Clio: Feb 5, 2015

Dr. Ronald Morris’s Indiana State Park app made the January 2015 IBC News (Indiana Bicentennial Commission). He also was featured in the Muncie Star Press for the immersive learning project he organized to discover the stories and backgrounds of those buried in the Beech Grove Cemetery.  In addition to those projects, Dr. Morris also helped guided students at the Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County in Crawfordsville.  The Yount’s Mill project provided students with the opportunity to excavate and interpret artifacts and then produce exhibit panels about the results.

IBC Morris

Dr. Douglas Seefeldt took some time during his research leave at Harvard to participate in the Western History Association’s annual conference. His panel on Buffalo Bill’s European Tour was featured here on C-SPAN. It was broadcast on C-SPAN 3 on December 7th and is now viewable on the internet.

On November 24 Frederick Suppe served as a member of the Fulbright National Selection Committee for Ireland, which met in New York City to consider 72 applications by American scholars who wish to study and do research in Ireland during 2015-2016.

Dr. Suppe’s review of Michael Livingston and John K. Bollard, eds, Owain Glyndwr: A Casebook appeared in the leading medieval studies journal, Speculum, October 2014, vol. 89:4, pp. 1175-6.

KhallIndia1Ken Hall presented a series of invited papers and guest lectures in India while conducting research at regional coastal archeological sites during early January: “West Coast 9th-Century India Maritime Diaspora and the Indian Ocean Trade: The Sithanu Ravi Plates and the Multi-Dimensional Kollam Port-of-Trade Community” and “Upstream and Downstream networked “Activity Zones” in 16th-19th Century Banjarmasin (Southeast Borneo)” at an Indian Higher Education Department and Insitut de Chandernagore [French Institute] hosted multiple-site conference on Territoriality in Coastal Societies in Kolkata and Chandernagore, Bengal. At the International Seminar of Maritime Heritage with Reference to Muziris at Kochi, Kerala sponsored by the Indian National Museum he presented “Muziris in Wider Eastern Indian Ocean Context: Revisionist History of Maritime Trade Networking in the India to China Passageway”; at Pune University he presented a University Lecture on “Commodity Flows, Diaspora Networking, and Contested Agency in the Eastern Indian Ocean c. 1000-1500” and participating in a series of follow-up graduate seminars; and a paper on “King and Queen, Family and State in Fifteenth-Century Majapahit Java: Javanese KhallIndiaLiterary Adaptations and the “Sanskrit Cosmopolis” at a conference on Cultural Dialogues Between India and Southeast Asia from the 7th to the 16th Centuries hosted by the Cama Institute in Kolkata, where he was also the discussant for a conference session on “Sculpture, Painting, and Iconography.”

Dr. Dorshele Stewart’s SS 397 class was featured in The Elkhart TruthMy San Antonio, and other newspapers for their work with the Freedom Bus rolling museum.

Dean’s List – Fall 2014

The following students have earned a place on the Dean’s List for the Fall 2014 semester.  In order to be named to the Dean’s List, an undergraduate student must earn a 3.5 GPA for 12 or more credits of graded course work.  This designation will appear on your academic transcript. Congratulations on a job well done!

History, General                            Social Studies, Teaching                History, General and Social 
Thomas Arlowe                               Rae Barnes                                       Studies, Teaching
Logan Baker                                    Samantha Bolen                               Zachary Bisel
Ashly Barriger                                 Samuel Brunner                                Abby Busse
Samantha Carson                             Samuel Carlton                                 Alexandra Eschenbach
Aidan Feay                                       Hannah Dwyer                                 Alicia Ferraro
Jordan Hallow                                  Alexandria Gribble                          Austin Glaub
Brittany Held                                   Madeleine Grider                             Brady Hertel
Phillip Iwinski                                 Rachel Hatton                                   Daniel Hill
Meghan McDougall                         Joshua Hines                                    James Hyatt
Marie Prevost                                   Kayla Irvine                                     Gina Iacobucci
Carrie Rhodus                                  Brianna Lisak                                   Danielle Lain
Emily Slomski                                  Hannah Long                                   Keith Lidster
Joseph Sweet                                    Claudia Nickolaus                            Matthew Nunn
Jenna Treiber                                    Jared Owens                                     Stephanie Sink
Alyson Walbridge                            Steven Rickard                                Sierra Trowbridge
                                                          Ian Smith                                         Carli Vose
History, Internship                         Donnie Strine
Erin Bretz                                         Ryan Walker                                   History, Internship and
Mitchell Knigga                               Lyndsie Williams                            History, Pre-Graduate
William McNamee                           Daniel Witlock                                Francesco Lacopo
Maren Orchard
Kathryn Powell                                History, Pre-Graduate
Rishad Readus                                  Ashley Cornwell
Maghann Waddle                             Heather Hines     
                                                         Alison Orewiler
                                                         Evan Rodenberger

Clio: Dec 9, 2014

Alumni News:

Curtis Clock (B.S. Social Studies Education 2012) was hired by Ball State University to be an Academic Advisor for the Freshman Advising Office this past August. The Ball State University Department of History congratulates Curtis Clock for his achievements!

Student News:

Aly Caviness has completed a website on Catalina de Erauso (1585?-1650), a Basque novice who escaped the convent and sailed to the Americas where, disguised as a man, she made her living with her sword.

Faculty News:

Hawaii Conference 2012 sm​Ken Hall’s article  “European Southeast Asia Encounters with Islamic Expansionism, circa 1500–1700: Comparative Case Studies of Banten, Ayutthaya, and Banjarmasin in the Wider Indian Ocean Context,” appears in the current issue of the Journal of World History, 25 (2-3), 2014, 229-262.  This is a special issue that includes selected revised papers presented at an international conference on Islamic expansionism in the Indian Ocean realm hosted by the University of Hawaii in 2012.

Bruce Geelhoed’s essay, “ ‘Oh, she’s a rather rough war, boys, but she’s better than no war at all:’  The Meuse-Argonne Offensive and the Diarists of the Rainbow Division,” was published recently in Edward G. Lengel, ed., A Companion to the Meuse-Argonne Campaign (Wiley Blackwell, 2014), 194-212.  The essay traces the accounts written by Vernon Kniptash, George Leach, Elmer Sherwood, and Pete Straub, four soldiers of the 42nd Division, and specifically their recollections of combat between October 12-19 at the height of the Meuse-Argonne offensive. All four of these individuals kept meticulous diaries that described the nature of the military experience at the time and the diaries of each individual were later published after the conclusion of World War I.   Kniptash, Sherwood, and Straub were all from Indiana.  Leach was the commanding officer of the Minnesota regiment.

In December of 2014, Sergei Zhuk’s chapter will be published in a collection about a history of youth culture in the Soviet bloc: Chapter Six: “Détente and the Western Cultural Products in Soviet Ukraine during the 1970s,” in Youth and Rock in the Soviet Bloc: Youth Cultures, Music, and the State in Russia and Eastern Europe, Edited by William J. Risch, (Lanham, MD and Boulder, CO: Rowman and Littlefield’s Lexington Press, 2014), 184-242.  A description of this book can be found at


American, Russian and Ukrainian scholars-alumni of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars during the official reception by Ambassador John Phillips, U.S. Ambassador to Italy​ at his residence in Rome

On October 9-10, 2014, Dr. Sergei Zhuk participated at the Woodrow Wilson Center Allumni Conference at the (Italian) Center for American Studies, Palazzo Antici Mattei, in Rome, Italy. He attended three panel discussions: 1) Transatlantic Intelligence Issues; 2) Cold War II? Russia and the West; 3) From the Arab spring to a Caliphate’s Winter: The United States, Europe and the Middle East.  The results of Dr. Zhuk’s participation at this conference will be published as an essay:  “Ukrainian Maidan as the Last Anti-Soviet Revolution, or the Methodological Dangers of Soviet Nostalgia (Notes of an American Ukrainian Historian from Inside the Field of Russian Studies in the USA)” in a journal, Ab Imperio, 2014, No.3, pp. 1-13

Clio: Oct 5, 2014

Dr. Nicole Etcheson wrote several articles for The New York Times, “The Thermopylae of the West,”  published on September 29, 2014; “Massacre at Centralia,” published on September 30, 2014; and “A Union Awash in Conspiracies,” published on October 8, 2014.

In October, Ken Hall presented an invited paper on “Commodity Flows, Diaspora Networking, and Borderless Spaces in the Eastern Indian Ocean c. 1000-1500″ at the international “The Indian Ocean: History, Networks and Spaces of the Imagination” conference hosted by the University of Illinois Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.  He presented another invited paper on “Southeast Asia’s Deer and Deer Product Trade in Wider Indian Ocean Context” at a “Trade in Animals and Animal Products in the Indian Ocean World to 1900″ international seminar hosted by the McGill University Indian Ocean World Centre in Montreal.

BSU History Department Alumni, Dr. Christopher Stroop was also interviewed due to his choice to work internationally in an article from the New Republic, “Is an Exodus of Ph.D.s Causing a Brain Drain in the U.S.?

Clio: Sept 30, 2014

WaysofWarDr. David J. Ulbrich, Ph.D., Assistant Professor for the Department of History and Political Science at Rogers State Univesrity and BSU History Department Alum has recently had a textbook he co-authored reviewed.  This textbook, Ways of War: American Military History from the Colonial Era to the Twenty-First Century, has also been adopted by the United State Air Force Academy. The textbook was reviewed by Wayne Lee on

Tony Edmonds’s review of Gregory Kalliss, Men’s College Athletics: The Politics of Racial Equality (italicized) appears in the most recent  American Studies (italicized), Vol. 53, no. 3. Published at Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2012.

Alumni Spotlight: John Beineke and Christopher Stroop

JohnDillingerJohn Beineke is a 1977 graduate in Social Science Education, taking classes in the Teachers College, and in the Ball State Department of History.  In 2013, he was recognized as the 2013 Teachers College Outstanding Alumnus.  On September 18, 2014, his fourth book, Hoosier Public Enemy: A Life of John Dillinger was published by the Indiana Historical Society Press.  They also conducted an interview with him, discussed his book’s selection by the Indiana Center for the Book for the National Book Festival this past August, and featured a discussion on the book itself.


John Beineke is a Distinguished Professor of Education and Professor of History at Arkansas State University.

Christopher Stroop, a recent Stanford Ph.D. and BSU History alumnus, continues as Senior Lecturer at the School of Public Policy in the Humanities Department at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration in Moscow, he recently published a piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education.  He work, “Faculty Life Abroad in Unusual Places: The international academic job market for Ph.D.’s is bigger than just Britain, Australia, and Canada.  Should you give it a shot?” was co-authored with Sandy Ross, a senior lecturer in marketing at Leeds Beckett University.

Professors Connolly and Seefeldt Visit Cody, Wyoming for Digital Research Project

IMG_0181Back in mid-June, Ball State University Department of History faculty members Jim Connolly and Doug Seefeldt, along with their colleague John Fillwalk from the IDIA Lab, visited Cody, Wyoming to establish a grant partnership to research and develop “Virtual Buffalo Bill’s Wild West” with the Papers of William F. Cody at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Initially funded by a BSU ADVANCE Proposal Development Program award, the project will develop in virtual, three-dimensional form, the most popular public spectacle in the U.S. at the turn of the 20th century, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World, an international traveling exhibition that visited Muncie, Indiana on three separate occasion between 1899-1908. It will include live and scripted interpretive animations, as well as avatar-driven role-playing exercises that explore social dynamics circa 1890-1910. Users, acting through avatars, may for example purchase a ticket, watch and listen to the Buffalo Bill Band on the midway, and witness a performance by Annie Oakley. They will also encounter interpretations of social experience, such as popular reactions to Native American, Mexican, or African-American performers. While in Wyoming, in addition to visiting significant sites associated with William F. Cody like Yellowstone National Park, Connolly, Fillwalk, and Seefeldt made a presentation to the Buffalo Bill Museum Advisory Board that laid out the project and proposed a collaboration with Museum staff. This presentation resulted in a commitment of $25,000 in matching funds from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

The Virtual Buffalo Bill’s Wild West, while a stand-alone project, will be associated with the larger Virtual Middletown initiative, a recreation of Muncie, Indiana during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries based on the research presented in Middletown (1929). Virtual Middletown’s intent is to document in new ways the emergence of industrial society, focusing on the six areas of activity highlighted in Middletown research: work, home life, education, religion, leisure, and civic life. The Virtual Wild West module will serve as the leisure experience for the 1890s period. Connolly and Fillwalk have previously developed an initial version of this approach in a reconstruction of the Ball Brothers Glassmaking Company factory circa 1925, a prototype that experimented with approaches to embedding digitized sources within the virtual world and developing a web-based archive of original source material, including video, text, and photographs.

History graduate student Sadie Ritchie began working with professors Connolly and Seefeldt in May to identify some 200 pieces of supporting primary materials related to Buffalo Bill’s Wild West that will be used to create an accompanying digital archive of textual and visual material. The three of them also collaborated to produce several conceptual frameworks for organizing the materials in ways that can be effectively integrated with the virtual world. While there are innumerable examples of rich digital archives and a growing number of virtual worlds designed for scholarly purposes, the integration of the two remains a technical and design challenge, one that Connolly, Fillwalk, and Seefeldt propose to meet by developing the Virtual Buffalo Bill’s Wild West module in a robust and innovative way. The research, archive creation, and virtual world development will continue during the 2014-15 academic year.

Social Studies Education Graduates get Hired

The following BSU graduates either obtained their first teaching positions or were hired at new schools for the 2014-2015 school year:

Emily DeBolt: Homestead High School, Ft. Wayne
Jesse Pruitt: Frankton High School
Evan Snyder: Carmel Middle School
Sara Starkey: New Castle Middle School
Michelle Subler: Carmel High School
Noel Sucese: Carmel High School
Richard Velde: Penn High School, Mishawaka​

James Simmons will serve as a residence counselor​ at Cambridge Institute, Hagerstown, MD.


Professor Seefeldt Awarded Harvard Fellowship

In an unexpected, but very welcome phone call to his office phone minutes before class last spring, Ball State University Department of History faculty member Douglas Seefeldt was informed that he had been awarded a research fellowship to Harvard University’s Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History for the 2014-15 academic year. Founded in 1965, the Charles Warren Center commemorates the distinguished lawyer and legal historian (Harvard class of 1889) through its mission to advance research in a broad range of American historical inquiry. The Warren Center has, over the nearly fifty years of its existence, brought hundreds of fellows to Harvard, of which Seefeldt is among the eight most recent to be so honored.

Joining Professor Seefeldt are new colleagues from Northeastern University, Columbia IMG_0424University, New York University, M.I.T., and Harvard University. Organized around a broad annual theme in American history, the 2014-15 theme is “Multimedia History and Literature: New Directions in Scholarly Design”.This is also the title of a year-long graduate seminar that the fellows participate in led by Harvard faculty Vincent Brown from the Department of History and African and African American Studies, and Glenda R. Carpio, from the Department of English and African American Studies. Professor Seefeldt will spend the year working on his Digital History research projects and aligned print publications, including “The Mountain Meadows Massacre in American Memory,” that combines an interactive scholarly work that is a hybrid of archival materials related to the 1857 event and digital tool components that help visualize historiographically significant concerns in local Mormon, Utah, and broader western and American histories.

Professor Seefeldt and his family have relocated to the Cambridge, MA area for the year and are learning their way around Boston via public transportation while enjoying a pleasant New England fall!

Clio: Sept 17, 2014

Parkinson BookScott Parkinson’s book, The Impact of Western Civilization on World History, was published by Cognella Publishing in California late this past summer.  He contributed all of the introduction material for the individual units.

This summer saw publication of two articles and a book review by Abel Alves:
–     “Individuality and the Understanding of Animals in the Early Modern Spanish Empire,” in Animals and Early Modern Identity, ed. Pia Cuneo (Farnham, UK: Ashgate, 2014), 271-290.
–     “The Animals of the Spanish Empire: Humans and Other Animals in Big History,” in Teaching and Researching Big History: Exploring a New Scholarly Field, ed. Leonid Grinin, David Baker, Esther Quaedackers and Andrey Korotayev (Volgograd: “Uchitel” Publishing House, 2014), 248-264.
–     And in the Journal of Latin American Studies 46:3 (August 2014): 594-596, a review of Centering Animals in Latin American History (Durham, NC and London: Duke University Press, 2013), edited by Martha Few and Zeb Tortorici.

GeelhoedBruce Geelhoed authored, “‘Oh, she’s a rather rough war, boys, but she’s better than no war at all': The Meuse-Argonne Offensive and the Diarists of the Rainbow Division” in Edward G. Lengel, ed., A Companion to the Meuse-Argonne Campaign (New York: Wiley Blackwell, 2014), 194-212.  It deals with the diaries written by four members of the 42nd (Rainbow) Division:  Vernon Kniptash, Elmer Sherwood, Pete Straub, and George Leach, during the period from October 4-15, 1918.  The chapter describes their impressions of the conflict that raged during the final weeks of World War I on the western front in France.

In September, Yaron Ayalon attended the Midwest Jewish Studies Association annual conference at Kent State University in Ohio. He presented a paper titled “Rethinking Leadership in Ottoman Jewish Communities.” The paper explains how Jewish communities in the eastern Mediterranean before the 19th century were loosely organized and had very informal leadership structures – a very different setting from the hierarchy that developed in the 19th century. The paper is an early product of Dr. Ayalon’s new research on 9781107072978ppc.inddJews in the Ottoman Empire, which will eventually become his second book. His first, Natural Disasters in the Ottoman Empire: Plague, Famine, and Other Misfortunes will appear in November with Cambridge University Press.