Ely M. Janis

Associate Professor

Department of History, Political Science, & Public Policy

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

72 Porter St.

North Adams, MA 01247

413-662-5342· Ely.Janis@mcla.edu


EDUCATION

Ph. D., History, Boston College, May 2008.

 

M.A., History, Boston College, May 2002.

 

B.A., History with Honors, University of Oregon, June 1999.

 

Exchange student, University of East Anglia, 1997-1998.

 

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

Associate Professor of History, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, September 2014-present

 

Assistant Professor of History, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, September 2011-August 2014.

 

Visiting Assistant Professor of History, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, 2009-2011.

 

Visiting Assistant Professor of History, Gonzaga University, 2008-2009.

 

Teaching Fellow, Department of History, Boston College, 2006-2008.

 

Adjunct Instructor, Regis College,Spring 2007.

 

Teaching Assistant, Department of History, Boston College, 2002-2004, 2005-2006.

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Courses Offered at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

United States History to 1877

United States History since 1877

Civil War & Reconstruction

History of the American Border

The Irish in America

US Foreign Policy

Robber Barons, Radicals, and Reformers

American Immigration & Ethnicity

US & World War II

Superheroes and American Society

US History in Global Context

Disease and American History

Gilded Age Gotham

History of American Radicalism

Looking for Lincoln

 

Courses Offered at Gonzaga University

American History I

Western Civilization II

Irish History

 

Courses Offered at Boston College

Modern World Civilization I

Modern World Civilization II

 

Courses Offered at Regis University

Irish History

 

FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS

Participant, “Doing Digital History 2016,” NEH Summer Institute, Washington, D.C., July 11-22, 2016.

 

Senior Class Faculty Appreciation Award, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, 2015.

 

Junior Faculty Award, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Faculty Association, 2014.

 

Faculty Research Incentive Award, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, 2014.

 

Curriculum Development Award, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, 2012.

 

Participant, “American Immigration Revisited,” NEH Summer Institute, Library of Congress, July 6-31, 2009.

 

Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award, Boston College, 2006-2007.

     

Teaching Fellowship, Boston College, 2006-2008.

 

Albert J. Beveridge Research Grant, American Historical Association, May 2006.

 

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Fellowship, Summer 2005.

 

Adele Dalsimer Graduate Research/Dissertation Fellowship, Boston College, 2004-2005.

 

Irish Studies Fellowship, Boston College, Summer 2004.

 

Spencer Fellow, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas, April 2004.

 

University Fellowship, Boston College, 2002-2005.

PUBLICATIONS

“A Greater Ireland: The Land League and Transatlantic Nationalism in Gilded Age America”(Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2015)

 

“Ladies’ Land League,” “Leonora O’Reilly,” and “Mary Kenney O’Sullivan” in Hasia Diner (ed.), Encyclopedia of American Women’s History, Facts on File (forthcoming).

 

“Petticoat Revolutionaries: Gender, Ethnic Nationalism, and the Irish Ladies’ Land League in the United States,” Journal of American Ethnic History, 27, no. 2 (Winter 2008): 5-27.

 

“Anointing the ‘Uncrowned King of Ireland:’ Charles Stewart Parnell’s 1880 American Tour and the Creation of a Transatlantic Land League Movement,” Supplement of the German Historical Institute Bulletin, 5 (2008): 23-39.

 

“Michael Davitt,” “Patrick Ford,” “John Devoy,” “Daniel Cohalan,” “Land League,” and “Ladies’ Land League,” in James P. Byrne, Philip Coleman, and Jason King (eds.), Ireland and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History, (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio, 2008).

 

Review of The Irish in the Atlantic World, ed. David Gleeson, Journal of American Ethnic History, 32, no. 4 (Summer 2013): 103-104.

 

Review of Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America, by Erika Lee & Judy Yung, The Mind’s Eye: A Liberal Arts Journal (Spring 2011): 53-58.

 

Review of Irish Titan, Irish Toilers: Joseph Banigan and Nineteenth-Century New England Labor, by Scott Molloy, New England Quarterly Review, 82, no. 2 (June 2009): 358-360.

 

Review of Anna Parnell’s Political Journalism: Contexts and Texts, by Beverly E. Schneller, Irish Literary Supplement, 26, no. 2 (Spring 2007): 18.

 

Review of Always Faithful: The New York Carmelites, the Irish People, and their Freedom Movement, by Alfred Isacsson, New York Irish History: Journal of the New York Irish History Roundtable, 19 (2005): 57-59.

 

Review of Money for Ireland: Finance, Diplomacy, Politics, and the First Dail Eireann Loans, 1919-1936, by Francis Carroll, Irish Literary Supplement, 22 No. 1 (Spring 2003), 5.

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

“Building an Irish Village: Ireland, Irish America, and the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair,” Annual Meeting of Organization of American Historians,” St. Louis, MO, April 2015.

 

“Building an Irish Village: Ireland, Irish America, and the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair,” Annual General Conference of the American Conference for Irish Studies, Dublin, Ireland, June 11, 2014.

 

“‘Heart and Soul for Henry George’: Irish Americans, the 1886 New York Mayoral Race and the Decline of Irish American Radicalism,” Annual General Conference of the American Conference for Irish Studies, Chicago, IL, April 11, 2013.

 

“Talks About Ireland: The Appropriation and Impact of the Land League Outside the Irish-American Community,” Annual General Conference of the American Conference for Irish Studies, New Orleans, LA, March 16, 2012.

 

“‘Michael Magrath was Rackrented, but He Became Americanized and Refused to Pay It:’ The Land League and the Americanization of Ireland,” Annual General Conference of the American Conference for Irish Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, April 2, 2011.

 

“‘Why Have We No Leaders Like Parnell?’ African American Leaders and the Irish,” Annual General Conference of the American Conference for Irish Studies, Penn State University, College Station, PA, May 8, 2010.

 

“Black and Green: Frederick Douglass, T. Thomas Fortune, Marcus Garvey, and Irish America,” Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, March 28, 2009.

 

“‘A Bull in a China Shop:’ Michael Davitt, Economic Radicalism, and Irish America,” Midwest Regional Conference of the American Conference for Irish Studies, University of Missouri-Kansas City, MO, October 20, 2007.

 

“The Irish Ladies’ Land League in the United States: Gender, Class, and Ethnic Nationalism in the Gilded Age,” Eighth Annual Graduate Symposium on Women’s and Gender History, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL, March 8 to March 10, 2007.

 

“‘I Asks Ye Fur a Tator, and Ye Gives Me an Agitator:’ Charles Stewart Parnell’s 1880 Mission to America,” The Irish in the Atlantic World Seminar, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, February 27 to March 2, 2007.

 

“‘A New Revolution Which Cannot Be Confined Between the Coasts of Ireland:’ The Irish-American Working-Class, Transatlantic Reform, and the Irish National Land League in the United States,” The Construction of Irish-American Identity, Drew University, Madison, NJ, June 22, 2006.

 

“Ellen Ford: Portrait of an Irish-American Radical,” Annual General Conference of the American Conference for Irish Studies, University of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, April 20, 2006.

 

“A League of their Own: Irish-American Women, Nationalism, and the Ladies’ Land League,” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, January 5, 2006.

 

PUBLIC HISTORY

Organizer and Director for “Creating Equality,” a two year-long initiative at MCLA from 2013-2015 to celebrate and commemorate the legacy of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s and examine the legacy and place of civil rights in American society today.

 

Co-Leader and Organizer, “Back to the Roots”: Civil Rights Travel Course, a 10-day bus trip taking MCLA and Salve Regina students to the American South to visit historic sites associated with the African American Civil Rights Movement.

 

Co-writer for NEH grant and on-site Program Coordinator, “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle”

Received National Endowment for the Humanities grant for $1,200 to present four civil rights themed documentaries and associated programming for MCLA in 2013-2014.

 

Course developer and moderator for Teaching American History Grant, “Peoples and Communities of Berkshire County,” through Emerging America, Collaborative for Educational Services, March-May, 2011, 2012.

 

Radio interview with KALA-FM, Davenport, Iowa (re Ladies’ Land League), May 10, 2008.

 

Interviewed in documentary film Maud Gonne and the Daughters of Erin, StoneFire Productions, 2005.

 

Curator for The Unrepentant Fenian: Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa’s American Years,
exhibition at the John J. Burns Library, Boston College, July-August 2005.

 

Curator for From the Easter Rising to the Rise of the Irish Republic: Thomas and Kathleen Clarke and their Era, exhibition at the John J. Burns Library, Boston College, October 2001-June 2002.

 

OTHER RELATED EMPLOYMENT & EXPERIENCE 

Book Review Editor, Journal of American Ethnic History, June 2015-present

 

Guest Editor, The Mind’s Eye: A Liberal Arts Journal, 2015.

 

Anonymous peer reviewer of journal article for the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 2016.

 

Anonymous peer reviewer of journal article for the Journal of American Ethnic History, 2014

 

Reviewer for Journal of American Ethnic History.

 

Research consultant for Axiom Press, Inc., Lindon, UT. Spring 2004.

 

Graduate Research Assistant, John J. Burns Library, Boston College. 2001-2006.

 

Research Assistant for Professor Thomas E. Hachey, Boston College, 2001-2002.

 

Instructional Assistant, Learning Resources, Boston College. 2000-2001.

 

Tutor, the Learning Center, Eugene, OR. January 2000-June 2000.

 

Professional Service

MCLA Team Member, 2016 Institute on General Education and Assessment, Association of American Colleges & Universities, Boston, MA, June 4-8, 2016.

 

Acting Chair, Department of History, Political Science and Public Policy, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Fall 2014.

 

Director, Creating Equality Civil Rights Commemoration Committee, 2013-2015.

 

Human Heritage Domain Leader, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, 2011-present.

 

Member, Library Advisory Board, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, 2011-present.

 

Member, Faculty Center Advisory Board, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, 2010-present.

 

Faculty Advisor, Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, 2011-present.

 

Member, All College Committee, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, 2012-2014.

 

Member, Assessment Advisory Group, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, 2011-present.

 

Member, Undergraduate Research Advisory Board, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, 2011- present.

 

Member, Search Committee for Political Science tenure-track job search, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Fall 2012.

 

Member, MCLA Senior Writing Taskforce, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, 2011-2012.

 

Member, Academic Policies Committee, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, 2011-2012.

 

Member, Academic Technology Advisory Group, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, 2010-12.

 

Member-at-large, Massachusetts State College Association Union Executive Board, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, 2011-2012, 2014-2015, 2016-present.

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

American Conference for Irish Studies

American Historical Association

Immigration and Ethnic History Society

Organization of American Historians

Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era