Research and Scholarship


Hibba Abugideiri, Ph.D., an associate professor of history, is a gender historian of the Middle East. Her research interests revolve primarily around questions of gender and empire, about which she has published a book titled, 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).


Dr. Kelly-Anne Diamond published an article, titled “The Sacred District scene in the Rectangular Tombs at Elkab,” which appeared in the 2012 issue of the Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt.  In April 2014, Dr. Diamond delivered a paper, “The dmDyt: A prototype for Isis?” at ARCE's Annual Meeting in Portland Oregon.


Marc Gallicchio, Ph.D., professor of history and chair of the department, had his book, The African American Encounter with Japan and China: Black Internationalism in Asia, 1895-1945 (2000), published in Japanese by Iwanami Shoten in 2013. He also published several essays, “Truman, Unconditional Surrender, and a New Deal for Japan,” in James I. Matray, ed., Northeast Asia and the Legacy of Harry S. Truman: Japan, China, and the Two Koreas (Kirksville, MO: Truman State University Press, 2012); “The Legacy of World War II” in Thomas Zeiler, Robert McMahon, ed., The Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy: A Diplomatic History (Sag Harbor, NJ: DWJ Books, 2012); and “World War II in Historical Memory” in Thomas Zeiler, ed., Blackwell Companion to World War II (Hoboken, NJ: Blackwell, 2013). During the same period he published the following reviews: Tsuyoshi Hasegawa, ed., The Cold War in East Asia, 1945-1991H-Diplo (June 2012); J. Calvitt Clarke III. Alliance of the Colored Peoples: Ethiopia and Japan before World War IIAmerican Historical Review (December 2012); and Hiroshi Masuda. MacArthur in Asia: The General and His Staff in the Philippines, Japan, and Korea. American Historical Review (Spring, 2014). Dr. Gallicchio received a Faculty Summer Research Award (2014) and a grant from the Earhart Foundation (2015) for a book project tentatively titled “Conservatives, New Dealers, and the Unconditional Surrender of Japan." In September, 2015 he presented a paper titled “Alone in the Pacific: How Americans Commemorated the 70th Anniversary of the Asia-Pacific War,” at a conference on Anniversary Politics: Commemorations of WWII in the Asia Pacific in 2015, sponsored by the program on Memory and Reconciliation in the Asia-Pacific of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at George Washington University.

He currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of American-East Asian Relations.


Dr. Judith Giesberg, Graduate Program Director, is delivering the Brose Distinguished Lecture Series at the Pennsylvania State University on November 6-8, on the sexual culture of U.S. Army camps in the Civil War. Additionally, Dr. Giesberg presented her work at several recent conferences, including "Time to Kil": Anthony Comstock, Manliness, and the Obscenity of War,” at the Midwest Modern Language Association Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, WI, November 2013. Dr. Giesberg provided comment for the panel "Bodies of War: Material Perspectives on the American Civil War Era," and participated in the roundtable, "Teaching the New Military History," at the Biennial Meeting, Society of Civil War Historians, Baltimore, MD in June 2014. Dr. Giesberg participated in the roundtable "Pennsylvania in 1863," at the Pennsylvania Historical Association Annual Meeting, Gettysburg, PA, October 2013.

Dr. Giesberg published her book Emilie Davis’s Civil War: The Diary of a Free Black Woman in Philadelphia, 1863-1865, Pennsylvania State University Press, 2014. Dr. Giesberg also published the following articles: "The Emilie Davis Diaries Project: Digital History and Civil War Commemoration," Common-Place, 14: 2 (Winter 2014); “In an artifact of the Civil War, a reminder of the chaos of conflict,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 18, 2014; and "Women," in Aaron Sheehan-Dean, ed., A Companion to the U.S. Civil War, 2 Vols., Wiley Blackwell Publishers, 2014, 779-794.


Dr. Lynne Hartnett, Assistant Professor of History had her book, The Defiant Life of Vera Figner: Surviving the Russian Revolution published by Indiana University Press in May 2014. Dr. Hartnett’s essay, “Catastrophe Befell Our House: A Family’s Struggle to Survive the Russian Civil War,” will appear in the multi-volume collection, The Great War and the Russian Revolution (Slavica Publishers) in 2015. In March 2014, Dr. Hartnett took part in an international conference of Russian and Slavic scholars at Oxford University. At the conference, “Writing and Reading Russian Biographies in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries” Dr. Hartnett presented a paper entitled “Literary Legitimacy: Justifying a Radical Life in a Revolutionary Age.” At the same conference she was one of four published biographers who led a roundtable discussion about methodological considerations in Russian biographies in the twenty-first century.


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 the History Department’s own 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, ed., Virginia Women: Their Lives and Times, vol. 1 (University of Georgia Press, 2015). Her book manuscript, Jefferson's Daughters, for which she received a fellowship from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (Fall 2012), is now under contract with Ballantine Books, a division of 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 PhD in International and Global History from Columbia University, where his research was funded by the American Institute of Indian Studies, the Fulbright-Hays program, and the Social Science Research Council. He has published one article with the Journal of Historical Sociology, and a forthcoming piece will be published in Past & Present. His current manuscript explores the connected histories of the tea industries of modern China and South Asia and, specifically, what they 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, published the volume, Visual Cultures of Secrecy in Early Modern Europe, with Truman State University, co-edited with Sean Roberts and Giancarlo Fiorenza. The volume contains two essays by McCall, “Secrecy and the Production of Seignorial Space: the Coretto of Torrechiara,” and the book’s introduction, “Revealing Early Modern Secrecy,” which he co-authored with Roberts.

McCall’s article “Brilliant Bodies: Material Culture and the Adornment of Men in North Italy’s Quattrocento Courts,“ was published in the journal I Tatti Studies in the Italian Renaissance at the end of 2013, and in April of 2014, was named the article of the month by Feminae, the Medieval Women and Gender index. Tim was also part of the team (along with the conservator Kristin deGhetaldi, Anthony Lagalante in Chemistry, and David Lacey of Falvey Library) awarded a substantial grant for the on-going Conserving a Giant project conserving and studying Villanova’s large Baroque canvas attributed to Pietro da Cortona.

In the past year or two, McCall has presented a number of conference papers and invited lectures, particularly on Renaissance bodies, beauty, masculinity, and fashion and adornment. Dr. McCall contributed to the conference “Italian Renaissance Studies: New Research Directions” at the University of Melbourne, delivered the Mary L. Heuser Memorial Lecture in Art History at Wheaton College (MA), gave the keynote lecture at Oklahoma State University’s Art History Senior Symposium, and presented at the USC-Huntington Library Early Modern Studies Annual Conference “The Ephemerality and Durability of Early Modern Visual and Material Culture” in Los Angeles. McCall delivered invited lectures at the University of Edinburgh, and, closer to home, at Ursinus College (the latter with his colleague Maghan Keita). Dr. McCall additionally presented a paper on fake pearls at the Sixteenth Century Society Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and a talk on a Milanese gift of clothing to Lorenzo de’ Medici at the Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting in New York.

He is currently working on a number of projects, including a state of the field essay on the study of Renaissance clothing and fashion for the journal Renaissance Quarterly, and a chapter on the material culture of Renaissance diplomacy (co-authored with Sean Roberts).

Dr. McCall in June 2014, served as visiting international professor at Shanghai University where he offered the course "Leonardo da Vinci as Italian Renaissance Court Artist." For the art and art history community at Shanghai University, he presented the lecture "Materiality, Clothing, and Embodied Phenomena in Renaissance Italy." For the Shanghai Mass Art Center, he additionally delivered the talk "Leonardo da Vinci's portrait of Cecilia Gallerani and Italian Renaissance Lords and Lovers."


Dr. Paul Rosier served as a Guest Editor of the October 2012 issue of Environmental Justice, “Environmental Justice in the New Global Economy: Three Case Studies." The Journal of American History published his 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 inTeaching 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 three book reviews: Indians & Energy: Exploitation and Opportunity in the American Southwest, Sherry L. Smith and Brian Frehner, eds. The Journal of American History (2013), Adrea Lawrence, Lessons From An Indian Day School: Negotiating Colonization in Northern New Mexico, 1902-1907, History of Education Quarterly (2013), and "In the Shadow of Kinzua: The Seneca Nation of Indians since World War II in,The Journal of American History (2015). 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. In May 2013, Villanova University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences gave him the Veritas Award for Research Excellence.


Joseph G. Ryan, O.S.A., Ph.D., has written an article titled, "Doctor Gunning S. Bedford (1806–70) and the Search for Safe Obstetric Care, 1833–70," which was published in the August 2008 issue of the Journal of Medical Biography.


Dr. Cristina Soriano, Assistant Professor of Latin American History, presented her paper in January 2015 titled, “The Untold Story of a Revolutionary Barbershop: Texts and Reading Networks in the Conspiracy of La Guaira, 1797,” at the New York City Latin American History Workshop, Institute of Latin American Studies, Columbia University, New York. She was also invited to present her piece, “Reading in a Province with No Printing Press: Literacy and Circulation of Books in Late Colonial Caracas,” at the John Carter Brown Library Annual Symposium “Merchants of the Printed Word: The Circulation and Commerce of Books in the Americas and Beyond,” Brown University, February 2015. In August 2015, Dr. Soriano was invited to present her paper “Avoiding the Fate of Haiti: Contention between Elites and People of African descent in Venezuela During the Age of Revolutions,” at the conference “The Specter of Peace in Histories of Violence,” Tanner Humanities Center, University of Utah.

Having received the Richard E. Greenleaf Visiting Scholar Award by the Latin American and Iberian Institute, Dr. Soriano visited the archival collection of the University of New Mexico in the Spring of 2015, and presented her paper, “Tides of Revolutions, Information and Political Mobilization in Venezuela, 1789-1810, An Overview.”

Dr. Soriano published her chapter, “Librerías, lectores y saber en Caracas durante la segunda mitad del siglo XVIII,” in the edited volume El Libro en Circulación de América Colonial: Producción, Circuitos de Distribución y Conformación de Bibliotecas en los Siglos XVI al XVIII, Idalia García y Pedro Rueda, (ed.), (México: Quivira, 2014). She also finishes her manuscript "Tides of Revolution: Information and Politics in Late Colonial Venezuela."


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). 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 presented “Echoes of the Spanish Civil War: the Siqueiros-Trotsky ‘Encounter’ in Mexico City, 1940” in early May at a meeting of the International Conference on the Arts in Society in Berlin at the Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. In June, articles by Dr. Varias on Italian Neo-Realism and on Frank Capra’s “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” were included in the collection, Movies in American History, published by ABC-CLIO Books. Last March Dr. Varias offered an experimental course on Greece at Chestnut Hill College that included a two week trip to Greece. The course was made possible by a grant from Harvard University’s Center of Hellenic Studies in Nafplion, Greece.


Dr. Rebecca Winer was on research leave 2012-13 as the Maurice Amado Foundation Fellow at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. This past June Dr. Winer was an invited speaker at an international interdisciplinary symposium on the history of breastfeeding, motherhood and childcare titled ”From wet nurses to milk banks,” at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. Her most recent article, “The Mother and the Dida (Nanny): Female Employers and Wet Nurses in Fourteenth-Century Barcelona,” will appear in Medieval and Renaissance Lactations: Images, Rhetorics, Practices (Ashgate Publishing) in September 2013.

On November 6, 2013, Dr. Winer will join the International “RelMin” research team based at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Ange-Guépin in Nantes, France in their work on the legal status of religious minorities in medieval Europe. Dr. Winer is an invited speaker at their symposium, “Family bonding and sexual practices in multi-confessional societies: what judicial consequences?”