Graduate Student Research and Professional Activities 2011-12

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 2011-12.

Articles and chapters

Elksnis-Geisler, Irene. “Locality, Identity and Gender: Latvian Second World War Displaced Persons and Ties to Latvian Rural Heimat” In Jaunas Idejas un Pieejas Vēstures Izpētē. Daugavpils, Latvia: Akademiskais Apgāds Saule (2011).
Elksnis-Geisler, Irene. “Latgalians.” In Encyclopedia on Ethnic Groups of the World. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2011.     
Elksnis-Geisler, Irene. Review of Adopting and Remembering Soviet Reality: Life Stories of Lithuanian Women, 1945-1970 by Dalia Leinarte. Oral History Forum 31(2011).
Elksnis-Geisler, Irene. “Gender, Annexation and Exile: Oral History Testimonies of Latvia 1944/5.” In Vēsture: Avoti un Cilvēki by Daugavpils University. Daugavpils, Latvia: Akademiskais Apgāds Saule, 2011.
Ellison, Katherine. “George Herbert Walker Bush.” In Chronology of the U.S. Presidency, edited by Mathew Manweller. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Press, 2012.
Ellison, Katherine. “William Howard Taft.” In Chronology of the U.S. Presidency, edited by Mathew Manweller. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Press, 2012.
Ellison, Katherine. “U.S . Legislative Initiatives to Combat Terrorism since 9/11.” In Counterterrorism: From the Cold War to the War on Terror, edited by Frank Shanty. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Press, 2012.
Harris, Patrick. “Power, Piety, and Rebellion in al-Andalus: The Reception and Influence of Al-Ghazali’s Political Philosophy in Islamic Iberia.” The Hilltop Review: A Journal of Western Michigan University Graduate Research 5:2(2012): 24-36.
Wolfe, Adam C.
“The Devil and Noah Webster.” Chronicles (January 2012)
Wolfe, Adam C. “Athens vs. Sparta: The Academic-Military Divide.” War, Literature, and the Arts (October 2011)

Conference Presentations

Bradford, Brian. “Islam, Jerusalem, and the Dome of the Rock.” Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters Annual Conference, Alma College, March 2012.
Bradford, Brian.
“Before the Prophet: Indigenous Religions of Pre-Islamic Arabia.” World History Association Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, June 2012.
Byczynski, John. “Rethinking Radicalism: Socialism, the IWW, and Communism on the Cuyuna Iron Range, 1912-1933.” Midwest Labor and Working-Class History Conference, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, February 2012.
Bre’z, Skylar J. “Women’s History Month.” University of Illinois-Chicago History Graduate Society Conference, October 2011.
Bre’z, Skylar J.
“Women’s History Month.” Great Lakes History Conference,            Grand Valley State University, October 2011.
DiTucci, David.
“The King’s Protection: Violence, Power, and the Law during the Reign of Alfred.” International Congress of Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 2012.
DiTucci, David. “The Conversion of Violence: Conflicting Strategies of Power in Early Medieval England Anglo-Saxon Law.” New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2012.
Elksnis-Geisler, Irene. “Negotiating Nation, Locality and Gender in Exile:  Latvian Refugees and Deportees 1940-1953.” 23rd Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies, Chicago, IL, April 2012.
Goodman, Jack. “Using Notarial Sources in Medieval Studies: Fourteenth-Century Examples from the Archivio di Stato di Palermo.” Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters Annual Conference, Alma College, March 2012.
Perry Dial, Caitlyn.  “Fire!: Exhibiting and Social Networking Local History in St. Joseph, Michigan.” Michigan Museums Association Annual Conference, Harbor Springs, MI, October 2011, and Michigan Academy of Arts and Sciences Conference, Alma, Michigan, March 2012.
McCandless, Jamie.  “Religious Reforms and the City of Ulm.” University of Bremen, Department of Religious Studies, November 2011.
McCandless, Jamie. “Religious Reforms in Late Medieval Ulm.” Institut für Europäische Geschichte, Mainz, Germany, December 2011.
McQuitty, William. “Rebellion in Paraguay: The Downfall of Cabeza de Vaca, 1544-1545.” Paul Lucas Conference in History, Indiana University, March 2012.
McQuitty, William.
“A Short Examination of the Ethnohistorical Legitimacy of Cabeza de Vaca’s Descriptions of the Guarani and Guaycuru in his Comentarios.” International Graduate Historical Studies Conference, Mount Pleasant, Michigan, April 2012.

Grants, Fellowships and Honors

Bijani, Sara. WMU Graduate Research and Creative Scholar Award, Spring 2012.
Bre’z, Skylar J. WMU Graduate College Research/Creative Scholar Award, March 2012.
Ellison, Katherine.
WMU Department of History Graduate Research and Creative Scholar Award, Spring 2012.
McCandless, Jamie. DAAD (German Academic Exchange Program) Short Term Research Grant, Fall 2011.
Perry Dial, Caitlyn.
Western Michigan University Graduate College Research Grant, March 2012.
Perry Dial, Caitlyn.
Michigan Museums Association Student Scholarship, September 2011.
Terry, David. WMU Graduate Student Research and Travel Grant, Fall 2011.