Graduate Student Research and Professional Activities 2010-11

The Department of History at Western Michigan University encourages students to be active learners who demonstrate excellent research, critical thinking, oral communication and writing skills. The following information showcases the activities of our graduate students during 2010-11.

Articles and chapters

Hampton, Valerie Dawn. “Viking Age Arms and Armor Originating in the Frankish Kingdom.” The Hilltop Review: A Journal of Western Michigan University Graduate Research 4:2(2011): 36-44.
Moore, Stacey with Jose A. Brandao and Michael Nassaney.
Women of New France. Kalamazoo, Michigan: Michigan Humanities Council, 2011.
Sachs, Dianna E. with E. Eckel, and K. Langen. “Striking a Balance: Effective Use of Facebook in an Academic Library.” Internet Reference Services Quarterly 16:1-2(2011):35-54.
Wolfe, Adam C. “Bring Back Plutarch and Socrates.” Proceedings of the U.S. Naval Institute (May 2011)

Conference presentations

Bollweg, John A. “Experiencing Revelation: Autobiography in the Later Religious Writing of Arnau do Vilanova.” International Congress of Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 2011.
Bradford, Brian.
“The Jesus Passages of the Koran.” Guest Lecture at Spring Arbor University, April 2011.
Elksnis-Geisler, Irene. “Women and the Generation of History: The Tradition and Practice of Oral History in Post-Soviet Latvia.” The Fifteenth Berkshire Conference On The History of Women, Amherst, MA, June 2011.
Elksnis-Geisler, Irene. “Gender, Annexation and Exile: Latvian Refugees 1944-1949.” International Oral History Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, July 2010.
Friedensen, Rachel. “Sex, Violence, and Social Control in Anglo-Saxon Penitentials.” Midwest Medieval History Conference, Columbus, OH, October 2010.
Gibson, Jill. “The Other Silent Majorities: African American Suburban Politics in Postwar Little Rock.” Urban History Association, Las Vegas, NV, October 2010.
Goodman, Jack. “Courting Cities, Courting Kings: Royal Ceremonies in Sicily During the War of the Sicilian Vespers.” Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters Annual Conference, Saginaw Valley State University, March 2011.
Hampton, Valerie.
“Viking Age Women in the Isle of Man.” Conference for the Southeastern Medieval Association, Roanoke, Virginia, November 2010.
Hampton, Valerie. “Monsters on Crosses.” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 2011.
Juen, Rachel. “The Gold Ordinances of Cristobal Vaca de Castro: Finding Traces of Incan Mining Practice in Early Spanish Colonial Administration.” Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies, 28th Graduate Student Conference, Chicago, IL, January 2011.
Juen, Rachel. “Manistee’s Disappeared Dunes.” Great Lakes Environmental History Conference, Kalamazoo, MI, December 2010.
McCandless, Jamie. “Corporate Identities and Religious Reform in Late Medieval Germany.” Mid-American Medieval Association, Kansas State University, February 2011.
McQuitty, William.
“Discovering the Native Balance of Power in the Pantanal, 1543-1544.”Phi Alpha Theta Conference, Auburn Hills, MI, March 2011.
Miller, Tyler.  “New Refugees in the United States: The Case of the Somali Diaspora.” Culture and Politics in History: A 21st Century Perspective, Chicago, IL, April 2011.
Staggs, Stephen.
“Indian-Dutch Relations in New Netherland and New York during the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century.” Koninklijke Scholengemeenschaap Apeldoorn, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands, March 2011.
Staggs, Stephen. 
“Adjusting to American Academic Cultures.” Studiedag Decanen, Seminar For Deans in Dutch Schools, Fulbright Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, January 2011.
Staggs, Stephen. “Indian-Dutch Relations in New Netherland and New York during the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century.” Gomarus College, Groningen, The Netherlands, November 2010, and at Zeldenrust Steelantcollege, Terneuzen, Zeeland, The Netherlands, November 2010.

Grants, Fellowships and Honors

Sarah Bijani. Gwen Raaberg Teaching Excellence Award,  MA Teaching Effectiveness Award.
Skylar Bre’z.
All University Teaching Effectiveness Award, Gwen Raaberg teaching Award, Gender and Women’s Studies.
Elksnis-Geisler, Irene. WMU Dissertation Completion Fellowship.
Elksnis-Geisler, Irene. WMU Beatrice and George Beech Graduate Fellowship.
Caitlyn Perry-Dial. Michigan Museums Association Student Scholarship.
Hampton, Valerie. Fellowship at the Centre of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, University of Florida.
Harris, Patrick.
WMU Graduate School Travel Grant, Summer 2011.
Harris, Patrick.
WMU Department of History, Ernest Breisach Award, Summer 2011.
Harris, Patrick.
WMU Department of History, Nora Faires Travel Award, Summer 2011.
Hysell, Jesse. WMU Graduate Student Research and Travel Grant, Spring 2011.
Schier, Joshua.  Joseph L. Peyser Endowment for the Study of New France Research Grant. Fall 2010.
Staggs, Stephen.
Fulbright Research Grant, 2010-11.
Staggs, Stephen.
WMU Graduate College Research/Creative Scholar Award, March 2011.