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Research and Scholarship


Hibba Abugideiri, Ph.D., an Associate Professor of History, is a gender historian of the Middle East. She served as director of Villanova’s Center for Arab and Islamic Studies from 2012-2017. Her research interests revolve primarily around questions of gender and empire, about which she has published a book entitled Gender and the Making of Modern Medicine in Colonial Egypt (Ashgate, 2010), as well as women in Islam. Articles on the latter have appeared in both reputable journals, such as Religion and Literature and The Muslim World, as well as a number of edited volumes. She is also a senior editor of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women (Oxford University, 2013). She is currently working on a lead essay on women in the Quran for Oxford’s forthcoming Handbook of Islam and Women as well as a book proposal on gender in Middle East history.



PhD University of London (2004)
MA National University of Ireland (1996)
BA University of Connecticut (1993)






  • Irish London: Middle-Class Migration in the Global Eighteenth Century (Liverpool University Press: Liverpool, 2013).
  • '"A Child of the Emerald Isle": Ireland and the Making of James Johnson, M.D."' Eighteenth-Century Life, 39/1 (2015).
  • 'From Innovation to Emulation: London's Benevolent Society of St Patrick, 1783-1800.' Eighteenth-Century Ireland, 27 (2012).
  • 'The Nesbitts of London and their Networks, 1747-1817,' in David Dickson, Jan Parmentier and Jane Ohlmeyer (eds.), Irish and Scottish Mercantile Networks in Europe and Overseas in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries (Academia Press: Gent, 2007).
  • 'Micro-credit, Misappropriation and Morality: British Responses to Irish Distress, 1822-1831,' Continuity and Change, 21/3 (2006).
  • 'A Measure of Worth: Probate Valuations and Indebtedness in England, 1810-40,' Historical Research, 79/ 205 (Aug 2006), (co-authored with Alastair Owens, David R. Green, and Alison C. Kay).
  • 'Metropole and Colony: Irish Networks and Patronage in the Eighteenth-Century Empire,' Immigrants and Minorities, 23/2-3 (July-Nov, 2005).
  • Suburbanization and the making of place in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, with a particular focus on Lower Merion, Pennsylvania
  • Irish migration in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, with a particular focus on London and the middle classes
  • Famine and responses to distress in Ireland

In November 2016, Dr. Diamond presented her paper “The Supernatural as a Marginalizing Force in the Fiction of John Dickson Carr,” at the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities’ Annual Scholars’ Colloquium in Toronto, Ontario. In June 2017, she was invited by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt to present on Queenship in Ancient Egypt at their annual Mini-Seminar. Her lecture was titled “New Kingdom Queens: The Ascending Gender Paradox.” In November 2017, Dr. Diamond discussed New Kingdom Royal Women and Female Masculinity at the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities Annual Scholars’ Colloquium at the University of Toronto.

In the 2017 spring semester, Dr. Diamond taught a new undergraduate course for the History Department called ‘Sex and Gender in the Ancient World,’ based on her recent research. Dr. Diamond also published an article titled, “The dmd(y)t: A Prototype for Isis?” (JSSEA 43, 2017: 61-83). She has also been busy working on several digital history projects, which can be perused on her website: Seshat’s Apprentice at,


Marc Gallicchio, Ph.D., Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History. His research deals with U.S. relations with East Asia in the 20th century. Dr. Gallicchio is the co-author of Implacable Foes: War in the Pacific, 1944-1945 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017). His book The African American Encounter with Japan and China: Black Internationalism in Asia, 1895-1945 (2000), was published in Japanese by Iwanami Shoten in 2013. He has also recently published several articles, including “The Search for a Usable Past: The U.S. and the Lessons of the Occupation of Japan,” International Journal of Okinawa Studies (December 2016); and “General Order No. 1.” in David P. Chandler, et al., eds., End of Empire, (Copenhagen: Nordic Institute Press, 2015); and “World War II in Historical Memory” in Thomas Zeiler (Ed.), Blackwell Companion to World War II (Hoboken, NJ: Blackwell, 2013). Dr. Gallicchio currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of American-East Asian Relations.


Dr. Judith Giesberg, Professor and Graduate Program Director, is Editor of the Journal of the Civil War, the journal of record for the Society of Civil War Historians. Her most recent book, Sex and the Civil War: Pornography, Soldiers, the Making of Modern Morality (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2017) examines the erotica and pornography that U.S. Army soldiers shared and links soldiers’ consumption of porn to postwar debates about the future of sex and marriage. In the aftermath of the war, a morally righteous state, incapable of eradicating porn, became nonetheless determined to weigh in on the most intimate of human relations. Sex and the Civil War is a slim volume on an important and unexplored topic.

Giesberg is beginning a new book project on the administration of the 1870 federal census⸺the first in which formerly enslaved people were counted, “Indian” appeared as a unique racial category, and that was roundly condemned for alleged under-enumeration. Indeed, President Grant ordered a recount in some regions because of public outcry over the results. As we approach the administration of the 2020 census, this project, tentatively titled One Hundred Days’ Count⸺because the 1870 census was completed in 100 days⸺promises to shed light on the intertwined history of civil rights and federal census policy.

Beginning with the Emilie Davis project in 2013, I have collaborated with my graduate students on a number of digital projects. These are opportunities to do research with my students and to produce digital projects with them that teach us all new digital skills and that they allow them to get publication experience. This has resulted in the Institute for Colored Youth project and the Information Wanted Ads project. My graduate students and I have had the opportunity to develop competency working with digital tools, to collect and make available new sources for studying the Civil War-time and postwar lives of people of color, and to find new and exciting ways to engage with the public.


Dr. Lynne Hartnett is an Associate Professor of History. Her book, The Defiant Life of Vera Figner: Surviving the Russian Revolution, was published by Indiana University Press in 2014. In 2018, Dr. Hartnett published a 24-lecture video/audio course with an accompanying guidebook for the Great Courses titled, Understanding Russia: A Cultural History. Dr. Hartnett’s article “Relief and Revolution: Russian Émigrés’ Political Remittances and the Building of Political Transnationalism” was published in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies in early 2019. Her article, “Alien or Refugee? The Politics of Russian Émigré Claims to British Asylum at the Turn of the Twentieth Century,” appeared in the Journal of Migration History in 2017. Dr. Hartnett’s essay, “Catastrophe Befell Our House: A Family’s Struggle to Survive the Russian Civil War,” appeared in The Great War and the Russian Revolution: The Home Front (Slavica Publishers) in 2016.

Dr. Hartnett is currently working on a book manuscript that examines the transnational activist networks that Russian political exiles built with British socialists, liberals, and suffragists in the two decades before the Russian Revolution. This manuscript is titled, Lenin’s Neighbors: The Non-Bolshevik Majority in European Exile, 1881-1917. Dr. Hartnett regularly presents papers based on this project at scholarly conferences in both the United States and Great Britain.

In addition to her research projects, Dr. Hartnett teaches a variety of courses on Russian History, Modern European Women’s History, Refugees and Migration in Modern Europe, Political Violence and Revolution, and the 18th Century Enlightenment. She has been nominated for the Lindback Excellence in Teaching Award multiple times and is the recipient of several other teaching awards and research grants.

Dr. Hartnett serves as the Director of the Graduate Program in History and the President of the Sigma of Pennsylvania Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Villanova.


Jeffrey Johnson, Ph.D., published the following works:

“Emil Fischer’s Dream: A ‘Synthetic-Chemical Biology’ in the early 20th Century?” Lecture presented to Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia, PA, Sept. 30, 2014.

“From the Pistol of June to the Guns of August 1914: Beginning the Self-Destruction of Imperial Europe,” invited lecture, Falvey Library lecture series in commemoration of the centennial of the First World War, Villanova University, Villanova, PA, Sept. 23, 2014.

“Emil Fischer and the Origins of Synthetic Biology,” presentation to Session 1, Annual Introductory Symposium, Philadelphia Area Center for History of Science, Philadelphia, PA, Sept. 18, 2014.

A chapter, “Women in the Chemical Industry in the First Half of the 20th Century,” in Women in Industrial Research, ed. Renate Tobies/Annette Vogt (Stuttgart:  Franz Steiner Verlag, 2014), 119-144; he also co-edited the introduction to the section in which the chapter appeared.

A peer-reviewed article, “The Case of the Missing German Quantum Chemists:  On Molecular Models, Mobilization, and the Paradoxes of Modernizing Chemistry in Nazi Germany,” in Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences, 43/4 (Sept. 2013), 391–452.

A chapter (composed in German), “Die Gründung und Entwicklung des Kaiser-Wilhelm-Instituts für Chemie 1905-1930 [founding and development of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Chemistry],” in 100 Jahre Kaiser-Wilhelm- / Max-Planck-Institut für Chemie (Otto Hahn-Institut): Facetten seiner Geschichte, hrsg. von [ed. by] Horst Kant and Carsten Reinhardt (on behalf of the Board of Directors of the Max-Planck-Institut für Chemie) (Mainz/Berlin: Max-Planck-Institut für Chemie/Archiv der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, 2012), 21-52. (Series:  Veröffentlichungen aus dem Archiv der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Vol. 22) (this was the centennial Festschrift of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry).

Dr. Johnson also gave the following presentations:

“Walther Nernst and the Academic-Industrial Symbiosis in Physical Chemistry,” invited presentation to a symposium of the German Physical Society commemorating the 150th birthday of the physical chemist Walther Nernst, Berlin, Germany June 16, 2014.

“Formation of the Knowledge-Based Economy in Germany, 1867-1914: The Development of an Academic-Industrial Symbiosis in German Organic Chemicals, 1867-1887, and its Broader Impact,” invited presentation (as a last-minute replacement for another participant who had to cancel) to the ICOHTEC (International Committee for the History of Technology) Session P133 (Knowledge for use: universities, industry and roots of the knowledge economy), 24th International Congress of History of Science, Technology, and Medicine (ICHSTM), Manchester, UK, July 27, 2013.

“Artillery Propellants and Picric Acid: Mobilizing Chemistry in Two German Explosives Plants, 1916-1918,” presentation to Session S055-A (Putting Knowledge to War), 24thICHSTM, Manchester, UK, July 25, 2013.

“Redrawing Physical-Chemical Boundaries in National Socialist Germany: Politics, International Competition, and Interdisciplinary Relations,” presentation to session on “Science in Nazi Germany: Competition, Expansion, Integration and the Foreign Gaze,” BiCoDa Conference (theme: “The States’ Stakes in Science”), Bielefeld, Germany, July 12, 2013.

“War, Autarky, and Industrial Innovation: The Transformation of Research in the German Chemical Industry, 1914-1945,” presentation to Interdisciplinary Studies of Science colloquium, Bielefeld University, July 2, 2013.

“The Great War and Modern Chemistry: The origins of “dual-use” chemicals, 1914-18,” invited lecture to Quarterly Club Luncheon, Villanova University, March 13, 2013.

“Von der Idee zur Einweihung: Die schwierigen Anfänge des Kaiser-Wilhelm-Instituts für Chemie 1905-1912” (from the idea to the opening: the difficult beginnings of the KWI for Chemistry), invited presentation to centennial celebration of the opening of the KWI for Chemistry, at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, Germany, Oct. 23, 2012.

Other news:

In September 2014 Dr. Johnson held a short-term Haas Fellowship at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia as part of his sabbatical project on “Frankenstein to Artificial Life.” He is currently working on a monograph on this topic as his sabbatical project for 2014-2015, in which he plans to do research in both Europe and the United States, including a short visit to Japan in spring 2015 as keynote speaker for a conference on the post-1945 history of chemistry. One major incentive for him to take a transnational, comparative approach to the project was Dr. Johnson’s recent summer-semester course (in English), Historical Perspectives on Artificial Life, at the University of Bielefeld, Germany, from May 27 to July 19, 2013, in that university’s international guest instructor program.

As president of the Commission on the History of Modern Chemistry (CHMC), Dr. Johnson convened the 1-day CHMC symposium S104: Materials and Chemistry from Bench to Brand and Back, at the 24th ICHSTM (see presentations above), Manchester, UK, July 26, 2013, and he acted as commentator for the first session, “Early Synthetic Materials”; he also presided over CHMC’s business meeting and represented CHMC at business meetings of the parent organization, the Division of History of Science and Technology of the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science (DHST-IUHPS), which organized the Congress. The CHMC website,, is currently located as a page on the Villanova Department of History website and is maintained by Dr. Johnson with the help of Villanova’s UNIT tech support and tech expert, Jami Arsenich.



Maghan Keita, Ph.D., professor of history and director of the Institute for Global Inter-disciplinary Studies at Villanova, has published two articles the first of which is titled, “Believing in Ethiopians," in Daniel Orrells, Gurminder Bhambra, and Tessa Roynon, ed., African Athena: New Agendas  (Oxford, 2011), 19-39, and the second “Race: What the bookstore hid," in Celia Chazelle, Simon Doubleday, Felice Lifshitz, and Amy Remensnyder, ed., Why the Middle Ages Matter: Medieval Light on Modern Injustice (Routledge, 2012). Last year Dr. Keita was elected as vice chair of the Board of Trustees of the College Board. The meeting occurred at the College Board Forum, at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. Dr. Keita's teaching and research focuses on African, African-American, European, and World histories; political economy; and Development Studies.


Catherine Kerrison, Ph.D., an associate professor of history, has most recently published an article, “Harriet Hemings: Daughter of the President’s Slave,” in Cynthia Kierner and Sandra Treadway, eds., Virginia Women: Their Lives and Times, vol. 1 (University of Georgia Press, 2015). Her book, Jefferson's Daughters: Three Daughters, White and Black, in a Young America, for which she received fellowships from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (Fall 2012) and from the American Association of University Women (2008-2009), was published in January 2018 by Ballantine Books, Random House. She has also published “The French Education of Martha Jefferson Randolph,” in Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal v. 11, no. 2 (Spring 2013): 349-394. The article built on a paper titled, “A Paradigm of Gender in the Early Republic: History and Synthesis in the Thought of Martha Jefferson Randolph,” presented at the conference of the European Early American Studies Association in Paris in December 2010. Dr. Kerrison has also published an essay entitled “Sally Hemings,” in Frances D. Cogliano, ed., A Companion to Thomas Jefferson (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), 284-300.


Dr. Elizabeth Kolsky, in connection with her new research project on empire and terror, has been selected by the Palestinian American Research Center to participate in an overseas Faculty Development Seminar to be held in May 2012, in Jerusalem and the West Bank. In May 2011, she spent two weeks in the West Bank and Jerusalem meeting with Palestinian intellectuals, academics, and artists as part of the Palestinian American Research Center Faculty Development Seminar. Over the spring and summer, Dr. Kolsky was invited to present her new research on colonial frontier history at conferences at Stanford University, Columbia University, and the University of Pennsylvania. In June, a special “Author Meets Reader” session about her book, Colonial Justice in British India, was organized at the Law and Society Association’s annual conference. She has recently published several opinion pieces in Dawn on the killing of Osama Bin Laden entitled, “Body of Evidence.” Dr. Kolsky also has published the article, “An unlikely pair,” comparing the parallel pasts and presents of Israel and Pakistan, in Dawn. The article is based on her recent experience as a fellow at the Palestinian American Research.


Dr. Adele Lindenmeyr is Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professor of History at Villanova University. A specialist in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Russian history, her areas of interest include women’s history, the development of civil society and social reform movements, World War I and the Russian Revolution, and the early Russian emigration. Dr. Lindenmeyr’s first book, Poverty Is Not a Vice: Charity, Society and the State in Imperial Russia (Princeton University Press, 1996), was the first study in any language of private and public poor relief in pre-revolutionary Russia. She is currently completing a biography of Countess Sofia V. Panina (1871-1956), a progressive philanthropist who entered politics during the Russian Revolution of 1917 and became the first woman in world history to serve as a government minister. Dr. Lindenmeyr has written a number of articles related to this project in both English and Russian, most recently, “’The First Woman in Russia’: Countess Sofia Panina and Women’s Political Participation in the Revolutions of 1917,” Journal of Modern Russian History and Historiography 9 (2016), and “Building Civil Society One Brick at a Time: People’s Houses and Worker Enlightenment in Late Imperial Russia” (The Journal of Modern History, March 2012).

Dr. Lindenmeyr is also a member of the editorial collective of a multivolume project, Russia’s Great War and Revolution, which is publishing new research by scholars from Russia, Europe, and North America on the period 1914-1922. The most recent publication in the series is The Experience of War and Revolution, eds. Adele Lindenmeyr, Christopher Read, and Peter Waldron. Bloomington: Slavica Publishers; 2016.


Andrew Liu joined the History Department in the fall of 2014. He graduated with a Ph.D. in International and Global History from Columbia University.

His research has been funded by the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Institute of Indian Studies, the Fulbright-Hays program, and the Social Science Research Council. He has written articles that have been published in the Journal of Historical Sociology, Past & Present, and Twentieth-Century China (upcoming).

His current manuscript explores the connected histories of the tea industries of modern China and South Asia. He focuses on the intertwined histories of rural labor and economic thought across the two regions and, specifically, what these processes reveal about the history of capitalism in modern Asia.


Dr. Whitney Martinko joined the Villanova History Department in the fall of 2013. Since then, she has published a review essay, "Battlefields, Bodies, and the Built Environment," in Common-place, and has reviewed books for the Journal of the Civil War Era and the Florida Historical Quarterly. In October of 2013, she presented a paper entitled “Beyond the Picturesque: Rethinking Views and the Meaning of Preservation in the Early American Republic” at the American Antiquarian Society's Center for Historic American Visual Culture. She is currently at work on a book manuscript, tentatively titled, Progress through Preservation: Republican Citizenship, Market Morality, and the Historic Built Environment in the Early United States.


Dr. Timothy McCall, Associate Professor of Art History, is spending the 2017-18 academic year in New York, as the J. Clawson Mills Fellow in the Department of European Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His current project “Matters of Renaissance Fashion” was also recently awarded a Venetian Research Program Grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, a Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society, and a Villanova University Summer Grant.

In spring of 2017, Tim published two essays on Renaissance material culture and materiality, both co-authored with Sean Roberts: “Raw Materials and Object Lessons,” in The Routledge History of the Renaissance, edited by William Caferro; and “Art and the Material Culture of Diplomacy” in Italian Renaissance Diplomacy: A Sourcebook, edited by Monica Azzolini and Isabella Lazzarini. Later in 2017, Dr. McCall’s state of the field essay on fashion, clothing, and adornment⸺“The Materials for Renaissance Fashion”⸺will appear in Renaissance Quarterly.

In the past year or so, Dr. McCall delivered for the Robert H. Smith Renaissance Sculpture in Context Seminar at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London the talk “Fashion in Marble: Medici Diplomacy and the Bargello’s Portrait of Francesco Sforza.” McCall has recently presented various papers related to clothing and embodied diplomacy: at the Dallas Museum of Art (for University of Texas, Dallas’s Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History); in Prato, at the Australian Centre for Italian Studies Conference; and in Rome, at a conference investigating gifts of textiles held at the Biblioteca Hertziana, Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte. At the 2017 meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, Tim discussed “Renaissance Materiality” in the roundtable “An Interdisciplinary Renaissance,” and he presented the paper “Glittering Gems and Courtly Masculinity” about Galeazzo Maria Sforza of Milan’s gems and jewelry.

Dr. McCall was excited to be a part of the working group “The Body Remade: Art, Nature, and Gender” and presented “Contours of Renaissance Fashion: Stockings, Tunics, and Embodied History” for our first exploratory seminar, held in Florence at Villa I Tatti, the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, in March 2017.

In summer of 2016, Tim served as Visiting Professor at Sichuan University in Chengdu, where he offered the course "Leonardo da Vinci as Italian Renaissance Court Artist" – and where he got to eat lots of spicy dandanmian and enjoyed a special tour of the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.


In the past five years, The Journal of American History published Dr. Rosier's essay, “‘Modern American Desperately Needs to Listen’: The Emerging Indian in an Age of Environmental Crisis” in its December 2013 issue. His co-authored essay, with Dr. Frank Galgano of the Department of Geography and the Environment, titled “Multidisciplinary Approaches to Sustainability Education,” was published in Teaching Sustainability: Perspectives from the Humanities and Social Sciences, Boring and Forbes, eds. (Nacodoches, TX: Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2014). And in September 2015 he published an essay entitled “Crossing New Boundaries: American Indians and Twentieth Century U.S. Foreign Policy” in Diplomatic History. In addition, he published six book reviews in the following journals: The Journal of American History (2013 and 2015), History: The Journal of the Historical Association (2016), Anthropos (2017), and Diplomatic History (2017). In October 2014, Dr. Rosier delivered the endowed Verne Moore Lecture at the University of Rochester and presented a paper at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education conference in Portland. He gave additional presentations at the Historians of Twentieth Century United States annual meeting in the Netherlands (2016) and the American Indian Workshop annual meeting in London (2017). In May 2013, Villanova University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences gave him the Veritas Award for Research Excellence. He is currently at work on a new book project entitled “Citizens of the World: American Indians Experience with Citizenship” (Cambridge University Press).


My research reflects a convergence of American Catholic religious ideas, Medicine, and Migration from 1820-1940. Currently, I am exploring the legacy of migrants from the Irish Catholic Famine diaspora from 1847 to 1855 and their struggle for dignity in a new land. The famine Irish were confronted with the rise of scientific medicine, and an American Catholic Church that sought to recreate the devotional revolution of Ireland in order to evangelize the new emigrants. I am looking at the history of the Ward’s Island Emigrant Refuge and Hospital, in New York City, in an effort to evaluate whether the physicians there practiced medicine for the welfare of Irish patients or the interests of medical science.

I have also been appointed by Archbishop Charles Chaput as the President of the Historical Commission for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that will investigate the cause for sainthood for William E. Atkinson O.S.A. Fr. Atkinson is the first quadriplegic to be ordained to the priesthood in the history of the Roman Catholic Church. The members of the historical commission will sift all the’ historical evidence of Fr. Atkinson’s life, positive and negative, to make a report to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints at the Vatican as part of an effort to assess Fr. Atkinson’s suitability for sainthood.


Dr. Cristina Soriano, Associate Professor of History, presented her paper “Information, Media, and Social Movements in Venezuela During the Age of Revolutions” at the workshop: “The Politics of Contagion: Communication and Revolution in Latin America (1780-1830)” held at New York University/Abu Dhabi Institute, New York, May 2017, and another piece titled “Public Sphere without Printing Press: Reading, Writing, and Public Opinion in Late-Colonial Venezuela” at the Conference "Print Worlds and the Making of a Colonial Public Sphere" at Yale University, March 31st - April 1st, 2017.

She has finished her book Tides of Revolution: Information, Insurgencies, and The Crisis of Colonial Rule in Venezuela, forthcoming with the University of New Mexico Press, Diálogos Series, in 2018, and she has recently published two articles: “‘A True Vassal of the King:’ Pardo Literacy and Political Identity in Venezuela during the Age of Revolutions” Journal of Atlantic Studies, Global Currents, 14:3, 2017, 275-295, and co-authored with Krisna Ruette, “Remembering the Slave Rebellion of Coro: Historical Memory and Politics in Venezuela” Ethnohistory, 62:3, 2016, 327-350.


Dr. Paul Steege was invited to conduct a seminar in September for the Working Group: The Everyday and the Ordinary, which is part of the Center for Cultural Analysis at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. His contributions to a forum on Everyday Life (Altagsgeschichte) in Nazi Germany have been published in German History: The Journal of the German History Society (October, 2009), 27:4, 560-579. The panel for the forum was comprised of historians from Australia, Canada, Germany, and the United States. Dr. Steege is also the author of Black Market, Cold War: Everyday Life in Berlin, 1946–1949, and Cambridge University Press has issued the book in a paperback edition. Dr. Steege was featured in a Philadelphia Inquirer article in April '12 entitled,"Rewriting History."


Dr. Mark Sullivan, Associate Professor of Art History, recently published, Picturing Thoreau: Henry David Thoreau in American Visual Culture (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2015; 2nd ed., 2017). He also published a review of Dieter Buchhart et al., Keith Haring: The Political Line in Choice: Reviews for Academic Libraries (Vol. 52), and wrote an essay titled, “Pennsylvania Impressionism,” for the online Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia.

Dr. Sullivan received a grant from Villanova's History Department that enabled him to do research, this past summer, on his next book, which will be a study of the Darby School of Art, a forgotten group of Pennsylvania Impressionist painters who were active at the turn of the twentieth century.


Dr. Alexander Varias published an updated and revised paperback edition of Tourist Third Cabin (co-written with Dr. Lorraine Coons) with Amberley Publishing in the United Kingdom in April, 2016. The book has been retitled Steamship Travel in the Interwar Years: Tourist Third Cabin.

Reviewed The Life of the City: Space, Humour, and the Experience of Truth in Fin-de-Siecle Montmartre by Julian Brigstocke for French History (published by Oxford University Press) (Spring, 2016) 30 (1): 136-137. First published online: January 24, 2016.

Reviewed RMS Queen Elizabeth by Janette McCutcheon and British India Steam Navigation Co. Liners of the 1950s and 1960s for The International Journal of Maritime History, Hull, United Kingdom, 2016.

Reviewed, The Edwardian Superliners: A Tale of Trios, by J Kenton Layton for The International Journal of Maritime History, Hull, United Kingdom, August 20, 2015.

Dr. Varias works with the SS United States Conservancy in the effort to convert the SS United States, the fastest ocean liner ever to cross the Atlantic and now docked in Philadelphia Harbor) into a museum of ocean liner history. In the Spring of 2016, he invited Susan Gibbs (the granddaughter of William Francis Gibbs who designed the liner) to Villanova where she spoke on the past and future of the ship. He also is working with Association French Lines in Le Havre on details of its digital site.




Women, Wealth, and Community in Perpignan c.1250-1300: Christians, Jews, and Enslaved Muslims in a Medieval Mediterranean Town, (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing Company, 2006), shortlisted for the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship Book Prize (2008).

Articles and Book Chapters

● “The Enslaved Wet Nurse as Nanny: The Transition from Free to Slave Labor in Childcare in Barcelona after the Black Death (1348),” Slavery & Abolition: A Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies 38:2 (2017): 303-319, DOI: 10.1080/0144039X.2017.1316969.

● “Jews In and Out of Latin Legal Culture: Hebrew Notations and Latin Notaries in Thirteenth-Century Perpignan and Barcelona,” in Entangled Histories: Knowledge, Authority, and Jewish Culture in the Thirteenth Century, ed., Elisheva Baumgarten, Ruth Mazo Karras and Katelyn Mesler (U. of Pennsylvania Press, 2017) 113-133.

● “Jews, Slave-Holding, and Gender in the Crown of Aragon circa 1250-1492,” Cautivas y esclavas: el tráfico humano en el Mediterráneo ed., Aurelia Martín Casares and María Cristina Delaigue Séris (Granada: University of Granada, 2016) 43-60.

● “The Mother and the Dida [Nanny]: Female Employers and Wet Nurses in Fourteenth-Century Barcelona” in Medieval and Renaissance Lactations: Images, Rhetorics, Practices, edited by Jutta Sperling (Ashgate, 2013), pp. 55-78.

● “Agents or Pawns? The Experiences of the Peasant Women of Roussillon in the Bla nquet Family Parchments, 1291-1345” in (Charlotte Newman Goldy and Amy Livingstone eds.) Writing Medieval Women's Lives (Palgrave, 2012), pp.173-192.

● « Allaitement, esclavage et salut de l’âme dans la Couronne d’Aragon et le royaume de Majorque » Études Roussillonnaises, Revue d’Histoire et d’Archéologie Méditerranéennes, tome XXV: « Femmes dans l’espace nord-méditerranéen », expected 2012.

● “Marriage, the Family and the Family Business: Links between the Jews of Medieval Perpignan and Girona,” for the conference proceedings publication of the Institut d'Estudis Nahmanides International Conference in Girona, Spain, “Times and Places of Jewish Girona,” on March 24, 2009, (Girona, 2011), pp. 239-252.

● “Living, Breathing Jewish People and Augustine's Jews in the Head” contribution to round-table on Paula Fredriksen's Augustine and the Jews in Expositions: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities, Equinox Publishing, Fall 2009, pp. 215-221.

● “Conscripting the breast: lactation, slavery and salvation in the realms of Aragon and kingdom of Majorca, c. 1250¿1300,” Journal of Medieval History, vol. 34, issue 2, June 2008, pp.164-184. Feminae Article of the Month for October 2008 and Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship article of the year.

● Elka Klein, In Memoriam, Sole author of “Introduction,” (pp.1-13). Co-author of one review essay “Hebrew Deeds of Catalan Jews,” in Elka Klein, In Memoriam, with co-editor Elisheva Baumgarten (pp. 255-262).

● “La femme, la richesse et la communauté: femmes chrétiennes, juives et musulmanes à Perpignan au XIIIe siècle,” Annales du Midi (July/September, 2006), pp. 459-463.

● “Elite Ideal or Popular Practice? Widowed mothers as guardians for the children of artisan families,” Proceedings, Seventeenth Congress for the history of the Crown of Aragon, Barcelona, Spain, September 7-12 2000, (2003), pp. 475-482.

● “Family, Community, and Motherhood: Caring for Fatherless Children in the Jewish Community of Thirteenth-Century Perpignan,” Jewish History 16.1 (April, 2002), pp.15-48.

● “Defining Rape in Medieval Perpignan: Women Plaintiffs Before the Law,” Viator 31 (September, 2000), pp. 165-183.

Encyclopedia Articles
● “Widows as Guardians” and “Jewish Women” for Women and Gender in Medieval Europe: an Encycyclopedia, ed., Margaret Schaus, Tom Izbicki, and Susan Mosher Stuard, (London: Routledge, 2006).

Work in Progress
Book Project

Milk of Human Kindness: Mothers and Childcare in the Medieval Crown of Aragon and Kingdom of Majorca, c. 1200-1400.

Teaching Areas

Medieval, Premodern World, Women and Gender Studies, Jewish History


·                     Villanova University Travel Grant (Summer 2017)

·                     Hadassah–Brandeis Institute Research Award (2015)

·                     Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Maurice Amado Foundation Fellowship (2012-2013)

·                     Dean of Arts and Sciences Villanova Faculty Grant (2011)

·                     Villanova University Office of Research and Sponsored Projects, the RSG and SRF Summer Research Grants (2011)

·                     Maurice Amado Faculty Grant Awarded out of UCLA (2010)

·                     Franklin Research Grant, American Philosophical Society (2007)

·                     Veritas Summer Research Award Villanova University (2005)

·                     Book Subvention, Program for Cultural Cooperation Between the Spanish Ministry of Education and United States Universities (2002)

·                     Matching Travel Grant, Program for Cultural Cooperation Between the Spanish Ministry of Education and United States Universities (1997)

·                     Villanova University Office of Research and Special Programs, R.S.G. Summer Grant (1997)

·                     AAUW—American Association of University Women—Dissertation Fellowship (1995-1996)

·                     UCLA Luckman Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award (1995-96)

·                     Western Association of Women Historians' Graduate Student Award (1995-96)

Honors and Awards

·                     Folger Institute Coloquium, Folger Shakespeare Library, “Vernacular Health and Healing,” (2006-2007); NEH—National Endowment for the Humanities—Seminar, “The Seven Deadly Sins as Cultural Constructions in the Middle Ages,” Darwin College, Cambridge University (Summer 2006).


Recent Conference Papers
● “Wet nursing among Jews in Perpignan 1413: A lens on community and gender relations,” presented at 17th World Congress of Jewish Studies, Hebrew University, Mount Scopus, Israel, August 7, 2017.
● “Dressing the Medieval Jewish Wet Nurse,” at “Visual and Material in Medieval and Early Modern Jewish Studies: An International Workshop” held at the Institut für Jüdische Studien at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (University of Munster), Germany, July 14, 2017.
● “Breastmilk and Community: Gender Boundaries and Wet Nursing Practices among Muslims in Al Andalus and Jews, Christians and Conversos in Medieval Spain,” “Jewish Women’s Cultural Capital Under Islam,” An International Workshop at the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, June 12, 2017.
● “Wet nurses, Gender, and Judaism in Medieval Spain and Southern France and the Scholarship of Judith Baskin,” given at “Alterity and its Alternatives: A Conference on Gender and Judaism in Honor of Judith Baskin” held at the University of Oregon at Eugene, May 23-24, 2017.
● “Jews, Slave-Holding, and Gender in the Crown of Aragon in the Later Middle Ages,” Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, Chicago, March 30, 2017.
● Association for Jewish Studies Annual Meeting, “Marriage and the Medieval Jewish Wet Nurse,” AJS, Boston, MA, International, Academic (December 11, 2013).
● Association for Jewish Studies Annual Meeting, “Jewish Wet Nurses and Their Employers in Later Fourteenth-Century Barcelona,” AJS, Chicago, IL, International, Academic. (December 12, 2012). Recent Invited Lectures (Scholarly).
● “Jews, Slave-Holding, and Gender in the Crown of Aragon c. 1250-1492,” 29 October 2015, University of Granada, delivered at the international symposium Enslaved Women in the Western Mediterranean, supported by a grant from the Spanish government on, “Slavery and Rescue: Human Trafficking and Insecurity in the Western Mediterranean.”
● The Enslaved Wet Nurse as Nanny: The transition from free to slave labor in late medieval Mediterranean Spain,” 8 April 2015, Newcastle University, UK, delivered at the international symposium Pregnancy, Childbearing and Infant Care: Historical Perspectives from Slave and Non-Slave Societies sponsored by a UK International Research Collaboration Award as part of “The Mothering Slaves Network,” under direction of Diana Paton of University of Newcastle and Emily West of University of Reading and Helena Machado, U. of San Paolo, Brazil.
● “Roundtable on State of the Field of Medieval Studies,” University of Pennsylvania, September 15, 2014.
● “Jewish-Christian Dialogue in Everyday Life in Medieval Europe: Lessons for Today?” Theology Institute, Villanova (Thursday, March 13, 2014).
● “Revisiting the ‘Conscripted Breast’ from a Jewish Point of View,” 6 November 2013, University of Nantes, France, delivered at the international symposium Family Bonding and Sexual Practices in Multi-Confessional Societies: What judicial consequences? RELMIN reseach project funded by the EEC.
● “Motherhood and Wet Nursing among Elite Christians and Jews in Late Medieval Barcelona,” 27 June 2013, University of Geneva, Switzerland, delivered at the international symposium from Wet Nurses to Milk Banks: Commerce, gift exchange and symbolic exchanges concerning maternal breast milk substitutes. This research group has been awarded a major, multi-year grant from the Swiss government to set up a center on the topic of the history of breastfeeding in the West.
● Ruth Meltzer Seminar, “Wet Nurse or Mother's Milk? Ideals and Realities of Childrearing among Christians and Jews in the Medieval Realms of Aragon,” “Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, U. Penn., 420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106, International, Academic (November 7, 2012).
● Katz Center Shadow Seminar, “Thirteenth-Century Jewish Women in Notarial Culture,” Katz Center, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, Regional, Academic. (October 2012).
● Pearl Kibre Medieval Study, Fifth Annual Spring Roundtable, "Women and Gender in Medieval Studies," CUNY graduate Center, New York, NY, Regional, Academic (April 27, 2012).

Current Research
● Co-editor with Federica Francesconi (College of Idaho/SUNY Albany) of Jewish Women in Historical Perspective under contract at Wayne State Press.
● Monograph: Milk of Human Kindness: Wet Nursing, Religion and Motherhood in the Medieval Crown of Aragon.


·                     Christian-Jewish-Muslim relations in High Medieval Iberia, Gender, Mothers and Children

Course List

·                     Fall17-ACS-1000-GL4 Ancients

·                     Fall17-HIS-1165-002 TOP: The Black Death

·                     Fall17-HIS-3995-001 TOP: Robin Hood

Area of Expertise

·                     Medieval History

·                     Women and Families

·                     Christian, Jewish and Muslim Relations

·                     Slavery Studies