WELCOME TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY AT LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY
In the established tradition of liberal arts education, the Department of History provides students with personal cultural enrichment, while preparing them for employment in fields in which historical knowledge, habits of mind, and skills (such as research, analysis, and communication) are valued, and/or for further study leading to careers in teaching, the law, the ministry, government service,
and many others.
DEPARTMENTAL NEWS AND EVENTS:
Dr. Jeffery R. Hankins has been named to the international advisory board of the British Scholar Society.Established by historian Wm. Roger Louis, the British Scholar Society is dedicated to the promotion of research and publication on British global history since the seventeenth century. Emphasis is on the history of Great Britain and its interaction with the wider world, especially the countries of the British Commonwealth.
Activities include annual international conferences, sponsorship of a book series and other media productions, and maintenance of Britain and the World, a biannual scholarly journal published by Edinburgh University Press.
As a member of the advisory board Dr. Hankins’s responsibilities will include evaluation of manuscripts on seventeenth-century topics submitted for publication by the society.
A member of the Louisiana Tech faculty since 2004, Jeffery R. Hankins holds the Ph.D. in history from Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge. Dr. Hankins teaches courses in English history, early American history, and the history of early modern Europe. He is a former president of the University Senate and he currently holds the John D. Winters Endowed Professorship in History.
Louisiana Tech's chapter of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society has once again won the best chapter award from the national society! Congrats to all those who worked hard to make this happen AGAIN!
Dr. Laurie Stoff is the winner of the F. Jay Taylor Undergraduate Teaching Award for 2012, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the university through excellence in undergraduate teaching
Dr. Stoff has also won a Louisiana Board of Regents ATLAS (Awards to Louisiana Artists and Scholars) Grant for academic year 2012-2013 and has been award tenure and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor
GRADUATE PAPER COMPETITION PRIZE WINNERS:
First prize: Benjamin Brad Dison, “The Rise of Automobiles and the Fall of Passenger Trains in Shreveport, 1900-1970”
Second prize: Matija Zizanovic, “Wilson’s Last Stand: The Italian Crisis, 1919-1920”
OUTSTANDING PHI ALPHA THETA LEADERSHIP AWARDS:
Nick Ducote and Victoria Sheppard
Congratulations to the winners and all of those who submitted their work for the competitions
Dr. Nazir Atassi's article, “The Transmission of Ibn Sa’d ‘s Biographical Dictionary Kitab al-tabaquat al-kabir,” appears in the most recent number of the Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies, a topical issue devoted to studies on “The Book in Fact and Fiction in Pre-Modern Arabic Literature.”
Dr. Stephen Webre’s article, “Familia y descendientes de Bernal Díaz del Castillo: un episodio del siglo XVII con una advertencia a todos los historiadores,” appears in the most recent number of the journal Anales de la Academia de Geografía e Historia de Guatemala.
Dr. Laurie Stoffpublished an article entitled"The “Myth of the War Experience” and Russian Wartime Nursing during World War I," in the most recent issue of Aspasia: The International Yearbook of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern European Women’s and Gender History, Volume 6, 2012
Dr. Stephen Webre is co-editor with Paul Lokken of Bryant University of Siglo olvidado, provincia olvidada: Centroamérica en el siglo XVII, special issue of Boletín de la AFEHC (Toulouse, France),no. 51 (Oct.-Dec., 2011). Dr. Webre’s contribution to the collection is entitled “Nicaragua y la crisis general del siglo XVII”. The Boletín is a quarterly electronic publication of the Asociación para el Fomento de los Estudios Históricos en Centroamérica and appears at http://www.afehc-historia-centroamericana.org/?action=bul_aff
PRESENTATIONS AND OTHER PROFESSION ACTIVITIES:
Dr. Stephen Webre presented a paper entitled “”A Golden Age Poet on the Lacandón Frontier: Don Diego de Vera Ordóñez de Villaquirán, Alcalde Mayor of Chiapas and Adelantado of El Prospero, 1583-1648” at the 11th Central American Historical Congress convened in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico over the summer.
Dr. Jeffery R. Hankins was one of a large body of scholars from all over the world who gathered in Edinburgh, Scotland, recently to share the results of their research at the Britain and the World Conference. His paper was titled “The Raj, the Rupee and the Railway: Challenges to India’s Civil Service in the Late 19th Century.”
Daniel Simonsen (MA, 2011) is the author of "AWPD/1 and American Strategic Bombing in Europe During World War II," which appears in Culture, Power, and Security: New Directions in the History of National and International Security, a collection edited by Mary Kathryn Barbier and Richard V. Damms and published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Ardala Wigman (MA 2011) is teaching at Linwood Public Charter School, Shreveport, La.
William Guillot (MA 2011) is teaching Advanced Placement and dual enrollment history at St. Frederick’s High School, Monroe, La.
Alexes Toomes (MA 2010) is teaching history at DeSoto High School in DeSoto, Texas. She is also an adjunct instructor at Tarrant County Community College in Arlington, Texas.
Jeremy T. Pendergrass (BA 2007) is president of Argent Property Services, a subsidiary of Argent Financial Group, Inc.
Eric Pardue (MA 2007) is
Law Clerk to the Honorable Bernice B. Donald, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Memphis. Eric is also the author of the chapter,
“ Kennedyphobia and the Rise of Republicans in Northwest Louisiana, 1960-1962,” in the recently published book, Painting Dixie Red: Where, When, Why, and How the South Became Republican, edited by Glenn Feldman (Gainesville : University Press of Florida, 2011).
Robert Alan Lay, Jr. (BA 2004, MA 2006) is employed as assistant processing archivist at the Dole Institute of Politics, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kans. The Dole Institute collection houses a wide variety of text, audio, and photographic pieces highlighting the 35-year career of former U.S. Senator Robert J. Dole.
Josh Williams (MA, 2004) received the MLIS degree at Louisiana State University. He currently works as park historian at Old Washington State Park in Hope, Ark.
Catherine J. Howell (BA 2003) completed the MA in International Development at the University of Denver and is now employed at the Economic Development Council in Washington, D.C.
Amanda McVay (BA, 2003) received the MA in public history at New Mexico State University. Currently she is employed as museum director at the Municipal Auditorium in Shreveport.
Ryan Kilpatrick (BA, 2002) is employed as vice president for business development at Community Trust Bank, Ruston.
Roshunda Belton (BA, 1999; MA, 2001) received the PhD in history at Louisiana State University. She is employed as assistant professor of history and interim head of the Department of History at Grambling State University.
LaGuana K. Gray (MA, 1999) received her PhD in history at the University of Houston in 2007. Dr. Gray is now employed as an assistant professor of history at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Jon Christopher Mosley (MA 1995) is currently employed as an information services supervisor in the Shreve Memorial Library system, Shreveport, La.
Kent B. Germany (BA, 1992; MA, 1994) received the PhD in history at Tulane University. Previously employed at the Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia, he is currently assistant professor of history and African American Studies at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Germany is the author of New Orleans After the Promises: Poverty, Citizenship, and the Search for the Great Society (University of Georgia Press, 2007) and a co-editor of The Presidential Recordings: Lyndon B. Johnson (W. W. Norton, 2007).
Gary D. Joiner (BA 1973, MA 1975) holds the PhD in history from Lancaster University, Lancaster, England. Dr. Joiner is currently Mary Anne and Leonard Selber Professor of History at Louisiana State University-Shreveport. He is author, co-author, or editor of eleven books.
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