Department of History
Katie Martin, a History major, and Professor Nancy Gabin are profiled in JPUR: Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research. The journal published Katie's article "'We Can Take It!' Race and the Civilian Conservation Corps in Indiana, 1934-1941." Katie wrote this paper with Professor Gabin's supervision and it served as her Honors thesis.
Professor Sharra Vostral has received a courtesy faculty appointment in the School of Engineering Education.
Professor Sally Hastings has just published ”Women’s professional expertise and women’s suffrage in Japan, 1868-1952,” in Gender, Nation and State in Modern Japan, ed. By Andrea Germer, Vera Mackie, and Ulrike Wöhr (London and New York: Routledge, 2014).
Professor Silvia Mitchell has just published “Growing Up Carlos II: Political Childhood in the Court of the Spanish Habsburgs” in The Formation of the Child in Early Modern Spain, Grace E. Coolidge, ed. (Ashgate, 2014).
Professor Kathryn Brownell op-ed on Nixon's legacy 40 years after his resignation in Reuters. http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/08/08/nixons-showbiz-legacy/
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Meet our new faculty
Wendy Kline, Dema G. Seelye Chair in the History of Medicine
Wendy Kline joins Purdue as the Dema G. Seelye Chair in the History of Medicine in the Department of History. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis, in 1998. She is the author of several articles and two books: Bodies of Knowledge: Sexuality, Reproduction, and Women’s Health in the Second Wave (University of Chicago Press, 2010) and Building a Better Race: Gender, Sexuality, and Eugenics from the Turn of the Century to the Baby Boom (University of California Press, 2001).
Her current book project, under contract with Oxford University Press, is entitled Coming Home: Medicine, Midwives, and the Transformation of Birth in Late-Twentieth-Century America. Based on interviews and archival records of midwives, doctors, and health organizations, this book will be the first in-depth, historical analysis of the home birth movement in the U.S. Two articles on this topic are forthcoming: “Communicating a New Consciousness: Countercultural Print and the Home Birth Movement in the 1970s,” Bulletin of the History of Medicine. And “The Little Manual That Started a Revolution: How Hippie Midwifery Became Mainstream,” in David Kaiser and Patrick McCray, eds., Groovy Science: The Countercultural Embrace of Science and Technology over the Long 1970s.
Prior to coming to Purdue, Kline was a professor of history at the University of Cincinnati, where she taught courses on U.S. women’s history, the history of sexuality, and women’s health. She is also a professional violinist, having most recently played with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. She looks forward to playing with the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra this fall.
Kim Gallon, Assistant Professor in History
Dr. Kim Gallon joins Purdue University as an assistant professor of history from Muhlenberg College. She is also the founder and director of the Black Press Research Collective (http://blackpressresearchcollective.org) and an ongoing visiting scholar at the Center for Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Her research focuses on discourses and representations of gender and sexuality in the early twentieth century Black Press. She is completing a manuscript titled, “We Are Becoming a Tabloid Race: The Politics of Gender and Sexuality in the Black Press, 1925-1945.” Her future research focuses on cultural Pan-Africanism in African American and Ghanaian newspapers in the twentieth century. She is also a Digital Humanist and was recently awarded a NEH Digital Humanities Level 1 Start-Up grant for her work on digitizing scholarship on the Black Press. Her work has been published in History Compass, Journalism History, Transformations, Pennsylvania History and Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography. Her writing on Black popular culture and romance is featured on the “Popular Romance Project” web site (http://popularromanceproject.org).
Dr. Gallon received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Pennsylvania, with major fields in African American and American History and Women, Gender and Sexuality. She holds graduate certificates in African Studies, Africana Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies. She also earned a M.S. in Library and information Science from Drexel University and a BA in English from Rutgers-Camden University.
Margaret Mih Tillman, Assistant Professor in History
Dr. Margaret Mih Tillman joins Purdue University as an assistant professor of history from the University of Mississippi where she was a visiting Assistant Professor. Her dissertation, “Precocious Politics: Preschools and Child Protection in China, 1903-53,” examines the influx of scientific and sentimental ideas that drew childrearing from the private to the public domain. She has published several articles and has presented her work at the Association for Asian Studies and the World History Association. Once she has finished revising her dissertation as a book manuscript, her next project, tentatively entitled “Tested: China’s Modern Examination Bureau,” will analyze the vicissitudes of college-entrance testing in twentieth century China. A graduate seminar that she has designed on museum collections to offer comparative perspective on the professionalization of antiquarianism will appeal to graduate students regardless of geographic specialization.
Dr. Tillman has received the following research grants and awards:
Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Dissertation Writing Grant (2012-13)
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Grant, Peking University, Beijing (2010-11)
985 Research Grant, National Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies, Fudan University, Shanghai (Summer 2010)
Center for Chinese Studies Research Grant, National Central Library, Taiwan (Summer 2007)
Berkeley Fellow; UC Berkeley Graduate College (2005-2010)
Fulbright Institute of International Education (IIE) Grant; Tsinghua University (2003-04)
National Merit Finalist (1999).
Dr. Tillman received her PhD in History from the University of California, Berkeley.
Sharra Vostral, Associate Professor in History
Dr. Sharra Vostral is an Associate Professor of History in the College of Liberal Arts, and affiliated with Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies, American Studies, and the College of Engineering Education. Her research centers upon the history of technology, specifically gender, and histories of medical devices and health. Her book, Under Wraps: A History of Menstrual Hygiene Technology examines the social and technological history of sanitary napkins and tampons, and the effects of technology upon women’s experiences of menstruation. Her current research explores the 1980 health crisis of Toxic Shock Syndrome and its relationship to tampon technologies.
Dr. Vostral received her Ph.D. in History at Washington University in St. Louis. She completed her M.A. in American Studies at St. Louis University, and earned honors in Comparative Religion at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Before coming to Purdue, she was an Associate Professor in Gender & Women’s Studies and History at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.