Shannon Li Wins 2018 ICI Purple Pen Competition
(Posted September 14, 2018)
Shannon Li has won the 2018 Purple Pen Competition sponsored by the Institute of Certified Indexers. Her winning index will appear in the book The Politics of Middle English Parables: Fiction, Theology, and Social Practice by Mary Raschko (pending publication autumn 2018, Manchester University Press). Shannon's knowledge of the subject matter and high standards of conceptual analysis were noted by the judges. Shannon has established her own freelance indexing business, Li Indexing. Information about her services can be found here.
New Book and New Role for Anna Peterson
History alum Anna M. Peterson (PhD, Ohio State) has been named editor for the Norwegian-American Historical Association. Anna will continue to teach in the history department of Luther College while she holds the editorship. A primary focus of her role will be to oversee the redesign of the journal, Norwegian-American Studies. While at Ohio State, Prof. Peterson's advisor was Prof. Birgitte Søland.
Jeffrey Jaynes Pens New Book
Congratulations to Ohio State History Alum Jeffrey Jaynes (PhD 1993), who has just had a new book, "Christianity Beyond Christendom: the Global Christian Experience on Medieval Mappaemundi and Early Modern World Maps," Wolfenbüttler Forschungen 149 (Harrassowitz, 2018) published. Details about the book are available here.
Scott King-Owen Named Bexley Educator of the Year
History alum Scott King-Owen (PhD in History 2011) was named 2018 Bexley Educator of the Year by the Bexley Education Foundation on April 25th. He was recently interviewed about the award by ThisWeekNews.com. The article is available here.
Aaron George joins Tarlton State Faculty
Congratulations to history PhD alum Aaron George who has accepted a position at Tarlton State University in Forth Worth, Texas, teaching the US survey and gender & sexuality histories. While at Ohio State, Professor David Steigerwald was his advisor.
Dan Vandersommers Obtains New Position
(Posted June 19, 2018)
Congratulations to history alum Dan Vandersommers, who will be starting in the fall as an assistant professor at the Indiana Academy at Ball State University, an interdisciplinary program. Professor Vandersommers received his Ph. D. in 2014. His advisor was Prof. Randy Roth.
Yigit Akin Pens New Book
(Posted March 14, 2018)
Congratulations to alum Yigit Akin (Ph.D., History, 2011) on publication of his new book, When the War Came Home: The Ottomans' Great War and the Devastation of an Empire, (Stanford University Press). Dr. Akin is currently an assistant professor of history at Tulane University.
The following book description is from the Stanford University Press web site: "The Ottoman Empire was unprepared for the massive conflict of World War I. Lacking the infrastructure and resources necessary to wage a modern war, the empire's statesmen reached beyond the battlefield to sustain their war effort. They placed unprecedented hardships onto the shoulders of the Ottoman people: mass conscription, a state-controlled economy, widespread food shortages, and ethnic cleansing. By war's end, few aspects of Ottoman daily life remained untouched."
"When the War Came Home reveals the catastrophic impact of this global conflict on ordinary Ottomans. Drawing on a wide range of sources—from petitions, diaries, and newspapers to folk songs and religious texts—Yiğit Akın examines how Ottoman men and women experienced war on the home front as government authorities intervened ever more ruthlessly in their lives. The horrors of war brought home, paired with the empire's growing demands on its people, fundamentally reshaped interactions between Ottoman civilians, the military, and the state writ broadly. Ultimately, Akın argues that even as the empire lost the war on the battlefield, it was the destructiveness of the Ottoman state's wartime policies on the home front that led to the empire's disintegration."
Pam Pennock Promoted to Full Professor at Univ. of Michigan
(Posted August 24, 2017)
Congratulations to Pam Pennock (Ph.D., History, Ohio State 2002) whose full professorship at the University of Michigan will go into effect in September. She has been employed at the University of Michigan-Dearborn since receiving her PhD. Her second book was published earlier this year by University of North Carolina Press. It is entitled: The Rise of the Arab American Left: Activists, Allies, and Their Fight Against Imperialism and Racism, 1960s-1980s.
Joe Faykosh Appointed Professor of History at Central Arizona State
(Posted July 6, 2017)
Congratulations to Ohio State History alum Joe Faykosh, (B.A., History, Ohio State, 2006), who has accepted a position as Professor of History at Central Arizona College, beginning in August 2017. He earned his PhD in History from Bowling Green State University in December 2016. His dissertation, "A Party in Peril: Franklin Roosevelt, the Democratic Party, and the Circular Letter of 1924," examined Franklin Roosevelt's behind-the-scenes maneuvering to reform the Democratic Party. He also received Bowling Green State University's Graduate College Distinguished Dissertation Prize for 2017. He was advised at Ohio State by Dr. Robin Judd and Dr. Randy Roth.
Allison Gough Receives New Appointment
(Posted June 29, 2017)
Congratulations to Allison Gough (PhD, History, Ohio State, 2000) on her appointment to Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Hawai'i Pacific University.
Hawai'i Pacific University Senior Vice President and Provost Matthew Liao-Troth states, "Dr. Gough will be responsible for leading the College of Liberal Arts, developing internal and external partnerships, driving enrollment, and ensuring the overall success of the college."
Patrick Potyondy Appointed 2017 Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow
Congratulations to Patrick Potyondy (PhD, History, 2016) on being chosen as a 2017 Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow. Patrick has been appointed as Legislative Policy Specialist for the National Conference of State Legislatures. Founded in 1975, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) is the nation’s bipartisan organization providing state legislators and legislative staff with support, ideas, connections, and a strong voice on Capitol Hill.
Stewart Dippel Pens New Book
(Posted June 19, 2017)
"Redeemed at Countless Cost: The Recovery of Iconographic Theology and Religious Experience from 1850 to 2000" by Stewart Dippel (PhD, History, 1983) will be published by Peter Lang in August. Future information about the book will be available here.
Kyle Nappi Attends 2017 Manfred Wörner Seminar
Christopher Allen Howard Receives PhD from University of Akron
(Posted June 7, 2017)
Christopher Allen Howard, (BA in History, 2000, Ohio State) received his PhD on May 25, 2017 from the University of Akron. The crux of his dissertation, "Black Insurgency: The Black Convention Movement in the Antebellum United States, 1830 - 1865", is that during the antebellum era, black activists organized themselves into insurgent networks, with the goal of achieving political and racial equality for all black inhabitants of the United States. He argues that the Black Convention Movement functioned as the era’s premier activist organization that inadvertently pushed the American nation toward civil war and the destruction of institutionalized slavery.
(Photo: Christopher Allen Howard (L) with Professor Walter Hixson (R))
Dr. Leonard Moore Named Interim VP at UT Austin
(Posted June 7, 2017)
Leonard Moore (PhD in History, Ohio State, 1998) has been named interim vice president for diversity and community engagement at The University of Texas at Austin. While at Ohio State, his advisor was Emeritus Professor Warren Van Tine.
UT Austin President Gregory L. Fenves states, "As a scholar, Dr. Moore has examined the intersections of race, history and politics in groundbreaking ways. As a teacher, he has challenged UT students to understand their world, to answer difficult questions and to seek truth in their studies and in their lives. And now, as interim vice president, Dr. Moore will apply his expertise to strengthen our commitment to diversity and inclusion on campus and throughout the city of Austin.
Carol Anderson wins National Book Critics Circle Award
(Posted April 4, 2017)
Ohio State history alumna Carol Anderson (PhD, history, 1995), an Emory historian, has won the National Book Critics Circle Award for her book, "White Rage: the Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide" (Bloomsbury). The New York Times bestseller examines the policies that have disenfranchised African Americans. Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler Professor and chair of African American Studies at Emory University.
New Publication by Rachael "Ray" Ball, PhD
(Posted March 13, 2017)
Professor Ball's book Treating the Public: Charitable Theater and Civic Health in the Early Modern Atlantic World will appear in print next month (April 10) from LSU Press. More information about it is available here.
Frank Blazich, Jr. Obtains Position at Smithsonian Institution
(Posted Feb. 6, 2017, updated May 24, 2017)
Congratulations to alum Frank Blazich, Jr., Ph.D. in Military History, 2013, on his new position at the Smithsonian Institution. Frank is the Curator of Modern Military History in the National Museum of American History. He is responsible for collecting and interpreting modern American military history objects and sharing this work through exhibitions or print media.
Frank has also just published a new book, "Bataan Survivor: A POW's Account of Japanese Captivity in World War II." The book is described as, "A forgotten account, written in the immediate aftermath of World War II, which vividly portrays the valor, sacrifice, suffering, and liberation of the defenders of Bataan and Corregidor through the eyes of one survivor." (Read Frank's Biography.)
Audra Jennings publishes book on the history of disability and disability rights movement in the United States
Posted November 1, 2016
Drawing from extensive archival research, Out of the Horrors of War demonstrates that disabled citizens in the World War II era organized a national movement for economic security and full citizenship, reshaping the U.S. welfare state and laying the foundation for the disability rights movement.
Alum Zach Bell Podcasting about 1960s History
Posted September 28, 2016
Zach Bell, a 2014 graduate of the Ohio State History Department and 2014 Teach for America Corps Member, has been working on several digital history projects with Stanley Nelson author of the upcoming book Devils Walking. This book details the brutal killings of a secretive branch of the Klu Klux Klan known as The Silver Dollar Group based in Louisiana and Mississippi during the 1960's. You can obtain more information about the book and listen to episodes of the podcast which feature Zach's interviews with the author here.
Anna Peterson wins Historisk Tidsskrift Prize