The Ohio State University at Newark

History Program

Welcome to the academic area of History at The Ohio State University at Newark. We are proud to offer students the high-quality education that one expects of Ohio State Newark, but in a smaller and more personal setting more commonly associated with the liberal arts colleges. Our faculty offers a range of programs, courses and events that are designed to introduce students to the fascinating complexity of the past while strengthening their critical thinking and communication skills and empowering them to better understand the environment around them. We are confident that you will find that our program offers excellence in both academic research and teaching. And, it is kind of fun.

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Associate Professor Emeritus A. Harding Ganz, PhD, has published his book, Ghost Division: The 11th “Gespenster” Panzer Division and the German Armored Force in World War, about a German armored division, its contribution to tank warfare doctrine, and the division’s relationship post-war with American veterans. It was published through Stackpole Press.

World War II was a dark period in world history. Countless soldiers gave their lives, and hatred developed between countries and cultures. However, some military units developed respect for their counterparts in different countries, and that respect led to joint reunion events consisting of veterans who once fought against each other during wartime. The 11th Panzer Division was acknowledged as one of the best formations in the armed forces of Nazi Germany. It was nicknamed the "Ghost Division" because of its speed and ability to turn up where it was least expected. Formed in 1940, the division adopted as its symbol a sword-wielding specter atop a charging half-track. That image was stenciled on all of its vehicles. The German 11th Panzer Division had a strong impact in the east and west in World War II. The division played a pivotal role in some big engagements.


Richard Shiels Award for Best Graduating Senior:

2017: No award given
2016: Bryce Jones
2015: Kelly Haist
2014: Megan Crowell

A. Harding Ganz Award for Excellence in Research

2017: Joseph Snyder and Franchesica Kidd (2 awards)
2016: Elizabeth Worbs
2015: Alex Roletta
2014: Ellenor Dwyer


Lucy E. Murphy, PhD, has just published her book, Great Lakes Creoles: A French-Indian Community on the Northern Borderlands, Prairie du Chien, 1750-1860, through Cambridge University Press.

A case study of one of America's many multi-ethnic border communities, Great Lakes Creoles builds upon recent research on gender, race, ethnicity, and politics as it examines the ways that the old fur trade families experienced and responded to the colonialism of United States expansion. Lucy Murphy examines Indian history with attention to the pluralistic nature of American communities and the ways that power, gender, race, and ethnicity were contested and negotiated in them. She explores the role of women as mediators shaping key social, economic, and political systems, as well as the creation of civil political institutions and the ways that men of many backgrounds participated in and influenced them. Ultimately, Great Lakes Creoles takes a careful look at Native people and their complex families as active members of an American community in the Great Lakes region.

Professor Mitch Lerner has a new edited book coming out, entitled “The Cold War at Home and Abroad: Domestic Politics and US Foreign Policy since 1945.” The book, which is co-edited with Dr. Andy Johns of BYU, is being published by the University of Kentucky Press.

John Low, PhD, published Imprints: The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians & the City of Chicago. The book was published by Michigan State University Press in 2016, and was a finalist for the 2017 Midwest book Award

John Low, PhD, won the 2016 Robert F. Heizer Award for best article presented by the American Society for Ethnohistory. Low, for his article “Vessels for Recollection — The Canoe Building Renaissance in the Great Lakes,” published in the academic journal Material Culture. The selection committee unanimously selected Low’s article for the award. Congratulations, John!

Joseph Snyder and Franchesica Kidd were honored at the campus honor’s Salute to Undergraduate Achievement dinner, as the co-winners of the History Department’s A. Harding Ganz Award for Excellence in Research. This is the first time that the department has ever selected two winners for this prize, but the faculty felt that the works submitted by both of them merited recognition. Congratulations to Joseph and Franchesica!