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Faculty & Staff

Campbell, Jodi
Associate Professor, Department Chair
Spain, Early Modern Europe
Reed 308A
(817) 257-5882
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Jodi Campbell received her Ph.D. in European history from the University of Minnesota. Her research interests center on the politics, culture and society of early modern Spain. Her most recent book, At the First Table (University of Nebraska Press, 2017) shows how Spaniards used food as a mechanism for the performance of social identity. She is also the author of Monarchy, Political Culture and Drama in Seventeenth-Century Madrid (Ashgate, 2006), and the co-editor (with Douglas Catterall) of Women in Port: Gendering Communities, Economies, and Social Networks in Atlantic Port Cities, 1500-1800 (Brill, 2012). Campbell teaches courses on Western Europe, Spain, the Renaissance, and early modern European popular culture.

Gregg CantrellCantrell, Gregg
Erma and Ralph Lowe Chair
Texas History
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(817) 257-7035

Gregg Cantrell received his PhD from Texas A&M University. His books include Kenneth and John B. Rayner and the Limits of Southern Dissent (University of Illinois Press) and Stephen F. Austin, Empresario of Texas (Yale University Press).  He is also coeditor of Lone Star Pasts: Memory and History in Texas  (Texas A&M University Press) and coauthor of The History of Texas (Harlan Davidson Press). He is past president of the Texas State Historical Association and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters.  He teaches courses in Texas and American history and is currently writing a history of the Texas Populist Party.

Don CoerverCoerver, Don
Associate Dean and Professor
Modern Mexico, US Business History
Scharbauer 2001F
(817) 257-6290
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Don Coerver received his M.A. in History from Southern Methodist University and his Ph.D. in Latin American History from Tulane University.  His courses include The United States and Latin America; Revolution in Latin America; The Spanish Borderlands; Aztecs, Incas, and Mayas; History of Mexico; and Business in American Life.  He is the recipient of a number of fellowships, including the Fulbright-Hays, Mellon, Shell International Studies, and National Defense Education Act Fellowships. In addition to his position as professor of History, he also serves as Associate Dean of the AddRan College of Liberal Arts.

Confessore, Heather
Administrative Assistant
Reed 308
(817) 257-7288


Alan GallayGallay, Alan
Lyndon B. Johnson Chair
Early America, Atlantic World, U.S. South, Native America
Reed 303
(817) 257-6299
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Alan Gallay teaches and researches American and Atlantic World history with particular interest in colonialism, Native American peoples, intercultural relations, and the history of slavery.  He has given public talks in places as diverse as Tasmania, Istanbul, Seville, and Edinburgh—and Harvard and Yale. Gallay’s most recent books include Colonial and Revolutionary America (Prentice Hall), Indian Slavery in Colonial America (Univ. of Nebraska Press), and The Indian Slave Trade:  The Rise of the English Empire in the American South, 1670-1717 (Yale University Press).  His current book project is titled “Ralegh and the Origins of English Colonialism in Ireland and the Americas.”

Hanan HammadHammad, Hanan
Associate Professor
Middle East & Islamic World
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(817) 257-5823
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Hanan earned her Ph.D in Middle East History with a supporting field in Persian studies at the University of Texas at Austin in 2009. Her publications include the articles “Between Egyptian ‘National Purity’ and ‘Local Flexibility’: Prostitution in al-Mahalla al-Kubra in the first half of the 20th century” and “From Fascination to Condemnation: Khomeini and the Iranian Revolution in the Egyptian Press.” She is currently writing a book manuscript tentatively entitled Mechanizing People, Localizing Modernity: Industrialization and Social Transformation in Modern Egypt. Before coming to the world of academia, she worked as a journalist in Egyptian, Kuwaiti and American newspapers.

Alex HidalgoHidalgo, Alex
Assistant Professor
Colonial Latin America
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(817) 257-6644
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Alex Hidalgo (Ph.D. Arizona, 2013) specializes in the history of colonial Latin America with an interest in Mesoamerican ethnology, visual studies, and the Iberian Atlantic. He has co-edited special issues for Ethnohistory and the Journal of Latin American Geography that explore the intersection between empire, ethnicity, and space.  His research has won support from the Ford Foundation, the Fulbright Commission, the Library of Congress, and the American Historical Association.  In 2014, his current book project, “When Indian Maps Ruled Mexico: Colonialism, Cartography, and History,” an analysis of indigenous mapmaking in the Viceroyalty of New Spain, received the Lewis Hanke Prize from the Conference on Latin American History.

Todd KerstetterKerstetter, Todd
Associate Professor
American West, Native American, Environmental
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(817) 257-6736
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Todd Kerstetter specializes in the history of the American West and also teaches courses on environmental history, American Indian history, sport history, and the Progressive Era.  His research interests include religion and popular culture, water issues, and cities in the West. His publications include Inspiration and Innovation:  Religion in the American West (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015), God's Country, Uncle Sam's Land: Faith and Conflict in the American West (Illinois) in 2006 and articles in Western Historical Quarterly, Great Plains Quarterly, American Journalism, and Nebraska History. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska and his B.A. at Duke.

Max KrochmalKrochmal, Max
Assistant Professor
Modern U.S., African-American, Chicano/a-Latino/a, Labor History
Reed 104
(817) 257-7315
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Max Krochmal works at the intersection of modern U.S., African American, Chicano/a-Latino/a, and labor histories—and their present-day ramifications. A native of Reno, Nevada, he attended UC-Santa Cruz and Duke University.  He is the author of Blue Texas: The Making of a Multiracial Democratic Coalition in the Civil Rights Era (University of North Carolina Press, 2016) and the director of the Civil Rights in Black and Brown Oral History Project and Latino Fort Worth: Viva Mi Historia.  He was a fellow at the Clements Center for Southwest Studies and won a Collaborative Research Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  He also co-directs the TCU Justice Journey (formerly the Civil Rights Bus Tour) and is contributing to the development of TCU’s new programs in Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies and African American & Africana Studies.

Bill MeierMeier, Bill
Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
Modern Britain, Ireland, and British Empire
Reed 203
(817) 257-6302
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Bill Meier earned his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009.  His field of study is modern Britain, Ireland, and the British Empire, with a particular interest in the history of crime and disorder.  He has taught European and world history, including honors courses on Europe since 1789 and Ireland since 1600, as well as topics such as crime in Western Europe and the life and times of Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli.  His book Property Crime in London, 1850-Present (2011) explores what crimes like shoplifting, armed robbery, and drug smuggling can tell us about the changing landscape of social class, gender norms, and economic activity.  His current research project examines the social and cultural history of terrorism in modern Britain.

Menchaca, Celeste
Assistant Professor
U.S./Mexico borderlands, Chicano/Latino history
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(817) 257-4396
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Celeste Menchaca specializes in nineteenth-century U.S. borderlands history with an interest in science and technology, immigration, performance studies, and race, gender and sexuality. She is the past recipient of both the Predoctoral and the Dissertation Ford Fellowships. Her book manuscript, "Borderland Visualities: Technologies of Affixing and the Nineteenth-Century Southwest Borderlands," unearths the interplay between vision and science, spatial and social landscapes, and the regulation of bodies and borders along the nineteenth-century U.S.-Mexico border region. She is a guest co-curator for the recent California History special issue, "Deep Los Angeles," that features scholarship on racial and political geographies, surveillance technologies, and conservation practices across twentieth-century Los Angeles history. She earned her PhD in American Studies and Ethnicity from the University of Southern California.

Susan RamirezRamirez, Susan
Neville G. Penrose Chair
Latin America
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(817) 257-6047
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Dr. Susan Elizabeth Ramirez, the holder of the Penrose Chair of Latin American History, has written three major books: Provincial Patriarchs: Land Tenure and the Economics of Power in Colonial Peru (University of New Mexico Press, 1986); The World Upside Down: Cross Cultural Contact and Conflict in Sixteenth Century Peru (Stanford University Press, 1996 and 1998); and To Feed and Be Fed: The Cosmological Bases of Authority and Identity in the Andes (Stanford University Press, June 2005). She continues to research Andean anthropological history during the colonial period.

Claire SandersSanders, Claire
Instructor (History)
Modern Europe
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(817) 257-6289
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Claire A. Sanders received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She teaches undergraduate courses in the history of modern Europe, the history of France, and the history of women in modern Europe.  Partnering with TCU Career Services, Dr. Sanders teaches ADRN 20101, a course that helps Liberal Arts students prepare for the job market and market themselves successfully to potential employers. 

Rebecca SharplessSharpless, Rebecca
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
20th Century U.S., Women’s History
Reed 329
(817) 257-5645
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Rebecca Sharpless teaches courses in American history, focusing on women, labor, food, and Texas.  She is the author of Fertile Ground, Narrow Choices: Women on Texas Cotton Farms, 1900-1940(1999) and Cooking in Other Women's Kitchens: Domestic Workers in the South, 1865-1960(2010), winner of the 2012 Bennett H. Wall award.  She is co-editor of Texas Women: Their Histories, Their Lives (2015).  Sharpless has published articles in the Journal of Southern History, Southern Cultures, and the Florida Historical Quarterly as well as a variety of edited volumes.  She is past president of the Southern Association for Women Historians, past president of the Oral History Association, and on the executive council of the Texas State Historical Association.

Gene SmithSmith, Gene
Early American, Maritime and American Naval
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(817) 257-6295
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Gene Allen Smith received his Ph.D. from Auburn University.  He is the author, co-author, or editor of eight books, including The Slave’s Gamble: Choosing Sides on the Early American Battlefield (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).  Active in the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (Treasurer) and the North American Society for Oceanic History (Vice-President), he is editor of the University Press of Florida book series "Contested Boundaries,” and co-editor of the United States Naval Institute Press series “New Perspective on Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology.”  His research encompasses American naval/maritime history, Gulf territorial expansion, and the War of 1812, and he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on early American history.

Kenneth StevensStevens, Kenneth
American Presidency, Constitutional History and Jacksonian Era
Reed 327, (817) 257-6291
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After serving four years in the Navy, Ken Stevens returned to academia to pursue his Ph.D. at Indiana University, where he also worked as an editorial assistant at the American Historical Review. He has published five books, including the Texas Legation Papers, Border Diplomacy (a study of 19th century Anglo-American-Canadian relations), two volumes of the Diplomatic Papers of Daniel Webster, and an annotated bibliography of President William Henry Harrison. In addition to the U.S. history survey, he teaches courses in U.S. Constitutional History, the American Presidency, and the Age of Jackson.

Peter SzokSzok, Peter
Latin America
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(817) 257-6651

Peter Szok received a PhD in modern Latin American history from Tulane University.  He teaches classes on Afro-Latin American history, indigenous movements, and Central America. He is a contributing editor to the Handbook of Latin American Studies.  His latest book is Wolf Tracks: Popular Art and Re-Africanization in Twentieth-Century Panama (2012).

Stacey TheisenTheisen, Stacey
Administrative Assistant
Reed 308
(817) 257-6296


Kara VuicKara Dixon Vuic
Associate Professor, Schmidt Professor of War, Conflict, and Society in 20th Century America
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(817) 257-4136
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Kara Dixon Vuic is a historian of the twentieth-century United States whose research bridges the history of wars and militarization, the history of gender and sexuality, and social and cultural history.  She is the author of Officer, Nurse, Woman: The Army Nurse Corps in the Vietnam War (Johns Hopkins, 2010).  Her current projects include a “The Girls Next Door: American Women and Military Entertainment” (under contract with Harvard University Press) and an edited collection on gender, war, and the U.S. military.  She teaches courses on American wars, gender, women, and memory.  She earned her Ph.D. at Indiana University.
Steven Woodworth Woodworth, Steven
Old U.S. South, Civil War and Reconstruction
Reed 307
(817) 257-6293
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Steven E. Woodworth received his Ph.D. in 1987 from Rice University. He is the author, co-author, or editor of thirty-one books including Manifest Destinies: America’s Westward Expansion and the Road to Civil War (Knopf, 2010), Nothing but Victory: The Army of the Tennessee, 1861-1865 (Knopf, 2006), While God Is Marching On: The Religious World of Civil War Soldiers (Kansas, 2001), Davis and Lee at War (Kansas, 1995), and Jefferson Davis and His Generals: The Failure of Confederate Command in the West (Kansas, 1990). He teaches Civil War and Reconstruction, as well as U.S. Military History.
Peter WorthingWorthing, Peter
Modern China, Vietnam
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(817) 257-6656
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Peter Worthing received his PhD in Chinese history from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  He teaches undergraduate courses on East Asian Civilizations, modern Chinese history, and the Vietnam War and graduate seminars on China in World History and the Vietnam War.  He has published three books, Occupation and Revolution: China and the Vietnamese August Revolution of 1945 (1995),  A Military History of Modern China: From the Qing Conquest to Tiananmen Square (2007), and General He Yingqin: The Rise and Fall of Nationalist China (2016).  His articles have appeared in Modern ChinaWar and SocietyThe Journal of Military History, and Modern China Studies.  A member of the board of directors of the Chinese Military History Society, he is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Chinese Military History.

Adjunct instructors:

Larry Bartlett, Jonathan Steplyk, Jack McCallum, Brooke Wibracht, Michael Burns, Dan Vogel
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(817) 257-6300

Melanie Kirkland, Wes Watters, Mary Wilson
Reed 305
(817) 257-6394

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Graduate student instructors:

Blake Hill, Brady Winslow, Andrew Klooster, Michael Green, Jennifer McCutchen
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(817) 257-6300