Texas Tech University

Faculty Research

Gretchen Adams

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Dr. Adams' primary research interests are in both the real and perceived legacy of British colonial rule over what later became the United States. This lingering cultural memory of colonial rule pervades print and oratory from the Revolution forward to present day. Adams' central interest is the political context of symbolic representations of events and individuals in the colonial historical record. How they are recalled, recast, and re-imagined to persuade, unite, and exclude Americans from the mainstream of American life over the past two centuries is a subject of continuing research interest.

Selected Publications:

The Specter of Salem: Remembering the Witch Trials in Nineteenth-Century America. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008.

"'Pictures of the vicious ultimately overcome by misery and shame:' The Cultural Work of Early National Schoolbooks." In Children and Youth in a New Nation, edited by James Marten. New York: New York University Press, 2009.

Associate Editor,The Records of the Salem Witch Hunt. Cambridge: University Press, 2009.

Alan Barenberg

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Alan Barenberg works on the social and economic history of the Soviet Union in the 1930s-1970s. He is currently completing a major research project on the history of the arctic Russian community of Vorkuta, which was built in the 1930s and 1940s as a Gulag camp complex but was transformed into a Soviet company town after Stalin. Future research projects include an examination of the development of the Soviet "welfare state" in the second half of the twentieth century and a study of the role that cotton played in transforming social and economic life in the Russian and Soviet empires.

Selected Publications:

"From Prisoners to Citizens? Ex-Prisoners in Vorkuta during the Thaw" in The Thaw: Soviet Society and Culture in the 1950s and 1960s, University of Toronto Press, (2013).

"'Discovering' Vorkuta: Science and Colonization in the Early Gulag," Gulag Studies 4 (2011): 21-40.

"Tiede ja asuttaminen varhairsessa Gulagissa," Idäntutkimus (Finnish Review of East European Studies), 4/2010: 33-45.

"Prisoners Without Borders: Zazonniki and the Transformation of Vorkuta after Stalin," Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas 57:4(2009): 513-34.

Jacob Baum

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Gary Bell

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Dr. Bell is currently involved in two very different prongs of historical research.

In the first, He is completing a manuscript for a monograph on the evolution of British diplomatic administration and practices, 1485 through 1688. This draws from data found in his first book, A Handlist of British Diplomatic Representatives, 1509-1688, and is an attempt to identify the trends and "traces of modernity" in a highly active, and somewhat beleaguered diplomatic cadre that represented a small, and entirely threatened sovereignty sitting isolated in the North sea in this era. Beginning with an entirely medieval diplomatic establishment under Henrys VII and VIII, what emerged by the Civil War (1642) was much more sophisticated, and probably more effective than any comparable institution at the time. Perhaps foremost, this included the emergence of a modern ambassadorial corps, but also included proto-modern compensation practices.

From another perspective, wildland fire fighting has always intrigued Dr. Bell. He is writing a history of the evolution of the theories and practices of such activity in the last two centuries in America and abroad. From "all fires out by 10:00 A.M. of the next day," to "let it burn—if not threatening life or property," there have been some pretty substantial alterations in how we treat the threat of woodland fires.

Selected Publications:

A Handlist of British Diplomatic Representatives, 1509-1688 (The Royal Historical Society, Sept., 1990).

"John Man, the Last Elizabethan Resident Ambassador to Spain," The Sixteenth Century Journal (October, 1976)

"Thomas Chaloner's Diplomatic Expenses in Spain," Bulletin of the Institute of Historical Research (May, 1980)

"Elizabethan Diplomatic Compensation: Its Nature and Variety," Journal of British Studies (Spring, 1981)

"Elizabethan Diplomacy: The Subtle Revolution," in Thorpe, Malcolm and Slavin, A. J. (eds.), Studies in Early Modern Europe: A Festschrift for De Lamar Jensen (Sixteenth Century Studies Press, 1995)

"Tudor-Stuart Diplomatic History and the Henrician Experience," in Charles Carleton, State, Sovereigns and Society (Sutton, 1997).

Paul Bjerk

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Dr. Paul Bjerk teaches African History, with a particular emphasis on the continuities across the ruptures of the twentieth century. His research has focused on independent Tanzania, but he has also researched colonial Tanganyika and memory in current popular culture. His dissertation, "Julius Nyerere and the Establishment of Sovereignty in Tanganyika" was completed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008. His manuscript develops the idea of sovereignty and discursive agency. It argues that in a post-colonial situation of limited military and economic power, Tanzanian authorities established both internal and external sovereignty primarily by creating new discursive contexts that resonated with various foreign and domestic political languages. He will also produce a short biography of Tanzania's first president, Julius Nyerere, for the South African Jacana Media press. His oral history interviews with dozens of members of the independent Tanzanian government in the 1960s and 1970s can be viewed on DVD at the Mwalimu Nyerere Foundation in Dar es Salaam.

Dr. Bjerk teaches African and World History, including survey courses on Africa and seminars on South Africa and Slavery in Africa. At the graduate level he teaches courses on Africa, World Slavery, Oral History, and International Politics. Dr. Bjerk has a particular interest in helping students understand the analysis and use of oral history, and its interaction with scholarship on myth and memory.

Selected Publications:

The Way of the Lips: Julius Nyerere and the Establishment of Sovereignty in Tanzania (under review)

"Sovereignty and Socialism in Tanzania: The Historiography of an African State" History in Africa, 37 (2010), 275-319.

"'They Poured Themselves Into the Milk': Zulu Political Philosophy Under Shaka" Journal of African History, 47.1 (2006), 1-19.

"'Building a New Eden': Lutheran Church Youth Choir Performances in Tanzania" Journal of Religion in Africa, 35.3 (2005), 324-61.

"A Federation for Liberation: Tanganyika's Foreign Policy Under Nyerere, 1960-1963" International Journal of African Historical Studies (forthcoming).

Zachary Brittsan

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Laura Calkins

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Areas of Expertise: Modern East and Southeast Asia, Modern History of International Relations, International Radical Movements and Communism. Research areas also include biopolitics, law, ethics, and human and national security; transnational political history of broadcast and new media; resistance and revolution; and economic and political intelligence history.

Selected Publications:

Calkins, Laura and Richard Burks Verrone. Voices from Vietnam: Eyewitness Accounts of the War 1954-1975. London: David and Charles Publishers, 2005.

"Recapturing an Urban Identity: Chinese Communists and the Commune at Shantou, 1927," Studies on Asia, Series IV, Vol 1, No 2, Summer 2011, 35-73.

"Patrolling the Ether: US-UK Open Source Intelligence Cooperation and the BBC's Emergence as an Intelligence Agency, 1939-1948," Intelligence and National Security 26 (1) Feb 2011, 1-22.

"Detained and Drugged: A Brief Overview of the Use of Pharmaceuticals for the Interrogation of Suspects, Prisoners, Patients, and POWs." Bioethics 24:1 (Jan 2010), 27-34.

"Historical Records and Homeland Security: The Declassification and Retraction of Government Documents on Human Radiation Experiments." International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, Special Issue on Research Ethics 2(1), 2008:163-173.

Sean P. Cunningham

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Dr. Cunningham's research explores the dynamics of modern American political culture, political realignment, and specifically, the rise of modern conservatism in the post-1945 Sunbelt. Using Texas as a lens for analysis, Cunningham argues for a multi-causal explanation to Texas's shift away from Democratic loyalties during the 1960s and 1970s. Within this argument, Cunningham highlights the significant role of image and public relations in altering public perceptions toward ideological labels, and more specifically, what Texans understood "conservatism" and "liberalism" to actually mean or imply during this tumultuous period of evolving political culture.

Selected Publications:

American Politics in the Postwar Sunbelt: Conservative Growth in a Battleground Region. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014.

Cowboy Conservatism: Texas and the Rise of the Modern Right. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2010.

"Modernizing Texas, 1945-1980" in Discovering Texas History, edited by Bruce A. Glasrud, Light Townsend Cummins, and Cary D. Wintz, Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2014.

"The Paranoid Style and its Limits: The Power, Influence, and Failure of the Postwar Texas Far Right" in The Texas Right: The Radical Rots of Lone Star Conservatism, edited by David Cullen and Kyle Wilkison, College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2014.

"The Political Culture of West Texas" in West Texas: A History of the Giant Side of the State, edited by Paul H. Carlson and Bruce A. Glasrud, Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2014.

"John Tower, Texas, and the Rise of the Republican South" in Seeking a New Majority: The Republican Party and American Politics, 1960-1980, edited by Robert Mason and Iwan Morgan, Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2013.

Stefano D'Amico

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Stefano D'Amico is a specialist in early modern socio-economic European history and urban history, with a focus on Italy. His more recent articles have focused on Milanese society and economy in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and specifically on industrial transformations, immigration patterns and residential strategies, prostitution and women's conditions. He is currently completing his second book, tentatively titled "A City within the Empire: Spanish Milan, 1535-1706."

Selected Publications:

Le contrade e la città. Sistema produttivo e spazio urbano a Milano fra Cinque e Seicento. Milano: Franco Angeli, 1994.

"Population and Economy in Lombardy in the Age of Charles V (1535-1560)." In Carlos V y la quiebra del humanismo politico en Europa, Madrid:2001.

"Assistenza o reclusione? I rifugi per peccatrici e 'fanciulle pericolanti' nella Milano della Controriforma." Dimensioni e Problemi della Ricerca Storica (2008).

"Shameful Mother: Poverty and Prostitution in Seventeenth-Century Milan." Journal of Family History vol#? (2005).

"The Question of Economic Decline in Seventeenth-Century Italy: Myth or Reality?" History Compass (2004).

"Edilizia e commercio: correnti migratorie piemontesi in Lombardia, 1630-1659." Archivio Storico Lombardo (2002).

"The Rebirth of a City: Immigration and Trade in Milan, 1630-1659." Sixteenth Century Journal XXXII/3, (2001).

"Crisis and Transformation: Economic Organization and Social Structures in Milan, 1570-1630." Social History XXV/1, (2000).

Gary Forsythe

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Catharine Franklin

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Barbara Hahn

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Dr. Hahn studies and teaches southern history and global history, agriculture, the history of capitalism and the history of technology. Her recent book, Making Tobacco Bright: Creating an American Commodity, 1617-1937 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011) examines the relationship between the tobacco industry and tobacco agriculture over three centuries. The Cotton Kings: Capitalism and Corruption in Turn-of-the-Century New York and New Orleans (with Bruce E. Baker, Newcastle University) is forthcoming (Oxford University Press, 2015). This book investigates cotton futures trading and the regulation of new financial derivatives in the Progressive Era. She is currently at work on an undergraduate-level history-of-technology treatment of the Industrial Revolution.

Selected Publications:

The Cotton Kings: Capitalism and Corruption in Turn-of-the-Century New York and New Orleans. With Bruce E. Baker. Oxford University Press, forthcoming, 2015.

Making Tobacco Bright: Creating an American Commodity, 1617-1937. Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Technology. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011.

"Does Crop Determine Culture?" and "The Question of Causation." Agricultural History 88, no. 3 (Summer 2014): 407-439.

"The Social in the Machine: How Historians of Technology Look Beyond the Object." State of the Field Essay. Perspectives on History: The Newsmagazine of the AHA 52, no. 3 (Mar. 2014): 30-31.

"The Government Shutdown Affected Agriculture, Too." With Bruce E. Baker. History News Network, Nov. 4, 2013.

"Tobacco." In Oxford Bibliographies in Atlantic History. Ed. Trevor Burnard. New York: Oxford University Press, Sept. 30, 2013.*

"Did Economics Dictate the Outcome of the Civil War?" Civil War Book Review (Summer 2012).

"Paradox of Precision: Bright Tobacco as Technology Transfer, 1880-1937."Agricultural History 82 (Spring 2008): 220-235.

"Making Tobacco Bright: Institutions, Information, and Industrialization in the Creation of an Agricultural Commodity, 1617-1937." Enterprise and Society 8 (Dec. 2007): 790-798.

"Into the Belly of the Beast: The 2002 North Carolina Flue-Cured Tobacco Tour." Southern Cultures 9 (Fall 2003): 25-50.

"Union Terminal: Business Clubs, Railroads, and City Planning in Cincinnati, 1880-1933." Journal of Urban History 30 (July 2004): 707-28.

Justin Hart

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Justin Hart is an historian of U.S. foreign relations whose work examines the intersection of America's political culture and its foreign policies. He is the author of Empire of Ideas, which explains how the nation's image in the world became a factor in U.S. foreign policy. His present work examines President Truman's failed campaign to implement Universal Military Training, continuing his interest in exploring the ways that America's arrival as a superpower transformed its public policies, at home and abroad.

Selected Publications:

Empire of Ideas: The Origins of Public Diplomacy and the Transformation of U.S. Foreign Policy (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013)

"'Foreign Relations, Domestic Affairs': The Role of the 'Public' in the Origins of U. S. Public Diplomacy," in Kenneth L. Osgood and Brian Ethridge, The United States and Public Diplomacy: New Directions in Cultural and International History (Leiden: Brill, 2010)

"'In Terms of Peoples Rather Than Nations': World War II Propaganda and Conceptions of U. S. Foreign Policy," in G. Kurt Piehler and Sidney Pash, eds., The United States and the Second World War: New Perspectives on Diplomacy, War and the Home Front (New York: Fordham University Press, 2010)

"Archibald MacLeish Rediscovered: The Poetry of U. S. Foreign Policy," in Historically Speaking 8 (January/February 2007): 20-22

"Making Democracy Safe for the World: Race, Propaganda, and the Transformation of U. S. Foreign Policy During World War II," Pacific Historical Review, 73 (February 2004): 49-84 (Winner of the 2005 the W. Turrentine Jackson Article Prize from the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association; and the 2005 James Madison Prize from the Society for History in the Federal Government)


Jorge Iber

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Dr. Iber's training is in Mexican American history however, over the past few years his research has focused on issues relating to the participation of Latinos, particularly Mexican Americans, in US sports history during the 20th century. He has just finished coauthoring a book entitled Latinos in US Sport: A History of Isolation, Cultural Identity and Acceptance for Human Kinetics which appeared in April of 2011. This is the leading publisher of materials on sports history and sociology. Dr. Iber edited a 2009 edition of The International Journal of the History of Sport, which will be published by Texas Tech University Press as an anthology sometime in 2013.

Dr. Iber's new work includes a short book on the life and career of MLB pitcher Mike Torrez. Mr. Torrez's career intersects with a great many of the key issues of sport history over the past four decades; including free agency in baseball and the rise to prominence of Latino athletes in the Majors. In addition, the life of the Torrez clan sheds light upon the history of Mexican American workers in the state of Kansas during the 20th century. Finally, the story of this individual also brings into focus the important role of sport in the lives of the Mexican American community in this state.

He is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of the History of Sport and series editor for "Sports in the American West" for Texas Tech University Press. Dr. Iber served as guest editor for "Hispanics in the American West," a special issue of Journal of the West (November, 2006), "Sports in the American West," a special issue of Journal of the West (Fall, 2008) and "More than Just Peloteros (Baseball Players): Latino/a Athletes in US Sports History" issue of The International Journal of the History of Sport (June 2009).

Selected Publications:

Iber, Jorge, Arnoldo De Leon, Jose Alamillo, and, Samuel O. Regalado. Hispanics/Latinos in US Sports History. 2011

""The Voice of Utah's 'Others': The Life and Career of Eliud "Pete" Suazo, Utah's First Hispanic State Senator, 1950-2001", Utah Historical Quarterly (Spring 2008).

"Introduction: Sport in the American West," Journal of the West 47, No. 4 (Fall 2008): 10-13.

"Prologue: The Perils and Possibilities of 'Quarterbacking While Mexican Mexican': A Brief Introduction to the Participation of Latino/a Athletes in US Sports History." The International Journal of the History of Sport, (26: 7) June 2009: 881-888.

"Mexican Americans of South Texas Football: The Athletic and Coaching Careers of E.C. Lerma and Bobby Cavazos, 1932-1965." The International Journal of the History of Sport, (26: 7) June 2009: 966-980.

"Epilogue: From 'Quarterbacking While Mexican' to New Horizons in Sports History." The International Journal of the History of Sport, (26: 7) June 2009: 1001-1004.

Matthew Johnson

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Sarah Keyes

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Dr. Keyes specializes in the history of the U.S. West with a focus on intercultural interactions between Native and Euro-Americans. Her current work explores these interactions along the overland trails to Oregon and California in the mid-nineteenth century. The working title of her book manuscript (based on her doctoral dissertation) is, "Foreign Burials in a Native Place: The Longue Durée of the Overland Trail."

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"'Like a Roaring Lion': The Overland Trail as a Sonic Conquest," Journal of American History (June 2009): 19-43.

Erin-Marie Legacey

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Miguel A. Levario

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Dr. Levario's research seeks to understand the complexities of border relations and issues. As an historian, Levario seeks to understand the nuances of border life through an historical lens that focuses on border militarization, violence, race relations, diplomacy, and domestic policy. Levario argues that border militarization and state sanctioned violence antagonized ethnic Mexicans along the border regulating them as "enemy others" of the state and the community. Within this argument, Levario utilizes a "bottom-up" perspective that emphasizes the effects of policy on border residents and the nation.

Selected Publications:

Militarizing the Border: When Mexicans Became the Enemy (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, September 2012)

"The El Paso Race Riot of 1916," In War Along the Border: The Mexican Revolution and Tejano Communities, edited by Arnoldo De León. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, January 2012.

"History of the Trans-Pecos and Big Bend Region," in West Texas: A History of the Giant Side of the State, Paul Carlson and Bruce A. Glasrud, eds., (2014)

"Cowboys and Bandidos: Authority and Race in West Texas, 1913-1918," West Texas Historical Association Yearbook, vol. LXXXV, October 2009.

Randy McBee

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Dr. McBee's research focuses primarily on the history of the working class in the United States throughout the twentieth century. His work pays particular attention to issues of class, race, and gender and the broader intersections between places of work and leisure. His first book, Dance Hall Days, explored the relationship between the rise of commercial leisure in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the influx of working-class immigrants from southern and eastern Europe, and male culture. His current book project explores the history of motorcyclists and the rise of the "biker" since the Hollister Rally in 1947. It examines the motorcyclist's largely working-class roots and the rise of the "outlaw" motorcyclist in the 1940s and 1950s through the development of the motorcycle rights movements of the 1960s and 1970s. He considers how that image and that movement shaped the public's understanding of motorcycling and motorcyclists and their larger impact on American culture and politics.

Selected Publications:

"Harley-Davidson's Future (Abroad)," International Journal of Motorcycle Studies, Volume 7, Issue 2: Fall 2011 (ijms.nova.edu)

"Born to Be Wild": A Post-World War II History of Motorcyclist in the United States, International Journal of Motorcycle Studies, July 2006 (ijms.nova.edu)

"'A Potential Common Front': Hunter Thompson, the Hells Angels, and Race in 1960s America," International Journal of Motorcycle Studies, July 2005 (ijms.nova.edu)

Dance Hall Days: Intimacy and Leisure Among Working-Class Immigrants in the United States, (New York University Press, 2000)

"'He Likes Women More Than He Likes Drink and That is Quite Unusual': Working-Class Social Clubs, Male Culture, and Heterosocial Relations in the United States, 1920s-1930s," Gender and History, Volume 11, #1 (April 1999)

Ron Milam

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Dr. Milam's research is in military history, particularly in the relationship between soldiers, marines, sailors, and airmen in battle situations. Once his second book on the Vietnam War is completed, he will begin research on soldiers' experiences once they come home and are faced with assimilation into society. This work will cover all American wars, regardless of era or area. Issues such as the Newburg Conspiracy in 1783, the Bonus Army in 1932, and the necessity for the passing of the Vietnam Era Veteran Readjustment Act in 1974 will be dealt with to determine the American attitude toward it's warriors.

Selected Publications:

Not a Gentleman's War: An Inside View of Junior Officers in the Vietnam War. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2009.

"The Vietnam War". In Companion to American Military History, London: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc., 2009.

Jeffrey Mosher

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Patricia Pelley

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Patricia Pelley teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses on world, Japanese, Southeast Asian, and Vietnamese history. Her first book, Postcolonial Vietnam: New Histories of the National Past, explores historiographical debates in contemporary Vietnam. Her current research, which examines the intersections of global, Catholic, and colonial histories of Vietnam, focuses on the Redemptorist writer Marcel Van (Thầy Nguyễn Tân Văn).

Selected Publications:

"'Barbarians' and 'Younger Brothers': The Remaking of Race in Postcolonial Vietnam." Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 29/2 (1998): 374-391.

"Colonial Benedictions," in Balachandra Rajan and Elizabeth Sauer, eds. Imperialisms: Historical and Literary Investigations 1500-1900 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), pp. 163-176.

"Constructing Southeast Asian Pasts: A New Retrospective," in Norman Owen, ed. The Routledge Handbook of Southeast Asian History (Routledge, forthcoming).

"The History of Resistance and Resistance to History in Post-Colonial Constructions of the Past," in Keith W. Taylor and John K. Whitmore, eds. Essays into Vietnamese Pasts (Cornell University Southeast Asia Program Publications, 2005), pp. 232-245. Postcolonial Vietnam: New Histories of the National Past (Duke UP, 2002).

"Vietnamese Historical Writing," in Daniel Woolf and Axel Schneider, eds. Oxford History of Historical Writing, Vol. 5: Historical Writing Since 1945 (Oxford UP, 2011), pp. 559-574.

Emily Skidmore

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Emily Skidmore's research interests are U.S. women's and gender history, queer studies, and citizenship studies. More specifically, Dr. Skidmore's research is focused on the constructions of normative identity categories, and understanding the interplay between legal definitions of citizenship and popular and scientific definitions of normative race, gender, and sexuality in the modern United States. She is currently revising her manuscript, titled "Un-Exceptional Queerness: Female-Bodied Men and Community at the Turn of the Twentieth Century" for publication.

Selected Publications:

"Un-Exceptional Queerness: Female-Bodied Men and Community at the Turn of the Twentieth Century" (manuscript, in progress).

"Ralph Kerwineo's Queer Body: Narrating the Scales of Social Membership in the Early Twentieth Century," in GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 20, 1-2 (2014): 141-166.

"Constructing the 'Good Transsexual': Christine Jorgensen, Whiteness, and Heteronormativity in the Mid-Twentieth Century Press," Feminist Studies 37, no. 2 (Summer 2011): 270-300.

Mark Stoll

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Mark Stoll investigates the influence of religious upbringing on attitudes towards nature and the environment. Recent publications have looked at how the vision of Eden in Milton's Paradise Lost played a role in the creation of national parks and how American conservation grew out of the Puritan legacy in the Connecticut River Valley. He recently published an online exhibition on the international reception and impact of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, and an article on the Protestant influence on the French Green movement is in press. Stoll is currently working on a book-length manuscript, Nature in the Colors of the Spirit: The Religious Roots of American Environmentalism.

Selected Publications:

"'Sagacious' Bernard Palissy: Pinchot, Marsh, and the Connecticut Origins of Conservation," Environmental History 16 (January 2011): 4–37.

"Milton in Yosemite: Paradise Lost and the National Parks Idea." Environmental History 13 (April 2008): 237–74.

Protestantism, Capitalism, and Nature in America. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1997.

Abigail Swingen

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Dr. Swingen's research explores how English politics and ideas of political economy influenced the development of colonial politics as well as African slavery and other forms of coerced labor in England's West Indies colonies during the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. She argues that the development of these labor systems was intimately connected to the evolution of early English imperialism, and that issues of empire frequently intersected with metropolitan concerns.

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Competing Visions of Empire: Labor, Slavery, and the Origins of the British Atlantic Empire, Yale University Press, 2014.

"Unfree Labor" In Rethinking Mercantilism: New Perspectives in Early Modern Economic Thought, Philip Stern and Carl Wennerlind, eds., under review by Cambridge University Press.

Julie Willett

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Julie Willett's research focuses on the intersection of gender, labor, and sexuality. Some of her earlier publications examined how race, class, and gender shaped social and cultural understandings of beauty, the body, and work. Her research now centers on paid and unpaid caregiving against the backdrop of late capitalism to reveal contradictions that turn on the nature of gendered work and sexual identity in the realm of early childhood. Willett has also been collaborating on a series of interdisciplinary articles that couple the affect of humor with critical race theory, feminism, and speciesism. Closely related, is Willett's most recent research on the history of chauvinism and social laughter within the context of second wave feminist political discourse.

Selected Publications:

"Can the Animal Subaltern Laugh? Neoliberal Inversions, Cross-Species Solidarities, and Other Challenges to Human Exceptionalism," coauthored chapter in Cynthia Willett, Interspecies Ethics, Columbia University Press, 2014.

"Going to Bed White and Waking up Arab: On Xenophobia, Affect Theories of Laughter, and the Social Contagion of the Comic Stage," coauthored with Cynthia Willett, Critical Philosophy of Race, February 2014.

"Trayvon Martin and the Tragedy of the New Jim Crow" coauthored with Cynthia Willett in Pursuing Trayvon Martin: Historical Contexts and Contemporary Manifestations of Racial Dynamics, ed. George Yancy and Janine Jones, Lexington Books, 2012.

"The Seriously Erotic Politics of Feminist Laughter," with Cynthia Willett and Yael Sherman. Social Research: An International Quarterly (Spring, 2012).

The American Beauty Industry Encyclopedia, Greenwood Press, 2010, Editor.

"'A Father's Touch:' Negotiating Masculinity and Sexual Subjectivity in Child Care," Sexuality and Culture (December, 2008).

"Hands Across the Table: The Manicurist in the Twentieth Century," Journal of Women's History (Fall, 2005).

Permanent Waves: The Making of the American Beauty Shop, New York University Press, 2000.

Aliza Wong

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Aliza S. Wong is a historian of modern Italy who focuses on nationalism, race, and identity. She most recently published a monograph entitled, Race and Nation in Liberal Italy, 1861-1911: Meridionalism, Empire, and Diaspora (Palgrave, 2006) and continues to work on issues of diaspora and cultural exchange. She is currently completing a new project inspired by her experiences in the Southwest and at Texas Tech as well as her expertise in Italian history. Her new book manuscript, tentatively titled, How the Italian West Was Won: Italian Constructions of the American Old West, 1890-1971, examines the ways in which the American West figures prominently in the Italian imagination, both as a challenge to Italian masculinity and as evidence of their own sense of adventure and spirit. This book discusses Italian constructions of the American Old West and the Old West in Italy through the Italian leg of Buffalo Bill's European tour, children's literature, comic books, film, and fashion.

Selected Publications:

Race and Nation in Liberal Italy, 1861-1911: Meridionalism, Empire, and Diaspora (Palgrave: October, 2006)

"The Chinese in Italy," Encyclopaedia of the Chinese Overseas, ed. Lynn Pan (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1998 – second edition, 2007).

""Pirates, Cowboys and Other Adventurers: Sergio Leone and the Influence of Emilio Salgari," in Cynthia Miller and A. Bowdoin Van Riper (eds.), (Re)Locating the Frontier: International Western Films (forthcoming, 2014)

"Protecting the Palate: Racial Discourse and Xenophobia in Italian Food Culture," ECHIOLTREMARE (forthcoming, 2013)

"Women Faculty of Color Transgressing Multiple Marginality in Academia: Voices, Gender, and Expression of Our Multiple Identities" in Advancing Women in Leadership, 2011, (with Marbley, A. F., Ross, W., and Jaddo, L.)

"Una Storia dei Primi Incontri," www.golemindispensabile.com (edited by Umberto Eco)