Department News

Faculty news:

Congratulations...

To Sandy Mihal, lecturer on the New Brunswick Campus, for being awarded the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award for career longevity and unwavering excellence.

To Luke Ritter, who was awarded the 2018 William E. Foley Research Fellowship for his project, "Immigrants and Crime in the Nineteenth-Century Midwest."

To Aaron Hagler, whose article "The Shapers of Memory: The Theatrics of Islamic Historiography" was published in the journal Mathal.

To Joungbin Lim, whose article "Strategy for Animalism" was published in the journal Axiomanthes.


Congratulations...

To Dr. Aaron Hagler, whose article "Unity Through Omission: Literary Strategies of Recension in Ibn al-Athir's al-Kamil fi l-Ta'rikh" has been accepted for publication in the multidisciplinary journal Arabica. Dr. Hagler also gave a talk entitled "Whither the State? Religious Memory and Political Futures in the Middle East" on December 7 at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery. The talk was broadcast to Air Force officers around the world.

To Dr. Robin O' Sullivan, who has given two recent public talks: "Succotash, Pemmican, and Frybread: American Indian Foodways and Health, Past and Present"--at Troy University on November 15, 2017. The talk, on native foods and health issues in American Indian tribes (historically and in contemporary culture), was aligned with the "Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness" grant and traveling exhibition, made possible through the support of the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. O'Sullivan also presented on "Mockingbirds, Yellowhammers, and Wild Turkeys: The Weight of Feathers in Alabama History" at the Dothan downtown library on December 7, 2017. This environmental and literary history focused on Alabama's birds, in books and in the natural world. The talk, which included eye-catching images, was arranged by Discovering Alabama, a natural history PBS show.

To Dr. Luke Ritter, who was awarded the 2016 Environment in Missouri History Fellowship from the State Historical Society of Missouri. He also gave a TedX talk at Troy entitled "Islamophobia, American Nativism, and the Horizons of Religions Freedom" on November 5.


Congratulations...

To Dr. Marty Olliff, whose book Getting Out of the Mud: The Alabama Good Roads Movement and Highway Administration, 1898-1928 has been awarded the prestigious Anne B. and James B. McMillan Prize in Southern History.


Congratulations...

To Dr. Margaret Gnoinska, the 2017 recipient of the Ingalls Award for Classroom Teaching.

To Dr. Joungbin Lim, whose article "Pysicalism and Neo-Lockeanism about Persons" was published inPhilosophical Society.  He also presented two papers:  "The Compatibility of Physicalist Christology and the Trinity" at the 2016 National Meeting of Evangelical Philosophical Society and Evangelical Theological Society, and  "Was Jesus a Dead Person?" at the Annual Midsouth Philosophy Conference.   At the same conference, he also commented on Richard Schoenig's paper "Divine Foreknowledge, Free Will, and the Existence of God Revisited."

To Dr. Scott Merriman, whose book When Religious and Secular Interests Collide is forthcoming from Praeger. This book examines the countervailing arguments in the religious exemption debate and explains why this issue continues to be so heated and controversial in modern-day America.


Student news:

To 2018 History graduate Whitney Spake, whose paper "Among the Steppes: A Societal Study of the Soviet Past in Kyrgyzstan" was awarded the World History Association-Phi Alpha Theta Undergraduate Paper Award at the 2018 World History Association Conference.


Congratulations...

To Whitney Spake, whose paper "Among the Steppes: A Societal Study of the Soviet Past in Kyrgyzstan" has been accepted to the Phi Alpha Theta Biennial Convention in New Orleans (January, 2018).  Whitney conducted on-site research in Kyrgyzstan during an epic summer trip that also took her to Portugal, England, France, Ireland, Tunisia, Belgium, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Austria, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Latvia, Finland, Estonia, and Turkey.

Whitney Spake

 

To Robby Elmore, who has been accepted into the University of West Florida's MA program in Historical Archaeology, where he will focus on underwater archaeology.  He aspires to write a thesis on the lost (now found) sunken ship of the Spanish Conquistador Tristan de Luna, recently discovered just off the Florida Gulf Coast.

To Sara Lane, who has been accepted into Florida State University's MA program in American History.

And, finally, to History Majors Coale Jordan (Nathan Alexander Award), Jacob Guillory (Leonard Y. Trapp Memorial Award), Christopher Anderson (G. Ray Mathis Award), and Sara Lane (Colonial Dames of America Paper Award) for those honors, which were presented to them at Honors Convocation on April 17.


At the Alabama Historical Association Meeting this past weekend, Dr. Marty Oliff ("For More Info: Leveraging Impulsive Information Seeking with Smartphones and the Web") and Dr. Kathryn Tucker ("An Education on Race: School Attendance Trials and Defining Race in Jim Crow Alabama") presented papers, and Dr. Dan Puckett was the program chair and member of the Board of Directors..

Dr. Dan Puckett was the program chair

Congratulations and welcome to the History and Philosophy Department's two new faculty members
Dr. Joungbin Lim and Dr. Jay Valentine! They will both serve as Assistant Professors of Philosophy.


Joe McCall receiving the Order

Congratulations to Mr. Joe McCall, our Senior Lecturer in History, for receiving the Order of Omega Greek Advocate Award! His service to the Greek community, especially active members of the Kappa Beta chapter at Troy University, has been truly exceptional.


Congratulations to our history majors – Hunter Roe and Eleanor Self on their wonderful academic achievement!
They were all introduced by Dr. Margaret K. Gnoinska, recognized, and given awards at this year's Honors Convocation. We are all really proud of you!

Honor-Convocation
Eleanor Self
Hunter Roe

Congratulations Dr. Aaron Hagler on your recent published article "Sapping the Narrative: Ibn Kathir's Account of the shura of 'Uthman in Kitab al-Bidaya wa-l-Nihaya" in the International Journal of Middle East Studies, vol. 47, no. 2 (April, 2015), 303-321.

Congratulations and welcome to the History and Philosophy Department's four new faculty members – Dr. Aaron Hagler, Dr. Adam Hoose, Dr. Luke Ritter, and Dr. Kathryn Tucker! To learn more about our new faculty, please go to http://trojan.troy.edu/artsandsciences/history/faculty.html

Dr. Margaret K. Gnoinska has been elected to the Faculty Senate and the Undergraduate Academic Council.  Congratulations and all the best with your new responsibilities!

Congratulations to Joe McCall for receiving the prestigious Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching for 2014!!! We are all so inspired by you and your dedication to the students!

Congratulations to our history majors – Hunter Roe, Tate Luker, and Haley Hart –
on their wonderful academic achievement! They were all introduced by Dr. Robert Kruckeberg, recognized, and given awards at this April's Honors Convocation. We are all really proud of you!

Mr. Joe McCall receives the 2014 Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching during the University's annual Honors Convocation held in April 2014
Mr. Joe McCall receives the 2014 Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching
during the University's annual Honors Convocation held in April 2014