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Alumni News is based on input from PhD or BA graduates who contact the department, or stay in touch. The information below is updated once a year during the summer. last updated June 18, 2019

Clay Bailey (PhD, 1999) is the History Department chair at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Tennessee and teaches United States history. He also serves on the Metro Historical Commission and will begin as its chair in September 2019.

Caree Banton (PhD, 2013) Assistant Professor of History and African and African American studies at the University of Arkansas, has received the 2016 Lapidus Center Fellowship. She will use the fellowship to write and research her forthcoming book, More Auspicious Shores: Post-Emancipation Barbadian Emigrants in Pursuit of Freedom, Citizenship, and Nationhood in Liberia, 1834-1912.  Caree discusses her project on a podcast at the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery. Also, the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas has selected Banton for the 2015 OMNI Center for Peace, Justice and Ecology endowed Faculty Award.

Nicholas M. Beasley (PhD, 2006) The Reverend Nicholas Beasley is Rector of the Church of the Resurrection Episcopal, in Greenwood, South Carolina. His book, Christian Ritual and the Creation of British Slave Societies 1650-1780, was published by the University of Georgia Press in 2009. More recently, he has published book reviews in Anglican and Episcopal History and Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art and Belief. Dr. Beasley taught history courses in the European Studies summer program at University of the South in 2008 and 2009.

Eugene Berger (PhD, 2006) is Associate Professor of Latin American History and Co-Coordinator of the Latin American Studies Certificate program at Georgia Gwinnett College.  His current research involves the 17th century Mapuche diaspora in La Serena and Lima.

Paul H. Bergeron (PhD, 1965) is Professor of History, Emeritus at the University of Tennessee. His latest book, Andrew Johnson's Civil War and Reconstruction , was published by the University of Tennessee Press in 2011.

Stephen Berry (B.A., 1992) is Associate Professor of History at Simmons College, Massachusetts. His first book, A Path in the Mighty Waters: Shipboard Life and Atlantic Crossings to the New World, has been published by Yale University Press, 2015.

Michael Boden (PhD, 2010) Lieutenant Colonel, US Army (Retired) is currently an Assistant Professor of History at Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, New York.  He also teaches courses on Leadership and Warfare Studies for the Air War College’s Masters Program.  He works extensively with Veteran groups on his campus and in the Hudson Valley, and is a career mentor with the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Tim Boyd (PhD, 2007) is the Academic Dean at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Tennessee and teaches 11th and 12th grade history classes. Dr. Boyd's book, Georgia Democrats, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Shaping of the New South (Gainesville, 2012) is available from the University Press of Florida. An article based on a chapter from the book on the 1966 election of Lester Maddox appeared in the Journal of Southern History (May 2009) and an essay on the growth of the Republican Party in Georgia after 1945 was included in the collection edited by Glenn Feldman, Painting Dixie Red (Gainesville, 2011).

Kimberly Breuer (PhD, 2004) is Assistant Professor in Practice in the Department of History, University of Texas at Arlington. 2016 received University of Texas at Arlington, College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Teaching Award for Distance Education, and was named UTA Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge (LINK) Research Lab PLC: Learning Analytics Fellow for 2016-2017 AY . She is Co-Investigator on "Preserving HERstory: Mapping Women's History in Texas" Digital Humanities Project. The “HERstory” project seeks to develop a sustainable archive that uses GIS capabilities to organize information about women in the public sphere with politics being the first phase followed by business, science, engineering, literature, education, and the arts.  The only website I have for this is 

Jeff Broadwater (PhD, 1989) will retire as professor of history at Barton College in Wilson, North Carolina at the end of the spring 2018 semester. His most recent publication, "George Mason, James Madison, and the Evolution of the Bill of Rights," appeared in the Summer 2017 issue of the Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy. He is currently completing a book, Jefferson, Madison, and the Making of the Constitution, and co-editing a collection of essays on prominent North Carolinians during the Founding Era. Both books are under contract with the University of North Carolina Press.

Courtney J. Campbell (PhD, 2014), is a Lecturer of Latin American History at the University of Birmingham (UK). Courtney was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Tougaloo College through the Mellon Partners Program (2015-2016) and a Past & Present Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research in London (2014-2015). She has published articles in Past & Present, Slavery and Abolition, and the Luso-Brazilian Review. Her book, Region Out of Place: The Brazilian Northeast and the World (1924-1968), is under contract with the Latin America Series through University of Pittsburgh Press. She is co-editor of  Empty Spaces: Perspectives on Emptiness in History, forthcoming in September 2019. She has also co-organized a series of funded workshops at the University of Birmingham and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne called “Brazilian Regionalism in a Global Context” and led two British Library Endangered Archives Programme projects in Paraíba, Brazil that digitized the oldest and most endangered documents in the state. Courtney's dissertation, "The Brazilian Northeast, Inside Out: Region, Nation, and Globalization (1926-1968)," was selected for the 2015 LACS Dissertation Award for the Latin American and Caribbean Section (LACS) of the Southern Historical Association (SHA).

Tizoc Chavez (PhD, 2016) is a Lecturer in the Department of Political Science and a Pre-major Academic Adviser in the College of Arts and Science at Vanderbilt University. His chapter, "One Picture may Not Be Worth Ten Thousand Words, but the White House is Betting It's Worth Ten Thousand Votes: Richard Nixon and Diplomacy as Spectacle," was published in The Cold War at Home and Abroad:Domestic Politics and US Foreign Policy since 1945 by the University Press of Kentucky in 2018. In 2016, his essay "The Domestic Politics of Personal Diplomacy," was published in Passport: The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Review.

Christina Dickerson Cousin (PhD, 2011) is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut where she teaches courses on United States history, African American history, and American Indian history. Currently, she is completing her manuscript, Seeking Our Cousins: The African Methodist Episcopal Church and American Indians, 1822-1916. She received two grants in support of this project: the 2015 Albert J. Beveridge Grant (American Historical Association) and the 2015 Racial/Ethnic History Research Grant (United Methodist General Commission on Archives and History). She has published two peer-reviewed articles: "Triangular Integration in a Black Denomination: James Sisson, African Methodism, and the Indian Mission Annual Conference," Methodist History (April 2015) and " 'I Call You Cousins': Kinship, Religion, and Black/Indian Relations in 19th Century Michigan," Ethnohistory (Winter 2014). She can be reached via email at

J. Michael Crane (PhD, 2009), is Associate Professor of History, University of Arkansas - Fort Smith. He won an award for an article in the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society. His manuscript is currently under contract with the University Press of Florida to be published in their Contested Boundaries series.

Joel Dark (PhD, 1998), Professor of History and Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN.

Mike Davis (PhD, 1996) is Head of School, Colorado Academy, a 900 student preK through 12 school in Denver.

Crystal deGregory (Ph, 2011) named director of Kentucky State University's new Atwood Institute for Race, Education and Democratic Ideal.

Jeremy Dewaal (PhD, 2014) currently holds a post doctoral fellowship at the Free University of Berlin. His dissertation, entitled "The Redemptive Geographies: The Turn to Local Heimat in Early Postwar West Germany, 1945-1965," just received the prestigious biennial Parker-Schmitt Dissertation Award given by the European History Section of the Southern Historical Association (2016).

Rachel Donaldson (PhD, 2011) has recently had articles published in The Public Historian and The History of Education Quarterly and is Assistant Professor in the history department at the College of Charleston. She has a Masters of Historic Preservation degree from the University of Maryland (2015). She co-wrote, with Ronald D. Cohen, Roots of the Revival: Folk Music in the United States and Great Britain in the 1950s, (University of Illinois Press, 2014)

Matthew Festa (M.A., 2002) is a Professor of Law at the South Texas College of Law in Houston. He is also a Kinder Fellow at Rice University, and an Associate Professor at the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's School. His teaching and research are in the areas of property law, government, and legal history.

Charles H. Ford (PhD, 1992) History Professor and Department Chair, Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA. Dr. Charles H. Ford and Dr. Jeffrey Littlejohn, were named recipients of the 2013 William M. E. Rachal Award, which is given annually for excellent scholarship. Their essay, "Reconstructing the Old Dominion: Lewis F. Powell, Stuart T. Saunders, and the Virginia Industrialization Group, 1958-65," explores the origins of modern conservatism in Virginia and was featured in the May-June 2013 rendition of the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. In 2014, Jeffrey L. Littlejohn and Charles H. Ford also published, "Arthur D. Morse, School Desegregation, and the Making of CBS News, 1951-1964," American Journalism, Vol. 31, Issue 2, (2014): 166-185, and, "The Crisis Responds to Public School Desegregation," in Protest and Propaganda: W.E.B. DuBois, The Crisis and American History, edited by Amy Kirschke and Phillip Luke Sinitiere, (Columbia, Missouri: University of Missouri Press, 2014). May 2015 Jeffrey L. Littlejohn and Charles Ford published, The Enemy Within Never Did Without: German and Japanese Prisoners of War At Camp Huntsville, Texas, 1942-1945. Ford was named University Professor at Norfolk State for 2014. This is the University's highest honor for excellence in teaching, research, and service. Earlier this year (2015) the Norfolk City Council reappointed Ford as a trustee of the Norfolk Public Library system.

Pablo Gómez (PhD, 2010) is Associate Professor of Medical History and Bioethics, and History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His work examines the history of medicine and corporeality in the early modern African and Atlantic worlds. Before becoming an historian, Dr. Gómez earned his MD at the Universidad CES and did his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Pablo's book, The Experiential Caribbean: Creating Knowledge and Healing in the Early Modern Atlantic has been published by University of North Carolina Press (2017). Pablo has been awarded the 2019 William H. Welch Medal by the American Association for the History of Medicine (AAHM) for his book The Experiential Caribbean. This prize is given to the best book in all fields of medical history published in the previous 5 years. Prof. Gómez received the award in a ceremony on 27 April 2019 as part of the AAHM 92nd annual meeting held in Columbus, Ohio.The Experiential Caribbean also won the 2018 Albert J. Raboteau Book Prize. Pablo has been the recipient, among others, of an ACLS-Early Career Fellowship, an ACLS-Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship, three Major Project Grants from the British Library, a John Carter Brown Library Paul W. McQuillen Fellowship, and an Elizabeth Crahan and K. Garth Huston Fellow from the Huntington Library.  One of his articles, "The Circulation of Bodily Knowledge in the Seventeenth-century Black Spanish Caribbean," published in the August 2013 issue of the Social History of Medicine, was the recipient of the 2014 Andres Ramos Mattei-Neville Hall Biannual Best Article Prize by the Association of Caribbean Historians and the Vanderwood Prize-Honorable mention for Best Article, from The Conference in Latin American History (CLAH), 2014-2015.

Rose Beth Grossman (MA, 2007) is an attorney with Robertson Hollingsworth & Flynn in Charleston, SC, and practices in the area of construction litigation.  She occasionally teaches history courses at Trident Technical College in Charleston, SC. 

Mark Hampton (PhD, 1998) Associate Professor of History (tenured) at Lingnan University, Hong Kong, since January 2007; Warden of the Jockey Club New Hall. Before moving to Hong Kong, he was Associate Professor (tenured) and Assistant Professor at Wesleyan College, Macon, GA, 1999-2006. He has held visiting appointments at the University of Hong Kong and Sookmyung Women's University. He is the winner of the Nonie A. and William F. Quillian Distinguished Teaching award (Wesleyan College, 2003) and a Teaching Excellence Award (Lingnan University, 2014). His books include Visions of the Press in Britain, 1850-1950 (University of Illinois Press, 2004); Hong Kong and British Culture, 1945-1997 (Manchester University Press, 2016); Anglo-American Media Interactions (co-edited with Joel H. Wiener; Palgrave, 2007), and The Cultural Construction of the British World (co-edited with Barry Crosbie; Manchester University Press, 2016). He is co-editor of the journal Media History (since 2005). He is currently working on a project on Hong Kong and British Radicals since 1840, funded by Hong Kong's Research Grants Council. In addition, he is general editor of a 6-volume collection entitled Cultural History of Media, under contract with Bloomsbury, and is serving as co-editor of volume 5, which covers the period 1800-1920.

Erica Rhodes Hayden  (PhD, 2013) is Associate Professor of History at Trevecca Nazarene University.  Her book, Troublesome Women: Gender, Crime and Punishment in Antebellum Pennsylvania       was published by Pennsylvania State University Press in 2019.  Interviews about this book can be heard on the podcasts The Age of Jackson  and  PA Books She won the Teaching Excellence Award in 2019 at Trevecca Nazarene University.  She is co-editor and contributor to Incarcerated Women: A History of Struggles, Oppression, and Resistance in American  published by Lexington Books in 2017.  Her article " 'She keeps the place in Continual Excitement': Female Inmates' Reactions to Incarceration in Antebellum Pennsylvania's Prisons " appeared in  Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies  (Winter, 2013). She has also published in  The Social History of Crime and Punishment in American History  (2012) and  Alcohol: Social, Cultural, and Historical Perspectives  (2015) both published by SAGE, and The World of Antebellum America, published by Greenwood, an imprint of ABC-CLIO (2018).  

Cheryl Hudson (PhD, 2011) is currently Lecturer in American History at the University of Liverpool. Cheryl Hudson and Gareth Davies's book, Ronald Reagan and the 1980s: Perceptions, Policies, Legacies , was published by New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2008. Her article, "An ‘Un-American Experiment’: Jane Addams’ Lessons from Pullman,” was published in the Journal of American Studies in 2013. She recently co-edited Why Academic Freedom Matters (2016) with Joanna Williams. Recipient of British Association for American Studies 2017 Founders' Award. Recognition as a Fellow of the UK's Higher Education Academy.

Robert Hutton (PhD, 2009) is senior lecturer and university historian in the Department of History of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He is currently completing Bearing the Torch, an institutional history of the University of Tennessee's Knoxville campus. His latest research article, "Sleuthing for Mr. Crow: Detective William Baldwin and the Business of White Supremacy, appears in the May2019 issue of the Journal of Southern History. He contributed essays to two recent anthologies, Appalachian Reckoning (WVU Press, 2019), and Reconsidering Southern Labor History: Race, Class, and Power (University Press of Florida, 2018). His first book, Bloody Breathitt: Politics & Violence in the Appalachian South (University Press of Kentucky, 2009), received three awards. His essays have appeared in The Tribune (UK), Jacobin, the History News Network, and the Society of US Intellectual History blog. He is an active member of the United Campus Workers (Communication Workers of America, Local 3865).

Natalie Inman (PhD, 2010) is Assistant Professor of History, Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tennessee. Dr. Inman has published articles in the Tennessee Historical Quarterly and the Journal of East Tennessee History. She has a chapter entitled, “Militant Families in the American Revolution” in a forthcoming collection of essays published by the University of Tennessee Press.

Patrick Jackson (PhD, 2012) Assistant Professor of History and Religious Studies at Allegheny College, PA. Patrick also serves as the College's Nationally Competitive Fellowship Advisor and is the founding Co-Director of the Honors Program. His latest project is the development of a summer program for promising high school students. 

Craig Kaplowitz (PhD, 1999) is Director of the Exploratory Advising Center at Auburn University, where he oversees the Exploratory major, advising for referred students, and the first year seminar. He is author of LULAC, Mexican Americans, and National Policy (Texas A&M, 2005), and, most recently, articles on educating for civic life (in the Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council) and on immigration policy during the Reagan administration (in the Journal of Policy History).

David S. Karr (PhD, 2002) is Chair of the History, Philosophy, and Political Science Departments at Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri. He has published articles on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British radicalism; his most recent article is "‘The Embers of Expiring Sedition’: Maurice Margarot, the Scottish Martyrs Monument, and the Production of Radical Memory across the British South Pacific," *Historical Research* [U.K.], 2013. His current project is a cultural biography of the British Jacobin Thomas Holcroft.

Ashish Koul (PhD, 2017) is currently Singh Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale (2017-18) Listen to an interview with Ashish on the MacMillan Center website –  Ashish has just accepted a tenure-track position in history at Northwestern University and will be starting there in Fall 2018.

Peter Kuryla (PhD, 2007) is Associate Professor of History at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. He has published a variety of articles, reviews, and book chapters having to do with American intellectual and cultural history, the most recent of which is "Politics, Nostalgia, and the Strange Estrangements of Richard Hofstader's The American Political Tradition" in Society (April 2018.) Kuryla is also a regular blogger for the Society for U.S. Intellectual History

David C. LaFevor (PhD, 2011) is Associate Professor of Latin American History and Digital Humanities at the University of Texas, Arlington. His first book,  The Third Century: U.S.-Latin American Relations Since 1889 was co-authored with Michael LaRosa and the late Mark Gilderhus. His second book, Prize Fighting and Civilization is forthcoming from the University of New Mexico Press. His third book project,The Slave Ship Cicerón and the Argüelles Affair  is in progress and also under contract with UNM Press. This work has been recognized by the Lydia Cabrera Prize from the American Historical Association and by a residential fellowship at Yale's Gilder Lehrman Center. LaFevor is also the director of the digital humanities project "Siete Villas de Cuba," which locates and digitizes unique and endangered documents pertinent to the African slave trade and has been featured in the New York Time, Washington Post, and by the Associated Press. His traveling photographic exhibit, "Cuban Histories of the Present," has been hosted in academic and public venues over the last five years. 

R. A. Lawson (PhD, 2003) is Professor of History, Dean College (Franklin, Massachusetts) where he also serves as Director of the Honors Program. Professor Lawson’s book, Jim Crow’s Counterculture: The Blues and Black Southerners, 1890-1945 (LSU Press, 2010) was awarded the 2011 Michael V.R. Thomason Book Award by the Gulf South Historical Association. In 2017 he was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award by Dean College’s chapter of Sigma Alpha Pi (National Society of Leadership and Success) and has also received the Hicks-Kennedy Award from the New England History Teachers’ Association for his service as Associate Editor at the New England Journal of History.

Werner D. Lippert (PhD, 2005) is Associate Professor, Department of History, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, has published The Economic Diplomacy of Ostpolitik: Origins of Nato’s Energy Dilemma. 

Kathryn (Katy) McDaniel (PhD, 2000) is the Andrew U. Thomas Professor of History at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio, where she is chair of the Department of History, Religion, and Philosophy. She teaches a variety of courses in Modern European and World History and has won Marietta College's highest teaching award, the McCoy professorship, as well as Innovative Teaching Awards. She publishes and presents on pedagogy as well as British literature and culture of the 17th and 18th centuries. Having become interested in the intersections of popular culture and history, she has edited and contributed to a volume of Harry Potter essays (Harry Potter for Nerds II (Unlocking Press, 2015)) and has edited and contributed to the volume Virtual Dark Tourism: Ghost Roads (Palgrave, 2018). The Virtual Dark Tourism book is just out as an e-book this week, and will come out in hard copy May 11! She also hosts a podcast on  called "Reading, Writing, Rowling: Imagination and Fiction in the Age of Harry Potter."

Steven P. Miller (Ph.D., 2006) is the author of The Age of Evangelicalism: America’s Born-Again Years (Oxford University Press, 2014). His first book is Billy Graham and the Rise of the Republican South (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009). His articles, reviews, and commentaries have appeared in a host of scholarly and popular publications, including Journal of American Studies,, and Christian Century. Miller resides in Saint Louis, where he teaches at Webster University and Washington University. His website can be found here.

Lisa Pruitt (PhD, 1998) is Professor of History at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Having served as the Director of the Albert Gore, Sr., Research Center from 1999-2008, she then moved to the History Department full time and celebrates 20 years at MTSU on July 1, 2019. She teaches general education courses in Tennessee and US history; upper-division courses in nineteenth-century US history, American medical history, and research methods; and graduate courses in research methods, historiography, and nineteenth-century US history. After serving as the Department’s Director of General Education from 2017-2019, she is assuming the role of Director of the Graduate Program in Public History in the summer of 2019. Her book, A Looking-Glass for Ladies: American Protestant Women and the Orient in the Nineteenth Century, was published by Mercer University Press in 2005.  She has published a number of book reviews, peer-reviewed articles, and book chapters. Her most recent articles are “Living with Spina Bifida: A Historical Perspective,” Pediatrics 130, no. 2 (August 2012): 181-183; “The Heritage Craft Schools and Hospitals for Crippled Children, Hektoen International: A Journal of the Medical Humanities, Spring 2016; and “The Medicalization of Children’s Play in American Hospitals in the 19th and 20th Centuries,” International Journal of Play 5, no. 3 (Fall 2016): 262-276. Her current (and long-term) research project is a book on the history of “crippled” children in nineteenth and twentieth-century America.

LeeAnn G. Reynolds (PhD, 2007) is Associate Professor, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama. Her book, Maintaining Segregation: Children and Racial Instruction in the South, 1920-1955 (Louisiana State University Press, 2017) is now available .

Larry O. Rivers (PhD, 2010) is Assistant Professor of History at the University of West Georgia (UWG). Dr. Rivers' first peer-reviewed article, "'Leaning on the Everlasting Arms': Virgil Darnell Hawkins's Early Life and Entry into the Civil Rights Struggle" was published in The Florida Historical Quarterly (Winter 2008). His second peer-reviewed article, "'Militant Reconciling Love': Howard University's Rankin Network and Martin Luther King, Jr.," appeared in The Journal of African American History (Summer 2014). The Florida Historical Quarterly published his third peer-reviewed article in its Winter 2017 special issue on "500 Years of Florida History in the 20th Century." Its title was "'A New Social Awakening': James Hudson, Florida A. & M. University's Religious Life Program, and the 1956 Tallahassee Bus Boycott." In 2018, the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College inducted him into its Martin Luther King, Jr. Collegium of Scholars. Effective July 1, 2018, he will become a tenured associate professor of history at UWG.

Barry Robinson (PhD 2005) is Associate Professor and Chair of History at Queens University of Charlotte. He joined the Queens faculty in Fall 2012 after seven years at Samford University, receiving tenure at both institutions. He was the recipient of the Joseph W. Grier Distinguished Professor Award in 2017.  He offers a variety of courses in Latin American and world history, and participates in Queens' interdisciplinary general education program. His research centers on the end of colonialism in Latin America. Particular areas of interest include late-colonial Mexico, Latin American independence, ethnohistory, historical geography, and comparative colonialism and slavery. His recent book, The Mark of Rebels: Frontier Indians and Mexican Independence, was published by the University of Alabama Press in 2016. The project examined social and cultural transformations among the indigenous communities of western Mexico preceding and during the struggle for independence.  Robinson co-edited a volume on the African Diaspora in the new world, entitled Slaves, Subjects, and Subversives: Blacks in Colonial Latin America.  He has also published on the role of women in Mexican independence and the use of GIS technology in the teaching of history. He led a GIS-based public history project to develop an interactive digital map of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor.

Selena Sanderfer (PhD, 2010) is Assistant Professor, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky. Her dissertation, titled, "For Land and Liberty: Black Territorial Separatism in the South, 1776-1904," examines lower class black separatist movements from the South to Nova Scotia, Liberia, and the Midwest.

Mary L. Sanderson (PhD, 2010) lecturer at the University of Dayton, Ohio.

Edward G. Simmons (PhD, 1980) After retiring in 2005 from a 34 year career with the Georgia Department of Human Resources, I began teaching history part-time in 2011 for Brenau University in Gainesville, GA, and Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville, GA. I am pleased to inform you that my 2016 book Talking Back to the Bible: A Historian's Approach to Bible Study won the 2017 Illumination Gold Medal Award for Spirituality. Illumination Awards are given annually by the Jenkins Group to spotlight the best in religious writing.

Anthony Siracusa (PhD, 2017) has a chapter in a new book from U Kentucky Press, An Unseen Light: Black Struggles for Freedom in Memphis, Tennessee.  You can download the chapter here, and you can purchase the text on Amazon here. Anthony is an Engaged Learning Specialist, Collaborative for Community Engagement at Colorado College.

Appu Soman (PhD, 1995) is Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Maryland University College. His latest work, Through the Looking Glass: Diplomacy Indian Style was published as an ebook in 2012

Anthony J. Stanonis (Ph.D., 2003) is a Lecturer of Modern American History at Queen's University Belfast. His first book is Creating the Big Easy: New Orleans and the Emergence of Modern Tourism, 1918-1945 (University of Georgia Press, 2006). His second book, entitled Faith in Bikinis: Politics and Leisure in the Coastal South since the Civil War (University of Georgia Press, 2014), won the 2015 Rembert Patrick Award from the Florida Historical Society. He also edited Dixie Emporium: Tourism, Foodways, and Consumer Culture in the American South (University of Georgia Press, 2008). His articles have appeared in the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Louisiana History, Southern Quarterly, and Southern Cultures. His book chapters have appeared in Destination Dixie: Tourism and Southern History (University Press of Florida, 2014), Dethroning the Deceitful Pork Chop: Rethinking African American Foodways from Slavery to Obama (University of Arkansas Press, 2015), and Reassessing the 1930s South (LSU Press, 2018). He is currently researching a manuscript on representations of voodoo in popular American culture.

Erin W. Stone (PhD, 2014) is Associate Professor of Latin American History and Director of Early American Studies, University of West Florida, Pensacola, Florida. Her most recent article, "Slave Raiders vs. Friars in Tierra Firme, 1513-1522" examines the impact of the earliest indigenous slave trade on the first Dominican and Franciscan missions in present-day Venezuela and appears in The Americas (April 2017). She also has chapters entitled, "Chasing "Caribs": Defining Zones of Legal Indigenous Enslavement in the Circum-Caribbean, 1493-1542," in Slaving Zones: Cultural Identities, Ideologies, and Institutions in the Evolution of Global Slavery published by Brill in December 2017 and "War and Rescate: Inside the Sixteenth-Century Circum-Caribbean Indigenous Slave Trade," in Spain's Maritime Empire: The Caribbean in the Long Sixteenth Century, edited by Ida Altman and David Wheat published by University of Nebraska Press in Summer 2019. Currently she is finishing revisions on her book manuscript entitled "Captives of Conquest: Indigenous Slavery in the Greater Spanish Caribbean, 1490-1542," under contract with University of Pennsylvania press. In her work she focuses on the rise and consequences of indigenous slavery.

Amy H. Sturgis (PhD, 1998) has authored four books and edited another five, and she has more than twenty published essays and two hundred professional presentations to her credit. She serves as Department Chair at the innovative Mythgard Institute at Signum University and also teaches in the Liberal Studies Program at Lenoir-Rhyne University. In 2006, she was honored with the Imperishable Flame Award for Accomplishment in Tolkien/Inklings Scholarship. Since 2008, she also has been one of the pens and voices behind StarShipSofa, which in 2010 became the first podcast in history to win the prestigious Hugo Award. Her official website is

Angela Sutton (PhD, 2014) has an article, "The Seventeenth-Century Slave Trade in the Documents of the English, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, and Prussian Royal Slave Trading Companies," in Slavery and Abolition, vol. 36, issue 3, 2015.

Christian Talley (B.A. History, 2016; Masters, Oxford, 2017), past History honors student who received the Co-winner of the Dewey Grantham Award has published a book, Forgotten Vanguard: Informal Diplomacy and the Rise of United States-China Trade, 1972-1980 (University of Notre Dame Press, 2018)

Kevin Vanzant (PhD, 2013) has been awarded a two-year, post-doctoral fellowship through the Mellon Partnership for Humanities Education.   Kevin was one of three recent Vanderbilt PhDs chosen for this award.  He will receive an appointment at Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN.  Kevin's article, "Political Fragmentation in Early Maryland and the Imperial Origins of North American Liberalism," has been published in American Political Thought: A Journal of Ideas, Institutions, and Culture, Vol. 5, Winter 2016, pp. 1-25.

Nicholas Villanueva (PhD, 2013) received an NEH grant for the NEH Summer Seminar, "View from the East: The Federal Government and the American West.”  His group will work with the staff at the Library of Congress, Smithsonian museums, Department of the Interior, and the Mexican Cultural Institute. Nick's book Lynching of Mexicans in the Texas Borderlands won a 2017 Southwestern Studies Book Prize though the University of Texas and the Border Regional Library Association. This book also won the  2018 NACCS Tejas Foco Non-Fiction Book Award from the  National Association for Chicana & Chicano Studies (NACCS).

David Wheat (PhD, 2009)  is Associate Professor of History at Michigan State University. His book Atlantic Africa and the Spanish Caribbean,1570-1640 was published by UNC Press on behalf of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture in 2016. This book received the American Historical Association's 2017 James A. Rawley Prize and the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery's 2017 Harriet Tubman Prize.

Tom Williford (PhD, 2005) is Professor of History at Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall, Minnesota. His research interest is the political rhetoric in Colombia in the decades leading up to La Violencia, the civil conflict between members of the Liberal and Conservative parties which left 200,000 dead between 1946 and 1964.  Dr. Williford has published articles and book chapters on the debates concerning the role of the Church in Colombian society, the influence of the Spanish Civil War on the rhetoric and the actions of party militants, and the theatricality and ritual of the Church and the political parties in the 1930s and 1940s.  He was an invited speaker at a September 2015 symposium on Conservative Party leader Laureano Gómez at the Universidad Sergio Arboleda in Bogotá.  Additionally, Dr. Williford has been active in the Interfaculty Organization of the Minnesota State University professors, advocating on behalf of public higher education at the state capitol, and for world languages at Southwest Minnesota State.

Adam Wilsman (PhD, 2014) is an upper school history teacher at the Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, Tennessee. In the Spring of 2015, he won the Heath Jones Prize for the Promise of Excellence in Teaching, which Harpeth Hall awards annually to a standout teacher who has had five years or less of full-time classroom experience.