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  • History Peeps: Walter Kamphoefner , Professor of History

    History Peeps: Walter Kamphoefner , Professor of History Growing up, Dr. Walter Kamphoefner felt almost destined to become a historian. He was born in the town of Defiance, Missouri, where Daniel Boone led a settlement effort in 1799, and he distinctly recalls eating picnic lunches under the shade of the Boone Historic Home. During this […]

  • History Peeps: Dr. Terry Anderson, Professor of History

    Terry Anderson has always been a man on the go. A Texas A&M professor since 1979, he has written books on the Cold War, the Flying Tigers, social activism in the 1960s, affirmative action, and most recently the 1990s. He has also held fellowship teaching positions in Malaysia, Japan, China, Ireland, Indonesia, and the Czech […]

  • History Peeps: Mary Speelman, Administrative Associate V

    Mary Speelman, the History Department’s Administrative Associate, is not originally from Bryan-College Station, but she promises that she got here as fast as she could. Born in Raymondville, Texas, she moved to Aggieland with her family when she was four, and hasn’t looked back since. Although the town has grown considerably since her childhood to […]

  • History Peeps: Dr. Brian Rouleau, Associate Professor of History

    Brian Rouleau was not slow to embrace the Aggie spirit. One of his first acts upon arriving in 2010 was to purchase a pair of cowboy boots and begin two-stepping lessons with the Texas Aggie Wranglers, the university’s competitive dance group. “I never did master two-stepping,” he admits, “but it was a lot of fun.” […]

  • History Peeps: Dr. Albert S. Broussard, Professor of History

    Dr. Al Broussard has witnessed epic changes in his time here at Texas A&M University. With a B.A. from Stanford University in 1973 and a Ph.D. from Duke in 1977, Dr. Broussard first arrived at the TAMU History Department in 1985. His job upon being hired was to create the university’s first African American history […]

  • History Peeps: Graduate Students attend the SMH Conference

    Texas A&M University students made a strong showing at the Society of Military History (SMH) Conference held in Fort Worth, Texas this past April 28th through May 1st, with sixteen students presenting original research. As one of only six US universities designated as a “Senior Military Colleges,” Texas A&M has a long history of excellence […]

  • History Peeps – Dr. Sonia Hernandez, Associate Professor of History

    As a professor of the US-Mexico Borderlands, Dr. Sonia Hernández’s enthusiasm for history is deeply personal. The child of Mexican immigrants, Hernández was the first member of her family born in the United States. She remembers growing up in a colonia or unincorporated town of the Rio Grande Valley near McAllen, Texas. She was first […]

  • History Peeps: Dr. Stephen B. Riegg, Assistant Professor of History

    History sometimes seems abstract and distant but other times its relevancy is blindingly obvious. No one doubts the current salience of Dr. Stephen Riegg’s work. An expert on Russian history, he has recently published Russia’s Entangled Embrace: The Tsarist Empire and The Armenians, 1801-1914, on the Romanov dynasty’s relationship with minority ethnic groups in the […]

  • History Peeps: Ian Seavey, Ph.D. Student

    A Florida native with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tampa, Ian Seavey remembers the culture shock he experienced when he first saw Texans on campus in Western boots and cowboy hats. “I really thought that was just a funny stereotype,” the graduate student relates. “I had no idea anyone actually still dressed like […]

  • History Peeps: Dr. Jessica Herzogenrath, Instructional Assistant Professor

    Dr. Jessica Herzogenrath’s fascination with history began at a young age, but not in the classroom. It began in her grandmother’s home, reading notes on every antique and artifact salvaged from the local community that had made its way into her grandmother’s care. History was the family passion, passed down from grandmother, to mother, to […]