Department News

The second Rondel Davidson Lecture of the term, will be taking place this Thursday. More details here

Recent Faculty Achievements

Dr. Tamer Balci has become one of the founding members of International Symposium on Balkan History Studies, Uluslararası Balkan Tarihi Araştırmaları Sempozyumu (UBTAS) in August 2013.

Dr. Megan Birk had a radio interview about her article “Lyman Alden: Setting an Institutional Example,” Indiana Magazine of History June 2013.

Dr. Birk has been appointed to serve on the program committee for the 2013 Agricultural History Conference to be held in Banff, Alberta, Canada.

Recent Faculty Publications

Dr. Tamer Balci “Ottoman Balkan Heritage and the Construction of Turkish National Identity”, Journal of Ottoman Legacy Studies, 1:1, (November 2014) pg. 60-70; "Kosovo Albanians in the Clutches of Communism and Nationalism" in Abidin Temizer, ed. Methodical Approaches to the Balkan History Studies, Istanbul: Libra Kitapcılık, 2014; Review Essay of Toward an Islamic Enlightenment: The Gulen Movement in Middle East Policy 20:2 (Summer 2013): 165-172.

Dr. Megan Birk, "The Farm, Foster Care, and Dependent Children in the Midwest, 1880-1920" The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 12:3 (July 2013): 320-342.

Dr. Brent M. S. Campney, "'This Negro Elephant is Getting to be a Pretty Large Sized Animal': White Hostility against Blacks in Indiana and the Historiography of Racist Violence in the Midwest," Middle West Review 1:2 (Spring 2015): 63-91;  "Race Always Mattered: Black-on-Black Mob Violence and Inter-Racial Relations in Kansas," American Nineteenth Century History 16:1 (April 2015): 1-23.
"'The Peculiar Climate of this Region': The 1854 Cairo Lynching and the Historiography of Racist Violence against Blacks in Illinois," Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society 107 (Summer 2014): 143-170;  "'A Little Different than in Alabama': Sectional Narratives and the Rhetoric of Racist Violence,'" in Bleeding Kansas, Bleeding Missouri: The Long Civil War on the Border, edited by Jonathan Earle and Diane Mutti-Burke (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2013): 225-241; “‘Ever Since the Hanging of Oliphant’: Lynching and the Suppression of Mob Violence in Topeka, Kansas,” Great Plains Quarterly 33 (Spring 2013): 71-86; “‘Light is Bursting upon the World!’: White Supremacy and Racist Violence against Blacks in Reconstruction Kansas,” Republished in Lynching Beyond Dixie: American Mob Violence Outside the South, Michael J. Pfeifer, ed. (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2013): 81-109.

Dr. Linda English, By All Accounts: General Stores and Community Life in Texas and Indian Territory (Race and Culture in the American West), University of Oklahoma Press, 2013.

Dr. Amy M. Hay's interview on Agent Orange was published by Global Environment: A Journal of History and Natural and Social Sciences:; Book review of The Medicalized Border and the Politics of Exclusion in the May 2013 issue of Southern Spaces:; "Dispelling the ‘Bitter Fog’: fighting chemical defoliation in the American West," Endeavour Volume 36, Issue 4, December 2012, [Special Issue] Silent Spring after Fifty Years: 174–185.

Dr. Robert Hoppens, The China Problem in Postwar Japan: Japanese National Identity and Sino-Japanese Relations, Bloomsbury Academic, 2015.

Dr. Irving W. Levinson and Dr. Gregory D. Gilson. Latin American Positivism: New Historical and Philosophic Essays, Edt. Lexington Books, 2013.

Dr. Christopher L. Miller, Making America: A History of the United States (6th ed., Boston: Wadsworth/Cengage Learning, 2012.

Dr. Russell Skowronek, Ceramic Production in Early Hispanic California: Craft, Economy, and Trade on the Frontier of New Spain, University Press of Florida, 2014. [Edt. with M. James Blackman & Ronald L. Bishop].