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Amanda Abulawi

Amanda Abulawi 

(M.S., War and Society)  BA in History, University of Southern Mississippi, 2017.

Amanda Abulawi is from Poplarville, Mississippi. Amanda’s past research has focused on the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War. Amanda also worked at the McCain Archives in historical manuscripts and special collections, as an undergraduate and again while working on her graduate degree. After completion of the program, Amanda aspires to work in an archive or museum.

 

Brittany Carey

Brittany Carey

(MA, U.S. History)  BA in History, magna cum laude, University of Southern Mississippi, 2019.

Brittany is a MA student who specializes in 20th and 21st century American Labor history with an emphasis on women and minorities. She received the John E. Gonzales History Undergraduate Award Scholarship in 2018, and Keystone Scholar Award (2018-2019) while an undergraduate at USM.  Brittany’s undergraduate honors thesis "Academic Feminists Analyses of Female Celebrities from the 1980s to Today" focused on the history of academic feminists and their changing debates over the topics of race, class, sexism, and sexual preference from the 1980s to the present. Brittany is working under the direction of Dr. Rebecca Tuuri.

 

Regina Coffey

Regina Coffey

(MA, European History)  BA in History, magna cum laude, University of Southern Mississippi, 2016.

Regina comes from Mandeville, Louisiana. Her undergraduate thesis focused on resistance in the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps, and she is interested in continuing to study resistance organizations in World War II.  Regina is working under the direction of Dr. Andrew Wiest.

 

Colin Damms

Colin Damms

(MA, European History)  BA in History with Honors, Mississippi University for Women, 2017.

Colin is a Masters student specializing in twentieth-century British history. Colin’s undergraduate honors research examined the relevance of culture, specifically Manchester music, in British society, identity, and politics in the late twentieth century. Titled “Where were you while we were getting high?: How Manchester became the Republik of Mancunia,” it was published the the MUW Undergraduate research journal, “Merge”. At USM he will continue his study of British culture and society, and hopes to expand his study of the connection between the New Labour and Britpop movements, and the cultural impact of music and football in the city of Manchester.  Colin is working under the direction of Dr. Allison Abra.

Sarah Houge

Sarah Hogue

(MA, U.S. History)  BA in History, BA in English Writing, minor in Public History, summa cum laude with honors, Mississippi College, 2019.

During her time at Mississippi College, Sarah received the 2019 Outstanding Senior in History Award. Sarah is a native of Clinton, MS, and she is a first year MA student.  Sarah is working on a thesis, under the direction of Dr. Kyle Zelner, tentatively entitled "Colonial Coverture: Women, Property Rights, and Inheritance in Early New England, 1620-1776.”  She plans to examine how and to what extent the legal doctrine of coverture--a legal classification that severely limited married women’s legal rights to own property—functioned in the colonial period in several New England colonies, including Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Plymouth, and Rhode Island.  In 2020, Sarah won an American History Education Award from the Mississippi Chapter of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America for her work on colonial American history. 

 

Michael Howell

Michael Howell 

(MA, History)  MA in English, University of Southern Mississippi, 2011;  BA in Classics, University of Southern Mississippi, 2001;  BA in English, University of Southern Mississippi, 1997.

Michael is a Hattiesburg native and an honors graduate of Southern Miss and Ole Miss Universities. While a graduate student at Southern Miss, he was the recipient of the James Sims Award for his paper, “Prometheus Rebound: Shelley and the Language of the Dead.” A life-long student of history, he’s currently interested in studying Medieval History with particular emphasis on the lasting cultural and political impact of the Norman Conquest on the English-speaking world.

 

Grant Jones

Grant Jones

(MA, U.S. History)  BA in History, University of Southern Mississippi, 2018.

 

 

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Brennan Kuehl

(MA, War and Society)  BA in History, University of Southern Mississippi, 2016.

Brennan graduated with honors from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2017 with a BA in history and a minor in English. He was awarded the John E. Wallace award for outstanding history major for the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus in 2017. He is interested in the differential treatment of European and Japanese POWs held in the United States during World War II.  He is working under the direction of Dr. Douglas Bristol. 

 

Taylor Lewis

Taylor Lewis

(MA, War and Society) McNair Scholar,  BA in History, Grand Valley State University, 2018.

Taylor Lewis is a MA student from Edwardsburg, Michigan. He is primarily interested in counterinsurgency warfare and how the United States conducted counterinsurgency operations in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. In addition to traditional written research, he has explored counterinsurgency warfare through oral history interviews. He is also interested in the cross-cultural interactions between American soldiers and their native allies in the field.  Taylor is working under the direction of Dr. Andrew Wiest.

 

Billy Loper

Billy Loper

(MA, U.S. History)  BA in History, University of Southern Mississippi, 2019. 

Billy is a Master’s student pursuing an M.A. in U.S. History. Originally from Seminary, Mississippi, Billy graduated with a B.A. from Southern Miss in 2019, and his past research includes studies on community Civil War history and memory. During his undergraduate years, Billy worked alongside Dale Center co-director Dr. Susannah J. Ural on the “War Stories: Civil War and Reconstruction Governors of Mississippi” project and was a two-time recipient of the Jack Lucas Award for War and Society at USM’s Undergraduate Research Symposium. His research focuses on Civil War memory in the Mississippi Piney Woods under the direction of Dr. Susannah Ural.

 

Maeve Losen

Maeve Losen

(MA, U.S. History)  BA in History with a concentration in Public History, minor in Anthropology, summa cum laude, Longwood University, 2018.

Maeve is a Master’s student pursuing a dual M.A. degree in U.S. History and Anthropology. A Richmond, Virginia native, Maeve graduated summa cum laude from Longwood University in 2018 with a B.A. in History (concentration in Public History) and a minor in Anthropology. She has worked as an education assistant with Richmond National Battlefield Park and the Maggie L. Walker National Historical Site. Maeve is interested in focusing her graduate research on culture during the Second World War. 

 

Justin Major

Justin Major

(MA, War and Society)  BA in History and Film and Media Arts, magna cum laude, Louisiana State University, 2017.

Ay LSU, Justin won the McCormick Prize for the best undergraduate paper in military history at the 2018 Missouri Valley History Conference. His research focuses on the Vietnam War, particularly the history of Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) and of U.S. combat operations from 1965-68.  He is working under the direction of Dr. Andrew Wiest.

 

Clay Mapp

Claude McWilliams Mapp, Jr.

(MA, U.S. History)  MS in Education, Samford University, 2016; BA in History, cum laude, Samford University,  2015.

Clay is a native of Greenwood, Mississippi. His undergraduate thesis focused on the clash of Nationalism and Regionalism in Alsace-Lorraine. He is currently interested in the society and politics of the American South. Clay is also a member of the Phi Alpha Theta, Epsilon Rho Chapter from Samford University.

 

Amy Myers

Amy Myers

(MA, U.S. History)  BA in History (Social Studies Licensure), University of Southern Mississippi, 2016.

A native of Mississippi, Amy graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a BA in History (Social Studies Licensure) with Highest Honors. She was awarded the John E. Gonzales Award for Most Outstanding Senior and the Most Outstanding Student Teacher Award in 2017 and represented the College of Arts and Letters and the History Department as a College Ambassador for the 2015-2016 year. In addition to acquiring an MA in U.S. History, as well as a Public History Certificate, she is interested in studying topics and events that ultimately led to the Civil War.  Amy is working under the direction of Dr. Susannah Ural.

 

Kurt Rass

Kurt Rass

(MA, War and Society)  BA in History, minor in Political Science, Mississippi College, 2018. 

From Flowood, Mississippi, Kurt spent the past four summers working on a research project at the Mississippi Department of Transportation in Jackson, Mississippi, which chronicles the 100-year history of the department and discusses the role that department played in industrializing the state. Kurt is interested in studying Germany during the First World War and the role that the nation’s unification played in starting the war.  Kurt is working under the direction of Dr. Heather Stur.

 

Lindsey Stobaugh

Lindsey Stobaugh

(MA, European History)  BA in Social Studies Education, BA in History, summa cum laude. University of Mississippi, 2018.

Lindsey graduated from the University of Mississippi with majors in Social Studies Education and History in 2018. Throughout her undergraduate career, she completed research in a variety of fields, such as United States, European, and Middle Eastern history. Upon graduating from the University of Mississippi, she worked as a seventh grade United States history teacher in Southaven, MS. She is primarily interested in the Cold War era and researching the impact of Cold War politics and policies on individuals and nations across Europe.  Lindsey is working under the direction of Dr. Allison Abra.  Upon completion of the graduate program at the University of Southern Mississippi, Lindsey looks forward to continuing her teaching career.

 

Cody Turnbaugh

Cody Turnbaugh

(MA, War and Society)  BA in History with honors Saint Francis University, 2019. 

A native of central Pennsylvania, Cody graduated from Saint Francis University where he received grants from the Saint Francis History Department to conduct research in the National Archives in Washington D.C., as well as at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. While at Saint Francis, Cody received the Margaret M. Tobin Award for Outstanding Library Research for his piece on psychological trauma in American military history. Cody plans to focus his graduate research on mental trauma in the American Civil War under the direction of Dr. Susannah J. Ural.

 

PhD Students

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Allan Branstiter 

(PhD, U.S. History)  MA in History, University of Southern Mississippi, 2012; BA in History, Minnesota State University-Moorhead, 2010.

Under the direction of Susannah J. Ural, Allan is currently writing his dissertation “He Who Merits the Palm: California Volunteers and the Civil War,” an examination of how Californians who served in the Union Army reconciled their experiences as veterans and western settlers and constructed a distinctly western memory of the war's place in American history. His dissertation research also explores how the California Volunteers used their social status as veterans to oppose the burgeoning Gilded-Age order, racial equality, political centralization, Native American sovereignty, and Chinese immigration. Allan is a past recipient of the Colonel W. Wayde Benson Fellowship, as well as the Southern Miss History Department Phi Alpha Theta Graduate History Student Award. In 2016, Allan also won the American Historical Association’s Summer Blogger Award. He is also a veteran of the US Army, having served in Iraq as a Counter-mine/Counter-IED Specialist from 2004 to 2005.

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Sean Buckelew 

(PhD, U.S. History) MA in History, San Diego State University, 2015; BA in Theater, University of Southern Mississippi, 2013.

Sean's research interests include popular culture and sporting culture in late twentieth-century America as well as left-wing theater movements in interwar America. He is studying under the direction of Dr. Andrew P. Haley. Sean is currently working on preliminary research into race and gender dynamics in southern professional wrestling. Sean is also interested in museum design. His previous experience includes participation in the design of the 2014 Sunshine and Superheroes exhibition for the Oakland Museum of California.

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Dennis Cowles

(PhD, Early American History)  MA in History, University of New Orleans, 2006; BA in French, University of New Orleans, 2002.

Dennis’s research interests center on the intersections of imperial history and social history, specifically during eras of regime change. Other interests include colonial Latin America, comparative colonial history, ethnohistory, and the Atlantic world. Dennis worked for several years as an adjunct instructor of history in New Orleans and in the Boston area. He also has nearly 20 years' experience working in museums and non-profit organizations, including running a planetarium and working at the Paul Revere House. His dissertation project, “Neither Subjects nor Rebels: Responses to Imperial Centralization in Salem and Ipswich, 1660 – 1715,” is directed by Dr. Kyle F. Zelner. 

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Kevin Grubbs 

(PhD, U.S. History)  MA in History, University of Southern Mississippi, 2014 ; BA in History, cum laude, University of Texas-Arlington, 2010.

Kevin is a PhD student focusing on American History, as well as examining Latin American history as a minor area of concentration.  His dissertation, which is directed by Dr. Max Grivno, explores the relationship between the Gulf South and the Caribbean as promoted by sailors and stevedores on trading ships during the nineteenth century.  His work has appeared in the Journal of Mississippi History.  Other interests include class and power in the American South during the Early Republic.

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Shane Hand

(PhD, U.S. History) MA in History and MLIS in Library Science, University of Southern Mississippi, 2011; BA in History, University of Alabama, 2009.

Shane’s research interests include culture, race, and literacy during the early-twentieth century. His master thesis, “Transmitting Whiteness: Librarians, Children, & Race, 1900 – 1930s,” demonstrates how New Orleans public librarians facilitated the transmission of a white racist ideology of superiority and privilege through the collecting of children’s books for young readers. His current dissertation topic, an intellectual biography of Curious George, seeks to explain how H.A. and Margret Rey adapted racialized advertisements from Germany’s colonial period for American children readers during the mid-twentieth century. He is advised by Dr. Andrew P. Haley.

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Jonathan Harton

(PhD, Early American History) MA in Military History, University of North Georgia, 2012; BA in History, University of Georgia, 2009.

Jonathan is a PhD student interested in the various ways local communities respond to and remember armed conflict, particularly in early North America. Jonathan’s MA thesis investigated how combining historical archaeology and documentary history could augment narrative creation and local memory for northwest Georgia’s U.S. Civil War history. His current research focus examines the martial culture of southeastern militias during the mid to late 18th century. Jonathan investigates how colonial warfare affected militiamen’s agrarian communities and how the South’s agricultural environment shaped militia behavior. Jonathan is working under the direction of Dr. Kyle F. Zelner.

 Hayley Hasik

Hayley Michael Hasik

(PhD, U.S. History)  MA in Public History, Stephen F. Austin State University, 2017; BS in History and English, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2014.

Hayley is a PhD student at USM whose interests include 20th century U.S. history with an emphasis on war and memory, World War II, the Vietnam War, and veterans' experiences. Hayley’s current research focuses on examining the legacy of the “Helicopter War” in Vietnam. Her project seeks to uncover how and why helicopters became such an integral part of Vietnam War history and memory. Hayley has extensive oral history experience and co-founded the East Texas War and Memory Project in 2012. Her previous scholarly research focused on the American POW experience during WWII and the Vietnam helicopter experience using the life history of a Warrant Officer as a case study. She is working under the direction of Dr. Heather Stur.

Hayley has presented at numerous academic conferences and has published several articles in the Sound Historian and War, Literature, and the Arts. Hayley is also a recipient of the 2019 Russell Weigley Travel Grant from the Society for Military History and the Dale Center's Lamar Powell Scholarship in 2018 and 2019.

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Wesley Hazzard 

(PhD, U.S. History)  MLitt in Battlefield and Conflict Archeology, University of Glasgow, Scotland, 2012; BA in History, University of South Florida-St. Petersburg, 2011.

Wes Hazzard's MLitt thesis examined Prisoner of War camps during World War II.  At Southern Miss, Wes’s research interests are in U.S. imperialism in the Caribbean and Latin America during the twentieth century, and his current research analyzes the memory and legacy of the 1965 U.S. Intervention in the Dominican Republic.  Other areas of interest include U.S. occupations in the Caribbean during World War I, and U.S.-Latin American foreign policy. Wes is working under the direction of Dr. Heather M. Stur.

 Melissa Jones

Melissa (“Missy”) Janczewski Jones

(PhD, U.S. History)  MS in History and Political Science, Mississippi College, 2014; BS in History and Paralegal Studies, Mississippi College, 1992.

Since the fall of 2015, Missy has served as Visiting Instructor in the Department of History and Political Science at Mississippi College.  Between 2014 and 2018, she served as the editor of Mississippi History Now, an online publication of the Mississippi Historical Society.  Missy’s area of historical focus includes Reconstruction and Historical Memory, especially the Clinton Mississippi Riot of 1875.  In 2015, Missy worked with the City of Clinton, local churches, and the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation in hosting several public events to bring attention and awareness to this tragic event on its 140th anniversary.   In September of 2015, her article, "Thawing Frozen History: The Clinton Riot of 1875" was published by the Mississippi Historical Society.

In 2016, Missy was named the Distinguished Alumna of the Year by her colleagues at MC.  She is a member of the Civil Rights Education Committee of the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation. Her work has been highlighted by Mississippi Public Broadcasting, Teaching for Change, the Jackson Free Press, the Clarion-Ledger, the Clinton Courier, and the Mississippi College Collegian

 John Mortimer

John J. Mortimer 

(PhD, U.S. History)  MA in History, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2013; BA in European History, Framingham State College, 2010.

John Mortimer is a PhD candidate with research interests that focus on contemporary U.S. diplomacy. More specifically, he examines the assiduous struggle between power and principal in U.S. foreign relations during the Ford and Carter Administrations. His dissertation analyzes both presidents, as they sought to find a balance between national security interests and human rights within the context of détente. In doing so, he focuses on several pivotal moments in American foreign policy that include but are not limited to the Vietnamese humanitarian crisis, Helsinki Accords, and Camp David Accords. He is working under the direction of Dr. Heather Marie Stur. 

In the summer of 2015, John attended the West Point Summer Seminar in Military History. He was the recipient of the Lamar Powell History Graduate Scholarship for 2016-2017. For the 2018 academic year, John was a Graduate Research Assistant at the U.S. Army Center of Military History. He is currently a Dissertation Fellow at the U.S. Army Center of Military History. He has published several encyclopedia articles, book reviews, and is currently working on a journal article.

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Olivia Moore

(PhD, U.S History)  MA in History, University of Southern Mississippi, 2016; BA in History and Politics, University of Exeter, United Kingdom, 2014.

Olivia is an international student from Plymouth, England. Her MA thesis explored the unlikely activism of three white southerners in the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement. Working under the direction of Dr. Kevin Greene,  Olivia's dissertation will look more closely at Hattiesburg’s white community: particularly how different groups were engaged with and responded to the struggle for racial equality.

Olivia has experience in interviewing for the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage, and recently curated an exhibit displayed at McCain Library and Archives titled "Mississippi Bicentennial: Celebrating the State’s 200thAnniversary."  She is also working toward the Graduate Certificate in Public History. Olivia’s interest in civil rights history originally began after interviewing local activist, Raylawni Branch, during her study abroad placement at USM in 2012.

 

Sean O'Farrell

Sean O’Farrell

(PhD, U.S. History) MA in U.S. History, Marquette University, 2019; BA in History, Flagler College, 2016.

Sean is a PhD student in U.S. History at Southern Miss and his research centers on exploring the intersections of race, music, and youth culture in the Mississippi Delta during the twentieth century. While at Marquette University, his research explored Milwaukee’s punk rock scene, as well as Milwaukee’s religiously motivated social activists of the 1960s and early 1970s.

Aderian Partain

Aderian K. Partain

(PhD, History)  MA in War and Society, University of Southern Mississippi, 2018; BA in History, summa cum laude, Mississippi State University, 2016.

Aderian is a native of Sebastopol, Mississippi.  His major interests lie in the history of naval warfare. Aderian’s MA thesis research, under the direction of Dr. Susannah Ural, explored the officer partnerships between the Union Navy and Army during combined riverine operations in the Western Theater of the American Civil War. He plans to further his research of inland waterway naval operations into the Vietnam War under the direction of Dr. Andrew Wiest.

 Lindsey Peterson

Lindsey R. Peterson

(PhD, U.S. History)  MA in History, University of South Dakota, 2015; BA in History and Political Science, Buena Vista University, 2013.

Lindsey R. Peterson is a Ph.D. Candidate working under the supervision of Dr. Susannah J. Ural in the Dale Center for the Study of War and Society at Southern Miss. She received a M.A. in history from the University of South Dakota (2015) and a B.A. in history from Buena Vista University (2013). Her dissertation project examines the intersection of race, gender, and place in westerners’ Union Civil War commemorations to reveal how western Unionists remembered and celebrated the American Civil War to bolster their competing visions of western expansion and social order. Lindsey is the recipient of several fellowships, including the 2018 Baird Fellowship for the Center for the Study of the Gulf South, the 2017 Dale Center Graduate Fellowship, and the 2015 Margaret Boone Dale Fellowship from the Dale Center for the Study of War and Society. She currently serves on the Graduate Student Connection Committee for the Society of Civil War Historians and teaches the U.S. History sequence and upper-level history courses as an instructor at the University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota. Based on her M.A. thesis, her article, “’Iowa Excelled Them All’: Iowa Local Ladies’ Aid Societies Relief on the Civil War Frontier, 1861–1865” appeared in the fall 2016 issue of The Middle West Review.

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Rebecca Rotter 

(PhD, U.S. History)  MA in History, University of North Carolina Wilmington, 2009; BS in Biology, Elon University, 2002.

Rebecca was the George M. Nethken Fellow at the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War in 2008 and 2010.  This permitted her the opportunity to work on the seminars "Gettysburg: Retreat and Pursuit" and "Siege of Petersburg," the latter of which was presented in conjunction with Pamplin Park.

During the 2009 - 2010 academic year, Rebecca was an adjunct lecturer at the University of North Carolina, Pembroke. Her research interests include the South in the latter half of the nineteenth century and the American Civil War.  Her dissertation, under the supervision of Dr. Bo Morgan, is tentatively titled “Temperance and Woman Suffrage: Success and Struggle in Mississippi at the Turn of the Twentieth Century,” and considers the relationship between the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union and the woman suffrage movement in Mississippi.

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Tyler Rotter

(PhD, Early American History) MA in History, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, 2010; PBS in Museum Studies, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, 2010; BA in History, University of Missouri, 2007.

Tyler is a PhD candidate specializing in the cultural history of seventeenth-century New England with minor areas in War and Society and Latin America. His research interests include the way in which clergy used their leadership and influence to create propaganda in support of war, how this promotion differed from the religious language utilized by New England’s civil and military leaders, and how the overall conception of religiously prescribed warfare evolved as New England became increasingly integrated into the larger British Atlantic and played an greater role in imperial conflicts with other European states. Additionally, he is also interested in the religious characteristics of colonization in Latin America and how they compared to those of British North America.

Tyler was awarded the department’s McCain Fellowship for 2015-2016 and also currently serves as an editor for H-War. Tyler is studying under the direction of Dr. Kyle F. Zelner.

 James Skinner

James Skinner

(PhD, History), MA in History, William Carey University 2017; BS in Mass Communication, William Carey University, 2011.

James worked in television production for five years before receiving his M.A. in History from William Carey University in 2017.  During his master's program, Skinner had the opportunity to travel to Turkey and Israel, and extensively studied the time period of the early Islamic empires, as well as the formation of the modern state of Turkey. He completed a master’s thesis titled "Terror and the American Dream:  A Biography of Civil Rights Martyr Vernon Dahmer Sr."  His primary focus of research has been the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi and is currently working on a dissertation examining the state's healthcare system from the 1970's to the present day. 

 Lucas Somers

Lucas Somers

(Ph.D., U.S. History)  MA in History, Western Kentucky University, 2015; BA in History, Western Kentucky University, 2013.

Lucas is a PhD Candidate at the University of Southern Mississippi focusing on the era of the American Civil War and Reconstruction. His previous graduate research focused on scrutinizing significant aspects of Abraham Lincoln’s personal worldview by analyzing the president’s reported dreams, visions, and ‘night terrors.’  Lucas is working on a dissertation entitled "Embattled Learning: Education and Emancipation in the Post-Civil War Upper South," under the direction of Dr. Susannah J. Ural. This project uses a lens of education to examine ways communities in Kentucky and Tennessee experienced the process of emancipation after the Civil War. He hopes to advance current scholarship by emphasizing social changes on the local level that do not fit with the accepted historiographical political framework of Reconstruction.

Lucas is also enrolled in the Graduate Certificate Program for Public History at USM.  He has received the Colonel W. Wayde Benson Fellowship 2016-2017, the Dale Center Graduate Fellowship 2018-2020, the Margaret Boone Dale Fellowship in Women and War 2019-2020, and the Lamar Powell Graduate War & Society Scholarship in 2018 and 2019.  

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Gabrielle Walker

(PhD, U.S. History)  MA in History, University of New Orleans, 2009; BA in History, Judson College, 2005.

Gabrielle is a PhD student whose major research interest is in post-Reconstruction Southern women. Her MA thesis focused on the New Orleans Christian Woman’s Exchange to point out the existing dichotomies between women working to survive and high society matrons working to provide charity for “reduced gentlewomen” and the poor. Gabrielle’s current research examines the role of women’s education in shaping Southern mentality of womanhood in the Baptist church across class and racial lines during the Progressive Era using Louisiana native Caroline Dormon as a case study of the “new” Baptist woman. In addition to the US History major, Gabrielle’s two minor fields of study are Asian History and race and ethnicity. She has authored and presented several conference papers on Louisiana clubwomen and also authored an article on the Christian Woman’s Exchange in the KnowLA Encyclopedia of Louisiana, as well as a historical marker for Calvary Baptist Church, Bayou Chicot, Louisiana.

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