Department of History



Department of History Newsletter
May 8, 2014

The Department of History Newsletter is published weekly during the academic year. Copy for the next edition of the History Department Newsletter should be submitted by Thursday noon to Becky Bryant via e-mail ( This newsletter is also available on the History Department’s web page, at


Graduate student Richard Barrett, a Greek Orthodox cantor when he isn’t working on his dissertation on late antique and medieval Byzantine liturgy, will see his professional sides come together this month when he joins acclaimed vocal ensemble Cappella Romana ( for two concerts of medieval Byzantine chant at the Getty Villa in Los Angeles, CA on May 17 & 18, 2014. The program will include chants by the 6th century liturgical poet and composer Romanos the Melodist, who figures into his dissertation prominently.

On April 25th Michael Dodson presented an invited lecture at the University of Illinois's School of Architecture entitled "The Pasts and Futures of a Cosmopolitan Banaras." He also took part in a panel discussion that evaluated the Landscape Architecture students' projects for enhancing the waterfront ghats (steps) of the city of Banaras (India).

Ben Eklof is departing to Moscow to spend a month on the faculty exchange between IU and the Higher School of Economics, Russia's premier institution of tertiary education. He will be working in Moscow archives but also participating in a seminar on the history and present-day globalization of higher education

Jeff Gould’s first book To Lead as Equals (1990) has been published as an e-book by University of North Carolina Press.

Drew Koke (PhD 2013) has an essay being published in the May issue of Perspectives on History. The article is entitled, “Disrupting Discussion Rituals in the History Classroom”.

Jason Lantzer (PhD 2005) has been appointed Honors Program Coordinator at Butler University. Jason also teaches two honors courses per year for Butler.

Alex Lichtenstein's co-edited special issue of Radical History Review, on the Global Anti-Apartheid Movement, is out this week to coincide with South Africa's elections.

Valeria Manzano (PhD 2009) has published The Age of Youth in Argentina: Culture, Politics, and Sexuality from Perón to Videla with University of North Carolina Press.

Graduate student Lauren Renee Miller has been awarded a CAHI Research Grant to finish work on her dissertation, Refugee Nation: The Origins of Practicing English Toleration, 1660-1732. She has also received a Travel Award from IU’s Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies to visit The Bodleian Library and The Guildhall Library in England this summer.

Former graduate student Colleen M. Moore (Ph.D., 2013) has accepted a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor of History at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL, starting in August 2014.

Eric Robinson has received a grant from the College Arts and Humanities Institute to host a colloquium on ancient Greek history and political theory in November of 2014. The Departments of History and Classics will be cosponsoring the event, which will feature participants from IU and several other North American universities.

Julia Roos received an Individual Research Award by the Indiana University Institute for Advanced Study to support her archival research in New Haven and Berlin on the international debate over atrocity propaganda during the 1920s and 1930s.

Kaya Sahin has been selected to serve as the discipline representative for the newly-inaugurated Islamic History field under the Renaissance Society of America.

Graduate student Timo Schaefer's article "Law of the Land: Hacienda Power and the Challenge of Republicanism in Postindependence Mexico" has appeared in the May 2014 issue of the Hispanic American Historical Review.

The Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University has awarded Jonathan Schlesinger a CEAS Postdoctoral Associate fellowship to complete his book manuscript and pursue new research. He will be on leave for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Micol Seigel gave a talk on April 17 in the Anthropology Seminar Series at the University of Sydney, a version of which came out this month as “Convict Race: Racialization in the Era of Hyperincarceration,” in Social Justice 39, no. 4 (April 2014): 31-51. She will give another talk Monday, May 5, in the "History on Mondays" seminar series of the Sydney University Department of History, “Violence Workers in the Security World: The View from Alaska.” This Friday, May 9, she is organizing a panel on new work on crime and justice at the U.S. Studies Centre, where she is a fellow, and will give a paper as a part of it, "The Object of Police History." In June she will head to Melbourne to give two talks, one at the History Department of the University of Melbourne and one in Criminal Justice at Monash University, and then to Perth to participate in a panel organized as a sister event to the one here this coming week. Finally, the June issue of Transition will include her piece, “Hypothecation: Debt Bondage for the Neoliberal Age."

Ellen Wu's The Color of Success has been released as an audiobook on



Saturday, May 10, 5:00-7:00 pm, Federal Room, IMU

Department of History celebration for graduating History seniors, refreshments will be served. Invited faculty and students should rsvp by Monday, April 28 to Blake Harvey at

May 14-16, Distinguished Alumni Room, IMU

The Indiana Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies announces its thirteenth annual Workshop on the theme of "Eighteenth-Century Hospitalities," May 14-16. Everyone is welcome (regardless of his/her own century of choice) but since the workshop consists chiefly of discussing pre-circulated papers, advance registration is required. For details (including a registration link), please see the Center's website.

Saturday, May 17, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm, Dogwood Room, IMU

Renaissance Studies Program Second Annual Symposium. See here for more information.


Position Open: Editorial Assistant
Major Field, Atlantic World, 1400–1800

The American Historical Review is seeking a graduate student in the IU History Department to serve as one of seven editorial assistants. Training will begin for this half-time position (20 hours per week/.5 FTE) on or around June 16, 2014, with a start date scheduled for July 1, 2014. However, training and start dates are negotiable.

We seek a specialist in the Atlantic World during the period 1400–1800. This desk also covers U.S. colonial history and British history, so knowledge of one of those fields is a plus.

An Editorial Assistant processes books for review, assists in the selection of reviewers, edits and proofreads copy for reviews, articles, and lists of non-reviewable books, and creates and updates records in a computer database.

Applicants should have general knowledge appropriate to the fields the assistantship covers.

Current compensation is about $1,736 per month; the job covers twelve months, with a fee scholarship for students with fewer than 90 hours. The position is renewable annually for up to three years, with the possibility of an additional year's extension to be determined on a case-by-case basis.

A two-year commitment is required. Deadline for applications is Thursday, May 15, 2014.

Please send a letter of application, a vita, and two letters of recommendation to

Prof. Robert A. Schneider, Editor
American Historical Review
914 E. Atwater Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47401
(812) 855-7609

For more information, contact us via e-mail at