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 storiesfrom across history. New episodes every Saturday.
Dhurata Osmani won the Itzkoff scholarship. She ispursuing 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
Spatiality and Digital Mapping Wednesday, October 29, 2:30 p.m. David Wrisley (American University of Beirut) Keating Hall, Room 318 Medieval Studies Professional Issues Workshop Co-Sponsored by the Digital Humanities Working Group
Images of the First World War
Thursday, November 6, 12:15 p.m. Michael Neiberg (US Army War College) Lowenstein Building, 12th Floor Lounge (Lincoln Center Campus)
Mass Transit: Mass Book Design in the Twelfth Century Thursday, November 6, 1:00 p.m. Andrew Irving (The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church) Walsh Library, O'Hare Special Collections Room Sponsored by the Center for Medieval Studies
Islamicate Worlds, the Late Medieval Court of Burgundy and the Mediterranean: Representations, Encounters, Debates
Tuesday, December 9, 6:00 p.m. David Wrisley (American University of Beirut)
Faculty Lounge, McGinley 237
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Graduate Student Awards and Publications
Pedro Cameselle has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship (IIE), to Uruguay for 2014-2015.
Louis Dean Valencia has been named one of two Fordham HASTAC Scholars for 2014/15.
Alisa Beer was one of the Fordham HASTAC Scholars for 2013/14.
Elizabeth Kuhl has published: “Time and Identity in Stephen de Rouen’s Draco Normannicus,” Journal of Medieval History 40 (2014): 421-38.
Samantha Sagui has published two articles: “The Hue and Cry in Medieval English Towns.” Historical Research 87 (2014): 179-193, and “Midlevel Officials in Fifteenth Century Norwich.” In The Fifteenth Century XII: Society in an Age of Plague. Eds. Linda Clark and Carole Rawcliffe, 101-121. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell and Brewer, 2013.
Elizabeth Keohane-Burbridge has published: “The Clergymen of Medieval Convocation: A Prosopographical Study of the Representatives of the Dioceses of Lincoln and Winchester from 1313 to 1536,” Medieval Prosopography 28 (2013).
Brandon Gauthier has been awarded a John Higham Travel Grant from the Organization of American Historians-Immigration and Ethnic History Society (2014). He has also published an article, "'Bring All the Troops Home Now!' The American-Korean Friendship and Information Center and North Korean Public Diplomacy, 1971-1976," Yonsei Journal of International Studies, Vol. 5, No. 3 (Spring/Summer 2014), 147-158.