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Faculty News - Summer 2009

Dr. Kenneth J. Bindas had his article "Remembering the Past/Projecting the Future" accepted for publication in History and Memory which will run the piece in its Winter 2010 issue.

Dr. Kevin Adams will be a featured presenter at the South Dakota Festival of Books (sponsored by the SD Humanities Council). It will be held in Deadwood from October 1-4. The website is: He will be appearing at an author's signing hosted by the Univ. of Oklahoma Press at the Western History Association annual meeting being held at Denver's Grand Hyatt hotel from October 7-10.

Dr. Julio Pino has written the following and expects publication this year:

"Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance"
Encyclopedia of the Forties in America (Forthcoming)

"Latin America and the United States."
Encyclopedia of the Forties in America (Forthcoming)

"Miami". Encyclopedia of American. Immigration (Forthcoming)
"Little Havana" Encyclopedia of American Immigration (Forthcoming)

"Cuba". Encyclopedia of U.S.-Latin American Relations. (Forthcoming)
"Fidel Castro." Encyclopedia of U.S.-Latin American Relations. (Forthcoming).
"José Martì". Encyclopedia of U.S.-Latin American Relations. (Forthcoming).
"Ramón Grau San Martín." Encyclopedia of U.S.-Latin American Relations.
"Raul Roa." Encyclopedia of U.S.-Latin American Relations. (Forthcoming).

Book Reviews

Sujatha Fernandes. Cuba Represent! Cuban Arts, State Power, and the Making of New Revolutionary Cultures. Durham: Duke University Press, 2006 (Forthcoming).

Che's Chevrolet, Fidel's Oldsmobile: On the Road in
Cuba. Richard Scweid. Estudios Interdisciplinarios de América Latina y el Caribe' (EIAL), Tel-Aviv University, Israel. Volume 20, No.1 (January-June 2009): 222-224.

Presentations at Professional Meetings: Refereed

(R) "Saving the Shantytown Woman." Gender, Empire and Postcolony: Intersections in Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies Conference at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, (Forthcoming, October 2009).


On April 1, 2009, Nathan Fry, Department of History, was notified that he had been selected as the recipient of the 2009 Graduate Student Award for International Education given by Kent State’s Beta Zeta Chapter of Phi Beta Delta (PBD). Phi Beta Delta is an international honorary dedicated to recognizing and encouraging professional, intellectual, and creative achievement in international education and to promoting interdisciplinary contacts and exchange of knowledge. Through membership and awards our society recognizes the achievements of international students and scholars, United States students who have studied abroad, and faculty and staff who are involved in international affairs. We are pleased that you are added to the distinguished list of honorees. The website for Kent State’s Beta Zeta Chapter of Phi Beta Delta (PBD) is

The 22nd Annual International Awards and Induction Ceremony will be held on Wednesday April 15th, 2009 in the Kent State University, College of Nursing’s Auditorium, room 201 in Henderson Hall. The ceremony will begin at 6:00 pm, and we are hopeful that you can attend and receive your recognition.

Kenneth J. Bindas

“Invisible Struggles: A Civil Rights Project Impacts Classroom and Community,” with Molly Merryman, in the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 12 (2008), 75-92.

Finished edited and preparing for publication an ABC-CLIO volume on The Great Depression and The New Deal, Volume 4, Artistic Expression. Due out in the summer 2009.

Awarded a $16,000 matching grant from the Ohio Humanities Council to direct a summer teacher’s workshop entitled Using Popular Music as a Primary Source in the Social Science and Humanities Classroom, June 21-26, 2009.

Linthead Stomp: The Creation of Country Music in the Piedmont South. By Patrick Huber. University of North Carolina Press, 2008. In The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society. Forthcoming.

American-Made The Enduring Legacy Of the WPA: When FDR Put the Nation to Work. By Nick Taylor. Bantam Books, 2008. In The Journal of Southern History. Forthcoming.

Revolutionaries to Race Leaders: Black Power and the Making of African American Politics. By Cedric Johnson. University of Minnesota Press, 2007. In African American Review. Forthcoming.

The Selling Sound: The Rise of Country Music Industry. By Diane Pecknold. Duke University Press, 2007. In The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society. Forthcoming.

Leonne Hudson

Frank L. Byrne Graduate Research Endowment
The department received approval  from the university to establish the Frank L. Byrne Graduate Research Endowment in May 2006.  According to university guidelines, the department has five years to fund the $25,000 endowment.  To date the fund has a total of $10,006.00.  Several colleagues, Marilyn Byrne, graduate alumni, and friends of Professor Byrne have contributed to the fund.  Let us pull together to make the Byrne Endowment a reality By May 2011.
Leonne M. Hudson presented "Robert E. Lee's Support of Slave Enlistments in the Confederate Army," at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Historical Association, in New Orleans in October 2008.  He reviewed Donald B. Connelly, John M. Schofield and the Politics of Generalship (University of North Carolina Press, 2006) in Louisiana History in the winter of 2008.  Professor Hudson is also a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Traditions and Beliefs.

Dr. Hudson presenting the Charter of Alpha Nu Sigma to Dr. Kelly Selby of Walsh University

Mary Ann Heiss

took up duties as the department’s graduate coordinator in July 2008. (She previously served in that capacity during the late 1990s.) Her recent publications include NATO and the Warsaw Pact: Intrabloc Conflicts (edited with S. Victor Papacosma) and “Decolonization: The British Empire,” in Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World. She’s using a spring 2009 sabbatical to work on her second monograph, Decolonization on the World Stage: Anglo-American Handling of Colonial Questions at the United Nations, 1945-1963.

Julio Pino

“ Miami”. Encyclopedia of U.S. Immigration (Forthcoming)
“Little Havana” Encyclopedia of U.S. Immigration (Forthcoming)
“Cuba”. Encyclopedia of U.S.-Latin American Relations. (Forthcoming)
“Fidel Castro.” Encyclopedia of U.S.-Latin American Relations. (Forthcoming).
“José Martì.” Encyclopedia of U.S.-Latin American Relations. (Forthcoming).
“Ramón Grau San Martín.” Encyclopedia of U.S.-Latin American Relations.
“Raul Roa.” Encyclopedia of U.S.-Latin American Relations. (Forthcoming).
Submitted requested review by the Latin American Studies Institute of Tel Aviv University, Israel for "Che's Chevrolet, Fidel's Oldsmobile: On the Road in Cuba."
Revised his "Comparative Race Relations" course for Spring semester.
Continues to work on his manuscript, "Afro-Latin Essay" and conducted research at the Schomburg Center for the Study of Black Culture in New York City.
He was selected for inclusion in "Who's Who in America" and "Who's Who in Black Cleveland."

Patti Kameya, Becky Pulju, Tim Scarnecchia, and Liz Smith-Pryor
were awarded a $10,000 Transformative Learning Grant from the Provost’s Office for the department’s LER World Civilization II courses.

Hongshan Li

“Turning Schools into the Safest Place,” Recommendation from Professionals in Science and Technology, China Association of Science and Technology, no. 14, 2008, pp. 1-8.

“Reversing the Trend: The Privatization of China’s Study Abroad and Its Impact, 1978-2007,” The International Symposium on Chinese Students in the United States: Education and Achievements in the Past 160 Years, Asian Studies Center, St. John’s University, Flushing, New York, October 25, 2008.

“Turning Schools into the Safest Place: Lessons from California,” Symposium on Overseas Chinese Professionals and the Reconstruction of China, China Association of Science and Technology, Fuzhou, Fujian Province, China, September 24-25, 2008.

“Confucianism and U.S-China Educational Exchange,” special guest for Asian Hour, WERE 1490 AM, Cleveland, Ohio, December 21, 2008.

Monika Flaschka

is currently writing the last chapters of her dissertation.  With a grant from the Holocaust Education Foundation, she returned to Germany to gather the last of her primary sources from the Military Archive in Freiburg, and with a fellowship from the USC Shoah Foundation, she spent a month in Los Angeles examining hundreds of oral testimonies from Holocaust survivors.  She presented successfully at three large conferences during the summer and fall, including the largest conference on Holocaust studies in the world.  Monika is also writing a chapter on rape committed in the concentration camps, which will be included in the only english language work on sexual violence and the Holocaust.  She hopes to graduate in August of 2009.

Adam Hodge

"'A Mortality as frightful as Universal': The Smallpox Epidemic of 1780-82 and its Influence on Northern Plains Intertribal Warfare," won the George P. Hammond Prize, in a Phi Alpha Theta national competition.  The paper (which was written during Dr. Gruenwald's spring '08 writing seminar) argues that disease had as much of an impact on regional warfare patterns as the horses and firearms, which the historiography traditionally attributes for most changes

Kaytlin Sumner

"Commemorating Disaster: Generational Memory and History in the 'Flood City,' Johnstown, Pennsylvania, 1936-1979" was accepted as part of the Rush D. Holt History Conference which will be held at West Virginia University on April 2 and 3rd.  The topic this year is "Worlds Turned Upside Down: Crisis, Calamity, and Cataclysm."  This is a section of my larger thesis, "Commemorating Disaster: Collective Memory and History of "The Flood City," Johnstown, Pennsylvania, 1889-1989."

Dionna D. LaRue

Presented a paper at the Graduate Association for African American History (GAAAH) in Memphis, TN, titled "The People vs. the Pigs of Bablyon: Eldridge Cleaver's Vision of the White Radical in the Black Power Movement."

Chad Lower

He will be presenting a paper at the University of Alabama graduate student history conference on power and struggle March 6, 2009 and at the Phi Alpha Theta regional conference in Dayton on March 21.

Dwight Meyer

Feb. 10, 2009 I will be giving a talk "The Misapplication of Darwin in History" at the Graduate Symposium on Darwin and Evolution at 7;00pm at KIVA
I am also working on my prospectus for my upcoming MA Thesis concerning the points of intellectual intersection between Che Guevara's On Guerrilla Warfare and Robert F. Williams Negroes With Guns.  I find that both works look for extralegal answers in an attempt to increase social equality and especially equality of justice.


Archives: News from 2008

Dr. Patti Kameya was selected as a recipient of a Farris Family Innovation Award for her project “Eccentricity as Virtue in 18th century Japan.” The grant will run for three years and was selected from a very competitive pool of applicants across the campuses.
Dr. Kenneth J. Bindas proposal for a summer teaching workshop entitled “Jazz and the American Century: Using Popular Music as a Primary Source in the Humanities and Social Studies Classroom” was approved by the Ohio Humanities Council and will run this summer from June 21-26, 2009.

Bindas will present “Remembering the Past and Narrating the Future: Race and Memory in America,” at the International Oral History Association Conference, September 23-26, 2008 in Guadalajara, Mexico, and “Collective Memory and Community: A Warren Case Study,” at the Oral History Association Annual Conference, October 15-19, 2008 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His current writing and research include editing and writing extended introduction for the “Artistic Section” of The Great Depression and New Deal: A Social, Political, and Economic Encyclopedia, ABC-Clio, forthcoming, 2009, and with Professor Molly Merryman, Justice Studies, completing a book tentatively entitled Oral History, Collective Memory and Digital Technology: Applications for the Classroom.

Pino will present “Constructing the Favelada in Rio de Janeiro.” Latin American Studies Association, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2009. He hopes to use 2009 to complete his book entitled “Afro-Latin Essays: Rethinking Race and Gender in Latin America.” He continues to research towards completing  "The Female in the Favela and the Favela in the Female."

Pulju was off in the spring (2008) to work on her book manuscript, The Good Buyer:  Women, the Family, and the Creation of Mass Consumer Society in France, 1944-1965.  She also finished a book chapter for an edited collection, entitled:  The Woman’s Paradise: The American Fantasy, Home Appliances, and Consumer Demand in Liberation France.
She will deliver “For Better and For Worse: Defining the Modern Family of the Postwar Years,” at the Western Society for French History in November, 2008, in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

Sosnowski will deliver a paper for the Western Society for French History as well, and also plans to attend (and participate) in the Consortium on the Revolutionary Europe which will take place in Savannah, Georgia in mid-February.

Steigmann-Gall spent a month last summer in Oxford, on a visiting research fellowship to Oxford Brookes University, and published two articles, one in Journal of Contemporary History, the other in a collection of essays on Christianity and the Holocaust published by Indiana University Press.  This year, he has contributed the chapter on "Religion and the Churches" to the Short Oxford History of Germany: The Third Reich, edited by Oxford University's Jane Caplan, and the chapter on Germany in the Routledge volume on Clerical Fascism in Interwar Europe.

Walmsey continues to work on her manuscript on the Inter-American Commission of Women, 1916-1938, and is a member of the Ohio Academy of History's Secondary Standard Committee. She has been invited to join Kathryn Kish Sklar and Thomas Dublin as an advisor for "The International and Transnational Agendas of United States Women, 1840-2000," online project (link not yet available).

Jones, Greg (PhD candidate working with Dr. Hudson) presented paper "Worthy of Their Sires: Confederate Lyrics as a Renaissance of American Revolutionary Ideology" at Loyola University of Chicago on April 26, 2008.
"Civil War Soldiers from Southeastern Ohio and the Election of 1864" at the Conference of Faith and History in Bluffton, Ohio in September, 2008.

Mujic, Julie (PhD candidate) is currently in the research phase of her dissertation, entitled: "Between Campus and War: Understanding Responses to the Civil War at the University of Michigan, Indiana University, and the University of Wisconsin."

Archives: Faculty News for Fall 2006

Kevin Adams is currently revising his dissertation on the interplay of class, race, and ethnicity in the post- Civil War frontier Army for publication by the University of Oklahoma Press. Earlier incarnations of this work have been presented at annual meetings for the Society of Military History, the Western Historical Association, and, most recently, the Organization of American Historians, where he presented a segment of his research on the work culture of the frontier Army at the 2006 annual meeting in Washington D.C.

Leslie Heaphy has edited Black Baseball in Chicago (McFarland Publishing, 2006) and, with Mel May, The Encyclopedia of Women in Baseball (McFarland Publishing, 2006).

Mary Ann Heiss
participated in a week-long teacher institute, “The Causes and Consequences of the Cold War,” at the Harry S. Truman Library in Independence, Missouri, in July, at which she presented “Decolonization on a World Stage: Anglo-American Handling of Colonial Questions at the United Nations, 1945-1963.” She also published “Culture and U.S. Relations with the Middle East” in a special issue of the Organization of American Historians Magazine of History titled “The U.S. and the Middle East.”

Leonne M. Hudson served as chair and commentator for a panel of the Ohio Regional Conference of Phi Alpha Theta at Ashland University in April 2006. He also chaired two sessions of the Ohio Academy of History at Muskingham College in April. The following month, Hudson presented "General Lee and the Enlistment of Black Soldiers" at the Conference on the Civil War at the University of Mississippi.

Patti Kameya joined the history department at Kent State University in August 2006. She defended her dissertation, “Paupers, Poets, and Paragons: Eccentricity as Virtue in Kinsei kijinden (Eccentrics of our times, 1790)” in the spring of 2006, and is preparing the manuscript for publication. She specializes in the cultural and intellectual history of Tokugawa Japan (1600-1868), and her research interests include gender, the formation of national identity, intellectual exchange within Northeast Asia, and borderlands such as Okinawa and Hokkaido.

Assad Pino presented “Jihad in the Land of the Kaafir: Muslim Slaves and Free Persons in Nineteenth-century Salvador, Brazil," Latin American Studies Association, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and “A Revolutionary Pedagogy for the African Diaspora in Latin America,” at the Association for the Study of World African Diaspora Conference in Rio de Janiero, Brazil (“Diasporic Encounters and Collaborations”)

Rebecca Pulju presented a paper at the Society for French Historical Studies conference at the University of Illinois in March 2006. She received a small fellowship that allowed her to spend June in Paris working at the French national library and national archives. Pulju’s paper, presented earlier at the Western Society for French Historical Studies, was published in the conference proceedings in spring 2006, and her article, “Consumers for the Nation: Women, Politics and Consumer Organization in France, 1944-1965,” came out in the Journal of Women’s History at the end of August.

Richard Steigmann-Gall is currently finishing his contributions to two collaborative projects. One is the chapter on “religion and the churches” in The Oxford Short History of Germany: The Third Reich, the other a chapter on Germany for a forthcoming volume on “Clerical Fascism” published by Routledge. Meanwhile, his book, The Holy Reich: Nazi Conceptions of Christianity, 1919-1945 (Cambridge UP) continues to generate scholarly debate. Three review essays have recently explored various aspects of the work: Milan Babík’s piece in History and Theory examines the question of Nazism as a “secular religion”; Mark Ruff’s article in Catholic Historical Review compares Holy Reich with a recent German-language monograph on a similar topic; and Neil Gregor’s extended review essay in Journal of Modern History explores the larger implications of the book for Third Reich historiography. In addition, in 2007 the Journal of Contemporary History will publish a symposium on Holy Reich, bringing together five scholars from Europe and North America, and concluding with a rejoinder by the author.

Clarence E. Wunderlin, Jr., has published the final volume (1949-1953), of The Papers of Robert A. Taft, 4 vols. (Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 1997-2006).

Archives: Faculty News Spring 2006

Kenneth J. Bindas, recently promoted to the rank of professor, is completing a new book, “Hoover Chickens and Other Tales of the Great Depression: Oral History, Memory and the American South,” which is under contract with the University Press of Florida for publication in the fall of 2006. He presented “Contradiction of Identity: A Comparison of Swing and Hillbilly Music in the 1930s,” at the Western Social Science Association Annual Meeting, in April 2005. In addition, Bindas organized the NEH Landmark Workshop, “Steel-making in Cleveland,” July 11-15, 2005 and has published book reviews in Business History Review, Popular Music & Society, and Gulf South Historical Review.

Mary Ann Heiss presented “Oil, Allies, Anti-communism, and Nationalism: U.S. Interests in the Middle East since 1945,” at “The Anglo-American Middle East,” a conference at the Norwegian Technical University, Trondheim, May 2005. Later that summer she participated in two Teaching American History institutes at Bowling Green State University: for “History Links” she presented units on U.S. policy before Pearl Harbor and the Anglo-American special relationship during World War II and for “Expanding America” she covered the Arab-Israeli conflict and gender and cultural issues in U.S. relations with the Middle East. She published “On Becoming the Dictatress of the World,” in “John Gaddis’s Surprise, Security, and the American Experience: A Roundtable Critique,” Passport: The Newsletter of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations 36, No. 2 (August 2005): 7, 8-9.

Hongshan Li published “Recent ‘Anti-Americanism’ in China: Historical Roots and Impact” in China’s Foreign Policy Making: Social Forces and Chinese American Policy, ed. Yufan Hao and Su Lin (Hampshire, UK: Ashgate Publishing, 2005), 41-68, and “Teaching Modern United States
History at Wuhan University,” in Perspectives 5 (September 30, 2004): 44 47.

Assad Pino authored the following encyclopedia entry, “Latin America,” in The Seventies in America, ed. John C. Super (Pasadena, CA: Salem Press. 2006), 543-45. He also presented “A Revolutionary Pedagogy for the African Diaspora in Latin America” at the Association for the Study of World African Diaspora Conference in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, “Diasporic Encounters and Collaborations,” in October 2005. In March 2005, Pino presented “A Day in the Mind of the Malê: Muslim Slaves and Free Blacks in Nineteenth-century Salvador, Brazil,” at the Southwest Social Science Association, Annual Meeting, in New Orleans. In 2005, Pino also contributed to the video Globalization and Latin America: Another World is Possible, produced by Lakeland Community College, Ohio.

Thomas C. Sosnowski published “Revolutionary Emigres and Exiles in the United States: Problems of Economic Survival in a New Republican Society,” revised version of a paper presented at the George Rude Seminar on French History (Melbourne, Australia; July 2004), in French History and Civilization: Papers from the George Rude Seminar (2005), 45-52, and “A ‘Noble” Attraction: French Revolutionary Exiles in the Trans-Appalachian West,” revised version of a paper presented to the Ohio Academy of History (April 2003), in Proceedings of the Ohio Academy of HIstory (Spring 2005), 31-40. In addition, he served as commentator and chair for a session of the Consortium on Revolutionary Europe in Lakeland, Florida, 17-19 February 2005, commented at a session of the Western Society for French History in Colorado Springs, Colorado, 27-29 October 2005, and commented at a session of the Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, 2-4 Mar. 2006 in Atlanta, Ga.

Richard Steigmann-Gall’s book, The Holy Reich (Cambridge UP, 2003), came out in Italian and Portuguese translations in the last year, with Spanish and Greek editions forthcoming. He’s been
involved in several collaborative projects, including one with the Holocaust Museum on antisemitism and the Holocaust – with a conference volume out in 2007 through Indiana UP – and another on “Clerical Fascism” in Oxford, with a conference volume forthcoming through Routledge. He continues to serve as director of the Jewish Studies Program.

Clarence E. Wunderlin, Jr.
, recently promoted to the rank of professor, published Robert A. Taft: Ideas, Tradition, and Party in U.S. Foreign Policy in the series “Biographies in American Foreign Policy,” ed. Joseph A. Fry (Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2005).