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Marc Gallicchio

Marc Gallicchio received the prestigious Bancroft Prize in History and Diplomacy for Implacable Foes: War in the Pacific, 1944-1945 (2017), which he co-authored with his mentor Waldo Heinrichs.

Implacable Foes also received the Bronze Award for best book of 2017 from Military History Monthly.

Dr. Gallicchio’s lecture to the New York Military Affairs Symposium aired on C-Span on January 3 through January 6, 2019 and is available for viewing through that through that channel’s archive.

Dr. Gallicchio received Villanova University’s Outstanding Faculty Research Award in 2018.

Judith Giesberg

Judith Giesberg co-edited with Randall Miller, Counterpoints: Women and the American Civil War, which was published by Kent State University Press in July 2018.

Dr. Giesberg wrote two op-eds: “President Trump is playing politics with the 2020 Census. It could backfire,” Made By History, Washington Post, January 12, 2018 and “Jeff Sessions is wrong. Sanctuary-city advocates aren’t like secessionists. They’re like abolitionists,” Made By History, Washington Post, March 6, 2018.

Dr. Giesberg presented the following papers/participated in the following panels:  “Material Culture and Warfare: The Civil War from a Multidisciplinary Perspective,” Society for Military History, Louisville, KY, April 5-7, 2018; “When All That is Left is Words:  The Writings and Sensibilities of Civil War Soldiers,” Organization of American Historians Annual Conference, Sacramento, CA, April 12-14, 2018; “No Fractions: The 1870 U.S. Census and Republican Dreams for the Postwar Nation,” American Literature Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, May 24, 2018; “Defining the Field of Battle: Gender and the Civil War,” Southern Association of Women’s Historians Conference, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, June 7-10, 2018; “Know(ing) it When You See It:  Pornography, Soldiers, and the U.S. Civil War,” Gettysburg College Civil War Institute, Gettysburg College, June 22-25, 2018; and “From the Archives: Sexual Relations between Men and Boys in the Mid-19C Military,” The 60th Annual Convention of Midwest Modern Language Association, Kansas City, MO, November 15-18, 2018.

Professor Giesberg delivered three invited talks, including “Last Seen Digital Project:  Finding Family After Slavery,” Gilder Lehrman Center Conference on Digital History and Slavery, New Haven, CT, May 5, 2018; Book Talk: Sex and the Civil War:  Soldiers, Pornography, and the Making of American Morality, National Civil War Museum, Harrisburg, PA, July 21, 2018; “The Fugitive Slave Law and the Crisis Over Immigration Policy: Assessing a Forgotten Legacy,” Constitution Day Forum at Dickinson College, September 17, 2018; and “Information Wanted Ads and the History of Family Separation,” Medford Leas, Medford, New Jersey, October 13, 2018.

Giesberg was awarded a $4,000 Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society for her new research project, “One Hundred Days Count:  The Administration of the 1870 Census.”

Lynne Hartnett

Dr. Hartnett presented two invited talks at the annual Renaissance Weekend in Charleston, South Carolina at the end of December. Dr. Hartnett delivered the lectures, “Russia’s Past, Putin’s Future” and “Russian Cultural History” to audiences comprised of recognized leaders from diverse fields including government, education, science, technology, entertainment, and the media.

In September, Dr. Hartnett’s video course, Understanding Russia: A Cultural History, along with an accompanying 238-page guidebook, was published by the Teaching Company’s Great Courses. Dr. Hartnett’s twenty-four lecture course covers the political and cultural history of Russia over the last millennium. The course is available in DVD, CD, video download, and on In addition, it is part of the Great Courses streaming service, the Great Courses Plus.

Catherine Kerrison

Dr. Catherine Kerrison presented a paper, "The Pursuit of Happiness:  Female Freedom Suits in Post-Revolutionary Philadelphia," at the Conference of the Omohundro Institute of History and Early American Culture, in Williamsburg, Virginia June 2018.

In January, she published her book, Jefferson's Daughters:  Three Sisters, White and Black, in a Young America (New York:  Ballantine Books, 2018, 448 pages), which unfolds the stories of Thomas Jefferson’s daughters and the vastly different experiences they faced in life. She also published an Op-Ed in the Washington Post, "How Did We Lose a President's Daughter?"

Throughout the year, Dr. Kerrison has given a series of invited talks on her recent book, including at the National Archives, Washington D.C., in February; the Newberry Library in Chicago in June; and the National Book Festival, Washington D.C., in September, and can be viewed on CSpan.

Jeffrey Johnson

In 2018, Jeff Johnson spent several months in Germany as Guest Scholar in the Research Group on the History of the Max Planck Society (MPS) at the Max Planck Institute for History of Science in Berlin.

Dr. Johnson gave an invited lecture at the University of Rostock on 20th-Century German chemists on June 14, and a presentation on German biochemists (1940s-1960s) to the MPS Research Group on September 10. On December 7, he presented a paper on German explosives factories to a conference in Paris on “The European Industrial Heritage of the First World War.”

Jeff Johnson’s article “Dr. Frankenstein, I Presume? Revising the Popular Image of Frankenstein,” appeared in Literature and Medicine, Theme Issue: Chemistry, Disability, and Frankenstein, edited by Allison B. Kavey and Lester D. Friedman, 36/2 (Fall 2018): 287-311.

Adele Lindenmeyr

Dean Lindenmeyr completed the manuscript of her new book, Citizen Countess: Sofia Panina and the Fate of Revolutionary Russia, which will be published by the University of Wisconsin Press in fall 2019.

She co-edited two collections of articles: Russia’s Home Front in War and Revolution, 1914-1922: Book 3, National Disintegration, and Russia’s Home Front in War and Revolution, 1914-1922: Book 4: Reintegration – The Struggle for the State (Slavica, 2018). Dr. Lindenmeyr is currently working on another volume in this series, on Women and Gender in Russia’s Great War and Revolution, with Melissa Stockdale of the University of Oklahoma.

In December 2018, Dean Lindenmeyr traveled to Boston to present a paper, “’Common Sense Vanishes in Revolutionary Times’: Sofia Panina and Ariadna Tyrkova-Williams Reflect on 1917,” at the annual conference of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies.

Timothy McCall

Timothy McCall spent the first eight months of 2018 in the European Paintings Department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he was the J. Clawson Mills Senior fellow for the academic year.

At the Met Fellows colloquium in May, McCall presented the paper "All that Glitters: Visual Rhetorics of Gold in the Fashion and Art of Renaissance Milan." Tim spent quite a bit of time wandering the museum's galleries and he accomplished a bit of archival and museum research in Italy thanks to a Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society and a Venetian Research Program Grant from the Delmas Foundation.

At the end of 2018, Dr. McCall published the essay "Material Fictions of Luxury in Sforza Milan," in the volume Luxury and the Ethics of Greed in the Early Modern World, edited by Catherine Kovesi.

He presented an invited lecture at the University of Richmond in February, and a month later, at the Annual Conference for the Center for Medieval Studies of Fordham University, a paper ("Where the garments gapes") on the relations between bodies and clothing. At the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference in Albuquerque, McCall chaired a session on Renaissance gems, and he delivered a paper on armored clothing and clothing armor in fifteenth-century Italy.

Paul Rosier

In January 2018, Dr. Rosier participated in the weeklong Oral History Workshop held at the Chemical Heritage Foundation.

In April 2018, he presented a paper on American Indians' political history during the New Deal era at the annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians. Dr. Rosier chaired a panel on global indigenous activism at the annual meeting of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations in July.

During the summer, Paul Rosier served as Consulting Editor for Adam Matthew's digital American Indian Newspaper project.

As the fall semester got underway, Dr. Rosier gave an address on American Indian environmentalism at the Philadelphia Ethical Society; presented a paper on Navajo nationalism during the Cold War at the Diné Studies Conference at Diné College on the Navajo Reservation; and gave an invited talk on American Indian military history and citizenship during the Warm Springs Indian Reservation's Veterans Day activities.

Cristina Soriano

Dr. Soriano presented her paper “Literacy, Rumors and Public Sphere in Venezuela during the Age of Revolutions” at the Gran Colombia Studies Committee/New Directions on Politics and Society in Pre- and Post-Gran Colombia Conference of Latin American History and the American Historical Association, Washington DC, in January 2018. In April 2018, she also presented her paper “Negotiating Peace among the King’s Vassals: Avoiding Haiti in Venezuela During the Age of Revolutions” at the 65th Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies, Reno, Nevada.

Dr. Soriano published her first book Tides of Revolution: Information, Insurgencies, and The Crisis of Colonial Rule in Venezuela. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, Diálogos Series, in 2018.

She also published the book chapter “‘Avoiding the Fate of Haiti’: Negotiating Peace in Late-Colonial Venezuela” in Michael Goode and John Smolenski (eds.), The Specter of Peace: Rethinking Violence and Power in the Colonial Atlantic. Early American History Series, Vol. 9, 187-215. London: Brill, 2018. She has recently signed a book contract with Cambridge University Press to co-edit the Cambridge Companion to Latin American Independence, a multi-authored volume scheduled to come out in 2021.

Paul Steege

In September 2018, Dr. Steege attended the German Studies Association annual meeting in Pittsburgh, where he organized a session on war stories and German experiences of World War II. His paper explored a 1935 air raid drill in Berlin and the ways that fantasies of future war helped make that war imaginable.

Over the course of 2018, he published a number of blogposts and opinion pieces, including an essay for the Washington Post’s Made by History that used British writer George Orwell to help us think about how to view international sporting competitions like the World Cup.


Check out Dr. Williams on KYW Radio

Dr. Shannen Williams was interviewed by KYW New Radio for a quick look at Sister Thea Bowman, one of the first black women to enter the Catholic sisterhood.

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 Cold-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).



Congratulations to Dr. Judith Giesberg on the publication of her book: Sex and the Civil War: Soldiers, Pornography, and the Making of American Morality, 2017.



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. Click HERE for full article.




Professor Judith Giesberg now serves as Editor of the Journal of the Civil War Era. Click HERE for further details!

The History Department is pleased to share that Dr. Judith 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.

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!

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!

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 2015-2016 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 celebrating Dr. Sullivan on his achievement!

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!

Unexpected Schools Championing the Liberal Arts
Click HERE for the full article!

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!

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.

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.

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.


Trip To Gettysburg, PA - Pictures HERE!