“Connaught or Hell: Irish State-Assisted Colonization of the North American West in the 1880s,” by Timothy S. Forest

Here is a link to the paper Tim Forest will present on Friday, November 2nd in the Von Rosenstiel Room. Please join us at 2:30 pm on the third floor of McMicken Hall for the first installment of this year’s Seminar Series. Food and drink will be provided.

Timothy Forest


The Devil in Society in Premodern Europe

UC History Professor Erika Gasser was recently published in the volume The Devil in Society in Premodern Europe, edited by Richard Raiswell and Peter Dendle. Erika’s chapter “Samuel Harsnett, John Darrell, and the use of Gender as an English Possession Propaganda Strategy” will appear in this “big book about the devil,” which is not only an interesting take on society in pre-modern Europe, but a great gift for the upcoming holidays!


Professor Gasser’s research includes the history of gender in colonial New England, early modern England, and the Anglo-Atlantic. Her work focuses particularly on ideas of manhood in writings about witchcraft, demonic possession, and religion from the late sixteenth century to the mid-eighteenth century. Along with her recently published chapter, she is currently revising her book manuscript, Manhood, Witchcraft, and Possession in Old and New England, and developing courses such as “Conflict and Rebellion in Early America,” “Gender in Britain and North America, 1600-1850,” and “Methods and Sources in Native American History.”

Research Seminar Series Starts November 2nd!

On November 2nd, the University of Cincinnati History Department will host the first of a series of research seminars to be held this year. The first colloquium will feature Tim Forest of UC Blue Ash and his work on migration and the British Empire. The title of Professor Forest’s paper is “Connaught or Hell: Irish State-Aided Emigration to North America in the 1880s.” Join us for the presentation, which will be held at 2:30pm on Friday, November 2nd, in the Von Rosenstiel room on the third floor of the McMicken building. Food and drinks will be provided!

The research seminars will be held on Fridays throughout the year in the Von Rosenstiel room. As of now, this is the series schedule:

January 25:  Professor Brianna Leavitt-Alcantara, “Navigating the Here and Hereafter:  Single Women and Spiritual Networking in Colonial Guatemala City.”

February 8: Professor Sigrun Haude, “The Experience of Disaster During the Thirty Years’ War: Autobiographical Writings by Religious in Bavaria.”

February 21: 3:30-5:30 in Main Street Cinema, TUC (Followed by a reception)
Professor Robin D.G. Kelley, Gary B. Nash Chair in U. S. History, UCLA:
“The Long Rise and Short Decline of American Democracy”

March 1: Professor Holly McGee, “Unlikely Alliances: Practical Black Women and Radical Politics, South Africa, post-1945.”

April 5:  Professor Hsing-yi Ho, “Nation, Progress and A New Worldview: Yan Fu’s ‘Tianyan’ (Heavenly Evolution) and its Impact on Chinese Intelligentsia, 1895-1911.”

For more information, please contact Maura O’Connor at oconnoma@ucmail.uc.edu.

UC History Professor Brianna Leavitt- Alcantara Presenting Paper at the American Academy of Religion’s Annual Meeting

University of Cincinnati History Professor Brianna Leavitt- Alcantara will be presenting her paper, “Navigating the Here and Hereafter: Single Women and Spiritual Networking in Colonial Guatemala City,” at the American Academy of Religion’s Annual Meeting in Chicago, from November 17th to the 20th.

Professor Leavitt- Alcantara teaches Latin American History, specializing in the colonial period. She is currently revising her book manuscript Practicing Faith:  Laywomen and Religion in Central America, 1700-1860. The project examines laywomen, gendered religious practice, and ideals of feminine piety in Guatemala City from 1700 to 1870, a time of great political and religious change in Latin America.

Here is a link to her faculty page

UC History Professor Wendy Kline Quoted in Associated Press Article

UC History Professor Wendy Kline was quoted in an Associated Press article posted on ABC news’ website on October 2nd. The article discusses the controversial topic of relationship titles in the 21st century. Professor Kline, a specialist in gender and sexuality studies, has taught at the University of Cincinnati since 2000, and is quoted in the article giving an historical context to the issue.

Here is a link to the article

Professor Kline is the author of two books: Bodies of Knowledge: Sexuality, Reproduction and Women’s Health in the Second Wave (University of Chicago, 2010), and Building a Better Race: Gender, Sexuality, and Eugenics from the Turn of the Century to the Baby Boom (University of California Press, 2001).  She has recently published articles in the Bulletin of the History of Medicine and the Journal of Women’s History, and essays in Feminist Coalitions, Major Problems in American Women’s History, and Popular Eugenics.  She also has a chapter on the history of eugenics in America with Oxford University Press.

Professor Kline received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis, in 1998, working under the direction of Karen Halttunen. Before joining the faculty at UC in 2000, Kline lived in Germany and taught the history of sexuality at the University of Munich. Kline is also a professional violinist and a member of two professional orchestras: The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and the Clermont Philharmonic.

Here is a link to Professor Kline’s faculty page for more information on her work.

Dr. Campos Hits the Airwaves

Professor Isaac Campos will be on 91.7 WVXU Sunday, May 13 to talk about his new book. “In the late 19th and early 20th century, marijuana caused madness and violence in Mexico. In his new book, Home Grown: Marijuana and the Origins of Mexico’s War on Drugs, Isaac Campos explains this curious phenomenon and demonstrates that Mexico’s War on Drugs was very much a policy of its own making. In a conversation with Mark Perzel, Campos explains it was Mexico that first taught the United States to truly fear “reefer madness.””

WVXU’s Website

American Association for the History of Medicine 2012

 The UC Department of History had record representation at the annual meeting of the American Association for the History of Medicine, April 26-29 in Baltimore, MD.  Ph.D. candidate Evan Hart presented “Women’s Health Redefined: The National Black Women’s Health Project and ‘Wholistic’ Health,” and Professor Wendy Kline presented “the Bowland Bust and the Criminalization of Traditional Midwifery in California.”  Ph.D. candidate Brittany Cowgill attended the conference as well.

Evan Hart, Wendy Kline, and Brittany Cowgill