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"Hey, I Know Your Work!"


What is it?

"Hey, I Know Your Work!" Mentorship Program is designed to connect graduate students, recent graduates, or those in the early stages of their career with seasoned scholars to discuss their research, professional aspirations, or simply to get acquainted. 

How does it work?


Many attendee's recall being lonely and even a bit isolated at a large academic conference and seeing that name tag in the elevator or hotel corridor and wishing for an introduction. This program takes the awkwardness out of those introductions and helps forge professional and personal relationships.

How do I become a mentor?

Volunteer mentors will be accepted in November, 2014.  At that time mentors can contact the meetings department at meetings@oah.org with their contact information, including their title, interest area, and brief bio. Their information will be made available to potential mentees who will select those mentors that they feel are most compatible to their interests or profesional aspirations.

How do I become a mentee?

Volunteer mentees will be accepted in January, 2015. Mentees will be asked to submit their contact information, including a short bio, and their top three mentors. Mentors will only be able to meet with up to 3 mentees, those slots will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis. 
Please see the list of mentors below and email your selection and information to meetings@oah.org

MENTORS (in alphabetical order by last name)
Tyler Anbinder Professor of History
George Washington University


Tyler Anbinder  received his Ph.D. in 1990 from Columbia University and his areas of interest are Civil War-era politics and American immigration history. His first book, Nativism and Slavery: The Northern Know Nothings and the Politics of the 1850s, won the OAH's Avery Craven Book Prize in 1993. His second book, Five Points, was a history of one immigrant enclave in New York City over the course of the nineteenth century. He gave historical advice to Martin Scorsese about Five Points for his movie Gangs of New York. He is currently finishing a book-length history of immigrant life in New York City from the first Dutch settlers to the present, to be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. At George Washington University he has also been a department chair and a director of graduate studies.
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Samantha Barbas

Associate Professor, SUNY Buffalo Law School 

Samantha Barbas researches and teaches in the areas of legal history, First Amendment law and mass communications law. Her work focuses on the intersection of law, culture, media and technology in United States history. Her recent research has explored the history of the law of privacy and defamation. Barbas' work has appeared in several law and history journals, including the Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities, the Rutgers Law Review, and the Columbia Journal of Law and the Arts. Her book on the history of libel and privacy in the 20 century U.S., The Laws of Image, is forthcoming with Stanford University Press. She is also the author of Movie Crazy: Fans, Stars, and the Cult of Celebrity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2001) and The First Lady of Hollywood (University of California Press, 2005).
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Elise Chenier

Associate Professor, Simon Fraser University

Elise Chenier is a historian of 20th century sexuality and works with oral history, and digital history.  The following publications and web sites give a good indication of her key areas of interest: alotarchives.org
Strangers in Our Midst: Sexual Deviancy in Postwar Ontario. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008.
"Privacy Anxieties: Ethics versus Activism in Archiving Lesbian Oral History Online," Radical History Review forthcoming.
"Liberating Marriage: Gay Liberation and Same-Sex Marriage in Early 1970s Canada," in Patrizia Gentile et.at, eds.Activating Resistance: Remembering and Re-Thinking Sex/Gender Activism, UBC Press, forthcoming Spring 2015.
"Sex, Intimacy, and Desire Among Men of Chinese Heritage and Women of Non-Asian Hertiage in Toronto, 1910 to 1950," Urban History Review Spring 2014.
"The Natural Order of Disorder: Pedophilia, Stranger Danger and the Normalising Family," Sexuality & Culture (15 October 2011)
"Rethinking Class in Lesbian Bar Culture: Living 'the Gay Life' in Toronto, 1955-1965" in Left History 9 (2) (Spring/Summer 2004): 85-118. Reprinted in Rethinking Canada: The Promise of Women's History, 4th, 5th and 6th eds. Current edition Eds. Adele Perry and Mona Gleason (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2010)
Mara Dodge

History Department
Westfield State University


Areas of Teaching/Research: U.S. Women's History, Labor history, Social History, History of crime and punishment/legal history, Civil Rights, LGBT history, U.S. 1865–present, History Education (secondary school supervision)
She also edits the Historical Journal of Massachusetts and can discuss publishing in state history journals.
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Fritz Fischer

Professor of History, Director of History Education
University of Northern Colorado



Fritz Fischer has taught U.S. History at the college, middle and high schools for almost 30 years. Currently, he is Professor History and Director of History Education at the University of Northern Colorado where he teaches courses in American History and directs the teacher preparation in history. He has authored two books, Making Them Like Us: Peace Corps Volunteers in the 1960s and The Memory Hole: The US History Curriculum Under Siege, as well as more than a dozen articles and book chapters on history education and history education policy. A national leader in the field of history education for the past decade, he served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the National Council for History Education from 2009-2013 and serves on the Board of Advisors of Mt. Vernon. He was the co-chair of the 2009 Colorado Standards Writing Committee in Social Studies and History.
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Hal Friedman Associate Chair of History and Professor of Modern History, Henry Ford College Hal M. Friedman is Associate Chair of History and Professor of Modern History at Henry Ford College in Dearborn, Michigan. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Political Science and History from Eastern Michigan University, and his Masters and Doctorate from Michigan State University. Professor Friedman's interests include the U.S. Pacific and the Soviet Union during World War II. He is the 2011 winner of the John Lyman Book Prize for Primary Source Materials, Reference Works, and Guide Books, North America Society for Oceanic History, and will serve as commentator for the session "Friendly Fields of Fire: Veterans Politics and Local Policy in Twentieth Century America" at the 2015 OAH Annual Meeting.

Carla Gardina Pestana

Professor & Joyce Appleby Endowed Chair of America in the World
Department of History


Ph.D. UCLA 1987, Assistant to Associate Professor at Ohio State University, 1987–2003; Professor & W.E. Smith Chair, Miami University (Oxford, OH), 2003–2012; Professor & Joyce Appleby Endowed Chair of America in the World, UCLA 2012–present. Books include: Protestant Empire: Religion and the Making of the British Atlantic World. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009; The English Atlantic in an Age of Revolution, 1640–1661. Harvard University Press, 2004 Inequality in Early America, co-edited with Sharon V. Salinger, UPNE, 1999; Quakers and Baptists in Colonial Massachusetts. Cambridge University Press, 1991; Early English Caribbean, 1570–1700, edited with Sharon Salinger, 4 vols., Pickering & Chatto, 2014.
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David Gerber University at Buffalo Distinguished Professor of History (Emeritus)

David Gerber's particular interests as an historian have been on questions of personal and social identity in American History in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He has been especially interested in recent years in immigrant personal letters as sites for the embedding personal relationships rendered vulnerable by long-term separation, which was the subject of his study, Authors of Their Lives: The Personal Correspondence of British Immigrants to North America in the Nineteenth Century (New York University Press, 2006). Other recent work he has done in immigration and ethnic history includes, American Immigration: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2011), and, as co-editor with Alan M. Kraut, Ethnic Historians and the Mainstream: Shaping America's Immigration Story (Rutgers University Press, 2013). Finally, Professor Gerber has also taken an interest in the history of disabled war veterans, both in the United States and beyond, and has sought to combine both war and society and disability perspectives in understanding the disabled veterans' post-injury identity formation. He is the editor of Disabled Veterans in History (University of Michigan Press, second edition, 2012).
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Cheryl Greenberg Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of History
Trinity College


Interest Areas: African American history, Black/Jewish relations, and race (although at the moment working on a project about African Americans and Gay Marriage, and another on Civil Rights groups' views of civil liberties versus protection of minorities).
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Michael Johnson

Professor of History
Johns Hopkins University


 Interest areas: 19th-century US, slavery, Lincoln, Civil War era, South, early America
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Alan M. Kraut
American University Alan M. Kraut specializes in U.S. immigration and ethnic history, the history of medicine in the U.S. and the American Civil War. He co-directs AU's Civil War Institute. He is the prize-winning author or editor of nine books. Most recently he has co-edited Ethnic Historians and the Mainstream: Shaping the Nation's Immigration Story (2013). His best known volumes include: Silent Travelers: Germs , Genes, and the "immigrant Menace"(1994); The Huddled Masses: The Immigrant in American Society, 1880-1921 (2nd ed. 2001); and Goldberger's War:The Life and Work of a Public Health Crusader (2003). He is a frequent consultant on PBS and History Channel documentaries
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Meredith Lair Department of History & Art History, George Mason University

Meredith Lair is an associate professor in the Department of History & Art History at George Mason University. She recently served as the 2013-14 Minerva Research Fellow at the United States Naval Academy while researching her second book, The [In]Visible Soldier: Vietnam Veteran Activism & the Militarization of America. This project will examine the role the Vietnam-era GI movement ironically played in desensitizing the American public to the negative affects of war. She is also working on a project about American soldier photography during the Vietnam War and an edited volume on gender and US military history that is under contract with Routledge. At George Mason, she teaches courses on the Vietnam War, historical methods, and collective memory. Her first book, Armed with Abundance: Consumerism & Soldiering in the Vietnam War was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2011.

Interest areas: the Vietnam War, war & American society, militarism, veterans, collective memory, public history, consumer culture, 20th century US history
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Tim Miller
Associate Professor, Labette Community College

Courses Taught: US History Through 1877, US History Since 1877, World History Through 1500, World History Since 1500, Current World Affairs (100 level); Historical Methods, American Popular Culture Since 1877 (300 level).
Barbecue: A History. Published by Rowman & Littlefield, August 2014; "The Birth of the Patio Daddy-O: Outdoor Grilling in Postwar America," in the Journal of
American Culture, Volume 33, Number 1, March 2010

Johann Neem

History Department, Western Washington University Johann Neem received his PhD in history from the University of Virginia and his AB from Brown University.
His book, Creating a Nation of Joiners: Democracy and Civil Society in Early National Massachusetts (Harvard, 2008), examines, a time when many Americans are worried about "bowling alone" and why and how Americans learned to come together in the first place. Neem writes about democracy in the early American republic, and has also been a participant in the conversation about higher education in America. His work has appeared in the Hedgehog Review, History and Theory, Inside Higher Education, the Journal of the Early Republic, and the Journal of Interdisciplinary History.
Neem is working on a book about the original purposes of American public education between the Revolution and the Civil War.


Seth Rockman Associate Professor of History, Brown University Seth Rockman teaches and conducts research on the decades between the American Revolution and the Civil War. His 2009 book "Scraping By: Wage Labor, Slavery, and Survival in Early Baltimore" won several awards, including the Merle Curti Prize from the Organization of American Historians. Rockman's essay on the Jacksonian Era appears in the recent American History Now volume published by the American Historical Association. 
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Renee Romano Professor of History, Comparative American Studies, and Africana Studies at Oberlin College

Renee Romano specializes in modern American history, with research interests in the racial politics of the post-WWII United States, African American history, civil rights, and historical memory. She is the author or editor of Race Mixing: Black-White Marriage in Postwar America (Harvard University Press, 2003); The Civil Rights Movement in American Memory (University of Georgia Press, 2006); Doing Recent History: On Privacy, Copyright, Video Games, Institutional Review Boards, Activist Scholarship, and History that Talks Back (University of Georgia Press, 2012); and Racial Reckoning: Prosecuting America's Civil Rights Murders (Harvard University Press, 2014). With Claire Potter (The New School), she co-edits the book series, Since 1970: Histories of Contemporary America at the University of Georgia Press.
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Connie F. Sexauer University of WI – Marathon County

Professor Sexauer graduated in 2003 from the University of Cincinnati with a PH D in U. S. history, emphasis on urban history. She holds graduate certification in Women's Studies. herdissertation focused on the importance of faith in a person's life and how that influences their business practices. She also research and write on sports in society and women's history. She istenured with a 2 year university and do adjunct work with a 4 year university. She teaches U. S. history and Women's Studies.

Sheila Skemp Clare Leslie Marquette Professor Emerita of American History at the University of Mississippi

Interest Areas: Early America/Early Republic/Women
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Marc Stein Jamie and Phyllis Pasker Professor of History, San Francisco State University

Marc Stein is a historian of sexuality, law, politics, and social movements. After sixteen years of teaching at York University in Toronto, he was appointed the Jamie and Phyllis Pasker Professor of History at San Francisco State University in 2014. The author of City of Sisterly and Brotherly Loves: Lesbian and Gay Philadelphia, 1945-1972 (University of Chicago Press, 2000), Sexual Injustice: Supreme Court Decisions from Griswold to Roe (University of North Carolina Press, 2010), and Rethinking the Gay and Lesbian Movement (Routledge, 2012), he also served as the editor-in-chief of the three-volume Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History in America(Scribners, 2003). Stein is the former editor of Gay Community News in Boston, the former chair of the American Historical Association's Committee on LGBT History, and the current chair of the Organization of American Historians' Committee on the Status of LGBTQ Historians and Histories.
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Jim Stewart Retired

Jim Stewart is a retired faculty member but still an active historian of the abolitionist movement and related reform movements, pre-Civil War African American activism and communities, the politics of the sectional conflict, the Civil War and Reconstruction.
He is also a biographer (Wendell Phillips, William Lloyd Garrison, Hosea Easton and Joshua Giddings)
Although his career was spent at a small undergraduate only liberal arts college, he sat on a dozen dissertation committees as an "outside" member and has been pleased to see six of them turn themselves into published monographs.
He also co-edits a book series "Abolition, Antislavery and the Atlantic World" with Richard J.M. Blackett (Vanderbilt University), and is the founder of Historians Against Slavery, a network of 6700 or so scholar/teachers who address the problems of contemporary slavery and human trafficking - http://www.historiansagainstslavery.org/main/

Pearl T. Ponce Associate Professor of History, Ithaca College Politics and diplomacy, especially in 19th c. America, and the territorial system. Pearl T. Ponce is a graduate of Harvard University, she is the author of Kansas's War: The Civil War in Documents and To Govern the Devil in Hell: The Political Crisis in Territorial Kansas. Her current project is a comparative history of Kansas, Utah, and Washington Territories in the 1850s. Since receiving her PhD, she has taught at both a large state university and a liberal arts college.

What 2014 mentees said...

"I had a great experience with this program. I met with Katherine Ott, a museum curator. It was great to have an opportunity to talk about my project with her. The meeting gave me the opportunity to think more broadly about my dissertation and career possibilities outside academia. She had great suggestions of people I should contact and various projects I should consider."
Allison Lange, PhD Candidate in History, Brandeis University

"What I gained from the experience was a glimpse into what history departments are looking for when they conduct searches for new faculty and how I can set myself apart from other job candidates. I was challenged to aim high in my research and publication goals, and that's what I need as someone who has yet to graduate and go on the job market."
Joseph Ross, PhD Candidate, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

"I participated in the mentorship program, and was very happy with the outcome. I met Gabriela Arredondo. I would have met her regardless because she ended up chairing a panel where a friend of mine was one of the panelists, but because of the "Hey, I Know Your Work!" program, she spent an hour talking with me one-on-one, providing incredibly helpful feedback on my own dissertation proposal (I'm about to defend in two weeks) and a number of helpful career tips along the way. She was very gracious, and I really appreciated getting an outside perspective as well as practical suggestions for an aspiring historian."
Michael Staudenmeier, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign

"I was glad to be part of this year's mentorship program. Overall I thought it was a great experience. I was able to ask questions about the academic job market, make connections with professors who offered to provide future guidance, and discuss my own work with a seasoned scholar."
Jamie Goodall, PhD Candidate, The Ohio State University

"My experience at OAH was fantastic. It was my first time attending the conference and I will certainly be back. The highlight for me was meeting with Professor Hoffer from the University of Georgia. He was very helpful and provided me with valuable feedback on my own writing. He seemed truly interested in offering his expertise in the field. I appreciate his critique and suggestions for further areas of research. I believe "Hey I Know Your Work" is a great opportunity for graduate students to learn from the best. From this experience, I feel confident that I could call upon Professor Hoffer for advice again in the future."
Rhonda K. Webb, Georgia State University

What 2014 mentors said...

"Thanks for your work on this program. It was very valuable...I ended up taking each mentee off-site for a meal and a longer visit, which was good. I also attended each of their paper presentations, which allowed me to speak more directly to their work. I enjoyed meeting and talking with both of them. And I believe that my perspective—as an external person not on their dissertation committee or at their university—was helpful to both of them."
Amy Sayward, 
History Professor,
Middle Tennessee State University

"I thoroughly enjoyed the mentoring conversation which ended up being an extended lunch.  I feel like I learned a lot and gained a new young colleague who I will stay in touch with. Thank you for the opportunity."
James W. Fraser, 
Professor of History and Education, 
New York University

"I met [my mentee] as we had arranged, and we had a good 45-minute conversation about his work, about history generally, about graduate school, and about the profession. I was glad to do it. I had some sense that he too found it useful and, perhaps best, simply liked the idea of meeting a historian he would have been far too shy to contact on his own, as I certainly was when I was a graduate student. The thought of writing to a Yale historian to ask for a conversation when I was a Ph.D. student at Minnesota was something one just didn't entertain."
Jon Butler,
Howard R. Lamar Professor Emeritus of American Studies, History, and Religious Studies, Yale University

Adjunct Research Professor of History
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

"My "mentee" and I were scheduled to meet for a half hour or so. But with so much to talk about, we spoke for an hour and a quarter. Were it not for another meeting looming that I had to tear away and rush out to, we might have spoken for another hour! It's a great new program--I hope it is now a regular feature of the OAH meetings."
Stephen Ortiz,
Associate Professor, 20th Century U.S., Political History, War and Society, National Security,
Binghamton University (SUNY)