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Alan Meyer is a longtime private pilot who received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Delaware. Currently he is associate professor of history at Auburn University. In his upcoming author talk at Hagley Museum and Libraries, Alan Meyer provides an engaging account of private aviation, taking the audience inside a community that required exceptionally high skill levels, celebrated facing and overcoming risk, and encouraged fierce personal independence. Click here to read more about his talk.

Author talks take place in the Hagley Soda House Auditorium, beginning at 7 p.m. RSVPs encouraged, walk-ins welcome. Please RSVP to Carol Lockman, clockman@hagley.org, or 302-658-2400, ext. 243.

Michael McKain (B.A., 2006) was appointed the cahirperson of the Social Science Department at Delaware Technical Community College Owens Campus in August 2016. Previously he had taught social studies in Delaware public schools for ten years.

Josephine Zurita (M.A., 1992) is a history professor at the University of Panama.

John Rumm (Ph.D., 1989) took over as Executive Director of Nemours Mansion and Gardens in July 2015.  The Wilmington, Delaware estate is the former home of industrialist and philanthropist Alfred I. duPont.   Rumm returns to Delaware from Cody, Wyoming where he was (successively) the first Editor of the William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody Papers Project, Curator of Western American History, and then Director of the Curatorial Division of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.  Joining him is his wife and fellow alumus, Carolyn (Lyn Stallings), former Director and Curator of the Park County Archives, also in Cody.

John Hosler (Ph.D., 2005) resigned his tenured professorship in August 2017 at Morgan State University in Baltimore and was appointed Associate Professor of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (UK) in 2014. Professor Hosler’s publications include: John of Salisbury: Military Authority of the Twelfth-Century Renaissance (Leiden: Brill, 2013) and Henry II: a Medieval Soldier at War, 1147-1189 (Leiden: Brill, 2007).

Barry Shainker (B.A., 2006) graduated from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in NYC on May 8, 2014 with MA in Religious Education. He is currently the Religious School Principal of Beth Am Temple in Pearl River.

UD History Education Alumna, Holly (Franklin) Golder has been selected as the 2014 Delaware State History Teacher of the Year!  Holly was selected based on a portfolio consisting of letters of support, a lesson plan using primary sources, and an original extended instructional plan.  Her portfolio will now be evaluated for the National History Teacher of the Year award by a  panel of judges comprising of the previous national winner, renowned historians, professors, and teachers.As the 2014 Delaware State History Teacher of the Year, Holly will receive a prize package including a certificate of recognition, a $1,000 award, a collection of classroom resources to be presented in her  honor to the Cab Calloway School of the Art’s library, and the opportunity to participate in a Gilder Lehrman Institute summer seminarin 2015. 

Regina Lee Blaszczyk (Ph.D.,1995) is a full-time historian and author, affiliated with the Department of the History & Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania since 2005. Her newest book, The Color Revolution (MIT Press, 2012), was recently reviewed by the New York Times and the Atlantic Monthly.

David Caraway (Ph.D., 2003) is a teacher at Keystone School, San Antonio, Texas, where he teaches history,  French, and government.Dr. Micah Pawling, (B.A., History, 1996), has accepted a position as assistant professor of Native American Studies and History at the University of Maine-Orono, the flagship institution of the Maine system.

Dan Claro (Ph.D. in history and material culture, 2013) is the Archives and Digital Initiatives Manager at Princeton University School of Architecture. Dan manages the school’s analog and digital archives, which include works on paper from c. 1920 to 1970, cassette and videotape collections, and about seven terabytes worth of data. He serves as the audiovisual specialist in the building, resident photographer and also webmaster of the new School of Architecture website.

Neil Lanctot (Ph.D./Wolters/2002) came in second for the 2012 Seymour Medal, awarded by the Society for American Baseball Research for the best book of baseball history or biography in the previous calendar year. Dr. Lanctot received this honor for his Campy: The Two Lives of Roy Campanella, Simon and Schuster, 2011. The Seymour Medal Selection Committee said that this book is a “brilliant biography of Roy Campanella…[and]…provides a rich look at one of the less appreciated figures in baseball’s racial integration…Previous Seymour winner Lanctot has given us another professionally excellent work.” Professor Lanctot won the Seymour Medal in 2005 for his Negro League Baseball: The Rise and Fall of a Black Institution, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004.

Micah Pawling(B.A., History, 1996) has just completed a year as an assistant professor at Bates College, Lewiston, Maine. He received his MA. (1999) and his Ph.D (2010) from the University of Maine.

Alex Pavuk (Heyrman Ph.D. ’09) was hired as tenure-track Assistant Professor of History (Intellectual Hist./Religion and Science) at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland in 2014. His chapter, “No Immigrants or Radicals Need Apply: Varieties of Nativism in 1920’s America” recently appeared in the Wiley-Blackwell Companions to American History series, A Companion to Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and Herbert Hoover (publ. October, 2014). He is invited Chair and Commentator of a panel at the book-derived conference, “Reflections on the New Era: Reassessing the 1920s” sponsored by the Stanley Kaplan program at Williams College in November 2014. His forthcoming article on liberal-progressive Catholics and the Scopes trial is slated to appear in the journal Religion and American Culture early in 2015.

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