NEWS FROM CENFAD FACULTY, ALUMNI, AND STUDENTS
compiled by Michael Dolski
Dr. Regina Gramer, Assistant Director of CENFAD, served as chair and commentator for the panel on “Arms Embargoes Assessments: Theory, Policy, and Practice” at the 48th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association in Chicago on February 28, 2007. In Fall 2006 she attended the inaugural lecture of Joschka Fischer, Germany’s minister of foreign affairs from 1998 to 2005 and a member of the German national parliament, at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. BM a.D. Fischer currently holds a one-year appointment as the Frederick H. Schultz Class of 1951 Professor of International Economic Policy, with the rank of lecturer of public and international affairs, and has accepted her invitation to come to Temple University for the CENFAD Colloquium on May 2, 2007.
Dr. Richard Immerman's The Central Intelligence Agency: Security Under Scrutiny, which he co-edited with Athan Theoharis and contributed the lead chapter on the CIA's history, came out in 2006. He has devoted much of his recent research since then (and his return from London) to his manuscript, Empire for Liberty?, which is due at Princeton University Press in September. The chances of his meeting that deadline are slim to none. On January 1, 2007, he added to his administrative roles at Temple the presidency of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. At SHAFR's annual meeting in June he will deliver his presidential address, “Intelligence and Strategy: Historicizing Psychology, Policy, & Politics.”
Professor of History and CENFAD Assistant Director, Dr. Jay Lockenour, received a Research and Study Leave for Fall 2007 to finish the research on his project on Erich Ludendorff, tentatively entitled, “Dragonslayer: The Life of Erich Ludendorff in the Weimar Republic.”
Dr. Gregory J. W. Urwin, Professor of History and CENFAD Associate Director, spent much time on the road during the several months delivering invited lectures. He presented “When Freedom Wore a Red Coat: A Social History of Cornwallis’ 1781 Virginia Campaign” as part of the 39th Annual Perspectives in Military History lecture series on November 15, 2006, at the U.S. Army War College and Army Heritage and Education Center, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. He tested a shorter version of that lecture a few days earlier at the Jamestown/Yorktown History Club Forum at Cabrini College in Radnor, Pennsylvania. Urwin made his second appearance at the David Library of the American Revolution in Washington’s Crossing, Pennsylvania, to lecture on “‘Through Fields of Blood . . . until Tyranny is Trodden under Foot’: Dr. Joseph Warren’s Last Oration, March 6, 1775” on October 19. Urwin returned to his roots as a historian by presenting “Sheridan’s Spearhead: Custer and the Appomattox Campaign” at the 2006 annual conference of the Little Bighorn Associates in July in Richmond, Virginia. Urwin also participated in a panel discussion with two other historians exploring the merits and flaws of George Armstrong Custer and other Civil War cavalry commanders. Urwin took an autobiographical turn on September 30 at the Ninth Annual Civil War Symposium at the First Division Cantigny Museum in Wheaton, Illinois, with “Glory and Me: A Professor’s Short/Love Hate Affair with Hollywood.” He repeated that lecture as part of the CENFAD Colloquia series on March 26, 2007. Two months earlier, Urwin gave his Dr. Warren lecture for the second time to the American Revolution Round Table of Philadelphia. Finally, Urwin delivered the keynote address to the Seventh Annual Conference of the Bucks-Mont Council on Social Studies on March 14 at Central Bucks South High School in Warrington, Pennsylvania. His topic was atrocities and warfare and how to address such things in primary and secondary school social science classes.
Urwin published “John Saunders of the Queen’s Rangers: The Portrait and the Man” in the summer 2006 issue of Military Collector & Historian: Journal of the Company of Military Historians.
Urwin appeared prominently in Washington: The Warrior, a two-hour documentary special that aired on the History Channel last Memorial Day, May 29, 2006. The showed turned out to be one of the most highly rated programs broadcast by that cable network. Urwin participated in a Revolutionary War marathon when the History Channel broadcast a six-part series, Washington’s Generals, on December 29. Urwin appeared in four back-to-back one-hour episodes profiling Daniel Morgan, Lord Charles Cornwallis, the Marquis de Lafayette, and Benedict Arnold. Urwin has also been interviewed for an educational film on the Battle of Bunker Hill forthcoming from Little Warsaw Productions and a separate documentary on flags, patriotism, and warfare produced by independent filmmaker John Foley.
During the past twelve months, Urwin published book reviews in Military Chronicles: The Magazine of Warfare & History, On Point: The Journal of Army History, North & South: The Magazine of the Civil War Society, H-CivWar , Civil War Book Review, Alabama Review, and Military Collector & Historian: Journal of the Company of Military Historians.
Finally, Urwin just received an Academic Fellowship from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies to spend ten days this summer studying counter-terrorism in Israel.
Professor of History and CENFAD Associate, Dr. David Waldstreicher, was elected member of the American Antiquarian Society and was on the Fellowship Selection Committee, American Philosophical Society, in 2005. Waldstreicher is on the Academic Advisory Council, David Library of the American Revolution, for the year 2006-2007, and on the editorial board of the Journal of the Early Republic beginning in 2007. He has presented extensively on Benjamin Franklin over the past few years with papers and lectures such as “Benjamin Franklin and Slavery,” “Reflections on the Franklin Extravaganza,” “Slavery, Race and the Founding: Jefferson and Franklin,” and “Franklin, Quakerism, and Slavery.” Waldstreicher published “Two Cheers for the Public Sphere…and One for Historians’ Skepticism,” in William and Mary Quarterly (January 2005). He wrote chapters entitled “Capitalism, Slavery, and Benjamin Franklin’s American Revolution,” in The Early American Economy: Historical Perspectives and New Directions, edited by Cathy Matson (Penn State UP, 2006) and “Benjamin Franklin, Religion, and Early Antislavery” in The Problem of Evil: Slavery, Race, and the Ambiguities of Reform, edited by Steven Mintz and John Stauffer (University of Massachusetts Press, 2007).
Assistant Professor at SUNY, Oneonta, Dr. Bill Ashbaugh (Ph.D., 2000), has been teaching U.S. foreign relations, Asian history, World War II, and the U.S. survey course there since 2001. His dissertation title is “‘The Yardstick of Trade’: The Far Eastern Division and American-East Asian Relations, 1933-1935.”
Dr. Todd Davis (Ph.D. 2001) is a history teacher at the Bronx High School of Science. His dissertation title is “Dwight D. Eisenhower and the American Way of Life: Good Citizenship, Moral Politics, and Public Leadership in the 1950s.”
Dr. Christopher DeRosa (Ph.D., 2000) is in his third year as Assistant Professor of History at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ, where he teaches courses on U.S. military and political history, World War II, and the Cold War, and directs Monmouth’s M.A. program in history. The University of Nebraska Press published his book, Political Indoctrination in the U.S. Army from World War II to the Vietnam War, in October 2006. His most recent research concerns the political controversy over the soldier vote in the election of 1944. Last September, he spoke about President Kennedy’s famous inaugural address and led a discussion panel at Middletown (NJ) Library’s program, “Ask Not.” In October, in Valley Forge, PA, he gave a lecture on the history of American public education to C2P2, a course for parents and teachers run by Temple University’s Institute on Disabilities. His will present a paper on troop indoctrination in the Vietnam War at the Society for Military History’s annual conference in April 2007.
Dr. Marc Frey (Ph.D. 2002) is currently Senior Advisor, Office of Security, Department of Homeland Security.
Dr. Mary E. Glantz (Ph.D., 2002), a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State, has completed her latest assignment as a human rights coordinator in Gaza. The State Department is now sending her to another trouble spot in the Middle East – Baghdad. Dr. Glantz wrote her dissertation, “’Good Neighbors and Sincere Friends’: United States Policy toward the Soviet Union under Franklin D. Roosevelt,” under the direction of Dr. Richard H. Immerman. University Press of Kansas has since published her work as FDR and the Soviet Union: The President’s Battles over Foreign Policy (2005).
Dr. Bob Kodosky (Ph.D. 2006) is an Adjunct Professor at West Chester University.
Professor of History at Montgomery College, Conroe, Texas, Dr. Craig Livingston (Ph.D. 2002), has taught there for nearly 13 years.
Dr. Edward Longacre (Ph.D., 1988) published Worthy Opponents: William T. Sherman, USA, and Joseph E. Johnston, CSA in November 2006 (Rutledge Hill Press). That same month he gave a talk on the subject of the book, carried live on the Internet, and did a “virtual book signing” at the Pritzker Military Library in Chicago. In January 2007 Longacre published A Soldier to the Last: Maj. Gen. Joseph Wheeler in Blue and Gray (Potomac Books, Inc.). In March he presented on the subject of his 2004 book, Gentleman and Soldier: A Biography of Wade Hampton III, at a Wade Hampton symposium at the South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina, Columbia. Longacre will give a lecture on the subject of his 2005 book, General Fitzhugh Lee: A Military Biography, at a Lee Family symposium at Washington & Lee University, Lexington, Va., in April. He is currently writing The Early Morning of War: The Campaign of First Bull Run, a title in the Campaigns and Commanders Series of the University of Oklahoma Press, edited by Gregory J. W. Urwin. Longacre’s next book will be his first non-Civil War project, War in the Ruins, a study of the April 1945 battle at Heilbronn, Germany, to be published by Casemate Publishers.
Dr. J. Britt McCarley (Ph.D., 1989), was selected in June 2006 for the position of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Chief Historian. After serving nine years as TRADOC’s field history programs chief and 18 years overall in the Army History Program, Dr. McCarley was promoted to his current position. Serving both as TRADOC’s Chief Historian at the command’s Ft. Monroe, VA, headquarters and as the HQ history office chief, his primary responsibilities regarding the TRADOC Military History Program are to formulate policy, manage the program, and monitor the implementation of standards across the command. The TRADOC program is the largest in the Army and includes approximately 275 history, museum, and archives professionals. McCarley’s duties place him in the midst of working with TRADOC’s senior uniformed and civilian leadership to shape and direct how the Army service school system teaches military history and heritage to all soldiers from privates to full colonels, and uses military history to support commanders, commandants, staffs, and the process of creating the Army’s operational doctrine. In its schoolhouses, TRADOC annually instructs over 100,000 soldier-students. Dr. McCarley is also one of the contributors to Beyond Combat: Essays in Honor of Russell F. Weigley, which is scheduled for publication by the American Philosophical Society in late 2007. McCarley’s chapter for the book is a reinterpretation of Union Major General William T. Sherman’s 1864 Atlanta Campaign generalship as it relates to the “logistic strategy.”
Dr. John McNay (Ph.D., 1997) is an Associate Professor at the University of Cincinnati’s Raymond Walters College, where he has been since 2000.
Thomas G. Nester (M.A., 2002) received a Russell F. Weigley Travel Award to present his paper “On the Frontlines of Civil-Military Relations: The Seventh U.S. Cavalry Confronts the ‘Southern Problem’ During Reconstruction” at the 2007 Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History.
Director of Foreign Policy Studies at the Cato Institute, Dr. Christopher Preble (Ph.D. 2002), has occupied his current position since February 2003. His dissertation title is “The Politics of National Security in the Nuclear Age: John F. Kennedy and the Missile Gap.”
Dr. Angelo Repousis (Ph.D. 2002) has taught as an adjunct at Temple since earning the Ph.D. Now Repousis also offers courses at West Chester University and Philadelphia University. His dissertation title is “Greek-American Foreign Relations from Monroe to Truman, 1823-1947.”
Dr. David Rezelman (Ph.D. 2006) teaches at Norfolk Academy, a private secondary school in Norfolk, VA. His dissertation title is “‘Terror and Mystery’: The United States and Nuclear Danger, 1905-1945.”
Dr. David J. Ulbrich (Ph.D., 2007) successfully defended his dissertation in November 2006. His dissertation, “Managing Marine Mobilization: Thomas Holcomb and the U.S. Marine Corps, 1936-1943,” was directed by Professor Gregory J. W. Urwin. Ulbrich currently teaches in the history and correctional education programs at Ball State University. Earlier this spring, he also started teaching a graduate course titled “Race and Gender in Military History” for the online MA in Military History program at Norwich University. Ulbrich’s recent publications include the introduction to Chapter 7, titled, “The Asymmetric Period, 1995-2004,” in the Handbook of American Military History: From the Revolutionary War to the Present, 2nd ed. (University of Nebraska Press, 2006), and “Revisiting Small Wars: A 1933 Questionnaire, Vernon E. Megee, and the Small Wars Manual in Marine Corps Gazette (2006). In addition to teaching, writing, and searching for a tenure-track job, Ulbrich will consult on an upcoming PBS documentary produced by WIPB, a television station run by Ball State and affiliated with PBS. This documentary will air later in 2007 in conjunction with Ken Burns’ seven-part series The War. Ulbrich will be involved at all levels of production, including script writing, conducting veteran interviews, and content editing. His article, “Document of Note: The Long-Lost Tentative Manual for Defense of Advanced Base,” will appear in the July 2007 issue of the Journal of Military History.
Dr. George White (Ph.D. 2001) is currently an Assistant Professor of History and Africana Studies at the University of Tennessee.
Dr. Bobby A. Wintermute (Ph.D. 2006) is Assistant Professor at Queens College, City University of New York.
Michael Dolski, Ph.D. student that matriculated in 2005, received a Graduate Assistantship for the 2006-2007 school year. He will present at the Barnes Club Conference, April 2007, with a paper titled “Commemorating D-Day: Popular Remembrance and the ‘New American Militarism.’” He will also attend the annual Society for Military History conference, located in Frederick, MD, during April. Michael plans to take his preliminary exams early in 2008.
Richard Grippaldi, doctoral candidate in history, will present his paper “‘Healthy, Active, Respectable Men of the Country’: The Enlisted Men of the U.S. Regiment of Dragoons, 1833-1836” at the 2007 Society for Military History conference in Frederick, Maryland this April. The paper draws on research from his dissertation in progress “Birth of the U.S. Cavalry: The Regiment of Dragoons, Military Professionalism, and Peacekeeping on the Permanent Indian Frontier, 1833-1836.”
Ryan M. Johnson, a first year Ph.D. student, received a Graduate Assistantship for the spring 2007 semester. He will give a presentation at the upcoming Barnes Club Conference titled, “The Unlikely Members of the SS: Foreign Volunteers in the Waffen-SS.” The presentation discusses groups and nationalities, from the most unlikely of places, which fought for the Third Reich. Frenchmen, Russians, Americans, and Muslims all receive extended treatment in this discussion.
Valley Forge Military College has retained third-year doctoral student Brady King as an adjunct professor of history for calendar year 2007. He will serve in Valley Forge’s history department with Dr. Patrick Murray. Murray received his Ph.D. at Temple and studied under the late Russell F. Weigley. Brady will also teach one section of the U.S. history survey, 1600-1877, at Widener University in the fall of 2007.
Ph.D. student of Dr. Gregory J.W. Urwin, Michael E. Lynch, is employed as Chief, Educational Programs at the Army Heritage and Education Center and also serves as a seminar historian at the U.S. Army War College. Michael presented two papers last year. In March he spoke at the Graduate History conference, Emporia State University, with the title “Equal but Unfair: African American Veterans and the Struggle for Pension Rights.” Michael addressed the U.S. Colored Troops Institute Regional Symposium, of which he was also co-chair, in April under the title “‘Not Due to Vicious Habits’: Local Black Veterans’ Struggle for Civil War Pensions.” He also served as a discussant, Roundtable on Archives and Research Opportunities in the Philadelphia Area, James A. Barnes Club Conference, April 2006. During the past year, Michael completed the following articles for the ABC-CLIO title United States at War: Understanding Conflict and Society (varying publication dates, all pending): “Iron Manufacturing,” “Matthew C. Perry,” “Raphael Semmes,” “Arms Manufacture in the Civil War,” “Nathaniel Hawthorne,” “Daniel E. Sickles,” “Richmond-Petersburg Railroad,” “Virginia & Tennessee Railroad,” and “Joseph Wheeler.” Michael serves on the Program Committee for the Society for Military History Annual Conference 2007, where his duties include assisting the SMH President and the Program Chair with arrangements and panel scheduling. Finally, Michael was recently appointed to the Omar N. Bradley Foundation, which funds ten fellowships annually for Army officers to study history or math. As a voting member, he will read and review fellowship applications and make ward recommendations in coordination with other members.
Ph.D. Candidate, Drew McKevitt, continues to work on his dissertation, “Consuming Japan: Culture, Power, and the Globalizing of America, 1973-1989.” In the coming months he will present three papers based on dissertation research at three conferences: the Barnes Club Conference at Temple in April (paper: “‘Citizens of the World’: The Japanese Corporation and the Invention of Globalization”); an interdisciplinary humanities conference at Brown University in May (paper: “A New Pearl Harbor’: Japan 2000, U.S. Intellectuals, and the Invention of the Japanese Invasion in the 1980s”); and the Annual Meeting of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations in June (paper: “Lost in Translation? Anime as Global Culture in Reagan’s America, 1977-1989”). Also, the Center for the Humanities at Temple has selected Drew to serve as one of two graduate fellows for the 2007-2008 year. The fellowship will provide Drew with the opportunity to teach in the fall 2007 semester an interdisciplinary course of his design titled, “Anime and the Globalization of Culture.”
Matt Muehlbauer, Ph.D. candidate at Temple that matriculated in 2000, was recently offered a fellowship to attend the West Point Summer Seminar in Military History. This long-standing program run by the U.S. Military Academy’s Department of History is aimed at improving the teaching of military history at civilian institutions of higher learning across the USA and the world. Fellows receive perks such as free books, a stipend, free lodging, free transportation on staff rides to battlefields, and access to archival material. In addition to working with the West Point faculty, students get a chance to interact with some of the country’s leading military historians, who are brought to the Military Academy as guest lecturers. Besides the fellowship Muehlbauer has spend the past few years working on his dissertation and teaching at Rutgers, New Brunswick.
Kelly Shannon, a second year Ph.D. student at Temple, is a co-chair for the 2007 James A. Barnes Club Conference, scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 14 at Temple Center City. In addition to planning this year’s conference, she just had an article accepted for publication. Kelly’s article, “‘Maybe I Can Marry Them Both’: Conflicted American Views on the Algerian War,” will appear in the inaugural issue of the Hindsight Graduate History Journal, published by California State University, Fresno. The journal has invited Kelly to present a short version of her article at their journal launch symposium in Fresno on April 28. She will take her preliminary exams at the end of spring semester 2007.
Ph.D. student, Jason W. Smith, interned in the Ships History branch of the Naval Historical Center, Washington Navy Yard, District of Columbia. While there he researched and wrote ships’ histories to be published in the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. In April he will present a paper entitled “Instrument of Imperialism: The U.S. Navy's Hydrographic Office, 1890-1904” at Temple University's Barnes Club Conference. Jason plans to take his preliminary exams early spring semester 2008.
Major Grant T. Weller, USAF, (Ph.D. Candidate) was appointed an Assistant Professor of History at the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado. He served as Deputy Director of the 21st Military History Symposium in Fall 2006, and is currently co-editing the proceedings of that conference, to be published under the title Harnessing the Heavens: National Defense through Space.
Ph.D. candidate David Zierler is working on his dissertation, “Inventing Ecocide: Agent Orange, Antiwar Protest, and Environmental Destruction in Vietnam.” He recently presented a paper at Georgetown University's conference, the Cold War and Environmental History, and his paper will be included in an anthology that is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. David will also present a paper at SHAFR’s annual conference in June, and in August he will spend a month in Vietnam to examine the long-term social and ecological consequences of herbicidal warfare, thanks to a generous grant from Temple’s Center for the Study of Vietnamese Culture and Philosophy. David has accepted an instructor position at CUNY next year where he will develop two courses that will explore the environmental legacy of the global Cold War.