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Jessica Clark, PhD Candidate

Jessica Clark, Coordinator

Clark earned her Bachelor of Arts from Central Washington University in History Broad Area: Secondary Education in 2002. In December 2004, she graduated with her Master of Arts in Modern European History from North Dakota State University (NDSU). Her thesis research focused on Modern Germany, while incorporating social history, educational history, collective memory, and oral history. A copy of her thesis - "Holocaust Education and Collective Memory in West Germany, 1945-1970" - is available at NDSU's library. As the Germans from Russia History Doctoral Fellow, Clark is coordinating the Dakota Memories Oral History Project - a project that she and Michael M. Miller (Director and Bibliographer of the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection) created in January 2005, in collaboration with Dr. Tom Isern (NDSU Professor of History). Clark is using the narratives from this project in her doctoral dissertation on growing up German-Russian on the Northern Plains. Her research areas include Rural History, North American History, and Western European History. Within each research area, she is especially interested in family history, childhood history, memory, and oral history.

- CURRICULUM VITA -
Jessica Clark, PhD Candidate

North Dakota State University
Jessica.Clark@ndsu.edu or 701-866-8365

Revised: 19 September 2008

Education

PhD: Rural History, North Dakota State University (University of North Dakota), anticipated completion date: May 2010

MA: Modern European History, North Dakota State University, 2004 (Thesis, “Holocaust Education and Collective Memory in West Germany, 1945-1970”)

BA: History Broad Area: Secondary Education, Central Washington University, 2002

Dissertation

Reconstructing Identity through Oral Histories: Germans from Russia on the Northern Plains (working title)

Fields

Rural History, North American History, and Western European History
(Social History, Family & Childhood history, and Oral History)

Teaching Experience

Adjunct Faculty, North Dakota State College of Science, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2007-

  • US History to 1877
  • US History since 1877
  • Western Civilization to 1500
  • Western Civilization since 1500
  • North Dakota History

Discussion Leader, Fargo/Moorhead CommUniversity, 2006

  • Great Books of the Great Plains, 2006: Childhood on the Prairies

Teaching Assistant, Department of History, North Dakota State University, 2002 – 2004

  • Western Civilization to 1500
  • Western Civilization since 1500

Paper Presentations & Panels

The German-Russian Story: Reconstructing Identity through Oral Histories, Organization of American Historians, Seattle, Washington (forthcoming – March 2009)

‘Beauty on the Plains’: Germans from Russia Remember Growing up on the Northern Plains, Northern Great Plains History Conference, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada (forthcoming- October 2008)

‘Hope for Tomorrow’: Holiday Traditions Shape German-Russian Identity, Western Social Science Association Conference, Denver, Colorado, April 2008

The Germans from Russia in Saskatchewan: An Oral History (co-presented with Tom Isern), Western Social Science Association Conference, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, April 2007

‘More than a Photo’: Germans from Russia Reflect upon Their Grandparents, Oral History Association Annual Meeting, Little Rock, AK, October 2006

Gather ’round the Table: Inaugural Rural Studies Book Discussion, featuring Pamela Riney-Kehrberg’s Childhood on the Farm: Work Play, and the Coming of Age in the Midwest, Western Social Science Association Conference, Phoenix, AZ, 2006

‘Captain May I Take One Elephant Step’: German-Russian Childhood Fun, Western Social Science Association Conference, Phoenix, AZ, 2006

Shaping Memories: West Germany’s Holocaust Education, 1945-1970, Northern Great Plains History Conference, Eau Claire, WI, 2005

A History Overlooked by Academic Historians: Germans from Russia on the Northern Plains, 37th Annual Dakota Conference, Sioux Falls, SD, 2005

Rebuilding a Nation from the Bottom-up: West Germany’s Educational Structure, 1945-1970, Northern Great Plains History Conference, Fargo, ND, 2002

Invited Lectures

‘Hope for Tomorrow’: Holiday Traditions Shape German-Russian Identity, North Dakota State University History Department Colloquium, Fargo, North Dakota, March 2008

Childhood Memories: Growing Up German Russian on the Northern Plains, Phi Alpha Theta Lecture Series, Chadron State College, Chadron, Nebraska, 2006

Growing Up German Russian on the Northern Plains, Guest Lecture, Dr. Mark Harvey’s American West Since 1850, North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota, 2006

 My Adventures in South Central North Dakota: Visiting with Germans from Russia, Dakota Memories Oral History Project Public Forums, Wishek and Gackle, ND, 2005

Publications

“The German-Russian Christmas: Oral Histories from the Northern Plains.”  The Heritage Review 37 (December 2007): 8-9, 30, 44.

Review of Hard Passage: A Mennonite Family’s Long Journey from Russia to Canada by Arthur Kroeger.  Oral History Review (Summer/Fall 2007): 145-47.

“Oral History News – USA.”  Oral History (Fall 2006).

Review of The John Deere Story:  A Biography of Plowmakers John & Charles Deere, by Neil Dahlstrom and Jeremy Dahlstrom. Great Plains Newsletter 27 (September 2006): 2.

Other Professional Experience

Coordinator, Dakota Memories Oral History Project, 2005 –

Research Historian & Commentator, “A Holiday Special: German-Russian Childhood Memories” a radio series produced by the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection and Prairie Public Radio, forthcoming

Research Historian, “Growing Up German-Russian: A Radio Series, Part II,” a radio series produced by the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection and Prairie Public Radio, 2008

Research Historian, “Voices from the Heartland,” a radio series produced by the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection and Prairie Public Radio, funded by the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, 2007

Research Historian, “Growing Up German-Russian: A Radio Series,” a radio series produced by the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection and Prairie Public Radio, funded by the North Dakota Humanities Council, 2006-07

Research Historian, “Germans from Russia on the Canadian Prairies,” an archival and oral history research project funded by the Faculty Enrichment Program, Canadian Embassy, 2006

Research Historian, “Germans from Russia Oral History Project Public Forums,”  funded by a North Dakota Humanities Council Grant, 2005

Research Historian, “Germans from Russia Oral History Project,” funded by a North Dakota State University Development Foundation Grant, 2005

Research Assistant, Institute for Regional Studies, North Dakota State University, 2004

Program Designer and Liaison, Northern Great Plains History Conference, 2003

Fellowships, Awards, & Honors

Fellowships:

  • Germans from Russia History Doctoral Fellowship, Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, North Dakota State University Libraries, 2006-
  • Theresa Mack Germans from Russia History Fellowship, Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, North Dakota State University Libraries, 2005-06

Awards:

  • Non-Faculty Travel Award, Sponsored Programs, North Dakota State University, 2006
  • Alpha Iota Psi (Phi Alpha Theta) Outstanding Service Award, 2006
  • Phi Alpha Theta Award for Conspicuous Attainments and Scholarship in the field of History, 2003
  • Central Washington University Outstanding Student Teacher Award, 2002

Honors:

  • Phi Alpha Theta Honor Cord, 2004
  • Central Washington University Cultural Awareness Honor Cord, 2002

Other Qualifications

Certificates:

  • Human Participants Protection Education for Research Teams, National Institutes of Health, North Dakota State University’s Institutional Review Board, 2004, 2008
  • State of Washington, Professional Education Certificate (399631A, Endorsements:  Social Studies and History), 2002

Languages:

  • German:  2-year college proficiency
  • Spanish:  working knowledge

Technology:

  • Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Operating Systems: Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP
  • Adobe Premiere, Photoshop, & Professional
  • Blackboard & E-College
  • Dreamweaver
  • Wavepad
  • WinDV
  • Sony Video Camera and Microphones
  • Scanners

Memberships:

  • American Historical Association
  • Organization of American Historians
  • Oral History Association
  • Phi Alpha Theta
  • Society for the History of Children and Youth
  • Western Historical Quarterly
  • Western Social Science Association

Service:

  • Graduate Representative, Social Studies Search Committee, North Dakota State University, Department of Education and Department of History, 2007-08
  • Graduate Representative, Department Head / Professor Modern European Historian Search Committee, North Dakota State University, Department of History, 2006 – 07
  • Special Collections Associate Search Committee, North Dakota State University, Library, Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, 2007
  • Alpha-Iota-Psi Chapter (North Dakota State University), Phi Alpha Theta and History Club: President, 2005 – 06; Treasurer, 2003 – 04
  • History Day: Judge, North Dakota State, 2004; Assistant, Roosevelt Elementary School, 2003-04; Judge, Fargo Region, North Dakota State University, 2003-04; Judge, Discovery High School, 2004; Volunteer, Central Washington University, 2000-01

Telephone

Cell: 701-866-8365; NDSU: 701-231- 8419; NDSCS:701-671-2951           

E-Mail

Jessica.Clark@ndsu.edu or Jessica.Clark@ndscs.edu

Mail

NDSU Address: North Dakota State University Libraries, Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, Library 118G, Fargo, ND 58105

NDSCS Address: North Dakota State College of Science, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Wahpeton, ND 58076

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