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Faculty Research

Faculty members, like students, undertake research projects.  Research forms the basis of our knowledge and enriches the history that we share in the classroom. Our research takes us all over the United States and the world.

Kathryn Tomasek’s current research focuses on digital scholarly editions of account books created by members of the Wheaton family in Norton in the nineteenth century. Wheaton College students have been working with Professor Tomasek since 2009 to transcribe and encode these account books for web publication. Tomasek’s students have traveled to workshops and conferences at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, and in Krakow.

John Bezís-Selfa is at work on a variety of projects related to Latinos and what citizenship has meant historically in the US: a book on Latino voting rights and articles on Puerto Rican migrant laborers in the 1920s and Spanish-language television in the early 1960s.

Dana Polanichka's current research project examines how sacred space developed metaphorically, architecturally, and ritually in the Frankish world of the eighth and ninth centuries. Moreover, it seeks to understand how early medieval understandings of churches as sacred spaces helped to create religious, social and political communities in the Carolingian realm.

Anni Cecil is studying the lives of U.S. Army wives between the Civil War and World War II.  Using letters, diaries and memoirs, she tells the story of these women as they followed their their husbands on the western plains during the Indian Wars era, and to Hawaii, Panama and the Philippines during the early twentieth century. This project will explore a new facet of the military's role in U.S. expansion.

Anni is also hosting a website called Military Life Memories, a collection of first-person testimony and artifacts about life on U.S. military bases throughout the world. The collection will be a permanent archive of information about military life for future historians and the public.

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