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TWU's Clare Brock weighs in on Kavanaugh hearings

Clare Brock, Ph.D., assistant professor of government at TWU, said her students are taking note of the unfolding revelations. Each class begins with a discussion of current events led by different students, she said. “Every single day, a student has brought it up,” Brock said. “They are paying a lot of attention, watching and learning.”

TWU history alumna Amanda Wagner named teacher of the year

TWU alumna Amanda Wagner, who graduated in 2008 with a BS in History, was recognized as secondary teacher of the year in the Santa Fe ISD (Brazoria County, TX). Wagner has served the community of Santa Fe for her entire nine-year educational career. She adores her Pre-AP English I and English III students as well as her talented student athletes. Fostering a growth mindset within adults and students is a challenge that she finds deeply satisfying. 

In Memoriam: The TWU Department of History and Government remembers alumna Avra Johnson

Avra Johnson, Ph.D., earned her MA in government at Texas Woman's University. She later attended Indiana University where she received her PhD in public policy and went on to lead a distinguished career as a professor at both TWU and Minnesota State University, Mankato, where she held a position as Department Chair and recently received the title "Professor Emeritus".

Johnson held several honors and leadership roles during her career, including that of Interim Assistant Vice President for Planning, Research and Assessment at Minnesota State University, Mankato; Who's Who Among America Teachers (1998-2000, multiple recipient); Pathfinder Award Recipient (January 2011); Mankato, MN, YWCA Board Member - President (2009-2010); Minnesota Council for Quality Board of Evaluators (Present). Johnson was a valued student and faculty member and she will be greatly missed.

TWU assistant professor featured in U.S. Supreme Court nomination article

Heading into Monday night’s U.S. Supreme Court nomination announcement, TWU assistant professor of government Parker Hevron, Ph.D., said the Trump administration may be looking at Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation for a “blueprint” on having another successful confirmation.

Parker Hevron uses NSF grant to look at legislative vs. court-based policy outcomes

Texas Woman’s University assistant professor Parker Hevron, Ph.D. (government) is in the middle of a research project on media coverage and its possible effects on perspectives about the American judicial system, which is being done with co-principal investigator Jeb Barnes (political science, University of Southern California) through a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant.

The $219,000 grant, which was awarded in early 2017, will allow Hevron and Barnes to look at the many policy problems in America handled by the court system rather than by democratically-elected lawmakers. The process is called "judicialization."

TWU Jamison Lecture to feature political perspectives from female journalists

Two American political reporters will speak at Texas Woman’s University’s third annual Jamison Lecture, beginning at 7 p.m., March 28 on the university’s Denton campus. The lecture, titled "Covering the Trump Presidency: Perspectives from Women Journalists", will be held in the Multipurpose Classroom Laboratory Building auditorium on North Bell Avenue. The lecture is free and open to the public.

National honor society elects TWU history professor as vice president

Jacob Blosser, Ph.D., associate professor of history at Texas Woman’s University, has been elected vice president and president-elect of the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society. Blosser will serve as vice president until 2020, when he will become president of the national organization.

From left Alec Head, Clayton Drees current President of Phi Alpha Theta, Josh Joblin, Megan Joblin president of TWU’s Eta Nu Chapter, Jake Blosser TWU Chapter advisor and Vice President of Phi Alpha Theta, Melissa Thiel, and Graydon Tunstall, Executive Director of Phi Alpha Theta.
The TWU delegation at the Phi Alpha Theta Biennial National Convention in Orlando. From left: Alec Head, Clayton Drees current President of Phi Alpha Theta, Josh Joblin, Megan Joblin president of TWU’s Eta Nu Chapter, Jake Blosser TWU Chapter advisor and Vice President of Phi Alpha Theta, Melissa Thiel, and Graydon Tunstall, Executive Director of Phi Alpha Theta.

TWU History & Government would like to congratulate:

  • Associate Professor of History Kate Landdeck, who serves as producer and featured historian for the documentary film "W.A.S.P.: A Wartime Experiment in WoMan Power" which will have its debut at the Thin Line Fest in Denton the week of April 18-22.
  • Professor of Government Valentine Belfiglio, whose article “The Roman Veterinary Corps” appears in the journal Ancient Warfare, Vol. 11, No. 5, February 2018: 43-47.

  • Assistant Professor of Government Parker Hevron, whose article with Jeb Barnes, "Framed? Judicialization and the Risk of Negative Episodic Media Coverage", will appear this spring in Law & Social Inquiry, the peer-reviewed journal of the American Bar Association. A second article by Dr. Hevron, "The Effects of Judicialization: Experiments as a Way Forward", has been accepted in the peer-reviewed journal Laws for future publication.

  • Assistant Professor of Government Clare Brock, for being awarded a TWU Research Enhancement Program grant. The supported research assesses how government agencies define food security and what sources of information they use to do so.

  • Department Chair Jonathan Olsen, whose article “The Left Party in the 2017 German Federal Election”, will appear in a special election-themed issue of the journal German Politics in March, 2018. Olsen also will have a book chapter, “Germany”, in the Handbook of the Radical Left (Palgrave: New York and London, 2018) to be published this coming fall.

  • Professors Timothy Hoye and Jonathan Olsen, who participated on a panel at the Southern Political Science Association convention in New Orleans.  The panel theme was "The Changing Dynamics of American Political Culture."  Professor Hoye presented a paper entitled "Rethinking the Idea of a Republic in the Wake of the Trump Presidency," and Professor Olsen served as a discussant for the panel.  Also participating on the panel were former TWU graduate students in the department, Samah Elhajibrahim, Sarah Armor, and Sylvia Gonzalez.  Phillip Pierce, now a doctoral student in sociology, was also on the panel.

  • Associate Professor of History Kate Landdeck, Ph.D., who was featured on the History Channel's Pearl Harbor special on Dec. 7, 2017. Landdeck provided commentary regarding WAFS/WASP Cornelia Fort, who was in the air with a student on the day of the attack.

  • Assistant Professor of Government Clare Brock, Ph.D., who was quoted in the Denton Record Chronicle story, "Professors explain roles state senators play in Texas."
  • Associate Professor of History Kate Landdeck, Ph.D., who was quoted in an Associated Press story about the 20th anniversary of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in Washington, D.C. This story was picked up by several national publications, including the Washington Post and Chicago Tribune.
  • Department Chair Jonathan Olsen, Ph.D., who participated as a panelist and moderator for the Georgetown University event, "The 2017 Bundestag Election and its Consequences." The panel was hosted by the university's BMW Center for European and German Studies, and it took place on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017.
  • Assistant Professor of Government Parker Hevron, Ph.D., alongside University of Southern California Political Science Professor Jeb Barnes, Ph.D., for receiving a grant to help fund their research on mass media coverage of injury compensation policies. The grant, totaling to $219,734, was awarded by the law and social sciences division of the National Science Foundation.
  • The Eta Nu Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta for receiving — for the third year in a row — the Gerald Nash Award for Ibid. A Student Journal Volume 9. The award recognizes Ibid. as the best online student history journal in the United States. The chapter was also named the 2016 "Best Chapter in the United States" by the national office Phi Alpha Theta.
  • Kate Landdeck, Ph.D., for her contribution to a Fox News article covering the army’s refusal to bury the ashes of former World War II female pilots at the Arlington National Cemetery.
  • Professor of History Paul Travis, Ph.D., for winning TWU’s 2016 Distinction in Teaching award.
  • Professor of History Lybeth Hodges, Ph.D., for winning TWUs 2016 Humphries award.
  • Department Chair Jonathan Olsen, Ph.D., for his recent interview with KCBS San Francisco covering the current tensions between Turkey, the Netherlands and Germany.
  • Professor of Government Timothy K. Hoye, Ph.D., for the publication of his papers: Political Conceptualization in Japanese: Natsume Soseki's Late Works and Integral Liberalism: John H. Hallowell and the 20th Century for the for the Southern Political Science Association (SPSA) annual convention.
  • Associate Professor of History Sara Fanning, Ph.D., for her recent book publication Caribbean Crossing: African Americans and the Emigration Project by NYU Press.
  • Department Chair Jonathan Olsen, Ph.D., for the newest edition publication of his textbook, European Union: Politics and Policies.

TWU’s Kate Landdeck book on WW II female pilots optioned for movie; Company behind the recent hit ‘Hidden Figures’ to produce

Kate Landdeck

Texas Woman’s University’s Katherine Sharp Landdeck’s upcoming book, which centers on the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II, was optioned as a film by Fox 2000. This movie company was behind the recent hit “Hidden Figures.”

Women in politics focus of TWU’s second annual Jamison Lecture March 29

Three national experts on women in politics spoke at TWU’s second annual Jamison Lecture on March 29, 2017. The lecture, which is funded by former TWU History & Government chair and former Texas state legislator Alonzo Jamison’s estate, is hosted through the Department of History & Government annually.

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