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History Faculty News 2015

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Welcome Dr. Salinas

The history program welcomes Dr. Salvador Salinas, who recently joined the history faculty.  He teaches a variety of Latin American history courses and his research focuses on twentieth-century Mexico, with an emphasis on the legacies of the Mexican Revolution. He has studied at Appalachian State University (BA), Oxford (M. Phil); and the University of Texas at Austin (PhD).   

Dr. Johnathan Chism is Profiled in Memphis Newspaper

While on a research trip to Memphis, in July, Dr. Chism was interviewed by David Waters, reporter for the Commercial Appeal. The article summarized some of Dr. Chism's important findings regarding the role pentecostals played in the fight for civil rights.

Austin Allen Interviewed for Forthcoming Documentary

Dr. Austin Allen​Dr. Austin Allen, associate professor of history, was recently interviewed by Philip Marshall, producer of a forthcoming PBS documentary on Francis Scott Key.  Dr. Allen is a nationally recognized expert on American slavery and the Constitution, having written an important book and sev​eral articles on the Taney court and its infamous Dred Scott ruling. Dr. Allen teaches courses on the Antebellum South, Slavery and the Law, and American Legal history, various courses, in nineteenth-century U.S. history​​

Dr. Case Presents Research at the Texas Center for Working-class Studies

Dr. Theresa Case, associate professor of history and author of  Great Southwest Railroad Strike and Free Labor, presented her recent research at the Texas Center for Working-Class Studies Inaugural Conference, held in Plano, Texas at Collin College on Apr. 10, 2015. In her talk, "Grassroots Black Activism and the 1922 Shopmen's Strike in Texas," Dr. Case outlined the various forms that grassroots black labor protest assumed, on both sides of the strike divide in 1922. She placed this activism within the larger context of labor and civil rights militancy in Texas, which WWI-era labor policies and migrations helped to inspire. Dr. Case was awarded University Faculty Leave to pursue her research in Spring 2016.

Dr. Parker's lecture, “Sex Work at a Crossroads: The Politics of Race, Migration, and Prostitution in PanamaDr. Parker

On February 19, 2015, Dr. Parker (Visiting Associate Professor of History) presented his analysis of U.S. and Panamanian relations during the construction of the canal. His talk focused on how the liberal laws under the Panamanian government facilitated prostitution, which flourished because of the concentration of male construction workers from the United States and the greater Caribbean. Dr. Parker's research highlights the limits of imperial power at a global crossroads as migrant people constantly shaped the isthmian nightlife as well as discourses of sexual deviancy.

Dr. Chism's lecture, "The Saints Go Marching: The Church of God in Christ and the Civil Rights Movement in Memphis, Tennessee, 1954-1968

Dr. Jonathan ChismOn March 12, 2015, Dr. Chism (Lecturer in History) presented his lecture on the Church of God in Christ’s (COGIC) engagement in the Civil Rights Movement in Memphis, Tennessee, 1954-1968. His central argument is that Memphis COGIC members were not divorced from the Memphis civil rights movement, but endeavored to combat racial injustice and inequality through political action, nonviolent protest, and spiritual teaching.

Dr. David Ryden Dr. Ryden's lecture, “The Society of West India Planters and Merchants in the Age of Emancipation, ca. 1816–1835”
On February 26, 2015, Dr. Ryden (Professor of History) presented his latest research on the London Society of West India Planters and Merchants. This body of slaveholders lobbied the British government for protectionism and for compensated emancipation, where the slave owners would be paid for the freeing of their slaves. His earlier findings on this organization’s structure and tactics were published in West Indian Slavery and British Abolition, 1783-1807 (Cambridge University Press, 2009).

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