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.