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Meet the UWO Department of History

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Department of History is home to 11 award-winning,
internationally recognized faculty and staff.

(Back left to right): Michelle Mouton, Margaret Huettl, Steven Sheehan, James Frey
(Front left to right): Kimberly Rivers, Mick Rutz, Stephen Kercher, Gabriel Loiacono, Michelle Kuhl
(Not pictured): Jim Feldman, Chong Moua



Michael Rutz Photo

Michael Rutz

Chair & Professor of History
(920) 424-7178
Oshkosh Campus: Sage Hall 3622
Spring ’24 Office Hours: Mon 10:30-11:30am, Thu 3:30-4:30pm and by appointment

About Mick

Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis

Research Interests

19th and 20th Century Great Britain and Empire: religion and politics; history of Christian Missions; Cross-Cultural exchange in the British Empire


  • History 102  Modern Civilizations
  • History 318  Modernism and Nationalism in Europe
  • History 323  Old Regime, French Revolution and Napoleon, 1763-1815
  • History 340  The Scientific Revolution, 1500-1800
  • History 343  Religion in Modern Europe
  • History 359  Africa: 1800-Present
  • History 360  South Africa: 1652-Present
  • History 373  Early Modern Britain 1485-1714
  • History 374  Modern Britain 1714-Present
  • History 412  European History Seminar
  • History 413  Non-Western History Seminar


  • King Leopold’s Congo and the “Scramble for Africa”: A Short History with Documents, Hackett Publishing Company, 2018.
  • The British Zion: Congregationalism, Politics, and Empire, 1790-1850, Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2011.


  • “Joseph Ivimey, Pilgrims of the Nineteenth Century, and Anti-Catholicism in Dissenting Politics,” Nineteenth Century Prose, Vol. 39 (Nos. 1/2) Spring/Fall 2012
  • “Dissenters in the Country: London Organizations and Dissenting Opinion in the 1830s,”Journal of the United Reformed Church Historical Society, Vol. 8, No. 8, May 2011.
  • “‘Meddling with politics’: the political role of foreign missions in the nineteenth century,”Parliamentary History , Fall 2007.
  • “The Problems of Church and State: Dissenting Politics and the London Missionary Society in 1830s Britain,” Journal of Church and State , Vol. 48, Spring 2006.
  • “The Politicizing of Evangelical Dissent, 1811-1813,” Parliamentary History, Vol. 20, pt. 2, 2001.

Jim Feldman

James Feldman

Professor of History and Environmental Studies
(920) 424-3235
Oshkosh Campus: Sage Hall 3451
Spring ’24 Office Hours: Thu 8:30-9:30 am; 1:15-2:45pm and by appointment

About James

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin – Madison


Research Interests

American and world environmental history, 20th century U.S., history of wilderness, U.S. West, radioactive waste management policy & history, sustainability.

Current Project

Our Waste, Our Problem: Radioactive Waste and the Discourse of Sustainability



  • ES 101/103  Seminar on Environmental Issues
  • ES 282  Environmental Humanities
  • History/ES 326  American Environmental History
  • History/ES 335  Nuclear America
  • History/ES 345  History of American Wilderness
  • History/ES 355  Global Environmental History
  • ES 320  Topics in Campus Sustainability
  • ES 395  Field Studies
  • ES 490  Environmental Studies Senior Seminar

James Frey

James Frey

Associate Professor of History
(920) 424-3477
Oshkosh Campus: Sage Hall 3624
Spring ’24 Office Hours: Tue/Thu 3:00-4:00pm and by appointment

About James

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin – Madison

Research Interests

South Asian History & Culture; Indian Ocean/Maritime History; India during the colonial period (18th-19th centuries)


  • History 101  Early Civilizations
  • History 105 Quest I  Topics in the History of Early Civilizations
  • History 338  Steam Power and Globalization
  • History 348  Ancient and Medieval India
  • History 349  Modern India
  • History 351  Gender in Indian History
  • History 383  Traditional Middle East, 330-1789
  • History 384 Modern Middle East 1789-1979


James Frey (2014). “Lascars, the Thames Police Court and the Old Bailey: Crime on the High Seas and the London Courts, 1852-8,” Journal of Maritime Research, 16: 2 (2014), 196-211.

James Frey (2014). “Getting Away with Murder: The Wrongful Deaths of Lascars Aboard the Union in 1802,” International Review of Social History, 59: S22 (2014), 45-68.

James Frey (2013). “The Sepoy Speaks: Discerning the Significance of the Vellore Mutiny,” in Gavin Rand and Crispin Bates, eds., Mutiny at the Margins: New Perspectives on the Indian Uprising of 1857. Volume 4: Military Aspects of the Indian Uprising, 7 Vols. (New Delhi: Sage, 2013), 4: 1-23.

James Frey (2012). “‘…A Most Valuable Acquisition’ – Penang & the East Indiamen: The Interaction of Ships and a City, 1786-1833,” in Loh Wei Leng, T.N. Harper, and Sunil S, Amrith, eds., Proceedings of the Penang & the Indian Ocean Conference, 2011 (Penang: Think City, 2012), 70-87.

James Frey (2012). “Prickly Pears & Pagodas: The East India Company’s Failure to Establish a Cochineal Industry in Early Colonial India,” The Historian, 74:2 (Summer, 2012), 241-66.

James Frey (2009).  “The Indian Saltpeter Trade, the Military Revolution, and the Rise of Britain as a Global Superpower,” The Historian, 71:3 (Fall, 2009), 507-554.

*Published under the surname Hoover. (2007) “Men Without Hats:  Dialogue, Discipline and Discontent in the Madras Army, 1806-1807” (New Delhi:  Manohar, 2007)

Various peer-reviewed articles; book reviews, etc.Current Book Project

Current Book Project

James Frey, “The Global Moment: The Origins of Modern Globalization, 1866-1867”.

This is a study of the first round-the-world link-up of the world’s commercial transport and communications systems, which occurred in 1866-1867. It is unique in that it explores the emergence of modern global connections by taking readers on a journey around the planet, aboard real steam trains, steamships, and stagecoaches. The study not only proves that the necessary connections could be made but examines, for each segment of the route, the political and business interests that brought that created and operated that part of the transport system.

This project is in the final revision stage prior to being submitted for publication.

Major Grants & Awards

Wisconsin Teaching Fellow – 2011
Faculty Development Grant – 2011 Ships of the East India Trade
Faculty Development Grant – 2015 Round the World in 125 Days

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Margaret Huettl

Assistant Professor of History
(920) 424-7186
Oshkosh Campus: Sage 3630
Spring ’24 Office Hours: Tue/Thu 9:00-11:00am and by appointment

About Margaret

Ph.D., University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Research Interests

Ojibwe/Anishinaabe sovereignty and treaty rights, Indigenous Studies, North American West, Indigenous sustainability and resilience, digital humanities


  • “Retracing the Oregon Trail,” with William J. Bauer and Katrina Phillips, California History (2022) 99(2)
  • “Nation to Nation: Understanding Treaties and Sovereignty” in Kristofer Ray and Brady DeSanti, eds., Understanding and Teaching Native American History (Madison: Unveristy of Wisconsin Press, 2022)
  • “Treaty Stories: Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Treaty Rights and the Struggle for Sovereignty, Ethnohistory (Spring 2021) 68(2): 215-236.  (winner of the Robert F.  Heizer Article Award, American Society of Ethnohistory, 2022)
  • “Re/creating the Past: Anishinaabe History in the Novels of Louise Erdrich.” Critical Insights: Louise Erdrich. Edited by P. Jane Hafen (Ipswitch: EBSCO Publishing, October 2012).

Michelle Kuhl

Professor of History
Chief Reader: Advanced Placement (AP) United States History exam
(920) 424-7442
Oshkosh Campus: Sage Hall 3626
Spring ’24 Office Hours: Mon/Wed 12:00-1:00pm and by appointment

About Michelle

Ph.D., Binghamton University


Research Interests

Professor Kuhl has published articles on Du Bois’s short stories, the silencing of sexual assault against black women in the anti-lynching movement, black intellectual concerns about the defeat of the Plains Indians, the work/life balance for female academics, and a scholarly review of Gilded Age women’s history. She is currently updating a manuscript on the anti-lynching movement titled Manly Martyrs:  African Americans and the Anti-Lynching Battle.


  • History 201  U.S. History to 1877
  • History 205 Quest I  Topics in the Early History of the United States: History of Pirates
  • History 315  Historical Methods and Writing
  • History 385  African American History
  • History 386  Women in the United States
  • History 368  The Gilded Age and Progressive Era, United States
  • History 411  American History Seminar: American Slavery
  • African American Studies 100  Introduction to African American Studies

Student Evaluations of Teaching

Why wander the internets looking for student opinions?  Here are the official student surveys of Professor Kuhl’s classes.  In the Qualitative A=strengths and B=weaknesses.


  • Chief Reader for the Advanced Placement United States History exam
  • Member of the African American Studies Advising Committee
  • Teaching Faculty in Women and Gender Studies
  • Coordinator for Career Advisement
  • Coordinator of Alumni Contacts

Professor Kuhl has given public lectures in the Fox Valley on Emancipation, Midwest Immigration, the historical context of the Ferguson uprising, and the Civil War homefront.  Her areas of expertise include 19th century U.S. history, Women’s History, and African American history.  And, increasingly, Pirate History.  She is willing to consider opportunities for public outreach.

“I would only add that when one begins a poem, a hymn, a short story, or even a history, one must be optimistic about its completion and about what it seeks to teach.  If one believes in the power of his own words and in the words of others, one must also hope and believe that the world will be a better place by our having spoken or written those words.”  John Hope Franklin

Stephen Kercher

Professor of History
(920) 424-7158
Oshkosh Campus: Sage Hall 3619
Spring ’24 Office Hours: Mon 4:45-5:45pm and by appointment

About Stephen

Ph.D., Indiana University

Research Interests

Twentieth-century U.S. history; post-war American intellectual and cultural life; the history of American advertising.

Dr. Kercher is currently working on a history of black student demonstrations and the inception of Black Studies during the late 1960s. He directs the Black Thursday Oral History Project, funded by the Wisconsin Humanities Council.

Author of Revel With a Cause: Liberal Satire in Postwar America, University of Chicago Press, 2006.


  • History 202  Modern United States History Since 1877
  • History 311  The American Left: From Abolitionism to “Feel the Bern”
  • History 336  Study Abroad: The Civil Rights Movement in the South
  • History 357  The United States 1919-1945: Modernity, Crisis, and War
  • History 369  America Since World War II
  • History 385  African American History
  • History 393  Modern U.S. Cultural and Intellectual History
  • History 396  America in the Sixties
  • History 411  American History Seminar

Gabriel Loiacono

Associate Professor of History
(920) 424-1409
Oshkosh Campus: Sage Hall 3615
Spring ’24 Office Hours: Mon/Wed/Fri 11:30-11:50am (Sage 3615); Tue/Thu 11:00am-12:00pm (Swart 230) and by appointment

About Gabe
Ph.D., Brandeis University

For more on Gabriel’s research and writing visit:

Regularly Taught Courses

  • History 110Q2: Alexander Hamilton’s World
  • History 201: United States History to 1877
  • History 205Q1: Ben Franklin’s World
  • History 215Q3: Charity and Memory, 1066-Present
  • History 315: Historical Methods and Writing
  • History/Environmental Studies 339: Public History
  • History 341: History of Wisconsin
  • History 361: Colonial North America
  • History 362: American Revolution
  • History 363: Indigenous North American histories, 1491-now
  • History 364: The Early American Republic, 1787-1828
  • History 411: American History Seminar: Reading American Newspapers, 1740-1840

Chong Moua

Assistant Professor of History and Hmong Studies
(920) 424-1288
Oshkosh Campus: Sage Hall 3442
Spring ’24 Office Hours: Mon 12:30-2:00pm and by appointment

About Chong

Research Interests

The question of how immigration, race, gender, citizenship, and U.S. empire produce discourses of cultural and national belonging in 20th century U.S. history.


  • Anthropology 103  Introduction to Hmong/American Studies
  • Hmong Studies 230  Memory and Trauma
  • History 210  Vietnam War Culture

Chong is completing her doctorate in the History Department at UW Madison, with a dissertation entitled “Refugee Cosmopolitanism: Hmong Refugees and a Critical Stateless Perspective.”

Michelle Mouton

Professor of History
(920) 424-7157
Oshkosh Campus:  age Hall 3621
Spring ’24 Office Hours: In-person Tue/Thu 9:40-11:10am; virtually Mon/Wed 11:00am-12:00pm and by appointment

About Michelle

Ph.D., Minnesota

Research Interests

Twentieth-century Germany, family policy in the Weimar Republic and Nazi Germany.


  • History 102 Modern Civilization
  • History 216 Honors Special Topics: The 2nd World War Through the Eyes of Children
  • History 319 Europe Since 1914
  • History 331 Germany from WWI to the Present
  • History 332 The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
  • History 333 The Holocaust: Destruction of European Jews
  • History 334 Women in Modern European History
  • History 344 Postwar Europe 1945 – Present
  • History 412 European History Seminar

Kimberly Rivers

Professor of History
(920) 424-2451
Oshkosh Campus: Sage Hall 3628
Spring ’24 Office Hours: Mon 3:00-4:00pm, Fri 8:30-10:00am and by appointment

About Kimberly

Ph.D., University of Toronto

Research Interests

Late-medieval intellectual history; memory and mnemonics in late-medieval preaching and religious devotion.


  • History 101  Early Civilizations
  • History 215 Quest III  Charity and Memory: Medieval England to USA
  • History 304  Early Middle Ages, 300-1050
  • History 305  The Later Middle Ages, 1050-1450
  • History 306  The Crusades
  • History 309  The Viking Age
  • History 310  Reformation Europe
  • History 372  Medieval Britain to 1485
  • History 412  European History Seminar

European Studies Minor

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  • Doležalová, Lucie, and Kimberly Rivers, eds. Medieval Manuscript Miscellanies: Composition, Authorship, Use. Krems: Medium Aevum Quotidianum, 2013.
  • “Creating the Memory of God in a Medieval Miscellany: Melk Ms 1075, Jean De Hesdin (Fl. 1350-1370), and Late Medieval Monastic Reform.” In Medieval Manuscript Miscellanies: Composition, Authorship, Use, edited by Lucie Doležalová and Kimberly Rivers, 112-38.Krems: Medium Aevum Quotidianum, 2013.
  • Preaching the Memory of Virtue and Vice: Memory, Images, and Preaching in the Late Middle Ages (Turnhout: Brepols Press, 2010).
  • “Writing the Memory of the Virtues and Vices in Johannes Sintram’s (d. 1450) Preaching Aids.” In Medieval Memories: Case Studies, Definitions, Contexts, edited by Lucie Doležalová, 31-48. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2010.
  • “Another Look at the Career of Pierre Bersuire, O.S.B.,” Revue benedictine 116, no. 1 (2006): 92-100.
  • “The Dangers of the Imagination: Mental Images in Mnemonic Texts, 1300-1700,” in Image Makers and Image Breakers: Proceedings of a St. Michael’s College Symposium (1-2 March 2002), edited by Jennifer A. Harris, 93-107 (New York, Ottawa, Toronto: Legas, 2003).
  • “The Fear of Divine Vengeance: Mnemonic Images as a Guide to Conscience in the Late Middle Ages,” in Fear and Its Representations in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, edited by Anne Scott and Cynthia Kosso, 66-91 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2002).
  • Francesc Eiximenis, “On the Two Kinds of Order that Aid Understanding and Memory,” translated by Kimberly A. Rivers, in The Medieval Craft of Memory: An Anthology of Texts and Pictures, ed. by Mary Carruthers and Jan Ziolkowski, 189-204 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002.
  • “Memory and Medieval Preaching: Mnemonic Advice in the Ars praedicandi of Francesc Eiximenis (c..1327-1409),” Viator 30 (1999): 253-84.
  • “Memory, Division, and the Organization of Knowledge in the Middle Ages,” in Pre-modern Encyclopaedic Texts, edited by Peter Binkley, 147-158 (Leiden: Brill, 1997).
  • “The Magisterium of the Paris Faculty of Theology in the Early Sixteenth Century: The Case of Lefиvre d’Etaples’ Scriptural Translations.” Scintilla 8 (1991): 45-69.

Learned Societies

  • Medieval Academy of America
  • Society for the Study of the Bible in the Middle Ages
  • International Medieval Sermon Studies Society, councilor (

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Steven Sheehan

Associate Professor of History
(920) 832-2642
Fox Cities Campus: M1506
Spring ’24 Office Hours: Mon/Wed 10:30am-12:00pm and by appointment

About Steve

Ph.D., Indiana University


American History, Labor History, Popular Culture, Consumer Culture, Franklin Roosevelt, The New Deal

Academic Staff

Jeffrey Pickron

(920) 424-2452
Oshkosh Campus: Sage Hall 3638

About Jeff

M.A., James Madison University

Research Interests

Modern American social and political history; postwar social movements; American labor and urban history.


  • History 201  United States History to 1877
  • History 202  Modern United States History Since 1877
  • History 210  Quest I & II  Oral History of WI Farming, Oral History of the University
  • History 301  America in the Great Depression
  • History 311  Special Topics: American Urban History
  • History 315  Historical Methods and Writing
  • History 357  The United States, 1919-1945
  • History 368  The Gilded Age and Progressive Era United States
  • History 369  America Since WWII
  • History 401  Historiography and Historical Methods

Emeritus Faculty & Staff

Paisley Harris

Paisley Harris

Professor Emerita
(920) 424-2456

About Paisley

Ph.D., University of Minnesota
J.D. University of Washington

Research Interests

Women’s history, African American history, cultural and legal history

Classes Taught 

  • HIS 101  US History to the Civil War
  • HIS 102  US History Since the Civil War
  • HIS 208  Film as Social History
  • HIS 278  Minorities in US History
  • HIS 279  Women in US History
  • HIS 285  US History 1917-1945
  • HIS 286  US History 1945-present
  • GSW 101  Introduction to Gender Sexuality and Women’s Studies

Ana Maria Kapelusz – Poppi

Professor Emerita
(920) 424-2456

About Ana Maria

Ph.D., the University of Illinois at Chicago

Research Interests

Modern Mexican and Latin American History. Gender and medicine in 19th Century Mexico.


  • History 101  Early Civilizations
  • History 102  Modern Civilizations
  • History 347  Mexico: From Pre-Hispanic Times to the 20th Century
  • History 367  Women and Gender Relations in Latin American History
  • History 381  Latin America to 1825
  • History 382  Modern Latin American
  • History 413  Non-Western History Seminar

Karl Loewenstein

Professor Emerita
(920) 424-2456

About Karl

Ph.D., Duke University


Modern Russian Cultural History
Study Abroad in Russia and Estonia

Thomas J. Rowland

Professor Emerita
(920) 424-2456

About Tom

Ph.D., George Washington University

Research Interests

Professor Rowland’s research focuses on the nineteenth-century United States, especially the Civil War and Gilded Age. He has published a monograph, George B. McClellan and Civil War History: In the Shadow of Grant and Sherman (Kent State University Press, 1998).

He has also published 3 presidential biographies on Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce and Ulysses Grant. He is currently preparing a manuscript on Irish-American Catholics and The Coming of the Great War.

He has published articles in Civil War History, The Journal of American Ethnic History, Catholic Historical Review, and Eire-Ireland.


  • History 201  United States History to 1877
  • History 202  Modern United States History Since 1877
  • History 341  History of Wisconsin
  • History 367  The Civil War Era
  • History 368  The Gilded Age and Progressive Era U.S.
  • History 395  War, the American Military & U.S. Foreign Relations, 1600-1918

UWO Department of History

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