Faculty Research

Bootstrap New UrbanismBootstrap New Urbanism: Design, Race, and Redevelopment in Milwaukee

Bootstrap New Urbanism by Joseph Rodriguez critically examines the urban design and revitalization initiatives undertaken by both the government and the people of Milwaukee. In the 1990s, New Urbanists followed a city tradition of using urban design to solve problems while seeking to elevate the city's national reputation and status. While New Urbanism was not the only design element undertaken to further Milwaukee's redevelopment, the elite focus on New Urbanism reflected an attempt to fashion a self-help narrative for the revitalization of the city. This approach linked New Urbanist design to the strengthening of grassroots community organizing and volunteerism to solve urban problems. The book uncovers a practice with implications for urban history, architectural history, planning history, environmental design, ethnic studies, and urban politics. (Lexington, 2014)

Bibliography of Metropolitan MilwaukeeBibliography of Metropolitan Milwaukee

The Bibliography of Metropolitan Milwaukee by Ann M. Graf, Amanda Seligman and Margo Anderson provides a starting point for further research into the city and surrounding areas. It includes resources for Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington, and Waukesha counties. Subjects covered include places, biographies, race and ethnicity, politics, business, the economy, charity, religion, the arts, architecture, recreation, health, gender, the natural environment, media, infrastructure, bibliographies, and archives. Organized into 19 thematic chapters that are further organized by topic, this volume offers the most comprehensive bibliographical resources about the Milwaukee area ever produced. (Marquette University Press, 2014)

Moving Images: Photography and the Japanese American Incarceration

Moving Images by Jasmine Alinder is an in-depth analysis of photography during the Japanese American incarceration during World War II. Moving Images examines the work of photographers operating both during and after the incarceration. 2009. University of Illinois Press


Anderson, Citro, SalvoEncyclopedia of the U.S. Census: From the Constitution to the American Community Survey (ACS), 2d ed.

Encyclopedia of the U.S. Census: From the Constitution to the American Community Survey (ACS), 2d ed. edited by Margo J. Anderson, Constance F. Citro and Joseph J. Salvo, updates and expands a critically-acclaimed resource to the history, politics, content, procedures, and uses of the decennial census of the American population. The new edition highlights changes in the Census Bureau's data collection and dissemination practices for the 2010 enumeration, including the use of a short-form questionnaire for the actual population count, and the release in late 2010 of the American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year data set based on rolling samples of the U.S. population and gathered using the long-form questionnaire. The second edition also comprehensively covers the fallout from the 2000 census and recent issues affecting the administration of the 2010 count. 2011. CQ Press.


Milwaukee PastPerspectives on Milwaukee's Past

Perspectives on Milwaukee's Past, edited by Margo Anderson and Victor Greene, offers a compelling case for the broader national significance of Milwaukee as a site of historical research. This book not only sheds light on Milwaukee's history from its pre-industrial origins through the era of deindustrialization, but also surveys shifting historiographical trends in the scholarly and popular treatment of the city's history. In this book, a diverse group of scholars explore key themes in Milwaukee's history from settlement to the present. Contributors, who include History Department members Genevieve G. McBride, Aims McGuinness, and Joseph A. Rodriguez, discuss the importance of socialism and labor in local politics; Milwaukee's ethnic diversity, including its unusually large and significant German American population; the function and origins of the city's residential architecture; and the role of religious and ethnic culture in forming the city's identity. Rich in detail, the essays also identify critical areas and methods for future investigations into Milwaukee's past. 2009. University of Illinois Press.


Generations of Youth: Youth Cultures and History in Twentieth Century America

Generations of Youth by Joe Austin & Michael N. Willard traces the central ways in which historical meanings and experiences of youth intersect with other axes of the U.S. social hierarchy. We learn how race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, class, and space intersect to affect our notions of youth and youth's notions of itself. 1998. New York University Press


Taking the Train: How Graffiti Art Became an Urban Crisis in New York City

Joe Austin's Taking the Train traces the history of "writing" in NYC and the struggle that developed between the city and the writers. Austin tracks how "writing" assumed crisis-level importance inside the NYC mayoral administrations and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority for almost two decades. Although the city took back the trains, Austin shows how and why the culture of "writing" became an art movement and a vital part of hip-hop culture. 2001. Columbia University Press


Immigrant Rights in the Shadows of Citizenship

Immigrant Rights by Rachel Ida Buff brings prominent activists and scholars together to examine the emergence and significance of the contemporary immigrant rights movement. Contributors place the contemporary immigrant rights movement in historical and comparative contexts by looking at the ways immigrants and their allies have staked claims to rights in the past, and by examining movements based in different communities around the United States. Scholars explain the evolution of immigration policy, and analyze current conflicts around issues of immigrant rights; activists engaged in the current movement document the ways in which coalitions have been built among immigrants from different nations, and between immigrant and native born peoples. The essays examine the ways in which questions of immigrant rights engage broader issues of identity, including gender, race, and sexuality. 2008. New York University Press


Lost Letters of Medieval Life: English Society, 1200-1250Lost Letters of Medieval Life: English Society, 1200-1250

Lost Letters of Medieval Life: English Society, 1200-1250, edited by Martha Carlin and David Crouch, reveals everyday life in early thirteenth-century England in vivid detail through the correspondence of people from all classes, from peasants and shopkeepers to bishops and earls. The documents edited here include letters between masters and servants, husbands and wives, neighbors and enemies, and cover a wide range of topics: politics and war, going to fairs and going to law, attending tournaments and stocking a game park, borrowing cash and doing favors for friends, investigating adultery and building a windmill. While letters by celebrated people have long been known, the correspondence of ordinary people has not survived and has generally been assumed never to have existed in the first place. Martha Carlin and David Crouch, however, have discovered numerous examples of such correspondence hiding in plain sight. The letters can be found in manuscripts called formularies—the collections of form letters and other model documents that for centuries were used to teach the arts of letter-writing and keeping accounts. The editors present letters from two such manuscripts, here in their first printed edition, both in the original Latin and in English translation, with each document contextualized in an accompanying essay. 2013. University of Pennsylvania Press.


The United States of the United Races: A Utopian History of Racial MixingThe United States of the United Races: A Utopian History of Racial Mixing

The United States of the United Races: A Utopian History of Racial Mixing by Greg Carter reconsiders an understudied optimist tradition in the history of racial amalgamation throughout U.S., one which has praised mixture as a means to create a new people, bring equality to all, and fulfill an American destiny. In this genealogy, Greg Carter re-envisions racial mixture as a vehicle for pride and a way for citizens to examine mixed America as a better America. Tracing the centuries-long conversation that began with Hector St. John de Crevecoeur’s Letters of an American Farmer in the 1780s through to the Mulitracial Movement of the 1990s and the debates surrounding racial categories on the U.S. Census in the twenty-first century, Greg Carter explores a broad range of documents and moments, unearthing a new narrative that locates hope in racial mixture. Carter traces the reception of the concept as it has evolved over the years, from and decade to decade and century to century, wherein even minor changes in individual attitudes have paved the way for major changes in public response. The United States of the United Races sweeps away an ugly element of U.S. history, replacing it with a new understanding of race in America. 2013. NYU Press.


ChuThe German Minority in Interwar Poland

The German Minority in Interwar Poland by Winson Chu analyzes what happened when Germans from three different empires - the Russian, Habsburg, and German - were forced to live together in one, new state. After the First World War, German national activists made regional distinctions among these Germans and German-speakers in Poland, with preference initially for those who had once lived in the German Empire. Rather than becoming more cohesive over time, Poland's ethnic Germans remained divided and did not unite within a single representative organization. Polish repressive policies and unequal subsidies from the German state exacerbated these differences, while National Socialism created new hierarchies and unleashed bitter intra-ethnic conflict among German minority leaders. Winson Chu challenges prevailing interpretations that German nationalism in the twentieth century viewed "Germans" as a homogeneous, single group of people. His revealing study shows that nationalist agitation could divide as well as unite an embattled ethnicity. 2012. Cambridge University Press

Carolyn Eichner

Surmounting the Barricades: Women in the Paris Commune

This book by Carolyn J. Eichner vividly evokes radical women’s integral roles within France’s revolutionary civil war known as the Paris Commune. It demonstrates the breadth, depth, and impact of communard feminist socialisms far beyond the 1871 insurrection. Examining the period from the early 1860s through that century’s end, Eichner investigates how radical women developed critiques of gender, class, and religious hierarchies in the immediate pre-Commune era, how these ideologies emerged as a plurality of feminist socialisms within the revolution, and how these varied politics subsequently affected fin-de-siècle gender and class relations. She focuses on three distinctly dissimilar revolutionary women leaders who exemplify multiple competing and complementary feminist socialisms: Andre Leo, Elisabeth Dmitrieff, and Paule Mink. Leo theorized and educated through journalism and fiction, Dmitrieff organized institutional power for working-class women, and Mink agitated crowds to create an egalitarian socialist world. Each woman forged her own path to gender equality and social justice. 2004. Indiana University Press


Creating the American Mind: Intellect and Politics in the Colonial Colleges

Creating the American Mind by J. David Hoeveler is the first book to present a synthetic treatment of the colonial colleges, tracing their role in the intellectual development of early Americans through the Revolution. Hoeveler focuses on Harvard, William and Mary, Yale, the College of New Jersey (Princeton), King's College (Columbia), the College of Philadelphia (University of Pennsylvania), Queen's College (Rutgers), the College of Rhode Island (Brown), and Dartmouth. 2003. Rowman and Littlefield.


The Postmodernist Turn: American Thought and Culture in the 1970s

During the 1970s, the United States became the world's preeminent postindustrial society. This changed the way Americans lived and worked, and even altered their perceptions of reality. Americans struggled to find their place in a world where symbol became more important than fact, appearance more important than reality, where image supplanted essence. J. David Hoeveler finds that the sense of detachment and dislocation that characterizes the postindustrial society serves as a paradigm for American thought and culture in the 1970s. 2004. Rowman and Littlefield.


Watch on the Right: Conservative Intellectuals in the Reagan Era

The ascendancy of conservatism in the last twenty years is an unprecedented episode in American intellectual and political history. In Watch on the Right, J. David Hoeveler gives us enlightening, often humorous, portraits of the key thinkers behind this "revolution." As Hoeveler writes, "conservative thinkers hang their hats on many different racks," and this book dramatizes for us the breadth of the conservative coalition as exemplified by the eight writers surveyed: William F. Buckley, Jr., George Will, Robert Nisbet, Irving Kristol, Hilton Kramer, Jeanne Kirkpatrick, R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., and Michael Novak. 1991. Winner of the 1992 Council for Wisconsin Writers Award for Best Scholarly Book. University of Wisconsin Press.


The State of Sovereignty: Territories, Laws, Populations

The State of Sovereignty: Territories, Laws, Populations was edited by Douglas Howland and Luise White, 2008. It examines how it came to pass that the nation-state became the prevailing form of governance in the world today. Spanning the 19th and 20th centuries and addressing colonization and decolonization around the globe, these essays argue that sovereignty is a set of historically contingent practices, and not something that accrues naturally to states. The contributors explore the different ways in which sovereign political forms have been defined and have defined themselves, placing recent debates about nations and national identity within a broader history of sovereignty, territory, and legality. 2008. Indiana University Press


Johnson, GuskyBordertown: The Odyssey of an American Place

Bordertown: The Odyssey of an American Place, by Benjamin Johnson and photographer Jeffrey Gusky captures the encounter between Mexico and America through their mesmerizing portrayal of Roma, Texas. European culture left its mark here, but it was brought by mixed-race, Spanish-speaking pioneers who practiced Muslim irrigation techniques and believed that they were descended from Jews. Triumphant American armies made this region part of the United States, but the descendants of those they conquered have fought in every American conflict from the Civil War to Iraq. Racial strife divided this land, but slaves gained freedom by fleeing south to Mexico and Hispanics reacquired wealth and power by buying out Anglos. Although today the area is one of the poorest in the United States, the fortune that founded Citibank was made here and the town has inspired such authors as John Steinbeck and Larry McMurtry. In a time when the border is a source of controversy and division, Johnson’s unexpected stories and Gusky’s haunting photographs demonstrate how deeply the story of the border is also the story of America itself. 2008. Yale University Press.


On Wisconsin Women: Working for Their Rights from Settlement to Suffrage

In On Wisconsin Women, Genevieve McBride traces women's work in reform movements in the state's politics and in its press. Among women who would be heard were Mathilde Fransziska Anneke, Emma Brown, Lavinia Goodell, Emma Bascom, Olympia Brown, Belle Case La Follette, Ada L. James, and Theodora Winton Youmans. McBride brings their voices vividly to life, in their own words on their lifelong work for woman's rights. Winner of the 1995 Council for Wisconsin Writers Award for Best Scholarly Book and the 1994 State Historical Society of Wisconsin Book Award of Merit


Women's Wisconsin: From Native Matriarchies to the New Millennium

Women's Wisconsin: From Native Matriarchies to the New Millennium, by Genevieve G. McBride, is a new women's history anthology that was published on Women's Equality Day 2005. It will make history as the first single-source history of Wisconsin women. This unique tome features dozens of excerpts of articles as well as primary sources, such as women's letters, reminiscences, and oral histories, previously published over many decades in the Wisconsin Magazine of History and other Society Press publications. 2005. Wisconsin Historical Society Press.


Path of Empire: Latin American Transformations and the California Gold Rush, 1848-1856

In Path of Empire, Aims McGuinness explains how the California Gold Rush, the U.S. empire, and anti-imperialist politics in Latin America intertwine. McGuinness reveals how U.S. imperial projects in Panama were integral to developments in California and to U.S. continental expansion. Path of Empire unbinds the gold rush from the confines of U.S. history and narrates that event as the history of Panama, a small place of global importance in the mid-1800s. Cornell University Press, 2008.


MillerOgimaag: Anishinaabeg Leadership, 1760–1845

Ogimaag: Anishinaabeg Leadership, 1760–1845 by Cary Miller reexamines Ojibwe leadership practices and processes in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. At the end of the nineteenth century, anthropologists who had studied Ojibwe leadership practices developed theories about human societies and cultures derived from the perceived Ojibwe model. Scholars believed that the Ojibwes typified an anthropological “type” of Native society, one characterized by weak social structures and political institutions. Miller counters those assumptions by looking at the historical record and examining how leadership was distributed and enacted long before scholars arrived on the scene. Miller uses research produced by Ojibwes themselves, American and British officials, and individuals who dealt with the Ojibwes, both in official and unofficial capacities. By examining the hereditary position of leaders who served as civil authorities over land and resources and handled relations with outsiders, the warriors, and the respected religious leaders of the Midewiwin society, Miller provides an important new perspective on Ojibwe history. 2010. University of Nebraska Press.


Poland, the United States and the Stabilization of Europe, 1919-1933

Neal Pease’s book is the first full-length study of relations between Poland and the U.S. following World War I, as Poland turned to America to buttress its precarious position. Pease examines how Polish leaders of the 1920s sought to enlist U.S. political and financial support on behalf of their beleaguered state. Drawing on exhaustive archival research, Pease unravels the fascinating ties between these unlikely diplomatic partners. Winner of the J. Pilsudski Institute of America's award for the best book on the modern history of Poland. 1986. Oxford University Press


Rome's Most Faithful Daughter: The Catholic Church and Independent Poland, 1914-1939

Neal Pease's book states that when an independent Poland reappeared on the map of Europe after WW I, it was widely regarded as the most Catholic country on the continent. All the same, the relations of the Second Polish Republic with the Church — both its representatives inside the country and the Holy See itself — proved far more difficult than expected. 2009.  Ohio University Press


The Jewish Diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean: Fragments of Memory

In The Jewish Diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean editor Kristin Ruggiero assembled thirteen essays of the Jewish experience in Latin America, furthering the interdisciplinary exploration of four prominent themes in the history of the respective Jewries: memory, identity, anti-Semitism, and violence. These "fragments of memory" are a significant contribution to our understanding of Latin American Jewish life. 2005. Sussex Academic Press

Modernity in the Flesh

Modernity in the Flesh: Medicine, Law, and Society in Turn-of-the-Century Argentina

Modernity in the Flesh by Kristin Ruggiero examines the lives of people caught in the dynamics of changing mores, rapid urbanization, and real public health issues in nineteenth-century Buenos Aires. The book shows the costs Argentines paid for the establishment of liberal democracy between 1880 and 1910. Modernity raised consciousness of the public good and a commitment to new sciences and a new set of priorities that asserted the precedence of health and security of the social whole. 2004. Stanford University Press.


SeligmanIs Graduate School Really for You?: The Whos, Whats, Hows, and Whys of Pursuing a Master's or Ph.D.

Is Graduate School Really for You?: The Whos, Whats, Hows, and Whys of Pursuing a Master's or Ph.D. by Amanda Seligman helps potential students navigate graduate study—not just how to get in but how to succeed once you are there and what to expect when you leave. She weighs the pros and cons of attending graduate school against achieving a sustainable work-life balance and explains the application process, the culture of graduate school, and employment prospects for academics. This informed and candid book provides anyone thinking about pursuing an advanced degree—and those who support them—with the inside scoop on what to expect in graduate school. Written in a question-and-answer format, Is Graduate School Really for You? eliminates the guesswork. 2012. Johns Hopkins University Press

Race, labor, and civilrights

Race, Labor, and Civil Rights: Griggs versus Duke Power and the Struggle for Equal Employment Opportunity

In 1966, thirteen black employees of the Duke Power Company's Dan River Plant in Draper, North Carolina, filed a lawsuit against the company challenging its requirement of a high school diploma or a passing grade on an intelligence test for internal transfer or promotion. In the groundbreaking decision Griggs v. Duke Power (1971), the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, finding such employment practices violated Title 7 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when they disparately affected minorities. In doing so, the court delivered a significant anti-employment discrimination verdict. Legal scholars rank Griggs v. Duke Power on par with Brown v. Board of Education (1954) in terms of its impact on eradicating race discrimination from American institutions. In Race, Labor, and Civil Rights, Robert Samuel Smith offers the first full-length historical examination of this important case and its connection to civil rights activism during the second half of the 1960s. 2008. LSU Press


VangHmong America: Reconstructing Community in Diaspora

Hmong America: Reconstructing Community in Diaspora by Chia Youyee Vang documents her own migration from Laos to Minnesota at age nine and the transformations she has witnessed in Hmong communities throughout the migration and settlement processes. Vang depicts Hmong experiences in Asia and examines aspects of community building in America to reveal how new Hmong identities have been formed and how they have challenged popular assumptions about race and ethnicity in multicultural America. With an approach that intermingles the archival research of a historian, the personal experiences of a refugee, and the participant-observer perspectives of a community insider, Vang constructs a nuanced and complex portrait of the more than 130,000 Hmong people who came to the United States as political refugees beginning in the mid-1970s. She offers critiques of previous representations of the Hmong community and provides the sociological underpinnings for a bold reassessment of Hmong history in the greater context of globalization. This new understanding redefines concepts of Hmong homogeneity and characterizes ordinary Hmong migrants not as passive victims but as dynamic actors who have exercised much power over their political and social destinies. While Vang focuses on the Hmong community in the Twin Cities, she also has conducted research in numerous Hmong enclaves in the United States and abroad. 2010. University of Illinois Press.


Hmong in Minnesota

In Hmong in Minnesota, Chia Youyee Vang conveys how successive waves of Hmong, one of the most recent immigrant groups, have made their home in Minnesota. Vang reveals the colorful, intricate history of these immigrants, many of whom were forced to flee their homeland of Laos when the communists seized power during the Vietnam War. By introducing readers to the people themselves, the book tells the story of their struggle to adjust to new environments, build communities, maintain cultural practices, and make their mark on government policies and programs. 2008. Minnesota Historical Society Press


Early Modern Europe, 1450-1789Early Modern Europe, 1450-1789

Early Modern Europe, 1450-1789 by Merry Wiesner-Hanks is the second edition of this best-selling textbook that covers European history from the invention of the printing press to the French Revolution, updated to include expanded coverage of the late eighteenth century and the Enlightenment, and to incorporate recent advances in gender history, global connections and cultural analysis. The text takes in Europe in its entirety, eastward to the Ottoman Empire, northward to Sweden, and southward to Portugal, and includes European colonies overseas. It integrates religious, gender, class, regional and ethnic differences as well as the economic, political, religious and cultural history of the period. The book sets developments in Europe in a global context, and features summaries, timelines, maps, illustrations, and discussion questions, along with interactive online resources. 2013. Cambridge University Press.


Religious Transformations in the Early Modern World: A Brief Study with Documents

In the early modern period, for reasons that varied widely, leaders and thinkers from Mexico to the Ottoman Empire and from China to the Indian subcontinent sought to reform existing religions, develop new spiritual practices, promote innovative texts, and, on occasion, even create new religions. By presenting documents from different regions, and religious and philosophical traditions, including Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Christianity, and Confucianism, Religious Transformations in the Early Modern World by Merry Wiesner-Hanks allows students to explore and analyze these varied transformations. 2009. Bedford/St. Martin's Books


The Marvelous Hairy Girls: The Gonzales Sisters and Their Worlds

The Marvelous Hairy Girls by Merry Wiesner-Hanks tells the extraordinary story of three sixteenth-century sisters who, along with their father and brothers, were afflicted with an extremely rare genetic condition that made them unusually hairy. Amazingly, the Gonzales sisters were welcomed in the courts of Europe, and spent much of their lives among nobles, musicians, and artists. Their double identity as humans and beasts made them intriguing subjects of medical investigations and of a considerable number of portraits, some of which still hang in European castles today. 2009. Yale University Press