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Faculty News for Academic Year 2015-2016

Margaret Andersen published her first book, Regeneration through Empire: French Pronatalists and Colonial Settlement in the Third Republic. She is currently working on a second project focusing on French family policy and social welfare in Morocco during and after the Second World War.

Kristen Block received two fellowships from the Huntington Library, one to consult its collection and a second to travel to London, in support of her manuscript-in-process, “Health, Disease, and the Spirit: Religion and the Colonial Body in the Early Caribbean.”

Thomas Burman gave the 2015 Town and Gown Lecture for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies at the University of Arizona in addition to publishing “Two Dominicans, a Lost Manuscript, and Medieval-Christian Thought on Islam,” in Medieval Exegesis and Religious Difference. 

Daniel Feller was named a Distinguished Professor in the Humanities. Feller and fellow editors Tom Coens and Laura-Eve Moss finished The Papers of Andrew Jackson, Volume X: 1832 (2016), which includes his reelection for a second term, his famous veto of the Bank of the United States, and his resounding proclamation against nullification in South Carolina. All of the previous Jackson volumes are now online at

Luke Harlow’s Religion, Race, and the Making of Confederate Kentucky, 1830-1880 was awarded a Kentucky History Award from the Kentucky Historical Society. He was a visiting fellow at the Library of Congress’s Kluge Center and published “The Long Life of Proslavery Religion,” in The World the Civil War Made.

Vejas Liulevicius produced a new course (his seventh) for The Great Courses company: “The History of Eastern Europe.” For more information on this and his other courses (on e.g. World War I, dictatorship, espionage, and global explorers), see:

Tore Olsson won a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship in support of his first book. He also published “Sharecroppers and Campesinos” in Journal of Southern History based on that project.

Denise Phillips was awarded an American Philosophical Society Franklin Research Grant; she also co-published an edited volume, New Perspectives on Agriculture and Life Sciences (Springer, 2015), and an article in the journal History of Science.

Lynn Sacco was appointed interim Director of Interdisciplinary, International, and Experiential Programs. In this position, she works with Interdisciplinary Programs and the Center for International Education and will play a key role in the development of the Experience Learning initiative.

Shannen Dee Williams, assistant professor of United States and African-American history, was appointed a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians for a three-year term beginning in the fall of 2016.