor, '10, graduate of our M.A. program, has accepted a History Department Fellowship/Teaching Assistantship from Georgetown University for doctoral studies. He intends to study 18th and 19th century American history, concentrating specifically on antebellum sectional conflicts, the American Civil War, and issues of race and slavery.

Kelly Weber, '10, served as a judge for National History Day in Philadelphia, March 2009.

Margaret Ciancio, ‘10, has been hired as an adjunct professor with Atlantic Cape Community College. She will be teaching three classes, U.S. History I and II and Heritage of the Western World. Good Luck, Margaret!

Elliott Drago, ’09, was accepted to the Gilder Lehrman Summer Seminar at Gettysburg college.

John Gilbert, '09, had his paper titled, "Jimmy Carter's Human Rights Policy and Iran: a Re-examination, 1976-1979," was chosen to be published in the 2008 issue of Concept, the graduate student journal at Villanova.

While still in our undergraduate history program, David Heayn’s '09, independent research project, "Nessana: Early Religious Borders in a Lost Kingdom," was accepted for an oral presentation at the 21st National Conference on Undergraduate Research at Dominican University of California on April 12 - 14, 2007. David received a Villanova Undergraduate Student Research Award for the project in 2006, and joined our M.A. program during summer '07. David has also been awarded scholarships from four Ph.D. institutions, including the double honor of a graduate assistantship and a scholarship award from the University of Connecticut. He attended and presented at several conferences in March and April this year, including the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Conference at Villanova University and the Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference at Millersville University.

Michael Chornesky’s '08, "Visceral History: Interpreting Independence National Historical Park," was published in the Hindsight Graduate History Journal, by the history department of California State University-Fresno. The Journal was unveiled at a conference called "Discourse and History," which featured a number of graduate student presentations along with a keynote address by a UCLA professor. Michael’s paper, which connects interpretations at the park to underlying historiographic trends, including Robert Bellah's concept of "Civil Religion" and the shift from "consensus" to "social" forms of American history was published in the 2008, Concept Journal at Villanova.

Abbie Gruseth, ’08, is teaching Western Civ part time at Augustana College in her hometown of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

September 17th, 2013 was the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution. In honor of this, the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, published a new essay on “Constitution Commemorations,” by Hillary S. Kativa, M.A. ’08. Hillary’s research interests include American political history and presidential campaigns, public history, and digital humanities. See the entire essay.

Hillary Kativa, ‘08 and Lance Eisenhower, ’08, presented the results of work on the Eastern Penitentiary Catholic Chaplain's office at the Pennsylvania Historical Association annual meeting in Bethlehem, October 16-18, 2008. Their help restoring the Chaplain's office was part of the department's Public History Practicum in Spring 2007 conducted by Dr. Charlene Mires.

Peter Novick, ’08 was accepted into the Ph.D. program at FSU.

Christopher Day, ’07, returned to his undergraduate university, Hawai’i Pacific, in Honolulu following his Villanova graduation and was hired as the Leadership Development Coordinator in Student Life, which included managing over 70 student-run organizations. As of August 2008, Chris relocated to the Office of Athletics as the Campus Recreation Coordinator. His new responsibilities include management of all the athletic facilities and developing and implementing campus recreation activities and Intramural Sports. As of spring ‘09 Chris enrolled in HPU’s Global Leadership and Sustainable Development program in preparation for his doctoral studies in either history or philosophy.

Rachel Wineman, ’07, was admitted to four Ph.D. programs – the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Maryland, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and UC San Diego. She has accepted the UC San Diego offer because of their excellent science studies program and the San Diego/Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship award. This award includes a five-year funding package that covers tuition and fees including a stipend for the first two years, a TA for the third and fourth year, and funding for her dissertation research year. Congratulations, Rachel!

Debra Ronca, '07, presented "The Revolutionary Structure of the Lutheran Reformation" at the New Frontiers Conference in Toronto on February 14, 2007. This conference paper began as a term paper in Dr. McLaughlin's Reformation course.

Skye Lynch, '07, received a full Fellowship for Ph.D. studies at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Chris Parcels, '07, was accepted into the Ph.D. programs at UMASS Amherst (with full funding), the University of Maryland, College Park, Temple and Fordham. Chris chose UMASS Amherst.

David Goldberg, '07 won the prize for the best paper presented at a graduate student conference he attended at Penn State University. David's paper is titled "Greetings from Jim Crow, New Jersey: Contesting the Meaning and Abandonment of Reconstruction in the Public and Commercial Spaces of Asbury Park, 1880-1890." The conference, held on Feb. 9 at the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center at Penn State, was on "New Perspectives on the Civil War Era: Beyond Fragmented History."

James Woytek, ‘07 was accepted into the doctoral program at the University of Delaware with full funding.

Articles by three history graduate students, Elizabeth Crowley, Alexandra Mancini, and David Goldberg, were published in the Spring 2007 issue of Concept, whose editor was Dr. Marc Gallicchio, Professor of History and Chair of the Department.

Under the guidance of Dr. Charlene Mires, four Villanova University graduate students pursued year-long study in public history and produced major original research papers on two local historic sites: Valley Forge National Park, John Andrew Maynard, and Eastern State Penitentiary, Michael Chornesky, Hillary Kativa, and Lance Eisenhower. The students presented their papers at special conferences at each site in May, 2007. The student research at Eastern State Penitentiary was devoted to reconstructing and interpreting the previously known history of the Catholic Chaplain’s Office and Catholic religious life at the prison.

Douglas Fowler, ’06, recently accepted an AmeriCorps VISTA position working for Habitat for Humanity along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Doug is excited about this opportunity, as there is still much to be done in the region as they continue to rebuild from Hurricane Katrina. His main job will be with the "pre-construction" process, to get the land ready and permitted to be built upon. Then on the weekends Doug will be helping with the actual building. Congratulations to you, Doug.

Colleen Rafferty, ‘06, accepted an offer of full funding by the doctoral program at the University of Delaware. She was also accepted by SUNY Albany with full funding.

David Craig Smith, ’06, passed his Ph.D. comps and retains the status of ABD in the Transatlantic History program at the University of Texas at Arlington. David will also retain his position as Director of Advancement Services with the University of Dallas.

Alyson Barrett-Ryan, ‘04, is currently working for the New-York Historical Society’s Gilder Lehrman Collection of American History. This collection houses roughly 70,000 original documents from all areas of American history, with special strengths in the Revolutionary and Founding Eras, slavery and abolition, and the Civil War. There are big-name documents in the collection -- Washington, Lincoln, etc.-- and virtually untouched sources of soldiers collections, diaries, and photographs from the Civil War. Many of the materials are digitized, and she can assist anyone who is interested with searching the collection and obtaining images, transcripts, and general research support. Alyson is also currently working toward a Master's degree in Library Science at the Pratt Institute.

Sean Brennan, ‘03, published his first book, The Politics of Religion in Soviet Occupied Germany: The Case of Berlin-Brandenburg 1945-1949. The book was published by Lexington Books, part of Rowman and Littlefield.

Darin Lenz, '03, is completing his Ph.D. at Kansas State University, with a dissertation on George Muller, a 19th century British evangelical who ran a very large orphanage in Bristol, England. The dissertation is titled “Strengthening the Faith of the Children of God”: Pietism, Print, and Prayer in the Making of a World Evangelical Hero, George Müller of Bristol (1805-1898). Darin has recently published an article, “‘Visions on the Battlefields’: Alexander A. Boddy, Early British Pentecostalism, and the First World War, 1914-1918,” in the Journal of Religious History (32, no. 3) (September 2008): 281-302. He is currently Assistant Professor of History at Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington, where he teaches courses in his specialties, the history of modern Christianity and modern Britain, as well as Western Civilization.

Sean Brennan, ’03, received the Nanovic Dissertation Fellowship from the University of Notre Dame.

Paul Bartels, ’02, is now a member of the History of Education Quarterly Book Review staff.

Cathleen Nista Rauterkus, Ph.D., '01, has written a book entitled Go Get Mother’s Picket Sign, published by UP of America. Cathy wrote an original research paper as an M.A. student in Dr. Winer’s two-semester (women and gender) historiography class on the topic of American suffragists as wives and mothers and the material culture generated to argue that the vote would hinder them in these roles and vice versa. Congratulations, Cathy, on this accomplishment -- Dr. Winer is very proud!

Jennifer Riley, '01, graduated from Temple University Beasley School of Law in May 2009.

Gavin Wilk, ‘00, was awarded a postgraduate scholarship from the Irish Research Council for the Humanities & Social Sciences. He attended the University of Limerick, where his Ph.D. research focused on Irish Republican Activism in the United States from 1922 to 1939.

Kevin Switaj, ‘99, completed his Ph.D. in British History from Indiana University in May 2009, with his dissertation titled, "Power in Forgetting: Memory and the Slave Trade in Victorian Britain." He was married on April 25 to Allison Powell-Switaj, who received her Bachelor's in History from Villanova in 2002. Congratulations Kevin and Allison!

Maria T. Williams, '99, was accepted into the doctorate program at Lehigh University. Her dissertation topic is “Reverend James Bevel and the Children's Crusade.”

After receiving an M.A. in History, Araceli Duque, ’98, returned to her native Spain where she joined the convent in 2005. There are presently twenty nuns in her house, and the order now travels to Poland and Mexico giving retreats and teaching spiritual exercises. Araceli is currently a Ph.D. candidate of European Studies at the University Institute Ortega y Gasset, Madrid, Spain, and her main research interests are modern European intellectual history, history of ideas, philosophy, and Russian literature and history. A recent article, “The Vision of Christopher Dawson,” was published by the Catholic Educator's Resource Center (July 2004).

Robert F. Smith, Ph.D., '98, earned a Ph.D. in history from Lehigh University in September 2008. He recently was appointed Assistant Dean for Humanities and Social Sciences at Northampton Community College, and he and his wife welcomed their first child, Samuel, during the summer of 2009.

Congratulations to the new Dr. Shawn Lynch, ’97, who successfully defended his dissertation in history at Boston College on November 28. His dissertation is entitled "'In Defense of True Americanism': The Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts and Radical Free Speech, 1915-1945."

Andrew Marcroft, '96, who earned a master's degree in history, has been named assistant director of admissions and coordinator of international students at Montgomery County Community College.

Fran Ryan, ’95, currently teaching at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA, was awarded the Lindback teaching award.

Brian Katulis, ‘94, has co-authored his first book, The Prosperity Agenda: What the World Wants from America--and What We Need in Return, with former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nancy Soderberg.

Dr. Michael Smith, ’94 graduate of our M.A. program and Indiana University Ph.D., has co-edited Citizenship Across the Curriculum, published by Indiana University Press, April 2010. In addition to being a feather in the cap of one of our distinguished alumni, the book provides insight into ways of revising and improving college-level teaching.

Jeff Hartman, ’89, his wife Maria (B.A. Honors/English) and their five children spent two years in Tashkent, Uzbekistan where Jeff served as the Defense Attache at the U.S. Embassy from June 2007 to July 2009. Jeff was promoted to colonel in March 2010 and then in June earned an M.S. in National Security Strategy from the National War College, Washington D.C. In 2011 Jeff and his family will move to Tbilisi, Georgia where he will serve as the Senior Defense Officer and Defense Attache.

Current Undergraduate History majors Danielle Fusaro, Erin Keaveny, and Jubilee Marshall, were awarded Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellowships for summer 2018, for projects that they developed in Dr. Whitney Martinko’s junior seminar.

Graduate student and high school teacher Andrew Zetts shares the work he did on Debating the Civil Rights Act of 1875, while at his internship this past summer. He explains how important it is for HS history teachers not to rush through Reconstruction at the beginning of the semester. He helpfully explains his use of two critical documents and how to use them in the classroom. Click here to hear the podcast. Want to read the lesson plan? Click here!

Graduate Student Christina Virok was awarded the 2017 H. Dabbs Woodfin Research Internship at the Newlin Grist Mill site in Delaware County. In this internship she will be researching the 1742 Trimble house on the mill property. Congrats, Christina!

History Major Kathleen Boyce won the 2017 St. Catherine of Siena Undergraduate Peace and Justice Research Award for her paper:  “America’s ‘Youth’ go to Nazi Germany: The Movement to Boycott the 1936 Berlin Olympics and the Racial Divide in American Society.”

Katie was also selected as a Falvey Scholar for 2017 for the same project. 

On April 1, 2017 a group of our History majors presented papers at the Phi Alpha Theta East Regional Conference at Rowan University. Villanova students won two of the four prizes awarded by the judges. The winners were:

Erin Mysogoland for: “Innocent Criminals and Convict Leasing: How Southern Industrialists Exploited the Black Body.”

Kathleen Boyce for: “America’s ‘Youth’ go to Nazi Germany: The Movement to Boycott the 1936 Berlin Olympics and the Racial Divide in American Society.”

Congrats, Katie and Erin!

Graduate students Blake McGready, Madison Bastress, and Jessica Talarico were featured in an article titled ­How Living In Philadelphia Inspires Three History-Lovers to Pursue Their Master of Arts In History on
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History student Dan Center won the best paper prize at the Phi Alpha Theta regional conference at West Chester University! His paper is titled, "Out in the Streets and Out on the Battlefield: Pennsylvania Quakers and their involvement in the Philadelphia Campaign of 1777." This paper was part of Dan's senior seminar paper. Dr. Craig Bailey, who supervised Dan, deserves great credit for his ability to bring the best out in his students. Way to go Dan, way to go Dr. Bailey!

History Professor Dr. Marc Gallicchio has been named as one of three winners of the prestigious Bancroft Prize in American History and Diplomacy for his book, Implacable Foes: War in the Pacific, 1944-1945. The book is co-authored by Waldo Heinrichs, PhD, Professor Emeritus at San Diego State University. Congrats. Dr. Gallicchio!

Congratulations to Dr. Catherine Kerrison on the publication of her long awaited book, Jefferson’s Daughters: Three Sisters, White and Black, in a Young America, (Ballantine Books, 2018, 448 pages) which unfolds the stories of Thomas Jefferson’s daughters and the vastly different experiences they faced in life.

Congratulations to Dr. Marc Gallicchio on his latest book, Implacable Foes: War in the Pacific, 1944-1945 (Oxford University Press, 2017, 728 pages), written with Waldo Heinrichs.

Congrats to Dr. Judith Giesberg on her book: Sex and the Civil War: Soldiers, Pornography, and the Making of American Morality.

Dr. Paul Steege was quoted in an article titled, "The History of Walls Show They Are a Bad Idea," in U.S. News and World Report, September 26, 2016. Click HERE to read the article.

Congratulations to Dr. Kelly Diamond who won the 2016 CLAS Tolle Lege Adjunct Teaching Excellence award.

Dr. Cristina Soriano published an article titled, "Remembering the Slave Rebellion of Coro: Historical Memory and Politics in Venezuela," co-authored with anthropologist Krisna Ruette, in the prestigious journal Ethnohistory, 63:2 (April 2016), 328-350. Congratulations Dr. Soriano!

Dr. Andrew Liu published an article titled “Incense and Industry: Labour and Capital in the Tea Districts of Huizhou, China,” Past and Present (2016) 230.1: 161-195. For the last sixty years, Past and Present has been regarded as the premier British journal of social, economic, and cultural history.
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Professor Judith Giesberg now serves as Editor of the Journal of the Civil War Era. Click HERE for further details!

Unexpected Schools Championing the Liberal Arts
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Dr. Elizabeth Kolsky published an article titled, "The Colonial Rule of Law and the Legal Regime of Exception: Frontier “Fanaticism” and State Violence in British India” in The American Historical Review (October 2015) 120(4):1218-1246. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Kolsky on this achievement!

The Civil War Era Diary of a Free Black Woman
Villanova University history graduate students encounter conflict and emancipation, like nothing found in textbooks. Read More!

Art History Thesis Presentations
(2018 to come)

Dr. Judith Giesberg: The History Department is pleased to share that Dr. Giesberg has published an essay titled, “'Eye of History’: Looking at Civil War Prisoners of War,” in Lens of War, J. Matthew Gallman and Gary W. Gallagher, eds., Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2015, 185-193. In addition, she was recently appointed an OAH (Organization of American Historians) Distinguished Lecturer.

Dr. Catherine Kerrison: The History Department is pleased to share the news that Dr. Catherine Kerrison has published the article, “Harriet Hemings, Daughter of the President’s Slave,” which appears in Cynthia A. Kierner and Sandra Gioia Treadway, eds., Virginia Women: Their Lives and Times, vol. 1 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2015): 222-243. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Kerrison!

Dr. Jeffrey Johnson: The History Department is pleased to announce that Dr. Jeffrey Johnson published the essay, "Dilemmas of 19th-century Liberalism among German Academic Chemists: Shaping a National Science Policy from Hofmann to Fischer, 1865–1919," in Annals of Science 72 (2015): 224-241. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Johnson on his publication!

Podcast: Arguing for the Benefits of a Liberal Arts Education.

Philadelphia Inquirer: Villanova project tells early history of what would become Cheyney University featuring Dr. Giesberg and her graduate students.

Dr. Whitney Martinko has won the American Antiquarian Society's Hench Post-dissertation Fellowship. Only one was awarded from seventy applications. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Martinko!

Dr. Paul Steege has been awarded a highly competitive Fulbright Association Senior Scholar Research Grant. Dr. Steege performed research abroad in Spring 2016. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Steege!

Congratulations to Dr. Mark Sullivan!
Dr. Mark Sullivan published, Picturing Thoreau: Henry David Thoreau in American Visual Culture (Lexington Books, 2015). Please join us in giving Dr. Sullivan a big congrats on his achievement!

Villanova's Art History Major Celebrates 20th Anniversary
This spring marks the 20th anniversary of the creation of Villanova's Art History major. Professor Emeritus George T. Radan was instrumental in the establishment of the major. There are now an average of 20 to 25 art history majors and minors in the program in any given year, and an average of 5 majors graduating from the program each year. Our majors have gone on to careers in teaching (at such schools as Kutztown University and Rutgers University), and in museum work (at such institutions as the Seattle Museum of Art). They have also found positions in auction houses both here and abroad (among them Sotheby's and Christie's).

The Pennsylvania Abolition Society Awarded
The Pennsylvania Abolition Society awarded our graduate program $3000 to support our graduate students working on a history of the Institute for Colored Youth (ICY) during the Civil War. The premier school for black youth, the ICY opened in Philadelphia in 1837 and after moving out of the city was renamed Cheyney University in the early 20th century. The grand will support the research of Michael Johnson (and two other as yet unnamed graduate students) this summer and next year to plan and design an on-line exhibit celebrating the civil rights history of the school.

Villanova History and Art History Students Present at Bloomsburg University
Eight Villanovans participated at this year's Phi Alpha Theta Pennsylvania East Regional conference at Bloomsburg University in April. Phi Alpha Theta is the national history honors society, and the annual conference provides history and art history students with an opportunity to present their own research and to hear what their peers at neighboring institutions are working on.

The Villanova students who presented papers included Matthew Albertson ('Cries in the Wilderness: Quaker Slavery and Abolition, 1688-1780'), Clara Candalor ('Anarchy, Revolution, and Bolshevism: the Evolution of the Russian Revolution According to American and British Newspapers, 1881-1918'), David DeLand ('Class, Stigma, and Survival: the Potato in Industrial Revolution London'), Abigail Gagis ('NOT a Hopeless Cause'), John Haffey ('A Matter Between Friends': Makarios, Eisenhower, and the Cyprus Question'), Alexander Kersten ('War and Peace: a Historiography of the Hague Peace Conference of 1899 and the Culture Surrounding It'), Re' Kleinbard (Matilda Jones: Seeking Freedom Amidst Strife and a Slave Family Separated in Virginia'), Doug MacGillivray ('Life After Little Round Top: What Happened to the 20th Maine Volunteer Regiment?').

Additionally, another of our students, Nina Friel, won a best paper prize for her work ('Mary Kingsley: Society, Gender, and the Spirit of Adventure').

Congratulations to all of our students!

Generous Support from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation Allows Conservation Team to X-Ray "Triumph of David"
We are most pleased to announce that, in May 2014, the project Conserving a Giant: Resurrecting Pietro da Cortona’s “Triumph of David” was awarded a substantial grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. These funds will be utilized in a number of ways, to help both produce and disseminate further information knowledge about Villanova University’s large canvas – and no doubt about seventeenth-century Italian painting more broadly – to in a number of arenas and in a variety of audiences, both general and academic.

History Major Brett Mariani Receives President’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship in Social Studies Education
The Department of Education and Human Services is pleased to announce that College Senior Brett Mariani, recently received the President’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship in Social Studies Education at the undergraduate level from the Middle States Council for the Social Studies (MSCSS). Brett received the award during the MSCSS Annual Conference, which took place in Gettysburg, Pa., on February 25-26, 2010. Brett co-presented a session at the conference with faculty member Dr. Teresa G. Wojcik. Their presentation was entitled, “Digital Windows to the Past: Integrating On-Line Primary Sources and WebQuests.” First Lady of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Judge Marjorie Rendell, offered the keynote address at this year’s conference (see photo). Founded in 1903, the Middle States Council for the Social Studies is the oldest professional organization in the country dedicated to Social Studies education.


Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society Induction Ceremony & Brunch

The Department of History hosted its annual Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society Induction Ceremony & Brunch on Sunday, November 11, 2018. Faculty, staff, family, and friends proudly gathered at Overbrook Golf Club to celebrate 38 undergraduate and graduate students’ induction into the Society.  Click here to see a gallery of images.

Dr. Rebecca Winer presents Nicole Jurgot with the 2018 Richard L. Bates Memorial Award for Outstanding Service to the History Department.

Dr. Rebecca Winer presents Nicole Jurgot with the 2018 Richard L. Bates Memorial Award for Outstanding Service to the History Department.


K Clyde

Kathleen Clyde received the Bohdan P. Procko Award for Best Undergraduate History Paper for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Madison Bastress is awarded the Daniel B. Carroll Award for Best Graduate History Paper in 2018.

Madison Bastress received the Daniel B. Carroll Award for Best Graduate History Paper for the 2018-2019 academic year.


P Fedoryk

Dr. Tim McCall presented Peter Fedoryk with the George T. Radan Award for the Best Undergraduate Art History Paper for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Father Joseph Ryan
Father Joseph Ryan

Welcoming remarks were offered by Dr. Marc Gallicchio, Professor and Chairperson of the History Department.

Father Joseph Ryan, History Professor and Faculty Advisor of PAT, presented and was assisted by Phi Alpha Theta members Madeleine Stout and Nicole Jurgot.

Find additional photos--below--from the 2018 Phi Alpha Theta Induction Ceremony.



Dr. Shannen Williams gave the Keynote Address titled, 'Still Mining Forgotten: Black Catholic Nuns in United States History.'