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Department of History

Alumni News

Larry O. Hines (B.A. '69) will be retiring on October 31, 2013 after 40 years of Federal service with the U.S. Civil Service Commission/U.S. Office of Personnel Management in Washington, DC. His various positions included computing, processing, determining eligibility for Federal Retirements and supervising Federal employees processing retirement claims. His work involved contacts with Federal employees, Congressional offices, and the White House.

Hannah Kennedy (B.A. '12) will be attending the University of Denver for their MA program in Art History and Museum Studies. To prepare for her application to art history and museum studies programs, Hannah did an independent study with Professor Ray Sun on the Nazi "Degenerate Art Exhibition."

Adam Sackman will be attending the University of York's Medieval Archaeology program. He credits Professor Theresa Jordan and her History 441 class on medieval history ("The Later Middle Ages, 1050-1500") for turning his "interest in [medieval history and culture] into a passion."

Katherine Aiken (Ph.D. '80) is a professor of history and has been named dean of the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences at the University of Idaho.

Jason Blazevic (M.A. '06) is one of the 2011 Outstanding Student Award recipients of Idaho State University and the ISU Alumni Association.

Kate Benz (B.A. '07) is an assistant coach for Portland State University's women's basketball team.

Mathias Bergmann (Ph.D. '04) holds a tenure-track position at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia.

Kenton Bird (Ph.D. '99, American studies) is chair of the School of Journalism and Mass Media at the University of Idaho.

Geoffrey Bleakley (Ph.D. '96) is a historian for the National Park Service in Alaska.

Stefan Bradley (M.A. '98) is teaching at Southern Illinois University.

Margaret Brennan (M.A. '86) returned to Ireland, where she has been working in the business field.

Michael Brown (Ph.D. '03) teaches at several colleges and universities in the Seattle area, including Seattle University and Bellevue Community College. He also practices law on a parttime basis.

Amy Canfield (M.A. '04, Ph.D. '08) holds a tenure track position at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, ID.

Laurie Carlson (Ph.D. '04) is an adjunct assistant professor at Western Oregon University.

Amitava Chowdhury ( Ph.D. '08) holds a tenure track position at Queen's University in Kingston, Canada.

Cary Collins (Ph.D. '01) teaches Pacific Northwest history to 9th-graders at the Tahoma School District in Maple Valley, Washington.

Jeff Crane (M.A. '98, Ph.D. '04) holds a tenure-track position at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.

Sara Dant (M.A. '91, American studies; Ph.D. '00, history) was promoted to full professor at Weber State University (Utah) in 2009. She served on the local arrangements committee for the Western History Association meeting in Salt Lake in October 2008 and led a conference field trip to the Bingham Canyon Mine and Kennecott's environmentally-planned community Daybreak. She also published an article, "Making Wilderness Work: Frank Church and the American Wilderness Movement," in Pacific Historical Review 77 (2).

Jeffrey Davis (Ph.D. '96) holds a tenure-track position in history at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.

Andrew P. Duffin (Ph.D. '03) accepted a tenure-track position at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Jacquelyn Dumin (M.A. '08) work with the Forest Service in South Lake Tahoe, California as the Assistant Site Director of the Tallac Historic Site.

Douglas Dye (Ph.D. '97) holds a tenure-track position at Grand Canyon Community College in Arizona.

Jeanne Eder (Ph.D. '00) holds a tenure-track position at the University of Alaska, Anchorage.

Michael Egan (Ph.D. '04) was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

Justin Esch (B.A. '04) is an entrepreneur and co-creator of bacon salt.

Dorothy Garceau (M.A. '80) is associate professor of history at Rhodes College.

Armand Garcia (Ph.D. '06) is a lecturer athe The Univeristy of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.

Jerry Garcia (Ph.D. '99) holds a tenure-track position at Michigan State University.

Armando García de la Torre (Ph.D. '06) holds a tenure-track position at University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tabago.

Matthew Godfrey (Ph.D. '01) works for Historical Research Associates in Missoula, Montana.

Bruce Grimoldby (M.A. '87) is teaching in Idaho.

Douglas Habib (Ph.D. '03) teaches at the University of Idaho.

Robert Hadlow (M.A. '87, Ph.D. '93) works for the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Gregory Hall (M.A. '94, Ph.D. '99) holds a tenure-track position at Western Illinois University, Macomb.

Patricia Hart (Ph.D. '97, American studies) is an assistant professor of journalism and mass media at the University of Idaho and co-coordinator of the undergraduate program in American studies.

John Hausdoerffer (Ph.D. '04, American Studies) holds a tenure-track position at Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado.

Franklin Hill (Ph.D. '96) is an instructor in the General Education Program at Washington State University.

Tim Hills (M.A. '93) is the staff historian at the Kennedy School, McMenamins in Portland.

Richard Hines (M.A. '96, Ph.D. '01) is an instructor in the General Education Program at Washington State University.

Gary Huey (Ph.D. '81) was named the state's Professor of the Year when he taught at Louisiana State University, Eunice. He now teaches at Ferris State University in Michigan.

Brenda Jackson-Abernathy (Ph.D. '02) received tenure and is the department chair in the history department at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Jean Johnson (M.A. '90, Ph.D. '95) works as a free-lance writer. Her latest book, Cooking Beyond Measure: How to Eat Well without Formal Recipes will be released November 2008 by Seventy-Sixth Avenue Press.

Jeffrey Johnson (M.A. '00, Ph.D. '04) holds a tenure-track position at Providence College in Providence, RI. Johnson's first book, They are All Red Out Here: Socialist Politics in the Pacific Northwest, 1895-1925, was published by the University of Oklahoma Press fall 2008.

Owen V. Johnson (B.A., 1968) served as Fulbright Distinguished Chair of East European and Eurasian Studies at the University of Warsaw, September 2009-January 2010.

William Johnson (Ph.D. '05) works for the Alaska State Employees Association in Anchorage, Alaska.

Suzanne Julin (Ph.D. '01) is self-employed as a public historian.

Mee-Ae Kim (M.A. '95, Ph.D. '00) holds a tenure-track position Albertson College in Caldwell, Idaho.

Jason Knirck (M.A. '96, Ph.D. '00) holds a tenure-track position at Central Washington University in modern western European and British history.

Diane Krahe (Ph.D. '05) is an assistant research professor in the Department of History at the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana. Krahe also conducts research and provides consultation for the National Park Service.

Erika Kuhlman (Ph.D. '95, American studies) is an associate professor and director of the Women Studies Program at Idaho State University. She is the author of five books, including Reconstructing Patriarchy after the Great War: Women, Gender, and Postwar Reconciliation between Nations (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).

James Lester (Ph.D. '75) is teaching in Colorado.

Dwayne Mack (Ph.D. '02) is an assistant professor in the Department of History, and the Carter G. Woodson Chair in African American History at Berea College, Berea, Kentucky.

Robert Mages (M.A. '98) is the historian at the U.S. Army Military History Institute at Carlisle Barracks, PA.

John Mann (M.A. '97, Ph.D. '01) holds a tenure-track position at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire.

Kevin Marsh (M.A. '95, Ph.D. '02) is an associate professor and graduate program director at Idaho State University and editor of the peer-reviewed journal Idaho Yesterdays. He is the author of Drawing Lines in the Forest: Creating Wilderness Areas in the Pacific Northwest (Washington, 2007), which was released in paperback in 2010.

Gloria Melton (Ph.D. '82) is dean of students at Michigan Technological University.

Gabriel Mendez (Ph.D. '94) owns his own business, Salsa Mendez, in Spokane, Washington.

Kathryn Meyer (Ph.D. '92) retired spring 2008 after 17 years of teaching history and general education at Washington State University.

Claudia Miner (Ph.D. '86, American studies) is head of the University of Nevada, Reno, Foundation.

Charles Mutschler (Ph.D. '99) is a university archivist and adjunct professor at Eastern Washington University.

Dane Netherton (Ph.D. '04) is associate director of corporate foundation relations at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

Theodore Nitz (M.A. '75, Ph.D. '99) is employed at Gonzaga University, where he has a part-time appointment in history and serves as head of the International Studies Program.

Neil O'Brien (Ph.D. '01) is employed at Clark College.

Janet Ore (M.A. '87) is an associate professor of history at Colorado State University.

Gwen Pattison-Granados (M.A. '03) is employed as an archivist at the National Archives and Records Administration in Laguna Niguel, California.

Rudy Pearson (Ph.D. '96) is a full professor at American River College in Sacramento.

Jody Peterson (Ph.D. '98) is an associate professor of history at Centralia Community College.

Patricia Pidcock (Ph.D.'92) holds a tenure-track position at North Idaho College.

Steve Recken (Ph.D. '80) is professor emeritus at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock.

Samuel Regalado (Ph.D. '87) is a full professor at California State University, Stanislaus. He is also the recipient of the CSU Stanislaus Outstanding Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Professor Award for 2010-11.

Rex Renk (M.A. '90) is teaching in Helena, Montana.

Maryanne Rhett (Ph.D. '08) accepted a tenure track position at Monmouth University in Long Branch, New Jersey.

James Ross-Nazzal (Ph.D. '01) is a professor of history and the Discipline Chair for Houston Community College.

Jennifer Ross-Nazzal (Ph.D. '04) is the historian for the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

Michael Russell (Ph.D. '04) is a tenure-track assistant professor at Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, Kansas.

Marjorie Sanchez-Walker (M.A. '93, Ph.D. '99) is a tenure-track assistant professor at California State University, Stanislaus.

Carol Scally (Ph.D. '04) is teaching at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona, Florida.

Carli Schiffner (Ph.D. '04) is dean of arts and sciences at Yakima Valley Community CollegeYakima.

Birgit Schneider (Ph.D. '10) recently published an article, “Not Soldiers Anymore, Not Civilians Yet:  Demobilized Soldiers Between American Occupation and Japanese Government, 1945-1955, ” in the Japan Studies Association Journal Vol. 8, 2010:  165-78

Lynette Scriver (M.A. '08) is employed as a research historian at the Historical Research Associates in Missoula, MT.

Kevin Shaw (Ph.D. '94) lives in Missouri and works in private industry.

Marvin Slind (M.A. '72, Ph.D. '78) is a tenure-track professor at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and was recently appointed as the Head of the History Department for a three-year term ending in summer 2013.

William Smith (M.A. '96, Ph.D. '00) is director of the Martin Institute and School of International Affairs at the University of Idaho and teaches part-time in the history department at WSU.

William Stimson (M.A. '89, Ph.D. '99) is a tenured professor at Eastern Washington University in the communications department.

Robert Swartout ( Ph.D. '78) is department chair and professor of history at Carroll College. He has written seven books on East Asian relations and Montana history. He is on the editorial board of Montana, The Magazine of Western History and is the Korean Honorary Consul to the state of Montana.

Sun Yi (Ph.D. '94) is a tenured associate professor at the University of San Diego.

Debra Sutphen (Ph.D. '97) is dean at Sierra Community College in Rocklin, California.

Robert K. Sutton (Ph.D. '84) was named chief historian for the National Park Service in 2007.

  • Read article on Sutton's appointment in the college newsletter

Michelle Tabit (M.A. '00, Ph.D. '04) holds a tenure-track position at Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio.

Peter Utgaard (Ph.D. '97) is a professor of history at Cuyamaca Community College in El Cajon, California, and is the chair of their social sciences department.

Amanda Van Lanen (M.A. '04, Ph.D. '09) is a tenure-track professor at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho.

Patrick Waer (B.A. '95; M.Ed. '00, National University) is a full-time U.S. history and American government teacher and head varsity baseball coach at Central High School in Fresno, California.

Elizabeth von Till Warren (Ph.D. '01) is a private contractor.

Mary Watrous-Schlesinger (Ph.D. '91) was a senior instructor in the history and general education at Washington State University until her retirement in 2006.

Laura Woodworth-Ney (M.A. '91, Ph.D. '96) is chair of the history department at Idaho State University.

Baodi Zhou (M.A. '85, Ph.D. '99) holds a tenure-track position at Yunnan University in Kunming, China.

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December 2012 Graduates

Alexander Gannon, M.A.

Cherri Wemlinger, Ph.D.

May 2012 Graduates

Jennifer Brown, Ph.D. Howard Munson, Ph.D. Lesley Moerschel, Ph.D. Jessica Derleth, M.A. Susan Schultz, M.A. Maria Federova, M.A. Sasha Kanick, M.A. Tyler Schroeder, M.A.

 

May 2011 Graduates

Paul Dean, Ph.D.
Kelli Krench, M.A.
Nathan Marr, M.A.
Nathan Sowry, M.A.
Paul Warden, M.A.
Aaron Whelchel, Ph.D.

 

Dec 2010 Graduates

Agustan Gonzalez (MA)
Hilary Elmendorf, Ph.D.

 

May 2010 Graduates

Chris Allan, Ph.D.
Grant Fruhwirth, M.A.
Rachael Johnson, M.A.
Jon Middaugh, Ph.D.
Lee O’Connor, M.A.
Birgit Schneider, Ph.D.
Jeannine Schneider, M.A.
Michael Schwartz, M.A.
Amanda Townsley, M.A.

 

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