Alumni News

September 2012

Bruce C. Daniels, A.B. (1964), Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas at San Antonio, has had a new book released, The Nation of New England: The Country the Puritans Built (New York, 2012). This follows his earlier book, Puritans at Play: Leisure and Recreation in Colonial New England (New York, 2006). In between these two analyses of Puritanism, Daniels wrote Living with Stalin’s Ghost: A Fulbright Memoir of Life in Moscow and the New Russia (New Haven, 2008). 

Paul Finkelman (1971) was named the John Hope Franklin Visiting Professor of American Legal History at Duke University School of Law for the fall, 2012 semester. In the spring he will return to Albany Law School, where he is the President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy. 

This past summer he gave lectures on human rights and the bill of rights at Peking University and the China University for Political Science and Law.

His most recent books include:

Congress and the Crisis of the 1850’s. Co-edited with Donald R. Kennon. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2012.
Millard Fillmore. New York, NY: Times Books, 2011. 


In the Shadow of Freedom: The Politics of Slavery in the National Capital. Co-edited with Donald R. Kennon. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2011.

Paul can be reached at

Mitch Messinger (1992) is a Publicity Director at the ABC Entertainment Group currently working on campaigns for a variety of shows on the alphabet network. These shows include "The Neighbors," "Body of Proof," "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "Secret Millionaire," and the "Bachelor/Bachelorette" franchise.

Lance Warren (2004) presently directs online courses, multimedia initiatives, and Teaching American History Grants at the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.  Earlier this year for Gilder Lehrman, he completed a video series titled Essential Questions in American History—a intriguing bunch of 1-2 minute videos with historians answering fundamental questions about our national past.  

This follows his considerable engagement with documentary filmmaking over the past couple of years, including his first documentary short, "That World is Gone: Race and Displacement in a Southern Town."  It premiered at the 2010 Virginia Film Festival and received the Audience Award for Best Short Documentary.