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Faculty News

Dr. Walter L. Hixson’s most recent book, American Settler Colonialism: A History (Palgrave-Macmillan), has been selected as an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice, the official publication of the American Library Association.

Dr. Stephen Harp’s interview with New Books in French Studies is now online. The interview covers his latest book, Au Naturel: Naturism, Nudism, and Tourism in Twentieth-Century France (Louisiana State University Press, 2014).

Professors Kevin Kern and Gregory Wilson have just published Ohio: A History of the Buckeye State. Hailed by Purdue University’s R. Douglas Hurt as “The best book on Ohio’s history in more than a generation,” the new volume builds on our department’s long-recognized prominence in the field of Ohio History that Professor Emeritus George Knepper established during his illustrious career. Drawing on the latest scholarship from history, archaeology, and political science, the interdisciplinary and thematic text explores the entire range of Ohio’s past from the earliest geological periods to the present day while weaving together major social, economic, and political trends over time. The book has the distinction of being the first survey of Ohio history designed specifically for use in college-level courses, but Miami University’s Andrew Cayton believes it will have an even broader appeal: “Kevin Kern and Gregory Wilson’s readable, authoritative, and comprehensive book immediately becomes the standard point of departure for anyone interested in learning about Ohio’s rich and diverse past.”

During the summer of 2012, Professors Bouchard and Graham assisted the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) in updating educational materials for its collection of early modern weapons and armor. Their contributions will be included in an ipad “app” that will guide visitors after the grand reopening of several galleries in the spring of 2013.

Professor Martha Santos’ article “Recreating Patriarchy in Northeast Brazil: Widows, Property Rights, and Gender Inequality in the Backlands of Ceará, 1845-1889” was published in the most recent volume of the journal Luso-Brazilian Review (vol. 51, n. 2, 2014). She has been invited to present the findings of her new research on mothering slaves and reproduction in nineteenth-century Brazil in an international symposium on the topic of “Enslaved Motherhood and Childlessness: Comparing Brazil with Other Atlantic Slave Societies” to be held at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, in September 2015.

Professor A. Martin Wainwright was honored with a Distinguished Teacher Award by the Ohio Academy of History in 2012. He continues to work on his new book project entitled Royalty, Race and Empire:  How the Empire/Commonwealth Saved the Monarchy. He was appointed Chair of the Department of History in the summer of 2012.

Graduate Student News

Maurice Labelle, recipient of the Ph. D. (2012), has just received confirmation of his new position as a tenure-track historian in Middle East History at the University of Saskatchewan.

Valerie Schutte’s dissertation “To the Mooste Excellent and Vertuouse Queene Marye": Book Dedications as Negotiations with Mary I,” has been accepted for publication with Palgrave Macmillan as part of the Queenship and Power series that is edited by Charles Beem and Carole Levin.