S-UISH OFFICERS: 2013-2014
DANIEL WICKBERG, President. Associate Professor of Historical Studies/History of Ideas at the University of Texas at Dallas. He is the author of The Senses of Humor: Self and Laughter in Modern America (Cornell University Press), and his essays have appeared in a wide variety of journals, including American Historical Review, Critical Inquiry, Journal of American History, and Modern Intellectual History. His areas of interest include the history of ideas about self and society, historiography, and transatlantic modernity. His recent work has focused on the history of the idea of sympathy in modern thought.
LISA SZEFEL, Treasurer. An associate professor of history at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, Szefel is the author of The Gospel of Beauty in the Progressive Era: Reforming American Verse and Values (Palgrave Macmillian, 2011) and is at work on a intellectual biography of Peter Viereck and his role in shaping modern conservatism. Her research interests center on the role of culture in the development of American values, movements for social change, and political life. Whether popular (soap operas), difficult (modernist poetry), or controversial (conservative intellectuals), my goal is to understand the underpinnings and impact of culture in modern U.S. history.
RAYMOND HABERSKI, JR., Secretary. An associate professor of history at Marian University in Indianapolis, Indiana, Haberski is the author of four books, including most recently God and War: American Civil Religion Since 1945 (Rutgers, 2012). For the 2008-2009 academic year, he was the Fulbright Danish Distinguished Chair in American Studies at the Center for the Study of the Americas (CSA) at the Copenhagen Business School. He is completing a book on Franciscan media for the Academy of American Franciscan History and has begun a project on Catholic thought from the end of the Second World War to the present.
ALLISON PERLMAN, 2013 Conference Chair. An assistant professor in the departments of history and film and media studies at the University of California-Irvine, Perlman is the co-editor of Flow TV: Television in the Age of Convergent Media (Routledge, 2010). Her research focuses on the relationship between media activism, broadcasting policy, and American social movements. Throughout the second half of the twentieth century, struggles over broadcasting policy have been critical parts of campaigns for social justice and political reform. As American social movements responded to an increasingly mass-mediated culture, they have tried to mold television to reflect their moral and political beliefs; activist communities have understood that their successes or failures would be tied to the narratives presented in, faces and voices appearing on, and values and perspectives circulating within the televisual public sphere. Of the many strategies deployed to effect change, which have included boycotting offending sponsors and negotiating directly with network executives, has been fights to alter broadcasting policy and law to assure that television could be a partner in the hoped for better future imagined by activist communities.
MICHELE ROSEN, Chair of Publications. A doctoral student in Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas, she has an undergraduate degree in Sociology and History from Indiana University, an MA in journalism from New York University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Rosemont College. Rosen is also managing editor of Translation Review, The Center for Translation Studies at the University of Texas, Dallas.
CARA BURNIDGE, Co-Chair 2014 Conference. Cara L. Burnidge is a historian of American religions and will receive her Ph.D. in Religion from Florida State University in August 2013. Interested generally in religion and politics, her research focuses on the relationship between religion and politics, especially U.S. foreign relations, in the early twentieth century. Her current research reconsiders the standard narrative of American Protestantism during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, challenging the conventional wisdom that liberal Protestants lost their optimistic and progressive reform impulses as a result of World War I.
MARK T. EDWARDS, Co-Chair 2014 Conference. Mark Edwards teaches US history and politics at Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, Michigan. He is the author of The Right of the Protestant Left: God’s Totalitarianism as well as a regular blogger at Religion in American History and an occasional blogger at S-USIH.