Faculty News

History Department
E332 Thompson Hall
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
Phone: (716) 673-3277
Fax: (716) 673-3332

Our faculty are not only dedicated instructors, but also contribute to the body of historical knowledge that is shared and taught around the world.  Below are announcements about our most recent activities; to the right is an archive of our accomplishments.

 Research & Writing Sabbatical

Dr. John Staples is spending his Spring 2015 sabbatical completing a book manuscript tentatively entitled Johann Cornies (1789-1848): A Mennonite Visionary on the Russian Colonial Frontier. Cornies provides a window onto Russian colonial policy at a time of tumult (the Napoleonic wars, the Decembrist Revolt), and the major reforms initiated by Tsar Nicholas I.

 Prof. Fan's Globetrotting Winter Break

During this past winter break, Prof. Xin Fan attended the conference "China in the Global Academic Landscape. New Horizons: Topical and Structural Challenges for 2020" in Hanover, Germany. Afterwards, he visited Beihua University in Jilin, People's Republic of China (PRC), and Beijing Normal University in Beijing, PRC, where he was invited to give talks on the state of historical studies in the context of globalization. During the same trip, he also conducted some archival research at Northeast Normal University in Changchun and interviewed a senior historian for his book project at Nankai University in Tianjin.

2014 Professional Development Awards for Teaching and Learning

Congratulations to Dr. Steven Fabian and Dr. Xin Fan for receiving this year's teaching and learning awards!  Click here to learn about their plans.

2014 Faculty Summer Research and Creativity Awards

Congratulations to Dr. Nancy Hagedorn, Dr. Mary Beth Sievens, and Dr. Emily Straus for receiving this year's research awards!  Click here to learn more about their research projects.

Research Sabbatical
Dr. Jennifer Hildebrand will spend the 2014-2015 academic year on sabbatical.  For many years she has been researching the life and career of noted African American tenor Roland Hayes, who helped create a place on the American formal concert stage for African American performers and the spirituals, with the goal of producing historical biography of this great performer.
Roland Hayes (1887-1977)
Over the years she has spent a total of 16 weeks reading through and taking notes on Hayes's papers, donated to the E. Azalia Hackley Collection at the Detroit Public Library.  She has traveled to Georgia to visit the Roland Hayes Museum, to see the home that he built after reaching the pinnacle of his career, and to interview several family members.  Time spent in Boston gave her to opportunity to interview Hayes's daughter and to examine the files on Hayes in the Boston Public Library.  Her time on sabbatical will be spent reading and writing, and she hopes to make a few brief visits to archives which contain the papers of some of his correspondents.



Congratulations to Professor Emily Straus, whose book, Death of a Suburban Dream: Race and Schools in Compton, California, has been published by the University of Pennsylvania Press! For more information, click here.



Congratulations to Dr. Thomas E. Morrissey, whose book Conciliarism and Church Law in the Fifteenth Century:  Studies on Franciscus Zabarella and the Council of Constance, has been published by Ashgate Publishing!  For more information click here.

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