In August, we welcomed our new cohort of graduate students (pictured right): Back, L-R: Jennifer Marks, John Yost, Alison Steigerwald, Joseph TenHulzen, Zoe Petersen, Mariana Ramirez Villa, Shu Wan, Michael Benson; Front, L-R: Marius Kothor, Ashley Dorn, Laurel Sanders. Their fields of interest range from public history, to the history of West Africa, to Native American history, and much more. Be sure to say hello when you see them around Schaeffer!

As some begin their graduate work here at the University of Iowa, so others move on. Congratulations go to all of our members who have recently received their doctorates or were offered teaching positions:

  • Dr. William Ennis III defended his dissertation, "Hereditarian Ideas and Eugenic Ideals at the National Deaf-Mute College" on July 14.
  • Dr. Marlino Mubai (pictured below right, with advisor Prof. Jim Giblin) defended his dissertation, "Warfare, Environment, and Societies in Southern Mozambique, 1976-1992" on November 2.
  • Dr. Kristi DiClemente accepted a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor position at Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, MS
  • Dr. Matthew Conn accepted a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor position at Hampden-Sydney College in Hampden Sydney, VA.

Caroline Radesky has been appointed an assistant editor for Notches: (Re)marks on the History of Sexuality, a peer-reviewed, collaborative and international history of sexuality blog sponsored by the Raphael Samuel History Centre.

Yvonne Seale was accepted to, and awarded funding to attend, the American Historical Association 2016 Undergraduate Teaching Workshop.


Allison Wells received a Graduate College Post-Comprehensive Research Award.

Caroline Radesky received a Graduate and Professional Student Government travel grant, a graduate student research fellowship from the Kinsey Institute, and a Graduate College Post-Comprehensive Research Award.


Joseph Jakarasi co-authored a book chapter:

Munyaradzi Nyakudya and Joseph Jakarasi. "Sheriff in the Club of Dictators? Robert Mugabe's Role in the Politics of Southern Africa." In Mugabeism? History, Politics, and Power in Zimbabwe, edited by Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

Eric Zimmer published a journal article:

Eric Steven Zimmer, "Building the Red Earth Nation: The Civilian Conservation Corps-Indian Division on the Meskwaki Settlement," Native American and Indigenous Studies 2, no. 2 (2015): 106-133.

Open Access Scholarship:

The History Corps is a project through which members of our department, both graduate students and faculty, engage in oral, digital, and public history projects of all kinds. Members Katherine Massoth, Eric Zimmer, and Heather Wacha have recently blogged about their involvement with this project. You can read Katherine's reflections on the opportunities created by public history here, Eric's on his time with History Corps here, and Heather's on the opportunities public history provides to medievalists here.

In late October, History Corps launched a project called "Documenting Women at Iowa." This online exhibit features oral histories and narrative interpretations about the experiences and work of some of the many women who have at some point in their lives been part of the University of Iowa community. The project is curated by GHS members Danielle Hoskins, Katherine Massoth, and Mary Wise.

Mary Wise is also a HASTAC Scholar—part of an annual fellowship program which encourages research and teaching in the digital humanities—and has blogged for HASTAC about her work with History Corps. You can find her blog post at this link.

Katherine Massoth was interviewed by her undergraduate alma mater, the University of California Irvine, about her career as a graduate student in history. You can read the interview at this link.

Yvonne Seale blogged about the clothing of medieval religious women.

Paul Mokrzycki Renfro was interviewed on the Iowa Public Radio show "River to River" about his doctoral research on the politics and policies around child abduction in the Reagan Era. You can listen to the interview streaming online, and read about Paul's research, on the IPR website

Heather Wacha helped to produce two more installments of the video series, "If Books Could Talk", which engaged with the medieval manuscript holdings of the University of Iowa Special Collections. You can watch the third episode below, or click this link to explore other episodes in the series.