Joe Bagley, Ph.D. Candidate (ABD), presented a paper, “Black Alabamians’ Efforts to Desegregate Schools, 1954-1963: Civil Rights, Litigation, and the Road to Lee. v. Macon,” at the University of Alabama Graduate Conference on Power and Struggle in March and was on the Coordinating Committee for, and moderated a panel at, the Atlanta Graduate Student Conference in U.S. History, held at Emory in February 2012.
Brian Biffle, M.A. student, published "Salih ibn Tarif" in the Dictionary of African Biography (Oxford University Press, Dec 2011), edited by Emmanuel K. Akyeampong and Henry Louis Gates Jr. He also had two entries, "Prohibition" and "Nuclear Testing," in the forthcoming two-volume Encyclopedia of Politics in the American West (Mesa Verde Publishing and CQ Press, 2013), edited by Steven L. Danver.
Greg Brooking, Ph.D. Candidate, presented “’Nursery of Methodism’ or ‘Nursery of Sound Learning’: George Whitefield, James Wright, and the Bethesda College” at the 2012 Georgia Association of Historians (GAH) in Macon in February 2012.
Casey Cater, Ph.D. Candidate (ABD), presented a paper titled "Generating a New South: The Rise of Electricity and Modernity in Georgia," at the Workshop for the History of Environment, Agriculture, Technology, and Science (WHEATS) at MIT. Casey also participated at Harvard's Energy History Project/Harvard Center for History and Economics workshop titled "Units, Ideas, and Images in the History of Energy." Casey's participation was funded by the Harvard University Center for the Environment to discuss his paper "Regenerating Mastery: Race and Depictions of Electrical Power in the Early-Twentieth Century American South," This prestigious event was held at Harvard University from November 17 to November 18, 2011. This workshop is part of a series of ongoing events on the global and comparative history of energy for the Energy History Project, with support from the Harvard University Center for the Environment.
Mindy Clegg, Ph.D. student, presented her paper "Selling Ambassador Jazz: The Cultural Private-Public Partnership of the Cold War" at the Emory Graduate Student Conference in US History in February 2012. She also served as President of AHGSU during the 2011-2012 academic year.
Kevin Grady, M.A. student, completed a three-year term on the Board of Directors for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools-Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) in December 2011. He served on the Executive Committee of SACS-COC for the last two years.
Jason Lutz, M.A. student, had several publications for 2011, including entries on Navajo, Sagamore, Indian Ring, and Alexander Cameron in the Encyclopedia of the North American Indian Wars 1607-1890, published September 2011 by ABC-Clio. Jason also had an entry on the Armistice Agreement of 1812 in the Encyclopedia of the War of 1812, to be published on in April 2012 by ABC-Clio. He also presented "Hugh Grogan, Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, and the Fight for African American Representation in a Georgia Suburb." at the 13th Annual Conference of The Graduate Association of African American History at the University of Memphis in November 2011.
Kenja McCray, Ph.D. student, coauthored "Use of Ifa as a Means of Addressing Mental Health Concerns Among African American Clients" in the October 2011 issue of the Journal of Counseling & Development.
Jeff Marlin, Ph.D. student, will deliver a paper entitled “Reassessing the Strength of the National Rifle Association” at the Policy History Conference in Richmond, VA on 8 June 2012.
Tim Miller, M.A. student, presented “The Historiography of Just War Theory in the Three Major Monotheistic Religions” at the 2012 AHGSU Graduate Student Conference.
Wesley Moody, 2009 Ph.D. student of Dr. Wendy Venet, published his first book entitled Demon of the Lost Cause: Sherman and Civil War History (University of Missouri Press, 2011).
Nafeesa Muhammad, Ph.D. student, presented papers at three conferences during spring 2012, including "The Enemy in the War on Drugs Can be Identified by Race" for the National Council for Black Studies (NCBS) in March; "Women in the Nation of Islam" for the Africana Women’s Research Symposium at Auburn Ave Research Library, also in March; and "The Role of Women in Ancient Greece: The Peculiar Case of Sparta" at the AHGSU 2012 Graduate Student Conference in April.
Lauren Nass, M.A. student, participated in the Southeast German Studies Workshop in March 2012 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Lauren contributed a paper titled, "The Authority of Modernity within a German Transnational Study."
Sara Patenaude, Ph.D. student, was accepted to present her paper "Hidden Agendas: The Politics of Placing Projects" at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association to be held in Vancouver in November. Her paper discusses how racial politics determined where public housing projects were built in 20th century Baltimore.
Dylan Ruediger, Ph.D. student, completed a peer-reviewed article entitled “Colonial North America and World Histories of Power,” that has just been accepted for publication in the World History Bulletin. Dylan also presented “The Twin Swords of the Sovereign: Cross-Cultural Killing in Colonial British America,” at the AHGSU 2012 Graduate Student Conference.
Jon Schmitt, M.A. student, presented "Whose is the House of Greatest Disorder? Civilization and Savagery on the Early 20th Century Eastern European and North American Frontier" at the Centre for Area Studies at Leipzig University in September 2011. Taking a comparative approach to understanding how the Ottoman and American states in the late 19th and early 20th centuries relied on, and enacted policy within, markedly consonant discursive parameters that established a social continuum between the poles of “savagery” and “civilization.” In this paper, Schmitt provided a broad overview of the discourses that operated in both the settlement of the North American West and the resettlement of populations in the Western Balkans in the early 20th Century.
Sally Stanhope, M.A. student, published "Bringing Casta Paintings into the Classroom" in the World History Bulletin 28, no. 1 (Spring 2012): 39-53 and participated in the annual conference of Association of Historians at Georgia State University with a presentation called “Cooperation and Conflict: The Politics of Scouting in Malaya, Nigeria, and India Before WWII.”
Lauren Thompson, Ph.D. student, published an article on Mary Lincoln and a book review on the latest biography of Henry Clay in the University of Virginia's journal Essays in History. She was also awarded a Filson Fellowship to the Filson Institute in Louisville, Kentucky, and will be traveling there in early 2013 to conduct dissertation research. In June, she’ll travel to Texas Christian University to the Ninth Annual Southern Conference of Women’s History, hosted by the Southern Association of Women Historians to present her paper, “‘The Woman Was a Raving Maniac’: Insanity Trials, Gendered Testimony, and Female Defendants in Late 19th Century Georgia” as part of a panel titled “Confined, Assigned, Incarcerated: Southern State-Run Institutions, Women Residents, and the Meaning of Gender."
Josh T. Walters, M.A. student, presented a paper entitled "Liberty of My Own Country: Henry Clay and his political perspective on slavery" at the Georgia Association of Historians (GAH) Conference in Macon, Ga. in February 2012.