Dr. Denise Holladay Damico | Saint Francis University
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Dr. Denise Holladay Damico

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    Position: Department Chair, Associate Professor of History

    Department: History and Political Science, Environmental Studies, Francis Worldwide

    Office: Scotus 315

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    About Dr. Denise Holladay Damico


    • Ph.D., American History, Brandeis University (2008)
    • M.A., American History, Brandeis University (2006)
    • B.A., University of Colorado at Boulder (1999)


    Dr. Damico studies and teaches American history, focusing on environmental history and the history of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands.  Her dissertation studied water conflict in nineteenth-century New Mexico.  Since coming to Saint Francis University in 2009, she has expanded her research to include local issues, such as the ramifications of the famous Johnstown flood of 1889.  She is currently researching and writing a manuscript on the social, cultural, and environmental history of the margarita.  Her publications include "The Cebolleta Land Grant: Multicultural Contention and Cooperation," Natural Resources Journal, Fall 2008, and "Should the Liberal Arts Resist Marketability?" available at https://societyforvalues.wordpress.com/2017/02/28/should-the-liberal-arts-resist-marketability/ .


      • Teaching
      • Professional Experiences
      • Research Interests
      • Publications
      • Grants Received
      • Service

      Courses Taught

      • Hist 103: U.S. History to 1877
      • Hist 104: U.S. History, 1877 to the present
      • Hist 202: Gender in U.S. History
      • Hist 210: African American History
      • Hist 259: U.S. Environmental History
      • Hist 336: Selected Topics in Latin American History
      • Hist 405: Disaster!  Environmental and Social Crises in World History
      • History 406: Water Power: Water Control, Race, and Class in U.S. History
      • Hist 410: Toil and Trouble: Witchcraft and Magic in Transatlantic Context
      • Hist 495: Water Power: Water Control, Race, and Class in U.S. History
      • Hist 201: Historian’s Craft
      • Hist 499: History Capstone
      • Core 113: Myth, Film, Race and American History
      • Core 113: Water Wars: Power, Technology, and Violence (co-taught with Dr. William Strosnider, Environmental Engineering)

      Professional Experiences

      Saint Francis University, Loretto, PA 

      • Associate Professor of History and Environmental Studies, 2015-present
      • Assistant Professor of History, 2010-2015
      • Visiting Assistant Professor of History, 2009-2010 

      Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA, Visiting Assistant Professor of History, 2008-2009 

      Central New Mexico Community College, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Instructor of History, 2006-2008

      Research Interests
      • History of the United States and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands
      •  Sustainability and interdisciplinary pedagogy
      •  Environmental history
      •  Water history
      • History of production and consumption of the margarita

      Grants Received
      • Funded participant in National Endowment of the Humanities Summer Institute, “Rethinking the Land Ethic: Sustainability and the Humanities,” Summer 2011
      • Research Fellowship, Office of the State Historian Scholar's Program, Fall 2005
      • Brandeis University Crown Fellowship in American History, 2001-2005
      • Research Grant, University of Colorado Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, Spring 1999


      Service in the Academic Community

      Member of Editorial Board of Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal(http://www.psupress.org/Journals/jnls_Soundings.html), 2017-present 

      Service at Saint Francis University

      • Chair, History and Political Science Department, Fall 2017-
      • Interim Chair, History and Political Science Department, Fall 2016
      • Faculty Senate, Fall 2014-Present
      • Faculty Senate Vice President, Academic Year 2015-2016
      • Faculty Salary and Benefits Committee, Fall 2014-Summer 2015
      • Speaker Policy Ad Hoc Committee, Summer 2015
      • “Francis the Builder” Working Group, Middle States Self Study, 2013-Present
      • Chair, Committee on Resources, Academic and Library, 2010-2015
      • Faculty Athletics Mentor, Women’s Water Polo, 2016-2017
      • Co-advisor to History Club, 2009 – present
      • Advisor, Delta Phi Epsilon social sorority, 2012 – 2016

      Service within the wider community

      Member of Cambria County Historical Society Board of Trustees, 2012-Present