Jack Gaioni, who earned his master’s in History at CSU, is a columnist for the Olive Press, which touts itself as Spain’s best English daily news website.
Lance R. Blyth, a graduate of CSU’s Department of History (M.A., 1997), won the 2012 Weber-Clements Book Prize for Best Non-Fiction Book on Southwestern America for his study Chiricahua and Janos: Communities of Violence in the Southwestern Borderlands, 1680-1880 (University of Nebraska Press, 2012). Dr. Blyth is the deputy director of the Office of History at U.S. Northern Command and a research associate professor at the Latin American and Iberian Institute at the University of New Mexico.
The following is an excerpt from the Weber-Clements Book Prize judging committee: “Chiricahua and Janos begins with the foundational premise that violence can build as much as disrupt communities. From this premise, it constructs a riveting narrative about how the communities, economies, and families of Chiricahua Apaches and Spaniards at Janos presidio in northwestern Nueva Vizcaya (Chihuahua) became intricately entwined through two centuries of reciprocal violence and accommodation. Built upon careful research, interdisciplinary source-mining, and convincing arguments, the writing and telling of this story is entirely engaging as Blyth balances the perspectives, purposes, and lifeways of the twin communities forged in a crucible of war.”
David B. Danbom, a graduate of the Department of History at CSU (B.A. 1969) was honored in 2013 at the CSU Distinguished Alumni Awards. After receiving a history degree in 1969, Dr. Danbom pursued graduate studies at Stanford, where he received a Ph.D. in 1974. He accepted a position in the history department at North Dakota State University, where he taught until his retirement in 2010.
Dr. Danbom has written four of his six books on American agriculture and rural life. His first book, The Resisted Revolution: Urban America and the Industrialization of Agriculture, 1900 – 1930, remains one of the most cited works in the field, and Born in the Country: a History of Rural America has been characterized as “the best, most thoughtful, and most comprehensive” work of its kind. Dr. Danbom has received numerous awards for his work, and in 1990 he was elected president of the Agricultural History Society.
At North Dakota State University, Dr. Danbom won a number of awards for teaching and public service. He was named Fargo Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Professor, and in 1990 was chosen as North Dakota Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. He also played an active role in his community, serving on the Mayor’s Committee for Downtown Redevelopment in Fargo, and on the city’s Historic Preservation and Human Relations commissions. He also wrote more than 100 op-ed columns for the Fargo Forum newspaper.
Seth Shermerhorn (B.A., 2006; History, Anthropology, Liberal Arts) earned his M.A.in Religious Studies from the University of Colorado (2008); and his Ph.D. in Religious Studies at Arizona State University (2013). Seth has recently been appointed to a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Indigenous Religious Studies at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York.
Jack Gaioni (M.A. 2010) received his M.A., turned 60, retired, and moved to Andalucía, Spain with his wife Anne—all within the space of a few months. Jack writes a bimonthly feature column that combines local historical anecdotes, in-Spain travel tips, and some conjecture for TheEuroWeeklyNews, Andalucía’s largest English language newspaper. Jack would like to credit all those in the History Department who encouraged him to be his non-traditional self. His articles can be viewed at www.euroweeklynews.com. Search: Gaioni.
Stephan Greenway (B.A. 2009, summa cum laude; M.A. 2011) has been accepted into the Ph.D. program in History at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Dan Hummel (B.A. 2007; M.A. 2010) is pursuing his PhD in history at the University of Wisconsin. He was awarded the George L. Mosse Program Graduate Exchange Fellowship which will enable him and his wife Veronica to spend the 2012-2013 academic year in Jerusalem, Israel, where Dan will be conducting research for his dissertation on the theological and intellectual developments among American Protestant fundamentalist theologians and American neoconservative ideologues that justified closer interaction with each other and with the Likud party in the 1960s-1980s.
Jacob McMahon (B.A. 2011, summa cum laude) has been accepted at Stanford Law School in Palo Alto, California.
Greg Wilson (B.A., 2008, magna cum laude) is a specialist (E4) and a 35P (cryptologic linguist) in the U.S. Army. Greg enlisted on March 19, 2012 and went to basic training at Ft. Jackson, SC from May 1 to July 12 in the 2-13th Infantry Regiment. On July 15, Greg arrived at the Presidio of Monterey, joining the 2-29th Military Intelligence Battalion and enrolling in the 15-month intensive Basic Arabic Course. Upon graduation (November 2013), Greg will move to Goodfellow Air Force Base in Texas to complete the “cryptologic” aspect of his training.
Three History Department M.A. candidates created posters for the recent Graduate Student Showcase: Celebrating Research and Creativity, held in the Lory Student Center on November 11, 2015. Maggie Moss Jones's poster was based on her research about malfeasance at Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa. Will Wright's poster explored the topic "Highways, Tourism, and the Great Acceleration Towards Unnatural Disaster." Hailey Groo's poster, which won honorable mention, was based on her research about the role of Hawaiian women in cultural, religious, and political change in the Hawaiian islands. Congratulations to the participants!
Dr. Nicole Archambeau's article, "Miraculous Healing for the Warrior Soul: Transforming Fear, Violence, and Shame in the Canonization inquest for Delphine de Puimichel," just came out in Historical Reflections/Reflexions Historiques v.41. This volume is a special issue on how historians address the issue of trauma.
Dan Vanhoozer, a second-year student in the History Department's M.A. program, recently accepted a position as a paid intern with the Colorado Encyclopedia of the Colorado Humanities. As a Content Specialist for the Colorado Encyclopedia, he researches and writes short articles on topics germane to the history of Colorado. For example, he was written on the elk culling program that Rocky Mountain National Park implemented in 2009 to address the environmental issues caused by the overpopulation of elk in the park. Dane is also responsible for obtaining permission to re purpose articles and other materials that already exist on Colorado topics, such as dust bowl, Colorado National Monument, etc., to include in the encyclopedia. As an M.A. student at CSU, Vanhoozer is focusing on Cultural Resource Management and Environmental History. He also worked this past summer with the USFS fighting fires in Alaska.
Dr. Ann Little's new book, The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright will be published by Yale University Press in 2016. For more information, see Dr. Little's faculty webpage.
Dr. Adrian Howkins has been awarded a NSF grant to construct a historical photo archive of the McMurdo Dry Valleys in Antarctica. In conjunction with his work with the McMurdo Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) site, the construction of a historical photo archive will help to facilitate a better understanding of the human history of this unique region (the McMurdo Dry Valleys are the largest ice free region in the Antarctic continent). In particular, the archive will help to address questions about the spatial scale of human impact in Dry Valleys, and the effectiveness of management policies in limiting these impacts. Research will take place predominantly in the United States and New Zealand, as well as Antarctica. History Master's Poppie Gullett will also be working on this grant, follow work on the history of the McMurdo Dry Valleys as an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) student.