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James Risk
Lexington, SC
james dot r dot risk at gmail dot com

Education:

Ph.D. – History                                                                                                        Expected 2016
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

MA – Historical Studies                                                                                                         2011
University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD

BA – History                                                                                                                           2008
Fairmont State University, Fairmont, WV
Summa Cum Laude

Current Research:

The Fresnel Lighthouse Lens in America
• Why did it take the United States 30 years to import the French-made Fresnel lens? Why couldn’t American glassmakers manufacture their own Fresnel lens? How did the Fresnel lens evolve into a technology for theatre productions and transportation safety? These questions explore knowledge transfer across geographical, legal, and political boundaries and distinct, and sometimes unrelated, fields of expertise.

Publications – Articles:

Risk, James. “Captured in Film: The Civil War as Seen through a Camera’s Lens”       2010
MdHS News, Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, MD

Risk, James. “The Pacific Theater of Naval Warfare in the Mexican-American War”     2009
The California State Military Museum, Sacramento, CA

Publications – Book Reviews:

Risk, James. “The Telegraph in America, 1832 – 1920 by David Hochfelder”                       2014
Maryland Historical Magazine

Risk, James. “A Short Bright Flash by Theresa Levitt”                               2013
Sea History

Risk, James. “Measure of the Earth by Larrie D. Ferriero”                               January 2013
The Northern Mariner / Le marin du nord

Risk, James. “Darwin’s Sacred Cause by Adrian Desmond and James Moore”             2012
Tuckasegee Valley Historical Review

Publications – Conference Presentations:

Risk, James. “Lemuel Moody and the Portland Observatory: A Case Study in Knowledge Production and
Transfer in the Early American Republic”                                                              2013
Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) Annual Meeting, Portland, ME

Risk, James. “Lemuel Moody and the Portland Observatory: A Case Study in Knowledge Transfer”   2013
Greater Portland Landmarks, Inc., Portland, ME

Risk, James. “Marine Observatories: Maritime Communications in the Antebellum”      2011
Public History of Science and Technology Conference, Columbia, SC

Risk, James. “Ship to Shore: Infrastructure and the Growth of American Seaports, 1790-1850”                                                                                                                                             2011
North American Society for Oceanic History (NASOH) Annual Conference, Norfolk, VA

Work Experience:

Graduate Teaching Assistant                                                                               2011-2013
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

Responsibilities include lecturing, leading discussion groups, grading essays and exams, and advising students
• HIST 108 History of Science & Technology – Fall 2011
• HIST 109 Latin American History – Spring 2012
• HIST 102 Western Civilization Since 1700 – Fall 2012
• HIST 111 U.S. History to 1865 – Spring 2013
• HIST 112 U.S. History since 1865 – Fall 2013
• HIST 108 History of Science & Technology – Spring 2014

Graduate Intern                                                                                                       2012
Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library, University of South Carolina Libraries

• Catalogued the papers of Richard Lemay, a leading scholar in medieval and Arabic philosophy and science who particularly focused on translating and studying the translations of twelfth century Arabic texts.
• Catalogued the papers of Robert B. Arial, a local amateur astronomer and telescope historian.

Graduate Teaching Assistant                                                                                         2010-2011
University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), Baltimore, MD

Responsibilities similar to those at the University of South Carolina
• HIST 201 Introduction to Historical Methods – Fall 2010
• HIST 304 United States and the Vietnam War – Spring 2011

Orientation Advisor                                                                                                         2010-2011
University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), Baltimore, MD
Assisted new students with scheduling of classes and provided information on campus resources

Graduate Intern                                                                                                               2010-2011
Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, MD

Updated existing finding aid and catalogued the society’s Civil War photograph collection

Related Community Service:

Researcher / Archivist                                                                                                           2009
Sandy Spring Museum, Sandy Spring, MD
Catalogued and researched museum’s farm implements collection

Researcher / Exhibit Designer                                                                                                 2007
Snodgrass One Room School, Fairmont, WV
Researched and designed layout for schoolhouse exhibit

Researcher  / Plotter                                                                                                              1984
White Lick Cemetery, Mooresville, IN
Plotted cemetery for local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and American Legion Posts for flag placement on veterans’ graves

Awards and Honors:

USC Graduate Student Association Travel Grant ($500) 2013
UMBC Graduate Student Association Research Grant ($500) 2011
UMBC Graduate Student Association Research Grant ($1000) 2010
Phi Alpha Theta, Fairmont State University 2008
Pi Gamma Mu, Fairmont State University 2007
President’s List, Fairmont State University 2005
Phi Theta Kappa, Fairmont State University 2004
Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America 1984

Memberships:
Maryland Historical Society (MdHS)
National Maritime Historical Society (NMHS)
North American Society for Oceanic History (NASOH)
Society for the History of Technology (SHOT)

Languages:

English – native language
Spanish – read and write with basic competence
German – knowledgeable of language

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