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
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EventsWhat is digital literacy and why does it matter to history?
Thursday february 27This session will introduce faculty and graduate students to key concepts of digital literacy in the humanities. Johnathan Pettinato and Alisa Beer will present, and participants are strongly encouraged to share their ideas and concerns in this interactive session.
Light refreshments will be provided, and attendees are welcome to bring food of their own.
1:00pm Dealy 102 For information on other events, click here or see our blog. Graduate Student Awards and Publications
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 prizesHector 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.
Dr. Hector Lindo-Fuentes & Erik ChingModernizing 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)
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.