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Dr. Michael Galgano

Sheldon Hall, Office 225
Office phone: 540-568-3985
MSC 2001
58 Bluestone Drive
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Professor of history


Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Fields and specialties

Europe, Britain since 1500, gender, religion and society, social and economic, methodology, world history

Teaching areas

Research methods, Tudor and Stuart England, Renaissance and Reformation, history of the family

Research interests

Voice and gender; Quaker women; war veterans since 1500

Selected publications

Doing History: Research and Writing in a Digital Age with J. Chris Arndt and Raymond M. Hyser. Thomson/Wadsworth Publishers, 2007, 2012.

Liberal Learning and the History Major. Pamphlet series. Washington, DC: American Historical Association, 2007.

“’The Best of Times’: Teaching Undergraduate Research Methods Using The Great American History Machine and The Valley of the Shadow,” History Computer Review 15:1(Spring 1999), 13-28.

"Infancy and Childhood: The Female Experience in the Restoration Northwest" in The Portrayal of Life Stages in English Literature, 1500-1800: Essays in Honor of Warren Wooden. ed. Jeanie Watson and Philip McM. Pittman. Edwin Mellen Press, 1989.

"Out of the Mainstream: Catholic and Quaker Women in the Restoration Northwest," The World of William Penn. ed. Richard S. and Mary Dunn. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986, 117-137.

Compiled with introductory preface, Appalachian Oral History Collection of Marshall University, Part I. Glen Rock, NJ: Microfilming Corporation of America, 1979, 125 interviews, 2 reels.

"Iron-Mining in Restoration Furness: The Case of Sir Thomas Preston," Recusant History, 13 (April 1976), 212-218.

"Negotiations for a Nun's Dowry: Restoration Letters of Mary Caryll, O.S.B. and Ann Clifton, O.S.B.," American Benedictine Review, 24 (September 1973), 278-298.

Contributed essays to: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Reader’s Guide to British History, Biographical Dictionary of British Radicals in the Seventeenth Century, Biographical Dictionary of Modern British Radicals.


History Department Unit Head 1984-2013

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Board of Directors, 2002-2008 (Secretary/Treasurer, 2006-2008)
OAH, editor, Council of Chairs Newsletter 1987-1997
Co-Chair, AHA Program Committee, 1996-1997
Advisory Board, The Department Chair: A Newsletter for Academic Administrators, 1990-
Co-Chair, AHA online newsletter for Chairs, 2000- 2006
AHA, Roy Rosenzweig Prize Committee (Technology in History), 2009- Faculty Advisor, JMU Chapter Phi Alpha Theta, 2011-
AHA, Tuning Project, 2012-2014