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Meet the UWO Department of History

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Department of History is home to 16 award-winning,
internationally recognized faculty and staff.

History Dept. Members in Sage Lobby

(Back left to right): Gabriel Loiacono, Jeffrey Pickron, James Frey, Thomas Rowland, Michael Rutz, Stephen Kercher. (Front left to right): Christie Demosthenous, Ana Maria Kapelusz-Poppi, Michelle Mouton, James Feldman, Kimberly Rivers, Michelle Kuhl. (Not pictured): Karl Loewenstein, Steven Sheehan, Paisley Harris, Andrea Jakobs.

 

Faculty

Kimberly Rivers

Professor
Interim Associate Dean of the College of Letters and Science
Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1995

Phone: (920) 424-0389
Email: rivers@uwosh.edu
Office: COLS office in Nursing Ed. 111 and Sage 3628
Office Hours Spring 20: Monday 3:00-4:00 (in Nurs. Ed.), Tuesday 10:15-11:15 (in Nurs. Ed.), or by appointment

About Kimberly

Research Interests

Late-medieval intellectual history; memory and mnemonics in late-medieval preaching and religious devotion.

Courses

  • History 101  Early Civilizations
  • History 215 Quest III  Charity and Memory: Medieval England to USA
  • History 304  Early Middle Ages, 300-1050
  • History 305  The Later Middle Ages, 1050-1450
  • History 306  The Crusades
  • History 309  The Viking Age
  • History 310  Reformation Europe
  • History 372  Medieval Britain to 1485
  • History 412  European History Seminar

European Studies Minor

History majors and minors may have already completed most of the work necessary to get a european studies minor. Check out the requirements at http://www.uwosh.edu/europeanstudies/

 

Publications

  • Doležalová, Lucie, and Kimberly Rivers, eds. Medieval Manuscript Miscellanies: Composition, Authorship, Use. Krems: Medium Aevum Quotidianum, 2013.
  • “Creating the Memory of God in a Medieval Miscellany: Melk Ms 1075, Jean De Hesdin (Fl. 1350-1370), and Late Medieval Monastic Reform.” In Medieval Manuscript Miscellanies: Composition, Authorship, Use, edited by Lucie Doležalová and Kimberly Rivers, 112-38.Krems: Medium Aevum Quotidianum, 2013.
  • Preaching the Memory of Virtue and Vice: Memory, Images, and Preaching in the Late Middle Ages (Turnhout: Brepols Press, 2010).
  • “Writing the Memory of the Virtues and Vices in Johannes Sintram’s (d. 1450) Preaching Aids.” In Medieval Memories: Case Studies, Definitions, Contexts, edited by Lucie Doležalová, 31-48. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2010.
  • “Another Look at the Career of Pierre Bersuire, O.S.B.,” Revue benedictine 116, no. 1 (2006): 92-100.
  • “The Dangers of the Imagination: Mental Images in Mnemonic Texts, 1300-1700,” in Image Makers and Image Breakers: Proceedings of a St. Michael’s College Symposium (1-2 March 2002), edited by Jennifer A. Harris, 93-107 (New York, Ottawa, Toronto: Legas, 2003).
  • “The Fear of Divine Vengeance: Mnemonic Images as a Guide to Conscience in the Late Middle Ages,” in Fear and Its Representations in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, edited by Anne Scott and Cynthia Kosso, 66-91 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2002).
  • Francesc Eiximenis, “On the Two Kinds of Order that Aid Understanding and Memory,” translated by Kimberly A. Rivers, in The Medieval Craft of Memory: An Anthology of Texts and Pictures, ed. by Mary Carruthers and Jan Ziolkowski, 189-204 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002.
  • “Memory and Medieval Preaching: Mnemonic Advice in the Ars praedicandi of Francesc Eiximenis (c..1327-1409),” Viator 30 (1999): 253-84.
  • “Memory, Division, and the Organization of Knowledge in the Middle Ages,” in Pre-modern Encyclopaedic Texts, edited by Peter Binkley, 147-158 (Leiden: Brill, 1997).
  • “The Magisterium of the Paris Faculty of Theology in the Early Sixteenth Century: The Case of Lefиvre d’Etaples’ Scriptural Translations.” Scintilla 8 (1991): 45-69.

Learned Societies

  • Medieval Academy of America
  • Society for the Study of the Bible in the Middle Ages
  • International Medieval Sermon Studies Society, councilor (http://imsss.net).

Jim Feldman

James Feldman

Professor of History and Environmental Studies
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2004

Phone: (920) 424-3235
Email: feldmanj@uwosh.edu
Office: Sage Hall 3451
Office Hours Spring 20: Thursday 1:00-3:00, or by appointment

About James
 

Research Interests

American and world environmental history, 20th century U.S., history of wilderness, U.S. West, radioactive waste management policy & history, sustainability.

Current Project

Our Waste, Our Problem: Radioactive Waste and the Discourse of Sustainability

 

Courses

  • ES 101/103  Seminar on Environmental Issues
  • ES 282  Environmental Humanities
  • History/ES 326  American Environmental History
  • History/ES 335  Nuclear America
  • History/ES 345  History of American Wilderness
  • History/ES 355  Global Environmental History
  • ES 320  Topics in Campus Sustainability
  • ES 395  Field Studies
  • ES 490  Environmental Studies Senior Seminar

Ana Maria Kapelusz – Poppi

Professor Emerita
Ph.D., the University of Illinois at Chicago, 2002

Phone: (920) 424-7160
Email: kapelusz@uwosh.edu
Office: Sage Hall 3617
Office Hours: by appointment

About Ana Maria

Research Interests

Modern Mexican and Latin American History. Gender and medicine in 19th Century Mexico.

 

Courses

  • History 101  Early Civilizations
  • History 102  Modern Civilizations
  • History 347  Mexico: From Pre-Hispanic Times to the 20th Century
  • History 367  Women and Gender Relations in Latin American History
  • History 381  Latin America to 1825
  • History 382  Modern Latin American
  • History 413  Non-Western History Seminar

Stephen Kercher

Edward H Rudoy Professor of History
Ph.D., University of Indiana, 2000

Phone: (920) 424-7158
Email: kercher@uwosh.edu
Office: Sage Hall 3619
Office Hours Spring 20: by appointment

About Stephen

Research Interests

Twentieth-century U.S. history; post-war American intellectual and cultural life; the history of American advertising. Dr. Kercher is currently working on a history of black student demonstrations and the inception of Black Studies during the late 1960s. He directs the Black Thursday Oral History Project, funded by the Wisconsin Humanities Council.

Author of Revel With a Cause: Liberal Satire in Postwar America, University of Chicago Press, 2006.

 

Courses

  • History 202  Modern United States History Since 1877
  • History 311  The American Left: From Abolitionism to “Feel the Bern”
  • History 336  Study Abroad: The Civil Rights Movement in the South
  • History 357  The United States 1919-1945: Modernity, Crisis, and War
  • History 369  America Since World War II
  • History 385  African American History
  • History 393  Modern U.S. Cultural and Intellectual History
  • History 396  America in the Sixties
  • History 411  American History Seminar

Karl Loewenstein

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Duke University, 1999

Phone (920) 424-2462
Email: loewensteink@uwosh.edu
Office: Sage Hall 3613
Office Hours Spring 20: History 101 & 370: Monday/Wednesday/Friday 10:30- 11:30; History 312: Tuesday/Thursday 11:15-12:30; or by appointment

About Karl

Research Interests

Modern Russian Cultural History
Study Abroad in Russia and Estonia

 

Courses

  • History 101  Early Civilizations
  • History 312  Special Topics:  Dissent in East Europe and the Soviet Union
  • History 312  Special Topics: The Soviet Union and Beyond
  • History 312  Special Topics: Soviet Culture
  • History 336  Study Abroad: The Holocaust
  • History 350  Modern East Europe
  • History 370  Early Russian History
  • History 371  Modern Russian History
  • History 412  European History Seminar: The Revolutions of 1917 or the Khrushchev Era

Interesting Links

  1. George Mason’s page on the Revolutions of 1989
  2. A provincial newspaper from Imperial Russia (in Russian)
  3. Soviet-jewish Culture of the 1920s-30s from the University of Toronto

 

Michelle Mouton

Professor
Ph.D., Minnesota, 1997

Phone: (920) 424-7157
Email: mouton@uwosh.edu
Office: Sage Hall 3621
Office Hours Spring 20: Tuesday/Thursday 8:30-9:30 & 12:00-1:00, or by appointment

About Michelle

Research Interests

Twentieth-century Germany, family policy in the Weimar Republic and Nazi Germany.

 

Courses

  • History 102  Modern Civilization
  • History 216  Honors Special Topics:  The 2nd World War Through the Eyes of Children
  • History 319  Europe Since 1914
  • History 331  Germany from WWI to the Present
  • History 332  The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
  • History 333  The Holocaust: Destruction of European Jews
  • History 334  Women in Modern European History
  • History 344  Postwar Europe 1945 – Present
  • History 412  European History Seminar

Michael Rutz

Chair & Professor
Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis, 2002

Phone: (920) 424-7178
Email: rutz@uwosh.edu
Office: Sage Hall 3622
Office Hours Spring 20: Monday 9:00-10:00, Thursday 3:00-4:00, or by appointment

About Michael

Research Interests

19th and 20th Century Great Britain and Empire: religion and politics; history of Christian Missions; Cross-Cultural exchange in the British Empire

 

Courses

  • History 102  Modern Civilizations
  • History 318  Modernism and Nationalism in Europe
  • History 323  Old Regime, French Revolution and Napoleon, 1763-1815
  • History 340  The Scientific Revolution, 1500-1800
  • History 343  Religion in Modern Europe
  • History 359  Africa: 1800-Present
  • History 360  South Africa: 1652-Present
  • History 373  Early Modern Britain 1485-1714
  • History 374  Modern Britain 1714-Present
  • History 412  European History Seminar
  • History 413  Non-Western History Seminar

Book

  • King Leopold’s Congo and the “Scramble for Africa”: A Short History with Documents, Hackett Publishing Company, 2018.
  • The British Zion: Congregationalism, Politics, and Empire, 1790-1850, Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2011.

Articles

  • “Joseph Ivimey, Pilgrims of the Nineteenth Century, and Anti-Catholicism in Dissenting Politics,” Nineteenth Century Prose, Vol. 39 (Nos. 1/2) Spring/Fall 2012
  • “Dissenters in the Country: London Organizations and Dissenting Opinion in the 1830s,”Journal of the United Reformed Church Historical Society, Vol. 8, No. 8, May 2011.
  • “‘Meddling with politics’: the political role of foreign missions in the nineteenth century,”Parliamentary History , Fall 2007.
  • “The Problems of Church and State: Dissenting Politics and the London Missionary Society in 1830s Britain,” Journal of Church and State , Vol. 48, Spring 2006.
  • “The Politicizing of Evangelical Dissent, 1811-1813,” Parliamentary History, Vol. 20, pt. 2, 2001.

James Frey

James Frey

Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2000

Phone: (920) 424-3477
Email: freyj@uwosh.edu
Office: Sage Hall 3624
Office Hours Spring 20: Monday 3:30-4:30, Friday 1:50-2:50, or by appointment

About James

Research Interests

South Asian History & Culture; Indian Ocean/Maritime History; India during the colonial period (18th-19th centuries)

Courses

  • History 101  Early Civilizations
  • History 105 Quest I  Topics in the History of Early Civilizations
  • History 338  Steam Power and Globalization
  • History 348  Ancient and Medieval India
  • History 349  Modern India
  • History 351  Gender in Indian History
  • History 383  Traditional Middle East, 330-1789
  • History 384 Modern Middle East 1789-1979

Publications 

James Frey (2014). “Lascars, the Thames Police Court and the Old Bailey: Crime on the High Seas and the London Courts, 1852-8,” Journal of Maritime Research, 16: 2 (2014), 196-211.

James Frey (2014). “Getting Away with Murder: The Wrongful Deaths of Lascars Aboard the Union in 1802,” International Review of Social History, 59: S22 (2014), 45-68.

James Frey (2013). “The Sepoy Speaks: Discerning the Significance of the Vellore Mutiny,” in Gavin Rand and Crispin Bates, eds., Mutiny at the Margins: New Perspectives on the Indian Uprising of 1857. Volume 4: Military Aspects of the Indian Uprising, 7 Vols. (New Delhi: Sage, 2013), 4: 1-23.

James Frey (2012). “‘…A Most Valuable Acquisition’ – Penang & the East Indiamen: The Interaction of Ships and a City, 1786-1833,” in Loh Wei Leng, T.N. Harper, and Sunil S, Amrith, eds., Proceedings of the Penang & the Indian Ocean Conference, 2011 (Penang: Think City, 2012), 70-87.

James Frey (2012). “Prickly Pears & Pagodas: The East India Company’s Failure to Establish a Cochineal Industry in Early Colonial India,” The Historian, 74:2 (Summer, 2012), 241-66.

James Frey (2009).  “The Indian Saltpeter Trade, the Military Revolution, and the Rise of Britain as a Global Superpower,” The Historian, 71:3 (Fall, 2009), 507-554.

*Published under the surname Hoover. (2007) “Men Without Hats:  Dialogue, Discipline and Discontent in the Madras Army, 1806-1807” (New Delhi:  Manohar, 2007)

Various peer-reviewed articles; book reviews, etc.Current Book Project

Current Book Project

James Frey, “The Global Moment: The Origins of Modern Globalization, 1866-1867”.

This is a study of the first round-the-world link-up of the world’s commercial transport and communications systems, which occurred in 1866-1867. It is unique in that it explores the emergence of modern global connections by taking readers on a journey around the planet, aboard real steam trains, steamships, and stagecoaches. The study not only proves that the necessary connections could be made but examines, for each segment of the route, the political and business interests that brought that created and operated that part of the transport system.

This project is in the final revision stage prior to being submitted for publication.

Major Grants & Awards

Wisconsin Teaching Fellow – 2011
Faculty Development Grant – 2011 Ships of the East India Trade
Faculty Development Grant – 2015 Round the World in 125 Days

Michelle Kuhl

Associate Professor
Chief Reader: Advanced Placement (AP) United States History exam
Ph.D., Binghamton University, 2004

Phone: (920) 424-7442
Email: kuhlm@uwosh.edu
Office: Sage Hall 3626
Office Hours Spring 20: Tuesday/Thursday 3:00-4:00, or by appointment

About Michelle

Research Interests

Professor Kuhl has published articles on Du Bois’s short stories, the silencing of sexual assault against black women in the anti-lynching movement, black intellectual concerns about the defeat of the Plains Indians, the work/life balance for female academics, and a scholarly review of Gilded Age women’s history. She is currently updating a manuscript on the anti-lynching movement titled Manly Martyrs:  African Americans and the Anti-Lynching Battle.

Courses

  • History 201  U.S. History to 1877
  • History 205 Quest I  Topics in the Early History of the United States: History of Pirates
  • History 315  Historical Methods and Writing
  • History 385  African American History
  • History 386  Women in the United States
  • History 368  The Gilded Age and Progressive Era, United States
  • History 411  American History Seminar: American Slavery
  • African American Studies 100  Introduction to African American Studies

Student Evaluations of Teaching

Why wander the internets looking for student opinions?  Here are the official student surveys of Professor Kuhl’s classes.  In the Qualitative A=strengths and B=weaknesses.

Service

  • Chief Reader for the Advanced Placement United States History exam
  • Member of the African American Studies Advising Committee
  • Teaching Faculty in Women and Gender Studies
  • Coordinator for Career Advisement
  • Coordinator of Alumni Contacts

Professor Kuhl has given public lectures in the Fox Valley on Emancipation, Midwest Immigration, the historical context of the Ferguson uprising, and the Civil War homefront.  Her areas of expertise include 19th century U.S. history, Women’s History, and African American history.  And, increasingly, Pirate History.  She is willing to consider opportunities for public outreach.

“I would only add that when one begins a poem, a hymn, a short story, or even a history, one must be optimistic about its completion and about what it seeks to teach.  If one believes in the power of his own words and in the words of others, one must also hope and believe that the world will be a better place by our having spoken or written those words.”  John Hope Franklin

Gabriel Loiacono

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Brandeis University, 2008

Phone: (920) 424-1409
Email: loiacong@uwosh.edu
Office: Sage Hall 3615
Office Hours Spring 20: Monday through Friday 11:30- 12:00 p.m., or by appointment

About Gabriel
 

Research Interests

  • Colonial North America and the United States in the Early Republic
  • Social, Cultural and Political history of poverty
  • Paupers, the recipients of public assistance
  • Moral questions and Reform movements in American history
  • “Town Fathers” in the late colonial and early republic periods: the men, such as town councilmen or overseers of the poor, who governed their neighbors more completely than any king, president, legislature, or Supreme Court

Regularly Taught Courses

  • History 110  Quest II  Alexander Hamilton’s World
  • History 201  United States History to 1877
  • History 205 Quest I  Ben Franklin’s World
  • History 215 Quest III  Topics in History: Charity and Memory, 1066-Present
  • History 315  Historical Methods and Writing
  • History 339  Public History
  • History 361  Colonial North America
  • History 363  American Indian History
  • History 364  The Early American Republic, 1787-1828
  • History 411  American History Seminar: Reading American Newspapers, 1740-1840

Current Book Project

Five Lives Shaped by the Poor Law: Stories of Welfare in the Early Republic

 

Online Writing and Speaking

  • My thoughts on teaching Charity and Memory, 1066-1935, as well as on my Spring 2013 Fulbright Teaching Award in Hungary can be found at my blog: http://oshkoshtopecs.blogspot.hu
  • A colleague’s interview of me about Five Lives Shaped by the Poor Law
  • Guest Blog Posts:
  • …. on the History of American Welfare
  • …. on Public History in Hungary
  • …. on History Majors and the Job Market
  • …. on native history and the history of capitalism at the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic 2014 meeting.
  • Book Reviews:
  • ….  of Howard, Homeless: Poverty and Place in America (2013)
  • …. of Appleby, The Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism (2010)

Paisley Harris

Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Minnesota; J.D. University of Washington

Phone: (920) 929-1165
Email: harrisp@uwosh.edu
Office: Fond du Lac Science Building, Room 214

About Paisley

Research Interests

Women’s history, African American history, cultural and legal history

 

Classes Taught 

 

Steven Sheehan

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Indiana University 2003
 
Phone: (920) 832-2642
Office: Fox Cities Campus, M1506
About Steve

Interests

American History, Labor History, Popular Culture, Consumer Culture, Franklin Roosevelt, The New Deal
 

Academic Staff

Thomas J. Rowland

Lecturer
Ph.D., George Washington University, 1992

Phone: (920) 424-3145
Email: rowland@uwosh.edu
Office: Sage Hall 3632
Office Hours Spring 20: Monday/Wednesday 9:15-10:00, or by appointment

About Tom

 

Research Interests

Professor Rowland’s research focuses on the nineteenth-century United States, especially the Civil War and Gilded Age. He has published a monograph, George B. McClellan and Civil War History: In the Shadow of Grant and Sherman (Kent State University Press, 1998).

He has also published 3 presidential biographies on Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce and Ulysses Grant. He is currently preparing a manuscript on Irish-American Catholics and The Coming of the Great War.

He has published articles in Civil War History, The Journal of American Ethnic History, Catholic Historical Review, and Eire-Ireland.

 

Courses

  • History 201  United States History to 1877
  • History 202  Modern United States History Since 1877
  • History 341  History of Wisconsin
  • History 367  The Civil War Era
  • History 368  The Gilded Age and Progressive Era U.S.
  • History 395  War, the American Military & U.S. Foreign Relations, 1600-1918

Andrea Jakobs

Lecturer
A.B.D. in History, Brandeis University; M.A. in History, Central European University, 1998

Phone: (920) 424-2456
Email: jakobsa@uwosh.edu
Office: Sage Hall 3634, Swart Hall 323
Office Hours Spring 20: Monday 1:00-2:00 (Sage); Wednesday 9:00-11:00 (Swart); or by appointment

About Andrea

Research Interests

18th and 19th century Central and Eastern European history.

 

Regularly Taught Courses

  • History 101  Early Civilizations
  • History 102  Modern Civilizations
  • History 312  Special Topics in European History:  A Literary History of Modern Times
  • History 314  Special Topics:  Revolutions in Europe: The King is Dead… Long Live the People!
  • History 110 Quest I  Special Topics:  World War I
  • History 105 Quest II  Special Topics:  Ancient Greece and Rome
  • Rel. Studies 102  World Religions
  • Rel. Studies 115  Religion and Community
  • Rel. Studies 211  Catholicism in America
  • Rel. Studies 215  Judaism

Jeffrey Pickron

Lecturer
Masters, James Madison University, 1995

Phone: (920) 424-2452
Email: pickronj@uwosh.edu
Office: Sage Hall 3638
Office Hours Spring 20: Wednesday/Friday 11:30-12:30, or by appointment

About Jeff

 

Research Interests

Modern American social and political history; postwar social movements; American labor and urban history.

 

Courses

  • History 201  United States History to 1877
  • History 202  Modern United States History Since 1877
  • History 210  Quest I & II  Oral History of WI Farming, Oral History of the University
  • History 301  America in the Great Depression
  • History 311  Special Topics: American Urban History
  • History 315  Historical Methods and Writing
  • History 357  The United States, 1919-1945
  • History 368  The Gilded Age and Progressive Era United States
  • History 369  America Since WWII
  • History 401  Historiography and Historical Methods