List of Faculty Profiles
John Ashbrook, Associate Professor and Chair John Ashbrook, Associate Professor and Chair, joined the Department of History in Fall 2019.  He earned his B.A. from Radford University, his M.A. from Michigan State University, and his PhD from the University of Florida, Gainesville.  A specialist in Eastern Europe, his interests include neo-imperialism, identity politics, borderland studies, and institutional history.  He is the author of Buying and Selling the Istrian Goat: Istrian Regionalism, Croatian Nationalism and EU Enlargement, Regional and Federalism Series (Press interuniversitaires europeennes-Peter Lang).  He is currently working on two books, EU and NATO Expansion: Identity Politics and Russian Reaction; and The War of the Moles: Tunneling and the Underground War in World War I.  His work has also been published in journals like Small Wars & Insurgencies; East European Quarterly; and East European Politics and Societies.
Mary Draper Profile Picture Mary Draper, Assistant Professor, is a scholar of colonial and revolutionary North America and the greater Atlantic world.  Particularly interested in the history of the seventeenth-and eighteenth century British Caribbean, she is working on a book that recovers how the region's urban residents--from colonial officials and merchants to turtlers and enslaved pilots--amassed environmental knowledge to develop, defend, and sustain their volatile coastlines.  An article based on the project was published in the Fall 2017 edition of Early American Studies.  In both her research and teaching, Draper highlights the interconnections that crisscrossed the empires, culture, and ecologies of early North America and the Atlantic world.  After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree from Rice University, she earned both her Master of Arts degree and  doctorate from the University of Virginia.
Dirk Lindemann Profile Picture Dirk Lindemann, Associate Professor, is a specialist in Modern European History, German History, and Russian History.  After receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Evansville, he earned both his Master of Arts degree and doctorate from Ball State University.  He frequents the Southwest Social Sciences Association annual meeting and is currently writing a book titled Yanquis contra Rebeldes (forthcoming, Bruger Publishing Company).
photograph of Mike Rattanasengchanh Mike Rattanasengchanh, Assistant Professor, was born and raised in Ithaca, New York.  He  received a B.A. at Brigham Young University, a M.A. at the University of Washington, and a PhD at Ohio University.  His research and teaching interests are U.S. and Asian History, specifically Southeast and East Asia, U.S. foreign relations, right-wing governments, public diplomacy and propaganda, Vietnam War, Cold War, and counterinsurgency.  
Whitney Snow, Associate Professor Whitney Snow, Associate Professor, specializes in the Twentieth-Century South.  Her main interests are agricultural, environmental, and labor history although she does have a penchant for pop culture.  After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Arts degree from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, she received her doctorate from Mississippi State University.  Her work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals ranging from The Alabama Review and The Southwestern Historical Quarterly to Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture and Forests, Trees and Livelihoods.  She is the author of the book Cathedral Caverns (Arcadia, 2017) and co-author of both Lake Guntersville (Arcadia, 2018) and Guntersville (Arcadia, 2021). She edited The Civil War Diaries of Cassie Fennell: A Young Confederate Woman in North Alabama, 1859-1865 (University of Tennessee Press, 2020) and Alabama Bill and the Bowery (Sunbury, 2020).  She is currently editing the World War II diaries of sailor Carlos Jackson McGowin.
Leland Turner Profile Picture Leland Turner, Associate Professor, specializes in the history of the American West, Texas, Australia, and cattle ranching cultures. A 2007 Fulbright Fellowship to Australia allowed Turner to consider the international effect of American ranching culture through a transnational study of the cattle cultures and economies in Queensland, Australia and Texas. The resulting manuscript, “Outback by Southwest: King Ranch Cattle in the Australian Grasslands” is under review with the University of Oklahoma Press. His work on cattle ranching in Trans-Pecos Texas and Northern Mexico expands on that interest in borderlands and transnational studies. He is co-editor of the forthcoming Conflict on the Border: Mexico’s Revolution of 1910 and the Big Bend Country. The bulk of Turner’s research considers the livestock industry and its attendant themes such as arid land environments, the diffusion of agricultural science and technology, and the influence of cattle raisers associations. Nonetheless, his research interests meander into the field of popular culture. As a result of his Australian research Turner developed an interest in widespread representations of American Wild West imagery in Australian popular entertainment. Such research eventually led to his present work considering the indigenous roots of Australian country music. Turner holds a BA from the University of Tulsa and the PhD in History from Texas Tech University.
Tiffany A. Ziegler, Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator Tiffany A. Ziegler, Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator, received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hastings College, a Master of Arts degree from Texas Tech University and a doctorate from the University of Missouri.  Dr. Lois L. Huneycutt supervised her dissertation, "I was sick and you visited Me': The Hospital of Saint John in Brussels and its Patrons," and Dr. Ziegler defended it in 2010.  Dr. Ziegler's expertise focuses on medieval history with additional interest in the Crusades, Greece and Rome, the Mediterranean world, art history, intellectual history, and the histories of Renaissance and Reformation Europe, and world history.  Her research interests include Saint John hospital in Brussels, urban society, medieval health care, and the history of charity.  She is the author of Medieval Healthcare and Charitable Institutions: The History of the Municipal Hospital (Palgrave, 2018).
Dr. Sharon Arnoult Professor Emerita
Dr. Harry Hewitt Professor Emeritus
Dr. Everett Kindig Professor Emeritus
Christina Nugent Christina Nugent is the secretary of the history department.