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Department of History
Sage Hall, Room 3612
Phone: (920) 424-2456
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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.

A group photo of the History Department Faculty and Staff in the Sage Hall courtyard

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










Kimberly Rivers
Professor (Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1995)

Interim Associate Dean of the College of Letters and Science

Phone (920) 424-0389
Office: Nurs. Ed. 111 and Sage 3628
Office Hours Spring ’19: Mondays, 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. (COLS) Tuesdays, 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. (SAGE), or by appointment.

About Kimberly
Research Interests

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


  • 57-101 Early Civilization
  • 57-304 The Early Middle Ages
  • 57-305 The Later Middle Ages
  • 57-306 The Crusades
  • 57-310 Reformation Europe
  • 57-372 Medieval Britain to 1485
  • 57-412 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


  • 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 (

James Feldman

James Feldman
Associate Professor of History and Environmental Studies (Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2004)

Phone (920) 424-3235
Office: Sage Hall 3451
Office Hours Spring ’19: Tuesday, Thursday 1:15 p.m.- 2:45 p.m., 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


Ana Maria Kapelusz - Poppi

Ana Maria Kapelusz – Poppi
Associate Professor (Ph.D., the University of Illinois at Chicago, 2002)

Phone (920) 424-7160
Office: Sage Hall 3617
Office Hours Spring ’19: Thursday 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. or by appointment.

About Ana Maria
Research Interests

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


  • 57-101 Early Civilization
  • 57-102 Modern Civilization
  • 57-347: Mexico: From Pre-Hispanic Times to the 20th Century
  • 57-367: Women and Gender Relations in Latin American History
  • 57-381 Latin America to 1825
  • 57-382 Modern Latin American
  • 57-413 Non-Western History Seminar

Stephen Kercher
Edward H Rudoy Professor of History (Ph.D., University of Indiana, 2000)

Phone: (920) 424-7158
Office: Sage Hall 3619
Office Hours Spring ’19: 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.


  • 57-202 Modern United States History since 1877
  • 57-357 America 1900-1945
  • 57-369 America since World War II
  • 57-385 African American History
  • 57-393 Modern US Cultural and Intellectual History
  • 57-396 America in the Sixties

Karl Loewenstein

Karl Loewenstein
Associate Professor (Ph.D., Duke University, 1999)

Phone (920) 424-2462
Office: Sage Hall 3613
Office Hours Spring’ 19: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 a.m., or by appointment

About Karl
Research Interests
  • Modern Russian Cultural History
  • Study Abroad in Russia and Estonia


  • 57-101 Early Civilization
  • 57-312 Special Topics:  Dissent in East Europe and the Soviet Union
  • 57-312 Special Topics: The Soviet Union and Beyond
  • 57-312 Special Topics: Soviet Culture
  • 57-350 Modern East Europe
  • 57-370 Early Russian History
  • 57-371 Modern Russian History
  • 57-412 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

Michelle Mouton
Associate Professor (Ph.D., Minnesota, 1997)

Phone: (920) 424-7157
Office: Sage Hall 3621
Office Hours Spring ’19: Out of office due to sabbatical

About Michelle
Research Interests

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


  • 57-102 Modern Civilization
  • 57-319 Europe Since 1914
  • 57-331 German from Unification to Reunification
  • 57-332 The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
  • 56-334 European Women’s History
  • 57-388 Holocaust: Destruction of European Jews
  • 57-412 European History Seminar


Michael Rutz

Michael Rutz
Chair & Professor (Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis, 2002)

Phone: (920) 424-7178
Office: Sage Hall 3622
Office Hours Spring ’19: Wednesday 3:00-4:00 p.m., Thursday 9:00-10:00 a.m., 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


  • 57-102 Modern Civilization
  • 57-318 Modernism and Nationalism
  • 57-340 Scientific Revolution
  • 57-343 Religion in Modern Europe
  • 57-359 Africa: 1800-Present
  • 57-360 South Africa: 1652-Present
  • 57-373 Britain 1485-1714
  • 57-374 Britain 1714-Present
  • 57-412 European History Seminar
  • 57-413 Non-Western History Seminar



  • 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.


  • “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
Assistant Professor (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2000)

Phone: (920) 424-3477
Office: Sage Hall 3624
Office Hours Spring ’19: Monday, Friday 3:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m., or by appointment

About James
Research Interests

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


  • 57-101 Early Civilizations
  • 57-105 Topics in Early Civilizations
  • 57-313 Special Topics in Non-Western History
  • 57-348 Ancient and Medieval India
  • 57-349 Modern India
  • 57-351 Gender in Indian History
  • 57-383 Traditional Middle East

Gender in Indian History; The Traditional Middle East; The Modern Islamic World; Steam Power & Globalization; Western Expansion into the Indian & Pacific Oceans


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

Michelle Kuhl
Associate Professor (Ph.D., Binghamton University, 2004)

Phone: (920) 424-7442
Office: Sage Hall 3626
Office Hours Spring ’19: Monday and Wednesday 11:00 p.m.-12:00 p.m., 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.


  • 57-201  U.S. History to 1877
  • 57-205  History of Pirates
  • 57-315  Historical Methods and Writing
  • 57-385  African American History
  • 57-386  U.S. Women’s History
  • 57-368  The Gilded Age
  • 57-411  American Slavery

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.


  • 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

Gabriel Loiacono
Associate Professor of History (Ph.D., Brandeis University, 2008) and
Director of the University Studies Program

Phone: (920) 424-1409
Office: Sage Hall 3615
Office Hours Spring ’19: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 1:30 p.m.- 2:30 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

    • 57-201 United States History to 1877 (Explore)
    • 57-205 Ben Franklin, Abigail Adams & Olaudah Equiano: 3 Educations in the 18th Century (Quest I/Explore)
    • 57-215 Charity and Memory, 1066-1935 (Quest III/Explore)
    • 57-315 History Methods and Writing
    • 57-339 Public History
    • 57-361 Colonial North America
    • 57-363 American Indian History
    • 57-364 The Early American Republic, 1787-1828
    • 57-411 (American History Senior 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:
  • 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)

Phone: (920) 929-1165


Office: Fond du Lac Science Building, Room 214


About Paisley
Classes Taught 

Dr . Paisley Harris is Associate Professor of History and Women’s Studies at UW-Fond du Lac.

She holds a B.A from Macalester College, a J.D. from University of Washington and a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in History.

Dr. Harris joined the UW-Fond du Lac faculty in the fall of 2002. Her teaching and research interests include women’s history, African American history, cultural and legal history.

She is currently working on research on the early twentieth century women’s tent show blues and the performance of race in early twentieth century traveling shows, focusing on the career of blues singer Ma Rainey. For her next scholarly project, she hopes to undertake a project researching the social and legal history of the series of Supreme Court cases in which the US Supreme Court finally ruled that sex discrimination was a violation of the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause in 1971 after a hundred years of ruling that sex discrimination was perfectly legal and Constitutional. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Pauli Murray and other feminist legal scholars were responsible for the legal theories behind this historic, monumental, and seldom discussed change.

Harris is also active in shared governance in the UW-Colleges, the UW Colleges History Department and on the UW-FDL campus, as well as in the Fond du Lac Community. She is a board member of the Fond du Lac Area Women’s Fund and Education Subcommittee and faculty representative to the UW-Fond du Lac Foundation.  She was also a founding member of  HEDIT, the Higher Education Diversity Initiative Team which won the 2012 Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Award. She served on HEDIT for many years.  She is also an active member of the Open Circle Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, serving in various volunteer and leadership roles.


B.A. Macalester College
J.D. University of Washington
M.A. University of Minnesota
Ph.D. University of Minnesota – US History

Steven Sheehan 

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

B.A., California State University, Sacramento
M.A., California State University, Los Angeles
Ph.D., Indiana University

Expertise, Memberships and Interests

Areas of Expertise: American History, Labor History, Popular Culture, Consumer Culture, Franklin Roosevelt, The New Deal
Membership: Organization of American Historians, American Historical Association
Other Interests: Triathalons, mountain biking, reading fiction, cinema

Academic Staff

Thomas J. Rowland

Headshot of Dr. Rowland

Lecturer (Ph.D., George Washington University, 1992)

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.


  • 57-201 United States History to 1877
  • 57-202 Modern United States History Since 1877
  • 57-341 Wisconsin History
  • 57- 367 Civil War Era
  • 57-368 The Gilded Age, 1870-1900
  • 57-395 United States Military History

Phone: (920) 424-3145
Office: Sage Hall 3632
Office Hours Spring ’19: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m., or by appointment

Andrea Jakobs

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

Regularly Taught Course

  • 57-101 Early Civilization
  • 57-102 Modern Civilization
  • 57-312 (Special Topics) A Literary History of Modern Times
  • 57-314 (Special Topics) Revolutions in Europe: The King is Dead… Long Live the People!
  • Religious Studies 102- World Religions

Office: Sage Hall 3634, Swart Hall 323
Office Hours Spring ’19: No office hours in the History Department. 

Jeffrey W. Pickron


Lecturer (Masters, American History, James Madison University, 1995)

Research Interests

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


  • 57-201 Early United States History
  • 57-202 Modern United States History
  • 57-311 American Urban History
  • 57-357 America 1920-1945
  • 57-368 Gilded Age and Progressive Era
  • 57-369 Postwar America
  • 57-401 Historiography
  • 57-449 American Working Class History
  • 57-449 America in the Great Depression

Phone: (920) 424-2452
Office: Sage Hall 3638
Office Hours Spring ’19: Monday and Wednesday 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m., or by appointment