Working Historians
Joe Flickinger - High School Teacher and Local Historian

Joe Flickinger - High School Teacher and Local Historian

August 20, 2021

Joe Flickinger teaches high school history outside Cincinnati, Ohio, and is the Vice President of the Green Township Historical Association. In this episode, Rob, Jimmy, and Joe discuss how to research and write local history, with examples from Joe’s writings on the Bridgetown Cemetery, suburbanization in Colerain Township, and the bicentennial of Green Township.

 

Recommendations:

Joe Flickinger, A History of Bridgetown Cemetery: Quietly Serving Cincinnati’s Western Hills for over 50 Years (Berwyn Heights, MD: Heritage Books, 2021) - recommended by Rob

Alexis Coe, You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington (New York: Penguin Random House, 2020) - recommended by Joe Flickinger

Rachel Wolgemuth, Cemetery Tours and Programming: A Guide (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016) - recommended by Joe Flickinger

Gideon Defoe, An Atlas of Extinct Countries: The Remarkable (and Occasionally Ridiculous) Stories of 48 Nations that Fell Off the Map (New York: Europa Editions, 2021) - recommended by Rob

All the Streets are Silent: The Convergence of Hip-Hop and Skateboarding, 1987-1997, Jeremy Elkins, dir. (2021) - recommended by Jimmy

Encore: Jennifer Bryant - Preservation Compliance Officer

Encore: Jennifer Bryant - Preservation Compliance Officer

August 6, 2021

Encore presentation (and therefore outdated in just about every way): Jennifer Bryant is an instructor at SNHU and a preservation compliance officer with the Colorado State Historical Preservation Office. In this conversation, we talk about some aspects of the history of the American West, blindspots in history regarding violence against minority groups, and her career as a volunteer and professional agent for historic preservation.

Where Are They Now: Jen Bryant - Facility Management Compliance Specialist, National Park Service

Where Are They Now: Jen Bryant - Facility Management Compliance Specialist, National Park Service

July 30, 2021

Jennifer Bryant appeared in our third episode back in 2017, and in this episode Jimmy and Rob catch up with Jen to discuss her new job and then wander down a variety of historical footpaths to discuss environmental history, the American West, historical memory, and the future history to be written about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Encore: Bob Irvine - Consultant, PARC Resources

Encore: Bob Irvine - Consultant, PARC Resources

June 25, 2021

Dr. Bob Irvine teaches history in the Master of Arts in History program at SNHU and is a consultant for Parc Resources in Oregon. In this episode, Dr. Irvine talks about his research and teaching interests, water reclamation projects in Kansas during the twentieth century, and the historical skills he uses in his job as a consultant.

Where Are They Now: Bob Irvine - Consultant, Parc Resources

Where Are They Now: Bob Irvine - Consultant, Parc Resources

June 18, 2021

Bob Irvine teaches history in the Master of Arts program at Southern New Hampshire and is a consultant for Parc Resources in Eastern Oregon. In this episode we discuss what Bob has been up to since his last interview in 2017, including new projects in collaboration with Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest.

Encore: Chris Kline - Learning Community Facilitator

Encore: Chris Kline - Learning Community Facilitator

June 7, 2021

Christopher Kline, an instructor and Learning Community Facilitator for Southern New Hampshire University, discusses his research and teaching interests, why the Whiskey Rebellion broke out in post-Revolutionary Pennsylvania, the evolution of his career, and advice for students looking to break into careers in history. Professor Kline has worked as a history tutor, a member of a museum board, and an adjunct instructor at community colleges and universities.

Peter Milich - Historian

Peter Milich - Historian

January 7, 2021

Dr. Peter Milich is a historian who specializes in Russian, Soviet, and Eastern European history. As a witness to the collapse of modern nations like the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia, Rob and Pete discuss the state of modern international affairs.

This episode’s recommendations: Alfred McCoy, “The Rise and Decline of US Global Power” (October 25, 2017), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GygmGSwvcI Dominic Lieven, “The Tsar Liberates Europe? Russia against Napoleon, 1807-1914” (October 8, 2009), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzElqomAATI Daniel Junge and Steven Leckart, dirs., “Challenger: The Final Flight” (2020), https://www.netflix.com/title/81012137

Paul McKenzie-Jones - Historian

Paul McKenzie-Jones - Historian

December 24, 2020

Dr. Paul McKenzie-Jones teaches history, focusing on political activism among Native Americans and other indigenous peoples around the world.

This episode’s recommendations: Nick Estes, Our History is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Resistance of Indigenous Resistance (Verso, 2019), https://soundcloud.com/user-399142700/cassandra-clark-public-historian-state-of-utah-and-adjunct-instructor Susan Sleeper-Smith, Juliana Barr, Jean M. O’Brien, Nancy Shoemaker, and Scott Manning Stevens, eds., Why you Can’t Teach United States History without American Indians (University of North Carolina Press, 2015), https://uncpress.org/book/9781469621203/why-you-cant-teach-united-states-history-without-american-indians/ Patricia Nelson Limerick, The Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West (W.W. Norton, 1987), https://wwnorton.com/books/9780393304978

Cassandra Clark - Public Historian, State of Utah, and Adjunct Instructor

Cassandra Clark - Public Historian, State of Utah, and Adjunct Instructor

December 16, 2020

Dr. Cassandra Clark teaches history at Southern New Hampshire University and Salt Lake Community College and is a public historian with the State of Utah’s Department of Heritage and Arts. In this episode, we will discuss Dr. Clark’s academic and professional background, her work with the State of Utah, and her research on the history of insanity and the environment in the American West, with discussions of eugenics, phrenology, and the changing scientific understanding of how the human brain works.

Recommendations Utah Department of Heritage & Arts, Salt Lake West Side Stories: https://newnationproject.utah.gov/salt-lake-west-side-stories/ Denver Public Library, “When the KKK Ruled Colorado: Not So Long Ago,” https://history.denverlibrary.org/news/when-kkk-ruled-colorado-not-so-long-ago Janet Miron, Prisons, Asylums, and the Public: Institutional Visiting in the Nineteenth Century (University of Toronto Press, 2011), https://utorontopress.com/us/prisons-asylums-and-the-public-4 Carla Yanni, The Architecture of Madness (University of Minnesota Press, 2007), https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/the-architecture-of-madness Timothy Tyson, Blood Done Sign My Name (Penguin Random House, 2004), https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/181459/blood-done-sign-my-name-by-timothy-b-tyson/

Guy Ruoff - History Instructor and Town Supervisor, Scott NY

Guy Ruoff - History Instructor and Town Supervisor, Scott NY

November 26, 2020

Dr. Guy Ruoff teaches history at Southern New Hampshire University and is Town Supervisor for Scott, New York. In this episode, Guy talks to Rob about his academic and professional background, his present and future political career, and the importance of historical knowledge in the political sphere.

This episode’s recommendations: The Memory Palace podcast: https://www.prx.org/memory-palace/?gclid=CjwKCAiA7939BRBMEiwA-hX5J-QrMyhtslsmIXC6xsvyk-9w1DAfKaYkcdra6-w-7losaludcCtFDBoC-e8QAvD_BwE

Deirdre Lannon - Senior Lecturer, Texas State University

Deirdre Lannon - Senior Lecturer, Texas State University

November 19, 2020

Deirdre Lannon teaches history at Texas State University. In this episode, Deirdre discusses her academic and professional background (including her time fronting a rockabilly band!) and her dissertation research topic, Ruth Reynolds and her role in the fight for Puerto Rican independence.

Scott Black - Historian, Southern New Hampshire University

Scott Black - Historian, Southern New Hampshire University

October 30, 2020

Scott Black teaches history at numerous colleges and universities, including Southern New Hampshire University. In this episode, Scott talks about his academic and professional background, his career teaching history, and the challenges and rewards of writing historical fiction.

This episode’s recommendations: Sabaton: https://www.sabaton.net/ Various Authors, The American Yawp: https://www.americanyawp.com/

Karen Sieber - Humanities Specialist, McGillicuddy Humanities Center, University of Maine

Karen Sieber - Humanities Specialist, McGillicuddy Humanities Center, University of Maine

October 15, 2020

Karen Sieber is a Humanities Specialist for the Clement and Laura McGillicuddy Humanities Center at the University of Maine. In this episode we discuss her academic and professional background, the major public history research projects with which she has been affiliated, her work at the Humanities Center, and our history-related recommendations

Recommendations: Visualizing the Red Summer http://visualizingtheredsummer.com/ Goin’ North: https://goinnorth.org/ Chicago Defender:https://www.chicagodefenderarchives.org/ African-American Civil War Soldiers Project: https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/usct/african-american-civil-war-soldiers Monroe Work Today: https://plaintalkhistory.com/monroeandflorencework/ Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee: https://snccdigital.org/ Charleston Syllabus: https://www.aaihs.org/resources/charlestonsyllabus/ Christopher Tomlins, In the Matter of Nat Turner: A Speculative History (Princeton University Press, 2020), https://press.princeton.edu/books/hardcover/9780691198668/in-the-matter-of-nat-turner Rob’s interview with Christopher Tomlins for the New Books Network: https://newbooksnetwork.com/christopher-tomlins-in-the-matter-of-nat-turner-a-speculative-history-princeton-up-2020/

Adam Lehman - Assistant Professor, Guilford Technical Community College

Adam Lehman - Assistant Professor, Guilford Technical Community College

October 1, 2020

Adam Lehman is Assistant Professor of History at Guilford Technical Community College. In this episode we discuss his academic and professional background and his research into the missed privateering opportunities of the War of 1812.

This episode’s recommendations: Jeff Kinard, “Lectures in History: Civil War Weaponry,” C-Span, https://www.c-span.org/video/?465611-1/civil-war-weaponry Footnoting History Teaching Guide: https://www.footnotinghistory.com/teach.html

Shenetha Solomon - Consultant, Researcher, and Teacher

Shenetha Solomon - Consultant, Researcher, and Teacher

September 8, 2020

Shenetha Solomon is a historical consultant, a doctoral student, and an instructor at Southern New Hampshire University. In this episode we discuss her academic and professional background, and we focus on her research into the history of the town of Taft, Oklahoma, and her family’s connections to the town.

This episode’s recommendations: Daina Ramey Berry, The Price for their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved, From Womb to Grave, in the Building of a Nation (Penguin Random House, 2017): https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/538529/the-price-for-their-pound-of-flesh-by-daina-ramey-berry/ Jamie Goodall, Pirates of the Chesapeake Bay: From the Colonial Era to the Oyster Wars (History Press, 2020): https://www.arcadiapublishing.com/Products/9781467141161 Rob’s New Books Network interview with Jamie Goodall about Pirates of the Chesapeake Bay: https://newbooksnetwork.com/jamie-l-h-goodall-pirates-of-the-chesapeake-bay-from-the-colonial-era-to-the-oyster-wars-the-history-press-2020/

Sarah Estee - Adjunct Instructor, Southern New Hampshire University

Sarah Estee - Adjunct Instructor, Southern New Hampshire University

August 4, 2020

Sarah Estee teaches history at Southern New Hampshire University. In this episode, Rob and Sarah discuss the use of film as a teaching tool in history courses, and touch on some of the more notorious history-based films in recent decades (ahem, 300…).

This episode’s recommendations: Robert Rosenstone, History on Film/Film on History (Pearson, 2006) Disgraceland Podcast: https://www.disgracelandpod.com/ Noble Blood Podcast: http://noblebloodtales.com/ Hardcore History Podcast: AHA job report: https://www.historians.org/ahajobsreport2020

Gregory Robinson - Adjunct Instructor, Southern New Hampshire University

Gregory Robinson - Adjunct Instructor, Southern New Hampshire University

July 23, 2020

Dr. Gregory Robinson teaches history for Southern New Hampshire University. In this episode we discuss his career teaching high school students, his research into Native American trickster gods and other aspects of mythology, his brief stint as a playwright, and the connections he has drawn between history and motorcycles.

This episode’s recommendations: Howard Zinn, A People’s History of the United States (Harper Collins, 2015), https://www.harpercollins.com/products/a-peoples-history-of-the-united-states-howard-zinn Seamus Heaney, Beowulf: A New Verse Translation (Farrar, Strous, and Giroux, 2000), https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780374111199 Gar Alperovitz, Atomic Diplomacy: Hiroshima and Potsdam (Pluto Press, 1994), http://www.plutobooks.com/9780745309477/atomic-diplomacy/ Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., A Thousand Days: JFK in the White House (Houghton Mifflin, 1965) Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., Violence: America in the Sixties (New American Library, 1968) Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., “Origins of the Cold War,” Foreign Affairs 46:1 (October 1967) Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., The Crisis of Confidence: Ideas, Power, and Violence in America (1969) Vikings (TV Show), https://www.history.com/shows/vikings New Books Network, https://newbooksnetwork.com/

Larry Tye - Author and Director, Health Coverage Fellowship

Larry Tye - Author and Director, Health Coverage Fellowship

July 9, 2020

Larry Tye is a journalist and the Director of Health Coverage Fellowship, which helps print, radio, TV, and online journalists and editors better cover health care issues. He also recently published Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Joe McCarthy. In this episode, we discuss the book, Larry’s background, and his perspective on the state of journalism during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Larry Tye, Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Joe McCarthy (Houghton Mifflin, 2020): https://www.hmhbooks.com/shop/books/Demagogue/9781328959720 Health Coverage Fellowship: https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org/programs/health-coverage-fellowship

Benjamin Carr discusses Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico

Benjamin Carr discusses Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico

June 30, 2020

Benjamin Carr teaches history at Southern New Hampshire University. In this episode, Rob, James, and Ben discuss Joshua Norton, the first Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico. It’s such a San Francisco story. This episode’s recommendations: Albert Dressler, Emperor Norton: LIfe and Experiences of a Notable Character in San Francisco, 1849-1880 (Sacramento: News Publishing Company, 1927), https://archive.org/details/emperornorton1927dres Neil Gaiman and Shawn McManus, “Three Septembers and a January,” The Sandman, vol. 2, no. 31 (October, 1991)

Introducing “Policing a Free Society”

Introducing “Policing a Free Society”

June 17, 2020

In this episode, Jeff Czarnec and Rob Denning belatedly introduce themselves, provide some background on the Policing a Free Society podcast, and attempt to define and preview many of the concepts that will pop up in future episodes of the series, including the changing interpretations of history and human behavior and the complexity of policing a free society.

Richard Driver - Assistant Professor, McLennan Community College

Richard Driver - Assistant Professor, McLennan Community College

June 14, 2020

Dr. Richard Driver is an Assistant Professor of History at McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas. In this episode, Richard discusses his research into twentieth-century musicians and his career teaching history.

This episode’s recommendations: Lisa Brooks, Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War (Yale University Press, 2019), https://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9780300244328/our-beloved-kin and https://ourbelovedkin.com/awikhigan/index Kenneth Womack, Solid State: The Story of Abbey Road and the End of the Beatles (Cornell University Press, 2019), https://kennethwomack.com/books/beatlesbooks/solid-state-the-story-of-abbey-road-and-the-end-of-the-beatles/ Julian Zelizer and Kevin Kruse, Fault Lines: A History of the United States since 1974 (Penguin Random House, 2019), https://www.penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/605403/fault-lines-by-kevin-m-kruse/9780393357707 Song Exploder Podcast: http://songexploder.net/ Idiocracy

Rob Denning and James Fennessy can be reached at workinghistorians@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/WorkHistorians.

Policing a Free Society: Demilitarization and Defunding the Police

Policing a Free Society: Demilitarization and Defunding the Police

June 10, 2020

Rob, Jeff, and Jonathan talk about the militarization of police forces in recent decades, the goals of community leaders who call for “defunding the police,” and the cancellation of the “COPS” television series after nearly 30 years on the air.

Policing a Free Society: The Death of George Floyd

Policing a Free Society: The Death of George Floyd

June 3, 2020

In this first episode of “Policing a Free Society,” a series dedicated to the intersection of history and criminal justice, Dr. Rob Denning, Dr. Jeff Czarnec, and soon-to-be-Dr. Jonathan Wesley bring their backgrounds in history, criminal justice, philosophy, and diversity, equity, and inclusion to bear on the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police and the public response to Floyd's death.

Scotty Edler - Adjunct Professor

Scotty Edler - Adjunct Professor

May 28, 2020

Scotty Edler is a student of history and political science and teaches for Southern New Hampshire University and community colleges in Texas. In this episode, Scotty talks about his pursuit of a Master of Science degree in Political Science, his historical research into Kaiser Wilhelm II and the second German Reich, the history of Mardi Gras, his experience with local and state politics, a potential project on political polling, and his college teaching career.

This episode’s recommendations: Walter Langer and Peter Stearns, eds., The Encyclopedia of World History: Ancient, Medieval, and Modern, Chronologically Arranged, 6th ed. (Houghton Mifflin, 2001): https://www.amazon.com/Encyclopedia-World-History-Medieval-Chronologically/dp/0395652375/ref=pd_lpo_14_img_0/146-0857733-3651140?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=0395652375&pd_rd_r=49796635-9e8d-4f9b-a0bf-9abff15cb957&pd_rd_w=Ng3bd&pd_rd_wg=DWByh&pf_rd_p=7b36d496-f366-4631-94d3-61b87b52511b&pf_rd_r=B3J6TGBX6RZAR1VNSX23&psc=1&refRID=B3J6TGBX6RZAR1VNSX23

Chicago Manual of Style: https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/home.html

Yale University’s Avalon Project - Documents in Law, History, and Diplomacy: https://avalon.law.yale.edu/

Brigham Young University’s World War I Document Archive: https://wwi.lib.byu.edu/

The Bedford Series in History and Culture: https://www.macmillanlearning.com/college/us/discipline/History/The-Bedford-Series-in-History-%26-Culture/c/013200

Darrett Pullins - History Instructor, SNHU

Darrett Pullins - History Instructor, SNHU

May 18, 2020

Darrett Pullins teaches history for Southern New Hampshire University and for the University of Phoenix. In this episode we discuss his background, the use of photography in history, a bit about World War II, and the closure of the University of Phoenix’s physical campus in Detroit.

This episode’s recommendations: The works of William Manchester Ken Burns, dir., Country Music (PBS, 2019): https://www.pbs.org/kenburns/country-music/ American Association for State and Local History and the National Council on Public History, The Inclusive Historian’s Handbook, https://inclusivehistorian.com/ J. Michael Straczynski, Becoming Superman: My Journey from Poverty to Hollywood (HarperCollins, 2019), https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062857842/becoming-superman/

Cherri Wemlinger - Adjunct Faculty, Southern New Hampshire University

Cherri Wemlinger - Adjunct Faculty, Southern New Hampshire University

April 30, 2020

Dr. Cherri Wemlinger teaches history at Southern New Hampshire University. In this episode, Dr. Wemlinger discusses her academic and professional background, her research process from start to finish, and her work on Ethiopian history.

Brent Bankus - Program Manager, U.S. Army Strategic Education Program

Brent Bankus - Program Manager, U.S. Army Strategic Education Program

April 16, 2020

Brent Bankus is the Program Manager for the U.S. Army Strategic Education Program at the U.S. Army War College and is a graduate student at Southern New Hampshire University. In this episode, we talk about Brent’s background, his work on state militias and state defense forces during the twentieth century, and his history-related career within the U.S. Army.

This episode’s recommendations: U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center: https://ahec.armywarcollege.edu/ Dana Goldstein, “American History Textbooks Can Differ Across the Country, In Ways That are Shaded by Partisan Politics,” New York Times, January 12, 2020, https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/01/12/us/texas-vs-california-history-textbooks.html

Kate Buchanan - Office Manager

Kate Buchanan - Office Manager

April 1, 2020

Dr. Kate Buchanan is the office manager for an immigration law firm in Bellingham, Washington. In this episode we discuss Kate’s academic and professional background, her work on the relationship between Scottish castles and their physical environment, the importance of proper formatting and citations, and the cozy relationship between the study of history and the study of law. And there’s an utterly repulsive story about Alice Cooper at the end.

This episode’s recommendations: History Scotland: https://www.historyscotland.com/ The Presidio of San Francisco: https://www.presidio.gov/ Drew Fortune, No Encore: Musicians Reveal their Weirdest, Wildest, Most Embarrassing Gigs (Simon & Schuster, 2019), https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/No-Encore!/Drew-Fortune/9781642930849

Matthew Campell - Social Studies Curriculum Coach, Cypress Fairbanks ISD

Matthew Campell - Social Studies Curriculum Coach, Cypress Fairbanks ISD

March 19, 2020

Dr. Matthew Campbell is the Social Studies Curriculum Coach for Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District in Texas and an adjunct instructor for SNHU and other institutions. In this episode, Matt discusses his academic research into Southerners’ popular memory of slavery after the Civil War and how we teach history in America’s classrooms.

This episode’s recommendations: James Loewen, Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, 2nd ed. (The New Press, 2018), https://thenewpress.com/books/lies-my-teacher-told-me Freedom on the Move; https://freedomonthemove.org/index.html

Donald Shaffer - Online History Instructor, SNHU

Donald Shaffer - Online History Instructor, SNHU

March 5, 2020

Dr. Don Shaffer teaches history at Southern New Hampshire University and other institutions. In this episode, we discuss Dr. Shaffer’s research into black veterans of the Civil War and his life as a professor for online history courses.

This episode’s recommendations: Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812 (Penguin Random House, 1991): https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/181591/a-midwifes-tale-by-laurel-thatcher-ulrich/ W. W. Norton’s “What Can I Do With a History Degree?” Infographic: https://cdn.wwnorton.com/marketing/college/images/History_HistoryCareersPoster_Q-441.jpg Donald R. Shaffer, After the Glory: The Struggles of Black Civil War Veterans (University Press of Kansas, 2004): https://kansaspress.ku.edu/978-0-7006-1328-1.html

Matthew Avitabile - Mayor, Middleburgh NY

Matthew Avitabile - Mayor, Middleburgh NY

February 23, 2020

Matthew Avitabile teaches history at Southern New Hampshire University, is publisher of the Mountain Eagle newspaper, and mayor of Middleburgh, New York. In this episode, Matt discusses his background, his research into European history after World War II and British involvement with the Korean War, and the historical skills that he employs in his careers in journalism and public office.

This episode’s recommendations: Richard J. Evans, The Coming of the Third Reich (New York: Penguin Random House, 2005), https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/292754/the-coming-of-the-third-reich-by-richard-j-evans/9780143034698/ Richard J. Evans, The Third Reich in Power (New York: Penguin Random House, 2006), https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/292756/the-third-reich-in-power-by-richard-j-evans/ Richard J. Evans, The Third Reich at War (New York: Penguin Random House, 2010), https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/292755/the-third-reich-at-war-by-richard-j-evans/9780143116714/ William L. Shirer, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany, 50th anniversary ed. (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2011), https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Rise-and-Fall-of-the-Third-Reich/William-L-Shirer/9781451642599 Daniel Immerwahr, How to Hide an Empire A History of the Greater United States (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019), https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780374172145

Matthew Schandler - Adjunct Instructor

Matthew Schandler - Adjunct Instructor

February 6, 2020

Dr. Matthew Schandler is an adjunct instructor in history at Southern New Hampshire University and other institutions. In this episode, we discuss Matt’s academic and professional background, with a focus on his work on the early days of the videogame industry.

This episode’s recommendations: Nick Dyer-Witheford and Greg de Peuter, Games of Empire: Global Capitalism and Video Games (University of Minnesota Press, 2009), https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/games-of-empire Historical videogames, good and bad. Some good, some really bad.

Abigail Pfeiffer - Executive Director, Vietnam War Digital History Project

Abigail Pfeiffer - Executive Director, Vietnam War Digital History Project

January 24, 2020

Abigail Pfeiffer is the Course Lead for US History at Western Governors University, the Executive Director of the Vietnam War Digital History Project, and an adjunct instructor for Southern New Hampshire University. In this episode, we discuss her academic and professional background, her research on prisoners of war during the Korean and Vietnam Wars, her development of the Vietnam War Digital History Project, and her teaching career.

This episode’s recommendations: Vietnam War Digital History Project: http://www.vwdhp.org/ Joanne B. Freeman, The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War (Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux, 2018): https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780374154776 Truong Nhu Tang, David Chanoff, and Doan Van Toai, A Viet Cong Memoir: An Inside Account of the Vietnam War and Its Aftermath (Vintage Books, 1986): https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/176408/a-vietcong-memoir-by-truong-nhu-tang-former-minister-of-justice-with-david-chanoff-and-doan-van-toai/ Lien-Hang T. Nguyen, Hanoi’s War: An International History of the War for Peace in Vietnam (University of North Carolina Press, 2012): https://www.uncpress.org/book/9781469628356/hanois-war/ Rob’s review of Hanoi’s War for Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective (April, 2013): https://origins.osu.edu/review/hanoi-central

Susan Keefer - Substitute Teacher and Adjunct Instructor

Susan Keefer - Substitute Teacher and Adjunct Instructor

January 9, 2020

Susan Keefer is a substitute teacher, assessment exam grader, and adjunct instructor for history at Southern New Hampshire University. In this episode we discuss Susan’s academic and professional background, the difference between regional history and national history, historiography, the value of pursuing a K-12 teaching credential, and the use of music in history courses.

This episode’s recommendations: Music! The Band, "The Weight" (from The Last Waltz), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCSzL5-SPHM Dead Moon, "54/40 or Fight", https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPXSgpe0AVA Nirvana, "Rape Me," https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TsqlT0rfJI They Might Be Giants, "James K. Polk," https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSdgjP8os7U They Might Be Giants, "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too," https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFaRklAYanY

Jeff Ramsey - Adjunct Instructor and Academic Adviser

Jeff Ramsey - Adjunct Instructor and Academic Adviser

December 25, 2019

Dr. Jeffrey Ramsey is an academic adviser and an instructor at Southern New Hampshire University. In this episode we talk about academic and professional background, his research into the introduction of Title IX in the Big 10 sports conference, and his work as a college instructor and academic adviser.

This episode’s recommendations: Michael Kimmel, Guyland: The Perilous World where Boys Become Men, updated (Harper, 2018), https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062885739/guyland/ New York Times 1619 podcast: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/23/podcasts/1619-slavery-anniversary.html

Chris Savio - History, Criminal Justice, and Special Education Teacher

Chris Savio - History, Criminal Justice, and Special Education Teacher

December 16, 2019

Chris Savio teaches history, criminal justice, and special education at the high school and college levels. In this episode we discuss his academic and professional background, his teaching interests, and his diverse teaching experiences.

This episode’s recommendations: Library of Congress American Memory Collection: https://memory.loc.gov/ammem/browse/updatedList.html Elliott West, The Contested Plains: Indians, Goldseekers, and the Rush to Colorado (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1998), https://kansaspress.ku.edu/978-0-7006-1029-7.html

Susan Dawson - Branch Chief Historian, Office of Customs and Border Protection

Susan Dawson - Branch Chief Historian, Office of Customs and Border Protection

November 28, 2019

Dr. Susan Dawson is a military and diplomatic historian and is the Branch Chief Historian for the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Customs and Border Protection. In this episode, Dr. Dawson discusses her academic and professional background, how to get started in a career as a historian in the federal government, and what life is like as a historian for a government agency.

This episode’s recommendations and links: Peter Jackson, dir., They Shall Not Grow Old (Warner Bros., 2018), https://www.theyshallnotgrowold.film/ Society for History in the Federal Government: http://www.shfg.org/ Federal Government Job Application website: https://www.usajobs.gov/ And your local library!

Vasilios Kostakis - Academic Adviser, Southern New Hampshire University

Vasilios Kostakis - Academic Adviser, Southern New Hampshire University

November 15, 2019

Vasilios Kostakis is an academic adviser and adjunct instructor for Southern New Hampshire University. In episode, Vasilios talks to James and Rob about his academic and professional background and how the skills he learned as a historian help him relate to university students as an academic adviser.

This episode’s recommendations: Jack Weatherford, Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World (Penguin Random House, 2005), https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/187628/genghis-khan-and-the-making-of-the-modern-world-by-jack-weatherford/ Lizzy Goodman, Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City, 2001-2011 (HarperCollins, 2018), https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062233103/meet-me-in-the-bathroom/ “Meet Me in the Bathroom: The Art Show,” curated by Hala Matar and Lizzy Goodman, The Hole, September 4-22, http://theholenyc.com/2019/06/29/meet-me-in-the-bathroom/ John R. McNeill, “AHA Interviews, Good Intentions, and Unexpected Consequences,” Perspectives on History (August 28, 2019), https://www.historians.org/publications-and-directories/perspectives-on-history/september-2019/aha-interviews-good-intentions-and-unexpected-consequences

Jamie Goodall - Assistant Professor, Stevenson University

Jamie Goodall - Assistant Professor, Stevenson University

October 31, 2019

Dr. Jamie Goodall is Assistant Professor of History at Stevenson University in Maryland. In this episode, Dr. Goodall discusses her academic and professional background, her research on pirates, life as an assistant professor, and advice for history students entering the job market.

This episode’s recommendations: Mark G. Hanna, Pirate Nests and the Rise of the British Empire, 1570-1740 (University of North Carolina Press, 2015): https://uncpress.org/book/9781469636047/pirate-nests-and-the-rise-of-the-british-empire-1570-1740/ Ghost tours; any ghost tours. They’re really fun.

Allen York - US Army Veteran and Adjunct Instructor, SNHU

Allen York - US Army Veteran and Adjunct Instructor, SNHU

October 17, 2019

Dr. Allen York retired from the United States Army as a First Sergeant and is an adjunct instructor for the history programs at Southern New Hampshire University and elsewhere. In this episode, Allen discusses his research on the home front during the Civil War, how the field of military history has evolved over recent decades, how his experience in the military contributed to his academic career, and his current life as an academic.

This episode’s recommendations: Peter N. Stearns, “Why Study History,” (American Historical Association, 1998), https://www.historians.org/about-aha-and-membership/aha-history-and-archives/historical-archives/why-study-history-(1998) Julia Brookins and Sarah Fenton, eds., “Careers for History Majors” (American Historical Association, 2018), https://www.historians.org/teaching-and-learning/why-study-history/careers-for-history-majors

Erik Johnsen - Adjunct Instructor

Erik Johnsen - Adjunct Instructor

October 1, 2019

Erik Johnsen is teaches history at Portland Community College, University of Portland, and Southern New Hampshire University. In this episode, Erik discusses his academic and professional background, his research into Austrian nationalism between World War I and the early Cold War, and life as a full-time part-time instructor.

This episode’s recommendations: Gary Gerstle, American Crucible: Race and Nation in the Twentieth Century, updated ed. (Princeton University Press, 2017), https://press.princeton.edu/books/paperback/9780691173276/american-crucible Edward E. Baptist, The Half has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism (Basic Books, 2016), https://www.basicbooks.com/titles/edward-e-baptist/the-half-has-never-been-told/9780465097685/ Isabel Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration (Penguin, 2011), https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/190696/the-warmth-of-other-suns-by-isabel-wilkerson/9780679763888/ Richard White, The Republic for Which It Stands: The United States during Reconstruction and the Gilded Age, 1865-1896 (Oxford University Press, 2017), https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-republic-for-which-it-stands-9780199735815?cc=us〈=en&

Zeb Larson - Freelance Writer

Zeb Larson - Freelance Writer

July 11, 2019

Zeb Larson earned his doctorate in diplomatic history from The Ohio State University in 2019 and is a freelance writer. He also records interviews for the New Books Network’s American history podcast. In this episode, Rob and Zeb discuss what it means to be a freelance writer and advice for history students entering the job market.

Links: “We Need to Systematize Alt-Ac Career Guidance,” Inside Higher Ed (November 21, 2018) https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2018/11/21/advisers-and-institutions-should-systematize-guidance-students-about-alt-ac. “The Need for Outside Jobs in Grad School,” Inside Higher Ed (July 3, 2019), https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2019/07/03/more-grad-students-should-be-allowed-take-jobs-outside-academe-opinion. Zeb’s interviews for the New Books Network: https://newbooksnetwork.com/?s=zeb+larson.

Marc Reyes and William Black - Editors, Contingent Magazine

Marc Reyes and William Black - Editors, Contingent Magazine

June 26, 2019

Marc Reyes and Bill Black are editors of Contingent Magazine, a non-profit online publication dedicated to the radical idea that historians deserve to be paid for their work. In this episode we discuss their academic and professional backgrounds and also talk about the magazine itself, which invites pitches from all historians that may not fit with more traditional academic history publications.

This episode’s recommendations: You’re Wrong About… podcast: https://t.co/h53UhP25ig Kings, Kitchens, and their Stories: https://www.netflix.com/title/80102162 John O’Malley, Urethane Revolution: The Birth of Skate, San Diego 1975 (The History Press, 2019), https://www.arcadiapublishing.com/Products/9781467139908 Karin Wulf, “What Naomi Wolf and Cokie Roberts Teach Us About the Need for Historians,” Washington Post, June 11, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/06/11/what-naomi-wolf-cokie-roberts-teach-us-about-need-historians/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.7da8e60882c7

Henry Crawford - Owner, History by Choice

Henry Crawford - Owner, History by Choice

June 13, 2019

Henry Crawford is the retired Curator of History for the Museum of Texas Tech University and is currently affiliated with the Science Spectrum in Lubbock, Texas. He is the owner and operator of History by Choice, where he serves as a living history consultant.

This episode’s recommendations: The Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums: https://www.alhfam.org/ Museum of Texas Tech University: https://www.depts.ttu.edu/museumttu/ Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center: https://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/

Rob Denning and James Fennessy can be reached at workinghistorians@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/FilibusterHist.

Shannon Lange - Curator, Bricks to Blocks

Shannon Lange - Curator, Bricks to Blocks

March 21, 2019

Shannon Lange is the Curator for Blocks to Bricks in Schaumburg, Illinois and a recent graduate of the SNHU graduate history program with a concentration in public history. In this episode we talk about Shannon’s academic and professional careers.

This episode’s recommendations: Blocks to Bricks: Constructing Imagination: https://blockstobricks.com/ Michael Stephenson, The Last Full Measure: How Soldiers Die in Battle (Broadway Books, 2013), https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/172830/the-last-full-measure-by-michael-stephenson/9780307395856/.

Rob Denning and James Fennessy can be reached at workinghistorians@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/FilibusterHist.

Sara English - Graduate Student, Eastern Illinois University

Sara English - Graduate Student, Eastern Illinois University

March 6, 2019

Sara English is a graduate assistant and Vice President of Public Relations for the Graduate Student Advisory Council at Eastern Illinois University. In this episode we talk about Sara’s efforts to find out what career-related resources and opportunities exist for graduates of MA History programs.

Resources: American Historical Association “MA in History” Community: http://communities.historians.org/communities/community-home?CommunityKey=74879284-9a02-4caf-a6cf-7a53dbfef8ef (requires AHA membership)

Stephanie Averill on “Our Boys: The First Status of Forces Treaties and the Problem of Jurisdiction”

Stephanie Averill on “Our Boys: The First Status of Forces Treaties and the Problem of Jurisdiction”

February 20, 2019

Dr. Stephanie Averill teaches in the graduate history program at Southern New Hampshire University, specializing in historiography and the capstone thesis. In this episode, Dr. Averill is presenting “Our Boys: The First Status of Forces Treaties and the Problem of Jurisdiction.”

Rob Denning and James Fennessy can be reached at workinghistorians@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/FilibusterHist.

Stephanie McConnell - Adjunct Instructor, Southern New Hampshire University

Stephanie McConnell - Adjunct Instructor, Southern New Hampshire University

February 6, 2019

Dr. Stephanie McConnell is a historian of sports and the Cold War and is an instructor in the graduate history program at Southern New Hampshire University. In this episode, Dr. McConnell discusses her academic and professional backgrounds, her research interests, and the working lives of historians.

This episode’s recommendations: The Man in the High Castle, TV series, Amazon, 2015 to present. https://www.amazon.com/Man-High-Castle-Season/dp/B00RSGFRY8 First Man, directed by Damien Chazelle, University Pictures Home Entertainment, 2018. https://www.uphe.com/movies/first-man

Rob Denning and James Fennessy can be reached at workinghistorians@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/FilibusterHist.

Christopher Chan - Writer and Instructor, Southern New Hampshire University

Christopher Chan - Writer and Instructor, Southern New Hampshire University

January 9, 2019

Dr. Christopher Chan is a writer and Adjunct Instructor for History at Southern New Hampshire University. In this episode, Chris talks a bit about his MA in Library Sciences, the theft of documents from the National Archives, the decline of shopping malls, working for an internet startup, Agatha Christie, the academic job market, and a bunch of other topics.

This episode’s recommendations: Dorothy Marcic, With One Shot: Family, Murder and a Search for Justice (New York: Kensington Publishing Corp., 2018), http://www.kensingtonbooks.com/book.aspx/36070 Mark Lemberger, Crime of Magnitude: The Murder of Little Annie (Createspace, 2016), https://www.amazon.com/Crime-Magnitude-Murder-Little-Annie/dp/1537260235/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1538504236&sr=1-1&keywords=crime+of+magnitude Bright Sun Films: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5k3Kc0avyDJ2nG9Kxm9JmQ Steve James, dir., America to Me (Kartemquin Films, 2018), https://kartemquin.com/films/america-to-me Sam Wineburg, Why Learn History (When It’s Already on Your Phone) (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2018), https://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/W/bo23022136.html

Rob Denning and James Fennessy can be reached at workinghistorians@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FilibusterHist.

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