Congratulations go to all of our members who have recently received their doctorates:

  • Dr. Chris McFadin defended his dissertation, "The Reformation of Fiscal Policy in Rural France, 1598-1685" on April 13.
  • Dr. Brian Donovan defended his dissertation, "'The Harder Heroism of the Hospital': Union Veterans and the Creation of Disability, 1862-1910" on April 27.
  • Dr. Kristi DiClemente defended her dissertation, "Agency and Expectations: Women’s Experiences in Marriage Disputes in Fourteenth-Century Paris" on May 7.
  • Dr. John Eicher defended his dissertation, "Now too much for us: Mennonite migrations between the World Wars" on May 11.
  • Dr. Brian Miller (pictured right) defended his dissertation, "Reshaping the Turkish Nation-State: Migrant Communities in Western Europe and Return Migration, 1959-1985" on May 22.
  • Dr. Debra Shattuck defended her dissertation, "From Child's Play to Molder of Men: The Gendered Narrative of Nineteenth-Century Baseball" on June 25.

Debra Shattuck will serve as provost and assistant professor of history at John Witherspoon College in Rapid City, SD.

Awards and Appointments:

Holly Pinheiro received the Program in African American History Short-term Fellowship at the Library Company of Philadelphia.

Aldrin Magaya received a Graduate College Post-Comprehensive Summer Research Award and a T. Anne Cleary International Dissertation Research Fellowship, both from the University of Iowa Graduate College.

Caroline Radesky was awarded Cornell University's Phil Zwickler Memorial Research Grant and the University of Iowa Graduate Student Senate Supplemental Travel Award; she was also invited to attend Yale University's Research Initiative on the History of Sexualities Summer Seminar 2015.

Eric Zimmer received an Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award from the University of Iowa Council on Teaching, an award from the University of Iowa Graduate College Fellowship Incentive Program, and a research grant from the American Philosophical Society's Phillips Fund for Native American Research. Eric was also accepted into the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies' Digital Bridges for Humanistic Inquiry Summer Institute, jointly run by the University of Iowa and Grinnell College.

Yvonne Seale received an award from the University of Iowa Graduate College Fellowship Incentive Program.

Noaquia Callahan received a 2015-2016 Mellon-Moorland Travel to Collections Grant from Howard University.


Kristi DiClemente's research formed the basis of an article on marriage disputes in medieval Europe in the April 11 issue of German weekly news magazine Der Spiegel. (article pictured right)

Member Eric Zimmer was featured in a KCRG news item about the archaeological excavation of a Meskwaki village near South Amana in April, and in a Rapid City Journal article about the fight to rename South Dakota's highest mountain, Harney Peak, to its Lakota name, Hinhan Kaga.

Pam Stek published an article in The Annals of Iowa:

"The 1898 American Cereal Company Strike in Cedar Rapids: Gender, Ethnicity, and Labor in Late Nineteenth-Century Iowa". The Annals of Iowa, Vol 74 (2) Spring 2015 pp. 142-176.

Yvonne Seale published a book review, an article, and a guest column:

Review of Tanya Stabler Miller, The Beguines of Medieval Paris: Gender, Patronage, and Spiritual Authority. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014, in Retrospectives: A Post-Graduate History Journal, 4:1 (2015). [Read online]

"Précis of the 2014 Barry Prize Winner: Loughsewdy alias Plary: a Cistercian Nunnery Reconsidered", in Eolas: The Journal for the American Society of Irish Medieval Studies 8:1 (2015), 135-41.

"On Empathy in Editing", Guest Column, Hortulus: the Online Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies, June 6, 2015. [Read online]

Activities and Events:

On May 1 (pictured right), Mary Wise addressed undergraduate students in the "Native Histories and Endurance in the Midwest" class during a walking tour that explored Native American histories and ongoing presence in Iowa City and beyond.

The following day, Heather Wacha, Kristi DiClemente, Andrew Steck, and Justin Kirkland participated in the Iowa Forum for Graduate Medievalists' 2015 Symposium, "Medieval Myth-Busting," held here on the University of Iowa campus.

On June 11-12, the Women and Gender Historians of the Midwest conference took place in Iowa City, jointly hosted by the Iowa Women's Archives. Speakers included GHS members and alums Janet Weaver, Anna Bostwick Flaming, Yvonne Seale and Allison Wells.