Arnold selected as Iowa Campus Compact Engaged Scholar Research Fellow

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Secretary of the College
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2017-06-27 07:41:54 - General

Brie Swenson Arnold
Brie Swenson Arnold,
Associate Professor of History

Coe College Associate Professor of History Brie Swenson Arnold is one of three Iowa college and university faculty members who have been selected as Iowa Campus Compact 2017-18 Engaged Scholar Research Fellows. This marks the first year of the program, which builds on previous faculty fellowships with an added emphasis on the production of scholarship that moves higher education community engagement and the service-learning field forward. Each scholar will receive support for completing and publishing their research.

Arnold focuses her teaching and research on early America, the Civil War, African American history, women’s and gender history, and public history. She collaborates with students, museums, schools and other partners to promote public understanding of the past. Recent projects include a walking tour developed with Coe students and the African American Museum of Iowa (AAMI), and a historical markers project with Coe, the AAMI, the city of Cedar Rapids and others. Arnold’s research will focus on her work incorporating service-learning projects of different scope and focus into history courses.

The Engaged Scholar Research Fellows will attend the 2017 Pen to Paper, a writing retreat focused on writing with, for and about service and engagement. This event is an academic writing retreat designed to provide time, space and resources to guide faculty, professional staff, graduate students and community partners working on (or planning for) journal manuscripts related to service- and community-engagement.

Iowa Campus Compact (IACC) is a statewide association of college and university presidents providing leadership for the civic mission of higher education. Iowa Campus Compact strengthens the capacity of member colleges and universities to prepare all students to become engaged citizens. 

Other recent scholarly recognition received by Professor Arnold

Over the past few years, Arnold has received other recognition for her scholarly research. In 2016, she won the 2016 Mildred Throne - Charles Aldrich Award presented by the State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI) Board of Trustees. The annual award recognizes the author of the most significant article on Iowa history published in a professional history journal during the previous calendar year. Arnold's work was entitled "An Opportunity to Challenge the 'Color Line': Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Women's Labor Activism in Late Nineteenth-Century Cedar Rapids, Iowa." The article was published in The Annals of Iowa, Volume 74 (Spring 2015) by the State Historical Society of Iowa.

The Midwestern History Association recognized Arnold as the winner of its annual Dr. Dorothy Schwieder Prize for the best article authored on a Midwestern history topic during 2015 for the same scholarly piece.

In addition, Arnold received the 2016 Langsdorf Award of Excellence from the Kansas Historical Foundation for an article that was "judged to the be most superior considering construction, evidence of research, and contribution to the advancement of knowledge." Published in Kansas History:  A Journal of the Central Plains (Volume 38, Spring 2015), the piece was entitled "'To Inflame the Mind of the North': Slavery Politics and the Sexualized Violence of Bleeding Kansas." 

Finally, Arnold was recognized with the Award of Excellence for the best scholarly paper at a symposium on the 19th Century Press, the Civil War, and Free Expression. The paper was entitled, "James Buchanan, Doughface Democrats, and Manliness in Northern Print and Political Culture."