Faculty

Dr. Shannon Risk

Dr. Shannon Risk

Assistant Professor; Director, Public History Minor; Director, Women’s Studies

Phone:
716.286.8084

Bio

Focus of Teaching

  • HIS 103 – U.S. History to 1876
  • HIS 104 – U.S. History since 1876
  • HIS 199 – America in the Contemporary World
  • HIS 200 – Introduction to Research Methods in History
  • HIS 204 – Introduction to Public History
  • HIS 344 – America in the Industrial Age, 1876-1914
  • HIS 355 – Women in American History
  • HIS 359 – Canada-U.S. History
  • HIS 379 (Online) – U.S.-Latin American History
  • HIS 390 (Online) – African American Women’s History
  • HIS 400 – Senior History Seminar
  • HIS 496 – Internship in History
  • LAM 499 – Senior Capstone in Arts & Sciences
  • NUB 102 – Niagara University Beginnings

Current Research

Canada and United States women and the suffrage movement

Publications

  • “Glimpses into the Life of a Maine Reformer: Elizabeth Upham Yates, Missionary and Woman Suffragist,” Maine History vol. 47, no. 2 (July 2013): 191-215.
  • Co-authored with David Turpie, Ph.D., “’Definitely Representative of Nebraska’: Jeanine Giller, Miss Nebraska 1972, and the Politics of Beauty Pageants,” Nebraska Magazine (Summer 2013): 75-89.
  • “‛We Fear Sincerely that the Effort Will Be Injurious to the Women Themselves’: Anti-suffragism in Maine and New Brunswick,” in The American Record of Canadian Studies, vol. 43, issue 3 (August 24, 2012): 384-400. 
  • "A Conflicted Alliance: Canadian and American Suffragists in Times of War." In Veronica Strong-Boag, Genevieve LeBaron, and Kelly Christensen, "Women Suffrage and Beyond: Confronting the Democratic Deficit." University of British Columbia. http://womensuffrage.org/?page_id=18. Featured 7 March 2012 at: http://womensuffrage.org/?p=924
  • “‛Mister Editor, Have We Digressed?’ Newspaper Editor John Neal and the Women’s Suffrage Debate,” in Maine History, vol. 46, no. 1 (October 2011): 25-38.
  • “‛The Magnitude of My Services:’ Minnie Bell Adney and the Women of Woodstock,” in Suzanne Morton and Janet Guildford, eds., Atlantic Canadian Women and the State in the Twentieth Century. Fredericton, New Brunswick: Acadiensis Press, July 2010: 35-44.
  • “The Debate Over Racial Supremacy.” C. Brid Nicholson, editor. The Early Republic Era, 1783-1860. Volume II in Conflicts in American History: A Documentary Encyclopedia, Columbia, SC: Bruccoli Clark Layman/Manly, Inc. July 2010: 323-338.
  • “American Women and the Temperance Movement,” C. Brid Nicholson, editor. The Early Republic Era, 1783-1860. Volume II in Conflicts in American History: A Documentary Encyclopedia, Columbia, SC: Bruccoli Clark Layman/Manly, Inc. July 2010: 287-303.
  • “Biographies” (Catharine Esther Beecher, Lyman Beecher, Amelia Jenks Bloomer, Lydia Maria Francis Child, Charles Grandison Finney, Dr. Lydia Folger Fowler, Sarah Josepha Buell Hale, Hinton Rowan Helper, Josiah Clark Nott, Josiah Priest, Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney, Sojourner Truth). C. Brid Nicholson, editor. The Early Republic Era, 1783-1860. Volume II in Conflicts in American History: A Documentary Encyclopedia, Columbia, SC: Bruccoli Clark Layman/Manly, Inc. July 2010: 364-365, 369, 375-375, 378, 380, 388-389, 392-393.
  • “‛Friendship, Sweet Soother of My Cares!’– Women, Religion, and Power in the Diary of Sarah Connell Ayer,” in Maine History vol. 44, no. 2 (April 2009): 155-171.
  • “‘The Republic Shall Wear a Crown of True Greatness:’ The 1895 New York State Woman Suffrage Association Convention,” in the Hudson River Valley Review vol. 23, no. 2 (Spring 2007): 17-32.
  • “’Universal Confusion?’ A Historiography of Loyalist Women in Canada,” in Khronikos, the University of Maine History Graduate Student Online Journal. November 2006.

Selected Conferences and Presentations

  • Historian for NBC episode, “Who Do You Think You Are.” Season 3. Spring 2012.
  • Panelist, “Women’s Suffrage in Times of War: Canada and the United States.” Association for Canadian Studies in the United States annual conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. November 17, 2011.
  • Panelist, “Back to the Land – Back to Pure Womanhood?” National Women’s Studies Association annual conference in Atlanta, Georgia. November 10, 2011.
  • Presenter, “Fulbright Student Award,” at Western New York/Northwestern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Fulbright Association, St. John Fisher College. October 15, 2011.
  • Panelist, “‛We Fear Sincerely That the Effect Will Be Injurious to the Women Themselves:’ Anti-suffragism in the Northeastern Borderlands of Maine and New Brunswick.” The annual conference of the New York State Political Science Association, April 8-9, 2011, Niagara University.
  • Chair and Discussant, “The Politics of Gender Identity” Panel at the annual conference of the New York State Political Science Association, April 8-9, 2011, Niagara University.
  • Discussion leader, film presentation of Louise Vance’s “Seneca Falls.” Susan B. Anthony Day event at Niagara University, February 15, 2011.
  • Panel Chair, “Sex and the State: The Regulation of Reproduction in Late Nineteenth and Twentieth Century United States.” National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference, Denver, CO, November 11-14, 2010.
  • Presenter, “Exploring Public History Programs in Graduate School,” Graduate Night for History and Social Studies Education Majors, Niagara University, November 10, 2010.
  • Guest Speaker, WNYNWPA Chapter of the Fulbright Association Conference, SUNY-Fredonia, October 15, 2010.
  • Guest speaker for Phi Alpha Theta induction ceremony, Niagara University, April 22, 2010.
  • Moderator and Guest Speaker, WNYNWPA Chapter of the Fulbright Association Conference, Niagara University, April 5, 2010.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., American History, University of Maine; certificate, with graduate concentration in Women's Studies
  • M.A., American History, University of Maine
  • B.A., History, University of Northern Iowa

Current Involvement

  • Assessor, HIS 199: America in the Contemporary World, Assessment Team, Niagara University, May 2012.
  • Member, “Lower River Road Project,” Rivershore, Inc. (Lewiston, New York), 2011-present.
  • Member, Latin American Issues Committee, Niagara University, 2011-present; Faculty Advisor for Brazil Trip, October 22-30, 2012, to University of Lavras, Brazil. 
  • Fulbright Campus Program Advisor; Head of campus Fulbright committee, Niagara University, 2009-present; 2011-2012 Niagara University student Shannon Hardy awarded, English Teaching Award, Turkey.
  • Advisor, History Forum (Student history club), Niagara University, 2010-present.
  • Member, Women’s Studies Committee, Niagara University, 2009-present.
  • President, Western New York/Northwestern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Fulbright Association, 2012-present. Board Member, 2010-present.
  • Committee Chair, “History and Politics,” New York State Political Science Association, 2010-present.
  • AP Exam Reader for U.S. History, the College Board, Princeton, New Jersey, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.