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Evan C. Rothera

Evan C. Rothera

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow

115 Pond Laboratory
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (609) 721-1241

Education:

  1. PhD, The Pennsylvania State University, 2017
  2. MA, The Pennsylvania State University, 2012
  3. BA, Gettysburg College, 2010

Biography:

I am a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the History Department and a member of the Richards Civil War Era Center. My dissertation, completed under the direction of Amy S. Greenberg, analyzes civil wars and reconstructions in the United States, Mexico, and Argentina in the period 1860 - 1880. I am revising it for publication. My other interests include nationalism, the function of the loyal opposition, and the problems of memory and commemoration.

Recent Publications:

“The Tenacious ‘Twin Relic:’ Republicans, Polygamy, and The Late Corporation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints v. United States,” Journal of Supreme Court History 41 (March 2016): 21 – 38.

"Forgotten Fire-Eater: William Barksdale in History and Memory,” The Journal of Mississippi History, LXXII (Winter 2010): 401-425.

Recent Awards:

Hughes Gossett Student Prize, Supreme Court Historical Society (for the best student paper submitted to the Journal of Supreme Court History), June 2016.

2015-2016 Raymond Lombra Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences, College of the Liberal Arts (for the best article or book published or forthcoming by a graduate student registered in the College of the Liberal Arts).

Northern Great Plains History Conference Graduate Student Paper Prize (“‘That functionary has been pleased to cause the day of our National Anniversary to be celebrated with the highest military honors’: Nationalist Festivals (or Nationalism and Nativism?) in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands”), October 2015.

Outstanding Paper by a Graduate Student Award, Society of Civil War Historians, June 2012.

Recent Fellowships:

Lawrence Gelfand – Armin Rappaport – Walter LaFeber Dissertation Fellowship, The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Spring 2016.

Research Fellowship for the Study of the Global South, New Orleans Center for the Gulf South, Tulane University, Summer 2015.

Lawrence T. Jones III Research Fellowship in Civil War Texas History, Texas State Historical Association, Summer 2015.

Andrew W. Mellon Research Fellowship, Virginia Historical Society, Summer 2013.

Recent Presentations:

“‘Many of our countrymen who have been driven or escaped from the hands of their tormentors…have lately found their way to this City’: The Problem of Refugees in the Mexico-U.S. Borderlands,” The State in/of Borderlands History, University of Texas at El Paso, November 6 – 7, 2015.

“‘Our South American Cousin’: Domingo F. Sarmiento, and Education in Argentina and the United States,” 2015 Society for U.S. Intellectual History Conference, Washington, D. C., October 15 – 18, 2015.

“‘That functionary has been pleased to cause the day of our National Anniversary to be celebrated with the highest military honors’: Nationalist Festivals (or Nationalism and Nativism?) in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands,” 50th Annual Northern Great Plains History Conference, Bismarck, ND, September 30 – October 3, 2015.

“Hemispheric Liberalism and Hemispheric Conservatism: Victors and Vanquished in the United States, Mexico, and Argentina, 1861 – 1880,” Empire, Power, Identity, and Conflict Regional Conference, 2015: From War to Peace, Mississippi State University, September 25 – 26, 2015.

Courses:

HIST 467: Latin America and the U.S. (Course Instructor)

HIST 444: The United States in Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850-1877 (Course Instructor)

HIST 130: Introduction to the Civil War Era, 1848 through 1877, Spring 2016 (Course Instructor)

HIST 21: American Civilization from 1877, Fall 2014, Fall 2013 (TA)

HIST 20: American Civilization to 1877, Spring 2014, Spring 2011 (TA)

HIST 10: World History I, Fall 2012 (TA)

HIST 2: The Western Heritage Part II, Fall 2011, Spring 2012 (TA)

HIST 130: Introduction to the Civil War Era, 1848 through 1877, Fall 2010 (TA)

Specialty:

19th Century US

Latin America

Termination details:

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