MemberSebastiaan Faber

• Iberian Trans-Atlantic Studies
• Institutional History of Hispanism
• Historical Memory in Post-Franco Spain
• Spanish Cinema; Luis Buñuel; Post-Francoist Cinema
• Literature of Spanish Civil War Exile
• Representations of the Spanish Civil War and SCW refugees
• The Crisis of the Turn of the Century in Spain and Spanish America
• Intellectuals and Political Commitment
• Intellectual Contacts Between Spain and Spanish America after 1810
• Constructions of Hispanic Identity since Latin-American Independence
• Theory of Ideology
• Contemporary Spanish Fiction
• Journalism and Fiction in Latin-American Literature

MemberSarah Beetham

…‘Black Lives Matter.’” Public Art Dialogue 6, no. 1 (2016): 9-33.

“Teaching American Art to American Artists: Object-Based Learning at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.” Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art 2, no. 1 (Summer 2016).

“‘An Army of Bronze Simulacra’: The Copied Soldier Monument and the American Civil War.” Nierika: Revista de Estudios de Arte 4, no. 7 (January-June 2015): 34-45.

“‘A Brave and Gallant Soldier’: Civil War Monuments and the Funerary Sphere.” Common Place 14, no. 2 (Winter 2014).


Dr. Sarah Beetham is an assistant professor of art history at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, specializing in American art and particularly the monuments erected to citizen soldiers after the Civil War. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in art history from the University of Delaware and a B.A. in art history and English from Rutgers University. Her current book project, Monumental Crisis: Accident, Vandalism, and the Civil War Citizen Soldier, focuses on the ways in which post-Civil War soldier monuments have served as flashpoints for heated discussion of American life and culture in the 150 years since the end of the war. Dr. Beetham has published work on Civil War monuments and art history pedagogy in Public Art Dialogue, Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art, Nierika: Revista de Estudios de Arte, and Common-Place. She has been interviewed regarding her work on Civil War monuments and the current debate over the future of Confederate monuments in several outlets, including the Washington Post, U.S. News and World Report, Architectural Digest, and Mic.

MemberEric Burke

My research focuses on the influence of past experience (“operational heritage”) on the systemic operational behavior and tactical subcultures of historical military organizations. My dissertation explores how the operational- and tactical-level functioning of a Union corps d’armée evolved over the course of the American Civil War as its command network and component regiments were indelibly shaped by, and collectively made sense of, their particular experiences on and off the battlefield during each successive campaign.   In the past, my research has also engaged with nineteenth-century American history topics beyond the purview of military history. My master’s thesis, “Egyptian Darkness: Antebellum Reconstruction and Southern Illinois in the Republican Imagination, 1854-1861,” focused on early Republican (1854-1860) plans to “reconstruct” and “Northernize” the poor white inhabitants of southern Illinois (“Egypt”) before the Civil War – an intellectual prelude to many of the same efforts later directed toward poor whites of the postwar South. Prior to this project, my undergraduate honor’s thesis, “Decidedly Unmilitary: The Roots of Social Order in the Union Army” examined how the simultaneous coexistence of conflicting individual motivations for service exhibited by members of a volunteer regiment, as well as the natural ebb and flow of those motivations over time, necessitated an adaptive leadership style by junior leaders in order to secure the respect and obedience of subordinates.   My professional interests and research also engage with larger questions of national and military strategy, security and defense policy, and theories of war, strategy, and tactics. This Fall, I’m teaching Introduction to National and International Security as part of the Peace, War, and Defense Curriculum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

MemberDaniel Sauerwein

…ommissioned Officers Association (NCOA),” The Encyclopedia of the Veteran in America. Ed. William Pencak (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio, 2009).

Sauerwein, Daniel, “Women’s History Month: Comparing Presidential Proclamations.” The History News Network (March 24, 2009).

Sauerwein, Daniel. “Letters to the President,” Gale Library of Daily Life: American Civil War. Ed. Steven E. Woodworth. Vol. 2. (Detroit: Gale, 2008).

Sauerwein, Daniel. “Souvenirs and Relics,” Gale Library of Daily Life: American Civil War. Ed. Steven E. Woodworth. Vol. 2. (Detroit: Gale, 2008).

Sauerwein, Daniel. “Balance between Free and Slave States: An Overview,” Gale Library of Daily Life: Slavery in America. Ed…

I am a Ph.D. candidate in History at the University of North Dakota and my fields are in North American History (with emphasis on new military history), Rural History, Public History and Geography. My areas of interest are in early American history, specifically military, which includes the Civil War and other early American wars. I currently hold a Master of Arts degree from the University of North Dakota in History, with a major concentration in American history and a minor in Geography. My thesis explored camps of instruction in Illinois and focused on the transition from civilian to soldier as soldiers took their basic training in the camps. I also hold a Bachelor of Arts degree (magna cum laude) from Illinois College, with a major in History and double minors in Economics and Geography. I currently work as a Reference Specialist with the North Dakota State Archives, where I assist patrons in accessing our materials for various types of research. My specialties will be on military history related collections and records. I previously served as a History and Political Science Instructor at Northland Community and Technical College during the 2016-17 academic year. I also taught both History and Geography courses for the University of North Dakota and Lake Region State College. Over the course of my time teaching college, I have taught the following courses: United States to 1877 (both in class and online) United States since 1877 United States History pre-1865 United States History since 1865 Western Civilization I (online) Western Civilization II (online) Western Civilization Pre-1500 American Minorities (both in class and online) American Politics and Government State and Local Government (both in class and online) North Dakota History The United States: The Roaring Twenties Civil War and Reconstruction World War II (online) Historical Geography Special Topics in Geography: Heritage Tourism I originally hail from Jerseyville, IL, but have lived in Missouri, Germany, Kansas, and Texas while my dad was in the Army. I have also visited 20 other states, Washington, DC, and five other countries in my life. Outside of my academic pursuits, I am involved with the Civil Air Patrol, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and Sons of the American Legion. I also enjoy reading, writing, playing guitar, and firearms. I am an avid Civil War reenactor, currently serving as President/Lieutenant of Fifth Minnesota Infantry Regiment, Company D, where we do educational programming in the region, especially at Fort Abercrombie State Historical Site. My areas of interest in the Civil War are camps of instruction, which are where soldiers took basic training, the Western theater of the war, and U. S. Grant. I like to focus on the soldiers from the “Old Northwest” (Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, etc.) as they are quite interesting and in many ways were better than their eastern counterparts.

MemberJesse Alemán

…U.S. Hispanic Writings about the American Civil War

Chicana/o Horror in Fiction and Film

Race and Realism (co-edited special issue of American Literary Realism)…

Jesse Alemán is a professor of English and the Director of Literature at the University of New Mexico, where he teaches nineteenth-century American and U.S. Latina/o literary and cultural histories. He also offers classes on the C19 American gothic; southwestern literature and film; and Chicana/o horror. He holds the title of Presidential Teaching Fellow, a distinction awarded for his critical pedagogy at a Hispanic Serving Institution.

MemberKathleen Brown

Kathleen Brown is an incoming doctoral student in American Culture at the University fo Michigan. She recently finished a master’s degree in English Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. Her thesis, “The ‘Abnormal’ and ‘Unreal’: Examining the Premature Death of Muriel Rukeyser’s Savage Coast,” seeks to understand why Rukeyser’s Spanish Civil War account, based on her lived experience, was labeled as unreal by her publisher and summarily rejected. Her research interests include lost and found radicalism, historical memory, and women and writers of color in the antifascist movement. She is particularly interested in the writers at the margins of the Spanish Civil War and the transnational networks that sustained them.

MemberKisha Tracy

I am an Associate Professor of English Studies, specializing in pre-modern British and world literatures, as well as Co-Coordinator of the Center for Teaching and Learning, at Fitchburg State University in Fitchburg, MA. I received my Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from the University of Connecticut in 2010. My first book is available from Palgrave, entitled Memory and Confession in Middle English Literature, and explores how the traditional medieval relationship between memory and confession provides a valuable framework for understanding the employment of recollection in various Middle English literary texts. My interests, both teaching and research, are wide-ranging, from classical literature and Anglo-Saxon to Chaucer and film studies with the American Civil War thrown in for variety. In addition, I do a lot of research on encouraging student investment in learning, information literacy, and pedagogical wikis in higher education. I am in the middle of a teaching and learning book project entitled Students Are People Too. I am currently Book Review Editor for Currents in Teaching and Learning and on the board of the New England Faculty Development Consortium and the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning.