History Department News
Dr. Karen Dunak, Assistant Professor of History, continues to research and publish on topics related to post-World War II US social and cultural history. Blending her research and teaching interests with posts ranging from the emergent trend of bridal boudoir to the vision of romance communicated by 1970s popular music, in spring 2012 Dr. Dunak became a regular contributor to the Popular Romance Project, a site sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. She has two articles forthcoming: “Teaching the Many Americas of the 1950s,” The OAH Magazine of History (forthcoming, October 2012) and “‘Heed your creed, fall in love and get married’: New Left Ideology and Romantic Relationships,” Journal of American Culture (forthcoming, March 2013). Her book, As Long As We Both Shall Love: The White Wedding in Postwar America, will be published by New York University Press in the spring of 2013. She received the 2012 Junior Faculty Research Grant from the Ohio Academy of History in support of her new project, a cultural biography of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. Dr. Dunak also serves as the co-advisor of the American Studies Program.
Dr. Alistair Hattingh,
Associate Professor of History and Chair of the History Department, is working on a project examining the relationship between Argentina's national and provincial governments in the years 1930-1943. In April 2016, he visited archives and libraries in the capital, Buenos Aires, as well as in the provinces of Tucumán and Catamarca. He presented papers at two conferences in 2016, at the annual conference of the Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies (MACLAS), held at Temple University in Philadelphia, and at the annual meeting of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), held in New York City. Dr. Hattingh is a co-advisor of the International Affairs major at Muskingum.
Dr. Laura Hilton, Professor of History, is continuing her scholarship on the post Second World War period in Germany. Most recently, she published "The Black Market in History and Memory: German Perceptions of Victimhood from 1945 to 1948," German History, Volume 28(4), 2010: 479-497. She presented her current research on rumors in the postwar period in Germany at the German Studies Association meeting in October 2012, with a paper entitled: “The Postwar Culture of Rumors: Security, Victimhood and Fear.” Muskingum University awarded her the Cora I. Orr Award in August 2012, which is named in honor of a Muskingum faculty member and administrator who served the university with devotion and distinction for four decades. In the summer of 2013, with the assistance of a Muskingum University Faculty Development Grant, she conducted research at the Public Records Office (PRO) in London, England. In August 2013, she was one of eleven invited participants at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum for a workshop entitled “Landscapes of the Uprooted: Refugees and Exiles in Postwar Europe.”
Dr. Bil Kerrigan,
Arthur and Eloise Cole Distinguished Professor of American History, was awarded the William Oxley Thompson Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Fall of 2011. During the 2011-2012 academic year Dr. Kerrigan worked with museum curator Erin Stevic, (’02) and five students on a gallery exhibition, Muskingum: The First 175 Years. During the summer of 2012 he participated in a 5-week National Endowment for the Humanities Seminar on American Maritime History in Mystic, Connecticut. His most recent book, Johnny Appleseed and the American Orchard will be published by The Johns Hopkins University Press on November 1, 2012. An essay excerpted from that book, “The Invention of Johnny Appleseed,” is the lead essay in the Fall 2012 issue of The Antioch Review. He is also active in his role as University Archivist. During the summer 2012 he worked with Caleb Eno (’12) to update the Muskingum University Archives website: www.muskingumarchives.org. During the 2012-13 year he is working with a number of student interns on Archives projects.
Dr. Thomas McGrath, Associate Professor of History,
is currently researching the Chinese Army in India. This force was trained in India and equipped by the United States and utilized as part of the multinational force that liberated Burma and opened a land route to China during the Second World War. He has conducted research at the US Army War College, Carlisle Barrack, PA, the National Archives and Records Administration II (NARA II) in College Park, Maryland, and the Public Record Office (PRO), National Archives, UK for this project. These research trips were funded in part by two Muskingum University Faculty Development Grants. In 2011, Dr. McGrath published several articles in the Encyclopedia of World History, including entries on Southeast Asia during the Great Depression, Collapse of Chinese and Japanese Empires, and Decline of the Qing Military.
Allison Avolio (2006) was one of the student contributors to the publication on Cambridge, Ohio, edited by Dr. Bil Kerrigan. She completed her MA in Student Affairs within the field of Higher Education at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, in 2008. She is currently the Director of Residential Life at Muskingum.
Meredith Bowman (2007) earned an MAT at Mount Vernon Nazarene University and is currently teaching at Danville Junior High School. She served as one of Dr. Kerrigan’s Summer Muskie Fellows during 2006 and co-authored a book on Salt Fork State Park with Dr. Kerrigan and alumnae Alicia Seng. She won the 2007 Schooley Award as outstanding senior and the 2007 Taylor Stults Senior Seminar Research Award. She also wrote an entry for the Encyclopedia of the First Amendment that focused on the Supreme Court case Citizen Publishing Co. et al v. United States.
Bill Carlson (2005) earned his MS in Environmental Studies from Ohio University. He works for Tetra Tech as a Water Resources Scientist.
Nachiket Chanchani (2004) completed his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania and is currently an Assistant Professor of South Asian Art, Architecture, and Visual Culture at the University of Michigan. He conducted dissertation fieldwork in India and Nepal and his dissertation traced the expansion of sacred geographies, the movements of builders, and the creation of a mosaic of polities in the Central Himalayas, and how these intersected with the development of architectural form and stone temple construction from the eighth to the twelfth centuries. He previously earned his M.Phil. at the Research Training Program offered by the renowned Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, in Calcutta, India and completed an MA at the University of Minnesota.
Daniel Cowden (2006) won the Schooley Award from the Muskingum Department of History for outstanding senior in April 2006, is currently in the U.S. Marines, stationed in Japan, following a tour in Afghanistan.
Erin Crosby (2003) works for the American Diabetes Association.
Becky Cross (2010) completed her MA in Oral History at Columbia University in New York City in 2011.
Jordan Eis (2009) earned her MA in History from University College Dublin, Ireland. Jordan's MA thesis is entitled "Kenya: The Breakdown of Colonial Relationships and the Failure of Indirect Rule."
Michael Faeth (2005) finished his MA in history at the University of Akron in 2007 and is completing a PhD program at the University of Minnesota in Comparative Early Modern History. He received grant assistance and spent part of the past year conducting dissertation research in Spain on his topic, the Expulsion of the Jesuits from Spain and Latin America.
Dean Gorsuch (2005) is the Assistant Editor for high school Geography textbooks for McGraw-Hill, working in their headquarters in Columbus, Ohio.
Megan Gray (2009) is a Sales Manager at the Dittmar Company.
Rebecka Hackett (2006) won the Schooley Award from the Muskingum Department of History for outstanding senior in April 2006 and completed her MA in Public History at Middle Tennessee State University. She serves as the Assistant Site Manager for the Zoar Village State Memorial.
Matthew Harris (2008) is completed his law degree at Cleveland State University and currently works for the AFL-CIO in Cleveland.
Amanda Jones (2004) completed her MA in Public History at Indiana University—Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI).
Paul Lafyatis (2009) works at J. P. Morgan Chase, in Columbus, OH.
Anthony Lorenz (2004) completed his M.Div at Princeton Seminary. He is the minister for the Presbyterian Church of the Upper West Conocochegue.
Kristen Losey Williams (2004) earned her M.Ed in Educational Administration -- Higher Education and Student Personnel from Kent State University. She is the Career Services and Recruitment Coordinator at the College of Public Health at the Ohio State University.
Traci Rucker (2002) completed her MA in Public History at IUPUI. She currently serves as Program Coordinator for the Visiting Scholar Programs at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
David Shahbodaghi (2010) is in medical school at West Virginia University and is a Second Lt. in the U.S. Army.
Sam Stevenson (2008) is the Vice-President at Reserve Orthodontic Lab in Medina, OH.
Erin Stevic (2002) completed her MA in Material Culture at Winterthur in Delaware, taught Ohio History and U.S. history here at Muskingum in the Fall of 2004.
Princess Tarrance (2009) worked as a College Access Advisor for the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative Project REACH through Americorps in 2009-2010. She completed the MPA program at Bowling Green University, with a focus on NGO and non-profit management, in 2013.