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Recent Faculty Publications

Information about other faculty publications can be found on the individual faculty web pages.

Omar H. Ali

Adjunct Associate Professor of African American Studies

In the Lion's Mouth: Black Populism in the New South, 1886-1900(University Press of Mississippi, 2010)

"In this insightful survey of a generation of African American political activism, Omar Ali lays to rest the common misconception that black politics in the South ended with the death of Reconstruction. He shows how, during the 1880s and 1890s, two Populist movements, black and white, mainly separate and unequal, challenged the political status quo." -Charles Postel, author of The Populist Vision

In the Lions Mouth
Jamie Anderson

Associate Professor (East Asia, China, Vietnam)

The Tongking Gulf Through History (University of Pennsyvania Press, 2011)
Edited by Nola Cooke, Li Tana, and James A. Anderson

"An informative picture of trade, economic, and political relationships throughout the Tongking Gulf over an extended period of time: approximately two thousand years. The well-researched essays each contribute fresh insights into the subject of maritime trade and premodern global connections in the region." -Erica Brindley, Pennsylvania State University

The Tongking Gulf
Richard E. Barton

Associate Professor (Medieval history)

Lordship in the County of Maine, c890-1160 (Boydell, 2004)

"In this stimulating, clearly written book, Richard Barton uses evidence from Maine and the bordering counties of Anjou, Blois, and Normandy to explore the character of aristocratic lordship in the tenth and eleventh centuries. Drawing primarily on monastic charters and notices, but also availing himself of the richer narratives provided by episcopal gesta and historical chronicles, the author treats lordship broadly as a set of practices and cultural understandings by which lords dominated others, maintained their own honor, and interacted with their peers." -Richard Keyser, Western Kentucky University

Lordship in the County of Maine
Jodi Bilinkoff

Professor (Renaissance and Reformation Europe, early modern Spain, religion, gender)

Related Lives Confessors and Their Female Penitents, 1450-1750(Cornell University Press, 2005)

"Related Lives contributes to our understanding of early modern Catholicism by exploring the complex relationship between the priests who took on the role of confessor or spiritual director to pious women and their female penitents. Jodi Bilinkoff provides a comprehensive view of the actual practice of confession, the confessor-penitent relationship, and the exploitation of this relationship in the crafting of pious biographies for the edification of other early modern Catholics."-Barbara B. Diefendorf, Boston University

Related Lives
Charles C. Bolton

Professor (Southern history, oral history)

William F. Winter and the New Mississippi, A Biography (University Press of Mississippi, 2013)

"William Winter is a fascinating figure in the history of the modern South. He is among a handful of the most important politicians in twentieth-century Mississippi, but also an unusually thoughtful and intelligent observer and participant in the dramatic changes that took place in his native state in the second half of the twentieth century. Chuck Bolton brings to this book all of the skill and rigor on display in his previous works. The end result is a compelling biography that is sure to stand as the definitive work on a very fine governor and an even more remarkable human being." -Joseph Crespino, Emory University

William F Winter and the New Mississippi
A. Asa Eger

Assistant Professor (Islamic history)

The Islamic-Byzantine Frontier: Interaction and Exchange Among Muslim and Christian Communities (I.B. Tauris, 2014)

"This is a long-awaited and much-needed contribution to the study of the Byzantine-Islamic frontier that will force a step-change in approaches to the study of the region as well as to the study of medieval frontier societies and their archaeology. The author is to be congratulated on a clear, concise and well-argued analysis of complex textual and archaeological data." -John Haldon, Professor of Byzantine History and Hellenic Studies, Princeton University

The Islamic-Byzantine Frontier
Mark Elliott

Associate Professor (19th century American history)

Undaunted Radical: The Selected Writings and Speeches of Albion W. Tourgee. (Louisiana State University Press, 2010)

Edited by Mark Elliott and John David Smith

"If we want to understand the opportunity and despair of Reconstruction, the uncertainty and contested nature of Jim Crow, and ultimately the nadir of race relations in the United States, then we must know more about Albion Tourgee. Elliott and Smith have made an incredible contribution by bringing together the best and most important of Tourgee's work."-Edward J. Blum, author of Reforging the White Republic

Undaunted Radical
Benjamin Filene

Associate Professor (Public history)

Letting Go? Sharing Historical Authority in a User-Generated World (Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, 2011)

Edited by Bill Adair, Benjamin Filene, and Laura Koloski

"The marvelous and inspiring examples in Letting Go will shape the aspirations of the future history museum as its practice leaders readjust their grip on ideas of authority. This is a book about becoming something together, our most important process as human beings." -David Carr, author of Open Conversations: Public Learning in Libraries and Museums

Letting Go?
Phyllis W. Hunter

Associate Professor (American and Colonial history, material culture)

Purchasing Identity in the Atlantic World: Massachusetts Merchants, 1670-1780 (Cornell University Press, 2001)

"The strength of Hunter's analysis lies in her emphasis on patterns of consumption, rather than production, as well as in her dependence on detailed case studies to illustrate each shift in this budding American consumerism...Her analysis makes a significant contribution to the study of early American economic culture." -Virginia Quarterly Review

Purchasing Identity in the Atlantic World
Thomas Jackson

Associate Professor (Recent America, civil rights)

From Civil Rights to Human Rights: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Struggle for Economic Justice (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006)

Winner of the 2007 Liberty Legacy Foundation Award of the Organization of American Historians.

"Never before have King's social and political ideas been so thoroughly documented nor so persuasively explicated. Future generations of King scholars will owe Jackson a debt of gratitude for this monumental book of enduring value." -Clayborne Carson, Director, Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute, Stanford University

From Civil Rights to Human Rights
Watson W. Jennison

Associate Professor (African American history, U.S. South)

Cultivating Race: The Expansion of Slavery in Georgia, 1750-1860(University Press of Kentucky, 2011)

"Watson Jennison's thoughtful synthesis of social, intellectual, and political history will stand for some time to come as the best one-volume account we have of slavery and racism in Georgia. This is a book that students and scholars of slavery, the South, and race in American history need to read and contend with." -Anthony E. Kaye, author of Joining Places: Slave Neighborhoods in the Old South

Cultivating Race
Jeffrey W. Jones

Associate Professor (Russian History)

Everyday Life and the "Reconstruction" of Soviet Russia During and After the Great Patriotic War, 1943-1948 (Slavica Publishers, 2008)

"Jones weaves a mass of fragmentary evidence into such coherent and seamless accounts of everyday life and its travails between 1943-48 that one might not realize the remarkable detective work necessary to reconstruct even the simplest narrative. Jones has produced a body of work that constitutes a valuable contribution to the study of the social and political history of the era of Soviet post-war reconstruction in general and the study of working-class consciousness in the late Stalin era in particular."-Dr. Michael C. Hickey, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

Everyday Life and the Reconstruction of Soviet Russia
Colleen Kriger

Professor (African history, European expansion in Africa, material culture, oral history)

Cloth in West African History (AltaMira Press, 2006)

"This book is a 'must read' for scholars and students fascinated by African textiles as well as anyone who wants to learn more about West Africa. Cloth was and continues to be highly prized by West African peoples, and this study provides evidence that weaving, dyeing, and sewing pre-dated contact with Europeans. Kriger brings to her research a background mix of being trained both as an artist as well as a historian." -Joanne B. Eicher, Professor Emerita, University of Minnesota

Cloth in West African History
Lisa Levenstein

Associate Professor (U.S. women's history)

A Movement Without Marches: African American Women and the Politics of Poverty in Postwar Philadelphia (University of North Carolina Press, 2009)

2009 Kenneth Jackson Book Award, Urban History Association; 2010 Honorable Mention, Frederick Jackson Turner Award, Organization of American Historians

"Vivid stories of individual women...Each one of them offers an original and compelling interpretation of its subject. Tightly interconnected as they are, each could also stand alone as a major addition to the historiography of public institutions." -Journal of Social History

A Movement without Marches
Emily Levine

Assistant Professor (German history, Modern European intellectual history)

Dreamland of Humanists: Warburg, Cassirer, Panofsky, and the Hamburg School (University of Chicago Press, 2013)

"Insightful, interesting, and sophisticated, Dreamland of Humanists not only contributes to our individual and collective knowledge of the Warburg school but it sheds new light on the intellectual and political struggles and ultimately tragic fate of Weimar culture as a whole. I would go so far as to state that this is a work that I have been waiting for." - Steven E. Aschheim, author of Beyond the Border: The German-Jewish Legacy Abroad

Dreamland of Humanists
Cheryl Logan

Professor Emerita of History and Psychology

Hormones, Heredity, and Race: Spectacular Failure in Interwar Vienna(Rutgers Press, 2013)

"This terrifically inventive and important story is one of the first to examine physiological attempts to understand heredity in the first half of the twentieth century, offering a beautiful rendering of the intersection of science and politics." - Vassiliki Betty Smocovitis, University of Florida.

Hormones, Heredity, and Race
Paul Mazgaj

Professor (Modern European intellectual history, French history, history of ideologies, French revolution, Napoleonic era)

Imagining Fascism: The Cultural Politics of the French Young Right, 1930-1945 (University of Delaware Press, 2007)

"Correcting the long-established practice of searching for the origins of intellectual engagement exclusively on the Popular Front Left, Mazgaj's study demonstrates that the Young Right created a distinctive nationalist prototype of the engage writer." -Publisher

Imagining Fascism
Greg O'Brien

Associate Professor (18th-19th century American history, American Indian history, environmental history)

Pre-Removal Choctaw History: Exploring New Paths (University of Oklahoma Press, 2008)

Edited by Greg O'Brien

"Featuring the most innovative work on pre-removal Choctaw history, this book provides substantial knowledge about a long-neglected era in Choctaw history and offers guidance and inspiration to everyone working in American Indian and early American history." -Daniel H. Usner, Jr., author of American Indians in the Lower Mississippi Valley: Social and Economic Histories

Pre-Removal Choctaw History
Linda Rupert

Associate Professor (Atlantic World, Caribbean)

Creolization and Contraband: Curaçao in the Early Modern Atlantic World(University of Georgia Press, 2012)

"This exploration of localized sociocultural mixing and extensive, illicit commerce on a Dutch Caribbean island makes for a fascinating study of colonial agency. The Antilles was the most dynamic site of creolization and contraband in the early modern world. Anyone interested in Atlantic history will want to read this excellent book." -Philip D. Morgan, author of Slave Counterpoint: Black Culture in the Eighteenth-Century Chesapeake and Lowcountry

Creolization and Contraband
Stephen Ruzicka

Professor (Ancient history, Greek, Roman, Persia)

Trouble in the West: Egypt and the Persian Empire 525-332 BCE (Oxford University Press, 2012)

"Professor Ruzicka's illuminating account of Persia's two-hundred-year struggle to control Egypt is a distinguished addition to the new Persian historiography. No reader will doubt that the key to understanding the history of the eastern Mediterranean is recognizing that Persia was the region's great power up to Alexander's conquest." -Stanley Burstein, California State University, Los Angeles

Trouble in the West
Loren Schweninger

Professor Emeritus of History (African American history, race, slavery)

Families in Crisis in the Old South: Divorce, Slavery, and the Law(University of North Carolina Press, 2012)

"Dazzling in its sweep and depth, Schweninger's study of divorce, slavery, and the law provides a window into an entire matrix of household and social relations. Gender, race, and property relations are considered across class lines, all within the Souths institutions of marriage and slavery." -Victoria E. Bynum, author of The Long Shadow of the Civil War: Southern Dissent and Its Legacies

Families in Crisis in the Old South
Lisa Tolbert

Associate Professor (American cultural history, 19th century U.S., antebellum South, architectural history, museum studies)

Constructing Townscapes: Space and Society in Antebellum Tennessee(University of North Carolina Press, 1999)

"This book not only broadens our understanding of the history of the antebellum townscape but also erects a guidepost on our path to a more integrative study of the built environment."-Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians

Constructing Townscapes
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