Dr. Kurt Piehler
Florida State University
G. Kurt Piehler, Director of the Institute of World War II and the Human Experience and Associate Professor of History at Florida State University, is the author of A Religious History of the American GI in World War II (University of Nebraska Press, 2021), Remembering War the American Way (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1995, reprint ed., 2004) and World War II (Greenwood Press, 2007) in the American Soldiers’ Lives series.
Piehler is the editor of Encyclopedia of Military Science (2013), The United States in World War II: A Documentary Reader (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013) and also co-edited the Oxford Handbook of World War II (Oxford University Press, 2022), The United States and the Second World War: New Perspectives on Diplomacy, War, and the Home Front (Fordham University Press, 2010), The Atomic Bomb and American Society: New Perspectives (University of Tennessee Press, 2009) and Major Problems in American Military History (Houghton Mifflin, 1999). Piehler edits two book series: World War II: The Global, Human, Ethical Dimension (Fordham University Press) and Legacies of War (University of Tennessee Press). He is a member of the editorial board of the Service Newspapers of World War II digital publication (Adam Mathews) and on the advisory board of the NEH funded American Soldier Project at Virginia Tech University (americansoldierww2.org). He also served as the lead curator for the exhibit, “Rendezvous with Destiny: Florida and World War II” at the Florida Historic Capitol Museum (December 7, 2021-March 20, 2022). As founding director (1994-1998) of the Rutgers Oral History Archives, he conducted more than 200 interviews with veterans of World War II. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Drew University, he holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in history from Rutgers University.
Dr. Gregory Mixon
University of North Carolina
Gregory Mixon served during the fall of 2021 as the Interim Director of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Center for the Study of the New South. He was the spring 2019 Fulbright Fellow and Research Chair in North American Studies at York University in Toronto, Canada serving as Visiting Professor of History in the Department of History.
He is also the winner of the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council (GHRAC) 2018 Award for Excellence in Research Using the Holdings of [an] Archives for his book: Show Thyself A Man: Georgia State Troops, Colored, 1865-1905. (University Press of Florida 2016) He is additionally the author of The Atlanta Riot: Race, Class, and Violence in a New South City (University Press of Florida 2005). A Professor of History in the Department of History and affiliated faculty with the Department of Africana Studies and American Studies Program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, he teaches African American, Southern, and United States History and racial violence with a research focus on the years 1860 to 1930. He is currently working on a comparative study of black militiamen in North Carolina and South Carolina, 1865 to 1898. He is also a founding member of the Romare Bearden Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History in Charlotte, North Carolina
Dr. Maxine Jones
Florida State University
Maxine D. Jones is a Professor of History at The Florida State University. She is the co-author of two books with Joe M. Richardson, Talladega College: The First Century and Education for Liberation: The American Missionary Association and African Americans, 1890 to the Civil Rights Movement (2009).
Jones co-authored African Americans in Florida with Kevin McCarthy and has published several articles and book chapters. Professor Jones served as Principal Investigator for the Rosewood Academic Study commissioned by the Florida Legislature and is currently researching blacks in twentieth-century Florida and the History of Florida State University. Professor Jones currently serves as Director of the Women’s Studies Program at FSU.
Dr. Julia Brock
University of Alabama
Julia Brock is an assistant professor of History at the University of Alabama, where she coordinates the Public History Concentration. She received an M.A. from Florida State University in Public History and Historical Administration and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Her dissertation centered on the hunting plantations of the Red Hills region of southern Georgia and northern Florida. That work resulted in a co-edited collection with Daniel J. Vivian, Leisure, Plantations, and the Making of a New South: The Sporting Plantations of the South Carolina Low country and Red Hills Region, 1900-1940 (Lexington Press, 2015). She is now completing a manuscript on the formation of hunting laws in the Deep South, particularly the Progressive Era movement to establish the statewide game and fish commissions. In public history work, she draws upon modes of oral history, digital history, community archiving, and museum exhibitions.
Dr. Jennifer Brooks
Jennifer Brooks is a Professor of History and Director of Graduate Studies at Auburn University and past president of the Southern Labor Studies Association. Her most recent book is Resident Strangers: Immigrant Laborers in New South Alabama (LSU Press, 2022), which explores the diverse experiences of laborers from around the world as cogs in the New South industrial machine.
Her first book, Defining the Peace: World War Two Veterans, Race, and the Remaking of Southern Political Tradition (UNC Press, 2004), explores the varied political impact and legacy of black and white World War II veterans in Georgia. Her current project is entitled Striking Out: a Graphic History of Labor in the Cold War, based on interviews and original photos of the American Enka textile strike of 1950 in Tennessee. She has published articles on southern, labor, and immigration history in the Journal of Southern History, Labor: Studies in Working Class History of the Americas, Southern Cultures, and The Journal of American Ethnic History.
Dr. Le’Trice Donaldson
Texas A&M University
Le’Trice Donaldson, Assistant Professor of History at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Dr. Donaldson specializes in the late nineteenth and early twentieth-century African American military history, the Gilded Age, WWI, and Gender History. She works at the intersection of race, gender, military service, and the long civil rights movement.
She is the author of Duty Beyond the Battlefield: African American Soldiers Fight for Racial Uplift, Citizenship, and Manhood, 1870-1920, and A Voyage Through the African American Experience. She is also an editor for a new book series, The Black Soldier in War and Society: New Narratives and Critical Perspectives, with the University of Virginia Press. Her current project is Race Prophets: A History of the Army’s Black Chaplains. Professor Donaldson currently serves on the Association of Black Women Historians executive board and on the editorial boards for H-War and H-Afro/Am. She is a W.E.B. Du Bois Research Fellow with the Du Bois Institute at UMass-Amherst, and she’s also served as a Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change Research Fellow. Dr. Donaldson earned her Ph.D. in African American History from the University of Memphis and B.A. and M.A. from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
Land Conservancy Director
Since 1994, Kevin McGorty has been the Land Conservancy Director for Tall Timbers Research, Inc. Founded in 1958, the mission of Tall Timbers is to foster exemplary land stewardship through research, conservation, and education. The Tall Timbers Land Conservancy (created in 1990) has saved 158,000 acres of environmentally sensitive land on 129 properties in North Florida and Southwest Georgia via donated conservation easements.
Kevin previously (1987-1994) served as director of the Historic Tallahassee Preservation Board, an agency of the Florida Department of State. He served on the steering committee that created the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance to build and recognize strong land trusts, foster public confidence in land conservation and help ensure the long-term protection of land. He served as a commissioner from 2009-2013. During his tenure with both the Historic Tallahassee Preservation Board and Tall Timbers, he oversaw the restoration and interpretation of the Knott House Museum, the Jones Tenant Family Farm, and the Livingston Place Historic Mansion. He recently co-authored the National Register of Historic Places nomination for Livingston Place, a 9,125-acre hunting preserve in Greenville, Florida. He also co-authored the National Register nomination for Tall Timbers Plantation in 1989. Kevin has a B.A. in American History from Monmouth University (New Jersey) and was an M.A. candidate in Historical Administration at Florida State University.
Dr. Wesley Singletary
Wes Singletary is the author of three books: The Right Time: John Henry “Pop”; Lloyd and Black Baseball; Al Lopez: The Life of Baseball’s El Senor; and Florida’s First Big League Baseball Players: A Narrative History. He is also a contributing author of The Pride of Smoke Town: The 1935 Pittsburgh Crawfords. Wes has a Ph.D. in History from Florida State University and currently teaches AP United States History at Lawton Chiles High School.
He has also taught as an adjunct professor of history at Tallahassee Community College since 1993. A USAF veteran, Wes assumed the helm of a dormant American Legion Baseball Program, Tallahassee Post 13, subsequently leading the team to a record 6 consecutive Florida State Championships. He was also an assistant coach on the 2003 and 2004 Brookwood Warriors baseball GISA State Champions in Thomasville. Wes and Toni Zarate Singletary, his wife, have been married for 41 years, and they have two adult children, Patricia and Nelson. A proud native of Tampa, Wes and his family live in Tallahassee, Florida.
Application Deadline: March 3, 2023
Acceptance/Regrets: April 3, 2023
Accept/Decline Offer: April 14, 2023
Waitlist Accept/Regrets: April 15, 2023
Session I: July 9-14, 2023
Session II: July 23- July 28, 2023
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