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.
“In preparation for a career in business, or for life generally, I can think of no more suitable academic major than history. History is the study of people, what they do, and why they do it: the perspective that’s necessary for future success.”
--Brian Hamilton, board chairman and co-founder, Sageworks, Inc.
(Sageworks is a financial analysis firm specializing in privately-held companies, based in Raleigh, N.C.)
Louisiana Tech's chapter of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society has once again won the best chapter award from the national society! This is makes 28 wins! Congrats to all those who worked hard to make this happen AGAIN!
Dr. Drew McKevitt and Dr. David Anderson were recently featured online in Slate Magazine regarding the infamous 1963 literacy test used in Louisiana to restrict voting rights.
Dr. Jeffery R. Hankins has been named to the international advisory board of the British Scholar Society. 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.
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
PRESENTATIONS AND OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:
Dr. Laurie Stoff was invited to present her research on the images of Russia's wartime nurses during World War I at the International Colloqium "The Great War and the Illustrated Press" at the University of Paris, Nord XIII, on June 6, 2013
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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