History

Notable Faculty & Student Achievements

June 2019

  • Assistant Professor of History Jessica Hower presented a paper titled “From Benign Mascot to Enemy of All Mankind, and Back Again: The Problem and Promise of Pirates in Pedagogy” and led the plenary roundtable on teaching piracy studies at the Problem of Piracy: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Plunder at Sea across the World from the Ancient to the Modern, at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, June 24–26, 2019. The conference was sponsored by the Royal Historical Society, the Society for Nautical Research, and the University of Strathclyde.





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of History Joseph Hower published “Public Sector Unions in the United States” in the Oxford Encyclopedia of American Urban History (ed. Timothy Gilfoyle; Oxford University Press, 2019, pp. 271–285). The essay is a (slightly) modified version of a piece that was originally included in the digital Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History  and was selected for traditional print publication based in part on heavy online traffic.





  • Assistant Professor of History Jethro Hernandez Berrones was invited to present his work in the Seminar on Otherness at the Center of Interdisciplinary Research in the Sciences and the Humanities of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He presented the paper “Mystic of Medicine, Modern Curandero, and ‘Improvised Doctor’: Francisco I. Madero and the Practice of Homeopathy in Rural Mexico at the Turn of the 20th Century” on June 14, 2019. Hernandez Berrones discussed with undergraduate and graduate students the fluid limits among religious medical beliefs, indigenous healing rituals, and academic medicine as well as the geographic, social, economic, and cultural elements that shape and disrupt these boundaries in Mexico.





  • Associate Professor of History Melissa Byrnes published an article, “Diplomacy at the End of Empire: Evolving French Perspectives on Portuguese Colonialism in the 1950s and 1960s,” in Cold War History.





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of History Joseph Hower presented a paper titled “The Union of the Future: The Politics of the Presidency in a Public Sector Union, 1958–1964” at the annual meeting of the Labor and Working Class History Association Conference, held May 30–June 1 at Duke University in Durham, NC.





May 2019

  • Assistant Professor of History Jethro Hernandez Berrones was invited to the Permanent Seminar on the History of Medicine and Public Health in Latin America at the School of Medicine of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He presented the paper “Proletarian or Bourgeois? The Dilemma of the Mexican Medical Profession after the Revolution of 1910” on May 28, 2019. In the paper, Hernandez Berrones describes the tensions among different groups of physicians between their professional liberty and their limitations in the context of the postrevolutionary government´s efforts to provide health to all Mexicans.





  • Part-Time Assistant Professor of History Iris Ma was invited to give a presentation titled “The Making of ‘Youth’ in Modern China: Reflections on the May Fourth Movement” for the panel commemorating the 100th anniversary of the May Fourth Movement and the 70th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Revolution on May 2, 2019. The event was jointly organized by the Institute for Historical Studies and the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.





April 2019

  • Associate Professor of History Melissa Byrnes served as discussant on a panel on “The Empire beyond the Ivory Tower: Non-Academics and the Legacies of Colonial History in Contemporary France” at the Society for French Historical Studies Annual Conference, in Indianapolis, IN. She also spoke at a round-table discussion on “Using Digital Tools to Do Public History.”





  • Assistant Professor of History Jessica Hower  attended the British Scholar Society’s annual Britain and the World conference in Kansas City, MO, April, 11–14, 2019. She served as chair on two panels, “Rethinking ‘Centers’ and ‘Peripheries’ in the Early Modern World” and “Commercial and Imperial Relationships in the Early Modern British World,” and took part in the editorial board meeting.





  • Assistant Professor of History Jethro Hernandez Berrones was awarded a prestigious 2019 Summer Stipend by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). NEH grants are highly competitive. Applicants go through a three-step review process that involves specialists, NEH staff, and the National Council of the Humanities. This year, the NEH offered grants to 11% of approximately 1,000 applications. Hernandez Berrones will use the grant to continue working on the manuscript of his book project, A Revolution in Small Doses: Homeopathy, the Profession, and the State in Mexico 1910–1943.





March 2019

  • Associate Professor of History Melissa Byrnes  published a review of Paul Silverstein’s Postcolonial France: Race, Islam, and the Future of the Republic  in H-France Review  Vol. 19 (March 2019), No. 43.





  • Reconsidering Southern Labor History: Race, Class, and Power  (University of Florida Press, 2018) has won the 2019 Best Book Award from the United Association of Labor Education. Visiting Assistant Professor of History Joseph Hower  contributed a chapter titled “‘A Threshold Moment’: Public-Sector Organizing and Civil Rights Unionism in the Postwar South.”





  • Associate Professor of History Melissa Byrnes chaired a panel on “Survival in the French Empire: Health, ‘Heathens,’ and Heritage” at the 20th & 21st Century French & Francophone Studies International Colloquium in Oklahoma City, OK, March 14.





February 2019

  • Assistant Professor of History Jessica Hower‘s chapter “‘… And Greedily Devoured Them’: The Cannibalism Discourse and the Creation of a British Atlantic World, 1536–1612” was published in the book To Feast on Us as Their Prey: Cannibalism in the Early Modern Atlantic (ed. Rachel B. Herrmann, University of Arkansas Press, 2019, pp. 97–114.)





January 2019

  • History major Danyale Kellogg ’19 was selected to receive the Cooperative Education and Internship Association (CEIA) 2018 Internship Student Achievement Award. CEIA recognizes distinguished achievement and excellence by annually recognizing outstanding students who have excelled in or made significant impact in work-integrated learning. Kellogg will receive a plaque and scholarship, which will be presented to her at the Awards Banquet during the annual CEIA conference in Chicago, IL.





  • Assistant Professor of History Jessica Hower presented a paper titled “‘Descended of Bastard Blood’: The Creation of Monarchy, Nation, and Empire in the Early Modern British Atlantic World, ca. 1485–1510” at the Monarchy and Modernity since 1500 Conference at the University of Cambridge, Jan. 79, 2019.





December 2018

  • Eleven Southwestern University faculty members have won Sam Taylor Fellowship grants to support their research, with award amounts ranging from $1,000 to $1,600. Sam Taylor Fellowships are selected through a competitive application process and are provided by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. This year’s recipients are

    • Professor of Physics Steven Alexander, “Generating Energy from Hot Sidewalks” (awarded $1,200)
    • Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Lamiyah Bahrainwala, “The Politics of Stealth Halal: Re-Presenting the Islamic Origins of U.S. Meat Products” (awarded $1,600)
    • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth , “Nature Education in the German Classroom: Possibilities for Integration and Inclusion?” (awarded $1,400)
    • Professor of Biology Romi Burks, “Unravelling the Mystery: Genetic Differentiation of Chinese and Japanese Mysterysnails Using 16S” (awarded $1,400)
    • Assistant Professor of History Jethro Hernandez Berrones, “With Indigenist Spirit: Doctors on Spiritual Practices in Post-Revolutionary Mexico” (awarded $1,500)
    • Professor of Anthropology Melissa Johnson, “Human–Jaguar Becomings and Racial Capitalism in Belize” (awarded $1,000)
    • Associate Professor of French Francis Mathieu, “Research on Claire de Duras’s Avant-Garde Novella, Ourika” (awarded $1,400)
    • Associate Professor of French Aaron Prevots, “Gestures toward the Sacred: Guillevic, Vargaftig, Tellermann, Michel” (awarded $1,400)
    • Associate Professor of Communication Studies Valerie Renegar, “Contemporary Modes of Parenting: Disrupting the Representation of Stepmothers in Popular Culture” (awarded $1,500)
    • Associate Professor of Spanish Maria De Los Angeles Rodriguez Cadena, “Cultural Memory and Historical Fiction: Women of the Past on Television and Film by Four Contemporary Mexican Women Directors” (awarded $1,400)
    • Assistant Professor of Political Science Emily Sydnor, “Researching Attachments to American Political Institutions” (awarded $1,600)




  • Meili Criezis ’17 published an article titled “Islam, Gender, and the Algerian Revolution for Independence” in Visions & Revisions: New Scholars, New Interpretations, vol. 11 (2018). Visions and Revisionsis an interdisciplinary journal for outstanding graduate and undergraduate essays, published annually by the History, Politics, Languages and Cultures Department at Edinboro University. The article was based on Criezis’s history capstone project and drew from her original archival work as part of a faculty–student research project with Associate Professor of History Melissa Byrnes in Paris during the summer of 2016.





November 2018

  • Assistant Professor of History Jethro Hernández Berrones organized and moderated a panel titled “Contending Positions: Science, Medicine, and Religion in 19th- and 20th-century Mexico” for the 2018 History of Science Society annual meeting in Seattle, WA, Nov. 14. Gathering a diverse set of panelists at different career stages, the panel was one of three at the meeting discussing the history of science and medicine in Latin America. Dr. Hernández Berrones also presented a paper titled “Medicine in Revolution: Mapping Homeopathy in the Landscape of Mexican Medical Science, 18611934.” This paper argues that Mexican homeopaths used vitalism, a natural philosophy in tension with mechanicism, to promote an approach to medicine centered on the human being. In opposition to the model proposed by the National University, the homeopaths’ approach adapted to the economic and social needs of the rural and working-class population they served.





  • Associate Professor of History Melissa Byrnes presented a paper, “Using ‘Rights’ to Enshrine Discrimination and Disadvantage: Local Policymakers and North African Migrants in the French Suburbs after 1945,” at the annual meeting of the Social Science History Association in Phoenix, AZ, Nov. 10.





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of History  Joseph Hower  traveled to Phoenix, AZ, for the 43rd annual meeting of the Social Science History Association, Nov. 8 10. He participated in a roundtable discussion of Oscar-nominated, Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Julia Riechert’s new work-in-progress,  The 9-to-5 Project , which explores the struggles of working women in the 1970s and 1980s. While in Phoenix, he also chaired and commented on a panel titled “Race, Inequality, and the Struggle for Workers’ Rights in Brazil, South Korea, and the United States.”





October 2018

  • Meili Criezis’17 was a panelist for a showing and discussion of Gillo Pontecorvos’s 1966 film The Battle of Algiersat the Southwestern Historical Association’s annual meeting in Orlando, FL, in October.





  • Assistant Professor of History Jethro Hernández Berrones presented a paper titled “Teaching Medicine to the Working Class: Private Medical Schools in Revolutionary Mexico, 1910–1940” at the 15th International Reunion of Historians of Mexico in Guadalajara, Mexico, Oct. 1821. In this paper, he argues that “free schools” proposed a transitional model of medical training between the Porfiriato and the revolution. This model proposed to socialize the medical profession, keeping it free from state regulation before the revolutionary state decided to implement policies and programs aimed at regulating medical certification, geographic distribution, and labor.





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of History Joseph Hower presented two papers at the 40th Annual North American Labor History Conference at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. The first, “Forty Years after Prop 13: The Past, Present, and Future of Public Sector Anti-Unionism,” explored the connection between antitax conservative politics in the 1970s and the recent wave of legal and legislative challenges to government employee unions. The second, “The Memory of Memphis and the (Un)Making of the Modern Public Sector Labor Movement,” examined the way that union activists have used instrumental commemorations of a strike by 1,300 sanitation workers that culminated with the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. over the past half century. Both papers drew on portions of his current book project about public-sector unions in the postwar United States.





September 2018

  • Assistant Professor of History Jethro Hernandez Berrones was invited to participate in a workshop of precirculated papers titled The Gray Zones of Medicine(s): Towards a History of Healers and Healing in Colonial and Modern Latin America and the Caribbeanat the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He presented the article “Mystic of Medicine, Modern Curandero, and ‘Improvised Doctor’: Francisco I. Madero and the Practice of Homeopathy in Rural Mexico at the Turn of the Twentieth Century.”