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An expert on the Second Amendment to the US Constitution, Saul Cornell is the author of A Well-Regulated Militia: The Founding Fathers and the Origins of Gun Control in America (Oxford, 2006). He has been a guest expert on PBS’s Need to Know and has contributed friend-of-the-court briefs in US Supreme Court cases involving the Second Amendment. Professor Cornell’s most recent book, The Second Amendment on Trial, was published this year by the University of Massachusetts Press.

Saul Cornell, PhD, the Paul and Diane Guenther Chair in American History
In The Medieval Culture of Disputatio: Pedagogy, Practice and Performance (UPenn, 2013) Alex Novikoff traces the ancient roots of medieval debate and explores the cultural diffusion of scholastic methods of argumentation within areas as diverse as Jewish-Christian encounters and musical production. Professor Novikoff has conducted extensive research in the Iberian Peninsula. He joined the History Department faculty in Fall 2013.

Alex J. Novikoff, Assistant Professor of Medieval History
Jeff Pitts traces American perceptions of Japanese women from the mid-1800s until WWII. Beginning in the "Opening of Japan" Jeff traced discourses of hyper-feminized and sexualized Japanese women in American society up to WWII in works such as Madame Butterfly and Memoirs of a Geisha. Finally, he examined the Recreation and Amusement Association (RAA), a Japenese government-sanctioned system of brothels for American soldiers during WWII, and the roots of the RAA in the "comfort women" historically provided for Japanese soldiers abroad.
Jeff Pitts, undergraduate student
Louie Dean Valencia García is a teaching fellow and doctoral candidate studying Early Modern and Modern European History. Valencia García studies cultural history, contemporary European history, the production of space, and everyday dissent in youth and subaltern cultures in contemporary history. His dissertation work is on Spanish youth culture and everyday dissent in the later half of the twentieth century. He has researched, presented, and written extensively on questions related to the creation of democratic and pluralistic space in contemporary history.

Louie Dean Valencia Garcia, doctoral candidate

Lucy is working on hospitals in Mainz in the 13th and 14th centuries and seeks to understand how hospitals were affected by changes in canon law in this period. She is the recipient of a Fulbright for the academic year 20013-2014 and is based for the year in Mainz, though she also works in archives in Wiesbaden and Darmstadt. So far, she has already found nuns forced to move by bothersome laypersons and an outspoken servant working as the legal representative for the leper hospital. Her work reframes the study of medieval leprosy and she looks forward to learning more about the diversity of those involved in hospital care.

Lucy Barnhouse, Ph.D. student
From Neanderthals to Napoleon's sister, each week Footnoting History's team of young academics share their favorite stories from across history. New episodes every Saturday.

Footnoting History
Dhurata Osmani won the Itzkoff scholarship. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree at FCRH with a major in History and a minor in Philosophy. Some of her favorite courses include African Americans & The Law, The Social Life of Coffee, and the Modern Middle East. She is in the process of completing an independent research project voicing the narratives of Kosovar ­Albanian female immigrants in the New York metropolitan area. Her post­graduate plans include pursuing graduate school in the discipline of History, and ideally, in a Balkan studies program.
Dhurata Osmani, Undergraduate student

Thinking with Rome: Place, Space and Emotion in the Making of the First World Religion
Friday, September 19, 1:30 p.m.
Simon Ditchfield (University of York)
Spellman Hall Conference Room
Sponsored by the Saint Edmund Campion Institute of Fordham Univeristy
High Tea to Follow

"R" for the Digital Humanities
Monday, September 22, 1:00 p.m.
Brian Reilly (Fordham University)
Keating Hall, Room 318
Medieval Studies Professional Issues Workshop
Co-sponsored by the Digital Humanities Working Group

Nuns, Lepers, and Archivists: Designing (and Redesigning) a Dissertation
Thursday, September 25, 6:00 p.m.
Lucy Barnhouse (Fordham University)
Dealy Hall, Room 202
Fordham HGSA Research Seminar Series
Innaugural Presentation

Genre Trouble: Translating Textual and Sexual Identities in Old French Saints' Lives and Romance
Friday, October 10, 4:00 p.m.
Emma Campbell (University of Warwick)
Faculty Lounge, McGinley 237
Sponsored by the Center for Medieval Studies

Miracle Mediators as Healing Practitioners: Knowledge, Options, and Choices in Medieval Health Care
Monday, October 20, 1:00 p.m.
Nicole Archambeau (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Campbell Multipurpose Room
Co-sponsored by History Department and Medieval Studies

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Graduate Student Awards and Publications
Pedro Cameselle: Fulbright Scholarship (IIE), to Uruguay, 2014-2015
Lucy Barnhouse: Fulbright Scholarship (IIE), 2013-2014

Brandon Gauthier: published an article in The Atlantic on Admiral C. Turner Joy's interactions with North Korea negotiators during the Korean War armistice talks.

Johnathan Pettinato
: awarded the Caroline and Erwin Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon at the United States Library of Congress.

Louie Dean Valencia Garcia
: awarded three fellowships, the Caroline and Erwin Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon at the United States Library of Congress, the 2013 Santander Universities Summer Fellowship, and the 2013 Hispanex Fellowship from Spain's Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports.

From Our Blog

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New Faculty
We welcome Dr. Yuko Miki, who joins the department as Assistant Professor of Iberian Atlantic History.

We also welcome Dr. Alex Novikoff, Assistant Professor of Medieval Cultural/Intellectual History.

Fellowships and prizes Yuko Miki: won the Nupur Chaudhuri First Article Prize of the Coordinating Council for Women in History (CCWH) for her article, "Fleeing into Slavery: The Insurgent Geographies of Brazilian Quilombolas (Maroons), 1880-1881," The Americas 68, no. 4 (2012): 495-528. The article has also received the Best Article prize from the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Brazil section.

Hector Lindo-Fuentes: won the Alfred B. Thomas Award from the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies for his book, co-authored with Erik Ching, Modernizing Minds in El Salvador: Education Reform and the Cold War, 1960-1980

Asif Siddiqi:
Charles Lindbergh Chair in Aerospace History at the National Air & Space Museum in 2013-2014.

Susan Wabuda:
Short-Term Fellowship at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C., in February-April 2013.

Christopher Maginn: named the Irish American Cultural Institute/National University of Ireland Visiting Fellow in Irish Studies for 2013-2014.

Dr. Wolfgang P. Mueller
: won a Marie Curie Senior Research Fellowship from the European Commission and the Gerda-Henkel Stiftung in Düsseldorf, Germany. It offers funding for two years of study (2013 and 2014) at the Leopold Wenger Institut für Rechtsgeschichte, University of Munich, Germany.

Dr. Daniel Soyer: City of Promises: A History of the Jews of New York (Deborah Dash Moore,general editor, NYU Press 2012), the three-volume set of which volume 2, The Emerging Metropolis: New York Jews in the Age of Immigration, 1840-1920, Dr. Soyer co-wrote with Annie Polland, has won the Everett Family Foundation Award for Jewish Book of the Year from the Jewish Book Council.  TheEmerging Metropolis was a finalist for the JDC-Herbert Katzki Award for Writing Based on Archival Research, also from the Jewish Book Council.

Dr. Elizabeth Penry:
named an International Cooperating Researcher of the National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan, (2012-2014) for a collaborative project titled “State, Community and Identity in the Modern Hispanic World: A Study of the Resettlement Policy in Spanish America.”

Dr. Rosemary Wakeman: named EURIAS Senior Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences in 2012-2013.

Recent Publications
Dr. Hector Lindo-Fuentes & Erik Ching Modernizing Minds in El Salvador: Education Reform and the Cold War, 1960-1980 (University of New Mexico Press, 2012)
Dr. Wolfgang Mueller: The Criminalization of Abortion in the West: Its Origins in Medieval Law (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2012)

In the news
Louie Dean Valencia Garcia: featured in a Madrid newspaper article in June 2013 "Quiero escribir una historia de La Movida social y de la gente corriente."

Fordham graduate students
win two of five fellowships awarded by the Library of Congress for research in the Prints and Photographs Devision.  Click here for more information.

Dr. Saul Cornell: "A Well-Regulated Militia: The Second Amendment as History and Myth,"

Cornell College's Kollman Lecture. April 3. 
Dr. Cornell spoke on the Second Amendment, gun regulation and its history.

Dr. Maryanne Kowaleski: "New Perspectives on Town and Country," Medieval Academy of America Annual Conference Presidential Address.  April 6, 2013.

Other Awards
Dr. Paul Cimbala: has been appointed to the editorial board of The Georgia Historical Quarterly.

Dr. Maryanne Kowaleski: named the North American representative to the Scientific Committee of the Datini Institute in Prato, Italy

Dr. Asif Siddiqi: named to the MIT Space Policy and Society Research Group which produced a report on the space program for the incoming Obama administration.

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