Jeffrey Zalar

Jeffrey Zalar

Associate Professor; Ruth J. & Robert A. Conway Endowed Chair of Catholic Studies; Affiliate Faculty Member, Department of Judaic Studies; Supporting Faculty Member, Ph.D. in Modern Jewish History & Culture, University of Cincinnati/Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

McMicken Hall

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Professional Summary

My research and professional writing center on religion and intellectual culture in modern Germany.  My teaching seeks to integrate learning on three levels: the dissemination of disciplinary knowledge; training in pre-professional cognitive skills (analysis, oral disputation, higher-order reading comprehension, targeted and convincing writing, etc.); and the inculcation of intellectual and social virtues.  The emphases of my university service are faculty development work, academic program creation, and the enhancement of student learning cultures.

Education

Honors B.A., summa cum laude, Marquette University Milwaukee, WI, 1995 (Majors in History & Theology)

Ph.D. with Distinction, Georgetown University Washington, D.C., 2002 (Modern German & European History)

Research Support

1994 -1995 Mellon Grant, History Internship, Marquette University

1996 -1998 Georgetown University Graduate Scholarship & Doctoral Fellowship

1998 -1999 J. William Fulbright Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (Affiliation: University of Cologne)

1999 -2000 Georgetown University Graduate School Fellowship

2013 -2014 University Research Council Faculty Research Grant

2015 Faculty Development Fund Award Type:Grant

2016 Taft Research Center International Conference Travel Grant

2013 Taft Research Center International Conference Travel Grant

UC University Research Council Faculty Grant, 2012-13.

Abbreviated Publications

Book Chapter

(2001). “Enrica von Handel-Mazzetti (1871-1955)”. In Mary R. Reichardt (Eds.), Catholic Women Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook (pp. 149-54). Westport, CT and London: Greenwood Press.

(2001). “The Process of Confessional Inculturation: Catholic Reading in the ‘Long Nineteenth Century’”. In Helmut Walser Smith (Eds.), Protestants, Catholics and Jews in Germany, 1800-1914 (pp. 121-52). Oxford and New York: Berg Publishers.

(2011). “Reading in an Age of Censorship: The Case of Catholic Germany, 1800-1914”. In W. R. Owens and Shafquat Towheed (Eds.), The History of Reading, Vol. 1: International Perspectives, c.1500-1990 (pp. 133-44). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

“The Confessional World of Europe in the ‘Long Nineteenth Century, ’ 1800-1914”. In Mark Edward Ruff (Eds.), The European Churches and National Socialism: A Reader Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. (forthcoming).

(2015). “Political Catholicism”. Pp. 159-75 in Matthew Jefferies (ed.), The Ashgate Research Companion to Imperial Germany. Aldershot and Burlington, VT: Ashgate.

"Publishing and Reading," Handbook of Religious Culture in Nineteenth-Century Europe (Berlin: De Gruyter)

"Nations and Nationalities," Handbook of Religious Culture in Nineteenth-Century Europe (Berlin: De Gruyter)

"Historical Introduction: Political, Social, and Economic Changes of Vormärz, 1830-1848," in Kevin Vander Schel and Grant Kaplan, eds., The Oxford History of Modern German Theology vol. 1 (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press)

"'Many Enemies, Much Glory': Catholic Identity and the Kulturkampf," in Mark Edward Ruff and Thomas Großbölting, eds., Germany and the Confessional Divide, 1871-1989 (New York: Berghahn Books)

Electronic Journal

(2004). Conference Report: "The Dissolution of the Catholic Milieu." H-German.

(2006). Conference Report: "Negotiating Piety: Everyday Belief in a Confessional Age, 1870-1960."  H-German.

Encyclopedia Article

(2003). Holocaust. In Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood: In History and Society, (pp. 431-4). Paula S. Fass, ed., New York: Macmillan Reference USA.

(2007). German Empire. In The Encyclopedia of the Age of Imperialism, 1800-1914, (pp. 261-69). Carl Hodge, ed., Westport, CT and London: Greenwood Press.

(2007). Franco Prussian War (1870-71). In The Encyclopedia of the Age of Imperialism, 1800-1914, (pp. 233-35). Carl Hodge, ed., Westport, CT and London: Greenwood Press.

(2008). Center Party. In The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World. Peter N. Stearns, ed., Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.

Invited Publication

(2004). “Knowledge and Nationalism in Imperial Germany: A Cultural History of the Association of Saint Charles Borromeo, 1890-1914”. Bulletin of the German Historical Institute, 34, 1, pp. 75-83.

Peer Reviewed Publications

(1997). “Sanctity in the Era of Catholic Action: The Case of St. Pius X, ” with Steven Avella. US Catholic Historian 15, 4, pp. 57-80.

(2000). “Catholic Theology and Intercultural Contact in the Americas: A Comparison of New Spain and New France”. Neue Zeitschrift fuer Missionswissenschaft, 56, 2, pp. 97-116.

(2000). “‘Knowledge is Power’: The Borromaeusverein and Catholic Reading Habits in Imperial Germany”. The Catholic Historical Review, 86, 1, pp. 20-46.

(2005) "Modern Catholic Perspectives," The Journal of Ecclesiastical History 56, 4, pp. 749-53.

Review

R. J. W. Evans and Hartmut Pogge von Strandmann, eds., (2006). The Revolutions in Europe, 1848-1849: From Reform to Reaction. The European Legacy 11 (2006): 597-8.

Michaela Bachem-Rehm (2004). Die katholischen Arbeitervereine im Ruhrgebiet 1870-1914. Katholisches Arbeitermilieu zwischen Tradition und Emanzipation in H-German (March 2007).

Suzanne K. Kaufman (2007). Consuming Visions: Mass Culture and the Lourdes Shrine. The Journal of Social History 40, 4 (2007): 1034-1036.

David Redles (2005). Hitler's Millennial Reich: Apocalyptic Belief and the Search for Salvation. The Journal of Interdisciplinary History 38, 2 (2007): 288-90.

Ruben Alvarado (2009). Authority, not Majority: The Life and Times of Friedrich Julius Stahl and Ruben Alvarado, The Philosophy of Law, vol. 2: The Doctrine of Law and State on the Basis of the Christian World-View, Book II: Principles of Law, H-German (May 2007).

Michael Printy (2009). Enlightenment and the Creation of German Catholicism. The American Historical Review 115, 2 (2010): 627-28.

Derek Hastings (2010). Catholicism and the Roots of Nazism: Religious Identity and National Socialism. German Studies Review 34, 3 (2011): 671-2.

Steven Nadler (2012). The Best of All Possible Worlds: A Story of Philosophers, God, and Evil in the Age of Reason.The European Legacy 18, 2 (2013): 264-5.

Rebecca Ayako Bennette (2012). Fighting for the Soul of Germany: The Catholic Struggle for Inclusion after Unification.The Journal of Modern History 87, 1 (2015): 226-7.

Todd H. Weir (2015) Secularism and Religion in Nineteenth-Century Germany: The Rise of the Fourth Confession, The Journal of Modern History 88, 1 (2016): 230-2.

Presentations

Invited Presentations

(2003. )Knowledge and Nationalism in Imperial Germany: A Cultural History of the Association of Saint Charles Borromeo, 1890-1914 .German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C.. Level:Honorary

(2007. )Theodicy and John Roth ."Genocide and Religion: Victims, Perpetrators, Bystanders and Resisters," a conference sponsored by the Pepperdine University School of Law and the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Malibu, CA. Level:National

(2010. )Why History Matters: Genocide .Summer Institute on Teaching American History—Becoming Informed Citizens, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI. Level:Regional

(2008. )Lecture as a Fillip to Contemplative Practice .Colloquium on Undergraduate Learning sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA. Level:University

(2010. )Integrating Scientific Knowledge, Cognitive Training, and Virtue Ethics in the Classroom .Liberal Education and America’s Promise Annual Faculty Conference, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Whitewater, WI. Level:University

2015, 2016 How to Decode a Genocide Scenario .The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education, Cincinnati, OH.

(2015. )Inaugural Aquinas Lecture: "The Catholic Theology of Eros" .University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.

(2013. )Keynote Address: "The Stations of the Cross: Their Place in the History of Catholic Piety" .Saint Monica-Saint George Catholic Newman Center, Cincinnati, OH.

(2014. )The History of Lent: Finding God in the Desert .Saint Mary Catholic Church, Cincinnati, OH.

(2014. )Keynote Address: "Teaching and Learning Catholic Studies at a Public Research University .Archdiocesan Catholic Social Action Commission, Cincinnati, OH.

(2013. )Frasatti Lecture: "Catholicism in the Postmodern Age" .Society of Saint Paul, Cincinnati, OH.

(2013. )The History of the Nicene Creed .Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, Cincinnati, OH.

(2013. )Catholic Learning in the 21st Century: Reflections on Truth, Service, and Sanctity .Church of the Incarnation, Centreville, OH.

(2013. )Keynote Address: "Let Them Eat Steak! Some Thoughts on a Catholic Theology of Dining" .Saint Monica-Saint George Newman Club Spring Formal, Cincinnati, OH.

(2016. )"Catholicism and the Secular Research University: Where Do They Meet?" .University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.,

(2017. )Public Lecture, "John Henry Newman's The Dream of Gerontius in Historical Context," Taft Theater, Cincinnati .

(2017. )Keynote Speech, "Succeeding in College and in Life," University Honors Program, University of Cincinnati .

(2017. )Invited Lecture, "This Vale of Tears: Catholic Approaches to Our Suffering," University of Cincinnati Medical Center .

(2017. )Public Lecture, "Suffering and the Human Condition," University of Cincinnati .

(2017. )Public Lecture, "The Myth of Catholic Disdain for Science," Theology on Tap, Archdiocese of Cincinnati .

(2017. )"Religious Liberty in Interfaith Context: Catholicism" .Institute for Religious Liberty, Thomas More College, KY.

(2018. )"Thomas Albert Howard's The Pope and the Professor" .31st Biennial Meeting of the Conference on Faith and History, Calvin College.

(2019. )"The Index of Forbidden Books: Facts and Fantasies in the History of Modern Knowledge" .7th Annual Conway Lecture in Catholic Studies, Cincinnati, OH.

(2018. )"Prayer in the Life of a Catholic Intellectual" .University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH.

(2019. )"The Faith of Composer Sir James MacMillan .The Athenaeum of Ohio Seminary, Cincinnati, OH.

(2019. )"On the Right Relationship of Faith and Culture .Theology on Tap Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.

(2019. )"The Persecution of Catholics during Europe's 'Long Nineteenth Century,' 1789-1914" .The Aquinas Society of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.

(2019. )"The University Honors Program: The Education You Need" .University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.

Colloquium

(2019)."What Is the German History of Knowledge?" . Annual Meeting of the German Studies Association, Portland, OR.

(2019).Faculty Development Workshop: "Teach Students for Lifetime Learning: Honing the Transferrable Skills of a Well-Ordered Mind" . Center for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning; College of Allied Health Sciences; Academic Services Unit, McMicken College of Arts & Sciences, University of Cincinnati.

Paper Presentations

(1997. )Catholic Theology and Intercultural Encounter in the Americas: New Spain and New France at First Contact .Brigham Young University.

(1997. )The Borromaeusverein and Catholic Reading Habits in Imperial Germany .University of Virginia.

(1998. )The Professionalization of French and German Physicians, 1800-1850 .Western Maryland College.

(1999. )The Cultural Contribution of Enrica von Handel-Mazzetti (1871-1955) to Modern Germany .State University of New York-Cortland.

(2000. )Catholic Home Libraries and the Process of Confessional Inculturation in Imperial Germany .Santa Fe, NM.

(2000. )The Index of Forbidden Books and Catholic Nationalism in Wilhelmine Germany .Houston, TX.

(2000. )Catholic Intellectual Culture in Germany, 1800-1914 .University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

(2001. )Tolle, lege: Catholic Reading Habits from Napoleon to 1890 .Georgetown University, Washington, D.C..

(2004. )Ecclesia Impotens? Intellectual and Cultural Discipline in the Catholic Milieu, 1870-1914 .Washington, D.C..

(2005. )The Book History of German Catholics, 1890-1914 .San Diego, CA.

(2005. )Listen to the Laity! German Catholics and Their Book Choices, 1800-1914 .University of California-Davis, Davis, CA.

(2005. )‘Lived Religion’ in German Catholicism, 1870-1914: A Challenge to the Ecclesial Paradigm .Milwaukee, WI.

(2006. )‘Dirty Books’: Women’s Reading and the Limits of Clerical Power in Germany, 1890-1914 .Philadelphia, PA.

(2006. )Bildung and Belonging in the Domestic Sphere: Cultural Consumption in Catholic Homes .University of California-Fullerton, Fullerton, CA.

(2006. )Negotiating Piety: Everyday Belief in a Confessional Age, 1870-1960: A Comment .Pittsburgh, PA.

(2008. )Catholic Reading Circles in Imperial Germany .Washington, D.C..

(2008. )The Everyday Lives of Priests in Imperial Germany .Boston College, Boston, MA.

(2008. )Breaking Free: Reading and Rebellion in Catholic Germany, 1800-1914 .University of London, London, UK.

(2011. )‘Today, I Read Something Very Interesting’: Catholics and Scientific Books in Germany, 1871-1918 .Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C..

(2011. )Confession and Intellectual History, 1815-1870 .Louisville, KY.

(2013. )The Catholic Contribution: Cultivating the Learning Personality .Clare College, Cambridge University (UK).

(2013. )The Popularization of Science in Catholic Germany, 1871-1918 .Boston, MA.

(2014. )German Catholic National and Religious Identity in the Weimar Republic .Cincinnati, OH.

(2014. )The Search for Identity in Nineteenth-Century Catholicism .Kansas City, MO.

(2015. )Nature and Revelation in Catholic Germany, 1855-1914 .Washington, D.C..

(2015. )Comparative Religious History in Hegel's Shadow .Washington, D.C..

(2016. )"Strain: Catholic Reactions to Science in Germany, 1840-1914" .St. Anne's College, University of Oxford, England.

(2016. )"German Catholic Practices and Politics, 1830-1930" .San Diego, CA.

(2018. )Faith, Reason, and Modern Knowledge in Catholic Germany .German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C..

(2019. )"'Many Enemies, Much Glory': Catholic Identity and the Kulturkampf" .Portland, OR.

(2019. )"European Encounters between the Spiritual and the Secular, 1500s-1800s: A Comment" .Louisville, KY.

Event Organized

2010 Program Committee Member, Annual Meeting of the American Catholic Historical Association

2010 Program Committee Member, Annual Meeting of the American Catholic Historical Association San Diego, CA

2013 Catholicism in Latin America Film Festival

2013 Catholicism in Latin America Film Festival University of Cincinnati

2013 Saint Monica-Saint George Lecture in Contemporary Catholicism, Richard Gaillardetz, "Vatican II as an 'Unfinished Building Site'"

2013 Saint Monica-Saint George Lecture in Contemporary Catholicism, Richard Gaillardetz, "Vatican II as an 'Unfinished Building Site'"

2013 Conway Lecture in Catholic Studies, John Connelly, "From Enemy to Brother: The Revolution in Catholic Teaching on the Jews, 1933-1965"

2013 Conway Lecture in Catholic Studies, John Connelly, "From Enemy to Brother: The Revolution in Catholic Teaching on the Jews, 1933-1965"

2014 Saint Monica-Saint George Lecture in Contemporary Catholicism, Miguel Díaz, "Building Bridges: God, Communal Relationships, and the Common Good"

2014 Saint Monica-Saint George Lecture in Contemporary Catholicism, Miguel Díaz, "Building Bridges: God, Communal Relationships, and the Common Good"

2014 Conway Lecture in Catholic Studies, Kevin Appleby, "The Catholic Church and Migration"

2014 Conway Lecture in Catholic Studies, Kevin Appleby, "The Catholic Church and Migration"

2015 Saint Monica-Saint George Lecture in Contemporary Catholicism, Paul Contino, "Dante's Divine Comedy and the Contemporary Pilgrim's Lenten Journey"

2015 Saint Monica-Saint George Lecture in Contemporary Catholicism, Paul Contino, "Dante's Divine Comedy and the Contemporary Pilgrim's Lenten Journey"

2017 Conway Lecture in Catholic Studies, John T. McGreevy, "American Jesuits and the World: The Ellsworth Outrage, 1854"

2017 Conway Lecture in Catholic Studies, John T. McGreevy, "American Jesuits and the World: The Ellsworth Outrage, 1854"

5th Annual Conway Lecture in Catholic Studies, Stephen M. Barr, "Evolution and the Catholic Faith"

5th Annual Conway Lecture in Catholic Studies, Stephen M. Barr, "Evolution and the Catholic Faith" 2018

Workshop Leader, "What Is Transformative Education, Where Does It Come from, and How Can It Function in University Programs?" University Honors Program

Workshop Leader, "What Is Transformative Education, Where Does It Come from, and How Can It Function in University Programs?" University Honors Program 2017

2019 Patrick J. Deneen, "Catholic Democracy as an Antidote to Liberalism: What Newman, Chesterton, and Tocqueville Teach Us Today," 6th Annual Conway Lecture in Catholic Studies

2019 Patrick J. Deneen, "Catholic Democracy as an Antidote to Liberalism: What Newman, Chesterton, and Tocqueville Teach Us Today," 6th Annual Conway Lecture in Catholic Studies Lecture 2019 University of Cincinnati

Honors and Awards

1994 Phi Beta Kappa (sustaining member)

1998 First Prize, Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference, for "The Professionalization of French and German Physicians, 1800-1850"

2001 Hisham Sharabi Graduate Essay Award, Georgetown University, for "The Index of Forbidden Books and Catholic Nationalism in Wilhelmine Germany"

1999 John Tracy Ellis Dissertation Award, American Catholic Historical Association

2003 Fritz Stern Dissertation Prize, German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C., for the best dissertation in modern German history written in a North American doctoral program

2004 Harold N. Glassman Distinguished Dissertation Award, The Graduate School, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., for the best submitted dissertation in the Humanities

2016 Recognition for Excellence in Education of Underrepresented Students, Darwin T. Turner Scholars Program, Office of Ethnic Programs and Services, University of Cincinnati

2016 Excellence in Teaching Award, University Honors Program, University of Cincinnati

2019 Recognition for Excellence in Education of Underrepresented Students, Darwin T. Turner Scholars Program, Office of Ethnic Programs and Services, University of Cincinnati

Positions and Work Experience

2001 -2002 Lecturer in History, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C

2002 -2004 Lecturer in History & Humanities, Christ College, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN

2004 -2008 Assistant Professor of History & Humanities, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA

2008 -2008 Associate Professor of History & Humanities, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA

2009 -2012 Lecturer in Modern European History, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Whitewater, WI

2012 -To Present Assistant Professor of History and Ruth J. and Robert A. Conway Endowed Chair of Catholic Studies, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

2015 -To Present Director, The Catholic Studies Institute at the University of Cincinnati,

- 2016, Affiliate Faculty Member, UC Department of Judaic Studies,

- 2017, Supporting Faculty Member, Ph.D. in Modern Jewish History & Culture, University of Cincinnati/Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion,

2017 -2019 Lead American Scholar, Primary Source Digital Initiative, German History-Intersections, History of Knowledge/Education, German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C.,

Post Graduate Training and Education

2002-2004 Lilly Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Humanities & the Arts, Christ College, Valparaiso University, ,Valparaiso, IN

2001Fellow of the Sixth Annual Summer Institute on the Holocaust & Jewish Civilization, Northwestern University, ,Evanston, IL

2013Fellow of the Annual Seminar for Seminary and Religious Studies Faculty, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, ,Washington, D.C.

2014Seminar participant, "Religion in Germany in the 20th Century: Paradigm Shifts and Changing Methodologies", Annul Meeting of the German Studies Association, Kansas City, MO

2016Seminar participant, "Germany and the Confessional Divide, 1871-1900", Annual Meeting of the German Studies Association, San Diego, CA

Courses Taught