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  • On February 4, history professors Alex Hidalgo, Peter Szok, and Don Coerver hosted a screening of “The Missing 43,” a documentary on the recent disappearance of education students in Mexico’s troubled state of Guerrero. The incident has garnered international attention for the brutal nature of the event, the stranglehold of powerful drug cartels on local communities, and the government’s inability to respond.  
  • Dr. Ken Stevens spent the fall semester 2014 with a Fulbright Scholar Award that established him as the 2014 Laszlo Orszagh Distinguished Chair in American Studies at the University of Debrecen in Hungary. Read more about it here.


  • Students in Dr. Hidalgo's History Major Seminar presented their work "Mapped Encounters: A Digital Exhibit of the George T. Abell Collection,” on Thursday December 4 at 3:00 p.m. in the Debate Chamber (SCHAR 1001). The Abell Collection includes over one hundred maps that highlight early modern and nineteenth-century achievements in cartography, geometry, and science.


  • The fall 2014 Phi Alpha Theta initiation was held on Thursday, November 6, at 3:30 pm on the first floor of Reed Hall. Congratulations to new initiates Garret Evans, Brandon Frank, Rebekah Yarmchuk, Taylor Meneley, Brennan Rivas, Lauren Mackson, Henry Hollo, Eric Gerber, and Kelly Shara.

  • We mourn the loss of Dr. Paul Boller, who passed away in March 2014 at the age of 97. Dr. Boller was the Lyndon B. Johnson Chair of U.S. History until his retirement in 1983, though he remained active as a historian and a supporter of TCU's history department until his death. Click here to read his obituary in Perspectives.
  • The department's spring awards banquet took place on Monday, April 21. In addition to initiating new Phi Alpha Theta members, the department recognized Stephen Lopez as its Senior Scholar, Kirby Richards as the Hammond Award winner, and Ryan Higgins as the recipient of the Sons of the American Revolution (Van Zandt Chapter) award. Beth Hessel was awarded the Graduate Student Teaching Award, and Scarlet Jernigan received the Graduate Student Research Award. See pictures here.
  • Ph.D. student Miriam Villanueva has won a CLAH James R. Scobie Award to support her dissertation research on the cultural history of Panamanian militarism.

  • Ph.D. student David Grantham has won a Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation Grant to conduct research at the Ford Presidential Library, as well as a Moody Research Grant to pursue research at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin related to his study of Argentine-Middle East diplomacy during the Cold War.

  • Dr. Steve Woodworth, Civil War historian, was featured on KERA's program "Think" on Wednesday, April 2. Get the podcast here.

  • Julian Read, a former aide to Gov. John Connally and eyewitness to the assassination of President Kenned, visited campus for a talk and book-signing on Friday, April 4.  Mr. Read discussed his new book, JFK’s Final Hours in Texas: An Eyewitness Remembers the Tragedy and Its Aftermath

  • Professor Brooks D. Simpson, internationally recognized scholar on Ulysses S. Grant, spoke on American Civil War history on Tuesday, April 8.

  • On April 2-3, the Robert D. Alexander Lecture and Workshops featured Manuel Lima speaking on “The Power of Networks: Mapping an Increasingly Complex World," as well as a series of workshops on various aspects of data visualization, including one by geography professor Dr. Kyle Walker

  • Geography's Dr. Kyle Walker led a Center for Teaching Excellence workshop on Wednesday, March 26, on interactive data visualization in the classroom. He demonstrated the benefits of using interactive charts and maps and introduced attendees to resources for use in their own teaching.

  • Recent accomplishments of our PhD students: Kendra DeHart authored "Jury Hung, Henry Clay Not: Scandal and Judicial Intrigue in Lajitas, Texas," the lead article in the latest issue of Sound Historian: Journal of the Texas Oral History Association. Beth Hessel will present her research at the Organization of American Historians in April, as will Jeff Wells and Kendra DeHart at the 18th Cotton and Rural History Conference at the Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum in April. Ms. Hessel is also serving as the graduate student representative on the Coordinating Council for Women in History.

  • Dr. Ken Stevens' edition of the Texas Legation Papers won the 2013 Will Rogers Medallion Award for Western Nonfiction. His work is also featured in TCU Magazine; read more about it here.

  • Dr. Max Krochmal's "Texas Communities Oral History Project," in which students studied and interviewed local civil rights activists, was featured in TCU Magazine. See the article and video here. Dr. Krochmal is spending this year in residence at SMU as the recipient of the Summerlee Fellowship in Texas History at the Clements Center for Southwest Studies.

  • TCU historians make news on the anniversary of the Kennedy assassination: Dr. Gregg Cantrell reviews the evidence and argues against Kennedy conspiracy theories in the Star-Telegram, and Dr. Max Krochmal contributes to a story on the importance of Mexican-American voters to Kennedy's election on NPR's Morning Edition.


  • TCU faculty and graduate students were well represented at the 2013 Southern History Association meeting in St Louis. Click here for photographs.

  • Congratulations to our 2013-14 Graduate Dissertation Fellows! Luz Huertas is the recipient of the Benjamin W. Schmidt Scholarship, and Amanda Bresie and Jeff Wells will receive

    Departmental Dissertation Fellowships.

  • Dr. Steven Woodworth, along with two other TCU professors, has been named by the Princeton Review in The Best 300 Professors, its guidebook of top undergraduate professors from over a hundred American colleges.