List of Current Graduate Assistants
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Tyler Baker, 

Tyler, an instructor of record, received his B.A. from MSU Texas and is currently in our graduate program.  He is a member of Phi Alpha Theta, and frequents conferences.  His research interests are Prehistoric & Classical Archaeology, Anthropology, and Military History.

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Izzy Black, 

Izzy, a graduate assistant, is in the accelerated degree program.  Her interests include political history and political sociology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.  She studies capitalism, imperialism, and nationalism.  In her spare time she works on political campaigns at both the municipal and congressional levels.  Her hobbies include drawing, painting, writing, and playing with lightsabers.  Upon completion of her M.A. she plans on pursuing her PhD in history and sociology.  She sees herself working with academic journalism, teaching and/or running for political office.


maggie mae ellison

Maggie-Mae Ellison,

Maggie-Mae, an instructor of record, earned her B.A. in History from MSU Texas and is a first year graduate student.  Her research interests are the role of the Christian Church in Colonial America and the formation of the U.S. as well as the breakdown of the Church into various denominations, specifically Baptists in Texas.  Her hobbies include reading, watching sports, and playing board games.


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Nathan Endo, 

Nathan, a graduate assistant, graduated from MSU Texas in May 2021 with a B.A. in History, and has been a member of Phi Alpha Theta since Fall 2019.  Interested in many topics in history, his focus is on U.S. labor history.  In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, reading, and yard work.


Rowan Flores, 

Rowan, a graduate assistant, earned their B.A. in History with a minor in Gender Studies from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.  They are the History Liason to the Special Collections Department at Moffett Library and a second-year graduate student.  Their field of study includes gender, race, and religion in colonial Mexico.

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Zachary Fulton,

Zachary, a graduate assistant, received his B.A. from MSU Texas in August 2021.  He has been a member of Phi Alpha Theta since Spring 2021.  He plans on pursuing a doctorate after earning his M.A.  He is studying military history with an emphasis on World War I and World War II.  During his free time, he enjoys hunting, working on cars/trucks, reading, and spending time with family and friends.



patrick idell

Patrick Idell, 

Patrick, a graduate assistant who works for the Office of Tutoring and Academic Support Programs (TASP), received his B.A. from MSU Texas in May 2020 and has been a member of Phi Alpha Theta since Spring 2019.  He is planning on pursuing a doctorate after completing his M.A.  He is studying Medieval history, especially history involving the early Catholic Church and the Viking Age.  In his free time, he enjoys talking history with friends and family, playing video games, and watching television.

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Michael Lawlor, 

Mike, a graduate assistant, works in Special Collections.  A native Texan, he was raised in an Air Force family and has lived throughout the U.S.  Mike is a Navy veteran with military and state law enforcement experience.  He recently retired from nearly 20 years of ministry as a pastor and prison chaplain.  He has an A.S. from Vernon College, a B.S. from Liberty University, an M.A. in Religion from Liberty University, and an M.A. in Pastoral Ministry  from Andrews University.  Mike is interested in early American History and Atlantic Maritime History.

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Jarret Mans, 

Jarret, a graduate assistant, received his B.A. in history from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota in May 2020, and has been a member of Phi Alpha Theta since Spring 2018.  He is currently studying Modern European history.  In his free time, he enjoys explaining historical events to friends and family and playing video games.


kenneth metevier

Kenneth Metevier, 

Kenneth is an instructor of record.  He earned his B.A. at MSU Texas.  He is studying the Byzantine Empire.  In his free time, he enjoys video games and hanging out with friends.  Upon earning his M.A., he plans to pursue a doctorate.

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Kyle Stallings,

Kyle is a graduate assistant in the fast track program within the history department.  He plans on pursuing a PhD specializing in Roman military history. 

Sierra Trenhaile

Sierra Trenhaile-McLemore,

Sierra Trenhaile-McLemore, an instructor of record, graduated with a BA in history from MSU in 2012.  Upon graduating, she started working in the Admissions Office until December 2018 when she transitioned to the Graduate Admissions Office.  She is now Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions.  She recently married and became a bonus mom to two awesome kids!  


Amanda Tyler,

Amanda, a graduate assistant, earned her BA in forensic anthropology from Texas Tech University.  She has diverse research interests ranging from ancient civilizations to cemetery landscape/design.  She enjoys hiking, visiting museums, volunteering at state parks, and participating in archaeological digs.

Joslin Wadlow,