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Faculty Highlights


John Fea

John’s book Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?: A Historical Introduction  (Westminster/John Knox Press, 2011), published in February 2011, was selected as the gold medalist for ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year in the category of Religion, was nominated for the prestigious George Washington Book Prize, and was recognized by the American Library Association on their list of “Outstanding Academic Titles” in their publication Choice

His edited collection, Confessing History: Christian Faith and the Historian's Vocation (with Jay Green and Eric Miller) was published in October 2010 by University of Notre Dame Press. His first book, The Way of Improvement Leads Home: Philip Vickers and the Rural Enlightenment in America, University of Pennsylvania Press (2008), is out in paperback and available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


Joseph Huffman

As Distinguished Professor of History (2010-Present), Joseph has conducted extensive new research related to a history of Medieval Cologne. He has an article in press (2014) titled "The Medieval Synthesis: Religion, Society, and Culture," in Lamin Sanneh and Michael J. McClymond (eds.), The Blackwell Companion to World Christianity, and has several other forthcoming pieces. He recently published, "Between History and Romance: Teaching Medieval Culture to Undergraduates through Chivalric Biography,"in Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching 17.2 (2010), 73-100.

He has recently published book reviews in the journals History, American Historical Review, Choice, and Francia: Studies in Western European History. He organized, presented, or served as a panelist at Messiah College School of Humanities Symposia in 2010 (on Memory), 2011 (on Friendship), and 2012 (on the Transforming Book).


James LaGrand

Jim has recently published reviews in Ethnohistory, The Journal of American History, American Indian Culture and Research Journal, and American Studies.



Bernardo Michael

In 2011-2012, Bernardo Michael continued to work on various research, professional development, teaching, and public outreach activities. He continues to work on a book length manuscript on statemaking and territory in colonial South Asia. He also worked on two articles, one of which appeared in Himalaya, the Journal of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies and the other was republished by the Social Science Baha, an organization devoted to scholarship, education, and public humanities/social science outreach in Nepal. Another article on “Nepali History as World History” was published by the Baha in Fall 2011. The article is based on a lecture delivered in Nepal a few years ago. Bernardo also continues to write for wider audiences including book reviews, contributions to The Bridge, and blogposts and actively participated in the Cultural Studies Dialogue. In summer 2011 he undertook a research trip to South Asia that took him to India and Nepal.


Given his new location in the office of Diversity Affairs he has commenced attending professional development conferences on diversity, inclusive excellence, global education, and cross cultural living. These have taken him to conferences organized by the Association of American Colleges & Universities, the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, The Higher Education Research Institutue at the University of California at Los Angeles, the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE), and the College Student Diversity Summit in Harrisburg. At Messiah, Bernardo made a number of presentations on the topic of diversity and inclusive excellence in the areas of curriculum, campus climate, and institutional capacity building. He also participated in a civil rights tour that took him to a number of civil rights sites in the south as well as gave him an opportunity to talk with survivors and activists. Bernardo continued to speak to various publics within the college and outside as well on a variety of topics concerning Christian faith, cross cultural research and living. He continued to volunteer at his local church and the Malayali community in South Central Pennsylvania.


David Pettegrew

In 2013, David published and co-published articles in Near Eastern Archaeology (on using iPads in archaeological fieldwork), Journal of Egyptian Interconnections (on the Hellenistic site of Pyla-Vigla in Cyprus), and an edited monograph titled Corinth in Contrast (on the diolkos of Corinth in Greece). He made presentations at THATCamp Harrisburg (on the digital tool, Zotero), the annual meeting of the Association of Ancient Historians (on the Emperor Nero's failed canal project of AD 67-68), and the annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America (on the data structures of the Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project).

In 2012-2013, David received a Loeb Classical Library Foundation grant from Harvard University to research and write a book titled, The Isthmus of Corinth: Crossroads of the Mediterranean World (University of Michigan Press). He is completing the final chapters of that book.


Anne Marie Stoner-Eby

Anne Marie has accepted a leadership position with Mennonite Central Committee directing their programs in Rwanda and Burundi. She will be leaving the Department of History in December 2013 to carry out this role with her husband Scott and children Samuel and Luke. Join us in congratulating Anne Marie as she moves forward in this exciting new opportunity.


Norman J. Wilson

In 2013, the 3rd edition of Norm's book History in Crisis? Recent Directions in Historiography was published by Pearson.