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Alumni Notes

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Christi Sumich, Assistant Principal of Mount Carmel Academy

Ph.D. 2008
Published Divine Doctors and Dreadful Distempers: How Practicing Medicine became a Respectable Profession, Clio Medica: Perspectives in Medical Humanities Series, Rodopi Press.

Nancy Fix Anderson

PhD Tulane University, 1973
Nancy Fix Anderson is Professor Emerita of History at Loyola University New Orleans. She is the author of Woman Against Women in Victorian England: A Life of Eliza Lynn Linton (Indiana University Press, 1987) and The Sporting Life: Victorian Sports and Games (Praeger, 2010) and editor of Annie Besant (Pickering & Chatto, 2008). “Ever since I wrote my dissertation at Tulane under Prof. Peter Cominos on Victorian women's history,” Dr. Anderson writes, “I have loved researching and writing Victorian history. … My work with Prof. Cominos and other history faculty inspired me to think in new ways about history, and has made my career as a history professor/scholar one of great pleasure and satisfaction.” She encourages graduate students to choose research projects they can approach with passion and curiosity.

Mark Souther
Ph.D., 2002
Mark Souther is Associate Professor of History and Co-Director of the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities at Cleveland State University. His first book, New Orleans on Parade: Tourism and the Transformation of the Crescent City (LSU Press, 2006), won the Kemper and Leila Williams Prize and Gulf South History Book Award. With Nicholas Dagen Bloom, he edited American Tourism: Constructing a National Tradition (Center for American Places, forthcoming April 2012). In Feb. 2011 he also published an article on decline and renewal in Cleveland, Ohio's University Circle eds-meds district in the Journal of Planning History. He is currently writing his next book, Believing in Cleveland: Managing Decline in "The Best Location in the Nation." In addition to his research, Souther and his colleagues have developed a mobile history app, Cleveland Historical, and are working with partners on similar apps in New Orleans, Baltimore, St. Paul, and Spokane, among others. He teaches courses on 20th-century United States, urban, suburban, tourism, and public history. He also wrote a successful National Register of Historic Places nomination for one of the largest suburban districts in Ohio and is serving a three-year appointment on the Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission. On a personal note, he and his wife have a three-year-old daughter.
Cleveland Historical

Ellen Blue

Ph.D., 2002
Ellen Blue has received tenure and a named chair at Phillips Theological Seminary, where she is Mouzon Biggs, Jr. Associate Professor of the History of Christianity & United Methodist Studies. Her book, Attentive to God: Thinking Theologically in Ministry, co-authored with Charles Wood, has just been published. She will spend her sabbatical year, 2008-09, in New Orleans researching a project entitled, "In Case of Katrina: Reinventing the United Methodist Church in Post-Katrina Louisiana." In October 2011, the University of Tennessee Press will publish St. Mark's and the Social Gospel: Methodist Women and Civil Rights in New Orleans, 1895-1965. The book is a history of St. Mark's Community Center, established in the French Quarter as a settlement house run by Methodist deaconesses. St. Mark's also played a major role in the New Orleans school desegregation crisis of 1960.

Charles Heath
Ph.D., 2007
Charles Heath, an assistant professor of history at SHSU, will spend five weeks this summer immersed in the Mayan world, learning about the civilization’s history and culture as part of a fellowship with the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute.

Heath is one of only 24 professors from across the country to be selected for the program, which will take participants through Mexico, Belize and Guatemala June 11 through July 25. The interdisciplinary program, which will focus on “Revisioning the Maya World,” emphasizes archaeology with some of the world's renowned Mayanists, according to Heath.

The schedule will include an educational component, including an intensive reading and seminar schedule, as well as “many visits to important archaeological sites and ruins,” he said. “The purpose of my attendance in the Summer Institute is to strengthen the quality of my teaching, to affirm my commitment to the scholarship of Latin American history, and to sharpen my ability to interpret the humanities,” Heath said. “The Summer Institute’s diverse offerings of environmental, gender, and identity studies will deepen my understanding and illuminate, through the lens of Maya studies, the human emotions, attractions, anxieties, and empathies the people of that civilization held,” he said.

Heath’s interests in Mesoamerica are tied with the personal and professional attachment he has to Southern Mexico. Part of his doctoral dissertation focused on the Zapotec contribution to the history of the State Band of Oaxaca, and his wife is from the Isthmus of Tehuantepec.

Patricia Brady
Ph.D. 1977; M.A. 1966; B.A. (Newcomb) 1965
Although my degrees were in Latin American history, I have specialized in southern history, particularly the lives of women and free people of color. My most recent book is A Being So Gentle: The Frontier Love Story of Rachel and Andrew Jackson (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). I also contributed "Julien Hudson: The Life of a Creole Artist" to In Search of Julien Hudson (The Historic New Orleans Collection, 2011), a catalogue accompanying the exhibition. Earlier, Viking Penguin published Martha Washington: An American Life (2005) and the University Press of Mississippi brought out Printmaking in New Orleans (2006), including my essay, “Jules Lion, F.M.C., Lithographer Extraordinaire.”

The Tulane history department in the 1960s and 1970s, under the leadership of Bill Hogan, was an extraordinarily creative environment for young historians. I treasure my years there.

Caryn Cosse Bell

Ph.D., 1993
I am Professor of History at University of Massachusetts Lowell and author of the award-winning Revolution, Romanticism, and the Afro-Creole Protest Tradition in Louisiana, 1718-1868 (Louisiana State University Press, 1997). My dedication to writing and teaching history drew me to a career as n historian. Dividing my time between teaching and research is the most challenging aspect of my work. A successful class and a well-received publication are the most rewarding.

Kenneth V. Finney

Ph.D., 1969
Now Professor Emeritus of History at North Carolina Wesleyan College. Author of In Quest of El Dorado: Precious Metal Mining and the Modernization of Honduras, 1880-1900 (Garland, 1987). Currently working on a multi-volume narrative history of Honduras and an active member of Englewood Assemblies of God.

Keith Robert Powell
B.A. 1993
I have been practicing law in Columbia, South Carolina, for ten years, after three years of practice in my home state of Missouri. My practice focuses on business-type matters and construction, principally for public school district clients. I am happy to say my firm is General Counsel to the Historic Columbia Foundation, through which I continue to stay connected to historical matters. I have also recently become president of the local Tulane Alumni chapter.

Chris Richardson

B.A., 1999
I am practicing international business law in Hong Kong with the Texas-based law firm of Vinson & Elkins. I am married to fellow Tulane class of 1999 history graduate Andrea Schippert, and we have a 3 year old son, Campbell. We are enjoying our time abroad and the travel opportunities that come with it. Andrea has just begun her third degree - a MFA in creative writing at the University of Hong Kong.

Elizabeth (Liz) Rogan
M.A., 1993
I took a 15 year hiatus from history, I'm afraid. Took up the gauntlet of nursing in 1995 and worked as a critical care nurse on a cardiac unit at a large academic medical center from 1999 to 2004 after a career-ending back injury. (Lift with your legs!) I began teaching nursing at Creighton University in Omaha in 2004 then moved to Nebraska Methodist College (my nursing alma mater) in 2006 where I remain to this day, having received my MSN in 2007. Beginning that year, I began teaching a World Civ history class at the college as well as in the senior-level critical care nursing course. I've recently crafted an outline for a Mexican history course. I have a 15 year old daughter who is at the Arabian Horse Assn's Youth Nationals in Albuquerque with her 3 purebred horses. We have a 2-year old filly and a 3 month old stud colt back at the barn. Other than that, 2 cats, a possessive Corgi, I spend my time traveling in pursuit of music: This year, it's all about Nickelback!

I have had an article accepted for publication in the Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing: "Perceptions of Nurses who Precept BSN Students about Preceptor Preparation: A Descriptive Study."

Lee Farrow

Ph.D., 1999
Since receiving her Ph.D. at Tulane, Farrow has been working at Auburn University Montgomery where she received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in 2004. That same year, University of Delaware Press published Farrow's first book, Between Clan and Crown: The Struggle to Define Noble Property Rights in Imperial Russia. In 2007, Farrow was appointed Associate Dean of Liberal Arts and in 2008, she was selected as one of AUM's Distinguished Teaching Professors. She is also serving as the 2009-2010 president of the Southern Conference for Slavic Studies. Farrow is currently working on a book on the American and Canadian tour of Russian Grand Duke Alexis in 1871-72 and in the summer of 2009 she will be participating in a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute at the New York Public Library.

M. Rebecca Livingstone

Ph.D., 2007; M.A., 2001
I am a tenured Assistant Professor of British and early modern European history at Simpson College, a small liberal arts college located in Indianola, IA, just outside of Des Moines

Marcello Antonucci
B.A., 2003, M.A., 2004
Marcello Antonucci graduate from Cardozo School of Law in May and took the New York Bar in July. He continues to live in New York City and has just started working for the firm of Anderson Kill & Olick, P.C.

Katy Garlinghouse

B.A., 2003
Katy lives in her hometown of San Francisco with her fiancé Ryan Adams, a Tulane undergrad alum from A.B. Freeman. She works for Schwartz Communications as a media specialists for solar and high-tech clients. Katy has found a passion in volunteering for the Obama campaign and is spending the coming weekends in Nevada getting the message out to undecided voters. Katy and Ryan will be married the fall of 2009 in Napa California.

Mark Lentz

Ph.D., 2008
Mark Lentz has accepted a tenure-track position in Latin American History at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette.

Arthur Sprogis

B.A., 2005
After spending half a year in São Paulo, Brazil teaching English, learning Portuguese, and attempting Samba, Arthur returned to New York and did some non-for-profit work. He is now a publications manager at the College Board.

Claire Breedlove
B.A., 2005
Claire Breedlove is currently in Niger, pursuing dissertation research for her Ph.D. in African History at Johns Hopkins University. Thanks to funding from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Institute for International Education and the Andrew Mellon Foundation, Claire will be working and living in Niger until 2010.

Timothy C. Dowling

Ph.D., 1999
Timothy Dowling has just published The Brusilov Offensive (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2008). Dowling is currently Associate Professor of History at Virginia Military Institute.
Virginia Military Institute

Charles V. Heath II

Ph.D., 2007
After serving as a visiting professor in the History Department at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, Charles Heath has now joined the department as a tenure-track assistant professor.

Elizabeth Manley
Ph.D., 2008
Elizabeth Manley has joined the History Department faculty at Xavier University of Louisiana in a tenure-track appointment in Latin American history.

Guilluame Aubert

Ph.D, 2002
Guillaume Aubert has accepted the position of Assistant Professor of History at Williams College, Williamstown, MA. His areas of concentration are Colonial American and North Atlantic history.

Don M. Coerver

PhD Tulane University, 1973
Don M. Coerver is Associate Dean for the College of Liberal Arts and Professor of Latin American History at Texas Christian University. The author of approximately thirty articles on Latin American and business history, his books include The Porfirian Interregnum: The Presidency of Manuel González of Mexico, 1880-1884 (Texas Christian University Press, 1979) and (with Linda B. Hall) Tangled Destinies: Latin America and the United States (University of New Mexico Press, 1999), Revolution on the Border: The United States and Mexico, 1910-1920 (University of New Mexico Press, 1988), and Texas and the Mexican Revolution: A Study in State and National Border Policy, 1910-1920 (Trinity University Press, 1984). During the 2009-2010 school year, Dr. Coerver was working on two articles relating to Mexico and, in his capacity as associate dean, assisting with the construction of a new building for the College of Liberal Arts, the renovation of the old college bulding, and the accompanying movement of faculty and staff. His advice to graduate students: “If you are really interested in getting a Ph.D., don't worry about what awaits at the end of the process. Press on and see what happens.”

Daniel P. Dwyer

PhD Tulane University, 1995
Daniel P. Dwyer is a Catholic priest, and Franciscan friar, and Associate Professor of History at Siena College. He encourages prospective graduate students to write and current graduate students to persevere.