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Edward S. Slavishak, Ph.D.

Department: History

Associate Professor of History

Program Director of GO Czech Republic

  • Education
  • PHD, Univ of North Carolina Chapel Hill
  • MA, Univ of North Carolina Chapel Hill
  • BS, Carnegie Mellon University
Edward Slavishak

As a professor of history, I am interested in how subgroups in the United States have attempted to support, defeat, outmaneuver and influence each other over time. I am fascinated by the ways in which the powerful attempt to legitimize themselves to the less powerful. Finally, I pursue the meanings that people invest in middle-of-nowhere places.

At Susquehanna, I teach courses on the history of the United States since 1860, including The Civil War in the American Experience, Making a Multicultural America, Work and Play in the USA, African-American History, and Pennsylvania's Pasts and Publics.

Education

Ph D, University of North Carolina, 2002.
BA, Carnegie Mellon University, 1996.

Research

Book

Slavishak, E. S. (2008). Bodies of Work: Civic Display and Labor in Industrial Pittsburgh (pp. 368). Durham, NC: Duke University Press. www.dukeupress.edu/cgibin/forwardsql/search.cgi?template0=nomatch.htm&template2=books/book_detail_page.htm&user_id=617182814315&Bmain.item_option=1&Bmain.item=12899

Book Chapters

Slavishak, E. S. (2010). Made by the Work: A Century of Laboring Bodies in the United States. In Mary Kosut and Lisa Jean Moore (Ed.), The Body Reader: Essential Social and Cultural Readings. New York, NY: New York University Press. http://www.nyupress.org/books/The_Body_Reader-products_id-11127.html

Slavishak, E. S. (2009). The Ten Year Club: Artificial Limbs and Testimonials in the Early Twentieth Century. In Marlis Schweitzer and Marina Moskowitz (Ed.), Testimonials in the American Marketplace: Emulation, Identity, Community. London: Palgrave Macmillan. http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?is=9780230615601

Journal Articles

Slavishak, E. S. (2015). Expert Vision: J. Horace McFarland in the Woods. Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography.

Slavishak, E. S. (2014). The Logical Place to Take a Picture: William Gedney in Bethlehem. Pennsylvania History, 81(4), 451-476.

Slavishak, E. S. (2015). Three Miles, Two Creeks: Local History in the Classroom. JOINT ISSUE: Pennsylvania History & Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography.

Slavishak, E. S. (2012). Loveliness, but with an Edge: Looking at the Smokies, 1915-1945. Journal of Social History, 45(4 (Summer 2012)). http://jsh.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2012/03/13/jsh.shr154.full?keytype=ref&ijkey=hodXnUOH9Nc6YW1

Slavishak, E. S. (2009). From Nation to Family: Two Careers in the Recasting of Eugenics. Journal of Family History, 34(January 2009), 89‐115. jfh.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/34/1/89

Slavishak, E. S. (2004). "Working‐Class Muscle: Homestead and Bodily Disorder in the Gilded Age". The Journal of the Gilded Age, 3, 339‐68.

Slavishak, E. S. (2003). Civic Physiques: Public Images of Workers in Pittsburgh, 1880-1910. Pennsylvania Magazine of History, 127.

Slavishak, E. S. (2003). Artificial Limbs and Industrial Workers' Bodies in Turn‐of‐the‐century Pittsburgh. Journal of Social History, 36, 365‐88.

Presentations

Slavishak, E. S. (Presenter & Author), Bread and Roses, ""Bread and Roses"," Women's Studies Program, Selinsgrove, PA. (February 17, 2014).

Slavishak, E. S. (Presenter & Author), Pennsylvania Historical Association, "The Walking Expert: Horace McFarland in the Woods," Pennsylvania Historical Association, Gettysburg, PA. (October 20, 2013).

Slavishak, E. S. (Presenter & Author), Rust, Regeneration, and Romance, "The Logical Place to Take a Picture From: William Gedney and Bethlehem Steel," Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham, Ironbridge, UK. (July 14, 2013).

Slavishak, E. S. (Presenter & Author), Society of Appalachian Historians, "Making it "Wild and Wonderful": Picturing West Virginia in the 1970s," Society of Appalachian Historians, UVA-Wise. (May 20, 2013).

Slavishak, E. S. (Presenter & Author), Affective Landscapes, "Embedded: William Gedney and the Feel of Big Rock," Identity, Conflict and Representation Research Centre, University of Derby, Derby, UK. (May 25, 2012).

Slavishak, E. S. (Presenter & Author), American Society for Environmental History, "Largely Inaccessible: Belonging in West Virginia Whitewater, 1965-1975," Madison, WI. (March 31, 2012).

Slavishak, E. S. (Presenter & Author), Appalachian Studies Association, "Control of the Approach: Hiking and Belonging," Indiana, PA. (March 24, 2012).

Slavishak, E. S. (Presenter & Author), Pennsylvania Historical Association, "Nowhere: The Look of Landscapes after Coal," Johnstown, PA. (October 14, 2011).

Slavishak, E. S. (Presenter & Author), Ohio Academy of History meeting, "Largely Inaccessible: (Not) Belonging in West Virginia Whitewater, 1965-197," Granville, OH. (April 8, 2011).

Slavishak, E. S. (Presenter & Author), Gendered Bodies, "Brawn and Bruises: Imagining Pittsburgh's Bodies of Work," Departments of Anthropology and Women's Studies, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. (November 11, 2009).

Slavishak, E. S. (Presenter & Author), Pennsylvania Historical Association conference, "Photo Ops: Centralia and the Flattening of History," Pennsylvania Historical Association, Bethlehem, PA. (October 18, 2008).

Slavishak, E. S. (Presenter & Author), Cheiron conference, "The Discouraging Uphill Struggle: Roswell Hill Johnson's Career in Eugenics," Cheiron, Ryerson University, Toronto. (June 28, 2008).


Research in Progress

"Depressions Great and Small" (On-Going)
Central PA in the 1920s/1930s

"Largely Inaccessible: (Not) Belonging in West Virginia Whitewater, 1965-1975" (Writing Results)
An article to be submitted to the Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change on the development of white water tourism in West Virginia, 1965-1980.

"Museum Studies and Undergraduate Education" (Planning)
Early planning for a panel submission at Association of American Museums or other similar conference focused on pedagogical and practical matters involved in starting and running Museum Studies programming for undergraduates.

"Proving Ground: Expertise and the Appalachian Mountains" (On-Going)
A book-length study of "outsiders" who used journeys to the Appalachian Mountains to claim expertise in aesthetics, environmentalism, kinesthetics, ethnography, and photography.

"State of Mind: Lunacy in Central Pennsylvania, 1860-1920" (On-Going)

Courses taught:

  • DIVS-100 Introduction to Diversity Studies
  • ENGL-100 Writing and Thinking
  • HIST-112 United States History Since 1877
  • HIST-215 The Civil War in American Experience
  • HIST-218 Work and Play in the USA
  • HIST-300 History Methods
  • HIST-314 African-American History
  • HIST-316 Making a Multicultural United States
  • HIST-322 Pennsylvania History
  • HIST-324 Pennsylvania's Pasts & Their Publics
  • HIST-420 Internship in History
  • HIST-501 Independent Study
  • HONS-301 African-American History
  • MSUM-400 Museum Studies Internship
  • OFFR-PRAGUE Performance & Design in Post-Comm Prague
  • OFFS-PRAGUE Performance & Design in Post-Comm Prague
  • PRDV-104 Perspectives
  • WMST-400 Work and Play in the USA