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Faculty News - Fall 2002

Department Chair Does Research in Europe

Dr. Stephen Carls, University Professor of History, spent two weeks in Europe this summer doing research on French housing policy between the two world wars. Carls did his research at the International Labor Office in Geneva, Switzerland.

Political Science Professor Travels to Syria

Working through the Consortium for Global Education, Dr. Ann Livingstone, Associate Professor of Political Science, spent eighteen days this past summer at two universities in Syria. In addition to deepening her knowledge about Middle Eastern politics, Dr. Livingstone taught at both Al-Baath University in Homs and the University of Damascus in Damascus. She used her recent experiences with town-and-gown classes at Union as a model for the Middle Eastern Schools to follow in building bridges to the community. She also lectured on the issue of hydropolitics.

History Professor Spends Summer Doing Research

Dr. Terry Lindley, Professor of History, spent the summer expanding an article on the Southern Baptists and the Jesus Movement which will be submitted for publication this fall. He wrote a paper on the Texas Baptists and the Vietnam War that will be presented at the Texas Historical Society meeting in El Paso in March 2003. He also wrote a book review on Close Harmony which will be published by the Filson Society.

Dr. Sean Evans is Teagle Grant Recipient

This summer and fall, Dr. Sean Evans, Assistant Professor of Political Science, is using a Teagle Grant to conduct research on the divisive primary hypothesis. There is a belief among campaign professionals and political scientists that the more divisive the campaign, the more difficult it is for the primary winner and the party to regroup to win the general election. A divisive primary hurts the primary election winner because it exhausts his resources, provides ammunition for the general election opponent, and exacerbates factional and/or ideological tensions within the party. To examine the impact of the divisive primary, Dr. Evans is surveying campaign workers and donors of candidates of selected primaries for state legislative offices and the governor's race in two stages (after the primary and after the general election). He hopes to determine whether campaign workers of losing candidates work for the primary opponent, work on another campaign, or drop out of politics altogether, what makes an individual more likely to stay in politics rather than drop out, and what campaign strategies by the primary winner are most effective in helping the candidate and party to regroup to win in November.

Another Ph.D. in the Department

Dr. Judy Leforge, a part-time history instructor, earned her doctor of philosophy degree from the University of Memphis in May, 2002. The title of her dissertation was “Tennessee’s Constitutional Development, 1796-1870: A Conservative Struggle Toward Democracy.” White working on her degree, she was the recipient of a Ruth and Harry Woodbury Graduate Fellowship for the Study of Southern History as well as two Belle McWilliams American History Scholarships.

Two New Part-Time Faculty Join Department

The department has two new part-time faculty members on board for the 2002-2003 academic year. Mr. Tom McCutchen, who recently retired from the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Martin after a long and successful career there, will teach our department’s geography courses. Serving as the department’s educational liaison this year is Mr. Don Roe, a history teacher at North Side High school and holder of a master’s degree in history from the University of Memphis.

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