Alumnus Geoffrey Newman publishes article in Kansas History

Kansas History Journal - G. Newman_Page_02Congratulations to Geoffrey Newman (UMKC History MA ‘13) on the recent publication of his article “Forgetting Strength: Coffeyville, The Black Freedom Struggle, and Vanished Memory” in Kansas History: A Journal of the Central Plains. Newman is a PhD candidate in American Studies at The University of Kansas.

Newman earned a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. His research into Coffeyville formed the basis of his master’s thesis while at UMKC. His work on that project was supervised by Drs. John Herron, Diane Mutti Burke, and Miriam Forman-Brunell.

Newman continues his study of race, ethnicity and memory. His doctoral dissertation investigates the changing racialization of Japanese-American citizens from their forced relocation and incarceration in internment camps during World War II to the payment of reparations to surviving internment camp victims in 1988.

CAS Associate Dean Publishes Book About the Wartime Deeds of Henry Bloch

Once upon a time, America’s Tax Man was America’s airman.

Henry Bloch, founder of H&R Block, enlisted in the Army Air Corps shortly after the Pearl Harbor attack and was trained as a navigator for bomber missions. He flew 32 missions over Europe as a navigator on a B-17 Flying Fortress. His first mission was the third-ever raid over Berlin by the Allies.

Bloch’s wartime experiences, and the impact those experiences had on shaping his postwar business career, is the topic of a new book from BkMk Press at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Continue reading

Ms. Annie Derrell (UMKC iPhD candidate) becomes Fellow in the SREB’s Doctoral Scholars Program

Congratulations to iPhD candidate Annie Derrell for being selected as a fellow in the Doctoral Scholars Program (DSP). According to the sponsoring Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), “the goal of the DSP is to increase the number of minority students who earn doctorates and choose to become faculty at colleges and universities.”

Since its founding in 1993, the DSP has supported over a 1000 scholars at numerous institutes across the country. It offers direct services for doctoral students such as academic, personal, and motivational support, career counseling, networking, job recruitment, and continued advocacy into their early careers as faculty members. Derrell will be a part of the inaugural cohort of scholars from the University of Missouri System.

One of the most exciting aspects of DSP is the Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, an annual meeting which serves as the largest gathering of minority Ph.D. scholars in the country. The Institute provides workshops as well as recruitment and networking opportunities to give new scholars the tools to successfully complete their doctorates and enter into a faculty career in higher education.

Annie Derrell NewsDerrell is “extremely honored and very excited for this opportunity to meet and collaborate with other minority scholars.”

The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) is a nonprofit organization that works to improve education and provide policymakers with reliable data to make sound educational policy decisions. There website is:

Dr. Linda Mitchell Interviewed by Washington Post on Introduction of Queen to Medieval Times

Medieval Times, a dinner theater experience loosely based on the 11th century Spanish court, featured a female ruler for the first time this year. Since its debut in the United States in 1983, the show, which includes a banquet, jousting, swordfights, and stunts on horseback, has been presided over by a king. This year, however, Doña Maria Isabella reigned.

Professor of History Linda Mitchell, who also serves as affiliate faculty in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and as President of the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship, weighed in on this change in a recent Washington Post article. Check out her comments on women in the medieval world and the historical accuracy of Medieval Times here.

Dr. Rebecca Egli (UMKC History BA ’08) receives Postdoctoral Fellowship at Linda Hall Library

Congratulations to Dr. Rebecca (Mowry) Egli on receiving a post-doctoral Residential Fellowship at Linda Hall Library. During her two-month stay, she will conduct research for her current project, “Seeds of Misfortune: Food, Crop Diversity, and the Simplification of American Nature,” a history of America’s plant explorers that examines the impact of plant introduction and breeding on agricultural biodiversity and innovation.

Rebecca Egli FullRebecca grew up in Kansas City and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from UMKC’s History Department in 2008. She earned a Master of Arts degree in history from King’s College London in 2010 and a doctorate in history from the University of California, Davis in 2018.

Exploring intersections between agriculture, science, and the environment, her dissertation, “The World of Our Dreams: Agricultural Explorers and the Promise of American Science,” looks at federal scientists in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, exploring developments in plant biology and the ecological consequences of importing non-native plants into the United States.

We are so proud to have Dr. Egli conducting research again in Kansas City!

Dr. Sandra Enriquez lands Two Grants from the Texas State Historical Society

The History Department is proud to announce that Dr. Sandra Enriquez, who is also the Director of the Public History Emphasis, has been awarded two competitive fellowships from the Texas State Historical Association. Continue reading

Fellowship Award Helps IPhD Student Broaden Vision of Life In Humanities

UMKC Interdisciplinary Ph.D. student Matt Reeves recently received a pre-doctoral fellowship award from the Humanities Without Walls consortium. The fellowship award will pay for Reeves to participate in the organization’s Alternative Academic Careers Summer Workshop. The workshop aims to help prepare doctoral students for careers both within and outside of the academy.
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German and Classics


Students who choose to study German at UMKC will learn the German language and study German and Austrian literature, culture, and politics. The German faculty teach courses and do research in a variety of disciplines including language pedagogy and literary theory in addition to German theater, film, and music.  Courses in the German program are always innovative, inspiring, and interdisciplinary!

Minor in German

Many students choose to minor in German along with their primary major. The minor consists of six courses (18 credits) beyond the 200 level, of which 12 credits must be at the 300 or 400 level. More information on the requirements for the German minor can be found here.

Minor in German Studies

For students interested in the cultures and histories of the German=speaking countries, a minor in German Studies combines some language learning with coursework across many disciplines. Students must take two courses (6 credits) in the German language at any level, and may take more than two; 9 credits must be in coursework at the 300-level or above. More information on the requirements for the German Studies minor can be found here.

German Undergraduate Advisor

Contact Dr. Scott Baker for more information and major advising.



Students who choose to pursue a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Languages and Literatures with an emphasis in Classics will study ancient Greek and Latin texts with professors hailing from the departments of English, History, Art History, and Anthropology. For more information on this truly interdisciplinary program, go to the Classical and Ancient Studies Program.

Classics Undergraduate Advisor

Contact Dr. Jeff Rydberg-Cox for more information and major advising.

UMKC History iPhD K. David Hanzlick publishes book with U. MO Press

Congratulations to K. David Hanzlick, alumnus of the History iPhD program, on the publication of his book, Benevolence, Moral Reform, Equality: Women’s Activism in Kansas City, 1870-1940, with the University of Missouri Press.

Hanzlick BookHanzlick traces the rise and evolution of women’s activism in a rapidly growing, Midwestern border city, one deeply scarred by the Civil War and struggling to determine its meaning. Over the course of 70 years, women in Kansas City emerged from the domestic sphere by forming and working in female-led organizations to provide charitable relief, reform society’s ills, and ultimately claim space for themselves as full participants in the American polity. Focusing on the social construction of gender, class, and race, and the influence of political philosophy in shaping responses to poverty, Hanzlick also considers the ways in which city politics shaped the interactions of local activist women with national women’s groups and male-led organizations.

K. David Hanzlick is Director of Program and Development for Sheffield Place, a treatment and transitional living program for homeless mothers and children. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Nonprofit Leadership Program at Rockhurst University and the Hauptmann School of Public Affairs at Park University.

New UMKC Guest Professor studies German Aristocrats in the Modern World

Tryg Has-Ellison newsThe University of Missouri-Kansas City’s History Department is proud to announce that Dr. John Trygve “Tryg” Has-Ellison will be serving as a Guest Professor for the 2018-19 academic year.

Dr. Has-Ellison is the current Non-Immigrant Visa Chief at the U.S. Consulate General in Monterrey, Mexico. Prior to this post, he was Vice-Consul in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Desk Officer for European Issues of Congressional interest in Washington D.C. His visiting appointment at UMKC coincides with his participation in the Command and General Staff Officers Course at Ft. Leavenworth, KS. Continue reading

History Department Mourns Dr. Pellom McDaniels III

There are no words to express the sadness that we feel at the news of the sudden death of our friend and former colleague Dr. Pellom McDaniels III.  Pellom worked as an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Missouri-Kansas City from 2007-2012.  He was loved universally by the faculty, students, and staff at UMKC.

It was a privilege and honor for us to work with Pellom.  He was larger than life and seemed to have boundless reserves of energy that he focused on his beloved family and his life’s work.  Although he was perhaps best known in Kansas City as a Chiefs defensive lineman, we most admired Pellom for his accomplishments as a scholar, an artist, a poet, and a community leader.  Beyond the roles he cherished most — being a father and a husband— it is through his academic and creative work that Pellom made his greatest impact.

Pellom was one of those rare individuals who successfully reinvented himself.  After an impressive career in professional sports, he redirected his energies to researching the histories of African Americans and other underrepresented people and bringing their experiences to the attention of broad public audiences.  He used sports and culture as a lens through which to focus on issues of race and masculinity.  His infectious enthusiasm for the past was an inspiration to both his students and the public audiences he reached through exhibits and public lectures.

While at UMKC, Pellom worked closely with students to curate two popular traveling exhibits – Bar-B-Que, Baseball, and Jazz: African American History and Life in Kansas City, Missouri, 1914-1938 and They Came to Fight: African Americans and the Great World War.  In 2013, he published The Prince of Jockeys: The Life of Isaac Burns Murphy, a cultural biography of an enslaved Kentuckian who became one of the most famous jockeys of his time.  A talented visual artist and poet, Pellom conveyed the themes of his scholarship through a variety of artistic forms.  While in Kansas City, he started two successful community programs — Arts for Smarts and the Fish Out of Water Writing Club — to encourage children to engage in visual arts and writing.  He also served on the boards of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the National World War I Museum and Memorial.

Pellom was a fantastic colleague and a marvelous ambassador for UMKC and Kansas City.  In 2012, Pellom returned to Emory University in Atlanta, where he had earned his PhD in American Studies, to serve as the curator of African American collections at the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library and as a faculty member in the African American Studies department.  He continued his efforts to share African American history and culture by building Emory’s African American collections, developing programming, and curating exhibits.

On behalf of all of the faculty, students, and staff associated with the UMKC History Department, I would like to extend our sincere condolences to Navvab, Ellington, and Sofia as well as to Pellom’s extended family, Emory colleagues, friends, and former teammates.  Pellom was an exceptional husband, father, scholar, colleague, friend, and humanitarian.  He will be sorely missed.

History Department Wins Chancellor’s Community Engagement Award

The Department of History has been named the 2019 recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Community Engagement in recognition of its efforts to make engagement with the community a central aspect of its approach to student learning and scholarship. In his award letter, Chancellor Agrawal commended the department for “exemplifying the very best of UMKC’s values.”

The department has worked to establish relationships with cultural institutions and communities locally, regionally, and internationally and to produce and share historical knowledge. The department’s community outreach initiatives include, but are not limited to, partnering with local institutions on public programming for a variety of audiences; helping to disseminate the history of African American, German, Latinx, and LGBTQ communities among many others both in Kansas City and Missouri and more broadly; and generating new historical research about the region through public symposia and edited volumes.

History Department students and faculty will be honored at the Leaders in Learning Faculty Recognition Ceremony on Tuesday, September 17, 2019. More information about the department’s work is available on its public engagement and community partners pages.

Inscribing Yourself into a Nazi Future: Love Letters in the Third Reich

Detlef Schmiechen-Ackermann, Marlis Buchholz, Bianca Roitsch, Karl H. Schneider, Christiane Schröder, Hrsg. Der Ort der “Volksgemeinschaft” in der deutschen Gesellschaftsgeschichte. Paderborn: Ferdinand Schöning, 2018. 2011, Andrew Stuart Bergerson, Professor of History & Public Humanities, has been one of the lead researchers for a project called Trug&Schein. It uses the correspondence of an ordinary German couple, Hilde Laube and Roland Nordhoff, to facilitate public engagement with everyday life over the course of the Second World War. Continue reading

IPhD Student Matthew Reeves Defends Dissertation

The History Department is proud to announce that Matthew Reeves has successfully defended his interdisciplinary doctoral dissertation. Entitled “Making the Frontier’s Anatomical Engineers: Osteopathy, A. T. Still (1828-1917), his Acolytes and Patients,” his dissertation was written for a committee including Dr. Lynda Payne and Dr. Christopher Cantwell. Congratulations, Dr. Reeves!

LGBTQ-Themed Student Exhibit Receives National Council on Public History Award

In 1966, the NACHO planning meeting was held in the State Hotel, visible on the left in this view near 12th and Wyandotte. Courtesy: Missouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri.A University of Missouri-Kansas City student-produced LGBTQ-themed exhibit, currently being displayed at the UMKC Miller Nichols Library, has received a Student Project Award from the National Council on Public History. The exhibit can be viewed on the third floor of UMKC Miller Nichols Library through April 8, and is available online.

The Student Project Award is given to an outstanding public history student venture initiated as academic coursework and implemented and recognized beyond the classroom for its contribution to the field of public history. “Making History: Kansas City and the Rise of Gay Rights” was submitted by UMKC students Taylor C. Bye, Kathryn B. Carpenter, Samantha Hollingsworth, Leah Palmer (now an alumna), Kevin Ploth and Jennifer Tufts. Continue reading

Six MA Students in the UMKC History Department win National Council on Public History Award for Student Project

Making History MHC with AudienceThe UMKC Department of History is proud to announce that six graduate students in the Master of Arts in History with a Public History Emphasis program have been awarded the National Council on Public History’s Student Project Prize for their project, Making History: Kansas City and the Rise of Gay Rights. The UMKC students receiving the award are: Taylor Bye, Kathryn Carpenter, Samantha Hollingsworth, Leah Palmer, Kevin Ploth, and Jennifer Tufts.

The award is given to “an outstanding public history student project initiated as academic coursework and implemented and recognized beyond the classroom for its contribution to the field of public history.” Continue reading

Marc Reyes History Alum (MA 2014) wins Fulbright Award

Marc Reyes smOur hearty congratulations go to UMKC History Alum (MA 2014) Marc Reyes! Marc has been awarded a Fulbright Award to support his doctoral research in India. The title of his research is: “In the Circle of Great Powers: India, the United States, and the Postcolonial Atomic State, 1947-1974.” Marc is currently a PhD student and Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Connecticut. You do us proud, Marc!

Drs. Matt Osborn & Makini King interviewed on Fox4 & KCTV5 in Blackface Debate

Blackface refers to the cultural practice of covering the face of a white (or black) performer to create a caricature of a black person. Although usually associated with nineteenth-century minstrel shows, blackface can still be found today both in theatrical performances and sometimes also in Halloween costumes.

The debate about the racist implications of blackface continues today. In national news, the NBC “Today” host Megyn Kelly’s show was cancelled following her on-air remarks expressing acceptance of blackface. In local news, a registered nurse at St. Luke’s was fired after she posted pictures of herself and a friend on facebook in blackface.

UMKC Professor Matthew W. Osborn and UMKC Diversity Director Makini King were interviewed on 30 October 2018 for local television about the history, politics, and ethics of blackface. Their comments aired at 5 PM on KCTV5 and Fox4.

Public History Project Wins Two Awards from AASLH

The Department of History is proud to announce that “Kansas City’s Guadalupe Centers: A Century of Serving the Latino Community” has been recognized with two awards from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH).

This multifaceted Public History project is a collaboration from the Guadalupe Centers, Inc., the Department of History, the UMKC Latinx and Latin American Studies Program, Tico Productions, LLC, and the Kansas City Public Library. Their efforts included an exhibit, a documentary, public programming, and an ongoing archival project to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the organization.

The Guadalupe Centennial project received AASLH’s Award of Excellence, and was one of three projects recognized with the History in Progress (HIP) Award. The HIP Award is given to projects that are “highly inspirational, exhibit exceptional scholarship, and/or are exceedingly entrepreneurial in terms of funding, partnerships, or collaborations, creative problem solving, or unusual project design and inclusiveness.”

Congratulations to Dr. Sandra Enríquez (History), Dr. Theresa Torres (LLAS), History graduate student Hunter Albright, our Public History students who worked on this project, and all of the collaborators!

Spring 2020 Graduate Annie Spencer to Attend Western Michigan University

The History Department is delighted to announce another student success. Annie Spencer will graduate this spring with a BA in English and History and an Emphasis in Classical, Medieval, and Early Modern Studies. Annie was accepted to a number of graduate programs in the US and UK and plans to attend Western Michigan University for an MA in Medieval Studies in the fall. Congratulations, Annie! We are so excited for you!

Statement of Solidarity from the History Department

The UMKC History Department stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. We condemn the violence directed disproportionately at Black people in the US, and we applaud those willing to take action in support of the Black community against police brutality and systemic racism. Like so many other Americans, we are horrified by the deaths of Ryan Stokes, Cameron Lamb, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others. We recognize their deaths are part of a devastating historic pattern that has existed since the beginnings of European colonization and racially-based slavery.

UMKC historians are committed to researching and teaching the histories of systemic racism, oppression, and inequality in the United States and worldwide, while also amplifying the stories of resilience, resistance, and fights for human rights among diverse peoples. Our mission is to share these histories in order to better educate our students and the wider community about the historic roots of racism, injustice, and intolerance that confront our community, nation, and world today. We as historians have an obligation to learn from history. Every movement and push for greater equity, inclusion, and acceptance is a lesson learned and one we are committed to imparting to our students, colleagues, and community.

We know that merely having knowledge of our shared and often painful history will not solve systemic racism and inequality. We firmly believe, however, that unless we confront the harrowing aspects of our nation’s past and how they shape our present we cannot move toward a more equitable future. We urge you to continue to learn this history so it can inform your understanding of current events, as well as how constitutionally-protected protests and demands for social change are so vital to our duty as citizens of the US and the world. It is important that we stand together against white supremacy; anti-Blackness; racially-biased policing; disparities in health, housing, and education; and injustice in its many forms. As history has taught us, activists, allies, and bystanders have played a crucial role in tipping the arc toward equity and social justice.

We recognize that we have a lot of work to do. We will listen and engage in dialogues in an effort to better support you and improve the UMKC community. We are open to suggestions to help facilitate this conversation. We also plan to share resources to better understand the historical implications of this moment. We will send out a follow-up link with this information. In the meantime, we strongly recommend you read the American Historical Association’s statement on “The History of Racist Violence in the United States,” and the UMKC Libraries’ “Call to Action in Support of Racial Justice.”

Student Research

New Histories Researched and Written by UMKC Students and Alumni


Undergraduate Theses

Cochran, Cole, “A Journey from City-State to Empire: A Modern Outlook on the Athenian Empire,” 2020.

Fenn, Lisa, “Ties Between Us: How Protest Turns to Unrest,” 2020.

Hanners, Katie, “Differing Perspectives: Coverage of Civil Rights Activism in Kansas City from 1954-64,” 2020.

Masah, Yujay, “Civil Rights Photography and Consensus Memory,” 2020.

Nold, Amber, “A Too Independent Spirit”: Gender Roles and the New Zealand Army Nursing Service’s Marriage Ban,” 2020.

Pennington, Josie, “Music of the Civil Rights Movement: Reflections in Kansas City, Missouri,” 2020.

Pritchard, Ryanne, “The New Jim Crow of Kansas City: Establishment Led Oppression & the Black Working Class,” 2020.

Rowland, Ryan, “Militarizing the Dead: Anglo-Boer War Memorials and the British Collective Memory,” 2020.

Sprague, Michael, “Lift Up a Standard for the People” – William T. Vernon, and the Educational Philosophy Guiding Western University at Quindaro, Kansas,” 2020.

Theel, Laura, “Multitasking in the Fifteenth Century: Margaret Paston, Wife of John Paston I,” 2020.

Wiedeman, Katie, “From Curse to Icon: Kansas City Shuttlecocks,” 2020.

Wilcox, David, “Martin Bucer’s Middle Way: The Distinctive Anglican Identity,” 2020.

Wyzard, Christian, “Remembering the Forgotten War,” 2020.

MA Theses

Hayward, Paula, “From the King’s Will to the Law of the Land: English Forest Litigation in the Curia Regis Rolls, 1199-1243,” 2020.

Lee, Jisung, “A Glittering Hope at the Darkest Time: Refugees and the Western Sanitary Commission During the Civil War,” 2020.

Leisinger, Brooke, “‘Legal Schmegal’: An Analysis of Lesbian Activism in the Non-Urban Midwest,” 2020.

Spachek, Michael, “Coyotes, Science, and the American Psyche,” 2020.

PhD Theses

Reeves, Matthew, “Making the Frontier’s Anatomical Engineers: Osteopathy, A. T. Still (1828–1917), his Acolytes and Patients,” 2020.

Steed, Brian, “Narrative as a Critical Component for Violent Weaker Actor Success,” 2020.

Spring 2020 Capstone Program

Alumni Publications

Beavis, Mary Ann, and Ally Kateusz (Eds.). Rediscovering the Marys: Maria, Mariamne, Miriam, T&T Clark, 2020.


Undergraduate Theses

Ashby, Chip, “Dehumanizing the Dirtbag: How Cinema Created and Cultivated a Culture Capitalizing on Chopper Consumers,” 2019.

Bartosh, Joe, “Consequences of a Crusade: How the Religious Right and the Gay Community Used Anita Bryant’s Crusade for National Attention,” 2019.

Bergthold, Makay, “Hebrew Scribes and the Production of Ancient Biblical Manuscripts,” 2019.

Boehnke, Matt, “18th & Vine: Putting Kansas City on the Map,” 2019.

Brewer, Grace, “Medieval Female Mystics: Religious Visions and Power,” 2019.

Chicoine, Joshua, “The Dawn of Bronze: Kurgan, Hyksos, and the Rise of the New Kingdom in Egypt,” 2019.

Cline, Taylor, “The Militarization of the Dark Knight: Batman, the Police and Urban Decay in 1980s America,” 2019.

Decker, Ethan, “Karma and the Unfortunate Cycle of Underestimating Afghanistan,” 2019.

Disorbo, Shaleana, “The Philippine-American War: How Racial Attitudes Affected Torture during the Philippine-American War,” 2019.

Dungan, Savannah, “Our Social Construction and the Making of a Serial Murder,” 2019.

Garland, Cameron, “Opportunities Caused by the Great Fire of London,” 2019.

Gordon, Brittany, “American Education and the Impact of Race-Blind Language,” 2019.

Greene, Alexander, “The Occult Nature of Language and Race,” 2019.

Gutierrez, Jonny, “Mendez vs. Westminster: The Unsung Case,” 2019.

Holliman, Jacob, “Missing Pages: What is in the missing pages of Darwin’s Transmutation Notebooks and what was he thinking?,” 2019.

Jennings, Jacob, “Unmaking Maya: Deconstructing the Illusion of the Thuggee Death Cult,” 2019.

Kovar, Carolyn, “Working Between the Lines; the Failure of Section 235 and the Role of the Government in Undermining Residential Integration in the 1970s,” 2019.

Lopez, Anthony, “The New Sun: Understanding Transition through Media,” 2019.

Maxwell, Joshua, “Early 1900s Black Migration to Kansas City and its Impact on Segregation and Suburbs,” 2019.

Noe, Emily, “Bloody Fanaticism vs. Virgin Tolerance: The Role the Religious Policies of Mary and Elizabeth Tudor Played in Forming Their Subsequent Reputations,” 2019.

Ouellette, Taryn, “Branching Out From Balanchine: The Americanization of Ballet in the United States during the Mid-Twentieth Century,” 2019.

Penfield, Araya, “Not What but HOW,” 2019.

Perkins, Wesley, “African American Stereotypes in Advertising,” 2019.

Prymus, Christian, “Kansas City: A Land of Inequality,” 2019.

Samaniego, Dana, “The Impact of American Drug Policies on the Methamphetamine Crisis,” 2019.

Schaible, James, “How Twentieth Century Urban Development Changed and Divided Kansas City,” 2019.

Spencer, Annie,  “Finding Eleanor of Aquitaine,” 2019.

Trafton, Elizabeth, “English Gentleman: Soviet Spies Kim Philby’s and Guy Burgess’ Representation in British Popular Media,” 2019.

Usman, Ambroshia, “The African American Experience in Kansas City: How Racial Residential Segregation Negatively Affected African Americans,” 2019.

Walker, Tiffany, “Thomas J. Pendergast and the Pendergast Machine: How the Corruption of the Pendergast Machine Negatively Impacted the Kansas City Residents,” 2019.

Ward, Haley, “Race, Religion, Patriotism: How Missouri Newspapers Portrayed Barack Obama During the 2008 Presidential Election,” 2019.

Weis, Sam, “From Manly Heros, to Economic Stimulant: U.S. Soldiers in the Korean War,” 2019.

Williams, Leeann, “Analysis of the 1943 Bengal Famine,” 2019.

Zuniga, Andrew, “Emotional and Physical Responses to the Great Plague of 1665-1666 in England,” 2019.

MA Theses

Banks, Alexander, “Stories Untold: The Midwest Center for Holocaust Education’s Testimony Collection Practices,” 2019.

Carpenter, Kathryn, “Access to Nature, Access to Health: The Government Free Bathhouse at Hot Springs National Park, 1877 to 1922,” 2019.

Cline, Randi, The Work and the Glory: Historical Fiction and Cultural Narrative in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” 2019.

Foyer, Jean-Charles, “La France au bord de l’Amérique (France on the edge of America): Saint Pierre and Miquelon in the Twentieth Century,” 2019.

Gipple, Justin, “Pursuing a United Memory: Harry Truman’s Construction of a Collective Memory of the Western Hemisphere,” 2019.

Kane, Seán, “Margaret Roper and Mary Basset: The Influence of Christian Humanism on the Education of Thomas More’s Daughter and Granddaughter,” 2019.

Lyle, Kylie Elizabeth, “Living in Fear: An Analysis of Writings by Elizabeth Tudor, 1544-1565,” 2019.

Rucker, Sarah, “The United States of Embarrassment: How Concerns about the World’s View of America Propelled Justice Department Action in Civil Rights,” 2019.

Scheckel, Thomas, “The Lieber Codes Effectiveness in Jackson County, Missouri,” 2019.

Young, Elizabeth, “O, Beastly Jew!: Allegorical Anti-Judaism in Thirteenth Century English Bestiaries,” 2019.

PhD Theses

Taylor, Debra, “Whitewashing or amnesia: a study of the construction of race in two midwestern counties,” 2019.

Alumni Publications

Kateusz, Ally, Mary and Early Christian Women: Hidden Leadership, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.

Poston, Brook, James Monroe: A Republican Champion, Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2019.

Spring 2019 Capstone Program

Fall 2019 Capstone Program


Undergraduate Theses

Albright, Hunter, “You Came Here Seeking Freedom: World War I Propaganda Posters and Jewish American Identity,” 2018.

Anderson, Nick, “The Plebian Influence on the Marian Reforms,” 2018.

Bilyeu, Zachary, “Survive! Samuel Fuller’s The Big Red One as a Reflection on 1970s America,” 2018.

Burton, Sarah, “The Dependents: Women on Their Own in 18th Century London,” 2018.

Culp, Brittany, “The Humanist Influence: Opposition and Affirmation among Preachers in Renaissance Florence,” 2018.

Erikson, Holly, “The Vestal Virgins: An Analysis of the Influence and Power of Female Religious Figures in Ancient Rome,” 2018.

Fanciullo, Jordon, “Imperial Virtus: A Numismatic Study of Emperor Hadrian’s Coinage and Representations of Roman Gender Dynamics,” 2018.

Freiermuth, Samuel, “Facing the Iron Brigade: 10 Years of Conflict and Its Effect on the Kansas Militia,” 2018.

Fulbright, David, “Florentine Historians’ Depictions of the Guelph-Ghibelline Conflict,” 2018.

Greenberg, Matthew, “Huey Long and Anti-Semitism: How Huey Long Masked His Anti-Semitic Views through Anti Banking Rhetoric,” 2018.

Griffin, Ashley, “Prosperity of the 1930s & 1940s: The Success of Nelly Don & the Donnelly Garment Company,” 2018.

Hanson, John, “The Rise of Charter Schools in Kansas City,” 2018.

Holman, Chris, “‘Get Down, You Damn Fool!’ The Birth of the Sniper: How the Whitworth Rifle Helped to Change the Battle Field Forever,” 2018.

Juknevicius, Gaile, “Trimming Down Anglo-Norman History: How the Rise of the Irish Anglo-Norman Aristocracy Was Reflected in the Architecture and Archaeology of Trim Castle in Trim, County Meath, Ireland,” 2018.

Klint, Alyson, “Eugenics—Positive, Negative or Both? The Case of Dr. Florence Sherbon,” 2018.

Laney, Kaija, “Suicide in the Executive Mansion: How the Death of Thomas Reynolds Led to the Creation of Missouri’s First Asylum,” 2018.

Loya, Luis, “The Mexican Urban Experience in Kansas City,” 2018.

Martinez, John, “Winds of Empire: The U.S. Response to Hurricane Disaster in Puerto Rico, 1928,” 2018.

Mason, Andromeda, “Junius Groves: Potato King,” 2018.

Piatt, Joshua, “The Whiskey Rebellion: The First Watershed of Infant American Politics,” 2018.

Prado, Erika, “The Creation of an Icon: The Bolivian Cholita’s Role in Identity Formation In Eighteenth-Century Bolivia,” 2018.

Provo, Zachary, “After Stonewall: Gay Political and Sexual Expression through Dance,” 2018.

Sicola, John, “The Veteran Artist: Max Beckmann,” 2018.

Valdivia, Ray, “Ambrose’s Letters: Blessing and Chastisement,” 2018.

Winkler, Elijah, “Gompers Goes to War: The AFL, the International Workers of the World, and the First World War, 1913-1918,” 2018.

MA Theses

Bye, Taylor, “‘On the Side of Freedom and Loyalty:’ Reconstruction in Western Missouri, 1865-1875,” 2018.

Mika, Joshua Christopher, “Constructing Comanche: Imperialism, Print Culture, and the Creation of the Most Dangerous Indian in Antebellum America,” 2018.

Ploth, Kevin, “When Cultures Collide: How Primitive Masculinity and Class Conflict Derailed the Patrick J. Hurley Diplomatic Mission to China, 1944-1945,” 2018.

PhD Theses

Pingelton, Timothy James, “Three Paths To Religious Integration In Ernest Hemingway’s War Fiction,” 2018.

Alumni Publications

Egli, Rebecca, “‘The World of Our Dreams’: Agricultural Explorers and the Promise of American Science,” PhD diss., University of California, Davis, 2018.

Hanzlick, K. David, Benevolence, Moral Reform, Equality: Women’s Activism in Kansas City, 1870-1940, Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2018.

Spring 2018 Capstone Program

Fall 2018 Capstone Program


Undergraduate Theses

Carmona, Jude, “The History of ‘Hiroshima Is a Lie’: The Dissemination of the Nuclear Weapons Hoax Conspiracy Theory,” 2017.

Hampton, Tyler, “The Influence of Pedagogical Practices on Government in Ancient Sparta and Rome,” 2017.

Olson, Maria, “Wife, Mother, Mistress: The Formation of Identity by English Gentry Women in the Late Medieval Period,” 2017.

Pacubas, Mara, “U.S. MASH Nurses in Korea, 1950-1953,” 2017.

Stenger, David, “A Final Quest Concerning the Rectification of Principles,” 2017.

MA Theses

Brown, Kenan Aaron, “Loving all People Regardless of Race, Creed, or Color”: James L. Delk and the Lost History of Pentecostal Interracialism,” 2017.

Peile, Kaylee M, “Building Bridges: An Anthology of the War on Prostitution and the Greater Women’s Movement in Kansas City,” 2017.

Scheil, Luke Slater, “From Pop Culture to Nuclear Debate: The Impact of The Day After in Lawrence and Kansas City,” 2017.

Smith, Gregory S, “The Laboring Irish: Developing Community and Industry in Early Kansas City,” 2017.

PhD Theses

Davis, Justin Allen, “The Theological Edifice of Modern Experiential Protestantism: Schleiermacher, Kierkegaard, and Palmer’s Reconstruction of Nineteenth Century Pietism,” 2017.

Kateusz, Allisyn, “An Inquiry into the Relationship between Community and Text: Narratives and Iconography Depicting Christian Women with Authority in Late Antiquity,” 2017.

Kelley, Tanya, “World to Word: Nomenclature Systems of Color and Species,” 2017.

Smith, Dale Warren, “The Victorian Preacher’s Malady: The Metaphorical Usage of Gout in the Life of Charles Haddon Spurgeon,” 2017.

Fall 2017 Capstone Program

The Most Interested Man in Kansas City

Bill AshworthScience, art, technology, history, space. Bill Ashworth wants to know about everything.

If  you’re curious, there are many things that Bill Ashworth wants you to know.

But here’s the main thing: Learning is fun.

That optimistic aphorism is more than a casual one to Ashworth and his devoted admirers, who delight in the local educator’s indefatigable interest in not only his chosen academic field—the history of science—but anything else that might tickle his circuitously inquisitive mind.

Ashworth is a longtime associate professor of history at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and consultant on rare books for the privately-funded Linda Hall Library, an independent research library of science, engineering and technology across the street from the UMKC campus. Continue reading

UMKC/UMSL offer first Transnational Student Research Course with U. of Hamburg in FS18

During the nineteenth century, large numbers of German migrants settled in the state of Missouri. In this three-credit online course in public history (HIST 400B/5500B), students from the universities of Missouri in Kansas City and St. Louis will collaborate with German peers from the University of Hamburg in researching and writing short interpretive essays on the everyday lives of German migrants before, during, and after their migration.
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Two CAS Alumni Receive Fulbright Awards

Fulbright US Student Program logoTwo College of Arts and Sciences alumni have been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Award to continue their research and scholarship. Sydney Harvey, who received her Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy and Film from UMKC in 2016, will study in the United Kingdom; and Marc Reyes, who received his Master of Arts in History from UMKC in 2014, will study in India.

Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has given more than 380,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, professionals and scientists the opportunity to study, teach, conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Continue reading

Two History Faculty Win Excellence in Teaching Awards

The Department of History is pleased to announce that two History faculty members have been recognized for excellence in teaching. Dr. Sandra Enríquez won the 2020 Chancellor’s Early Career Award for Excellence in Teaching and Dr. Rebecca Davis won the 2020 Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Congratulations to Drs. Enríquez and Davis on these richly deserved awards!







UMKC History Alum Earns Merit Scholarship to MA Program at Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The UMKC History Department is proud to announce another alumni success. Makay Bergthold graduated magna cum laude in Fall 2019 with a BA in History and a minor in Classical and Ancient Studies. She has been accepted into the MA in the Bible and Ancient Near East program at the Rothberg International School at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She also received a full tuition merit scholarship for the duration of the program. Congratulations, Makay, on this achievement!

UMKC History Professor Reconstructs the History of Surgery before Anesthesia

The Best Surgeon in England: Percivall Pott, 1713-88Lynda Payne publishes new book about “the best surgeon” in 18th century England.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City’s History Department is proud to announce the publication Professor Lynda Payne’s new book, The Best Surgeon in England: Percivall Pott, 1713-88, about the influential English surgeon Percivall Pott, whose practice of surgery was praised for being methodical, skilled and measured.

Payne, a specialist in the history of science and medicine, challenges the belief that the practice of surgery prior to the invention of general anesthesia was “a realm of screaming patients and larger than life eccentric medical men whose primary aims were to operate as fast as possible.” The goal of her new book is to humanize and historicize medical practices by looking at the biography of this landmark teacher and practitioner. Continue reading

UMKC History Students Co-author Edited Collection

The UMKC History Department is delighted to announce the publication of a new edited collection authored collaboratively by an international team of graduate students from universities in Hamburg, Kansas City, St. Louis, Vienna, and Wrocław.

The newest addition to the series German Migration to Missouri, From Langenbrück to Kansas City: The Kiefer-Scholz Family, explores the experiences of a rural working-class family as they migrated from Upper Silesia in the early twentieth century, adapted to life in the United States, and maintained many of their transatlantic relationships. It is based on the Kiefer-Scholz family’s private collection of holy cards, letters, photographs, and postcards.

In 2020, the Robert J. Kiefer and Thekla E. Scholz Collection became the primary focus of a collaborative international online research seminar and project involving four faculty members and more than thirty graduate students in art history, ethnography, history, and public history. German Migration to Missouri 2.0 consists of student-authored microhistories focusing on this one German-American family. It offers rare glimpses into the experience of German-American migration and acculturation through the lens of a fascinating working-class woman.

Thank you to Bob Kiefer and his extended family for sharing the private documents of their fascinating family, and congratulations to the students and faculty who produced this work, including UMKC Professor of History Andrew Stuart Bergerson, one of the editors of the collection, and UMKC graduate students Emily Bucher, Kathleen Foster, Zoe Honeck, Alexandra Kern, Gary C. Sharp, Robert Swearengin, and Michele Valentine.

The collection is available now as an eBook; a print version is forthcoming.

Volume Coauthored by Dr. Andrew Bergerson Published in Paperback

In December 2018, Berghahn Books published RUPTURES IN THE EVERYDAY: Views of Modern Germany from the Ground in paperback. The lead authors of this jointly written work are UMKC Professor of History Andrew Stuart Bergerson and Leonard Schmieding.

Throughout the twentieth century, Germans underwent constant disruptions in their lives, and many struggled to integrate their experiences into coherent narratives. Ruptures in the Everyday brings together twenty-six interdisciplinary researchers in a collectively authored work of scholarship that explores how Germans conceived of the self, society, families, objects, institutions, policies, violence, and authority by investigating Alltageveryday life.