NJSAA Events


Join the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance remotely on Thursday, October 21st. Our business meeting will begin at 3 pm, followed by presentations at 4:15 pm from our recent award winners.

Register in advance to receive the zoom link: https://tinyurl.com/2e64u8sa.

Award winners presenting on their work (live and via pre-recorded remarks) are as follows:

NJSAA Teaching Awards:

Elementary – Michael Ryan, Cliffside Park School #3 & #4

College - Jimmy Sweet, Rutgers University (American Studies)

Archives - Christie Lutz and Caryn Radick, Rutgers University Libraries Special Collections and University Archives

NJSAA McDonough Librarianship Award: Dr. Fernanda Perrone, Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University

NJSAA Maxine Lurie Distinguished Service Award: Richard Waldron

See more about our recent award winners, and NJSAA generally, at: https://sites.google.com/site/njstudiesacademicalliance/

Lecture - Vagrants and Vagabonds - Kristin O’Brassill-Kulfan


Join the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance remotely for a special evening lecture on Tuesday, November 9th at 7pm. We welcome Rutgers University professor Kristin O’Brassill-Kulfan who will discuss her book, "Vagrants and Vagabonds: Poverty and Mobility in the Early American Republic" (New York University Press, 2019).

Please register for the meeting in advance: https://rutgers.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJckd-mvqDMpH9zkIBpH7Syhx-Q-49eTQf8I

In early America, poor migrants – consisting of everyone from work-seekers, unhoused people, and runaway enslaved people – populated the roads, streets, and public markets. Poor migrants, the laws designed to curtail their movements, and the people charged with managing them, were central to shaping the role of the state, contemporary conceptions of community, class and labor status, the spread of disease, and punishment. This lecture will explore the subsistence activities of people experiencing poverty and homelessness in this period and the ways in which local and state authorities criminalized their efforts to survive.

Kristin O’Brassill-Kulfan is Assistant Teaching Professor and Coordinator of Public History in the History Department at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. She is co-chairing the New Jersey Historical Commission’s Advisory Council on the state’s semi-quincentennial commemoration, and recently received the Commission’s Award of Recognition for Outstanding Service to Public Knowledge and Preservation of the History of New Jersey.

Please register for the meeting in advance: https://rutgers.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJckd-mvqDMpH9zkIBpH7Syhx-Q-49eTQf8I

If you are working in New Jersey studies and would like to present your current research, please contact program coordinator Laura Poll at lmpoll84@gmail.com.

Past Lectures

  • Dr. David Blake, Department of English at The College of New Jersey, "Liking Ike: Eisenhower, Advertising, and the Rise of Celebrity Politics"

  • Gordon Bond, author, “My Patron: The Friendship of James Parker and Benjamin Franklin”

  • Carla Cielo, historic preservation consultant, "Domestic Outbuildings of Northwest Central New Jersey”

  • John Delaney, Princeton University Library, “Nova Caesarea: A Cartographic Record of the Garden State, 1666-1888”

  • Eleonora Dubicki, reference and instruction librarian at Monmouth University, "Carnegie Libraries in New Jersey, 1900-1923" (co-hosted with the Union County Cultural & Heritage Commission)

  • Frank J. Esposito & Donald Lokuta, authors, "Victorian New Jersey - Photographs by Guillermo Thorn from the Kean University Collection"

  • Brad Fay, filmmaker and board president of the Millstone Valley Preservation Coalition, "Farming in the Millstone Valley"

  • John Fea, Messiah College, “Philip Vickers Fithian: An 18th Century Jersey Boy”

  • Raymond Frey, Centenary College, “The History of Centenary College in Hackettstown”

  • Catherine Hudak, educator at Morris Hills Regional District, "The Ladies of Trenton: Women's Political and Public Activism in Revolutionary New Jersey" (co-hosted with the Alice Paul Institute)

  • William Kroth, president of the Sterling Hill Mine Museum in Sussex County, "Great Zinc Mines of Sussex County"

  • Maxine N. Lurie, Seton Hall University, "17th Century New Jersey"

  • Maxine H. Lurie & Richard Veit, authors, "Envisioning New Jersey: An Illustrative History of the Garden State" (co-sponsored with the Trenton Free Public Library)

  • Bill Marsh, Monmouth University, “Why Lincoln Lost New Jersey Twice”

  • Robert McGreevey, The College of New Jersey, "Trenton's Early Civil Rights Activists" (co-hosted with the Trenton Free Public Library) and "Borderline Citizens: The U.S., Puerto Rico, and the Politics of Colonial Migration"

  • Lucia McMahon, William Paterson University, “Mere Equals: The Paradox of Educated Women in the Early American Republic”

  • Sandra Moss, M.D., past-president of the Medical History Society of New Jersey and the American Osler Society, "1916 Polio Epidemic"

  • Phillip Papas, Union County College, "Renegade Revolutionary: The Life of General Charles Lee”

  • Joanne Hamilton Rajoppi, author and former journalist, "Northern Women in the Aftermath of the Civil War" (co-hosted with the Monmouth County Library Headquarters) and “The Brunswick Boys in the Great Rebellion”

  • Brian Regal, Kean University, "The Jersey Devil: The Real Story"

  • Gary Saretzky, Monmouth County Archives, "Photographers of Middlesex County" and “New Jersey’s Civil War Photographers”

  • Jean Soderlund, Lehigh University, "The Lenape Indians and Colonial West Jersey"

  • Bob Vietrogoski, Rutgers University’s George F. Smith Library of the Health Sciences, “How New Jersey’s Governors Created the State Medical Education System”