James Oberly

Jim Oberly
Titles
  • Professor of history
  • Professor
  • Interim Department Chair
Departments
  • History
  • American Indian Studies
Contact
Office Locations

Teaching Interests
  • American Indian Studies 101, Introduction to American Indian Studies: History and Sovereignty
  • History 114, US History to 1877
  • History 125, World History since 1500
  • American Indian Studies 291, The Water Protectors of Wisconsin
  • History 327, Central European Travel Seminar (summer foreign-immersion experience with students in Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovak Republic, and Poland) History
  • 336/536, Sectionalism, Civil War, and Reconstruction
  • American Indian Studies 369/569 / History 369/569Wisconsin Indian History
  • History 288-489 (seminar sequence in the History major)
  • History 691, Special Topics (course used for Constructing Liberty teachers seeking graduate credit)
  • History 705, Studies in History for Teachers (online classes offered semi-annually for teachers seeking licensure in Wisconsin and needing instruction in Wisconsin Indian history, culture, and tribal sovereignty)
  • History 711, Readings in US History (seminar sequence offered for masters level students)
Responsibilities
  • GRANTS UWEC PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR OR DEPUTY PI 
  • The Mohican People: Their Lands and Their Lives, Wisconsin Improvement of Teaching Quality, 2009-2010;renewed 2010-2011. $185,000
  • Constructing and Reconstructing Liberty, Teaching American History, US Department of Education, 2009-2013. $1,650,000.
  • Budapest Blackout: Making Digital the Wartime Diaries of Dr. Madi Maria, Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies, 2018 (submitted, awaiting decision), $15,000
Research and Creative Activities
  • "'Budapest Blackout':  The Wartime Diaries of Dr. Madi Maria," faculty-student collaborative research project funded by UWEC Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
  • "The 1941 Budapest Census," faculty-student collaborative research project funded by UWEC Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
  • "Building Excellence: the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 1916-2016," sponsored research by UWEC Foundation
  • "History of Allotment and Taxation on the Bad River Indian Reservation, sponsored research by Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
  • "History of Allotment and Taxation on the Red Cliff Indian Reservation, sponsored research by Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
  • "History of Allotment and Taxation on the Oneida Indian Reservation," sponsored research by the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin
  • "History of Allotment and Taxation on the Stockbridge-Munsee Indian Reservation," sponsored research by the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians
Education
  • Ph.D., University of Rochester (History) 
  • M.A., University of Rochester (History) 
  • B.A., Columbia University
Certification
  • (Certificate), University of Debrecen, 2008-13. 
  • Hungarian Language Study. 
Published Research
  • From a Multiethnic Empire to the Nation of Nations: Emigrants from Austria-Hungary to the US, 1880-1930, with Annemarie Steidl and Wladimir Fischer (Innsbruck: StudienVerlag Publishers, 2017).
  • "Love at First Sight and an Arrangement for Life: Investigating and Interpreting a 1910 Hungarian Migrant Marriage.” Journal of Austrian-American History 1, no. 1 (2017): 69-97.
  • Building Excellence: The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire,1916-2016, with Robert J.Gough (Virginia Beach: Donning Publishers, 2016). '
  • "Julius Drachsler's Intermarriage in New York City: A Study in Historical Replication," Historical Methods: A Journal of Quantitative and Interdisciplinary History, 47,No. 2 (2014): 95-111.
  • "Amerikai magyar bevándorlók szerelmi történetének (1910) értelmezése,” AETAS 29, no. 2 (2014): 165-175.
  • A Nation of Statesmen: The Political Culture of the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohicans, 1815 -1972 (Norman, University of Oklahoma Press, 2005)
  • Sixty Million Acres:  American Veterans and the Public Lands before the Civil War (Kent: Kent State University Press, 1990
Honors and Recognitions
  • Laszlo Országh Chair in American Studies, Hungarian-American Fulbright Foundation, 2013, hosted by Károli Gáspár Református Egyetem, Budapest
  • Visiting Scholar, Columbia University Population Center, 2012
  • University of Wisconsin System Sabbatical Leave, 2012-13
  • Visiting Scholar, Center for Austrian Studies, Immigration History Research Center, and Minnesota Population Center, University of Minnesota, 2010-2012
  • Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, University of Michigan, Visiting Summer Instructor, 2002-2008
  • Newberry Library, Visiting Researcher, 2002
  • University of Wisconsin System Sabbatical Leave, 2002
  • University of Wisconsin Regents Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1997
Professional Memberships
  • American Historical Association, 1976--
  • Hungarian American Studies Association, 2010--
  • Organization of American Historians, 1983--; Elected to Executive Committee, 2015-18
  • Social Science History Association, 1986--