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Department of History Success Stories

Current Students:

  • Both Stephanie Bowden and Grant James were part of a Killgore Student Summer Research Grant proposal that Bogener wrote to conduct research primarily in New Mexico.  Both students were investigating incidents of violence in the wake of the Lincoln County War which supposedly ended in 1881.  Both students visited the State Archive and Records Center in Santa Fe, the special collections and library at UNM in Albuquerque, the Hubbard Museum and Archive in Ruidoso, and the Chavez County Museum/Archive in Roswell. 
  • Hillarie Easely McPherson, Carley DuMenil and Jan Weston presented papers at the West Texas Historical Association conference in April.
  • Stephanie Bowden presented a paper at the WTAMU Student Research Conference last spring.  She is now expanding the paper with the intent to publish an article as a grad student.

Former Students

  • Larissa Gardner won a laptop - the prize was donated by WT alumna Shirley Nichols.
  • Anessa Stagner is teaching as an instructor and will be receiving her PhD at the University of California, Irvine. She was recently interviewed by CSPAN for her work on Shell-Shock during World War I.
  • Tracy Stewart and Rachel Collins are in or starting a PhD program
  • Brooke Bennett is going to law school
  • Ashley Franklin got her law degree at Baylor a few years ago, clerked at the Texas Supreme Court, and is now practicing law in Austin
  • Steve Eldridge is about to get his PhD from Tech and is teaching at WT
  • Angela Roberts is teaching at WT
  • Kyle Winter graduated in May 2010 with a JD from Texas Tech Law School.
  • Christy Czerwien: Received her MA in East Asian Studies from the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Tracy Stewart was accepted into the PhD program at Texas Tech.
  • Ashley Franklin was an intern at the Texas Supreme Court.
  • Joanna Junker is doing the same at Stanford.

New Faculty:

Dr. Brian Ingrassia joined our faculty in the Fall of 2015, with a specialization in the Progressive Era. He received his doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has several Progressive Era publications and a book through University Press of Kansas: The Rise of Gridiron University: Higher Education's Uneasy Alliance with Big-Time Football.

Recent Accomplishments:

Bruce Brasington

This year, Dr. Brasington gave seminars on medieval law at Texas Tech, gave the keynote speech at the regional Phi Alpha Theta (international history honor society) conference at TAMU-Commerce, and gave a paper at the Carlsberg Academy in Copenhagen.

In 2011, he was named a Texas A&M System Regents' Professor, one of only a handful in the 101 year history of WTAMU.  He published articles in Proceedings of the XIII International Congress of Medieval Canon Law and Zeitschrift der Savigny Stiftung fuer Rechtsgeschichte.  He also won two Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Awards for spring and fall.

Elizabeth Clark

This year, Dr. Clark and three history students presented papers on a panel titled "Harry Potter and Memory" for the new Harry Potter section of the Southwest Texas Popular Culture Association meeting in February.  Dr. Clark also presented a paper on generational memory in Poland for the Association for the Study of Nationalities meeting at Columbia University and published in Nationalities Papers.

In 2011, she organized and co-led a summer study abroad student trip to Poland and Germany.  The students and faculty visited Lech Walesa's office in Gdansk, delivered greetings from WT, and gave a gift (Walesa was hospitalized at the time, so they could not meet as planned).  She also on a Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Award for spring.

Paul Clark

This year, Dr. Clark was elected to the Board of Directors of the Association for Asian Studies, a non-profit academic organization dedicated to the study and dissemination of knowledge related to Asian Studies.  The organization has a membership of over 8,000 scholars from all disciplines worldwide.

In 2011, Dr. Clark was elected to a three-year term on the Council on Conferences of the Association of Asian Studies.  The AAS is a scholarly, non-political, non-profit professional association with over 8000 members worldwide.  It publishes the Journal of Asian Studies, the premier journal in the field of Asian Studies, and has its own book series and press.  He also won two Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Awards for spring and fall.

Marty Kuhlman

In 2011, he received the WTAMU Alumni Association's University Excellence Award.  He also won a Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Award for spring.

Byron Pearson

This year, Dr. Pearson published an article entitled "How the Forest Service (!) Saved Grand Canyon" in the Spring 2012 edition of Forest History Today.  He will publish another article over the origins of the National Environmental Policy Act in The Journal of the West in 2013.

In 2011, he presented a paper entitled "The Environmental Legacy of Stewart Udall" at the April meeting of the American Society for Environmental History.  He also won two Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Awards for spring and fall.

Jean A. Stuntz

Texas Women: Their Lives and Times, is the winner of the Liz Carpenter Award for Best Book on Texas Women published in 2015. Dr Stuntz wrote the chapter entitled, “’I Wish to Make Use of All Laws in My Favor.’” It is about women in Spanish-era Texas.

Dr. Stuntz wrote chapters in Texas Women on the Cattle Trails and  in Women of the Texas Revolution; both books were awarded the Liz Carpenter Award for the Best Book on Texas Women previously.

In January 2013, she gave a paper at the Amerian Historical Association, and started serving on the Board of directors for the Texas State Historical Association in March 2013. 

Dr. Stuntz won the WTAMU 2012 University Service Award, earned a promotion to Full Professor, and published the novella The Alamo and Zombies.

In 2011, she published a chapter in the anthology Women on the Plains of North America (Texas Tech University Press 2011).  She also won a Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Award for spring.

Bryan E. Vizzini

Dr. Vizzini was awarded the Magister Optimus award in recognition of his teaching excellence. He was also named the Director of the Teaching Excellence Center.