Faculty

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Ewa K. Bacon, Ph.D.
Professor

1975, Ph.D., University of Chicago
1969, M.A., University of Chicago
1968, B.A., Stanford University

Teaching Fields: Eastern European, Russian, German, Japanese, Chinese and European Medieval History, History of Western Ideas, History of Science, Genocide/holocaust and History of Revolutions

Research Interests: Globalization issues, genocide, holocaust and violence studies

Activities at Lewis: International and global studies, support of foreign language training, support of the Lewis University History Center, faculty colloquium organizer ("Art of Memory" and "Food for Thought"), 2006 Br. Louis Seiler Teaching Award, 2007-2009 Title VI, Principal Investigator




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Dennis H. Cremin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

1999 Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago
1989 M.A., (English and History) Midwestern State University, Texas
1986, B.A., Humboldt State University, California

Teaching Fields: Ancient World, Early Modern Europe, History of Illinois, Public History, Public History Workshops—Historic Preservation, Archives Management, and Oral History, Historiography

Research Interests: Urban History, State and Local History, Pilgrimage, Material Culture, Public History

Activities at Lewis: Budget Review Committee, Arts and Ideas, Travel Study and International Programs, Lewis University History Center, Principal Investigator: Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation Grant, Illinois Humanities Council Grant




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Eileen McMahon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

1989 Ph.D., Loyola University—Chicago
1983 M.A., Loyola University—Chicago
1979 B.A., Loyola University—Chicago
1979 University College—Cork, Ireland Summer School in Irish History and Literature

Teaching Fields: U.S. Immigration, Ethnicity, and Race; the History of Ireland and Irish America; the History of Great Britain, and Catholic America, American Women's History as part of the Women's Studies Program, the History of Sports in America, the British Empire, Native American history, and Illinois history.

Research Interests: Dr. McMahon currently serves as editor of the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society. She has also published, "What Parish Are You From?" The Chicago Irish Parish Community and Race Relations, 1916-1970 (University Press of Kentucky, 1995). She coauthored with Theodore J. Karamanski, North Woods River: The St. Croix River in Upper Midwest History (University of Wisconsin Press, 2009) and Chicago's Civil War: A History in Documents (Ohio University Press, forthcoming). Among her other publications are: "The Irish in Illinois," in The Encyclopedia of the Irish in America, Michael Glazer, ed. (University of Notre Dame, 1999); "Irish Women in the American Civil War" in Irish Soldiers in the Mexican-American and Civil Wars (Irish Academic Press, forthcoming); "The Literary Side to the Soxside of Chicago," Chicago History Magazine, (Summer 2008); "Parish Life," "Auburn Gresham," "Chicago Lawn," in The Encyclopedia of Chicago ed. by James Grossman, Ann Durkin Keating, and Janice L. Reiff (University of Chicago Press, 2004); "Sister M. Vincent Ferrer Bradford," in Women Building Chicago, 1790-1990: A Biographical Dictionary, eds. Rima Lunin Schultz and Adele Hast (Indiana University Press, 2001); "Irish Americans" in The Ethnic Handbook: A Guide to the Cultures and Traditions of Chicago's Diverse Communities, Cynthia Linton, ed., An Illinois Ethnic Coalition Publication, 1996, updated 2012.

Activities at Lewis: Dr. McMahon serves as the Internship Director and has placed students at the Joliet Area History Museum, the Gaylord Building in Lockport, Naper Settlement, the Will County Historical Society, and The First Division Museum at Cantigny, Wheaton, Ill.




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Mark Schultz, Ph.D.
Professor

1999 Ph.D., University of Chicago
1989 M.A., University of Georgia
1987 B.A., Franciscan University of Steubenville

Publications, Papers and Scholarship

Teaching Fields: African American History, Sophomore Writing and Research, Senior Historiography, Colonial American History, Emergence of Modern America, 1865-1945, History of the Vietnam War

Research Interests: Schultz specializes in African American History in the Jim Crow South and oral history. His first book, The Rural Face of White Supremacy: Beyond Jim Crow, (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2005) was designated an Editor's Choice by the Atlantic Monthly. It explored the daily experience of race relations in middle Georgia from 1900 to 1950, and highlighted the ways that interracial intimacy was an essential component of hierarchy in the Jim Crow South.

He is currently co-authoring a book with Adrienne Petty entitled Breaking New Ground: Black Farm Owners from the Civil War to the Present, forthcoming, University of North Carolina Press. This will be the first full history of black farm owners in the U.S. To gather information, Petty and Schultz are directing two dozen Fellows in collecting oral interviews with black farm owners and their descendants in every southern state. He was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Collaborative Research Grant to pursue his current study from 2011 to 2014. His previous work was supported by a 2001-02 Postdoctoral Fellowship by the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation. In addition, Schultz is writing a history of the politics and evolving value of education for ordinary black and white people in Middle Georgia through the Jim Crow Era.

Finally, Schultz has authored dozens of articles and papers on interracial kinship, black farm ownership, and the politics of rural black education. He has also been interviewed on NPR's "The State of Things," about race relations in the rural Jim Crow South and acted as a specialist on NBC's "Who Do You Think You Are?" on 4/30/10 to guide Spike Lee through documents about his landowning ancestors in late nineteenth century Georgia.

Activities at Lewis: Schultz has actively presented in the Arts and Ideas program and teaches in the Scholars Academy. He advises Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, and directs historical research by students.




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James N. Tallon, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

2012 Ph.D., University of Chicago 2003 M.A., University of Chicago
1997 B.S., Winona State

Teaching Fields: Modern Middle East, Turkey, Iran, the Ottoman Empire, History of the Mediterranean, Early Islam, The Balkans, Islamic Civilization, Nationalism, Historiography, Islamic Africa, and Islamic India.

Research Interests: The late Ottoman Empire, State Formation, Nationalism, the Military and Society, and Imperialism.

Activities at Lewis: Environmental Committee, Library Committee, Arts & Ideas



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Brother John Vietoris, FSC, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department Chair

2009 Ph.D., Marquette University
1977 M.A., University of Notre Dame
1971 B.A., Lewis University

Teaching Fields: United States Since 1941, U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction, U.S. Military History, U.S. Presidency, U.S. Urban History, Modern Europe 1815-Present, Special Methods: Teaching Social Studies 6-2 (College of Education)

Research Interests: Urban History, Catholic and African American History, U.S. Constitutional History

Activities at Lewis: History Department Chair, Department Chairpersons' Committee, Dean's Roundtable Committee, History Center Board, Director of the Culture and Civilization Program