Summer 2012 Teacher Institutes

Gordon S. Wood

Gordon S. Wood (keynote speaker) is Alva O. Way University Professor and professor of history emeritus at Brown University. He received his BA from Tufts University and his PhD from Harvard University. He taught at Harvard and the University of Michigan before joining the faculty at Brown in 1969. He is the author of many works, including The Creation of the American Republic, 1776–1787 (1969), which won the Bancroft Prize and the John H. Dunning Prize in 1970, and The Radicalism of the American Revolution (1992), which won the Pulitzer Prize for History and the Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize in 1993. The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin (2004) was awarded the Julia Ward Howe Prize by the Boston Authors Club in 2005. His book Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different was published in 2006, and The Purpose of the Past: Reflections on the Uses of History was published in 2008. His volume in the Oxford History of the United States titled Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789–1815 (2009) was given the Association of American Publishers Award for History and Biography in 2009 and the American History Book Prize by the New York Historical Society in 2010. It was also a 2010 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for History and for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in History. Wood is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.

Gordon S. Wood.

Stacy Fuller

Stacy Fuller began her tenure at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art as the Henry E. Luce Foundation Works on Paper Intern in June 2003. She later held the positions of the Laura Gilpin Canyon de Chelly Intern and instructional services manager. In September 2007, she was promoted to the Amon Carter Museum’s head of education, where she oversees all programs and services. She serves as the vice president for the Museum Education Roundtable (MER), an organization dedicated to furthering museum education, and as the western region representative of the Museum Education Division Development Committee for the National Art Education Association (NAEA). She holds a BA in museum management from Centenary College of Louisiana and an MA in art history from Texas Christian University.

Stacy Fuller.

Michael Les Benedict

Michael Les Benedict is professor emeritus at The Ohio State University. He joined the history department in 1970 and retired in 2005. He received his BA and MA from the University aof Illinois and his PhD from Rice University. He has been a visiting professor at MIT, Yale Law School, the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom, and Hokkaido and Doshisha Universities in Japan. Benedict is a recognized authority in Anglo American constitutional and legal history, the history of civil rights and liberties, the federal system, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. He has published over forty essays in leading American history and law journals in addition to half a dozen history books and textbooks. He serves as parliamentarian of the American Historical Association and is currently working on the constitutional politics of the Reconstruction Era.

Michael Les Benedict.

Daina Ramey Berry

Daina Ramey Berry is associate professor of history at The University of Texas at Austin. She received her PhD in American history from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests include nineteenth-century American history, comparative slavery, and Southern history. Her first book, Swing the Sickle for the Harvest is Ripe: Gender and Slavery in Antebellum Georgia, was published by the University of Illinois Press (2007). She has articles in the Georgia Historical Quarterly, the Journal of African American History, and the Journal of Women’s History. The Organization of American Historians recently selected Dr. Berry as one of their Distinguished Lecturers. She has appeared on several syndicated radio and television shows including Who Do You Think You Are? (NBC), where she reconstructed the enslaved genealogy of film director Spike Lee.

Daina Ramey Berry.

Steven R. Boyd

Steven R. Boyd is professor of history at The University of Texas at San Antonio with a specialization in U.S. constitutional history. He is the author of The Politics of Opposition: Antifederalists and the Acceptance of the Constitution and the editor of Alternative Constitutions for the U.S. His articles have appeared in various academic journals, including Publius: The Journal of Federalism, the William and Mary Quarterly, and State and Local Government Review. His latest book is Patriotic Envelopes of the Civil War: The Iconography of Union and Confederate Covers. At UTSA, he teaches early American and constitutional history.

Steven R. Boyd.

Daniel Feller

Daniel Feller is professor of history and editor/director of The Papers of Andrew Jackson at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin and taught previously at Northland College and the University of New Mexico. His books include The Jacksonian Promise: America, 1815–1840, The Public Lands in Jacksonian Politics, and a new edition of Harriet Martineau’s 1838 American tour narrative Retrospect of Western Travel. Two volumes of the Jackson Papers, Volume 7: 1829, and Volume 8: 1830, have appeared under his stewardship. Volume 9: 1831 will be published in 2013. Feller was the lead scholar for the PBS special Andrew Jackson: Good, Evil, and the Presidency and has appeared on History Detectives.

Daniel Feller.

Charles Flanagan

Charles Flanagan is director of educational programs at the Center for Legislative Archives at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, DC. Previously, he was a high school teacher for thirty years. During his last two decades in the classroom, Flanagan was the humanities department chair and history teacher at the Key School in Annapolis, Maryland. While at Key, he led the development of an interdisciplinary literature and history curriculum that featured hands-on learning with classic literature and primary sources in history. Flanagan has a BA from Assumption College, an MA from St. John’s College, and a PhD in American studies from the University of Maryland.

Charles Flanagan.

Francis X. Galán

Francis X. Galán teaches at Northwest Vista College and Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. He completed his dissertation, a history of the Los Adaes tribe in Texas and Louisiana during the eighteenth century, at Southern Methodist University in 2006. In addition to extensive archival research, Galán located and translated many obscure documents that were later showcased in an exhibition about the Los Adaes. He is currently working on a book about the Los Adaes with Texas A&M University Press and is in the process of publishing several journal articles.

Francis X. Galán.

Kirsten Gardner

Kirsten E. Gardner is associate professor of history at The University of Texas at San Antonio. Gardner obtained her MA and PhD from the University of Cincinnati. She serves as the American studies coordinator for UTSA, and is currently working on a grant with Jack Reynolds, PhD, titled “Transforming Undergraduate Education to Create Significant Learning in History and Biology Survey.” Gardner has published a number of journal articles and is the author of Early Detection: Women, Cancer, and Awareness Campaigns in the Twentieth-Century United States.

Kirsten Gardner.

Patrick J. Kelly

Patrick J. Kelly, associate professor of history at The University of Texas at San Antonio, received a PhD from New York University. Before coming to UTSA in 1997, he served as lecturer in social studies at Harvard University and visiting professor of history at Tufts University, and has also received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies. His book, Creating a National Home: Building the Veteran’s Welfare State, 1860–1900, focuses on how the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers served as precursor to the Department of Veterans Affairs. His current project is an examination of the economic, military, and ideological connections between the U.S. Civil War and French intervention into Mexico.

Patrick J. Kelly.

Jennifer L. Weber

Jennifer L. Weber is associate professor of history at the University of Kansas. She is the author of two books. Her first, for adults, is Copperheads, about antiwar Democrats in the Civil War North. Her second, Summer's Bloodiest Days, is about the Battle of Gettysburg and its aftermath, and is targeted for 9- to 14-year-olds. The National Council for Social Studies last year named Summer’s Bloodiest Days a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People. Professor Weber also has served as the executive editor of the Key Concepts in American History Series for Library Binding press—eleven books explaining various aspects of government to middle school students—and edited a supplemented edition of The Red Badge of Courage for Everbind. Her most recent book, which she coedited, is The Struggle for Equality, a collection of essays in honor of her graduate adviser, James M. McPherson. She is currently working on a book about the Union's conscription effort and its consequences. In addition to her work at KU, she serves on the advisory board of the Abraham Lincoln Institute and the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College.

Jennifer L. Weber.

Kenneth Weiher

Kenneth Weiher is chair of the economics department at The University of Texas at San Antonio. His published work includes America’s Search for Economic Stability: Monetary and Fiscal Policy Since 1913 (1992).

Kenneth Weiher.