Fall 2022: Food for Thought

illustration of bread and fruit
"Food on table." Leonard A. Lauder collection of Raphael Tuck & Sons postcards (Newberry Library)

This interdisciplinary seminar will explore the history and impact of food in Chicago, from the city’s development as a center of agricultural commodity markets, through its role in the Great Migration and the culinary tradition of “soul food,” to the restaurant industry as a center of immigration activism in today’s Chicago.

Food for Thought: Cooking, Eating, and Drinking in Chicago

Cities are shaped by people, and people are in turn shaped by the food they grow, process, cook, and consume. This course explores how Chicago’s development as a center of agricultural commodity markets left its mark on Chicago’s architecture and urban geography, how the 1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition introduced new foods and cuisines to eager American consumers, and how Upton Sinclair’s 1904 novel The Jungle brought the harrowing conditions in Chicago slaughterhouses to the attention of a horrified American public, leading to reforms in food safety (but not Sinclair’s hoped-for revolution in workers’ rights). Immigrants to Chicago continue to bring both their labor and their food cultures to the city, and we will consider the restaurant industry as a center of immigration activism in today’s Chicago. Chicago has also been shaped by the movement of people within the nation, and we will examine how the Great Migration of African Americans to Chicago from the rural south in the early to mid-twentieth century resulted in the culinary tradition of “soul food,” leaving a mark on the city’s restaurants and grocery stores and becoming a source of identity and debate for black activist movements. Finally, we will reflect on how food preparation intersects with gender and gender roles. Throughout the semester, we will attend to the way that ethnicity, race, class, and gender shape individuals’ relationships to food as well as the way that individual lives are remembered in archives

The seminar will consist of two parts: a course with assigned readings, online responses, short presentations, and in-class discussions; and an individual project, with self-directed archival research that culminates in a major research paper (30-40 pages). During the first part, which will last 8 weeks, the seminar will blend archival work with experiential learning (visits to restaurants, neighborhoods, architectural landmarks, museums, and archeological sites). This first part will resemble a typical seminar at a liberal arts college, except that we will be learning about—and actively using—the library’s collections as we conduct our discussions. Our syllabus allows us to draw on the range and depth of the Newberry’s collections in a variety of areas – cookbooks, journals, World’s Fair ephemera, and the world-leading collections of records of Native American culture – while highlighting the experiences of diverse groups of people, including women, Native Americans, African Americans, and immigrants to the US from Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

black and white image of food worker
"Dining car worker checking inventory, 14th Street passenger yards, Chicago, May 1948." Daily Life Along the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (Newberry Library)

I am excited to see how our exploration of the Newberry’s collections on food and drink map onto our exploration of the city, as students become wanderers in both the library and the city.

Laurie Finke, Co-Director

vintage food cartoon
"The case now goes to the jury re: prohibition, December 19, 1917." Chicago and the Midwest (Newberry Library)

Throughout the seminar, through a series of scaffolded assignments, you will also begin to develop your own research projects that rely on the Newberry’s materials. The point of the seminar is to learn how to do original research, not only to navigate, but also to feel comfortable in, an archive. The second part of the course, which will last six weeks, will be fully devoted to immersion in and completion of your individual projects. Much of this period will consist of meetings with your professors and the Newberry librarians, though we will continue to meet as a group to share research findings, make presentations, receive feedback, hone interpretations, work on analytical writing, and drink up the emotional support of your comrades and instructors. This group ethos will be amplified, throughout the semester, by field trips, social occasions, and regular Newberry lectures. We are tremendously excited, and we hope that you are, too.

Download the Draft Syllabus

More than any other methodology, working with original manuscript and print materials makes you feel like you are touching the past. All of my most exciting discoveries as a researcher have been in some way archival discoveries, and I am excited to share that experience with students.

Rosemary O’Neill, Co-Director

Past Seminar Topics & Faculty

A list of the fall semester Newberry Seminar topics and faculty fellows since the program began in 1965 is available here.

Past Student Research Topics

Scroll down to view titles of students’ projects, organized by subject areas. Links to abstracts are available for some projects.

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.  Earhlam 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

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

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.  Grinell 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 Represention of Native Americans.  College of Wooser, 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 Strories 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 Centry.  Lawrence Univeristy, 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, Aaaron.  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.
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