Sarah Griswold

Sarah Griswold, Assistant Professor Lebanese Coast Griswold
Ph.D., New York University 

Address: 162 South Murray

Fall 2018 Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 2:00-3:00pm

Fields: Modern Europe; French Empire; Race, Religion & Ethnicity; Heritage and Museum Studies.

I am a cultural historian of modern France and its empire, the politics of heritage and place, and the Mediterranean. My current book project, “In Search of Civilization: Archaeology and the French Mandate for Syria and Lebanon,” examines the ramifications of work undertaken by archaeologists in the French mandate, a quasi-colonial system set up after the First World War. I focus not only on how French archaeologists’ findings at Palmyra, Byblos, and Crusader castles shaped a sense of cultural heritage in the mandate proper but also back in France, where Louvre curators were rebranding the French flagship museum as a repository for “Western civilization.” My research has been supported by the Council for European Studies, the Société des Professeurs Français et Francophones d’Amérique, and the Michel Beaujour Fellowship.

I have presented my research at the annual meetings of the Council for European Studies, Society of French Historical Studies, Western Society for French History as well as international conferences organized by the German Historical Institute London and INALCO in Paris.

I enjoy teaching courses on modern Europe and world history, as well as courses on the history of ethnicity, religion, heritage, and museums. I am currently developing my course, “Modern France, 1789-Present,” to include a digital project that examines France’s history as a multiethnic society—from colonial troops in WWI to the World-Cup champions of 2018.

Courses Taught
HIST 2013 – Introduction to the Study of History
HIST 2023 – History of the Present
HIST 3323 – Modern France, 1789 - Present
Honors Add-On: Sex and Gender in French Film


Brandy Thomas Wells

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Ph.D., The Ohio State University 
Address 101 S. Murray 
Fall 2018 Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00-3:00pm and by appointment

Fields: United States; African American History; Women and Gender 
Dr. Wells is currently preparing a book manuscript that analyzes African American women’s international interests and activities from the 1890s through the 1960s. Her work illuminates how members of the National Association of Colored Women Clubs (NACWC) and the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) pursued anti-colonial and anti-imperialist agendas, and how they communicated, cooperated, and competed in the overall quest for civil and human rights. The project has received generous funding from the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the International Chapter of the P.E.O Sisterhood, among other organizations. Dr. Wells’s essays have appeared inOrigins andWomen and Social Movements in Modern Empire. 
Courses Taught:
HIST 1103 Survey of American History
American History to 1865
American History since 1865
HIST 4153 African American History to 1865
HIST 4163 African American History since 1865
Black Women in U.S. History 

Jared Eberle

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Ph.D., Oklahoma State University 

Address: 154 Murray 
Fall 2018 Office Hours: Wednesday, 1:00-4:00PM

Fields: Native North America, Modern United States, History of Activism
My research focuses on American Indian Activism in the second half of the twentieth century. In particular I focus on the period that followed the occupation of Wounded Knee in 1973, which has traditionally been an understudied and under-appreciated aspect of American Indian activism. My dissertation looked at the ways groups like the American Indian Movement and the International Indian Treaty Council sought to forge international alliances and promote Native issues on an international stage and examine both their successes and their setbacks that formed the basis of a new era of indigenous activism. I am currently in the process of turning the dissertation in a manuscript for submission to academic presses in the coming year. 
Courses Taught
 HIST 1103
HIST 2023 (History of the Present)
HIST 3980 (15 Songs)

Sarah Foss

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Ph.D., Indiana University

Address: 103 Murray (South)

Fall 2018 Office Hours
M: 12:00-1:30
W: 1:30-3:00

My research focuses on the politics of Cold War era international development projects in Latin America and the ways that indigenous people interacted with, and often appropriated, these projects. My current book project, “Until the Indian is Made to Walk”: Indigenismo and Development in Cold War Guatemala, focuses on the ways that a diverse set of actors utilized discourses of international development to redefine the category of “the Indian” in an attempt to integrate the indigenous population into the nation. I focus not only on the actions and motivations of policymakers but also emphasize the ways that indigenous people actively participated in these processes, often creating alternate versions of development and indigenous citizenship. My research has been supported by a Fulbright Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship, an Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences Research Fellowship, and several smaller grants. I have presented aspects of this research at the annual meetings of the American Historical Association, the Latin American Studies Association, and the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.

I enjoy teaching courses on Latin American history, Cold War history, race and ethnicity, and surveys of World and US history. I am currently developing a course called “From the Plantation to Your Plate: Bananas, Sugar, and Coffee in the Americas” that considers the ways that the production and consumption of primary commodities shapes societies in the Americas.

Courses Taught
HIST 3453 Colonial Latin America
HIST 3463 Modern Latin America
HIST 1103 Survey of American History
HIST 2223 World History 1500-present
From the Plantation to Your Plate: Bananas, Sugar & Coffee in the Americas


Jennifer Murray

Jennifer M. Murray, Teaching Assistant Professor OSU Web Photo
Ph.D., Auburn University

Address: 104 S. Murray Hall

Fall 2018 Office Hours: Stillwater - T/R 11:00-12:15 and by appointment; Tulsa - T/R 5:30-6:30

Fields: American Military History, Civil War

I am an American military historian, with a research and teaching specialization in the U.S. Civil War. My first book, On A Great Battlefield: The Making, Management, and Memory of Gettysburg National Military Park, 1933-2013 was published by the University of Tennessee Press in 2014. While Gettysburg is the most studied battle of the Civil War, On A Great Battlefield offers a pioneering interpretation that moves the discussion beyond the July 1863 battle to an exploration of the history of the battlefield landscape. My research considers the nexus of preservation, interpretation, and memory at Gettysburg National Military Park from 1933, when the National Park Service acquired the battlefield, through the battle’s sesquicentennial in 2013.

My current book project is a biography of Union general George Gordon Meade. My research on Meade affords an opportunity to explore issues of high command within a fractured and politicized Army of the Potomac and addresses questions on the nature of civil-military relations, popular opinion, the media, and notions of a decisive battle. Tentatively titled Meade at War, this book will be published by Louisiana State University Press as part of the Conflicting Worlds Series.

In addition to classroom teaching, I am incredibly passionate about using battlefields as teaching and research tools. Among the highlights of my professional career, include my work as a seasonal interpretive park ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park for nine summers. Following that passion, I have led hundreds of Civil War battlefield tours, as well as a World War I and World War II study abroad trips.

Courses Taught:
American History to 1865 (HIST 1483)
Civil War & Reconstruction (HIST 3653)
Introduction to Historical Research & Writing (HIST 3903)
American Military History (HIST 4353)
Vietnam War (HIST 4543)
History & Film (HIST 4453)
World War II (HIST 4980)