Faculty and Student News

April 2017:

Professor Ngo Vinh Long’s review of ‘Aid under Fire: Nation Building and the Vietnam War‘ has been published by H-Net Reviews.

Daniel Soucier, History Graduate Student, Ph.D:

  • Recently organized a panel at the American Society for Environmental History Conference in Chicago titled the “Incidental Landscapes of War:  Military Manipulation, Commodification, and Utilization of Nature” and presented a paper on the panel titled “To Leave Delightful Fields for Barren Wildernesses:  Ordering Wilderness Landscapes during the American Revolution.”
  • Had an article published in The Journal of Military History titled, “Where there were no Signs of Any Human Being”: Navigating the Eastern Country Wilderness on Arnold’s March to Quebec, 1775.
  • Has received a Resident Research Fellowship from the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium to conduct research on his dissertation at the Maine Historical Society, the New Hampshire Historical Society, the Rhode Island Historical Society, and the Houghton Library at Harvard University.


March 2017:

Elisa Sance, History Graduate Student, Ph.D:

  • Was awarded a New England-Atlantic Provinces-Quebec Fellowship. Her research project explores the relationship between teacher training and the education of francophone pupils in Maine and New Brunswick from the mid-nineteenth century to the beginning of the twenty-first century. By comparing the education system in Maine and New Brunswick, she seeks to explore ways in which minorities – in this case French-speaking minorities – were integrated into society, and to identify the challenges to integration, particularly the challenges that pertain to identity. The aim of this research project is to contribute to the debate on education policies by identifying elements of the public school system that facilitated or complicated the integration of minority groups and their participation in the institutional life of their state, province, or country.

Carol Blasi, History Graduate Student, PhD:

  • Was awarded a Dunn Research Grant. Her Dunn grant will permit her to do further dissertation research directed at establishing how French land tenure was implemented in the French colony of Acadia before the expulsions of 1755. Given the limited number of extant notarial documents from this period, she is also examining legal documents relating to returning Acadian communities, post-1763, to discover what might be described as cultural artifacts that reflect back on law and custom as practiced in ‘Old Acadia’. The Dunn grant will permit her to visit the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick as well as at least one county registrar’s office to obtain copies of land grants, deeds, leases, mortgages, liens and other agreements relating to land transactions.

Tyler Cline, History Graduate Student, MA:

  • Was awarded a Dunn Research Grant. He plans to use the Dunn Research Grant to pursue his research into the anti-Catholic rhetoric and activities of the New Brunswick Ku Klux Klan and Orange Order. Using this award, he was able to travel to the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick in Fredericton, a major repository for source material on both groups.

Emma Schroeder, History Graduate Student, PhD:

  • Was awarded a Dunn Research Grant. Her research focuses on women’s experiences in 1970s appropriate technology movement. She received funding to visit the archives of the New Alchemy Institute, an appropriate technology group, located at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

Patrick Callaway, History Graduate Student, PhD:

  • Was awarded both a Dunn Research Grant and a Hunter Teaching Fellowship. He will be using the Dunn Research Grant to visit the Provincial Archives of Nova Scotia and the Dalhouise University special collections in Halifax to search for the Halifax port records and Legislative Council documents from the late 1700s and early 1800s for information on American grain imports into the colony as well as any information that can be found on grain production in Nova Scotia during this time.
  • He will be using the Hunter Teaching Fellowship in order to refine his craft in classroom teaching at the university level and to gain skills in creating and organizing a course on the Atlantic World that covers a broader geographic, chronological, and thematic scope then he has previously experienced as an instructor.

Scott See has been named CLAS Outstanding Faculty Member in the area of Service and Outreach for 2017.

Elizabeth McKillen published “Labor and the Legacies of World War I” for Labor Online.


February 2017:

Justus Hillebrand, History Graduate Student, PhD:

  • Was awarded the Chase Distinguished Research Assistantship. He was very honored to be awarded the Chase Distinguished Research Assistantship by the Graduate School of the University of Maine. The generous monthly stipend, tuition waiver, and half of the costs of student health insurance for the academic year 2017/18 will help him greatly in progressing in his dissertation research. Tentatively titled “To Know the Land With Hands and Minds: How Farmers and Scientists Made Rural Modernities in New England and Westphalia, 1850-1914,” his dissertation investigates the modernizations of rural places within the western World through the lens of agricultural knowledge. He wants to find out how farmers experienced and shaped processes of modernization in negotiation with scientists and reformers of agriculture. This dialogue became most pronounced in marginal regions where challenges to agriculture defied innovations emanating from centers of science. Thus, he studies two such regions, Western Maine and the Hochsauerland in Westphalia, Germany, during the configurational period of the twentieth-century system of agricultural knowledge production, 1850-1914.
  • Was awarded a Dunn Research Grant. He used the Dunn Research Grant to visit archives in Westphalia, Germany, to learn more about agricultural schools and associations in the second half of the nineteenth century. This will be essential for his dissertation on a transatlantic history of agricultural knowledge and modernization in Germany and the USA.



Anne Knowles will be presenting her research at a number of venues in Fall 2016:

Center for Geographic Analysis Colloquium, Harvard University (Oct. 7)
German Historical Institute, Creating Spatial Historical Knowledge (Oct. 20-22).
Lessons & Legacies, bi-annual Holocaust conference, Claremont McKenna College (Nov. 3-6)


Elizabeth McKillen recently published an article:  “Divided Loyalties:  Irish American Women Labor Leaders and the Irish Revolution, 1916-23,”  Éire-Ireland, Volume 51, Numbers 3 & 4, (Fall/Winter 2016), pp. 165-187.


In October:  Micah Pawling, PhD, published “Wabanaki Homeland and Mobility: Concepts of Home in Nineteenth-Century Maine”, by Duke University Press.

Wabanaki Homeland and Mobility: Concepts of Home in Nineteenth-Century Maine

Scott See was invited to give a keynote talk at the Biennial Conference of the Middle Atlantic and New England Council for Canadian Studies, which was held in Portland, Maine in October 2017. His paper, which was based on his research on myths and nationalism in Canadian history, was entitled “Still Relevant After All These Years? Canada’s ‘Peaceable Kingdom’ Ideal in the Twenty-First Century.”


In September:  Nathan Godfried, Professor of History, University of Maine; Elizabeth McKillen, Professor of History, University of Maine.



In August: Ngo Vinh Long in front of the Prague Castle on August 28, 2016.

Prague Castle

Interview With Ngo Vinh Long


In August:  Stefano Tijerina, PhD, published his book chapter “Demarcando una Estrategia Latinoamericana: Las Iniciativas del Sector Privado Canadiense en Colombia, 1905-1953” in Maria-Aparecida Lopes and María Cecilia Zuleta’s editor book Mercados en Común: Estudios Sobre Conexiones Transnacionales, Negocios y Diplomacia en las Américas (Siglos XIX y XX) published by El Colegio de México.

Demarcando una Estrategia Latinoamericana: Las Iniciativas del Sector Privado Canadiense en Colombia, 1905-1953


In August:   Daniel S. Soucier, doctoral candidate in the department of history, will be delivering a paper at the annual meeting of the Northeast Atlantic Canada Environmental History Forum, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, entitled “War upon the French, the Fishermen, and the Fishery:  Razing Crops, Cattle, and Built Environment during the Gulf of St. Lawrence Campaign, 1758.”