Home » Completed / Past Programs » Newberry Seminar: Research in the Humanities

Newberry Seminar: Research in the Humanities

Message About ACM Off-Campus Study Programs

ACM has discontinued management of its three off-campus study programs (learn more). Students can still apply directly to affiliated programs.

While the ACM Newberry Seminar: Research in the Humanities is discontinued, students and faculty can still participate directly with Newberry Library programs and activities. Find out more about the collection, see upcoming events, learn more about doing research at the Newberry, and even help the Newberry transcribe its digital collection.

Faculty can continue to apply to the ACM Newberry short-term fellowships.

Program History

The ACM Newberry Seminar: Research in the Humanities challenged students to immerse themselves in a semester-long research project with the support of a community of scholars and the collections of one of the world’s finest research libraries.

Led by distinguished faculty, students explored compelling, interdisciplinary themes in the humanities; developed their abilities as researchers; and produced substantial, well-documented research projects equivalent to a senior thesis or graduate-level work.

The Newberry Library

As one of the world’s premier independent research libraries, the Newberry Library’s evolving collections are rooted in the humanities and embrace the history and literature of Western Europe and the Americas.

Resources range anywhere from the Middle Ages to the mid-20th century. Some of the Newberry’s most exciting collections include a leaf from the Gutenberg Bible, French Revolution pamphlets, early American treaties, Chopin and Mozart manuscripts, and an edition of John Milton’s Paradise Lost in jeweled binding.

The Newberry is open to the public and has an active educational and cultural presence in Chicago. It offers a host of exhibits, lectures, classes, concerts, and other public programming. The library also provides public reading rooms and free wireless internet.

Please visit the Newberry Library website for more information.

Past Seminar Topics & Faculty

Please see below for a list of past Newberry Seminar topics and visiting faculty directors since the program began in 1965.

2019: One for the Books: The Pleasures & Politics of Reading – Ralph Savarese (English, Grinnell College) and Elizabeth Prevost (history, Grinnell College)

2019 topic photo collage

This seminar explores not just what people read but how, where, and why they read it. Students will tap the Newberry Library’s original source materials to investigate how, from Gutenberg to digital media, reading has offered a means of defining the self, encountering others, drawing lines of inclusion and exclusion, and imagining change.

“Literacy has often been a weapon in political debates,” Grinnell English Professor Ralph Savarese says. “Take slavery, for example. Frederick Douglass once described the impact of learning to read like this: ‘The silver trumpet of freedom had roused my soul to eternal wakefulness.’ He knew what literacy meant and why slaves were forcibly kept from books.”

Frederick Douglass book
Frederick Douglass called reading the “silver trumpet of freedom [that] roused my soul to eternal wakefulness”
Newberry Library

Savarese and Grinnell Associate Professor of History Elizabeth Prevost will lead the Fall 2019 Newberry Seminar, “One for the Books: On the Pleasures And Politics Of Reading.”

Readings and lectures on the inter-disciplinary study of reading itself will serve as a launch pad for participants to complete their own independent study using the Newberry’s research materials relating to the civilizations of Europe and the Americas.

Letters, archival materials and other items make up the Newberry’s core collections in the areas of Chicago Studies, the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies, Center for Renaissance Studies, Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography and more.

From the history of the ABCs to mass media to the inner life of book readers through history, reading itself has come to be seen as worthy of study in itself.  Prevost and Savarese will focus on readers on the margins of society.

students in library
Students work with archival items as part of the Newberry program

Prevost has researched Agatha Christie, seeking to understand how British-empire readers turned her from a provincial mystery writer into a global celebrity.  Savarese became interested in marginalized readers after completing a book last year about reading literary fiction with autistic people across the spectrum (See It Feelingly: Classic Novels, Autistic Readers, and the Schooling of a No-Good English Professor).

“We’re excited to be looking at very old stuff in the Newberry archives,” Savarese says. “This course is about rescuing those items and their significance from the abstractions of history and thinking deeply about what reading has done for – and to – homo sapiens.”Students in the class will also connect to readers and reading through field trips, such as visiting the Jane Addams’ Hull House Museum to get insight into how immigrants managed the pressure to assimilate.  Guest speakers from area universities will bring expertise on the history and neurology of reading, offering new approaches to the social and physical worlds that readers inhabit.


Ralph Savarese
Ralph Savarese

Ralph Savarese
Faculty Co-Director 2019
Grinnell College





Elizabeth Prevost
Elizabeth Prevost

Elizabeth Prevost
Faculty Co-Director 2019
Grinnell College

2018: Going and Knowing: Travelers and Travel Writers in the Modern World – Meira Kensky (religion, Coe College) and Amber Shaw (Coe College)

S. S. Roosevelt postcard
Postcard of the S.S. Roosevelt passing through State Street Bridge, Chicago, IL (circa 1900-1909). From the Curt Teich Postcard Archives Digital Collection. Courtesy of The Newberry Library.

Travelers were the original social networkers, forging connections between peoples and places while using a variety of media to share their experiences with the wider world.

The fall 2018 Newberry Seminar will explore the history and conventions of travel and travel writing, and what it means to be a traveler, tourist, pilgrim, explorer, or immigrant. Faculty and students will use travel as a way to think about how humans make meaning out of the world and how travel — and where we choose to travel — shapes what we know and how we interact with the world.

The Newberry Library’s vast collection of travel literature (both fictional and non-fictional), immigrant and pilgrimage narratives, guidebooks, maps, souvenirs, and ephemera will give students access to research materials for individualized projects in a wide variety of disciplines.

Greetings from Chicago postcard (1942).
Greetings from Chicago postcard (1942).

Drawing on the Newberry Library’s vast collection of travel literature (both fictional and non- fictional), guidebooks, maps, souvenirs, and ephemera, the fall 2018 Newberry Seminar will explore the history and conventions of travel and travel writing in the modern world. How did the changes of the modern world affect the concept of travel itself? How did the technological innovations of the 20th and 21st centuries continue to expand our notion of the world and its boundaries (or lack thereof)?

The seminar will be interdisciplinary, with its core at the nexus of literature, history, and religion, as well as engagement with newer disciplines of tourism studies and human geography. We will read theory about travel as well as writers’ accounts of traveling throughout the United States, Europe, and other places around the globe. While we’ll begin and end the seminar in the US, throughout the semester we’ll study different modes of travel, such as immigration, pilgrimage, and the grand tour, in different places around the world and how they developed across three-and-a-half centuries.

Making meaning out of the world

As we draw on the Newberry Library’s collections in this seminar, we’ll use travel as a way to think about how humans make meaning out of the world, considering why we travel and what it means to be a traveler, tourist, pilgrim, explorer, or immigrant. We’ll also explore how travel — and where we choose to travel — shapes what we know and how we interact with the world around us. Does traveling abroad seem to magnify a sense of belonging in travelers writing about their experiences? Does this change whether one is on a tour or a pilgrimage? And in an age where knowledge of distant places is increasingly available through digital and virtual sources, why does the urge to travel endure?

Part of our journey will be historical. The modern era saw the rise of technologies that made travel easier and more accessible than ever before. We’ll look at how the mechanisms of travel changed with the invention of the railroad and the ocean liner. Having access to the railway archives will bring students closer to the excitement of the opening of the new frontier. We’ll look at the widespread availability of the Baedeker and other guides and pore through some of them ourselves, asking how the way these guides present what people are going to see might have affected how they did see and experience these sites.

Postcard of the Sky Ride & Observation Towers
Postcard of the Sky Ride & Observation Towers, 1933 Chicago World’s Fair, aerial view of fair.

An explosion of travel writing

We’ll also look at how people wrote about their own experiences in foreign and strange lands, because along with this increased ability to travel came an explosion of travel writing. How did the narratives contribute to the way people made sense of the far-off and exotic? How did these narratives of early encounters and some cases first contact shape the way readers mapped the world and their place within it? And what about different kinds of travel? How is pilgrimage different from tourism, and how do they each participate in knowledge-creation? By focusing on how travel, representations of travel, and knowledge-production change in the modern world, this seminar will explore how modes of travel differ and yet somehow share similar modes of engagement and encounter.

Comparing immigrant, pilgrimage, and tourism narratives

Immigrants at Ellis Island,
Immigrants at Ellis Island, New York postcard (circa 1900-1909).

Immigrant narratives represent travel and the reasons for travel while also serving as vehicles for convincing people they are Americans; their rising popularity coincides with the rapid rise in immigrants coming to the United States post-Civil War.

Immigrant narratives offer the opportunity to look at the ways in which people imagined what America should be, and what “going home” should look like, while pilgrimage narratives offer the opportunity to look at what people thought “going to God” entailed (or even “going home to God”). Tourism narratives participate in a discourse of “being away” and also play on the idea of “going to culture.”

All three of these types of literature draw on common conventions and modes of visualizing and consuming landscapes, encountering “others,” and situating oneself in a multi-faceted and increasingly connected world. All the genres also share in the goal of educating an increasingly literate public, and while the travelers and reasons for travel might be different, their expected audience is not necessarily so.

These narratives reflect a common experience of travel as being one of shared yet temporary community, and the tension between the solitary traveler and the fleeting communitas recurs in all these genres. Travelling elsewhere also involves looking inward and learning more about the self, topics that frequently emerge in these texts. We will consider these many topics alongside the history of modern tourism and why people have felt — and still feel — compelled to immerse themselves in other regions, countries, or cultures.

Exploring the Newberry collections

We expect students to be working with both the secondary and the primary sources in the Newberry’s general collection, along with the more specialized materials of the Edward E. Ayer and Everett D. Graff collections, the Rand McNally map archives, the Francis and Robert Tomes papers, and material from the Herman Dunlap Center for Cartography. We’re particularly excited for our seminar students to have access to the Newberry’s vast collection of Appleton, Murray, and Baedeker guides. The sheer breadth of this collection will reinforce the way these mass-market guidebooks changed travel in 19th and early 20th centuries. At the same time, we imagine the Newberry’s collection of 17th-century letter of introduction books, as well as their considerable holdings of 20th-century journals from foreign correspondents (most notably Edward Price Bell) will broaden students’ conceptions of travel and geography across the modern world.

More generally, the Newberry Library’s rich collection of cartography, travel writing, immigrant narratives, pilgrimage narratives, and other travel-related documents will afford students research materials for individualized projects from a wide variety of disciplines.

Postcard of the Newberry Library
Postcard of the Newberry Library (circa 1910-1919).

Students’ research projects

The heart of the semester will be students’ research projects. Our focus will invite students to think about travel, immigration, and mobility expansively — and why such a focus is necessary and productive in this increasingly digital and virtual age. Accordingly, students’ independent projects can draw from the wide resources at the Newberry and consider topics about travel broadly construed.

We imagine this course would be attractive to students from a variety of disciplines, including students pursuing work in museum studies, journalism, publishing, international relations, historic preservation, and ministry. Though the seminar is firmly grounded in the humanities, because of the wide range of primary sources we’ll draw upon in the seminar, we hope also to attract students from social sciences like anthropology and human geography. Students are naturally interested in travel, and the Newberry’s collections are unparalleled in this regard.

Images are from the Curt Teich Postcard Archives Digital Collection. The archive, housed at the Newberry Library, is widely regarded as the largest public collection of postcards and related materials in the United States.

More about the seminar faculty and topic: Discovery Could be Just Around the Corner


Meira Kensky
Meira Kensky

Meira Kensky
Faculty Co-Director, Fall 2018
Coe College





Amber Shaw
Amber Shaw

Amber Shaw
Faculty Co-Director, Fall 2018
Coe College

2017: Nature and Culture in the Metropolis – William Davis (German and comparative literature, Colorado College) and Eric Perramond (environmental & Southwest studies, Colorado College)

The fall 2017 seminar theme explores the themes of nature and culture within the context of Chicago. Whether you’re studying anthropology, geography, environmental history, or another subject in the liberal arts, you will gain valuable research experience while growing as a writer.

Nature vs. Civilization

“Nature” vs. “Civilization” represents one of the fundamental dichotomies of the Western tradition, at least since the time of Homer’s Odyssey, appearing through the years with many variations. In the 18th century, Rousseau gives these concepts a modern twist by insisting that inequality was “almost non-existent in the state of nature,” that it “derives its force and its growth from the development of our faculties and the progress of the human mind, and finally becomes fixed and legitimate through the institution of property and laws.”

In this way inequality, and its myriad attendant ills, become equated with civilization, while the state of nature becomes a scene of inherent unity and fairness. Artifice vs. nature; sophisticated vs. primitive; the city vs. the country: these are only a few variations of the basic dichotomy that have arisen over the past few centuries.

In America, the rise of urbanity and the industrial revolution only increased the tension between these dichotomous concepts. No city better exemplifies the American version of the struggle between nature and polis, pasture and skyscraper, than Chicago. The concepts of nature and culture are fundamental to the Western condition. In most cultural settings around the globe, nature and culture mean very different things to different peoples. Cities, however, are now universal to humanity even as we cope with their meaning for our relationship to or with nature.

Explore Chicago and the Newberry Library

While the fall 2017 Newberry seminar will pivot on the period between 1800 and the 1960s, it will draw on other places, authors, and periods for comparative purposes. For instance, what can past ideas, histories, and geographies of urbanized human natures tell us about how to make cities sustainable in the 21st century?

The seminar will explore nature, culture, and the metropolis to foster rich, challenging seminar discussions using the Newberry’s collections and Chicago’s setting. Newberry core collections will serve as examples during the seminar alongside core readings. Participants will then engage in independent exploration of these themes and produce individual research papers later in the semester.

Students will use the Newberry’s collections and Chicago’s setting as they examine these broad themes, develop their skills as researchers within a community of scholars, and complete a substantial written paper.


William Davis
William Davis

William Davis
Faculty Co-Director, Fall 2017
German and Comparative Literature
Colorado College





Eric Perramond
Eric Perramond

Eric Perramond
Faculty Co-Director, Fall 2017
Environmental and Southwest Studies
Colorado College

2016: Novel Action: Literature, Social Movements, and the Public Good – Tori Barnes-Brus (sociology and anthropology, Cornell College) and Rebecca Entel (English and creative writing, Cornell College)

What is social reform? Who are reformers and what are their motivations? What is the relationship between “words and deeds,” literature and action?

old magazine covers
Sampling from the Newberry Library collections, including a poster from the Dill Pickle Club and issues of The International Socialist Review and Mother Earth. Courtesy The Newberry Library.
See these and many more examples in the Newberry Library virtual exhibit, Outspoken: Chicago’s Free Speech Tradition.

The fall 2016 Newberry Seminar will operate at the intersection of literature, social movements, and the public humanities. In readings from America’s “Age of Reform” to contemporary reform efforts, we will explore the relationship between literary and social movements that address multiple systems of oppression and discrimination.

Students will gain hands-on experience with the Newberry Library’s unique collections and will trace Chicago’s long history of social action through visits to historic sites such as Hull House and neighborhoods where activists are currently working to effect social change.

By connecting literature to context and to practice, students will investigate the complex web among writers, communities, social issues, and social change and will embark upon their own research projects as acts of civic engagement. Training as independent researchers, students will learn to share, test, challenge, and develop new ideas within a strong scholarly community of faculty, librarians, archivists, writers, and activists.

With its focus on the relationship between literature and society, the fall 2016 Newberry Seminar will raise questions about the social function of writing and how students’ own archival projects can contribute to the public humanities.

The Newberry’s resources

Detail from Wage Map No. 1, from Hull-House Maps and Papers (1895), showing earnings of families living near Hull-House in Chicago. Map 6F G4104.C6E2 1895 .G7 sheet 1. Courtesy The Newberry Library. View the full map.

The course will draw on many of the Newberry’s core collections, including its unparalleled collection of manuscripts related to settlements, social action, and clubs and organizations; vast holdings on the library’s own history; and cartographic materials relevant to Progressive-era Chicago. Working with these collections will teach students about many activist-writers and organizations they may want to research beyond those in our case studies.

The Newberry holdings related to this interdisciplinary topic can lead to fascinating independent projects for students interested in literature, sociology, anthropology, history, urban studies, women’s studies, African-American studies, and even philosophy and religion. Secondary themes such as the home, immigration, and civil rights, will thread through all of the units and provide springboards for student projects, as well.

For information about the Newberry’s holdings, visit www.newberry.org/research.


Tori Barnes-Brus
Tori Barnes-Brus

Tori Barnes-Brus
Cornell College
Sociology and Anthropology





Rebecca Entel
Rebecca Entel

Rebecca Entel
Cornell College
English and Creative Writing

2015: Knowing Your Place: Human and Social Geography – Ian MacInnes (English, Albion College) and Marcy Sacks (history, Albion College)

The information age has increasingly privileged the virtual over the real, from social media to digital archives. Historically, however, humans have defined themselves in part through a sense of place, both geographical and social, and we continue to inhabit physical places and warm bodies. The sense of physical or geographical place as the foundation for cultural and individual identity permeates texts throughout Western history. Society has been dominated by the tension between a sense of belonging and community implied in having a place and the oppression implied in being told to know one’s place.

map of Africa
Detail from Giacomo Gastaldi, Il disegno della geografia moderna de tutta la parte dell’Africa (Venice, 1564) Novacco 8F 13. Courtesy The Newberry Library, Chicago. Click here for a larger image.

The fall 2015 seminar will use the resources of the Newberry Library to explore the documentary evidence of a sense of place from the ancient world to the modern era, to interrogate the current trend away from the embodied and toward the virtual, and to examine the role of the archive itself in a digital era. We also will draw on Chicago itself — the place the students will be living — with its neighborhoods, festivals, architecture, and rich place-specific history.

In addition to serving as a tantalizing introduction to the variety of collections at the Newberry and to the abundant conceptual possibilities inherent in “place,” the seminar material is also designed to develop students’ skills as scholars and writers, enabling them to turn ideas, interests, and curiosities into full-fledged scholarly projects. Writing will be a large part of our teaching strategy, including in-class “write-to-learn” moments and a required research blog in which students will constantly articulate their claims, their methods, and the challenges they encounter.

The Newberry’s resources

detail from Yellowstone painting
Detail from Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden and Thomas Moran, Tower Falls and Sulpher Mountain, from The Yellowstone National Park… (1876) VAULT oversize Graff 1830. Courtesy The Newberry Library, Chicago. Click here for a larger image.

Students will find the library’s collections to be a vast and stimulating resource for their research. Since “place” is so often tied to geography, we plan to explore the Newberry’s remarkable cartographic collections. To back our discussions about the seminar’s physical location in Chicago, we will draw on the library’s extensive historical and literary materials related to the city. As we develop the symbolic and metaphorical associations of place, including constructions of race and class, the Newberry’s strength in Native American and American materials (notably the Ayers collections) will be valuable, as will its holdings in 19th century popular periodicals and in early modern literature of exploration and travel.

For information about the Newberry’s holdings, visit www.newberry.org/research.



Ian MacInnes
Ian MacInnes

Ian MacInnes
Albion College





Marcy Sacks
Marcy Sacks

Marcy Sacks
Albion College

2014: Knowledge and Technology: from Socrates to the Digital Age – Bridget Draxler (English, Monmouth College) and Hannah Schell (philosophy & religious studies, Monmouth College)

Who produces knowledge? How is it organized? Who has access to it? This seminar will explore the relationship between knowledge, technology, and power, and provide students with a chance to reflect upon and engage in the activity of creating, organizing, and accessing knowledge in a digital age.

engraving of printing press
Jan van der Straet, The Invention of Printing, plate 4 in Nova reperta. Ioan. Stradanus inuent. Phls Calle excud. (Antwerp, s.m. 1600?) Case Wing folio Z 412.85 (Photo: Newberry Library) Click here for a larger image.

Knowledge and technology undergird both the content and the form of the seminar, and the seminar’s cross-disciplinary readings represent literary, philosophical, historical, and religious perspectives.

We will trace the dominant trajectory in Western thought regarding knowledge that begins with the ancient Greeks and then, drawing upon the work of Nietzsche and Foucault, critically interrogate how our categories come to seem natural, beyond history and human agency.

At the same time, we will discuss the interplay of knowledge and technology in the 21st century, the value of the archive in a digital age, collaborative knowledge-creation online, and the ethics of digitization and digital preservation. We will consider the digital humanities not only as a way of using digital tools to conduct humanities research, but as a way of using humanities questions to address the digitization of culture.

Servers hosted at the Internet Archive’s headquarters in San Francisco. (Photo: Steven Walling, Wikimedia Commons)

Students will be encouraged to explore the possibilities of digital publishing for their own research, complementing traditional research papers with digital maps, interactive timelines, multimedia texts, online forums, and dynamic web pages to supplement their arguments.

By experimenting with new forms of digital publishing, students will actively engage and participate in the democratization of knowledge in a digital age.

The Newberry’s resources

Students in the fall 2014 Newberry Seminar will find the library’s collections to be a vast and stimulating resource for their research.

For example, students may wish to explore the Newberry’s extensive holdings on book arts and book history, the history of printing and publishing, and the history of libraries and archives.

The library’s collection extends well beyond books, encompassing a world-class assemblage of maps, letters, diaries, scrapbooks, broadsides, ephemera, music, photographs, paintings, prints, drawings, and much more.

For information about the Newberry’s holdings, visit www.newberry.org/research.


Bridget Draxler
Bridget Draxler

Bridget Draxler
Monmouth College





Hannah Schell
Hannah Schell

Hannah Schell
Monmouth College
Philosophy & Religious Studies

2013: Representing the Other in Image, Text, and Landscape – William Davis (comparative literature & German, Colorado College) and Eric Perramond (environmental science & Southwest studies, Colorado College)

The Fall 2013 Newberry Seminar in the Humanities will focus on encounters between the “Old” World and the “New” World from the early-modern period to the 20th century.  We will examine maps, literary and philosophical texts, images, as well as historical and anthropological records, as a means of discovering how the encounter with the “new world” became a transformative force that would leave the Old World forever tormented by the haunting specter of the “other” just as it had dramatic, and often shattering consequences for indigenous peoples.

glyph map of Aztec migration
Frédéric de Waldeck, Nahuatl glyph map of Aztec migration from Aztlan to Tenochtitlán. Ayer Art Waldeck E1 #21. Courtesy of the Newberry Library.
Click here for a larger image.

Together we will consider such questions as: How did this new world, this new paradise, come to be transformed?  How did Europeans and indigenous American groups view each other at first and over time?  What were the long-term environmental and cultural changes wrought from these repeated encounters as Old World met New World?  How did European thinkers deploy this vision of otherness in particular forms of cultural representation?  What was the response from indigenous communities?  How did the notion of the other change with the arrival of African peoples into the Americas?

In the first half of the semester students will study texts relevant to this topic, as they also become familiar with methods of conducting research in general and working in the Newberry Library specifically.  In the second half of the semester students will conduct their own research, and create their own document of their findings, drawing on the rich resources the Newberry Library has to offer.

Throughout the semester faculty and students will work closely together in the process of framing a topic of investigation, conducting research, and creating scholarly texts that can share our discoveries with a wider audience.

The Newberry’s resources

“S. Domingo,” in Walter Bigges, A Summarie and True Discourse of Sir Frances Drakes West Indian Voyage. Ayer 116. D8 B5 1588. Courtesy of the Newberry Library. Click here for larger image.

Participants in the Fall 2013 Seminar will find the Newberry Library’s collection to be a vast and stimulating resource for exploring encounters between the Old and New Worlds.

The Library’s huge collection of maps will interest students working in a number of areas beyond geography itself.  We might wish to consider how Europeans chose to represent the Americas, what they put in, left out, invented and imagined.  These maps are also aesthetic objects in themselves—artistic encounters, if you will, with the New World.

The Hermon Dunlop Smith Center also offers specific support for the study of cartography and the amazing map collections the Newberry holds.

The Edward E. Ayer Collection is one the best collections focused on Native Americans and indigenous peoples in the world.  Scholars from across the globe, who are interested in history and representations of Native Americans, come to the Newberry to take advantage of this collection.


William Davis
William Davis

William Davis
Colorado College
Comparative Literature & German




Eric Perramond
Eric Perramond

Eric Perramond
Colorado College
Environmental Science & Southwest Studies

2012: Wild Cities: The Nature of the Modern Metropolis – Brian Bockelman (history, Ripon College) and David Miller (English, Allegheny College)

The Fall 2012 Seminar will examine the history, literature, and geography of the new mega-cities that emerged in the Americas between 1850 and 1950, taking Chicago and Buenos Aires as its point of departure and exploring two distinct but interrelated understandings of what made the modern metropolis “wild.”

  • The first is environmental.  Although seemingly divorced from nature, modern cities developed their own ecology, extracted considerable resources from their natural surroundings, and remained perennially subject to natural disasters.
  • The second is cultural.  Thanks to its colossal size, unstable politics and populations, and artistic dynamism, the modern metropolis came to be seen as a new kind of wilderness, complete with its own distinctive flora — skyscrapers, monuments, factories, parks — and fauna, with workers, bosses, flâneurs, bohemians, street vendors, prostitutes, and neighborhood toughs.

While some at the time feared this new “wild” side of the city, others embraced its creative potential or sought to channel its energy.

During the first half of the semester, the seminar will meet regularly to explore the Newberry’s collections and to discuss common historical and theoretical texts, urban literature, city maps and plans, and popular music — especially tango and jazz.  In the second half of the semester, students will conduct original, extensive research using the Newberry’s multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural resources.  Throughout, faculty and students will examine the role of conversation and debate in shaping scholarly inquiry (framing questions), research (investigation into the sources), and writing (developing conclusions).

The Newberry’s resources

Chicago map
A Map of Chicago’s Gangland from Authentic Sources ([Chicago?]: Bruce-Roberts, Inc., 1931). Map G 10896.548. Courtesy The Newberry Library.  Click here for larger size.

Participants in the Fall 2012 Seminar will find the Newberry Library’s collections endlessly stimulating.  There are vast holdings relating to various aspects of Chicago, including environmental and ecological themes, booster literature and guidebooks, diverse materials on westward expansion, and the personal papers of artists, writers, city planners, and activists.

  • Like Theodore Dreiser, in writing The Titan (1914), students may want to research Charles T. Yerkes, Chicago’s streetcar Czar and the model for Dreiser’s protagonist Frank Cowperwood, offering insight into Chicago’s amazing economic development.
  • Those of a literary bent can consult the Newberry’s extensive holdings in regional literature, exploring the cultural relationship between hub and frontier tied to this development.  The city’s giddy expansion in the late 19th and early 20th centuries is further illuminated by the Chicago Region Map Collection, along with photographic resources.
  • Popular culture enthusiasts will find a motherload of material in the Driscoll Collection of American Sheet Music.
  • Students interested in the settlement house movement can examine the extensive papers of Graham Taylor, a leading figure in this effort to “tame” the city’s wildness.
  • Those who instead wish to focus their research on Buenos Aires will find plenty of materials relating to their interests in the Edward E. Ayer and William B. Greenlee collections as well as elsewhere.


Brian Bockelman
Brian Bockelman

Brian Bockelman
Ripon College




David Miller
David Miller

David Miller
Allegheny College

2011: Crossing Boundaries – Diane Lichtenstein (English, Beloit College) and Linda Sturtz (history, Beloit College)

The Fall 2011 Seminar will focus on geographic, national, racial/ethnic, and gender role boundaries and the myriad ways in which those boundaries were crossed and re-crossed between 1492 and 1900 as Europeans traversed the Atlantic, indigenous people con-fronted newcomers, and Africans crossed the ocean and cultures, usually by force. It will also emphasize the constructions and representations of identities in the border spaces.

Colombus map
A map hand-drawn by Christopher Columbus. Photo courtesy of the Newberry Library.

Frontiers, borders, and “middle grounds” define the geographic and cultural spaces that shape the experiences of people living in locations where interactions with “others” are common. “Boundary crossing” is an especially rich topic for research in the humanities and social sciences—and especially for the unique collections of the Newberry Library.

During the first half of the semester we will meet regularly to explore the Newberry’s collections and to discuss common texts including Native Americans’ representations of Europeans, slaves’ own accounts of their lives, popular fiction, photographs, and music. We will also study maps to understand how people and ideas “flowed” across geographic and national boundaries.  In addition we will study theories about boundaries, their crossings, and the cultural genesis that occurs in those border spaces.

During the second half of the semester, students will conduct original, extensive research using the Newberry Library’s multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural resources.  Throughout the semester we will examine the role of scholarly conversation and debate in shaping inquiry (the questions scholars ask), research (investigation into the sources), and writing (framing conclusions).

Newberry Resources

For participants in the Fall 2011 Seminar, the Newberry Library’s collections hold extraordinary riches for exploring the topic of boundary crossing. Countless opportunities exist for significant independent research in many fields.  History majors and Art students can investigate the Edward E. Ayer Collection which contains 1,350 single manuscripts and manuscript collections written by both whites and Indians as well as photographs and art works.  Students from any discipline with a reading knowledge of French, German, Spanish, Latin or Portuguese will be able to delve into seldom-used texts in those languages by individuals who crossed geographic borders throughout the Americas such as Humboldt’s 1811 account of Mexican culture including its technological achievements, Dominican friars’ accounts of their missions among the Mixtec and Chochona peoples of Mexico, or early French accounts of their settlements in the Caribbean, Canada, or New Orleans. Creative Writing majors can examine nineteenth-century mid-western literary journals such as the Prairie Flower.  Women’s/Gender Studies students can compare the ways in which gender roles operated among groups that met in the “borderlands” of contact.  Religion majors might want to explore new acquisitions from Lane Theological Seminary in the context of antebellum American Protestantism.  And Music students can explore the Driscoll collection of early U.S. printed sheet music.



Diane Lichtenstein
Beloit College, English

Linda Sturtz
Beloit College, History

2010: On the Road: Intercultural Encounters in Europe and the Americas – David George (modern languages and literatures, Lake Forest College) and Benjamin Goluboff (English, Lake Forest College)

From explorers to immigrants to tourists, ours is a world in motion. Ancient peoples followed the movement of wild game. Native Americans migrated across the continent. Africans were brought to the Western Hemisphere against their will. Nineteenth-century Americans looked for whatever was beyond the frontier, while their children and grandchildren visited Europe to soak up the culture. Whatever the motive, humans are rarely still.

The Fall 2010 Newberry Seminar in the Humanities will take a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary look at travel and travel writing – surveying Europe, Latin America, and the United States – across more than 400 years of history. The seminar will compare European experiences and texts with their New World counterparts from the United States and Latin America.

The first five to six weeks of the seminar will focus on group reading and discussion, looking at travel narratives from the ages of European discovery and conquest, the American frontier, and modern tourism. Through these readings and discussions, seminar participants will encounter a representative body of travel accounts while being introduced to the Newberry’s extraordinary collections, refining their individual research projects, and developing critical perspectives.

The heart of the seminar will be students’ independent research. While research projects need not be about travel, the Newberry’s holdings are a splendid resource for the study of travel and travel writing. The collections about the European exploration and settlement of North America are virtually bottomless. Students can explore Cortes’s first reports from the Americas, discover how American Indians’ maps of the land compared to John Smith’s, trace how the Grand Canyon – described by early explorers as a wasteland – was rehabilitated as a national treasure and tourist destination.

The Newberry offers extensive holdings in European and North American travel guides, rare accounts of U.S. tourists abroad, and documents and ephemera relating to the development of the railroads in North America. The Library’s extensive cartography collection has a wealth of maps and atlases, from 15th-century portolan charts that guided sailors through the Mediterranean to 20th-century tourist road maps of the American West.

This seminar will present many opportunities for students in a variety of fields. Historians will be able to delve into voyages of discovery and conquest, colonial life, independence movements, slavery, and the experience of Native Americans. Philosophers can consider how travel accounts influenced Rousseau’s conception of human nature. Students interested in literature can look at fictional and non-fictional travel narratives, including first editions of More’s Utopia, Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and many more.

For students particularly interested in Latin America, the Newberry’s Edward E. Ayer Collection on the American Indian and the William B. Greenlee Collection on Portuguese and Brazilian history will be very useful. Here they will find material relating to travel in the Spanish and Portuguese colonies and subsequent republics. Those in religious studies will be able to look at 400 years of Catholicism in Spain and the Americas, religious practices of Native Americans, and African traditions in the New World such as vodun, santería, and macumba.

The Newberry seminar can be a decisive experience for humanities majors who consider a future in graduate study. It fosters a collaborative spirit among its participants who live and work together on Chicago’s Gold Coast, and offers the opportunity to work closely with Newberry staff as well as with the two ACM faculty members who lead the program.


David George
Lake Forest College, Modern Languages and Literatures (Ph.D. University of Minnesota)

Benjamin Goluboff
Lake Forest College, English (Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania)

2009: Placing Race: Investigating the History and Memory of Racial Pasts – Jane Rhodes (American studies, Macalester College) and Lynn Hudson (history, Macalester College)

Students will have the opportunity to discover and investigate the meanings attached to race across time and space.  This seminar will draw on the groundbreaking scholarship about histories of race, race relations, and racial representations that are the foundation of interdisciplinary fields such as American Studies, Ethnic Studies, and Cultural Studies, as well as United States history. The seminar’s location at the Newberry Library enables students to have access to a world-renowned collection of manuscripts, documents, visual culture, and other primary sources that can shape our understanding of race from the colonial era to the present. Students will have the opportunity to conduct research guided by two scholars who are experts in the field.

One of the central tenets of this scholarship—and of this seminar—is that meanings attached to race are historically constructed and dependent upon a number of constitutive conditions such as gender, class, and status (free or slave, for example).  Definitions of race also depend upon time and place. The way we often explain this in an introductory class would be to use the example that a person called “colored” in Jamaica in 1850 would be “black” in New Orleans.  We have found that the best scholarship on racial construction—whether the place under investigation is France, Canada, or Ghana—makes these frameworks explicit.

Students in the twenty-first century have important questions about the role and representation of race in their world.  Recent developments in the U. S. presidential campaign, for example, make explicit the significance attached to shifting meanings of racial identity.  Sadly, students rarely have a chance to explore the history of these meanings and to see for themselves—and in the archives—how meanings of race take shape, and how they change over time and space.

There will be four workshop themes:

  • Native America and the U.S. West,
  • Slavery and Abolition,
  • Orientalism at Home and Abroad, and
  • The Great Migration.

These topics will guide the seminar’s reading and provide background for student research.  Student’s will be encouraged to make use of resources across the city of Chicago.

After four weeks of intensive study and proposal writing, students will launch into their independent research.  The group will come together in a regular collaborative workshop to report on their progress, give each other feedback and suggestions, and discuss inevitable problems and roadblocks.  Students will also meet independently with faculty to review their research.  The culmination of the semester will be a research symposium, designed by the students, in which they will present the results of their research.


Jane Rhodes
American Studies and Dean for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, Macalester College (PH.D. University of North Carolina)

Lynn Hudson
History, Macalester College (PH.D. University of Indiana)

2008: Community and Memory: Texts, Images and Monuments – Ellen Joyce (history, Beloit College) and Hannah Schell (philosophy & religious studies, Monmouth College)

The 2008 Newberry Seminar in the Humanities will investigate the intersection of community and memory in Western culture, from the Middle Ages to the present.

How do communities remember their past and how do those narratives of memory influence the present? How do such narratives form the identity of a community, whether social, political or religious in nature? How does literature reflect or reshape memory? How do communities remember their dead? Seminar participants may look at a variety of communities, from medieval monks and nuns to Mormons on the American frontier, from planned communities such as the Pullman company in South Chicago to more abstract notions such as “textual communities.”

illuminated manuscriptFollowing the usual practice of the Newberry Seminar, the class will meet regularly over the first weeks of the semester to discuss common readings that will provide a shared context and language for the seminar’s work. The seminar will be structured thematically, focusing on the relationship between reading, writing and memory; theories about “community” and “memory”; and explorations of various types of community (intellectual, religious, national, ethnic and political). The seminar will also take advantage of the Library’s setting, using the city of Chicago as a “text” to be explored through social activities and field trips.

The heart of the seminar will be students’ individual research, supported by the seminar faculty and the Library staff. In the early weeks of the term, Library staff will visit the class to introduce the Newberry’s eclectic and fascinating collections, including novels, histories, philosophical treatises, plays, and maps. During this time, students will meet one-on-one with the seminar faculty to develop their independent research topics. As they begin their own explorations of the Library’s collections, students will present their discoveries in class.

Throughout the second half of the term, students typically spend most of their time working independently, allowing them to dig deeply into their own interests and the Library’s wealth of materials to produce a substantial research paper, usually in the range of 60 pages. Students continue to meet with the seminar faculty and Library staff throughout the term, receiving guidance as their research projects develop. Each student also connects with a mentor from among the Newberry’s resident scholars who can offer advice on research, writing or careers. At various points during the term, students will present their works-in-progress to their colleagues and critique each other’s work. During the last week they will make formal presentations of their research to the Newberry community.

This seminar’s broad topic lends itself to research in a variety of disciplines. Students with literary interests might look at how a novelist’s community shapes storytelling or how literature can serve to preserve certain aspects of a community’s experience while silencing other voices. History majors could research how a particular document does or does not reflect historical memories or could explore the tensions between various ways of constituting and defining identity. Religion majors could investigate memorials as ritual sites. Students of sociology or anthropology might focus on a particular community within Chicago and explore how it has historically constructed its identity.

While students are encouraged to write on topics connected to the theme of the seminar, any topic appropriate to the Newberry collection, and identified early in the semester, may be chosen by a student with a particular research interest.


Ellen Joyce
History, Beloit College (Ph.D., University of Toronto)

Ellen Joyce studies the history of Medieval Europe and is especially engaged with questions about the role that the medieval church played in shaping Western European culture between the eighth and twelfth centuries…

Hannah Schell
Religious Studies, Monmouth College (Ph.D., Princeton University).

1965-2007 Topics

  • 2007: Words and Deeds: Speech and Action in Western Culture – Kevin Miles (philosophy, Earlham College) and Robert Southard (history, Earlham College)
  • 2006: On the Road: Intercultural Encounters in Europe and the Americas – David George (foreign languages and literatures, Lake Forest College) and Benjamin Goluboff (English, Lake Forest College)
  • 2005: The Problem of Slavery and Visions of Freedom in Western Culture – Robert Bennett (classics, Kenyon College) and Glenn McNair (history, Kenyon College)
  • 2004: Encountering Worlds: Human Views of Nature – Carol Neel (history, Colorado College) and John Horner (psychology, Colorado College)
  • 2003: Picturing the Past: Studies in the Visual Representation of History – Clay Steinman (communication studies, Macalester College) and Paul Solon (history, Macalester College)
  • 2002: Confluence of Cultures: Histories and Fictions of the Americas – Gilberto Gómez-Ocampo (modern languages, Wabash College) and James Fisher (theatre, Wabash College)
  • 2001: Religion and Secularism – David Spadafora (history, Lake Forest College) and Richard Mallette (English, Lake Forest College)
  • 2000: Enlightenment Dreams/Enlightenment Realities – James Diedrick (English, Albion College) and Deborah Kanter (history, Albion College)
  • 1999: Art and Culture – James Martin (music, Cornell College) and Susan Wolverton (theater arts, Coe College)
  • 1998: Unmasking Gender – Carla Zecher (French, Coe College) and Terry Heller (English, Coe College)
  • 1997: The Contested Past: Histories and Fictions of Human Conflict – Robert Warde (English, Macalester College) and Paul Solon (history, Macalester College)
  • 1996: Landscape and Culture – Juliana Mulroy (biology, Denison University) and William Nichols (English, Denison University)
  • 1995: The Paradox of Slavery and Freedom in the Western World – Harry M. Williams (history, Carleton College) and Darrell LaLone (anthropology, DePauw University)
  • 1994: Frontiers of the Land, Frontiers of the Mind – Lance Factor (philosophy, Knox College) and Laurel Carrington (history, St. Olaf College)
  • 1993: The Self in Context – James Cook (English, Albion College) and James Diedrick (English, Albion College)
  • 1992: The Dialogue with Progress – (David Hopper (religion, Macalester College) and James Fisher (theater, Wabash College)
  • 1991: Concepts of Freedom in the Modern Age – Paul Cohen (history, Lawrence University) and Deborah VanBroekhoven (history, Ohio Wesleyan University)
  • 1990: Distant Encounters: Journeys and the Image of the Other – Kathleen Adams (anthropology, Beloit College) and Charles Stoneburner (English, Denison University)
  • 1989: The Self in Context: Exploration of Selfhood in Western Culture – James Cook (English, Albion College) and Peter Frederick (history, Wabash College)
  • 1988: Cultural Encounters in the New World – Pamela Jensen (political science, Kenyon College) and Donald Irving (English/American studies, Grinnell College)
  • 1987: The Ruling Taste: Governmental Influence on European and American Culture – Debra Mancoff (art, Beloit College) and Lyman Leathers (history, Ohio Wesleyan University)
  • 1986: Cultural Ideals and Realities in History and Literature – Steve Fineberg (classics, Knox College) and Roy Wortman (history, Kenyon College)
  • 1985: Play and Society in Literature and History – Phyllis Gorfain (English, Oberlin College) and Clark Halker (history, Albion College)
  • 1984: Crime and Justice in Literature and History: the 16th-20th Centuries – Joseph Musser (English, Ohio Wesleyan University) and Charles Flynn (history, Denison University)
  • 1983: Love, Marriage and Family in Western History, 1100-1914 – Penny Gold (history, Knox College) and Warren Rosenberg (English, Wabash College)
  • 1982: Literature and Politics – Catherine Zuckert (political science, Carleton College) and Michael Zuckert (political science, Carleton College)
  • 1981: Cycles of Change: The Concept of Revolution in History, Politics, Art and Literature – Susan McCarthy (French, Hope College) and Peter Weisensel (history, Macalester College)
  • 1980: Public vs. Private: the Dilemma of Liberalism in England and America – William Frame, (political science, Kenyon College) and Randall Schrock (history, Earlham College)
  • 1979: Changing Concepts of Nature in the Western Tradition: Enlightenment in the 20th Century – John Riker (philosophy, Colorado College) and Charles Miller (political science, Lake Forest College)
  • 1978: Individualism and Community: Studies in the Relationship of Self and Society, 1750-1900 – Robert Fogerty (history, Antioch College) and Rosemary Jann (literature, Ripon College)
  • 1977: All Coherence Gone: the Modern World Emerging – Paul Solon (history, Macalester College) and Lowell Johnson (English, St. Olaf College)
  • 1976: Art and Capital: the Creative Arts in a Commercial World – Robert Shimp (history, Ohio Wesleyan University) and William Nichols (English, Denison University)
  • 1975: Myth and History: the Social Uses of the Imagined Past – E. Gordon Whatley (English, Lake Forest College) and Tom K. Barton (history, Colorado College)
  • 1974: The Machine in the Garden: the Impact of Industrialization on Society and Social Ideals – Richard Gamble (English, Coe College) and George Tselos (history, Monmouth College)
  • 1973: Alienation & the Search for Community: Studies in Literature and Social History – Robert Hellenga (English, Knox College) and Kirk Jeffrey (history, Carleton College)
  • 1972: Radicalism and the Radical Temperament: Studies in the American and English Traditions – Harley Henry (English, Macalester College) and James Stewart (history, Macalester College)
  • 1971: Eighteenth Century Enlightenment – Jean Kern (English, Coe College) and John Treon (history, St. Olaf College)
  • 1970: Origins of Anglo-American Culture, 1576-1688 – William Schutte (English, Lawrence University) and Thomas Schlereth (history, Grinnell College)
  • 1969: Renaissance –- Focus on the Elizabethan Court – Milton Krieger (history, Cornell College) and William Schutte (English, Lawrence University)
  • 1968: Nineteenth Century Studies – Michael Crowell (English, Knox College) and Henry Fritz (history, St. Olaf College)
  • 1967: Eighteenth Century Studies – Thomas Gilmore (English, Cornell College) and J. Lynn Osen (history, Beloit College)
  • 1966: Seventeenth Century Studies – Robert Irrmann (history, Beloit College) and Sheldon Zittner (English, Grinnell College)
  • 1965: Renaissance Studies – John J. Murray (history, Coe College) and Richard VanFossen (English, Cornell College)

Past Student Research

Newberry Seminar participants’ independent research projects included tracing the history of Chicago’s “gayborhoods,” investigating stereotypes in media from Pocahontas to The King and I, examining the symbolism of nationalism in the song “Dixie”, comparing cartographic representations of Paris during the 17th century, and unpacking the roles of transcontinental railroads in mythologizing the American West.

Please expand the list below and scroll down to view a sampling of titles of past students’ projects, organized by subject areas.

Past Student Research Topics

African American/Race/Slavery History

  • Adams, Brienne. The Shadow of Power and Possession: Gender, Sexuality and Race Construction in Mary Koykin Chestnut and Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas’ Diaries, and Harriet A. Jacob’s ‘Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl’ and Frances E.W. Harper’s ‘Iola Leroy or Shadows Uplifted.’ Beloit College, 2007.
  • Brugam, Amy. Till Death, or the Master’s Will, Do They Part: A Study of Marriage and Family Stability in the Slave Families of an Antebellum South Carolina Plantation. Beloit College, 1995.
  • Butler, Kristin. Thinking about Genre, Style and Politics of Lesser-Known Slave Narratives. Albion College, 2009.
  • Davis, Amanda. The Rhetoric of the American Colonization Society: The “Moral” Solution to the Race Question in Antebellum America. Grinnell College, 2002.
  • DeCosta, April. Constructing the Body: The Use of Science and Race Construction in Antebellum Anti-Abolitionist Rhetoric. Beloit College, 2006.
  • Dewart, Caleb. ‘Warden, Warden, Warden, Won’t You Break Your Lock and Key’: Rationalizing Slavery, Fiscal Conservatism, Slaves as Property, and the Realities of Slave Imprisonment in Antebellum Louisiana. Carleton College, 1995.
  • “The Dividing Lines: How Tensions Surrounding Class and Racial Uplift Ideology Intersected with Funding during Chicago’s Black Settlement House Movement in the Early 20th Century.” Kalamazoo College. 2014.
  • Driemeier, Debbie. The Black Community and Their Search for Equality and Civil Rights. DePauw University, 1991.
  • Duplantier, Jean-Marc. ‘Simples Monumens’: Les Cenelles and the Construction of a Free Negro Creole Historical Identity. Colorado College, 1995.
  • Grivno, Max. The Most Extraordinary Inconsistency: The Abolition of Slavery in the District of Columbia, 1790-1870. St. Olaf College, 1995.
  • Greenidge, Kerri. Blackface: A Sociological Perspective on the Nineteenth-Century American Minstrel Stage. Oberlin College, 1999.
  • Grout, Joshua. Reconstruction and Redemption in the Publications of the Mississippi Historical Society: The Construction of the White Supremacist Ideology. Colorado College, 1993.
  • Gruwell, Leeann. Freedom Found: An Examination of Afro-American Slaves’ Oral Traditions. Coe College, 1991.
  • Latrofa, Don. The Press and the Pugilist: Perceptions of Jack Johnson in the Chicago Racial Presses as Reported and Represented by the Chicago Defender and the Chicago Tribune during his Title Reign, 1908-1915. Monmouth College, 2005.
  • Lyons, Sean. Migration, Demographic Change, and the Search for Full Citizenship: Black Coal Miners in Southern West Virginia, 1880-1932. Kenyon College, 2005.
  • Mabry, Melissa. Visions of Racism: Commonalities in the Visual Depiction of “Others” from Antebellum Through Jim Crow America. Albion College. 2002.
  • Molitor, Matthew. The African-American Slave Narrative: Cultural and Editorial Influences. Albion College, 1993.
  • Morrison, Jennifer. Mapping ‘Blackness’: Geography Textbooks and the Construction of Race. Kenyon College, 2007.
  • Moscovitz, Ilan. The Bullshit the Slaveholders Made or Case Studies in Non-Rational Taxonomy. Grinnell College, 2005.
  • Nickel, Rhonda. The Indian as a Didactic Tool: Nineteenth Century Constructions of the Native American in Captivity Literature for Children. Lawrence University, 1997.
  • Oler, Andy. Liberal White Thought about Black People during Reconstruction and the Civil Rights Movement. Wabash College, 1998.
  • Peters, Janae. “Memory’s Hand for Thee Shall Weave”: The Extratextuality of Memory, the Body, Self-Creation and Audience in Josiah Henson’s The Life. Kenyon College, 2008.
  • Phan, Hai-Dang. Race, Rebellion, and the Republic: Hermann Melville’s Benito Cereno and “the San Domingo Moment”. Grinnell College. 2002.
  • Poindexter, Simone. ‘Sweet Home:’ The Landscape of Slavery and Its Influence on the Shaping of Slave Culture and Identity. Denison University, 1996.
  • Ritter, Sam. Constructing a Fortress: Epistemologies and Agency in Early Modern West African Slave Factories. Carleton College, 2009.
  • Roberts, David. Assistance and Resistance: Fugitive Slaves and Free Blacks in the Northwest and Upper South. Wabash College, 1995.
  • Robinson, Adam. ‘Bought and Paid for in Advance:’ History and the Creation of the New Negro Identity. Knox College, 1995.
  • Saint James, Susan. The Self-Representations of Female Slaves in Autobiographical Writings. Hope College, 1993.
  • Sanders, Matthew. All Colors Bleed to Red: Miscegenation and Mulattoes: Fundamental Challenges for Upperclass White Society in the American South, 1619-1862. Carleton College, 1995.
  • Sikon, Nicholas. The Participation of African American Soldiers in the American Civil War as a Manifestation of their Political Agency in the American Body Politic. Macalester College. 2003.
  • Stokes, Alexis. ‘One Drop Poisons all the Flood’: Mid-Nineteenth Century Discussions of Race Mixture. Lawrence University, 1991.
  • Suk, Michael. False Alliances: Origins of Free Black Consciousness in Louisiana and the Drive Towards Self-Preservation During Reconstruction. Carleton College, 1989.
  • von Matthiessen, Kathryn. Oppression and Resistance: Slave Women’s Gender Roles in the Antebellum South. Carleton College, 1992.
  • Weissenstein, Michael. ‘All Riotous Indulgence, Unbecoming Mirth and Extravagance’: Socioeconomic and Intellectual Roots of Black Uplift Ideology in Antebellum New York City. Carleton College, 1995.
  • Williams, Eve. A Creole, a Good Negro, and a Free Coloured: Hierarchies in Communities of Color Both Enslaved and Free in Colonial Jamaica. Antioch College, 2005.

African History

  • Giersch, Peter. The Darkness that Shrouds: The Synthesis of Image and Its Effects on Nineteenth Century British Involvement in Sub-Sahara Africa. Lawrence University. 1990.

Art History

  • Brenguel, Stacy. From Aspiring Artist to Ambitious Entrepreneur: Deconstructing George Catlin and His Personal Myths Regarding the North American Indian Gallery. Lake Forest College, 1999.
  • Conant, Rebecca. Genius and Love Combine in the Photographs of Julia Margaret Cameron. Beloit College. 1989.
  • Erb, Veronica. The Map Claims the Space. Grinnell College, 2006.
  • Felker, Neysa. A Language of Gesture: A Semiotic Reading of Popular Catalunyan Woodcuts from the Latter Half of the Nineteenth Century and Their Shared Vocabulary with Fine Arts of That Period. Antioch College. 1998.
  • Johnson, Elizabeth. Rebel by Necessity: Robert Henry, Modernism, and Censorship. Lake Forest College, 2007.
  • Martin, Maria. William Morris’ “Typographical Adventure”: A Reconciliation of Medievalism, Socialism, Artistic Commitment, and the Kelmscott Press. Lawrence University, 2008.
  • Strobel, Heidi. The development of Georgia O’Keeffe’s Artistic Selfhood: The Relationship Between O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz. Kalamazoo College. 1989.
  • Sundberg, Emma. A Study of the Cartouches of Colonial America, 1612-1818. Earlham College, 2007.
  • Wertheim-Knapp, Kaiya. Creating the Filipino: 20th Century Colonial Photography in the Philippines. Beloit College. 2003.

American Literature

  • Allen, Amy. Creating and Perceiving the Mythical Ideal of Woman in Nineteenth Century Art and Literature: An Examination of Images in the Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Emily Dickinson, and Popular Culture. College of Wooster. 2002.
  • Bearden, Ellen. The American Dream Revisited: Willa Sibert Cather and Her Response to Technological and Material Progress. Ohio Wesleyan University. 1992.
  • Beyer, Miriam. The Garden as Mediator in Willa Cather’s Fiction. Hope College. 1996.
  • Bingham, Lisa. ‘The Bonds of Savage Slavery:’ The Nineteenth Century of Discourse and the Evolution of the Captivity Narrative. Lawrence University. 1995.
  • Bolland, Amanda. A New Voice: Mortal Authority and Identity in the Editorship of Mary Mapes Dodge. St. Olaf College, 2007.
  • Bossen, Colin. Labor, Land, and Industry: Carl Sandburg as Radical Environmentalist and Social Reformer, 1907-1922. Denison University. 1996.
  • Bresnan, Mark. Too Many Stories to Tell: Sherwood Anderson’s Non-fiction, 1926-1941. St. Olaf College, 1999.
  • Campbell, Alexandra. From Rowlandson to Douglass: A Study of the Similar Evolution of the Indian Captivity Narrative and the Slave Narrative in American Literature. Denison University. 2005.
  • Clark, Emily. ‘It Shows How a Body Can See and Don’t See at the Same Time:’ Mark Twain and ‘Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’. Oberlin College. 1995.
  • Collins, Tom. Hamlin Garland and Floyd Dell in the Midwest: Divided Selves, Divided Citizens. Beloit College. 1989.
  • Cook, Melissa. Adeline Atwater: Voice of a Survivor. Kalamazoo College. 1993.
  • “Demon Rum and Fallen Drunkards: The Displacement of Blame in Nineteenth Century American Temperance Fiction.” Albion College. 2013.
  • Doucette, Courtney. Waking-Dreams of Social Change: Colonial Dreams of and Ideal Nation in Utopian Thought. Lawrence University. 2002.
  • Farfsing, Rebecca. Women and Gothic Literature. Denison University. 2006.
  • Hainze, Emily. Millay and her Mother’s Voice. Grinnell College. 2004.
  • Hill, Jonathon. A Comparison of the Lives and Literary Generations of Malcolm Cowley and Jack Kerouac. Wabash College. 1992.
  • Hoban, Meghan. “Bowing Down at the Altar of Hymen”: Nineteenth-Century American Prescriptive Literature as Moral Textbooks. Beloit College, 2000.
  • Honnette, Alyssa. Solidarity through Discourse: Southern Nationalism in a Confederate Literary Journal. Carleton College. 2003.
  • Houge, Paul. ‘Brains, Brilliancy, Bohemia’: A Study in Bohemian Self-Concepts During the Second Generation of the Chicago Renaissance. Beloit College. 1989.
  • Hysell, Christine. Ethics and the Unknown God: A Study of John Steinbeck’s Ethical Self. Albion College. 1989.
  • “‘An Incalculable Force’: The Influential Absence of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Revised Tender Is the Night.” Ripon College. 2014.
  • Kim, Lili M. A Step Toward Women’s Social Progress: Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Feminism. Lawrence University. 1992.
  • Litwin, Sheila. ‘I Have Quite Other Slaves to Free’: The Conflict of Solitude Versus Society in Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Later Years. Knox College. 1989.
  • Martin, Eric. Southern Myth and ‘Absolom, Absolom!’: An Essay Examining Faulkner’s Demythologizing Process in ‘Absolom, Absolom!’ and the Expanded Image of the South which Results from this Process. College of Wooster. 1990.
  • Meiers, Rebecca. New Orleans in Literature: Imaginative Reconstructions, 1848-1867. St. Olaf. 2011.
  • Meyer, Neil. “Gross and Immoral Imagery Should Ever Be Avoided:” Early American Gothic and Literary Moralism. Albion College. 2001.
  • Meyer, Rachel. Hearing Eunice Tietjens’s ‘Plaint of Complexity’. St. Olaf College. 1998.
  • Miller, Matthew. Towards the Post-Academic Reception of Eugene O’Neill’s Play, ‘The Iceman Cometh’. Lawrence University. 1992.
  • “Monroe, The Midwest, and Motivations: Founding Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.” Kenyon College. 2014.
  • Newstrom, Scott. Loading His Canon: Canon-Formation and Self-Promotion in the Works of American Literary Critic Malcolm Cowley. Grinnell College. 1993.
  • Nolan, Sharyn. Pieces in the Collage of a Life: Exploring the Theme of Time in the Works of Dorothy Dow. Knox College. 1994.
  • “The Past Is Never Dead: Analyzing the Continued Significance of the William Faulkner-Malcolm Cowley Relationship.” McKendree University. 2014.
  • Quinn, Susan E. A Song of Herself: Dorothy Dow’s ‘Flowers of Time’. Albion College 1993.
  • Raley, Kevin. Exploring the Problem of Post-World War II Reintegration through Native American Literature. Hope College, 2010.
  • Schultz, Jennifer. Fiction in Nature’s Metropolis: Chicago Business Novels, 1893-1914. Ripon College. 2004.
  • Shapiro, Emily. Postmodern Aesthetics in the Artist’s Book: The Life and Poems of Osceola Mays. Kenyon College. 1993.
  • “A Shot to the Stomach: The Literary Failure and Journalistic Success of Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle.” Kenyon College. 2014.
  • Sidor, Steven. The Loneliest Trade: Malcolm Cowley and the Writing of a Self. Grinnell College. 1989.
  • Smothers, Lilliane. Jack Conroy’s Contributions to the Proletarian Movement: Literary, Social and Academic. Earlham College. 2004.
  • Taylor, Kay Ann. Willa Cather: Prairie Pioneer, New York Artist. Ohio Wesleyan University. 1989.
  • “Uncovering the Unpublished: Construction, Publication, and Exploration of Gladys Fornell’s Montel.” College of Wooster. 2014.
  • West, Melanie. Women and Work: Sherwood Anderson’s Personal Search for a Conception of Self. Lake Forest College. 1991.
  • Whitsett, Emily. Narrative Perspective: A Study of the Narrative and Cultural Patterns of Sailor Ballads. College of Wooster. 2003.
  • Williams, Jane C. Kate Chopin’s Use of Landscape Imagery: Local Color and Sexual Metaphor. Albion College. 1996.

Asian History

  • Cotts, Nathanial. The Liberation of the Sacred: The Friar State, Anticlericalism and Its Effect Upon the  Phillipines. 2007.
  • Fumusa, Dominic. Investigating a Subcontinent’s Instructional Clues: An Essay Concerning the British Educational System in Nineteenth Century India and Images of the Native Peoples Created by Those Involved in that System. Lawrence University. 1990.
  • Hussein, Shermarkeh. Reproducing and Reconstructing from the Catalog of Idees Recues: Islam and Ottoman Turkey in Sir Paul Rycaut’s ‘Present State of the Ottoman Empire’ and the Turkish Embassy Letters of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. Lawrence University. 1990.
  • “Orientalism and Control: Evaluation of the Japanese Presence at the World’s Columbian Exposition Chicago, Illinois 1893.” College of Wooster. 2014.
  • Solon, Jan. Translating ‘Alipin’: Examining Views of Philippine Slavery. Grinnell College. 1995.
    Whalin, Douglas. Insurrections in the Colonial Philippines. Lawrence University, 2006.
  • Sharma, Natasha. Orientalism as Racial Project in the Interactions of Missionaries from India, the Phillipines and the United States. Albion College, 2009.

British History

  • Berman, Cassandra. Wayward Nuns, Randy Priests, and Women’s Autonomy: Convent Abuse and the Threat to Protestant Patriarchy in Victorian England. Macalester College, 2005.
  • Bland, Laura. Prospectus: Alchemical Communities in Early Modern London. Beloit College, 2006.
    Burns, Shelley. Andrew Marvell and the Poetical Politics of 17th Century England. St. Olaf College. 2003.
  • Christenson, Angela. The Great Conflagration: The London Fire of 1666 and the Myth of British Identity. Knox College. 1996.
  • Fitzgibbons, Megan. Settlement in the Great South Sea: The Bounty Mutineers at Tubuai, Tahiti, and Pitcairn. Colorado College. 2004.
  • Griswold, Michael. Legal Systems in the English Caribbean. Hope College, 2006.
  • Harvey, Kate. Lovely Ladies Waiting in the Dark: Prostitution and Class Mixing in the Covent Garden Area of London, 1750-1820. Earlham College, 2005.
  • Keckhaver, John. Edmund Burke and his Reaction to 18th Century Critics of Traditional Religion. Beloit College. 1991.
  • Kosmicki, Kyle. John Locke, Slavery, and the ‘Two Treatises’. Cornell College, 1995.
  • Logue, Jack. Charles Stewart Parnell and the Death of a Legend. Grinnell College. 1997.
  • Mitchell, Alice. “From the Gutter and the Hedgerow”: Working Class Education in the Time of Education Reform. Beloit College. 2011.
  • Mylander, Jennifer. The Active Omnipotence of God in the Plague Pamphlets of Thomas Dekker. Lawrence University. 1994.
  • “Punch’s Apes and Darwin’s Bulldogs: Making Natural Knowledge at the Dawn of Darwinism.” Grinnell College. 2014.
  • Ramm, David. Some Sowre Men: The Characterization of Puritans in England, 1603-1625. Antioch College. 1990.
  • Sadler, Jill K. Landscape and Nationalism: Richard Hakluyt’s Perceptions and Promotions of Sixteenth Century America. Lawrence University. 1996.
  • Stewart, Morag. Classical and Medieval Revivals: Conflict and Compromise in Nineteenth Century Art Movements in Britain. Macalester College. 1997.
  • Thome, Allison. Public Opinion and the Popish Plot: How Religious Tensions Fueled Political Chaos in England, 1678-88. Lawrence University, 2012.
  • Van Ryzin, Christine. Images of the Welsh Through Myth, Legend, and Historical Accounts. Lawrence University. 1990.
  • Wolfson, Jeff. A Beginning in an End: The Evolution of Mary Queen of Scots through English Captivity. Beloit College. 1991.

British Literature

  • Arenson, Amy. T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land: A Modern Vegetation Myth. Coe College, 1999.
  • Bean, Owen. Playwrights and Apostates: The Interfaith Marriage in Early Modern Drama. 2011
  • Block, Kristen. Women’s Declarations of Faith: A Look at Seventeenth-Century British Narratives of Spiritual Awakening. Beloit College. 1997.
  • Bratton, Theresa. Bawd, Cat, Courtesan, Punk, Scarlet Woman, Slut, Streetwalker, Strumpet, Tart, Town Miss, Trollop, Whore: The Prostitute in Dramas by Female Playwright in the Early Modern Period. Denison University. 2004.
  • Casten, Ben. ‘Infinite Riches in a Small Room:’ Christopher Marlowe and the Conception of the Dramatic Landscape. Knox College. 1996.
  • Clements, Nina. “The Smoothly-Compacted Surface of Female Existence”: The Writing of Geraldine Jewsbury and The Woman Question. Denison University, 2000.
  • Cone-Miller, Emily. Reconstructing the Past in Ford Madox Ford’s The Good Soldier. Hamline University, 1997.
  • Driehaus, Bob. For God and Country (Forget the Law): The Unconventional Political Wisdom of Francis Hopkinson. Denison University. 1991.
  • Ford, Seth Michael. Travel Anxiety: The Impact of Commerce on English Cultural Identity in Early Modern Travel Advice Literature. Grinnell College, 2000.
  • Gallagher, Erin. Wilde Women: Ladies of Some Importance. Coe College, 1999.
  • Goetz, Elizabeth. The Collins Contagion: Social Identity and the Sensation Novel of the 1860s. Albion College, 2007.
  • Gromark, Emily Jameson. The Creation of Self in William Wordsworth’s Prelude. Macalester College. 1997.
  • Hansen, Jacob. The Hero’s Journey: Perceval’s Pursuit of the Authentic Life. Cornell College, 1999.
  • Homrighaus, Ruth. Powerful Fictions: The Self-Made Man, Political Economy, and Condition of England Novels. Grinnell College. 1997.
  • “Illustrated Everyman: Sherlock Holmes and Professional Class Identity in The Strand Magazine.” Grinnell College. 2013.
  • Jensen, Marjorie. Elizabeth, Twelfth Night and The Maid’s Tragedy: Studies in Renaissance Gender Roles. Antioch College. 2006.
  • Kaish, Laurel. Congreve, Dryden, and Settle: The Conflict of Religion and Secularism Produced by the Collier Controversy of 1698. Lake Forest College. 2001.
  • Kieffer, Laura. “Rational Creatures”: Feminism in the Works of Jane Austen and Mary Wollstonecraft. Kenyon College, 2000.
  • Kocher, Robyn. Wollstonecraft, Woolf and Weddings: Images of Confinement and Escape in the Fiction of Mary Wollstonecraft and Virginia Woolf. College of Wooster, 2000.
  • Lamb, Hannah. “I Should Just Live 364 Times Faster than I Write”: Subjective Time and the Creation of Identity in Laurence Sterne’s The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy. Macalester College, 2008.
  • Lehman, Linda. The Adventures of the New Atalanta: Delanivier Manley’s Defense of Female Rights in Restoration Drama and Fiction. Denison University. 1993.
  • Martin, Jason. British Nationalism and the Emasculation of the Macaroni in Late-Eighteenth-Century Satire. Albion College. 2011.
  • Michelson, David. Religious and Secular Approaches to Ancient Greek Language and Thought in Nineteenth-Century Victorian England and Fifteenth-Century Renaissance Florence: The Hellenism of Marsilio Ficino, John Stuart Mill, Matthew Arnold and Walter Pater. Knox College. 2001.
  • Scholl, Laura. Conflict Resolution in the Life and Writing of Katherine Mansfield. Lawrence University. 1997.
  • Schultz, Margaret. Wedded Wills: Shakespeare’s Criticism of Marriage in Taming of the Shrew. Lawrence University. 2004.
  • Sebacher, Jason. Milton’s “Lycidas”. Albion College. 2006.
  • Tillman, Gina. ‘Had I Plantation of this Isle’: New Historicism and ‘The Tempest’. Monmouth College. 1995.
  • “‘What is the use of a book without pictures and conversations?’: the Role of Illustrations in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” Knox College. 2014.
  • Whelan, Rebecca. Donne’s Holy Sonnets, St. Augustine, and the Apocalypse: Paradigm and Variation. Lawrence University. 1994.
  • Wittman, Cynthia. Countdown to Camelot: Issues of War and Peace in the Post-World War Arthur. Kenyon College. 1992.
  • Wood, Melanie. The Landscape of Rome: Changes in the Concept of British Travel Literature, 1790-1850. Antioch College. 1996.
  • Zito, Angela. Run Down by a Company of Rogues: The Exclusion of the Words of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester from the English Literary Canon. Albion College, 2007

Chicago/Illinois History

  • Alter, Peter. Slavic Immigrants in Town of Lake, Chicago, Defining Themselves as Both Slavs and Americans, 1893-1933, Between Two World’s Fairs. Wabash College. 1989.
  • Boykin, Elizabeth. Sinai and the City: The Adaptation of a Jewish Community in Reform Era Chicago. College of Wooster, 2012.
  • Boyle, Rachel. Representations of Women of the Midway Plaisance through Photography and Language of Captions in Souvenir Books of the 1892 Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition. Macalester College, 2009.
  • Braddock, Nathaniel. The Town of Pullman, 1880-90: The Integrity of the Perfect Space. Carleton College. 1993.
  • Collins, Chipman. The Coming of a New Age: Technology and the Transformation of Rural America in the 19th Century as Revealed in Illinois County Atlases. Denison University. 1989.
  • Cookson, Melissa. “Stop Feeding the Rats”: Rodent Control in Chicago. Colorado College. 2004.
    Gottfried, Kerry A. Concepts of Gender, Class and Americanness in Public Discourse About the Haymarket Affair. Kalamazoo College, 1993.
  • Delong, Tim. “By an Act of Their Own”: Conversion, Community, and Social Activism in Chicago’s Turn-of-the-Century Religious Movements. Albion College, 2012.
  • “‘Don’t Mourn – Organize’: Martyrdom, Collectivism, and the Religious Impulse in the Industrial Workers of the World.” Kenyon College. 2014.
  • Driscoll, Elain. The World Columbian Exposition and Race in the Literary Imagination. Kenyon College, 2007.
  • Fuqua, Benjamin. Beautiful Reform: Art and Order in Transition at Pullman and Hull-House. College of Wooster, 2012.
  • Harris, Courtney-Rose. The History of Chicago Public Housing in the Post-War Era: Segregation and its Resisters – Black Women and Political Protest. Colorado College, 2009.
  • Heerman, Scott. Cultural Confluence: Slavery in Frontier Illinois. Earlham College, 2005. Vidoni, Nick. The Anti-Slavery Movement in Antebellum Chicago, 1833-1860. Hope College, 2005.
  • Helregel, Nicole. Racial Uplift, White Anxiety, and Challenged Masculinities: Using Class and Gender to Analyze the Chicago Race Riot of 1919. Beloit College, 2009.
  • Hersh, Jacqueline. Paradoxes and Inequalities: Annie Hutchins’s Experience at the Newberry Library. DePauw University. 1998.
  • Holcomb, Anne. “The Hog-Squeal of the Universe”: Narratives of Chicago and the Shifting Ideology of the American Sublime. Albion College, 2000.
  • Karl, Gabriella. Martyrs/Murders: Multiple Histories of the Haymarket Riot. Beloit College, 1999.
  • Kordet, Kristen. Riverside and Pullman: A Tale of Two Planned Communities. Denison University. 1996.
  • Kunz, Marnie. The Ideology of Independence: Clergymen and Irish Nationalists in 1880s Chicago. Knox College. 2001.
  • Lacher, Julia. Modern Medievalism in the Sky: The Chicago Tribune Tower Competition and the Struggle to Define American Modernity in the 1920s. Beloit College, 2012.
  • “Mapping Boosterism: Cartographic Conceptions of Chicago (1844-1874).” Earlham College. 2013.
  • Martens, Melissa. Artistic Freedom in Chicago: Realities for Women Artists in the 1920s and ’30s. Denison University. 1991.
  • McCurdy, John. A Nineteenth-Century Puritan Utopia: The Founding of Galesburg, Illinois, 1835-1841. Knox College. 1994.
  • Nance, Nicole. The Lady Doth Protest: Re-Wrighting Protest in the Chicago Black Renaissance. Oberlin College, 2012.
  • Pawlowicz, Daniel. The Influence of Public Opinion on the Town of Pullman. Kenyon College, 2007.
  • Pillsbury, Elizabeth. Bughouse Square and the Dill Pickle Club: A Convergence of Chicago Communities. Kenyon College. 1996.
  • Pirrello, Gina Kim. Progressive Americanization: Pragmatic Educational Reforms and the Experiences of Immigrant Children in Chicago Public Schools, 1890-1910. Lawrence University, 2000.
  • “Sometimes You Have to Shoot the Storyteller in the Neck: Reexamining the Role of the Dill Pickle Club in the Queer Community of the Near North Side, 1920-1935.” Knox College. 2014.
  • Szydloski, David. “A Matchless and Perfect View of Nature”: The Newberry Lapidary. DePauw University. 2004.
  • Taylor, Matthew. The Successes and Failures of the Early Settlement Movement as Presented by the Chicago Commons’ Residents and Neighbors. Carleton College. 1993.
  • Vader, Trevor. Hobohemia: Conceiving an Alternate Academy in Jazz-Age Chicago. Kalamazoo College, 2012.
  • Walker, Mian. Chicago Churches, 1870-1900: Attitudes and Actions — The Church and the Poor. Hope College. 1989.
  • Webb, Kate. ‘Together in Sin, but not in Rescue’ : White and Black Prostitues in Chicago and their access to aid, 1890-1920. Carleton College, 2009.
  • White, Darran. The Method and Madness of Rare Book Collecting: The Silver Collection at the Newberry Library. Lawrence University, 2000.
  • Wilkinson, Jaci. The Voice of Fanny Butcher: Examining Chicago’s Quintessential Literacy Intermediary. Luther College, 2011.
  • Witte, Emily. Constructing the Legend of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 Through Media and Memory. Kalamazoo College, 2012.

 Classical History

  • De Lozier, Laura. The Women of the Early Roman Republic as Depicted in the Plays of Plautus and Terence: A Study of the Status and Ranking of Women. Beloit College. 1989.
  • “Examining the Mirror of Herodotus: Oppositional Writing and Hellenic Identity in the Histories.” College of Wooster. 2013.
  • Lorenz, Michael. Examining Republican Roman Women’s New Social Construct of Woman: How They Got There, What it Was, and What it Meant. Knox College. 1995.

Comparative History

  • Bryant, Elizabeth. Three Men’s Views of Polynesian Others: David Porter, Sailor, C. S. Stewart, Missionary, and Herman Melville, Author. Lake Forest College. 1990.
  • Corinth, Steven. Seafaring Life in the 19th Century: A Matter of Endurance. Denison University. 1989.
  • Gift, Kristine. Growing Pains in Mesopotamia: British Influences on Iraqi Nationalism, 1919-1922. Coe College, 2012.
  • Hill, Thomas. The English and American Concept of Property Within the Natural and Common Law Traditions. Lake Forest College. 1991.
  • Hochkammer, Karl A. Karl Heinzen’s German Radicalism in America: Breaking the Chains of Tradition. Lawrence University. 1991.
  • Holman, Jill. Changing Images of the Siamese: ‘The King and I’ in Books and Films. Kalamazoo College. 1990.
  • Jorgensen, Sara. Reinterpreting Removal: A Study in Comparative Polity Formation, 1800-1840. Beloit College. 1995.
  • McNaughton, Neil. Glass Houses and Grand Illusions? London’s Great Exhibition of 1851 and Chicago’s World’s Fair of 1893. Macalester College. 1994.
  • Sauers, Jennifer. Resurrecting the Dead and the Politics of Memory. Kenyon College. 1992.
  • Shea, John O. K. 1832-1852: Pivotal Period in the Redefinition of Childhood. Ripon College. 1993.
  • Zuckert, Larissa. Nineteenth Century Institutionalization of the Insane: A Continuation of the Process of Categorization. Carleton College. 1991.

Comparative Literature

  • Barkley, Leigh. Changes in the Portrayal of Landscape in Anglo-American Poetry During the First World War. Kenyon College. 2006.
  • “Chicago’s Jane Austen: Manners, Morals and Austenian Appropriation in Edith Wyatt’s Urban Comedy of Manners.” St. Olaf College. 2014.
  • Durst, Cynthia. Dostoevsky and Slave Narratives: Waking Up to the Rest of the Story. St. Olaf College. 1991.

Latin American History

  • Flinn, James. The Construction and Perpetuation of Negative Images and Stereotypes of Mexicans, 1821-1848. Macalester College. 2003.
  • Gutierrez, Lizeth. Hacer generacion: A Critical Analysis of Gender in Early 16th Century Mexico. Grinnell College. 2011.
  • Harris, Katie. Iguanas, Alpacas, and Manatees: The Problem of American Nature in the Writings of Gonzalo Fernandez de Oviedo, Francisco Lopez de Gomara, and Jose de Acosta. Oberlin College. 1990.
  • Johns, Kathy. Virgins, Wives, and Witches: Images of Andean Women in Colonial Peru. Kalamazoo College. 1990.
  • Ribeiro, Ana. The Canudos Rebellion in Northeastern Brazil. Lake Forest College, 2006.
  • Rodd, Ira. Chile and the Global Economy. Antioch College. 1992.
  • Smith, Anna. Malinche: From History to Myth and Back Again. Macalester College. 1997.
  • White, Evan. Writing the Argentine Gaucho: Changeable Identity and the Language of Nationhood. College of Wooster. 2002.
  • Wright, Nikolas. Jesuits in the New World. Denison University, 2006.

Medieval/Renaissance European Literature

  • Derby, Peter. The Man between Man and Animal: Rereading the Wild Hairy Man in Western Literature. Hope College. 2004.
  • Gaffke, Carol. The Lyrics of the Trobairitz: The Female Voice in the Provencal Vernacular Love Lyrics of the 12th and 13th Centuries. Albion College. 1993.
  • Rupprecht, Heidi. The Politics of Prophecy: Monmouth, Malory, and the Modern Merlin of ‘That Hideous Strength’. Lawrence University. 1997.
  • Schrodt, Ryan. Identifying the Unidentifiable: Social Construction in the Wake of Turmoil in Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. Monmouth College. 2003.

Medieval/Renaissance European History

  • Forman, Brian. Cartographic Representations of Paris c. 1600-1715 and the Transformation of the Early Modern French State. Earlham College, 2012.
  • Hackman, Stephanie E. Sixteenth Century Spain and the Toleration Extended to the Debate Over Indian Policy: A Contextual Study of Spanish Society. Knox College. 1991.
  • Harris, Katherine. The Advancement of Barbarism: English Perceptions of Sixteenth Century Russia. Kalamazoo College. 1994.
  • Headen, Katherine A. ‘Maleficos Non Petieris Vivere’. Macalester College. 1993.
    Murphy, Melissa. St. Theresa of Avila, Nun, Mystic and Reformer: A Study of the Woman and Her Work. Monmouth College. 1993.
  • Morgan, Katherine. Literature in a Time of War: a Call to Peace in Christine de Pizan’s Feats of War and Chivalry, from Inception to Translation. Beloit College, 2008.
  • Spang, Sue. Deus Ex Machina: The Catholic Church’s Response to the Dangers of the Sixteenth-Century Printing Press. Lawrence University, 2005.
  • Walsh, Michael. Labor with His Hands: The Importance of Manual Labor in Early Monasticism, With a Case Study in the Thought and Practice of the Early Cistercians. Coe College. 2001.
  • Wenzel, Aaron. Teaching Morality in Renaissance Grammar Schools Through Printed Commentaries on Terence. Beloit College, 2001.

Modern European History

  • Barbera, Caitlin. Religious Diversity and the Spread of Printing in Eastern Europe. Colorado College, 2010.
  • Festerling, Wendy. Accounts of World War I by Non-Combatants. Hope College. 1997.
  • Hegel, Mary. Florence’s Pantheon: Remembering Dante at Santa Croce. Beloit College. 2004.
  • Lyons, Tara Marie. Montague, Montesquieu, and the Orient of the 18th-Century European Imagination. Lawrence University, 2000.
  • Mirkova, Anna. Observing, Imagining, and Representing the Balkans in Travel Literature Between the Russo-Turkish War of 1878 and the Balkan Wars of 1912-13. Lawrence University. 1997.
  • Needham, Jessica. The Bohemian Revolt of 1618-1620 and the Evolution of Czech National Memory. Earlham College. 1997.
  • Nelson, Timothy. Maps, Diplomacy, and War: The Development of German National Identity in the Era of Unification. Colorado College. 2011.
  • Turner, Laura. The Marquis de Sade: Son of the Enlightenment. Albion College, 2000.

Modern European Literature

  • Detterer, Maria. The Evolution of the Gothic Heroine: (1764-1848). Lake Forest College. 1993.
  • Geier, Krista. Rationalizing The Review: Tracing the Path of Wagnerism in France, 1860-1888, an Analysis of The Revue Wagnerienne. Coe College, 1999.
  • Menon, Tara. Kingdoms within Nutshells/Fabulous Operas in Narrow Skulls: Hamlet, Une Saison en Enfer  and the Redefinition of Identity and Power. Colorado College, 2008.
  • Ryan, Carolyne. “At Last, Patagonia!”: Perception and Otherness in European Travel Writings and the Emergence of Cultural Anthropology. Lawrence University. 2002.
  • Surfus, Kendall. Rethinking Gender and Sexuality in “Rumpelstiltzchen”: The Collective Weight of Word and Image in Illustrated Tales of the Brothers Grimm. Lawrence University. 2004.


  • Bond, Maggie. Laying Claim: The Battle over the Song ‘Dixie.” Lawrence University, 2009.
  • Jamison, Thomas. “Will no one tell me of what she sings?”: Allegorical Women in First World War Sheet Music and Ambivalence Over American Interventionism. Grinnell College, 2008.
  • Lutz, Kelsey. Presidential Campaign Songs, 1928 – 1944. Kalamazoo College. 2011.
  • Miller, William. Natural Normativity: The Social Function of Balladic Nature Imagery. Kalamazoo College. 2004.
  • Snugg, Lauren. To Live and Die in Dixie: The Language and Symbolism of Nationalism and National Identity in Civil War-Era Lyrical Variations of ‘Dixie.’ Albion College, 2007.

Native American History

  • Alecci, Mira. From East to West: Old World Paradigm for New World People. Carleton College, 2009.
  • Birkholz, Rebecca. E=mc2=Progress: The Relativity of Progress in the Study of Missionary Contact with the Nez Perces. Ripon College. 1992.
  • Bresnahan, Heather. The Carlisle Indian Industrial School and Student Resistance. Albion College, 2009.
  • Brubaker, Erika. The Cherokee: English Perceptions Through 1772. Hope College. 1990.
  • Caswell-Payton, Courtney. A Review of Cherokee Formularies: The Critical Foundation for Intercultural Understanding. College of Wooster. 1994.
  • Day, Anastasia. Indian Captivity Narratives; British Literary Tropes Used to Define Cultural Allegiances in Female Captivity Stories. Lawrence University, 2010.
  • Espenscheid, Heidi. Heathenism: An Analysis of White Protestant Perceptions of the American Indians as Studied Within the Context of Presbyterian Missionary and Nez Perce Indian Relations, 1836-1936. Lawrence University. 1990.
  • Fisher, R. Colin. Supernaturals, Sheep, and Society: Cultural Crisis and Navajo Livestock Reduction. Lawrence University. 1989.
  • Henry, Virginia. Indian as Object: A look at Portraiture and Represtention of Native Americans. College of Wooster, 2009.
  • Hoel, Nikolas. Inuit Reincarnation: Souls, Naming, and Names Without Gender. Lawrence University. 1998.
  • Hunt, Karina. Debunking Tribal Stereotypes: The Consequences of the Euro-American Zone of Contact and Political Organization of the Chinook Indian Tribe. Lawrence University. 2002.
  • Jackson, Camilla. When the Advocate Becomes the Adversary: The Rise and Fall of Chicago’s Indian Council Fire, 1920-1970. Beloit College, 2012.
  • Jagodinsky, Katrina. Grant’s Peace Policy: A Polygamous Marriage of Church and State in Indian Country. Lawrence University. 2001.
  • Jeter, Kevin. A Comparative Study of the Traditional Lakota Religion and the Ghost Dance Movement as they Pertain to the Oglala Lakota. Kenyon College. 1993.
  • Knauft, Breck. Sweet Medicine and Erect Horns: New Internal Images Within the Cheyenne Tribe. Lawrence University. 1990.
  • Lamberson, Justin. Overwhelming Force: The Seminole Wars and the American Method of War. Monmouth College. 2003.
  • Liebman, Sarah. Acculturation, Independence, and Work in the Autobiographies of Polingaysi Qoyawayma and Helen Sekaquaptewa. Grinnell College, 2000.
  • Mabee, Brian. The Spiritual Dualism of Yaqui Indians: Dialogues with 17th Century Jesuits. Grinnell College. 1993.
  • Marcianelli, Maria. Image, Mimesis, and Memory: Ledger Art and Silverhorn . Antioch College. 1995.
  • Nott, Tamara. Indian Art and Adherence to Tradition. Kalamazoo College. 1989.
  • Odle, Maggie. An Examination of Elements in Cherokee Stories Which Reflect the Influence of European Contact. College of Wooster. 1997.
  • “On the Margins of History: Native Americans and the Civil War.” Ripon College. 2013.
  • Owens, Jessica. The Disinherited: Native Americans in Gold Rush California. Ripon College. 2004.
  • Peake, Andrea. Departing From the Indian Road: Federal Attempts to Assimilate Native Americans Through Education, 1880-1930. Hope College. 1989.
  • Robb, Andrea. Faces of the Nootka: Images Created by the Eurocentric. Beloit College. 1990.
  • Ryan, Robert. Educating the Vanguard: The Workshops on American Indian Affairs. Lawrence University. 2003.
  • Sakura, Julie. Popular Images of Indian Women: A Native American Herstory. St. Olaf College. 1992.
  • Slaughter, Rebecca. Classifying the Unfree: Native Captivity and Slavery in the Context of the Pacific Northwest. Knox College. 1995.
  • Spoden, Elizabeth. A Clash of Interests: Slavery and the Conflict over Americanization in the Cherokee Nation. Lawrence University. 2004.
  • Stanwood, Owen. Disturbing the Land: Dakota Hegemony in a Dynamic Indian Landscape, 1650-1815. Grinnell College. 1996.
  • Tamashiro, Shari. Cherokee Sovereignty, Removal, or Assimilation. Macalester College. 1992.
  • Trank, Albert. Dakota War in History and Memory. Macalester College, 2009.
  • Tubutis, Todd. Objective Lens, Subjective View: Photographers of Native Americans, 1865 to 1930. Beloit College. 1990.
  • Van Blarcom, Craig. Revaluing Self Through Personal Accounts of the Nez Perce War of 1877. St. Olaf College. 1989.
  • Wachs, Ben. The Changing Iroquois World View. College of Wooster. 1993.
  • Watson, Betsey. “It is from Understanding that the Power Comes; and the Power in the Ceremony was in Understanding what it Means”: The Power and Importance of Malleability in the 1890 Ghost Dance. College of Wooster, 2000.
  • Wyman, Jason. Speaking Wakan: Ceremonies in Past, Present, and Page. Kalamazoo College, 2007.

North American History (Through 1860)

  • Barnett, Michael. “This field is emphatically white for the harvest”: Land Ethics and Culture at the Whitman Mission in Oregon. Lawrence University, 2008.
  • Battersby, Gerard. Commercial Frontier on the “Inland Seas”: Business, Kinship, and the Building of the Great Lakes Socio-Economic Network, 1825-1870. Albion College, 2012.
  • Bell, Keith. The Voice of Virginia, 1750-1770. Beloit College, 2005.
  • Bouldin, Graham. The New Philosophy of Discovery: Thomas Jefferson, Early American Science and the Teleology of Nature. Beloit College, 2000.
  • Carpenter, Elizabeth. A Perfectionist’s Guide to Stirpiculture: How the Practice of Early Eugenics and Spiritual Perfectionism Turned the Oneida Community into a Critique of Victorian Culture. Lawrence University, 2008.
  • Christie, Carey. The Treaty of 1698: A Text with a Context. Denison University, 1993.
  • Clark, Pandora. The Early History of Yale: An Inquiry into Truth and Knowledge. College of Wooster, 1994.
  • Coleman Harbison, Jane. From Ship, to Altar,  to Home: Women and the Building of a French Society in Louisiana. Denison University, 2008.
  • Coopmans, Melany. Moral Management and the Treatment of the Insane in the Nineteenth Century. Hope College, 1994.
  • Davis, Christopher. Judicial Review: The Development of a Precedent for Marbury v. Madison. Beloit College, 1992.
  • Decker, Gretchen. Reflections on Social Banditry in 19th Century America. Carleton College, 1994.
  • Denault, Chelsea. The Spirited Will Ace: Josiah Quincy, Jr. and the Mob Culture of Pre-Revolutionary Boston. Albion College, 2010.
  • DeWitt, Jennifer. Coming of Age in the South: Identity, Power and Paternalism in Antebellum Plantation Society. DePauw University, 1995.
  • Donley, Greta. Chivalry in the South. Denison University, 2006.
  • “Focusing on the Family: The American Tract Society 1825-1850.” Monmouth College. 2014.
  • Hudson, Alison. “Adieu to the Gentile World”: Practicality and Piety in the Mormon Migration. Lawrence University, 2008.
  • Hussein, Ubah. A Convergence of Discourses: Alimony Law and the Extension of Patriarchy in Antebellum South Carolina. Lawrence University, 1991.
  • Kalnins, Michael. Nativism in the Mid-19th-Century U.S. Denison University, 2006.
  • Kemtes, Kim. Thomas Jefferson’s Role in the Debate Over Classics in Revolutionary America. Knox College, 1994.
  • Khan, Shaheen. The Industrialist’s Big Game: The Mid-Nineteenth Century Division of America’s Lowest Laboring Class. Lake Forest College, 1995.
  • Moritz, Rachel. Father Orientation and the Identity of the Hudson Bay English. Macalester College, 1994.
    O’Neil, Patrick. The Image of the Presidential Candidate in Political Campaign Songs, 1840-1868. Grinnell College, 1999.
  • Peckenpaugh, Jason. The Restrained Gentleman and the Fraternal Patriot: Constructing Citizenship Through the Morgan Incident. Carleton College, 1998.
  • Roberts, Thomas. The War for Profit: An Analysis of Privateering in the Caribbean. Denison University 1994.
  • Robinson, Joseph. Anti-slavery Liberalism and Pro-slavery Conservatism: A Comparison and Contrast of Two Moral and Political Philosophies, 1835-1860. Carleton College, 1995.
  • “Rural Independence, Urban Luxury: Political and Moral Virtue in Antebellum America.” Hope College. 2014.
  • “Silent Songs of Sedition: The Re-appropriative Dynamics of Broadside Ballads in the American Revolution.” Grinnell College. 2014.
  • Sutherly, Ben. Rooted in Rural Life: The Storied Landscape of Elizabeth Township, Ohio. Denison University, 1996.
  • Tiedens, Mark. Edmund Burke: Reflections on the American Experience. Lawrence University, 1991.
  • Threlkeld, Megan. Historical Perspectives on Joseph Galloway, a Pennsylvania Loyalist. Lawrence University, 1997.
  • Wrage, Heather. Owning the Country: English Colonial Appropriation of the Landscape in Jamestown and Virginia, 1607-1647. Carleton College. 2004.

North American History (Since 1860)

  • Buljung, Brianna. Rendezvous with Destiny: Women, Journalism, and World War II. Colorado College, 2007.
  • Christenson, Clark C. Towards the Wright Context: The Arts & Crafts Movement, the Machine, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Church. Kalamazoo College, 1993.
  • Cole, Kelsey. The Issue of Land in the Mexican Revolution of 1910 and How the United States Press Failed to Report its Significance. Monmouth College, 2007.
  • Eichhorst, Krista. Farmwife: Urban Ideals and Rural Realities, 1938-1955. Beloit College, 2008.
  • Frontjes, Richard. ‘The Battle of the Saw-Log’: John W. Fitzmaurice and the Myth of the Northwoods Lumberjack.” Hope College, 1993.
  • Hightower, Brent. From “Dixie” to “Marching Through Georgia”: Creating a Social History of America’s Civil War Through Popular Music. Lawrence University, 1999.
  • Hoye, Justin. Playing for Keeps: The Reclamation of Community Values Through the Public Playground. Knox College, 1999.
  • Jagodinsky, Katrina. Grant’s Peace Policy: A Polygamous Marriage of Church and State. Lawrence University. 2001.
  • Klein, Melissa. Under Fire: Anti-German Hysteria and African American soldiers in WWI – Becoming American. Ripon College, 2009.
  • Knowles, Robert. Cowboys and Newspapermen: Ben Hecht and the Search for the American Jewish Identity. St. Olaf College, 1991.
  • Kushiner, Margaret. The Miscegenation Proclamation: Reinforcing Racial Boundaries in Civil War Politics. Beloit College, 2005.
  • Mann, Stephanie. Southern Medical Distinctiveness: Rhetoric and Reality in Retrospect. Albion College, 2005.
  • Marsh, Alex. The American Dream as Myth: The Fear of False Democracy and the Anarchist Movement 1865-1890. Antioch College, 1994.
  • McIntyre, Elyssa. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Images of Passenger Rail and Its Competition, 1936-1940 and 1954-1964. Macalester College, 1997.
  • McKinley, Elizabeth. Home is Where the Heart Is: Companionate Relationships and the Conceptualization of Home in Midwestern Couples, 1855-1870. Beloit College. 2011.
  • Molho, Ross. Henry Blake Fuller: Artist and Anti-Imperialist at Mid-Life. Macalester College, 1989.
  • Muenchau, Mark. Narrative and Ethical Personal Identity: The United States Citizens and Soldiers of WWI. Kenyon College, 2007.
  • Musser, Ann E. The American Gothic: Regionalist Rhetoric in Publicly Funded Art in America. Grinnell College, 1994.
  • “Mythologizing the West: Manifest Destiny, the Transcontinental Railroads, and the Afterlife of the Frontier in American Culture.” Earlham College. 2014.
  • Nordstrom, Tove. A Favorable Immigrant Group?  Swedish Americanization in the late 19th Century. Lawrence University, 2009.
  • Pettinger, Anne. Gifford Pinchot’s Contribution to the Country: Remembering the Chief Forester for His Ideals. Cornell College, 1999.
  • Scott, Amy E. The Great Northern Railroad and Glacier National Park: Myth and Identity in an American Landscape. Grinnell College, 1996.
  • Searle, John. Psychological Paradox in Labor-Capital Relations: The Burlington Strike of 1888. Oberlin College, 1989.
  • Simmons, Aaron. A Rehabilitation of the American Left: The Industrial Workers of the World and Radical Ideology. Earlham College. 2011.
  • Smith, Samantha. “Something Precious”: The Casket in America, 1870-1890. Lawrence University. 2012
  • Stalnaker, John. A Political History of Reconstruction: The Importance of Political Cartoons. Lawrence University, 1999.
  • Storey, Margaret. The Birth of a New South: Image-Making by Elite Southerners, 1865-1870. Macalester College, 1990.
  • Stubbs, Joseph. Class Conflict and Workers’ Self Activity on the Railroads, 1874 – 1895. Beloit College. 2011.
  • Szablewski, Joshua. Theodore Roosevelt and Frederick Jackson Turner: Products and Prophets of the American Frontier. Lawrence University, 1993.
  • Weber, Vicky. Exxon Road Maps, 1972-1988. Ripon College, 2010.
  • Wheeler, Ken. Perceptions of Selfhood in the Rural Midwest During the 1870s: As They Appear in County Atlases and Literary Works. Earlham College, 1989.
  • Wieglosz, Anna. Scholars and Polish Immigration: An Analysis of Academic Work, 1905-1915. Macalester College, 2007.


  • Altman, Matthew C. The Material Self in a Natural Context: Epistemology and Ethics Within Santayana’s Realms of Being. Albion College. 1993.
  • Gavach, Stephanie. Shadows of Hegelians: The Golden Age Influence of the St. Louis Philosophical Society. Knox College. 1995.
  • Mataga, Levi. Pragmatism in Progress. Monmouth College. 1992.
  • Mayer, Erika. Symbolization, Metaphor, and the Thought Process: The Common Ground of Myth and Science. Lawrence University. 1994.


  • Adams, Amelia. Persistent Paganism, Changed Catholicism: The Festival of Día de los Muertos in Mexico. Lawrence University. 2002.
  • Benti, Diann. Robert G. Ingersoll: Apostle of Free Thought. Kenyon College. 2002.
  • Burek, Mark. How to Use Your Personal Problems to Your Advantage: The Deconstruction [of] John Humphrey Noyes and the Oneida Community. Wabash College, 2001.
  • Burns, Christopher. Sean Thomas Merton: The Self in the Context of Contemplation and Spirituality. Monmouth College. 1993.
  • Fallt, Sarah. The Landscape of American Hymnody, 1850-1875. Lawrence University, 1996.
  • Gruber, Elizabeth. Variations on a Saintly Theme: Hildgard of Bingen, Christina of Markyate and Medieval Holy Women. Albion College, 2007.
  • Hartman, Darren. Toward Liberalism: The Theology of Henry Ward Beecher. Wabash College, 1992.
  • Jeffery, Rachel. Interpretation and Remembrance of the Duties of American Christians—Sermons at the Eve of the American Civil War. Kalamazoo College, 2008.
  • Kaiser, Rowan. Christian Missionary Tactics and the Chinese Rites and Terms Controversy. Antioch College. 2004.
  • Leopold, Josh. Our Bodies, Our Cells: Richard Rolle’s The Form of Living and Female Anchorites. Grinnell College. 2001.
  • Meyer, Cassandra. The Social Gospel of Graham Taylor: Critic or Teacher of Secularization? Lawrence University. 2001.
  • Mladejovsky, Michele. Mormonism and the Search for Community in Early Nineteenth Century America. Lawrence University, 1991.
  • Murphy, Melissa. St. Teresa of Avila: Nun, Mystic and Reformer – A Study of the Woman and Her Work. Monmouth College. 1993.
  • Nelson, James. The Den of Beelzebub: The Conflict Between the Modern and Evangelical Scottish Presbyterians in the Eighteenth Century as Expressed Through the Controversy Over John Home’s Play Douglas. Cornell College, 1999.
  • Ouendag, Colleen. A Study of the Conflict and Cohesion in Religion between Franciscan Missionaries and the Purhepecha Indians of Michoacan. Albion, 2010.
  • Patti, Michael. Psalmody and Social Change in Puritan New England. Knox College, 1994.
  • Scharmota, Alison. The Religion of Gordon Riots. Cornell College, 2007.
  • Schultz, Sandra. C.S. Lewis and the Vestiges of Christ: A Study of the Christian Self in the Modern War. Albion College, 1993.
  • Shebeck, Amy. Within the Shell: The Religious Rhetoric of the Industrial Workers of the World, 1909-1913. Grinnell College. 2001.
  • Spiegel, Margaret. Charlotte Elizabeth’s Depiction of the Irish Question: Trusting Evangelicism and Not Stereotyping to Keep Colonial Peace. Knox College, 2008.
  • Starkey, Lindsay. Individualism in Early Modern Europe: A Study of Protestant and Jesuit Emblem Books from the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries. Denison University. 2004.
  • Terndrup, Helen. “The Morphine Spirit” and Mary Baker Eddy. Carleton College. 2004.
  • Teslow, Abbie. Creator of and Participant in the Oneida Community: John Humphrey Noyes. St. Olaf College, 1998.
  • “View from the Outside: Moravians and Missionary Work in the Atlantic World.” Beloit College. 2014.
  • Welch, Elizabeth.The Symbolic Language of Gender Within Theological Conceptions of the Body and Soul in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries: As Seen in the Works of Hildegard of Bingen, Bernard of Clairvaux, Hugh of St. Victor, and Thomas Aquinas. St. Olaf College, 1998.
  • Zdral, Alexia. Mother Goddess’s Creation: A Theological Speculation Concerning Mary. College of Wooster, 1998.

Women’s History

  • Alcorn, Louise. Isabella Bird in America: Images of Her Others. Grinnell College, 1990.
  • Apple, Tiffany. The Expansion of Women’s Sphere on the Western Frontier and the Development of Women’s Conception of Self. Denison University, 1989.
  • Atkinson, Amy. “Dear Diary, I Hate My Husband”: The Cult of Domesticity in Victorian American Women’s Diaries. Knox College. 2002.
  • Bonuso, Erin. Lady Killers: Women and Child-Murder in Colonial New England, 1690-1740. Beloit College. 2004.
  • Collin, Chris J. Prairie Songs: Relationship and Meaning in the Lives of Frontier Women. St. Olaf College, 1991.
  • “The Clothes Make the Woman: Isabella d’Este’s Manipulation of Fashion and Power.” Colorado College. 2013.
  •  Davendonis, Debbie. The Mind of the Mistress, Image versus Reality: An Exploration of the Diaries and Correspondences of the Nineteenth-Century Planter Wife. Beloit College, 2005.
  • Gallogly, Caitlin. The Beecher/Grimke/Abolition Doctrine of Exclusivity of Spheres. Lawrence University, 2006.
  • Grimes, Hilary. Gravida, Gore, and Metaphor. Knox College, 2006
  • Gualtieri, Gillian. A Singularly Lovable and Original Personality: Mary Kingsley’s Performance of the Self and the Perception, Reception, and Re-portrayal of the Gendered Figure in Nineteenth-Century Media. Kenyon College, 2010.
  • Heim, Sarah. Women Nurses in the American Civil War. Lawrence University, 1997.
  • Kosinski, Katie. Wearing Class: the Image of the Ideal Working Girl and the Crossing of the Clothing Boundary. DePauw University, 2000.
  • Lindgren-Gibson, Alexandra. Tales of Truth: Testing the Margins of Femininity in the Early Republic through Women’s Letters, Journals and Literature. Lawrence University. 2004.
  • Manoussoff, Lucie. Inalienable Right: Kate Newell Doggett, Natural Rights Feminist. Kenyon College, 1993.
  • Matthews, Zoe. Writing for the Baby Boom: Themes in Cold War Children’s Literature, 1945-1960. Beloit College, 2012.
  • Meyers, Megan. The Pink and White Tyranny: History, Fiction, and the Cult of True Womanhood in Antebellum America. DePauw University. 2002.
  • “Mothering a City: The Work of the Chicago Woman’s Club in Opening Spaces for Women and Protecting the Children of America’s Second City.” Kalamazoo College. 2014.
  • Nelson, Laurel. The Function of Western Methodist Structures in Promoting ‘Women’s Influence’ through Masculine Roles, 1800-1850. Beloit College, 1994.
  • Newhouse, Ria. Havelock Ellis and the Question of Lesbian Morbidity. St. Olaf College, 1998.
  • Odell, Erin. The Life and Person of Mary Walden Kerr. Knox College, 1991.
  • Pettengill, Nathan. Alice French’s Freedom: Selfism Women and Puritan Flowers. Carleton College, 1991.
  • Piper, Katherine. Hannah More and Mary Wollstonecraft: Women of Reform in Eighteenth-Century England. Lake Forest College. 2001.
  • “Pocahontas as a Public Narrative: A Sociological Approach to Narrative Analysis.” Kenyon College. 2014.
  • Rettke, Leah Jo. The Evolution of Ideas About Women in the Life of Mary Livermore. Macalester College, 1992.
  • Rothschadl, Theresa. The Changing Body of the “New Woman,” 1880-1926. Beloit College. 2003.
  • Ruilova, Aida. ‘To Reform One Must First One’s Self Conform:’ The Life, Work, and Social Gospel of Frances E. Willard. Grinnell College, 1993.
  • “‘Simply Irrepressible’: The Life and Identity of Lucy Parsons.” Luther College. 2014.
  • Stellon, Nicole. Jesus and Adam Smith Fight Over Mary: Women in Nineteenth Century America. Beloit College, 1991.
  • Stokes, Elisabeth. ‘The Laboring Weaver and Her Weaving’: Images and Realities of Pioneer Women. Ohio Wesleyan University, 1989.
  • Surles, Elizabeth. Saloon Singing in the Women’s Temperance Movement, 1873-1892. Lawrence University, 1999.
  • VerMeeris, Elisa. Battle on the Homefront: The Civil War as a Watershed Moment in Women’s History. Denison University, 2005.
  • Wood, Melanie. ‘Women’s Chances as Bread Winners’: The Redefining and Reaffirming of the Separate Spheres Ideology at the Turn of the Century in Popular Magazines. Carleton College, 1998.
  • Worzalla, Elizabeth. The Conflict Between Rhetoric and Reality in Women’s History of the American West: Reevaluating Western Women’s History Based on the Personal Writings of Colorado Women, 1870-1880. Lawrence University, 1992.
  • Wutka, Sarah. “Real, Sweet Home Life” and “Dig, Dig, Dig All Day Long”: Mass Culture, Rural Women, and The Ladies’ Home Journal, 1884-1899. Kenyon College. 2002.


Michael Vertovec, Associate Program Manager
180 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2020, Chicago, IL 60601
312.561.5934 / mvertovec@acm.edu

Off-Campus Study Programs

Browse Off-Campus Study Opportunities: ACM Shared Programs | Japan Study | River Semester

Share this page