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Troy Bickham, Interim Director
310C Glasscock Building
tbickham@tamu.edu

Troy Bickham is a Professor of History.  Having joined Texas A&M in 2003, he served in various roles at the university’s campus in Qatar from 2009-19, before returning to the Department of History.  He teaches broadly in the histories of Britain and its empire, the Atlantic world, and British colonial North America during the seventeenth, eighteenth, and early-nineteenth centuries.  He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Bickham has written on a variety of topics and published in multiple leading journals, including Past & Past PresentJournal of British Studies, and the William and Mary Quarterly.  He is the author of four monographs: Savages within the Empire (2005), which explores how encounters with Native Americans affected British culture in the eighteenth century; Making Headlines (2008), which examines British engagement with the American Revolution via the British newspaper press; and The Weight of Vengeance (2012), which is a transatlantic study of the Anglo-American War of 1812.  His most recent book, Eating the Empire (2020), investigates how food from around the world shaped British culture in the eighteenth century.  He is currently working on a project that maps the movement of news in early modern Britain and its empire.

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Ana (AJ) Baginski, Postdoctoral Research Associate
310E Glasscock Building
(979) 845-8328
abaginski@tamu.edu

Dr. Baginski holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Irvine and previously taught in the Bi-Co Department of Environmental Studies at Bryn Mawr College as Visiting Assistant Professor. Baginski’s research focuses on the contemporary literature and environment of the U.S.-Mexico border, drawing on critical theory and philosophy from Latin America and the U.S. Their work has been published in Chasquí: Revista de literatura latinoamericana, H-Net, Humanística: Revista de estudios críticos y literarios, FIELD: A Journal of Socially Engaged Art Criticism, Yearbook of Comparative Literature and Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies. Their manuscript in progress is tentatively titled Exposure, Accident and Violence: Environmental Conditions in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands. This project argues that twentieth and twenty-first century writers from Northern Mexico and the Southwestern United States have worked to disarticulate the border’s consolidation of gender difference, the concept of race, and ideas of environmental uninhabitability inherited from different colonial traditions.

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Amanda N. Dusek, Program Coordinator
305C Glasscock Building
(979) 862-1780
amanda.dusek@tamu.edu

Amanda earned her BA in Telecommunication Media Studies from Texas A&M University in 2015. She has since been working at the Glasscock Center and enjoys being able to continue learning about the humanities through the Center’s various events.

As the Program Coordinator for the Center, Amanda communicates with all of our featured speakers to coordinate their travel, lodging, and payment. She works closely with the conveners of our 20+ Working Groups to assist in the organization of their events, meetings, and budgets. Amanda also coordinates publicity with the College Communications team. Additionally, she communicates with and assists the Business Administrator with financial matters and expense tracking.

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Leigh Goyco, Program Assistant
305 Glasscock Building
979-845-8328
leighgoyco@tamu.edu

Leigh graduated from Texas State University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She has since worked in various office settings and spent a number of years homeschooling her 4 children.

Leigh serves as the Center's first point of contact, and works closely with our Program Coordinator to provide support to the Glasscock Center's various programs, Fellows, and community.

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Angela C. Mayorga, Business Administrator
304C Coke Building
(979) 862-1540
amayorga@tamu.edu

Angela Mayorga earned a Master of Business Administration from Western Governors University in 2021 and a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Texas A&M University in 2013. She has provided business support for the College of Liberal Arts since November 2014 and the university since May 2013.

As the Center’s Business Administrator, Angie manages a wide range of business activities including the Center’s budget, expense tracking, and providing guidance with financial matters.

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Kate Girvin, Undergraduate Apprentice
305 Glasscock Building
kgirvin@tamu.edu

Kate Girvin is a junior philosophy major and Glasscock Scholar from El Paso, Texas. She is a University Honors and Philosophy Honors student. Kate is recognized as an Aggie Southerland Leader for her student involvement on campus. Currently, Kate is an editor for Aletheia, Texas A&M’s undergraduate philosophy journal. She is a member of the Liberal Arts Student Council and also serves as a director for SLIDE, a sophomore leadership organization which advocates for mental health and sexual assault awareness. After graduation, Kate plans to attend law school and pursue a PhD in philosophy to become a professor and criminal attorney.