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Congratulations to Dr. Justin Dolan Stover

Justin Dolan Stover, Assistant Professor in the Department of History, has been named the 2015 William B. Neenan, S.J., Visiting Fellow at the Boston College center for Irish studies in Dublin, Ireland. Dr. Stover will spend a portion of 2015 in Dublin working on a project that examines the extent and impact of environmental destruction that occurred during the Irish Revolution, 1919-1923. He will also work with Boston College-Ireland to organize and host an international symposium on the subject of war and environment in Ireland, which will be held during his tenure as Fellow.




Congratulations to Dr. Erika Kuhlman!

Dr. Erika Kuhlman has received a 2014 Outstanding Researcher award. She will be honored at a reception on April 9th, along with four other recipients.

Erika Kuhlman is professor of history, director of Women Studies, and editor of the journal Peace and Change: A Journal of Peace Research. She researches and writes about the reciprocal relationship between war and pacifism; about what compels people to fight or to refuse to fight; and about the relationship between individuals and the nation that sends them to war. Her study of the women's peace movement during the First World War was followed by a history of women's involvement in postwar reconciliation between nations. Her 2012 book, "Of Little Comfort: War Widows, Fallen Soldiers, and the Remaking of the Nation after the Great War" traces the lives of German and U.S. women who lost their husbands to battle.

She was invited to give her lecture "Transnational Cultures of Mourning" at Duke University-University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill's Gender, War, and Culture series in September 2013. She is contributing a chapter in Oxford University Press's forthcoming anthology titled Gender, War, and the Western World since 1650.

Since 2012 she has studied soldiers who survived the war well enough to leave the country for which they had fought, Germany, to seek a fresh existence in the United States. Her chapter about a German writer who deserted his unit and stowed away on a ship bound for Philadelphia will appear in an anthology of Great War literature titled Modernism and War, forthcoming from Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. Currently she is at work on a study of five U.S.-bound German veterans, both fictional and historical.


Lori Barber Honored as an Outstanding Student - Graduate School Master's Recipient


Each year, in partnership with the Idaho State University Colleges and Divisions, the Office of Alumni Relations hosts a ceremony to award deserving, graduating seniors with outstanding recognition. This year, Lori Barber was selected as an Outstanding Student for the Master's Program in the Graduate School.

Lori Barber received her Masters of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (History and Anthropology) in December 2013. Currently, Lori is an adjunct instructor teaching two classes in the History/Women Studies departments.









The History Department would like to congratulate all graduates of Fall 2013. The following students received either majors or minors in history.

Bachelor of Arts in History:
Dana J. Bell
Brooke E. Boden
Robert A. Devine
Sheena K. Hawker
Kelsi D. Linsenmann
Jacob S. Monahan
Lynette G. Morgan
John C. Piper
Robin Ueckert
Paul L. Melni

History Minor:
Dani L. Kreuger
Daniel K. Lane
Tausha L. McGahey

Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education History:
Uriel Carranza
Lindsey A. Huff
Jonathon R. Storey



Stover Receives IHC Research Fellowship

Dr. Justin Dolan Stover has received a research fellowship from the Idaho Humanities Council. This award will facilitate travel to Ireland in 2014 to complete research and for writing a book on the history of loyalty and treason in modern Ireland. Dr. Stover's research highlights the multiple social and cultural factors that contribute to the formation and reinterpretation of allegiance in revolutionary societies. His book will examine Ireland against the dual upheavals of the Irish Revolution (1913-1923) and Great War (1914-1918), focusing on themes of social conlfict, culture, para-militarism and communal violence as contributing to evolving concepts of loyalty and group formation.




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Faculty Books Released in Paperback

Two books by faculty in the History Department were released in paperback editions early in 2010. Kevin Marsh's Drawing Lines in the Forest: Creating Wilderness Areas in the Pacific Northwest came out in paper in March 2010 and also became available in a Kindle version on Amazon. In addition, a paperback edition of Hank Stamm's People of the Wind River: The Eastern Shoshones, 1825-1900 was released in February. These follow Ron Hatzenbuehler's "I Tremble for My Country": Thomas Jefferson and the Virginia Gentry, which came out in paper in 2009.

Noted Western Historian to Give Idaho Yesterdays Lecture April 21, 7:30pm in Goranson Hall

West Photo Elliott West, Alumni Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Arkansas and noted authority on the American West, will present "The West Before Lewis and Clark: Three Lives" on Wednesday April 21 at 7:30pm. Admission is free.

Professor West is former president of the Western History Association and the author of numerous award-winning books. His most recent work, The Last Indian War: The Nez Perce Story, was published in 2009 by Oxford University Press as part of its highly regarded series, Pivotal Moments in U.S. History. The Contested Plains (Kansas, 1998), won best-book awards from several professional societies and public libraries. Both titles will be for sale at the event.

This year he is one of three finalists for the Robert Foster Cherry Award, given by Baylor University to the best college teacher in the country in any discipline. The Wall Street Journal recently featured him in an article touting great teaching ("America's Top College Professor," November 13, 2009).

His visit is made possible by support from the ISU Cultural Affairs Council, Idaho Humanities Council, the American Studies Program, and Phi Alpha Theta.

On April 22, West will speak in Idaho Falls on the Nez Perce War. This is the annual East Idaho Distinguished Humanities Lecture. For more tickets and further information on that separate event, contact the Idaho Humanities Council at idahohumanties.org.

Leading LDS Historian to Speak March 31, 7:30pm in Goranson Hall

Jan Shipps PhotoThe ISU Women Studies Program presents "Mormon Families since World War II," a lecture by noted Mormon scholar Jan Shipps on Wednesday March 31. Dr. Shipps is professor emerita of history and religious studies at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. She is a nationally recognized authority on the history of Mormonism and the LDS church, author of numerous books on the topic, and former president of the Mormon History Association. Her current research on Mormonism's transformation since World War II is funded by a prestigious fellowship from the Mellon Foundation. Dr. Shipps will also be speaking in history classrooms during her visit to Pocatello.

Latest Issue of Idaho Yesterdays Released in December

To read the latest scholarship on the history of Idaho and its surrounding regions, log on to http://idahoyesterdays.org.

Idaho Yesterdays is edited in the ISU History Department by Kevin Marsh, along with associate editors Ron Hatzenbuehler, Laura Woodworth-Ney, and Jennifer Adkison, who is the director of the American Studies Program. Scott Pearson served as editorial assistant in fall 2009. The journal comes out twice a year.

The department is also editorial home to Idaho Landscapes, the state's only peer-reviewed magazine of popular scholarship on history, science, and art. Dr. Woodworth-Ney serves as co-editor.


Hatzenbuehler and Kuhlman Receive IHC Research Fellowships

Professor Ron Hatzenbuehler and Associate Professor Erika Kuhlman have both received separate research fellowships from the Idaho Humanities Council. Competition for these annual awards is very tight. For both professors, these fellowships will assist in the completion of book-length monographs.

kuhlman Dr. Kuhlman will complete a book on the history of war widows and widowhood and fallen soldiers after the Great War. Her aim is to argue against the notion that home fronts were somehow immune from the horrors of war. Kuhlman's research explores not only the stories of the immense number of fallen soldiers, but also the culture of grief, the wives and children left to survive without husbands and fathers, the culture of memory, and how nations chose to honor fallen soldiers while neglecting bereaved widows. Her book will discuss European nations at war, but with a focus primarily on Germany and the United States. It will be published by the New York University Press. hatzenbuehler

Dr. Hatzenbuehler will complete a book manuscript comparing the ideas and behaviors of Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln. Hatzenbuehler states that while there are numerous studies of each American political icon, there are surprisingly few comparative studies. He plans to make his book accessible to a general audience of non-specialists. It will focus on Jefferson's and Lincoln's positions on race, federalism, the powers of the president, and more.

Owens Receives $1.7 Million NSF Grant

owens_nsf1 Professor J. B. "Jack" Owens is the lead scholar in a multi-national research consortium funded by the National Science Foundation. The award of $1.7 million represents a significant national recognition for ISU's unique graduate program in Historical Resources Management, which trains students to use geographic information systems for historical analysis. Although focused on the history of social networks from 1400 to 1800, Owens points out that "the project’s ultimate goal is to better integrate into computational thinking the messy, ambiguous, uncertain, and contradictory information commonly used in history."

The project brings a new post-doctoral research fellow into the department. Dr. Barbara Stephenson (Ph.D. History, Rutgers University), is an expert on social network analysis. In her 2004 book, The Power and Patronage of Marguerite de Navarre, she uses sixteenth-century letters to and from the sister of France’s King Francis I to show how women exercised political authority. More on the significance of this project for ISU...

Putting a Spotlight on Our World

Use of the Geographic Information System—GIS—is expanding rapidly, and those who use it say there seems to be no limit to how it can be applied. GIS is computerized, multi layered mapping software that "allows us to analyze the world," explains Keith Weber in the summer 2009 edition of the ISU Magazine. For more information on this fascinating topic and how the Masters program in History is involved, visit the ISU Magazine web site.

Hatzenbuehler Earns Outstanding Achievement in the Humanities Award for 2008

Ron The Idaho Humanities Council has chosen to honor Ronald Hatzenbuehler, Ph.D., professor of History at Idaho State University, with the Idaho Humanities Council Outstanding Achievement in the Humanities Award for 2008. Hatzenbuehler has devoted "his career to exemplary teaching and scholarship," and has actively promoted the public humanities in Idaho.

After earning M. A. and Ph.D. degrees in history at Kent State University, Ron has taught at ISU since 1972. In addition to a teaching career of nearly four decades, Ron also has written and lectured to the general public on Idaho population trends, migration, political history, and the legacies of presidents.

He has served as an historian and consultant for many grassroots humanities projects and programs throughout Southeast Idaho, and has participated in many humanities workshops, institutes, and conferences.

The award presentation took place on Thursday, February 19, 2009 in the Marshall Rotunda of the Stephens Performing Arts Center on the ISU campus. For more information contact the Idaho Humanities Council.

Idaho Landscapes Premier

landscapesLavishly illustrated and featuring path-breaking scholarly research in colorful and readable language, Idaho Landscapes premiered in December 2008. Idaho Landscapes is jointly edited by Laura Woodworth-Ney, chair of the Idaho State University History department; Keith Peterson, Idaho state historian; and, Todd Shallat, director of the Center for Idaho History and Politics at Boise State University. In print now, the new Idaho Landscapes is available through the Idaho State Historical Society in Boise, Walrus and Carpenter Books in Pocatello, and the Center for Idaho History and Politics.

The magazine debuts "with mysteries--with a small town murder that leads to an Indian reservation, with mysterious clay tablets in an Idaho archive, with a famous writer's search for the 'dark underneath' of the human psyche, and with rivers that flow underground." For more information, see http://idaholandscapes.org.

Idaho Yesterdays Debuts in Online Format

yesterdaysThe Spring 2009 issue of Idaho Yesterdays is now available in a new, open-access, online format. The most recent historical scholarship on Idaho and the intermountain West can be found at www.idahoyesterdays.org. This issue, the first of two in Volume 50, features articles on land use and environmental history in the Gem State. The lead article is by former ISU history professor, Peter Boag, and is based on his paper for the Idaho Yesterdays Lecture he presented on campus in 2007.

Idaho Yesterdays , the leading academic journal in the state since it began in 1957, is currently edited by Dr. Kevin Marsh at Idaho State University with the support of Boise State University and is published by the Idaho State Historical Society. Associate editors include Dr. Laura Woodworth-Ney, chair of the History Department and previous editor of IY , and Dr. Ron Hatzenbuehler, who edits the book review section. more...

Putting a Spotlight on Our World

Use of the Geographic Information System—GIS—is expanding rapidly, and those who use it say there seems to be no limit to how it can be applied. GIS is computerized, multi layered mapping software that "allows us to analyze the world," explains Keith Weber in the summer 2009 edition of the ISU Magazine. For more information on this fascinating topic and how the Masters program in History is involved, visit the ISU Magazine web site.

History Compass: Theory and Methods Blog

Using Jack Owens’ History Compass article, "Toward a Geographically-Integrated, Connected World History: Employing Geographical Information Systems (GIS)" as a starting point, a discussion looking at the role of geographic information systems (GIS) in World History can be found by visiting http://historycompass.wordpress.com/2008/11/03/debate-what-can-gis-offer-world-history/#comments.


Kuhlman and Woodworth-Ney Publish New Books

Laura Woodworth-Ney and Erika Kuhlman have both published important new books in 2008. Woodworth-Ney's offering is titled Women in the American West (ABC-Clio) and is her third book on Idaho history. Kuhlman's book, Reconstructing Patriarchy after the Great War: Women, Gender, and Postwar Reconciliation between Nations (Palgrave-Macmillan) is also her third publication. Both professors have published numerous articles and reviews in scholarly venues.

Professor Kuhlman's book examines women’s involvement in transnational reconciliation after the First World War.

Praise for Reconstructing Patriarchy after the Great War "Kuhlman's transnational perspective broadens our understanding of the role of women activists in the post-war period while also providing original insights into how forces at work on the ground ‘normalized’ civilian life in Germany during that time. The book confirms in many ways the work of earlier scholars of the subject, while moving beyond that work to investigate the success of America in Germany and its reliance upon patriarchal norms to ensure peace. Kuhlman successfully balances the attempts made at reconciliation by some women’s organizations and the ongoing perpetuation of wartime animosities by other groups. By essentially embedding women into the reconciliation process, she reveals both how they attempted to ensure that process but also, in other ways, how they perpetuated disharmony." --Maria Luddy, Professor of History, University of Warwick

Laura Woodworth-Ney's book, Women in the American West offers vivid portrayals of women as pioneers, prostitutes, teachers, disguised soldiers, nurses, entrepreneurs, immigrants, and ordinary citizens caught up in extraordinary times. Organized chronologically, each chapter emphasizes important themes central to gender and women's history, including women's mobility, women at home, wage labor, immigration, marriage, political participation, and involvement in wars at home and abroad. With this revealing volume, readers will see that women had a far more profound effect on the course of history in the Western United States than is commonly thought.

TIG Grant awarded to Barry Maheras

A Technology Incentive Grant of $97,800 was awarded to Barry Maheras of the History department for the redesigning of History 118, United States History and Culture during the 2008-2009 academic year. Maheras will be creating an interactive approach to studying history including online role playing activities and lectures.

Funding was continued for this grant in 2009-2010.

Owens Awarded $394,000 Grant for ISU's Role in International, Collaborative Research program

  • The research community he assembled includes more than 40 researchers in 16 countries on five continents.
  • Owens' research group will examine the evolution of cooperation among merchants and between merchants and other groups, with particular attention to the commercial networks of importance to the global domains of Iberian monarchies during the first global age, 1400-1800.
  • For more information, read the recent article from ISU Headlines: http://www2.isu.edu/headlines/?p=664.


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