Faculty Research

Gretchen Adams - U.S. Political and Cultural History to 1877, History and Memory

Research Description:

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:

Adams, Gretchen. The Specter of Salem: Remembering the Witch Trials in Nineteenth-Century America Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008. ISBN: 0-226-00541-0

Awards: “Outstanding Academic Title, 2009.” Choice (January, 2010).

Adams, Gretchen. “‘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, Hbk ISBN: 0814757421

Adams, Gretchen, Associate Editor. The Records of the Salem Witch Hunt. Cambridge: University Press, 2009. ISBN-13: 9780521661669

Awards: National Historical Publications and Records Commission subvention grant (May 2004).

Forthcoming major book projects:

Benedict Arnold and the Limits of Collective Memory is concerned with the concept of “treason” in the Anglo-American imagination from the 17th through the 20th centuries

Colonial Cautionary Tales, focuses on the various ways in which Americans have historically sought to both embrace and repudiate their colonial past.

Alan Barenberg

Research Description:

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.

Refereed Articles:

“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, forthcoming (2012).

“‘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.

Gary Bell

Research Description:

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 Bibliography:


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)

“Sir Francis Drake,” “Sir John Hawkins,” and “Queen Elizabeth I” in Olson, James S. and Shadle, Robert (eds.) Historical Dictionary of European Imperialism (Greenwood Press, 1996)

“The 1560 Articles of Berwick,” “The 1560 Treaty of Edinburgh,” “The 1562 Articles of Richmond,” “The 1564 Treaty of Troyes,” “The 1572 Treaty of Blois,” “The 1574 Treaty of Dover,” “The 1586 Treaty of Berwick,” in Fritze, Ronald, Historical Dictionary of Tudor England, 1485-1603 (Greenwood Press, 1991)

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

“The Spanish Marriage Negotiations, 1625,” “The Peace of 1604,” “The Massacre of Amboyna,” “The Secret Treaty of Dover, 1672,” and “Dudley Carleton,” in Robinson, William, Historical Dictionary of Stuart England, 1603-1714 (Greenwood Press, 1994)

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

“William Waad,” “Robert Beale,” “Philip Hoby,” and “George Gilpin,” (entries in the New Dictionary of National Biography, OUP, 2003. Additionally, my publications received over 50 citations in this source.)

Paul Bjerk

Research Description:

Paul Bjerk researches modern African history.  His dissertation documented the accession of sovereignty in Tanzania, and the leadership of Julius Nyerere in the early 1960s.

His research on Tanzania continues with the consolidation of that sovereignty in the philosophy and policy of Tanzania from 1965-1975.   Mixing oral and archival history,  this new research seeks to identify elements of pre-colonial economic theory hiding in domestic language and philosophy in the practice of the post-colonial era.

He has also begun research on the first post-colonial decade in Uganda.

Selected Publications:


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

Peer-Reviewed Articles

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

Journal of African History, 47.1 (2006), 1-19: “‘They Poured Themselves Into the Milk’:  Zulu Political Philosophy Under Shaka” – Ranked among the 5 most-read articles in JAH in 2008.

Journal of Religion in Africa, 35.3 (2005), 324-61: “‘Building a New Eden’:  Lutheran Church Youth Choir Performances in Tanzania”

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

Other Publications

Oxford Dictionary of African Biography, (forthcoming): Entries for Julius Nyerere, Rashid Kawawa, Oscar Kambona, Job Lusinde, Paul Bomani, and Mrisho Sarakikya

Laura Calkins

Research Description:

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.

Refereed Articles:

Calkins, Laura. “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.

Calkins, Laura, “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.

Calkins, Laura. “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.

Calkins, Laura. “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.


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

Published Book Reviews:

Calkins, Laura. Review of The Conduct of Hostilities Under the Law of International Armed Conflict by Yoram Dinstein (Cambridge University Press, 2010) in Human Rights Review, June 2012.

Calkins, Laura. Review of The Independence of East Timor: Multi-Dimensional Perspectives – Occupation, Resistance and International Political Activism (Sussex Academic Press, 2011) in Michigan War Studies Review, No. 2012-014 (February 2012).

Calkins, Laura. Review of Southeast Asia and the Vietnam War by Ang Chen Guan, (Routledge, 2010) in H-Diplo Roundtable Review Vol XI No. 46 (2010), 22 Oct 2010.

Calkins, Laura. Review of Ruptured Histories: War, Memory and the Post-Cold War in Asia edited  by Sheila Miyoshi Jager and Rana Mitter, (Harvard University Press, 2007) in Canadian Journal of History 44:1 (2009), 166.


Calkins, Laura. Review of The Emergence of Feminism in India, 1850-1920, by Padma Anagol. (Ashgate, 2005) in  Itinerario 33:1 (March 2009), 115-17.


Encyclopedia Entries:

Spies, Wiretaps, and Secret Operations: An Encyclopedia of American Espionage (2010).  “Foreign Broadcast Information Service;” “Vietnam War;” “UK-USA Sigint Agreement.”

African American National Biography (2008).  “Samuel Watson;” “William H. Fitzbutler;” “J.R. Francis;” “Ida Gray Nelson Rollins;” “D. A. Straker;” “Sophia Bethena Jones;” “Mary Graham;” “Grace M. Roberts;“ ”Abner J. Howell;“ ”Emily H. Williams;” and “J.A Chiles.”

Encyclopedia of Military Communications History (2008).  “The Vietnam War, 1959-1975;” “Phu Lam;” “Military Affiliate Radio System;” “Naval Research Laboratory;” “Signal Security Agency;” “Government Code & Cipher School;” “Naval Radio Laboratory.”

Encyclopedia of Chinese-American Relations (2006).  “Conger, Edwin H. (1843-1907);” “Institute of Pacific Relations;” “Judd, Walter H. (1898-1994);” “Kung, H.H. (1880-1967);” “Maoism;” “Military Assistance Advisory Group in Taiwan;” and “Angell, James B. (1829-1916).”

Sean Cunningham

Research Description:

Dr. Cunningham’s research explores the dynamics of 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:


Cunningham, Sean P. The Contested Ascendancy: Sunbelt Politics since 1945. New York: Cambridge University Press, in progress, under contract.

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

Book Chapters:

Cunningham, Sean P. “John Tower, Texas, and the Rise of the Republican South” in Seeking a New Majority: The Republican Party and American Politics, 1960-198, edited by Robert Mason and Iwan Morgan, Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2013.

Cunningham, Sean P. “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, forthcoming.

Cunningham, Sean P. “The Political Culture of West Texas” in The Giant Side of Texas: A History of West Texas, edited by Paul H. Carlson and Bruce A. Glasrud, Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, under consideration.

Cunningham, Sean P. “Modernizing Texas, 1945-1980” in Writing Texas History: A Guide to the History of the Lone Star State, edited by Bruce A. Glasrud, Light Townsend Cummins, and Cary D. Wintz, Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, under consideration.

Stefano D’Amico

Research Description:

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:


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

Chapters in Books:

D’Amico, Stefano. “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.


D’Amico, Stefano. “Assistenza o reclusione? I rifugi per peccatrici e ‘fanciulle pericolanti’ nella Milano della Controriforma.” Dimensioni e Problemi della Ricerca Storica (2008).

D’Amico, Stefano. “Shameful Mother: Poverty and Prostitution in Seventeenth-Century Milan.”  Journal of Family History vol#? (2005).

D’Amico, Stefano. “The Question of Economic Decline in Seventeenth-Century Italy: Myth or Reality?”  History Compass (2004).

D’Amico, Stefano. “Edilizia e commercio: correnti migratorie piemontesi in Lombardia, 1630-1659.” Archivio Storico Lombardo (2002).

D’Amico, Stefano. “The Rebirth of a City: Immigration and Trade in Milan, 1630-1659.” Sixteenth Century Journal XXXII/3, (2001).

D’Amico, Stefano. “Crisis and Transformation: Economic Organization and Social Structures in Milan, 1570-1630.” Social History XXV/1, (2000).

Lynne Fallwell

Research Description:

Lynne Fallwell is Assistant Professor of German History and specializes in the 20th Century, with particular interest in the Third Reich/Holocaust and Comparative Genocide.  Her broader research interests involve the intersections between national identity formations, constructing social frameworks, and forums of public education. She is in the process of finishing a book-length manuscript, Birthing By the Book: Professionalization of German Midwifery Education, on the interplay between German  midwives and doctors within German obstetrical training.  Utilizing similar analytical frameworks of reading education and ensuing impressions, she has also published on German-American relations within post-World War II mass tourism.

Selected Publications:

Encyclopedia of the Holocaust. s.v. “Holocaust Documentaries” and “Holocaust in Sequential Art” (forthcoming with Routledge).

Fallwell, Lynne. “Through the Looking Glass Darkly: Considering Theories of Nazi Film and Concepts of Transgression.” In Arthouse to the Grindhouse, edited by Rob Weiner and John Cline (forthcoming with Scarecrow Press).

Fallwell, Lynne. “Beating Nazis and Selling Socialism: Representing East German War Memory to Foreign Tourists.” In Memorialisation in Germany since 1945, edited by Bill Niven and Chloe Paver. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.

Fallwell, Lynne “Typische Deutsch: Culinary Tourism and the Presentation of German Food in English Language Travel Guides.” In Edible Ideologies: Representing Food and Meaning, edited by Katie LeBesco and Peter Naccarato. New York: SUNY University Press, 2008, 127-147.

Barabara Hahn

Research Description:

Dr. Hahn studies and teaches southern history and global history, agriculture, business and economic history, and especially the history of technology. Her recent book, Making Tobacco Bright: Creating an American Commodity, 1617-1937 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011) examined the relationship between the tobacco industry and tobacco agriculture over three centuries. She is at work on a book about cotton futures trading and the regulation of new financial instruments in the Progressive Era, and has begun research on an undergraduate-level history-of-technology treatment of the Industrial Revolution.

Selected Publications:

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

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

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

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

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

Justin Hart

Research Description:

Justin Hart is now completing a book, “Empire of Ideas,” which examines propaganda, culture, and image in U. S. foreign relations, 1936-1953.  This book is the culmination of his long-standing interest in the role of ideas in conceptions of U. S. foreign policy and U. S. foreign relations, particularly as they relate to the emergence of the United States as a dominant global power since World War II.

Selected Publications:

Book chapters:

Hart, Justin. “‘Foreign Relations, Domestic Affairs’:  The Role of the ‘Public’ in the Origins of U. S. Public Diplomacy.” In The United States and Public Diplomacy:  New Directions in Cultural and International History, edited by Kenneth L. Osgood and Brian Ethridge. Leiden:  Brill, 2010.

Hart, Justin. “‘In Terms of Peoples Rather Than Nations’:  World War II Propaganda and Conceptions of U. S. Foreign Policy.” In The United States and the Second World War:  New Perspectives on Diplomacy, War and the Home Front edited by G. Kurt Piehler and Sidney Pash. New York:  Fordham University Press, 2010.


Encyclopedia of the Modern World. s.v. “American Century” “Containment” “Marshall Plan” “United States: Cold War and the American Century” and “Voice of America.”


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

Hart, Justin. “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.

Jorge Iber

Research Description:

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

Encyclopedia of North American Sport History. s.v. “Pittsburgh Pirates” and “Latinos.”

Latino America: A State-by-State Encyclopedia. s.v. “Utah.”

Iber, Jorge. ““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).

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

Iber, Jorge. “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.

Iber, Jorge. “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.

Iber, Jorge. . “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.

Allan Kuethe

Research Description:

Dr. Kuethe’s research interest encompasses Spanish colonial policy during the eighteenth century. The focus addresses the causation and chronology for reform, particularly as it related to the army, the Armada, and commerce. The geographical focus has been New Granada, Cuba, Mexico, and Seville. An addition dimension has recently become Mexico´s northern frontier.

Selected Publications:

Kuethe, Allan. Military Reform and Society in New Granada, 1773-1808. Gainesville: University Presses of Florida, 1978.

Kuethe, Allan. Cuba, 1753-1815: Crown, Military, and Society. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1986.

Kuethe, Allan. Relaciones del poder y comercio colonial: Nuevas perspectivas. Seville, 1999.

Kuethe, Allan. Soldados del rey: Ejército borbónico en América colonial en vísperas de la independencia. Castellón, 2005.

Miguel A. Levario

Research Description:

Miguel A. Levario specializes in US-Mexico Borderlands, with emphasis on the twentieth century. His research focuses on the transnational context of immigration, militarization, and race in the U.S. West and Northern Mexico. His book, Militarizing the Border: When Mexicans Became the Enemy (Texas A&M University Press, 2012), traces militarization and its affect on race relations on the US-Mexico border. Levario recently published an essay titled, “The El Paso Race Riot of 1916” in Arnoldo De Leon’s War Along the Border: The Mexican Revolution and Tejano Communities (Robert A. Calvert Book Prize 2011). Additionally, Levario recently finished a chapter covering the social history of the Trans-Pecos region, to be published in a forthcoming survey of the history of West Texas, edited by Paul Carlson and Bruce Glasrud. Levario has presented research at the Organization of American Historians, Texas State Historical Association, as well as, several other national, international, state and local conferences. Levario has published in the Journal of American History, Aztlán, The Chronicles of Oklahoma, Civil War History, among others. Several national and international media outlets have sought Levario for expert commentary on current and past conditions regarding immigration, drug smuggling, and national security along the US-Mexico border.

In 2011, Texas Tech University awarded Levario with the Scholars Incentive Award. In 2010, Levario was honored with the President’s Excellence in Diversity and Equity Award. He was also nominated for this award in 2009. In 2009, Levario was awarded the Marlene Nathan Meyerson Fellowship by the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin.

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. Robert A. Calvert Book Prize 2011

The Giant Side of Texas: A History of West Texas, Paul Carlson and Bruce A. Glasrud, eds., Chapter, “History of the Trans-Pecos and Big Bend Region,” (University of Oklahoma Press, forthcoming)

Articles, Essays, and Reviews

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

Review of Los Brazos de Díos: A Plantation Society in the Texas Borderlands, 1821-1865 by Sean M. Kelley. Civil War History vol. 58, no. 2 (June 2012).

Website review of Shadows at Dawn: A Borderlands Massacre and the Violence of History. Journal of American History (June 2011), 308.

Review of The Making of the Mexican Border by Juan Mora-Torres. Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies vol. 30, n. 2 (Fall 2005), 201-202.


Texas Tech Honors College Faculty of the Year Award (2011-2012)

Texas Tech College of Arts & Sciences Scholar’s Incentive Award (Spring 2011)

President’s Excellence in Diversity and Equity Award, President’s Office, Texas Tech University (Spring 2010)

Marlene Nathan Meyerson Fellowship Endowment, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin (Fall 2009)

Faculty Diversity Development Award, Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center, Texas Tech University (Fall/Spring 2008-2009)

Randy McBee

Research Description:

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)

John R. Milam

Research Description:

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:

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

Milam, Ron. “The Vietnam War”. In Companion to American Military History, London:  Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc., 2009.

Forthcoming Publication:

Milam, Ron. “The Siege of Phu Nhon: Montagnards and Americans as Allies in Battle”

Barton A. Myers

Research Description:

Dr. Barton Myers teaches courses on nineteenth century U.S. and American military history, specializing in the American Civil War Era. He is actively researching and writing on the history of soldiers and atrocity in Civil War America and the history of violent political dissent in the Confederacy.

Selected Publications:

Myers, Barton. Executing Daniel Bright: Race, Loyalty, and Guerrilla Violence in a Coastal Carolina Community, 1861-1865. (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2009). (Paperback, 2011).

Book Prizes:

*Winner of the Jules and Frances Landry Award for the Best Book in Southern Studies, LSU Press Board, 2009.

* Selected as “Best Study on the History of the Confederacy” in 2009 by “Civil War Memory” Blog.

Current Book Project:

Rebels Against a Rebellion: North Carolina’s Unionists in the Civil War Era

*Supported by a research fellowship from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, New York, New York, for innovative research on violence, aggression, and dominance.

Journal Articles:

“The Future of Civil War Studies: Military History,” The Journal of the Civil War Era vol. 2, no. 1 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, Official Publication of the Society of Civil War Historians, March 2012). Invited by editorial board as one of eight junior scholars to reflect on the future of sub-fields in Civil War studies.

Book Chapters:

“Dissecting the Torture of Mrs. Owens: The Story of a Civil War Atrocity,” Stephen Berry ed. Weirding the War: Stories from the Civil War’s Ragged Edges (Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2011). Volume named to “Best of 2011” list at Civil War Memory Blog as “Best Edited Volume.”

“‘A More Rigorous Style of Warfare’: Wild’s Raid, Guerrilla Violence and Negotiated Neutrality in Northeastern North Carolina,” Paul D. Escott ed., North Carolinians in the Era of the Civil War and Reconstruction (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2008).

“Chapter Nine: Guerrillas,” Aaron Sheehan-Dean ed., The Blackwell Companion to the U.S. Civil War (Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, in press).

Patricia Pelley

Research Description:

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.


Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, First Book Prize (2003)

Texas Tech University Chancellor’s Research Award (2003)

Texas Tech University President’s Book Prize (2004)

Ethan Schmidt

Research Description:

Ethan Schmidt specializes in The Atlantic World, with an emphasis on the interactions between Indigenous People and European Colonists. His book manuscript tentatively titled, “‘To Ruin and Extirpate All Indians in General:’ Customary Rights and Ethnic Conflict in Seventeenth-Century Virginia,” examines the way in which the social divisions that Virginia colonists brought with them from England led to violence against the Native people of Virginia and eventually led to an agreement between the classes that killing Indians forland was a permissible act for all social classes.   His article “The Well-Ordered Commonwealth: Sir Thomas More’s Utopia and the Colonization of the Americas,” published in the journal Atlantic Studies, argues that English colonial planters expected that they would create a commonwealth similar to that described by More in Virginia where Native Americans would take their place as members of the English producing classes. Dr. Schmidt is currently working on his second major study, which will synthesize the Native American experience in the American Revolution. That book, tentatively titled “The Greatest Blow that Could Have Been Dealt Us: Native Americans and the American Revolution,” is under contract with Greenwood Praeger/ABC-CLIO publishing. American Indian Quarterly will publish his article “Cockacoeske, Weroansqua of the Pamunkey and Indian Resistance in Seventeenth Century Virginia,” later this year. He is also currently revising an article on the changing perspectives of Native Americans in Colonial NewEngland historiography for the Massachusetts History Journal.

Selected Publications:

Under Contract Due in October2012- Schmidt, Ethan. The Greatest Blow that Could Have Been Dealt Us: Native Americans and the American Revolution. Greenwood Praeger Publishing.

Book Manuscript- Schmidt, Ethan.  “‘For the Destruction of the Indians’: Social Conflict and Indian Hatred in Seventeenth-Century Virginia.” (Under Review)

Forthcoming- E. Schmidt, “Cockacoeske, Weroansqua of the Pamunkey and Indian Resistance in Seventeenth Century Virginia,” American Indian Quarterly

Currently in Revise and Resubmit Status- E. Schmidt, “Changing Interpretations of New England Native American History,” Massachusetts History Journal

E. Schmidt, “Nathaniel Bacon,” “William Berkeley,” “House of Burgesses,” ׏Indentured Servants,” “Susquehannock Indians,” “Tobacco,” and “Bacon’s Rebellion,” in Encyclopedia of Revolts, Protests and Rebellions in American History. ABC-CLIO Publishing, (December 2010).

E. Schmidt, “The Well-Ordered Commonwealth: Humanism, Utopian Perfectionism and the English Colonization of the Americas,” Atlantic Studies Vol. 7, No. 3, September 2010, 309-328.

E. Schmidt, “When Indians Play Indian Symposium Proceedings,” History of Anthropology Newsletter Vol. 36, No. 2, December 2009, 14-15.

E. Schmidt. Review of Gunlög Fur, A Nation of Women: Gender and Colonial Encounters Among the Delaware Indians, in Chronicles of Oklahoma. (Spring 2010)

E. Schmidt. Review of Camilla Townsend, Pocahontas and the Powhatan Dilemma. H-Net, H-AmIndian Discussion Network.

E. Schmidt, Review of The Invention of the Creek Nation, 1670-1763 by Steven C. Hahn, Indigenous Nations Journal. (Spring 2008)

E. Schmidt. Review of Alden T. Vaughan, Transatlantic Encounters: American Indians in Britain, 1500-1776, in Itinerario  (January 2008)

Emily Skidmore

Research Description:

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 "Exceptional Queerness: Defining the Boundaries of Normative U.S. Citizenship, 1876-1936" for publication.

Selected Publications:

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

“Ralph Kerwineo’s Queer Body: Narrating the Scales of Social Membership in the Early Twentieth Century,” in Connexions: Histories of Race and Sex in North America, edited by Jennifer Brier, Michele Mitchell, and Jennifer Morgan (accepted by editors)

Mark Stoll

Research Description:

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:

Stoll, Mark. “Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, a Book That Changed the World.” The Environment & Society Portal. A project of the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, a joint initiative of LMU Munich and the Deutsches Museum. www.environmentandsociety.org/exhibitions/silent-spring/overview. May 2012.

Stoll, Mark. “‘Sagacious’ Bernard Palissy: Pinchot, Marsh, and the Connecticut Origins of Conservation,” Environmental History 16 (January 2011): 4–37.


Stoll, Mark. “Milton in Yosemite: Paradise Lost and the National Parks Idea.” Environmental History 13 (April 2008): 237–74.

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

Abigail Swingen

Research Description:

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.

Books and articles:

Competing Visions of Empire: Labor, Slavery, and the Origins of the British Atlantic Empire, book manuscript under contract with Yale University Press.

“Unfree Labor” 8,000-word article in edited volume Rethinking Mercantilism: New Perspectives in Early Modern Economic Thought, Philip Stern and Carl Wennerlind, eds., under review by Cambridge University Press.

Book Reviews:

Catherine Molineux, Faces of Perfect Ebony: Encountering Atlantic Slavery in Imperial Britain (Harvard, 2012), reviewed in Huntington Library Quarterly, forthcoming, June 2012.

James Sidbury, Becoming African in America: Race and Nation in the Early Black Atlantic (Oxford, 2007), reviewed in British Scholar, March 2010 (available online: http://britishscholar.org/bookofthemonthaugust2009.html)

Meredith Baldwin Weddle, Walking in the Way of Peace: Quaker Pacifism in the Seventeenth Century (Oxford, 2001), reviewed in Journal of Religion, April 2003


Barbara Thom Postdoctoral Long-Term Fellowship, Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, 2011-2012.

Frederick A. and Marion S. Pottle Fellowship in 18th-century British Studies (short-term), Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven CT, 2011-2012.

Richard Verrone

Research Description:

Dr. Verrone’s general research interests are modern U.S. history, American foreign policy, Southeast Asian history, and Oral History.


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

Julie Ann Willett

Research Description:

Dr. Willett’s research focuses on the intersection of gender, labor, sexuality and social ethics. Her first monograph entitled “Permanent Waves: The Making of the American Beauty Shop” traces the social and cultural history of women’s work and community in beauty culture, paying particular attention to the degree to which the hairdressing industry as well as hair styles developed along lines of race. The monograph examines how race, class and gender defined and redefined skill, the everyday experiences of beauty shop culture as well as contested meanings of beauty, respectability and politics. Dr. Willett more recently edited “The American Beauty Industry Encyclopedia” - an interdisciplinary resource that examines the social, cultural, and economic ramifications of beauty and business.She is particularly interested in the study of social ethics, something that shapes several of her current research projects. Using the discourse of masculinity and contested meanings of childcare,Dr. Willett looks at paid and unpaid caregiving against the backdrop of late capitalism to reveal neoliberal assumptions about the nature of women’s work. A related book project looks more specifically at feminisms and masculinities in the 1970s. She is also collaborating on a series of interdisciplinary articles that center social ethics and comedy in conversation with critical race theory, feminism, and speciesism.



Permanent Waves: The Making of the American Beauty Shop, New York: New York University Press, 2000. The American Beauty Industry Encyclopedia, Santa Barbara: Greenwood Press, ABC-CLIO, 2010, Editor.


“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, Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture, (forthcoming)

“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, forthcoming, 2012).

“The Seriously Erotic Politics of Feminist Laughter,” with Cynthia Willett and Yael Sherman. Social Research: An International Quarterly Vol. 79 No. 1 (Spring, 2012); expanded version to be reprinted in Philosophical Feminism and Popular Culture editors Joanne Waugh and Sharon Crasnow, (Lexington Books, forthcoming, 2012).

“‘Behaving Like Brando:’ Transgressing Race and Gender in The Wild One.” Roundtable: Brando and The Wild One, The International Journal of Motorcycle Studies (March, 2009).

“‘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).

“Beauty Shops and Bouffants: The Political Uses of Beauty, Style and Domestic Space” in Containing America: Cultural Production and Consumption in Fifties America, edited by Nathan Abrams and Julie Hughes, Birmingham (England): University Press, 2000.

“‘The Prudes, The Public, and The Motion Pictures’ The Censorship Campaign in St. Louis, 1913-1917,” Gateway Heritage, Spring, 1995.

Aliza Wong

Research Description:

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.



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

Chapters in Books

“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)

Book Reviews

Review of Mark Choate, Emigrant Nation: The Making of Italy Abroad in the American Historical Review (February, 2010)

Review of Labanca and Venuta, Bibliografia della Libia coloniale, 1911-2000 in The Journal of Modern Italian Studies (forthcoming, 2006)

Review of Patrizia Palumbo, A Place in the Sun: Africa in the Italian Colonial Culture from Post-Unification to the Present in The Journal of Modern Italian Studies (2005)

Works in Progress:

The Making of the (Italian) West: The Imaging of America in Italy