The History faculty is a distinguished crew. Emeriti professors Kathy Roper and Ronald Isetti won "Professor of the Year" awards.  In 2013-2014, the honor went to Professor Myrna Santiago. In 2011, Professor Carl Guarneri won the Faculty Researcher-Scholar Award for his work on United States history, particularly the Civil War.  In 2012, Brother Charles Hilken won the Faculty Service Award for his dedication to our student body and his devotion to the College. In 2013, Professor Gretchen Lemke-Santangelo won the Faculty Researcher-Scholar Award for her work on the history of American women. Congratulations to an outstanding department! 

Katherine Roper  |  Interests  |  Scholarship  |  Service  

Education:

  • Ph.D. History, Stanford UniversityUniversity, Palo Alto, California,, 1968
    Dissertation: Through the Looking Glass of Erich Kästner: Culture and Crisis in Germany (Dissertation Directed by Prof. Gordon A. Craig).
  • M. A. History,, Stanford UniversityStanford University, Palo Alto, California, 1963
  • B. A. summa cum laude History, University of California at Berkeley, 1962

Teaching Experience:

  • Professor of History - Saint Mary's College of California, Moraga, California (1969 - Present)
  • Lecturer in History - San Francisco State College (now University), San Francisco (1968 - 1969)
  • Lecturer in History - San Jose State College (now University), San Jose, California (1966 - 1967)

Awards:

  • Professor of the Year - Saint Mary's College (1998)
  • DeSales Perez Award for Excellence in Teaching Collegiate Seminar - Saint Mary's College (1998)
  • Jean Baptiste De la Salle Award - (1988)
    given annually by the Saint Mary's College Alumni Association "...in recognition for teaching excellence."
  • Phi Beta Kappa - University of California at Berkeley (1961)

Fellowships:

  • Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship - (1966)
  • Fullbright Fellowship - (1965)
    (declined)
  • Woodrow Wilson Fellowship - (1962)

Grants:

  • DAAD Grant - DAAD (1996)
    For Two Months' Research Trip to Germany,
  • National Endowment for Humanities Summer Seminar Stipend - (1994)
  • National Endowment for Humanities Summer Stipend - (1970)
  • DAAD grant for dissertation research - DAAD (1965)

Honor:

  • Visiting Scholar - Berlin Historical Commission (1981)

Presentations:

Selected Presentations

  • Early History of German Studies Assn. Roper, Katherine (paper, panel or forum member, panel or forum chair, moderator, or leader)
    The German Studies Association
    (September 2011)
  • "Dr. Mabuse: Interactions between Screen, Audience, and German Streets". Roper, Katherine
    German Studies Association
    (October 10, 2009)
  • Mobilizing Crowds in Weimar Film and Society. Roper, Katherine
    Conference on New Research and Writing in Modern German History, University of California, Berkeley
    (February 27, 2004)
  • Emil und die Detektive: Lessons for Weimar Germany?. Roper, Katherine
    The Sydney German Studies Symposium 2002: Kästner Debatte: Kritische Positionen zu einem kontroversen Autor, Sydney, Australia
    (July 25, 2002)
  • Confronting the Past: Lessons and Legacies. Roper, Katherine
    Professor-of-the-Year Address, Saint Mary's College
    (April 29, 1999)
  • Film and Memory: Fridericus Phenomena in Weimar Germany. Roper, Katherine
    Colloquium: "Memory Work in Germany", University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
    (December 1998)
  • Fridericus Films in Weimar Culture: The Hero and National Memory. Roper, Katherine
    Conference of the German Studies Association, Salt Lake city, UT
    (October 1998)
  • Looking for the German Revolution in Weimar Films. Roper, Katherine
    Conference of the German Studies Association, Seattle, Washington
    (October 1996)
  • Revolutionary Crowds in Weimar Films. Roper, Katherine
    Ninth Hollins Colloquium on German Film, Hollins College, Roanoke, Virginia
    (March 1996)
  • Moilizations of the Crowd in Films of the Early 1930s. Roper, Katherine
    Annual Conference of the German Studies Association, Chicago, Illinois
    (September 1995)
  • Imagining Germanness: Novels of the Kaiserzeit. Roper, Katherine
    Research Colloquium on German National Identity, 1890-1990 (Sponsored by the DAAD), University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C.
    (May 07, 1992)
  • A Fictional Quest for the Berliner. Roper, Katherine
    Conference of the German Studies Association, Albuquerque, New Mexico
    (October 1986)
  • In Search of the Bohemian: Self-images of Berlin Literati. Roper, Katherine
    Annual Conference, German Studies Association, Washington, D.C.
    (October 1985)
  • The Urban Aristocracy in Novels of Imperial Berlin: A Crisis of Honor and Means. Roper, Katherine
    Annual Conference, German Studies Association, Denver, Colorado
    (October 1984)
  • The Struggle for Existence: Social Criticism in Novels of Imperial Berlin. Roper, Katherine
    Conference of the German Studies Association, Stanford University
    (October 1979)
  • The Portrayal of Women in Novels of Imperial Berlin. Roper, Katherine
    Annual Conference, Western Association of Women Historians
    (April 1979)

Selected Presentations

  • "Dr. Mabuse: Interactions between Screen, Audience, and German Streets". Roper, Katherine
    German Studies Association
    (October 10, 2009)
  • Mobilizing Crowds in Weimar Film and Society. Roper, Katherine
    Conference on New Research and Writing in Modern German History, University of California, Berkeley
    (February 27, 2004)
  • Emil und die Detektive: Lessons for Weimar Germany?. Roper, Katherine
    The Sydney German Studies Symposium 2002: Kästner Debatte: Kritische Positionen zu einem kontroversen Autor, Sydney, Australia
    (July 25, 2002)
  • Confronting the Past: Lessons and Legacies. Roper, Katherine
    Professor-of-the-Year Address, Saint Mary's College
    (April 29, 1999)
  • Film and Memory: Fridericus Phenomena in Weimar Germany. Roper, Katherine
    Colloquium: "Memory Work in Germany", University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
    (December 1998)
  • Fridericus Films in Weimar Culture: The Hero and National Memory. Roper, Katherine
    Conference of the German Studies Association, Salt Lake city, UT
    (October 1998)
  • Looking for the German Revolution in Weimar Films. Roper, Katherine
    Conference of the German Studies Association, Seattle, Washington
    (October 1996)
  • Revolutionary Crowds in Weimar Films. Roper, Katherine
    Ninth Hollins Colloquium on German Film, Hollins College, Roanoke, Virginia
    (March 1996)
  • Moilizations of the Crowd in Films of the Early 1930s. Roper, Katherine
    Annual Conference of the German Studies Association, Chicago, Illinois
    (September 1995)
  • Imagining Germanness: Novels of the Kaiserzeit. Roper, Katherine
    Research Colloquium on German National Identity, 1890-1990 (Sponsored by the DAAD), University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C.
    (May 07, 1992)
  • A Fictional Quest for the Berliner. Roper, Katherine
    Conference of the German Studies Association, Albuquerque, New Mexico
    (October 1986)
  • In Search of the Bohemian: Self-images of Berlin Literati. Roper, Katherine
    Annual Conference, German Studies Association, Washington, D.C.
    (October 1985)
  • The Urban Aristocracy in Novels of Imperial Berlin: A Crisis of Honor and Means. Roper, Katherine
    Annual Conference, German Studies Association, Denver, Colorado
    (October 1984)
  • The Struggle for Existence: Social Criticism in Novels of Imperial Berlin. Roper, Katherine
    Conference of the German Studies Association, Stanford University
    (October 1979)
  • The Portrayal of Women in Novels of Imperial Berlin. Roper, Katherine
    Annual Conference, Western Association of Women Historians
    (April 1979)

Publications:

  • Roper, Katherine. "Fridericus Films in Weimar Culture: The Hero and National Memory." German Studies Review 26.3 (2003)
  • Roper, Katherine. "Emil und die Detektive: Lektionen für die Weimarer Republik?." (2003)
  • Roper, Katherine. "1848 in the Early Novels of Friedrich Spielhagen: The Making of a German Democrat." Studies Review 23.3 (2000)
  • Roper, Katherine. "Looking for the German Revolution in Weimar Films." Central European History 31.1 & 2 (1998)
  • Roper, Katherine. "The Founding Years (Gründerjahre)." Encyclopedia of the History of Modern Germany (1998)
  • Roper, Katherine and Hardin, James. "Friedrich Spielhagen." Nineteenth-Century German Writers, 1841-1900 (1993)
  • Roper, Katherine. "Imagining the German Capital: Berlin Writers in the Two Unification Eras." 1870/71--1989/90: German Unifications and the Change of Literary Discourse (1993)
  • Roper, Katherine. "Karl Gutzkow." Nineteenth-Century German Writers to 1840 (1993)
  • Roper, Katherine. German Encounters with Modernity: Novels of Imperial Berlin. New Jersey: Humanities Press, 1991.
  • Roper, Katherine. "In Search of the German Revolution: Novels of Imperial Berlin." Fact and Fiction: German History and Literature, 1848-1924 (1990)
  • Roper, Katherine. "Articles on Erich Kästner and Erich Maria Remarque." Biographical Dictionary of Modern Peace Leaders (1985)
  • Roper, Katherine. "Conrad Alberti's Kampf ums Dasein: The Writer in Imperial Berlin." German Studies Review 7.1 (1984)
  • Roper, Katherine. "Images of German Youth in Weimar Novels." Journal of Contemporary History 13.3 (1978)
  • Roper, Katherine. Mobilizations of the Crowd in Weimar Film and Society.
  • Roper, Katherine. "Emil und die Detektive as Novel and Film in Weimar Culture."
  • Roper, Katherine. "Book reviews." American Historical Review, Central European History, German Studies Review
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