Faculty Accomplishments

Michael Blaakman, Phd, traveled to archives in Maine, Massachusetts, and New York, where he investigated the large-scale real-estate deals of the nation's founding generation. This research is part of his current book project, which explores the business and politics of Native American dispossession and frontier expansion in the era of the American Revolution. He also gave a talk at a conference in Philadelphia, where the 2016 dissertation upon which his book manuscript is based received the best dissertation award from the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic.

Michael Blaakman, Phd, appeared as a guest historian on a popular American history podcast, BackStory, a project of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. The episode  is on military enlistment in American history. Here's the link to the episode: http://backstoryradio.org/shows/call-to-arms/  

Kelly Donahue, PhD, presented "Fog on Channel, Continent Isolated: Understanding Brexit" to the Minneapolis chapter of the American Association of University Women on March 27, 2017.

Kari Zimmerman, PhD, was the faculty recipient of the 2017 Sister Pat Kowalski Women's Leadership Award. The University Advocates for Women and Equity's chose Dr. Zimmerman in appreciation for her work for women at the university and in the community.

Ivancica Schrunk, PhD, was awarded the prestigious ‘Croatian Women of Influence’ award.  It was presented to her at the Awards Ceremony on March 8th, 2017, in Zagreb, Croatia.

Kari Zimmerman, PhD, participated in a research project to further advance Cristo Rey and St. Thomas’ relationship.

William Cavert, PhD, authored “Urban Pollution and The Country and the City,” published in Global Environment: A Journal of Transdisciplinary History. The article discussed the history of air pollution in London in relation to a classic work of literary criticism by Raymond Williams. The volume was a special edition, edited by the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society of Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich, which emerged from a conference organized by the Carson Center and hosted in Beijing by the Ecological History Research Center of Renmin University. His article, "Industrial Coal Consumption in Early Modern London" is being published this summer by Urban History.

William Cavert, PhD, received a one-month fellowship from the Henry E. Huntington Library in San Marino, CA, where he spent January, 2016 studying England's experience of cold winters during The Little Ice Age. That research let to an chapter, "Winter and Discontent in Early Modern England," which has been accepted for publication in Governing the Environment in the Early Modern World: Theory and Practice, to be published by Routledge Press in 2016.

William Cavert, PhD, has published The Smoke of London: Energy and Environment in the Early Modern City, with Cambridge University Press's series "Studies in Early Modern British History," widely considered the leading series in its field. The book examines how London became the first city in world history to experience sustained and serious air pollution, and how its inhabitants and governments responded to their changing urban atmosphere. Drawing on the records of central and locals governments, personal correspondence, scientific and medical literature, economic treatises, political pamphlets, and plays and poetry, The Smoke of London is an interdisciplinary study of the emergence of modern attitudes towards man-made and natural environments.

Liz Harry, PhD, had a paper accepted for publication in the Selected Proceedings of the European Studies Conference online: “John Barleycorn Must Die: Lynn White and the Special Role of the West in Modern Environmental Destruction.” The paper is a reevaluation of the seminal article published in 1967 in the journal Science by medieval European historian Lynn White, “The Historical Roots of Our Ecologic Crisis,” which influenced the emergence of environmental studies and ecotheology.  The paper examined White’s thesis by comparing existing scholarship with her own reflections on White and those of her students over the past year in the context of a course requirement she developed at the University of St. Thomas, the Sacred Earth Writing Project, and proposed a revised hypothesis, based on the results of this comparison.

Kari Zimmerman, PHD, published "As Pertaining to the Female Sex: The Legal and Social Norms of Female Entrepreneurship in Nineteenth-Century Rio de Janeiro, Brazil" in the Hispanic American Historical Review. The article analyzes how and where women participated in Brazilian commerce between 1869 and 1904, offering a more complete portrait of female economic activity that breaks from traditional characterizations of businesswomen as exceptional.

David Williard, PHD, was featured on the Historians Against Slavery blog.

Ann Brodeur,
PhD, earned her doctorate in Medieval History from the University of Toronto, 2015.

Ann Brodeur, PhD, has a forthcoming publication: "Indulgences and the Ransoming of English Captives of the Hundred Years' War" and "Indulgences, Hospitals, and Solidarity with the Sick in Medieval England.

Anne Klejment, PhD, was awarded Second Place by the Catholic Press Association  in 2015 for a scholarly book review.  She reviewed Faith, Resistance, and the Future: Daniel Berrigan's Challenge to Catholic Social Thought edited by James Marsh & Anna Brown and The Catonsville Nine: A Story of Faith and Resistance in the Vietnam Era, by Shawn Francis Peters, published in American Catholic Studies  Vol. 125 No. 1 in 2014. Judges' comments: “An excellent approach to a review, offering readers historical context before sliding carefully into the material, noting both the strengths and insights offered as well as suggesting where the accounts fall short of a complete approach to this troublesome time as well as of those caught up in the confusion.”

Anne Klejment, PhD, submitted her revised chapter “From Union Square to Heaven: The Anarchism of Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker” to editor Tom Goyens for Radical Gotham, a volume on the history of anarchism in New York City. 

Professor Emeritus, Scott Wright, PhD, published Carrying the Mummy, George Peterson: The Museum Years and Coming of Age on St. Paul’s East Side, 1954-1960.  SW Mindfulness Press. 2015.

Kari Zimmerman, PhD, published “What’s Next for Entrepreneurship in Cuba.” Entrepreneur and Innovation Exchange, April 2015.

George Woytanowitz, PhD, was honored by the Selim Center for Lifelong Learning on Friday, April 24, 2015. See the Selim Center for Lifelong Learning website for more information. 

David Williard, PhD, was featured on a MPR broadcast, "150 years ago: The surrender that ended the Civil War"

Hasan Karatas, PhD, presentation titled: "Anatolian Networks and the Transmission of the Zayni Sufi Order to the Ottoman World" at the Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, Berlin, March 26-28, 2015 

David Williard, PhD, was featured in the TPT production, "Minnesota and the Civil War Showcase!"

Kari Zimmerman, PhD, co-authored "Freedom for Too Few: Slave Runaways in the Brazilian Empire,” along with Ian Read (Soka University). The article was recently published in Journal of Social History, V 48, 2 (Winter 2014), 1-23