March 18, 2016 at 11:09 am

History Faculty Score Major Awards and Publications

The History Department at Ohio University prides itself on the scholarly productivity of its faculty. Only three months into 2016, a number of its historians have received significant recognition for for their scholarship, both past and future:

Dr. Miriam Shadis won both an Institute for International Education Fulbright Fellowship and an Ohio University Baker Fund Award and for her next book project, “Mothers, Daughters, Sisters, Saints: Gender and State Formation in Portugal, 1100-1250.” The Fulbright covers a one-semester research visit to archives in Portugal.

Dr. Paul C. Milazzo’s first book, Unlikely Environmentalists: Congress and Clean Water, 1945-1972, will be published as a paperback edition. The publisher, University Press of Kansas, felt it was important to re-issue it in paperback several years after it first came out in hardcover.

Dr. Assan Sarr‘s book manuscript was officially accepted for publication and is now under contract with the University of Rochester Press (the Rochester Studies in African History and Diaspora Series). The title of the forthcoming book is: Islam, Power, and Dependency in the Gambia River Basin: The Politics of Land Control, 1790-1940.

Bentley Annex, home to the History Department

Bentley Annex, home to the History Department

Such awards and publications build on a strong legacy of scholarly productivity and public engagement by History Department faculty. Some key highlights from 2015 alone include:

Dr. Brian Schoen, Associate Professor of History, gave two major lectures in 2015. The first was the Lincoln Lecture at the Westport, Ireland, titled “The Life and Death of a Statesman.” The second lecture was part of the Distinguished Lecture Series at University College Dublin, titled “American Interregnum: Secession, the US Civil War & the 19th Century’s Crisis of Governance.” He also presented two seminar papers: “The Problem of American Nationhood in an Era of Global Crisis” at the National University of Ireland, Galway and “Statecraft and Secession: American Nationhood in an Era of 19th Century Global Crisis” at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies at Friei Universitat, Berlin. Schoen also co-edited with Dr. Robert C. Ingram, Associate Professor of History at Ohio University, a collection titled Between Sovereignty and Anarchy: The Politics of Violence in the American Revolutionary Era (University of Virginia Press).

Dr. Katherine Jellison, Professor of History, was quoted in three media stories: “What Kind of Ex-President will Barack Obama Be?” (Washington Post, May 11, 2015), “Do We Really Need a First Lady?” (Washington Post, June 10, 2015) and “The Antique Feminism of Hilary Clinton” (Washington Times, December 16, 2015). In addition, she organized and participated in a roundtable on “Women’s Hands Working on the Land: Sources in Rural Women’s History” at the annual meting of the Agricultural History Society (AHS), held in Lexington, KY, June 3-6, 2015. Jellison also gave a book talk, “History of White Weddings,” as part of the Historic Costume and Textile Collection lectures series at Ohio State University.

Dr. Mariana Dantas, Associate Professor of History, published two chapters and an article in 2015: “Slave Women and Urban Labor in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World,” in New Directions in Slavery Studies: Commodification, Community, and Comparison, edited by Jeff Forret and Christine Sears (Louisiana University Press, 2015); “Pai Branco, Mãe Negra, Filho Pardo: Formação Familiar e Mobilidade Social na Comarca do Rio das Velhas,” in História da Família no Brasil (séculos XVIII, XIX, e XX): Novas análises e perspectivas, edited by Douglas Libby, José N. C. Meneses, Júnia F. Furtado, and Zephyr Frank (Belo Horizonte: Editora Fino Traço, 2015); and Miners, Farmers, and Market People: Women of African Descent and the Colonial Economy in Minas Gerais,” African Economic History 43 (2015). She also participated in an invitation-only research workshop: “Eighteenth-Century Studies Workshop: The Eighteenth Century City”at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven. Dantas was also invited to serve as a roundtable discussant during the “Locating and Connecting Latin American and the African Diaspora” conference, held a the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. She also co-convened, organized, and served as a discussant for the The Global City, Past and Present, AHRC International Research Network Workshops: “Spaces,” held at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, in May, 2015, and “Political Economy,” held at the Fundação Casa de Rui Barbosa in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in November, 2015. Dantas was awarded an 1804 Grant by Ohio University to strengthen Ohio University’s participation in the Global City research network through more faculty involvement in the network’s workshop and a summer program to be held at the Athens campus in July, 2016.

Dr. Sarah Kinkel, Assistant Professor of History, presented a paper titled “Bulwark of Liberty or ‘Locusts of America’: The Royal Navy in Imperial Constitutional Debates, 1763-76” at the the Britain and the World Conference, organized by the University of Texas, Austin. She also served as the discussant on a panel titled “Political Economy and Imperial Competition in the Long Eighteenth Century,” held as part of the North American Conference on British Studies in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Dr. Ziad Abu-Rish, Assistant Professor of History, published a co-edited volume titled Critical Voices: A Collection of Interviews from and on the Middle East (Tadween Publishing) and the article “Manufacturing Silence: On Jordan’s ISIS War, Arab Authoritarianism, and US Empire” in Jadaliyya e-zine. He also presented papers on “Institution Building and Political Organization in Early Independence Lebanon,” at the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies, American University of Beirut, and on “Regime-Society Relations in Jordan Four Years after 2011,” at the the Asfari Institute’s First Annual Conference: Exploring an Agenda for Active Citizenship. During the summer, Abu-Rish co-convened, organized and participated in a research workshop on “State Formation, Public Institutions, and Social Mobilization in Lebanon, 1943-1958,” held at the American University of Beirut and funded by the Carnegie Foundation via the Arab Studies Institute and George Mason University. Also during 2015, Abu-Rish gave public talks on the Islamic State at Haverford College, contemporary Syria at Trinity College, and the garbage crisis in Lebanon at the University of California, Los Angeles. He was also twice interviewed by the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS), based in Beirut, on the history of state institutions in Lebanon during the early independence period. The interviews (Click here and here) were published in both English and Arabic.

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