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Nominees for HAW Steering Committee

This year the voting for the HAW Steering Committee will be done entirely by email. To vote, you must be a member of HAW; if you are not a member, you can join now at http://www.historiansagainstwar.org/statement.html. The candidates for the 20 Steering Committee slots are listed below. Please vote at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VRWGH3F. The deadline for receiving ballots is Friday, February 10, 2012.

Name: Rosalyn Baxandall
Institution:Emeritus SUNY Old Westbury, now CUNY Labor School, Bard Prison Initiative, Bayview Prison
Position: was Distinguished Teaching Prof, now adjunct
Historical Specialization: Movement History, Women's history, oral history
Political Background: activist, women's liberation, civil rts, anti war, child care
Reason for Running: like HAW support the organization, want to be active in something political and professional. I usually avoid professional organizations.

Name: Marc Becker

Institution: Truman State University

Position: Professor of History

Historical Specialization: Modern Latin American history

Political Background: My political consciousness was born (as Rigoberta Menchu would say) in 1980 with the Carter Doctrine which reinstated draft registration in reaction to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Unfortunately, I was 18 at the time, and coming to the realization that I did not want to be used as a pawn for someone else's foreign policy objectives led me to rethink completely my ideology. I subsequently worked extensively with Central American solidarity groups, including a stint with Witness for Peace in Nicaragua. More recently, I have worked with Indigenous rights movements in the Americas and am a founder of NativeWeb, the premier Internet site on Indigenous issues. Politically I identify myself as a socialist in the tradition of José Carlos Mariátegui, although I am not a member of any party. I am motivated by a desire for social justice, and am a pacifist.

Reason for Running: I have been involved with HAW since its founding at the AHA in January 2003, and for the last couple years I have served as co-chair of HAW's steering committee. My motivation for joining HAW was to challenge imperialistic policies that run counter to our interests. I have worked on HAW's web page and am interested and willing to continue in that capacity.


Name: Matthew F. Bokovoy

Institution: University of Nebraska Press

Position: Acquisitions Editor, Native/Indigenous Studies, History of the American West and Southwest Borderlands, and Creative Nonfiction of the American West.

Historical Specialization: California, Western, and US-Mexico Borderlands History; History of Education; American and European Intellectual History; History of American Radicalism

Political Background: Registered Democrat; unaffiliated American Socialist. Last year, I participated in the HAW annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia through the encouragement of senior colleagues involved in the US antiwar movement. I had not been politically active since the period 1983-1995, when I had been involved in the Southern California anti-nuclear protest coalitions, the anti-racist/Nazi activism circles emerging from the left-wing formations in the underground punk rock movement, and the homeless advocacy groups based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (mainly the Kensington Welfare Rights Union). My employment in the historical profession took me to locales without strong progressive political organizations, and since that time became a "cash contributor" to many progressive organizations without any participation in community organizing or intergroup protest coordination.

Reason for Running: My main reason for joining HAW, like many members, was the Iraq War of 2003. Besides the disturbing webs of untruth emanating from the Bush Administration prior to the war, the martial sentiments pervading the US were very disruptive to my job and classes at Oklahoma State University. Unlike many of the more prestigious institutions that many of our colleagues teach at, I had high percentages of young men and women dropping from my courses to join the branches of the US military, in which I had to process the paperwork to release them from the university. When I noticed the names of some of my former students on the Iraq War death announcements in Oklahoma papers, I was moved to search for an organization that reflected my strong opposition to the war, and to armed aggression in any form. It was particularly sad and disturbing to me to read these, as one of the deceased soldiers had come to me for advice about joining the armed services. After a long conversation about it, they decided it was best for them to join. It was equally sad because they had so much potential to develop as a human being. As a result, my research interests and publishing acquisitions interests have changed profoundly to consider and search for work that explores the origins of violence, pacificism and antiwar protest, and human rights. HAW's program and its context offers an opportunity for me to work and assist an important antiwar and pacifist organization. In the end, my main reason for being involved in HAW is deeply personal. I believe my experience within the academic publishing establishment can be an asset and forum for HAW's program and concerns and reflect well upon the efforts of the organization within nonprofit publishing and other higher tiers of university administrative life.


Name: John Cox
Institution: UNC Charlotte
Position: Associate prof, Global, International & Area Studies (PhD is in History; I'm now in an interdisciplinary dept)
Historical Specialization: anti-Nazi resistance; comparative genocide; labor & working-class history
Political Background: involved since 1980s in antiwar and other progressive movements (pro-choice, pro-labor, anti-racist, etc.); while grad student at UNC Chapel Hill, one of the organizers of our antiwar group (early 2000s); served on HAW steering committee earlier (Jan. 2005-Jan. 2009, I believe); directed Holocaust/human-rights center at previous job (Florida Gulf Coast Univ., 2006-2011)
Reason for Running: After not putting myself forward for the last couple of years, I would like to once again be involved more directly with HAW.


Name: Patrick E. Daly
Institution: Central Connecticut State University
Position: Graduate Student
Historical Specialization: U.S. Foreign Relations; Military History
Political Background: none
Reason for Running: Being both a Vietnam veteran and a student of history I have both a practical and intellectual understanding of the meaning of war and its impact on individuals who have served in combat, as I have done with the air wing and ground forces of U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam in 1968-69. I also have some understanding of human nature in situations of distress and the legal issues surrounding military service, having been a lawyer for about 37 years [specializing in labor and employment law] before retiring from the active practice of law in June 2010. Although I have been a member of HAW for several years, I have not been in a position to contribute to its work, given the fact that I was employed full-time in a non-academic position until retiring in June 2010. Since retiring, I have returned to school to complete a Masters degree in history that I had pursued, on a part-time basis, between 2002 and 2009, but could not complete the work necessary for writing a thesis, due to competing time constraints of my full-time job. While attending the AHA convention in Chicago earlier this month, I was surprised to learn that HAW does not have membership meetings or even informal meetings beyond that of the Steering Committee, even on a regional basis, to share information, ideas, or to plan future actions. I believe that I am in a unique position, given my practical/professional/scholastic background to make contributions to HAW, and seek the opportunity to do so as a member of its Steering Committee.


Name: Carolyn "Rusti" Eisenberg

Institution: Hofstra University

Historical Specialization: 20th Century US Foreign Policy, author of Drawing the Line: The American Decision to Divide Germany, 1944-49 and completing a new book on Kissinger, Nixon and the National Security State.

Position: Professor of History

Political Background: Antiwar activist, 1965-present. Co-Chair, Legislative Working Group. United for Peace and Justice, Co-Founder Brooklyn for Peace.

Reason for running: I am interested in encouraging historians to engage issues of war and peace, and to give greater emphasis to America's global role in scholarship, teaching and political advocacy. I believe that historians can make a special contribution to the urgently needed public debate over the militaristic thrust of American foreign policy and the impact on our domestic institutions, I have been a member of the Steering Committee since HAW's beginning and have drafted statements, appeared on HAW panels, and helped to organize a speaker's bureau for educational forums.


Name: John J. Fitzgerald

Institution: Longmeadow High School (Retired)

Position: Former teacher and department chair

Historical Specialization: Vietnam War - Co-author: The Vietnam War: A History in Documents, Oxford University Press, 2002.

Political Background: Vietnam veteran. (1964 - 1968) Wounded in action. Bronze Star for Valor, Purple Heart, etc. Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Eugene J. McCarthy campaign, Moratorium (1969), Student Strike (UMass Amherst) 1970, McGovern campaign of 1972. Veterans Education Project in Western Massachusetts and Veterans for Peace. I spent a good part of 2008 working in support of the candidacy and election of Barack Obama as President. I think he will need our support and encouragement to stay on the progressive track in 2009 and beyond.

Reason for Running: I have been involved in HAW since the summer of 2006. I have enjoyed working with the Steering Committee and hope to continue to do so. I prepared the Teaching Guides for "Teaching the Vietnam War" and for "Teaching the Iraq War" which are now located on the HAW web site. I am a life member of the OAH and The New England Historical Association. I am currently a member of the Massachusetts Council of the Social Studies and Western Massachusetts Jobs with Justice and the Center for Popular Economics in Amherst. I am also a member of the Longmeadow School Committee and I serve on the Board of Trustees of the Holyoke Soldiers Home. The mission of the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke is to provide, with honor and dignity, the highest quality of personal health care services to Massachusetts Veterans.I am also a member of the Longmeadow School Committee and I serve on the Board of Trustees of the Holyoke Soldiers Home. The mission of the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke is to provide, with honor and dignity, the highest quality of personal health care services to Massachusetts Veterans.


Name: Jerise (Jeri) Fogel

Institution: I trained as a classicist. I currently adjunct in Classics and General Humanities (my courses are cross-listed with History) at Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ. I am also a working artist (calligraphy, graphic design, painting).

Political Background: I belong to several peace and social justice organizations (e.g. Jews for Racial & Economic Justice, Brit Tzedek, CCR, and some others) and I try to contribute time and energy especially to progressive and immigrants' rights issues. On the HAW Steering Committee, I have been secretary and on the 4-member Executive Committee for the past two years, and was a member of the working group for the Atlanta conference. I have also co-organized the HAW presence at the Left Forum in NYC for the last few years.

Reason for Running: I still believe that HAW does important work, and I'm still thrilled to have a part in it. I have enjoyed working on various projects (conference, newsletters, etc.) for the HAW-SC, and would love to continue to contribute, whether as an SC member or as a member of one of the Working Groups. I think it is especially important for academics and teachers to organize against the US war on and occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq right now, as the public discussion on war has shifted dramatically and teachers have a chance to address it effectively, and possibly play a shaping role.


Name: Rich Gibson

Position: Emeritus professor of social studies at San Diego State, a lecturer on US history in local community colleges

Political Background and Reason for Running: I am an emeritus professor of social studies education at San Diego State and a lecturer on US history in local community colleges. I have served on the HAW SC in the past, for more than five years. I run this time to remind the SC that the core issue of our time is the reality of the promise of perpetual war and booming color coded inequality met by the potential of mass, class conscious resitance against the system of capital itself and its birth twin, imperialism. My close ties with K12 teachers and their organizations through my teaching past and the Rouge Forum (the only schools’ based organization in N. America which has identified the education agenda as a war agenda–class war and empires’ war), with community college students and professors, with the university struggles against tuition hikes, course reductions, the Arizona book bannings, etc, makes my work “against the war” effective. I am one of the few professors who has been active throughout the US in direct actions against the war and the Occupations. I believe HAW lost track of the “against the war” nature of its mission and, adopting the division of labor that capital created; became merely Historians. If elected, I will continue to struggle to identify the sources of war and, un-reason, and poverty–and direct action--as key to transcending our current unacceptable conditions.


Name: Van Gosse

Institution: Franklin and Marshall College

Historical Specialization: 20th Century U.S., African American

Position: Associate Professor

Political Background: Antiwar and electoral activism, 1969-76 (the usual); El Salvador solidarity, 1982-1995 (CISPES and related organizations); Peace Action's Organizing Director, 1995-2000. Helped found HAW and served on Steering Committee since then. Elected to United for Peace and Justice’s Steering Committee three times to represent HAW. Member of the Editorial Collective of the Radical History Review since 1990, chair 1994-2001.

Reason for Running: Continue to aid HAW as treasurer.

Name: Staughton Lynd
Institution: Independent scholar
Historical Specialization: American Revolution, 20th century labor history
Position: retired (but still practicing) attorney. Author of several books, including Lucasville: The Untold Story of a Prison Uprising (2004).
Political Background: An unaffiliated Marxist and Quaker; Chairperson of the first march against the Vietnam War in Washington, DC in April 1965. Left academia after being blacklisted in late '60s due to prominent role in anti-war movement (including trip to North Vietnam with Tom Hayden and Herbert Aptheker in December 1965).
Reason for running: continue work on veterans issues; member of HAW-SC since its inception.

Name: Samuel Chi-Yuen Lowe (Sam Lowe)
Institution: As a historian, I am not currently affiliated with an institution. But wearing another hat, I am currently employed at a Boston-area teaching hospital.
Position: Staff Chaplain
Historical Specialization: Colonial U.S.; Radical Religious Movements; U.S. South (my dissertation at Berkeley was on the Baptists and slavery in Virginia, 1760-1810).
Political Background: I was born in Chinatown, Los Angeles, and grew up in a stone's throw from Crenshaw Blvd. in South Los Angeles. I was raised a fundamentalist Baptist. However, as an eight-year-old child, I witnessed the 1965 Watts Rebellion. I suspect I brooded over this event for years--until a high school social studies research term paper assignment allowed me the opportunity to write about it. The paper radicalized me, and intellectually, I became committed to studying history. In college, I explored Marxist-Leninism but then found my home emotionally in Latin American liberation theology. After college I pursued theological studies at Harvard and then at Union Theological Seminary, New York, where I earned a Master of Divinity degree. Before receiving my Ph.D. in 2003, I was a Southern Baptist denominational university chaplain and then a hospital and hospice chaplain. I became a Quaker in the 1990s and now serve on the national board of the American Friends Service Committee (afsc.org). After graduate studies, I was a Research Associate at the Institute for Asian American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, but then became involved in immigrant community organizing. For a time I served as Acting Executive Director of the Chinese Progressive Association (cpaboston.org). I continued in immigrant organizing, for several years coordinating the Divinity School Placement Program for the Center to Support Immigrant Organizing (csioboston.org), and supervising the learning of Harvard Divinity School students interning in immigrants-led community-based organizations. In Boston, I have also consulted for the Immigrant Worker Center Collaborative and the Organizers of Color Initiative.
Reason for Running: In my past experience as an immigrant and community organizer, I have found history a tremendous asset, especially in this sense (to quote E.P. Thompson): "History is a form within we fight, and many have fought before us. Nor are we alone when we fight there. For the past is not just dead, inert, confining; it carries signs and evidences also of creative resources which can sustain the present and prefigure possibility." When I have struggled as an organizer, when I have felt discouraged, I often looked to history for inspiration, for "signs and evidences of creative resources which can sustain the present and prefigure possibility." The work of organizing people against power needs history and historians. I believe HAW's mission organizing historians against war and militarism is vital for organizers in the field and for movement building. I would like to do what I can to help HAW succeed.

Name: Edrene McKay
Institution: OMNI Center for Peace, Justice, and Ecology (Fayetteville, Arkansas). I also teach history for several academic institutions on a contract basis, including NorthWest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville.
Position: Adjunct Professor
Historical Specialization: Contemporary History
Political Background: I consider myself a progressive without a political party to represent my interests. I feel very uncomfortable with a political agenda that serves corporate interests and find the opposite end of the spectrum more to my liking when it serves the public interest.
Reason for Running: I have been a member of the Steering Committee during the past year and would like to continue in that role to encourage the academic community to be more visible in its endorsement of the peace movement. I am especially interested in providing resources and opportunities for undergraduates to get involved in the movement. In keeping with these objectives, I organized a teach-in about the War on Terrorism in 2006. The focus of the event, which took place on October 17-19, was “Separating Fact from Fiction” regarding three issues related to the war (civil liberties, human rights, and war profiteering) and included a showing of Robert Greenwald’s “Iraq for Sale.” We have continued to promote peace at the college by starting a student chapter of the OMNI Center for Peace, Justice, and Ecology. These are our objectives: (1) to provide opportunities for the campus and community to address issues related to peace, justice, and ecology (including environmental protection and sustainability), (2) to envision and to inspire creation of a world dominated by a culture of peace, (3) to enable, empower, and energize the campus and community to help bring about constructive change in these areas.

Name: Carl Mirra
Institution: Adelphi University
Position: Associate Professor of Social Studies
Historical Specialization: 20th Century US foreign policy and Peace Education
Political Background: Former marine who refused to fight in the first Gulf War, worked with the War Resister's League and was a representative of IAUP/UN Commission on Disarmament Education, Conflict Resolution and Peace.
Reason for Running: contributed HAW pamphlet, JOIN US, which has now been expanded into a book (SOLDIERS AND CITIZENS: AN ORAL HISTORY OF OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM FROM THE BATTLEFIELD TO THE PENTAGON. Palgrave). Currently working on a modest oral history of Afghanistan soldiers and veterans, and resistance to the National Defense Authorization Act.

Name: Thomas K. Murphy
Institution: University of Maryland / European Division
Position: Professor of History and Government
Historical Specialization: US and Modern European Intellectual History
Political Background: Thomas K. Murphy was born and raised in Washington, DC. He worked as staff for several members of the US Congress in both Washington, DC and Chicago, including Rep. Thomas Downey of New York, US Sen. Paul Simon, Il., and Rep. Michael Barnes, MD. Dr. Murphy has also spent time as a tutor in the notorious Cabrini Green Housing projects in Chicago (1987-1992); as a researcher at the American Bar Association in Chicago and at the Columbus Community Poverty Legal Services, in Washington, DC (1987-93 and 1982-83, respectively), and at the Library of Congress, Congressional Research Service (1994-95). He has taught throughout Europe for the University of Maryland, European Division, since 1998. Prior to that, he taught for 2 years in eastern Slovakia, under the sponsorship of the Soros Foundation/Open Society/ Civic Education Project. In 2005, he was elected to the Executive Board of the Faculty Advisory Council of the University of Maryland, University College, helping to set policy for the American, Asian and European divisions of the university. Since 2009, he has served on the HAW Steering Committee.
Reason for Running: I am running again for the Steering Council because of the policy drift of the US government concerning the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, along with the need to oppose the flawed logic, deceptive motives and systematic brutality that continue to drive the Afghan war.

Name:  Jim O'Brien

Institution:  University of Massachusetts Boston (sort-of)

Position:  I used to teach history and writing as a contract faculty member in the College of Public and Community Service at UMass, but at present my only involvement on the campus is volunteer teaching in the learning-in-retirement program. Myself, I'm not retired - for income I do freelance editing and book indexing.

Historical Specialization:  US radicalism

Political Background:  Have been active off and on since being part of the radical student movement in the 1960s. Was an editor of Radical America magazine till 1984, active in the Central America movement 1983-96, co-editor of Radical Historians Newsletter 1970 till it stopped publishing a few years ago, board member of Resist since 2007; on HAW Steering Committee the last seven years (as treasurer for a year, then as co-chair for the past five years).

Reason for Running:  I enjoy working with the other people on the Steering Committee. I've played an especially active role in preparations for our two conferences (Austin in February 2006 and Atlanta in April 2008) and more recently in sending "HAW Notes" to our e-mail list, mainly featuring links to recent articles of interest . I've been glad to feel useful in a cause that seems important to me.


Name: Margaret Power

Institution: Illinois Institute of Technology

Historical Specialization: Latin America, Chile, Puerto Rico, gender, and women.

Political Background: active in anti-war movements (Viet Nam, Central America, and Middle East) since 1970s. Also very active in the women's movement. Iwork very closely with the Puerto Rican community and with HAW. I am also a member of the Illinois coalition against torture. Due to our efforts the Chicago city council just passed an anti-torture resolution.

Reason for Running: I served as co—chair of HAW for three years and I have really enjoyed working with other historians against the war. I think HAW is a great group and I think we need to decide what to do given the current and changing political context we are in.


Name: Michael J. Sullivan III, Ph. D.

Institution: Drexel University Position: Professor (emeritus) of History and Politics

Historical Specialization: American Foreign Policy. Author, American Adventurism Abroad: Invasions, Interventions, and Regime Changes since World War II (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008 revised and expanded edition).

Political Background: Some modest anti-war involvement from Vietnam era through current "war on terror"; one-time local Democratic Committeeman and office-holder (circa 1975-80). Otherwise active citizen.

Reason for Running: I enthusiastically enjoy and support your work, and have often used your materials in my foreign policy (and other international politics) classes. I have recently retired and would be able to devote the time necessary to be a seriously-contributing member of HAW's steering committee.

Name: Luke Stewart
Institution: The University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada)
Position: Ph.D. Candidate
Historical Specialization: Anti-Vietnam War Movement
Political Background: I organized the HAW sponsored war resisters' conference "Looking Back, Moving Forward: War Resisters in North America" in September 2011; I am a member of Six Nations Solidarity Network (on the Grand River Territory); I organized a HAW Teach-In on Afghanistan and the "War on Terror" in October 2010; I was the co-organizer of Kitchener-Waterloo People's Summit from April-June 2010; I organized "Confronting the Darkness: Canadian Complicity in Torture in Afghanistan" panel discussion at UW in March 2010; co-founder of Academic Alternatives discussion group at UW, 2009-present.
Reason for Running: I have been a member of HAW since early-2009 and I was a member of the Steering Committee in 2011. I have been working with the American war resisters campaign in Canada for over two years and I am currently working on an war resister Reader that will consist of important statements, speeches, oral histories, and other important documents related to American war resisters in Canada during the "war on terror." It is my goal to help bridge the gap between the United States and Canada by linking the connections between Canada and the United States in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Name: Francis Shor
Institution: Wayne State University
Position: Professor
Historical Specialization: 20th century social-cultural US
Political Background: Vietnam War draft resister, active in left, peace, justice, and international solidarity movements from the sixties through today
Reason for Running
: In this era of declining empire, I want to participate in this professionally-related organization to scrutinize and strategize about understanding and ending "empire as a way of life."

Name: James L. Swarts
Institution: State University of New York (SUNY) Geneseo
Position: Adjunct Lecturer in History
Historical Specialization: 20th Century U.S., Family History/Genealogy
Political Background: From 1971 until its demise, I was a registered member of the Liberal Party, then non-affiliated until 2008. After the Kent State massacre in 1970, I became active in the anti-war movement including marching on the local Army Reserve Center, which resulted in my firing from a minor job in the university Registrar’s Office. That started me on a life-long road to opposition to injustice and United States militarism. Over the past ten years I have been active in organizing local peace/anti-war demonstrations and tabling at conferences and other events. I have appeared on several radio talk shows in my area as a veteran and historian voice in opposition to the government foreign policy and treatment of veterans. I have also been a guest lecturer before student groups at local colleges. I was one of the early signers of the HAW declaration opposing the war in Iraq and have been a member of HAW since then. I was first elected to the HAW Steering Committee in 2011.
Reason for Running: I believe HAW is one of the most reasoned intellectual voices speaking out in opposition to the United States war policies. When I ran for the Steering Committee last year I believe HAW needed to update itself to the current political reality by updating it's image and materials. While we have started working on revising some of the publications, we have much work left to complete. I would like to continue working with other members of the Steering Committee to follow through on that work. I also believe HAW can become a more public voice in opposition to U.S. military policy and I want to help in being part of an effort to move HAW forward.

Name: David E. Woodard
Institution: Concordia University—St. Paul, Minnesota
Position: History Department Chair (2008-present); professor: History and Political Science (1999-present)
Historical Specialization: U.S. Diplomatic, antebellum U.S., Civil War and Reconstruction (PhD-University of Minnesota)
Political Background: I was active in politics as a youth. I followed my Dad around when he campaigned for JFK in 1960. And my grandmother had Roosevelt pictures all over her house. I grew up in Illinois and was a Democratic precinct committeeman and also worked in several local campaigns in the mid-1970 and 1980s. In Minnesota, I have remained active in my community—mostly working on local concerns like homelessness and poverty-related issues. At my University, I am faculty advisor to the College Democrats and I also started a Political Science program here at Concordia. I have been a frequent TV commentator in Minneapolis and St. Paul on politics and election coverage.
Reason for Running: First, I want to get involved. Second, I realize that liberals and progressives must keep the pressure on the system if there is ever going to be real change—and we must do it in organizations like this. Third, I see too many of my colleagues reject political activism because they are worried about appeared partisan, or seem concerned about repercussions from the administration. I think those of us in academia must remain politically active. I think it is part of my job and I see it as one of my responsibilities. I would be honored to serve on HAWs Steering Committee and I think I would do a good job if elected.