The Department of Historical Studies is proud of the recent achievements of the undergraduate History majors. They demonstrate the excellence of our students as scholars, as citizens of a globalized world, and as teachers.
Stephanie Jacober, a history education student, received the 2009 Student Teacher of the Year Award from the Illinois Council for the Social Studies. Ms. Jacober, who graduated in fall 2008, was given the award at the Great Lakes Regional conference for the National Council for the Social Studies on April 24 in Lisle, Illinois.
Christopher Stroot is a recipient of a national Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship and was awarded the SIUE PKP Graduate Fellowship Award. A Chancellor Scholar, Mr. Stroot is majoring in Political Science, History, and Spanish with a minor in German. He plans to pursue graduate study in History with a concentration on modern European history and transatlantic relations. Chris was a member of the 2008-2009 Undergraduate Research Academy and presented the results of his project, "European Integration and the Spanish Political System: Internal Agreement and Changes in Policy Making from 1976 to the Present" at the recent URA Symposium. He spent the 2008 Spring Semester studying in Spain and spent a month studying in Germany.
John Miliner, an undergraduate in history, won the Phi Alpha Theta history essay contest which asked history students to find a solution to a modern crisis through a past event. John analyzed the current economic crisis through the historical perspective of the government reaction to the Panic of 1837 and concluded that government intervention during that economic crisis exacerbated the recession that lasted until 1843. John will be awarded a $50 savings bond from The Bank of Edwardsville.
Who says there are no jobs for professional historians? SIUE Historical Studies graduate Stephen A. Smith (BA 99, MA 02) is an archivist at the Archival Operations Branch of the National Personnel Records Center of the National Archives, located in nearby St. Louis, MO. He began his work at the Archives as a preservation technician on the eve of his graduation with a Master's degree. Since January of 2005, he has been a full-fledged archivist, a job he continues to enjoy. Mr. Smith explains the value of his training as a historian: "As an undergraduate and graduate student in the SIUE Department of Historical Studies, I acquired many of the tools that are essential for my career as an archivist. The dedicated professors at SIUE helped refine my critical thinking and writing skills. I gained valuable research experience that applies directly to my work with historical documents of the United States government. As a historian, I understand the importance of these primary sources to the world of historical research.
Each year SIUE's Graduate School awards the Hoppe Research Professoship to a SIUE faculty member in order to recognize and support individual programs of research or creative activities. This year's recipient is the Dept. of History's own Prof. Allison Thomason. Professor Thomason's Hoppe award will result in a complete book manuscript about the way that textiles and dress help to create personal and institutional identities in ancient Mesoptomia (modern Iraq). This project continues her long and active research agenda on objects and identity in ancient Mesopotamia. Prof. Thomason is the ninth recipient of the Hoppe Award. In 2004, History Professor Carole Collier Frick was the sixth recipient of the Award for her research on gender and material culture of fifteenth-century Italy.
The SIUE Department of Historical Studies welcomes two new full-time professors this academic year. They bring scholarly depth in German and American Colonial History to our department and as well distinguished teaching careers and significant contributions to their respective academic communities. Please join us in welcoming Drs. Jennifer Miller and Robert "Buddy" Paulett to SIUE.
Dr. Jennifer Miller earned her PhD at Rutgers University in 2008 in Modern European and Global and Comparative History. Her dissertation is titled "Postwar Negotiations: The First Generation of Turkish 'Guest Workers' in Germany, 1961-1973". Her dissertation required research in Germany and Turkey and in German and Turkish. She has taught such courses as "History of Europe since 1789", "History of Modern Germany", "European Women's and Gender History", and "Europe and Its 'Others' ". This semester she will be teaching two courses, "Introduction to the History of the Western Civilization, 1815- Present" and "Modern German History". In the spring she will teach "Introduction to the History of the Western Civilization, 1815- Present", "Modern European Women and Gender History", and "Historical Research".
Dr. Robert "Buddy" Paulett earned his PhD at the College of William and Mary in 2007 in American History. His dissertation focuses on colonial Anglo-Indian relations around Augusta, Georgia and the deerskin trade. His research interests include Early American and Colonial US History, especially in the South, Anglo-Indian Relations, Ethnohistory/Native American History, Historical Archaeology and Historical Geography. This semester he will be teaching "United States History and Constitution to 1877", "The Colonial Southeast" and "American Colonial History". In the spring he will teach "World History since 1500", "United States History and Constitution to 1877" and "Colonial Chesapeake, 1400-1800".
On Saturday May 10, 2008 eleven graduate students earned MAs in History and 34 undergraduates earned Bachelor's degrees during commencement ceremonies at SIUE. The History Department honored our new graduates and celebrated the career of Emeritus Professor Patrick Riddleberge (pictured here with History Professor and Dean of the Graduate School Steve Hansen). Professor Riddleberger and two other former members of the department were recently honored by an anonymous gift to the University in their names.
Dr. Riddleberger earned his MA (1949) and PhD (1953) in History from the University of California, Berkeley. He has had a distinguished career as a teacher and scholar at SIUE since he joined the faculty in 1960. In 1972, he was awarded the Teaching Excellence Award and in 1981 the Alumni Association's Great Teacher Award. In 2000, he was given an Honorary Doctorate by the University. Dr. Riddleberger has published two important books in American Civil War history: George Washington Julian, Radical Republican: A Study in 19th Century Politics and Reform (1966) and 1866: The Critical Year Revisited (1979). He also published several scholarly articles. Though Dr. Riddleberger retired from teaching in 1984, he continues his research and writing on campus.
The two other honorees are Stanley Kimball who passed away in 2003 and Wilbur McAfee who passed away last summer. Prof. Kimball was a Western American historian and taught at SIUE for 41 years from 1959 to 2000. Wilbur C. McAfee was a member of the Dept. from 1969 to 1980.