Alumni Bios - MAs

Alumni Bios - MAs

Alumni Biographies - MA

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Chelsea Stevens Cupp

Rachel Hekman

Michael Kuethe

Benjamin Page

Lindsey Schmidt


Eric Denby

Eric is enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Modern U.S. History at the University of Illinois - Urbana/Champaign.

Adam Horos

Adam is a teacher at E. Grand Rapids High School.

Emilee Johnson

Michael Sanders

Michael is enrolled in the PhD program at Fordham University.


Hilary Anderson

Hilary is the Grants Management Coordinator for the Portage Health Foundation in Hancock, MI.

Troy Bytwork

Troy is teaching Social Studies at Manistee Middle/High School in Manistee MI.

Eric Callender
Eric is teaching Latin and Medieval and Renaissance literature at Evangel Classical Christian School in Alabaster, Alabama.

Justin DeHondt

Adam Fernandez

Eric Freye

Iris Petty

Rachel Syens
Rachel is the Volunteer and Tour Coordinator at the Holland Museum.

Eric Ware
Eric is enrolled in the PhD. program in History at Indiana University Bloomington.


John Beck

John is a Social Studies/History Teacher at Heritage Christian Academy in Kalamazoo.

Claire Herhold
Claire is enrolled in the PhD program at Western Michigan University, Department of History.

Jonathan Kirkwood

Adam Matthews
Adam is enrolled in the PhD program at Columbia University.

Dianna Sachs

Dianna works at the WMU Waldo Library.

Jessica Vest


Sara Bijani
Sara is enrolled in the PhD program at Michigan State University.

Skylar Bre'z
Skylar is enrolled in the PhD program at Western Michigan University, Department of History.

Amber Innis

John Jouppi

Samantha Lewis
Samantha is Visitor Assistant at the Office of the Architect of the Capitol (DC)

William McQuitty

Audrey Thompson


Francis I. Bonenfant
Thesis: A "Human" diplomacy : the American Friends Service Committee in Israel, 1950-1961.
Francis is enrolled in the Peace Studies Graduate Program at University of Notre Dame.

Bill Braaksma

Lindsey A. Cox
Thesis: Marriage and marital relations in the episcopal registers of fourteenth-century Barcelona. Lindsey is currently a Ph.D. student studying Medieval Europe at Tulane University, New Orleans.

Rachel Friedensen

Rex J. Hafer

Siera M Hammond

Jesse J Hysell
Jesse is enrolled in the PhD program at Syracuse University

Rachel Juen
Rachel is Academic Specialist, SSS/TRiO at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and Historic Interpreter at Minnesota Historical Society

Tyler Miller
Tyler is enrolled in the PhD program at University of Illinois-Chicago

Caitlin B. Murphy

Samantha Steel
Thesis: "Ties that bind : Thomas Jefferson and the utility of education"
Samantha Steele, after graduating with her MA in 2011, enrolled in the University of Kentucky’s PhD program in History. She is funded through the University’s writing program and teaches a freshman composition course. She has presented at the Great Lakes History Conference and the East Central Writing Center Association Conference.

Ryan Storr

William D. Watson
Thesis: "A Position of Strength: Arms Dealing as Diplomacy Under the Reagan Administration"He is currently an Adjunct Instructor at Jackson Community College


Lisa A. Anderson

Kristi J. Dunn
Kristi is the Registrar at The History Museum in South Bend, Indiana and also serves
on the advisory board for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, at Indiana University South Bend. She specializes in the care of historic clothing and textiles, as well as
the history of funerary ceremonies and body care.

Peter A. Larr

Kevin N. Lentz
Mr. Lentz earned his MA in Public History. He moved to Binghamton, New York and is the Director of the Tioga County (NY) Historical Society.

Ryan Walters
M.A. History (WMU) - 2010
B.S. Education (GVSU) - 2000
Major: History
Minors: Psychology/Physical Education
Ryan teaches for St. Joseph High School.


Rachel Graf Becker

Rachel taught European and world history at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tenn until 2011 when she moved to Mississippi. Rachel currently works in the Teacher Education Division at Delta State University in Cleveland MS.

Jeff Bessinger
Jeff is the archivist at the Lakeshore Museum Center in Muskegon, MI.

Ashley Emerson

Jack Goodman
Jack is enrolled in the PhD program at Western Michigan University, Department of History.

Ariana Horn

Dennis Miller

Stacey Moore
Stacey is enrolled in the PhD program at Western Michigan University, Department of History.

Andrew Peim

Paul Pipik

Paul is the Director and Supervisory Curator at the Fort Huachuca Historical Museum in Arizona.

Matthew Schuld
Matthew was the Museum Manager for the Elkhart County Historical Museum in Elkhart, IN. He currently lives in the Kalamazoo area and works with Summit Tree Sales.

David Shoup

Laura Taylor

Benjamin Tenney


Krista Anderson Peim
After graduating with her MA in 2008, Kirsta worked for the National Forest Service and then became a supervising archaeologist with a cultural resource management firm in Baltimore. Krista earned a master's degree in library science in 2013, specializing in archives, at the University of Maryland. She works for the University of Maryland libraries as a digital imaging assistant with special collections and at the map library of the National Geographic Society in Washington. Krista is working for the University of Maryland libraries on a contract-basis.

Almyr Lake Bump

Dr. Mike Cheyne
Ph.D. (2014) American Studies, University of Minnesota
M.A. (2008) History, Western Michigan University

His dissertation dissertation was entitled, "Sitcom Citizenship: Civic Participation within Postwar Suburban Sitcoms, 1952-1972." In 2012, he received and accepted a Diversity Pre-Doctoral Teaching Fellowship.

Mike held an internship at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and published an article about Kalamazoo history in an issue of the Michigan Historical Review.

Terra Engelman

Keena Graham
After receiving her MA in 2008, Keena Graham became a park ranger at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve and is now the supervisory park ranger at Russell Cave National Monument in Bridgeport, Alabama. In addition to managing staff and developing educational programs, Keena’s current position allows her to work with NASA, consult with NPS historians, and visit area colleges and universities hosting workshops on how to obtain careers with the National Park Service with a degree in History.

Amy Hudson

Andrew Mutero

Christina Smith

Jeffrey Welc
Jeffrey is Archives Records Clerk, City of Kalamazoo


Christopher Carr

Matthew Combs
Matthew is a PhD student at University of Kentucky.

Adam R. MacDonald

Cristina Moody

Karika A Phillips

John Stempien

Jason Stiglitz

Jill Straub


Shawn M Adrian

M.A. (2006) Public History, Western Michigan University

Mr. Adrian is currently the Undergraduate Advisor to the Department of English at The University of Utah.

Dr. Jennifer Black
Ph.D. (2013) USC
M.A. (2006) Public History, Western Michigan University

During summer 2013 Dr. Black was a history consultant for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers on a catalog of their top 100 "landmarks" in mechanical engineering. Jennifer accepted a tenure track position effective Fall 2014 at Misericordia University in Pennsylvania.

Pamela Dye

Dr. John Fraire
PhD (2012) History and Humanities, Union Institute & University
MA (2006) History, Western Michigan University

Dr. Fraire is Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment at Washington State University.

Lawrence Lynn

Donia Pelton

Peter Sewell

Uschett T. Slosh (Deceased August 2009)

Dr. John M. Smith
Ph.D. (2011) Purdue University
M.A. History, (2006) Western Michigan University

Dr. Smith specializes in the history of American sports, U.S. social and cultural history, and African American history. He is Assistant Professor of History at Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech is starting an interdisciplinary program in sports studies and he is one of the core faculty members helping build the program.

Scott VanDyke


Sheila E. Clark

Dr. Coreen Derifield
Ph.D. (2012) History, Purdue
M.A. (2005) History, Western Michigan University
Dr. Coreen Derifield recently published an article titled "'I Thought of the Money that We Could Use': Iowa Women and Industrial Wage Work, 1950-1970," in the Winter 2014 issue of The Annals of Iowa

She is currently a history and political science instructor at East Central College in Union, Missouri.  Cori is working on a book manuscript titled "Earning Her Daily Bread: Women and Industrial Manufacturing in the Rural Midwest, 1950-1980."

Jennifer Gaydos

Dr. Philip Grace
Ph.D. (2010), Medieval History, University of Minnesota
M.A. (2005), Medieval History, Western Michigan University
B.A. (2002), History, Wheaton College
Dr. Grace is a visiting assistant professor at Grand Valley State University teaching World History.

Trena Sanders

Dr. John Scholl
Ph.D (2011) Medieval History, University of California in Santa Barbara
M.A. (2005) Medieval History, WMU
B.A., Texas (A&M University)

For his dissertation research entitled: Religious Life in Fourteenth Century Piedmont, John spent a year living in Turin, Italy on a Fulbright grant. He has taught a diverse range of classes and students: Math & Bible to middle schoolers, Geography and Economics to high schoolers, surveys of Western Civilization and U.S. History to college freshmen, and Church History to seminary students. He is 7th/8th grade Humanities teacher and will develop the Rhetoric School at Trinity Classical School of Houston, TX and become its Academic Director when it kicks off in Fall 2015.

Thomas J. Vance
Tom is Director of Marketing Communications at the Kalamazoo Community Foundation.

Antonio Zaldivar
M.A. Medieval History, Western Michigan University, 2005
B.A. History and Political Science, Florida State University, 2002

Antonio Zaldivar is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at UCLA. His dissertation concerns the rise of vernacular writing in the Crown of Aragon’s royal chancery during the thirteenth century. His research will lead to a better understanding of the factors that motivated the kings and their scribes to begin composing documents in the vernacular, what these motivations reveal about individual and collective mentalities of the period, and how these changes in mentalities were utilized by the same scribes to augment royal power and prestige. It will also shed light on the wider practices of code-switching in the Romance-speaking world of the late Middle Ages. In 2009-10, Mr. Zaldivar received a Fulbright Fellowship to undertake research for his project at the Archivo de la Corona de Aragon and other local Catalonian archives. In 2011-12 Mr. Zaldivar was awarded a George T. and Margaret W. Romani Fellowship for students pursuing studies in some aspect of the Middle Ages and/or Renaissance

Dr. Elizabeth Zanoni

Ph.D. History (University of Minnesota) - 2011
M.A. History (WMU) - 2006
B.A. American Studies (Notre Dame) - 2001

Dr. Zanoni is Assistant Professor of History at Old Dominion University.

Dr. Hanmo Zhang
Ph.D., UCLA 2012 Asian Languages and Cultures
Dr. Zhang is Assistant Professor of Languages, Literatures & Cultures at SUNY-New Paltz.


Michael J. Basista
Benjamin is a photographer at Red Fox Photo in Pittsburgh, PA.

Michael K. Deen

Douglas Austin Dentino

Genoveva Garcia-Gallardo Carcedo
Genoveva García-Gallardo Carcedo was born in Burgos in the north of Spain. She went on to pursue an extensive international education, which became a life-changing experience for her. She studied Humanities both in Spain and in Ireland and received her master's degree in Spanish Language and Literature from Western Michigan University. She then remained in the States to obtain her second master's in Colonial History. Her experiences in foreign countries have motivated her to help those who wish to learn the language and culture of her homeland. She worked for International Studies Abroad - Barcelona for almost four years before becoming the ISA-Bilbao and San Sebastián Resident Director.

Christopher M Jannings

Marius F. Nielsen

Sarah B. Townsend

Samuel P. Welsh

Dale C. Winling


Hollie D. Bonnema

Karen Curtis Byrd

Joshua Cochran

Kelly M. Wilcox

James Allen Williams

Jennife Helen Wohlberg


Dr. Brian N. Becker
Ph.D. (2010) Medieval History, Western Michigan University
M.A. (2002) Medieval History, Western Michigan University
B.A. (1999) History, University of Missouri-Columbia

Dr. Brian Becker was a Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee from 2009-11, and is currently an Assistant Professor of History at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. He has taught courses in The Early and Later Middle Ages, Medieval Conquest and Colonization, and The Great Plague and Late Medieval Society. Dr. Becker’s research interests focus on the medieval Mediterranean and include cultural interaction, exchange, and colonization, urban history and demography, forms of documentation, ways of knowing and memory, and historiography. His most recent publication is an article entitled “New Evidence for Genoese Cryptography in the Late Fifteenth Century: Antonio De Montaldo’s Cifrario of 1477 and the Defense of Chios against the Ottomans,” in Erken Klasik Dönemden XVIII.  Yüzy?l Sonuna Kadar Osmanl?lar ve Avrupa: Seyahat, Kar??la?ma ve Etkile?im/The Ottomans and Europe: Travel, Encounter and Interaction from the Early Classical Period until the End of the 18th Century, edited by Seyfi Kenan. He has presented at national academic conferences as well as those in Sardinia, Turkey, and Portugal. Dr. Becker has translated several works from Italian to English for the Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle.

Timothy Alan Ehrhardt

M.A. History (2002) Western Michigan University

Rev. Ehrhardt is currently the Senior Pastor at the First Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin.

Michael D. Mulligan

Robert Scott Sawall

Dr. Stephen Staggs

Ph.D. (2014) History, Western Michigan University
MA, (2002) History, Western Michigan University
BA, (1994) Calvin College


Leo Barron
Post Graduate Study, History, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Graduate Certificate, Intelligence Analysis American Military University (2010)
M.A., History, Western Michigan University (2001)
B.A., History, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester MA (1995)

Leo Barron has published numerous articles in Infantry Magazine, Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin, WWII History Magazine, and WWII Magazine since 2005. In 2012, Barron published No Silent Night: The Christmas Battle for Bastogne (Amazon)

Michael V. DeVitt
Michael is a teacher in Three Rivers Public Schools

Ronald M. Kendzierski, Jr.,

Eric D. Owen

Brian Kendall Robins

M.A., History, Western Michigan University (2001)
B.A., History, Western Michigan University (1990)


Matthew G. Anderson

M.A., History, Western Michigan University (2000)
B.A., Public History, Western Michigan University (1998)

Mr. Anderson is currently the Curator of Transportation at The Henry Ford Museum.

James Robert Gavan

Michelle Lynn Hill

Kelly Ingleright-Telgenhoff
Ph.D., History of Art, Indiana University, ABD
M.A., History of Art, Michigan State University (2004)
M.A., History, Western Michigan University (2000)
B.A., History, Western Michigan University (1992)

Kelly is teaching Fellow-Art Education and Art History at the University of North Texas in Denton, Tx.

Marc E. Kline

M.A. Western Michigan University, 2000
BSED Taylor University, 1993, Social Studies
Marc is a teacher at Gobles High School and teaches U.S. History, A.P. History, Government and Economics. He is also the Varsity Boys Basketball and Track coach.

Scott M. Minehart
M.A. Western Michigan University, 2000
B.A. Michigan State University, 1993
He has taught English, World History, AP World History, AP European History, Economics, US History, Civics, Geography, and History of Human Thought at Gull Lake High School.  He is also the Boys Varsity Soccer Coach.

Cindy Marie Olsen


Douglas A. Becker

Sonya L. Dintaman
M.L.S. Indiana Univeristy-Purdue University at Indianapolis (2001)
M.A. History, Western Michigan University (1999)
B.A. History, Indiana University South Bend (1997)
Ms. Dintaman is Director of the Carnegie Public Library of Steuben County in Angola, Indiana.

William David Gibson

Maribel Izquierdo-Rodriguez

Paula Lange

Elena Piazza-Wood

Tatyana Puchkova
Tatyana works at Kirtland Community College as the Cultural Exchange Coordinator.

Daniel J. VandenHeede
Mr. VandenHeede is a teacher in the Dowagiac Public Schools and sits on the City Council in Niles, MI.

S. Mark Veldt

Lawrence D. Withrow


Ion Matei Costinescu
Ion is currently PhD candidate in the School of Sociology and Social Work at the University of Bucharest.

Dr. Lucia Curta
Ph.D. (2004) Western Michigan University
M.A. (1998) Western Michigan University
B.A. 1996, U of Bucharest
Current position: Adjunct Assistant Professor, History, University of Florida.

Jane Mund

Dr. Michael A. Ryan
Ph.D., History, (2005) University of Minnesota--Twin Cities
M.A., History, (1998) Western Michigan University
B.A., History, (1995) University of Florida

Dr. Ryan is an Associate Professor of History at the University of New Mexico. A specialist in the social, cultural, and intellectual history of the late medieval and early modern Mediterranean Basin, he has authored and edited a number of books, articles, and chapters. He is the author of A Kingdom of Stargazers: Astrology and Authority in the Late Medieval Crown of Aragon (Cornell University Press, 2011), and the co-editor of End of Days: Essays on the Apocalypse from Antiquity to Modernity (McFarland Press, 2009). He is the editor of A Companion to the Premodern Apocalypse, forthcoming with Brill as part of their Companion to the Christian Tradition series. He is presently writing a monograph-length study on the occult and magical parameters of charlatanry and fraud in late medieval Venice. Dr. Ryan is also a Smithsonian Journeys Expert and lectures on Smithsonian Journeys tours of the Iberian Peninsula.


Jason Kent Aikens

M.A., History, (1997) Western Michigan University
Mr. Aikens is the Collections Curator at the Professional Football Hall of Fame. He is responsible for the preservation of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's collection of artifacts and memorabilia and obtaining new donations of memorabilia from current players and NFL teams. Jason has a Bachelor of Arts in History from Michigan State University and a Masters in History from Western Michigan University where he concentrated on sports history. Jason has been working for the Pro Football Hall of Fame since 1997; before that he was an intern at the College Football Hall of Fame.

Randy A. Cotts

Carson J. Leftwich
Office Associate, Western Michigan University: Carson Leftwich handles many duties in her position as Office Associate at the Graduate College. Carson is the first person most encounter when they contact the Graduate College via phone or in person. In this capacity, she assists students, faculty and staff members from across the University and throughout the community in answering questions about programs and procedures. If she doesn’t know the answer, she will find the person who does. In addition, she supports Tony Dennis, Director of Graduate Student Recruitment and Retention. She has many years of experience at Western, receiving a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in History in 1991 and an M.A. in 1997. She was a Presidential Scholar, an Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Award winner, president of Phi Alpha Theta, and a Graduate Fellow. Carson has published several articles and reviews and teaches part-time at WMU.

Michelle Martin
In 2006, Michelle founded Discovering History, a historical consulting company that specializes in 19th century history west of the Mississippi. She is also an instructor of history, living historian and photographer. Her company combines all of Michelle’s passions - history, research, writing, living history, reenacting and photography.Michelle portrays 19th century women in the American West.  Many of the women Michelle portrays are often times unheard of by most and interesting to all.

Dr. Jerry Allen Moon
Ph.D. (1993) Andrews University. Dissertation: "William Clarence (W.C.) White: His Relationship to Ellen G. White and Her Work,")
M.A. (1997) History, Western Michigan University
M.Div., (1974) Andrews University
B.A. (1971) Religion, Union College

Dr. Moon is chair of the Church History Department in the Seminary at Andrews University; editor of a theological journal, Andrews University Seminary Studies; and head elder of the St. Joseph, Michigan, Seventh-day Adventist Church. Jerry and wife Sue (Staples) graduated from Union College (1971-72) and spent 11 years in pastoral and evangelistic ministry.

Jerry’s favorite classes to teach are Writings of Ellen G. White, History of the SDA Church, and Development of SDA Theology. He has also taught History of SDA Education, Radical Reformation (sixteenth-century Anabaptists), and several other courses.
Jerry recently co-authored (with Woodrow Whidden and John W. Reeve) The Trinity: Understanding God’s Love, His Plan of Salvation, and Christian Relationships (Review and Herald, 2002). Jerry is also co-editor of The Ellen G. White Encyclopedia, forthcoming from Review and Herald. His dissertation, W. C. White and Ellen G. White: The Relationship between the Prophet and Her Son, was published by Andrews University Press in 1993.

Kris W. Rzepczynski

Michelle R. Wright

Dr. Timothy David Willig
Ph.D. (2003) UMass Amherst
M.A., (1997) History, Western Michigan University

Dr. Willig is Assistant Professor of History at Indiana University South Bend, where he specializes in early American & Native American history. His monograph, RESTORING THE CHAIN OF FRIENDSHIP: BRITISH POLICY AND THE INDIANS OF THE GREAT LAKES (University of Nebraska Press, 2008) was well received and nominated for several awards, including the Bancroft Prize. Presently, he is undertaking a biographical study on Major John Norton of the Grand River, Upper Canada, circa War of 1812.


Anthony P. Glesner

Jack Michael Green

Scott M. Gyenes
Scott teaches History at York Country Day School and is Adjunct Professor of History, York College of Pennsylvania

Yoshinari Hosaka

Dr. Michael T. Martin
Ph.D. (2005) History, Western Michigan University
M.A. (1996) Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University
B.A. (1989) English, University of Iowa
Dr. Michael T. Martin is Associate Professor and the Coordinator of the John F. Reid Honors Program at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Since 2004, he has taught a wide array of courses on Medieval Europe and also teaches in the Gender and Women’s Studies Program and language department. Dr. Martin’s current research interests focus primarily on the Carolingian Era, and the Italian Homilary and its contribution to early medieval studies and poplar preaching. He is collaborator and co-transcriber of Jean de Vignay’s Miroir Historial and has published articles on a large variety of topics. Most recently, Dr. Martin travelled to Spain to present “History Goes to Hollywood and the Beach: The Strengths and Challenges of Using Film and Fiction to Learn and Critically Analyze History” for the Fourth International Conference History Under Debate in Santiago de Compostela.

Karen Lynn Miller

Timothy A. Paxton

Barbara Boyink Sears

Phillip H. Slaby

Jo Anne Thomas

Jean-Paul W. Vivian



Gregory Paul Culver

Florin Curta

Kenneth R. Dvorak

Robert Neydon Karrer

Cathleen Melissa Khavari

Karin M. Kovacs

Hui Ping Lui

Robert Carleton Myers
Bob is Curator at Berrien County Historical Assn

Eugene Wesley Smith

Byron Leigh Upchurch


David A. DeGroot
J.D. (2000) Unviersity of Texas School of Law
M.A. (1996) Philosophy (Ethics and Philosophy of Science) Texas A & M University
M.A. (1994) History (History of Ethics), Western Michigan University

David DeGroot is practicing law in Texas.

Jeffrey Lee Kissell

Michael Francis Laabs

Joseph Kent Lutes

Maureen Mae O'Brien

Robin Seage Person
M.A. (1994) History (Museum Studies), Western Michigan University
B.A. (1988) Biology, Albion College

Robin Seage Person has worked in the museum field for over 25 years, learning all facets of museum management, from grant writing and publicity to collections and exhibition building. She is currently the Branch Director of Historic Jefferson College, an 80-acre state-owned historic site in Washington, Mississippi, a position she has held since 2008. Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of Cottonlandia Museum, a private general museum in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, where she developed the state's largest summer program for students. She serves as on officer on the Board of Directors for the Southeastern Museums Conference, where she won the Museum Leadership Award in 2009, and is a state past president of the Mississippi Museums Association. Person has a particular interest in small museums, and enjoys the challenge of utilizing all her skills on a daily basis. She passes on her knowledge by conducting workshop programs for regional and state museum organizations on a variety of small museum management topics. In addition to her day job, she is also a jewelry artisan and has her own company, Face in the Sun Custom Jewelry. If there is still time left in the day after museums and jewelry, she designs mobile web sites for organizations and businesses.

Kevin B. Vichcales

Michelle Margaret Viera


Judith S. Alspach

Andrea Elizabeth Harger

Scott P. Houting

Arnold William Illanz

Kyle A. Rickard

Erin Schillaci


Daryl R. Ambs

James John Bos

Steven R Cartwright

Sean W. Coakley

John Monro Edwards

Juleen A. Eichinger

Patrick K. Hoffmann

Mary M. Younker


Mohammed Al Sheha

James Frederick Corbus

Marc J. Custer

David B. Diny

Joseph A. Garzelloni

David Martin Klemm

Michael G. Pettee

Carol J. Rizzo


Catherine T. Collopy

Mark Leroy Hayes (deceased April 2010)
Mr. Hayes served in the United States Navy for 4 years active duty and 20 years as a Naval Historian.

Daniel M. Huisman

Stephen C. Northrop

Joseph A. Racz, Jr. (deceased May 2004)


Jon Dunbar-Cooper
M.A. History Western Michigan University (1989)
Jon is a Government Project Officer at Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in Maryland.

Timothy M. O'Neil

Jody M. Ross

Dr. Bruce A. Tap
Ph.D. Univ of ILL Urbana-Champaign (1995)
M.A. History, Western Michigan University (1989)
Bruce has written a couple of books, Over Lincoln’s Shoulder: The Committee on the Conduct of the War (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1998) and The Fort Pillow Massacre: North, South, and the Status of African-Americans in the Civil War Era (New York:  Routledge, 2013).  He has published articles in various academic journals including Civil War History, Illinois Historical Journal, and American Nineteenth Century History.  Bruce owns and manages a manufacturing company in Grand Rapids.

John D. Winchell

M.A., History, Western Michigan University (1989)
John is Archives Curator at the Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
at Western Michigan University.


Newton L. Chamberlain (Deceased January 2013)

Charles Dale Jager

Steven Lawrence Lewis

Allen Lee Pick

Roger Mark Varland


Libby M. Catt

Susan Conklin

David J. DeVries
M.A., Political Science, Western Michigan University (1994)
M.A., History, Western Michigan University (1987)
M.L.S., Western Michigan University (1981)
B.A., History, Western Michigan University (1975)

Mr. DeVries is a Local History/Reference Librarian at the Kalamazoo Public Library.

Michael D. Kowalski


Michael P. Daly

Thomas J. McGaghie

Maria A Perez-Stable
M.A., History, Western Michigan University (1986)
M.S.L.S., Case Western Reserve University (1977)
B.A., History, Miami University (1976)
Maria has been head of Central Reference Services, WMU Libraries, since 1997. Prior to that Maria held three positions in the University Libraries since coming to WMU in 1979: Social Sciences Librarian, Education Librarian, and Catalog Librarian. Previous to that, she was a catalog librarian at the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland, Ohio.

Leland W. Thornton
M.A., History, Western Michigan University (1986)
Mr. Thornton teaches his life long interest in the Civil War and local history together in When Gallantry Was Commonplace at Glen Oaks Community College, Centreville, Michigan. He did his undergraduate work at Ohio State University and has Masters Degrees from Michigan State University and Western Michigan University. He is a member of the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, and Phi Alpha Theta.


Clare E. Adkin
M.A., History, Western Michigan University (1985)
Clare Adkin has spent a career teaching history and economics at the secondary level. Since giving up classroom duties in 2003, he turned his academic focus to promoting economic and financial literacy, research, and writing. After 39 years of teaching, Clare Adkin retired in 2003 from the Cary Academy, North Carolina. In 1990, he published Brother Benjamin: A History of the Israelite House of David (Amazon) and recently in 2010 published Quiet Guilt: The State Of Michigan v. Starr (Clareadkin). He can be reached at

Dr. Teresa Turpiano Barry
PhD. (2001) Michigan State University, American Studies
MA (1993) Critical Studies in the Teaching of English, Michigan State University
MA (1985) Western Michigan University
B.S. (1972) English (Secondary Education), Eastern Michigan University

Dr. Barry is an Assistant Professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University. Terri teaches first-year composition to science majors.

Brent Coates

Richard A Griffith

Duane Edward Holthof


David Wayne Carmichael

O'Ryan Rickard


Linda A Moore

W. Wilson Woods


George Boston, Jr.

William H. Driver

Tom Mark Greiffendorf

Carol A. Knauss

Linda A Morre

Sidney Mueller

Charles D. Swanson


David Allen Bichle

Larry E. Cable

Gary Lynn Ellis

Donald R. Horton

Russel V. Kohr (deceased August 2003)

Dominic L. Mattone

Gloria J. Messner

Robert P. Stoddard

Robert G. Taylor (deceased May 2006)

Esther M. Walton (deceased October 2013)


Janice L. Azimi

Dr. Robert H. Duke
Ph.D. (2008) History, Western Michigan University
M.A. (1987) Educational Leadership, Western Michigan University
M.A. (1980) History, Western Michigan University
B.A. (1974) Secondary Education, Western Michigan University.

Dr. Robert H. Duke served as Assistant Professor of History at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti from 2008 through his retirement in 2013. At EMU, he taught courses preparing students for positions in secondary education in addition to undergraduate and graduate coursework in U.S. History.  His research has focused on American political culture, especially the intersection of race and ethnicity with public education policies.
Dr. Duke has extensive professional experience in K-12 education, having served as Superintendent at Gull Lake and Mendon Community Schools, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Community Services at Galesburg-Augusta Community Schools. During his doctoral studies, he taught four years as an Instructor of Record.
His research interests include Modern United States social, cultural, and political history, U.S. environmental history, and cultural exchange through agriculture. Dr. Duke’s upcoming book, Strength in Unity: Lyndon Johnson, Bob Poage, and Federalism in Central Texas will be published by Texas A&M University Press in Fall 2014.  He is currently working on his next book, an organizational biography of Tillers International. 
Dr. Duke’s students selected him for recognition at the annual College of Education Celebration of Excellence Convocation at Eastern Michigan University three times. He also received the New Faculty Research Award and the Academic Service-Learning Fellowship in 2009, the Dean’s Program Initiative Award in 2010, and the EMU Foundation’s Women in Philanthropy Award in 2011. As a doctoral candidate at WMU, Dr. Duke received the Graduate College Teaching Effectiveness Award, the Robert Russell Writing Award, the Research and Creative Scholar Award, the Gwen Frostic Doctoral Fellowship. In addition, he received the Albert Shanker Educational Research Award from Wayne State University and was named a Research Fellow by Baylor University’s Institute for Oral History. 

Mary Joan Fales

Lynn M Houghton

MLIS, Wayne State University (2006)
M.A., History, Western Michigan University (1980)
B.A., History & Pre Professional Librarianship, Western Michigan University (1978)

Lynn is the Regional History Collections Curator for the Western Michigan University Archives and Regional History Collections. In addition, she has been in the public history field for thirty years working as a museum curator, speaker, historical researcher, writer and librarian. Lynn also teaches Michigan History part time for the department.

Paul S. Leavenworth

Thomas T. Lutostanski

Roger A. McCarty

John Permesang (deceased December 1998)

Tyrell E. Schmidt

Robert G. Taylor

Kristin M. Tomlin


Jomes B. Bilsborrow

David K. Crosswell

Wayne E. Eirschele

Gregg A. Newby

Teresa Diane Sharon

Inamae Skutt

Peter D. VanderSchaaf

Patrick N. Welbourne


William A. Coutant

Alfred John Eppens

William L. Hafter

Shirley Ort
J.D., Law, Seattle University (1986)
M.A., History, Western Michigan University (1978)
B.A., History/Political Science, Spring Arbor University (1968)

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Associate Provost & Director, Scholarships & Students, and Ort administers a comprehensive program of over $350 million in student aid funds to 20,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. She advises campus administrators on matters related to tuition, student aid policy, student aid research, and national issues and trends related to the role of student aid in higher education finance. Prior to joining Chapel Hill in 1997, Shirley served as deputy director for student financial aid at the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board for 18 years. Shirley is active in national student aid associations, demonstrating leadership on issues related to access, affordability and student success. Since 2006, she has served as a Trustee of the College Board.


Richard M. Cahow

Anne Louise Cavanagh

Jessie Chou

Rose A. Covell

Larry J. Frank

Myung-Soon Ha

Valerie Catherine Hauch

Thomas A. Herrick

Robert L. Jones (deceased May 2004)

Karen Lynn Knapp

Larry B. Massie

Phyllis G. Pelletier

Charles Sikkenga

Paul M. Trap


Cassius Bultman

Robert S Feeley

Toni L. Fiorillo (Deceased July 2013)
M.A., History, Western Michigan University (1976)
B.A., History, Western Michigan University (1974
Toni was employed by the U.S. Postal Service in 1978, retiring in 2001. She enjoyed traveling and making jewelry.

Fred Flegal

Dr. Richard H. Harms
Ph.D., History, Michigan State University, (1984)
M.A., History, Western Michigan University (1976)
B.A., History, Calvin College (1973)

Dr. Harms is the Curator of Archives at Calvin College. He is widely published including 6 books, and 46 articles.

Kenneth C Kan

Patrick J. Lally

Brenda Fay Lauer

Dr. Albert J. Pleysier
Ph.D., History, West Virginia University (1981)
M.A., History, Western Michigan University (1976)
B.A., History, Calvin College (1971)

Dr. Pleysier is a professor of history at Piedmont College, Georgia. Primary Teaching Responsibilities include History of World Civilizations I, History of World Civilizations II, History of the United States from 1912 to the present, Renaissance and the Reformation, History of Modern Germany, History of Spain, History of Women, History of Ancient Egypt, History of Constantinople, History of Russia and the Soviet Union.

Robert Swantek

James D. Swope II


Ingo E. Banse

Virginia A. Caruso

Dennis J. Clarke

Robert W. Eich

Margarete E. Fochtman

Bruce Mitton

Dorothy Priscilla Plato

Laura L Sills

Gary B. Sleeper

Allan Robert Vernier


Donald Lee Bergman

Tom Alan Buursma

Susan Deborah Chaikin

Donald C. Hipp

Kenneth E. Kolk

Larry B. Massie

James Stander

Carla Ann VanWormer (deceased December 2005)


Mary E. Blankenhorn

Elizabeth M Forsmay

Joseph C. Jeltema

James J. Karagon
M.A., History, Western Michigan University (1973)
B.A., History, Western Michigan University (1967)

I recently retired from Marygrove College, Detroit, Michigan as an associate professor in the Bachelor of Social Work program. My professors at Western included Doctors Tompkins, Mange, Hamner, Houdek, Nodel, Snell, Dunbar, Cordier, Schmitt, Mowen, Elasser, Hahn, Nahm and Gregory. All were excellent teachers who emphasized scholarship, a commitment to accuracy and being able to write concisely. Dr Gregory was my advisor and role model.  I hope I was able to pass on to my students their dedication to learning.

I remember a story about Dr C. David Tompkins.  In 1964-65, he was my professor in U.S History to 1877 and US History since 1877.  At one lecture, the day was brutally hot.  Dr Tompkins, who was somewhat portly, was sweating profusely.  He looked around and took off his sport jacket.  He looked around again, then unloosed his tie.  He looked around again, and took his tie off.  He then looked around and said “class dismissed, let’s meet at the Knollwood,” which was the local bar on campus!  Dr Tompkins was against American intervention into Vietnam before most people were against intervention.  I remember one of his assigned books was The Tragedy of American Diplomacy by Walter Appleman Williams.  Another history major and my roommate at Western was John Janzaruk, who also had Dr Tompkins as a professor.  John and I have been good friends for 50 years and have dinner with each other once per week.  We often talk about Dr Tompkins and other professors at Western and how they helped us to examine assumptions and to critically think about issues.

William E. McNellie

Walter Rudecki, Jr.

William H. Schell

Thomas A. Stahr

Eric R. Stromsta

Carlos A. Vazquez


Arnold D. Masunungure

William R Mitchell

David W. Schreuder

Ruth Ann Writer


Bern G. Allen

Marcella Cochran

Robert C. Engels

Paul A. Hirning

Dr. John Alan Kriekard
Ed.D., Educational Administration, Arizona State (1985)
M.A., History, Western Michigan University (1971)
B.A., Liberal Arts, Kalamazoo College

John spent 32 years in education, primarily in the Scottsdale Unified School District as principal of Chaparral High School and of Mountainside Middle School as well as assistant superintendent overseeing the planning of Desert Mountain High School and Mountainside Middle School. John was named superintendent of the Paradise Valley Unified School District in 2003. Under his leadership, PVUSD increased teachers’ salaries and positions, dramatically improved school labels of student achievement, and advanced technological innovation in both curriculum and instruction. State and national recognition followed, including being named Arizona’s Superintendent of the Year for Large Districts and receiving the Bob Grossman Leadership in School Communications Award from the National School Public Relations Association, both in 2007. John retired in 2009 but continues to consult with school districts and other organizations.

Warren J. Lawrence
M.A., History, Western Michigan University (1971)
B.A., Western Michigan University (1960)

Mr. Lawrence spent seven years as a teacher and administrator in the Portage schools and then was with the former Kalamazoo Valley Intermediate School District for 25 years as director of the regional educational media center. In 2012, he was awarded with a STAR award for lifetime volunteerism.

Janet E. McMullen

Michael R. Micklatcher (deceased March 2002)

Patricia A. Nikolitch

Dianne Sue Parkison

Charles A Pratt


Dr. Kenneth E. Aupperle
Ph.D., Management Policy and Strategy, University of Georgia (1982). Management Policy and Strategy
M.B.A., Finance, Kansas State University
M.A., History, Western Michigan University (1970)
B.A., History, Western Michigan University (1968)

Dr. Aupperle is a professor at the University of Akron in the Department of Management.

Jack Boelema
M.A., History, Western Michigan University (1970)
B.A., History, Calvin College (1968)

County Commissioner for Kent County, Michigan. Taught history and American government at Westside Chapel Schools for 35 years.

Jerome Geimer

Paul Robert Hallman

Eric D. Hansen

Victor E. Hart

Dr. Linda Hayner
Ph.D., History, Vanderbilt University
M.A., History, Western Michigan University (1970)
B.A., History, Western Michigan University (1968)

Dr. Hayner is currently the Department Head for the Department of History at Bob Jones University.

George D. Jepson
M.B.A., Western Michigan University (1973)
M.A, History, Western Michigan University (1970)
B.A. History, Western Michigan University (1966)

Stuart Michael Jones

Craig Joseph Kaelin

Lawrence Leo LaPomarda (deceased September 2004)
M.A., History, Western Michigan University, (1970)
B.A., English, Western Michigan University, (1968)

Larry was born in Portland, ME to Joseph & Camilla (Trepanier) Lapomarda and he lived in Muskegon since childhood. He attended St. Francis De Sales Elementary School. Larry played basketball all four years that he attended Muskegon Catholic Central High School. He also played baseball his junior and senior years, and was awarded a Magazine Drive award during his sophomore year. After graduation, Larry received his bachelor's and master's degrees in history and English from Western Michigan University. He was a high school teacher at Orchard View High School. Larry was also a coach and referee for boys and girls. Larry was known as "the voice of the Cardinals" having announced Orchard View varsity football for years. Larry married the former Carol Chaney. He had two daughters, Jessica and Nicole and two grandchildren. Larry passed away in September 2004. (

Charles Wayne Lockwood

Douglas W. Lombard

Kay L. Long

David J. Mowrey

George T. Sink

Melvin Russel Starr
M.A., History, Western Michigan University (1970)
B.A., History, Greenville College – Illinois (1964)

Mel Starr was born and grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He taught history in Michigan public schools for thirty-nine years, thirty-five of those in Portage, MI, where he retired in 2003 as chairman of the social studies department of Portage Northern High School. He is the author of the Hugh de Singleton, surgeon chronicles.

Lawrence Treadwell, III

Robert E. Treloar

David Alden Winter


Neil N. Browne

Scott Gibson

William K. Hachmann

Marilyn J. Hughes

James C. King
Ph.D., Political Science, University of Missouri, Columbia (1983)
M.A., Political Science, Western Michigan University (1977)
B.A., Social Science Teaching, Michigan State University (1974)

Dr. King earned his Ph.D from the University of Missouri where he continued to be employed as an assistant professor. He left in 1992 for the University of Wyoming where he currently works as a professor in the Department of Political Science.

Ronald A. Refior

John F. Riddick
M.A., History Western Michigan University (1966)
B.A. History, Western Michigan University (1964)

Dr. Riddick served as a Professor of Library at Central Michigan University from 1979 until his retirement in 2004. He was the founding president of the North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) in 1985. In 2006, he published The History of British India: A Chronology (Amazon) His earlier works include: Glimpses of India: An Annotated Bibliography of Personal Writings by Englishmen, 1583-1947 published in 1989,  Guide to Indian Manuscripts in 1993, and Who Was Who in British India in 1998.

Dr. Daniel J. Yakes
Ph.D. (1990) University of Kansas
M.A. (1969) Western Michigan University
B.A. (1964) Western Michigan University

From 1966 through 2008 Dr. Yakes was employed at Muskegon Community College, teaching courses in United States History, Michigan History, Physical Anthropology and Cultural Anthropology at Muskegon Community College. He also served as Social Science Department chairman for many years. Dr. yakes authored several publications including (With Steven S. Demos) Logging the White: The White Lake Lumber Industry, 1937-1900. (2010) and (With Connie Navarro), A New Home in Michigan: The Mexican-American Experience in Muskegon. (2010). He is now retired.


Janice L. Brill

Jung K. Choi

Paul Joseph Collins

James P. Edmiston

Janice Fariborz

Dr. Sylvia D Hoffert
Ph.D., History, Indiana University-Bloomington (1984)
M.A., History, Western Michigan University, (1968)
B.A., History, Indiana University-Bloomington (1965)

Dr. Sylvia Hoffert retired as a Professor at Texas A&M University specializing on the history of Women and Gender. After earning her M.A at Western Michigan University Hoffert earned her Ph.D in 1984 from Indiana University-Bloomington. She would publish Private Matters: American Attitudes Toward Childbearing and Infant Nurture in the Urban North, 1800-1860 (1989) When Hen's Crow: The Woman's Rights Movement in Antebellum America (1995), A History of Gender in America (2003), and Jane Grey Swisshelm: An Unconventional Life (2004) and publish in numerous scholarly journals.

John Patrick Kelly

Robert W. Ryan


John Archart

Dr. Ellsworth H. Brown
Ph.D, American and Canadian history, Michigan State University (1975)
M.A, History, WMU (1967)
B.A., History; English, Hillsdale College (1965)

Dr. Brown began a career in public history as director of the Dacotah Prairie Museum in Aberdeen, S.D. Since the 1970s he has been director and/or president of four major museum, library and archive systems in the U.S.: the Tennessee State Museum, the Chicago Historical Society, the Carnegie Museums and
Libraries of Pittsburgh, and the Wisconsin State Historical Society. Dr. Brown accepted the latter position in June 2004.

He has served in leadership roles in over 30 museums and related institutions throughout the U.S., including the American Association of Museums and the Smithsonian Institute of Washington, D.C. In 2004 he received the WMU Alumni Achievement Award in History.

Edgar J. Fredericks

Susan Sandra Huston

Dr. Tom Malloy
Ed.D. University of Massachusetts (1982)
M.A., History, Western Michigan University (1967)
B.S., Education, Fitchburg State College (1965)


Edward Gorn

Dr. Adolph Grundman
Dr. Grundman retired in June 2011 after nearly thirty-five years at Metropolitan State University of Denver. His distinguished career included heading the college's Honors Program, creating the Interdisciplinary Legal Studies Minor, and organizing several travel-abroad opportunities for students. During his years at MSU Denver he won several awards including the Distinguished Service Award in 2003 and the Golden Key Research Award in 2006.

Dr. Lynn Lindeman
Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, Ed.D,(1973)
M.A., History, Western Michigan University (1966)

Dr. Lindeman served in administrative positions including at the Oklahoma University, as the Academic Vice-President of the University of Guam, and as Dean at Bay de Noc Community College, Escanaba, MI before retiring and moving to Florida.

William R. Mitchell

John W. Nott

Edward H. Schneerer

Ojars Andris Smits

Matthew Tomasiewicz

M.A., History, Western Michigan University (1966)
B.A., Western Michigan University (1964)

Mr. Tomasiewicz worked as a Public Education Teacher School Administrator until 1974 when he accepted a position as an Administrator Lobbyist for the Ottawa Area ISD which he held until 1992. He currently serves as the President and Consultant at Anchor Associates Inc. and has been a Trustee at Grand Valley State University since January 2011.


Ruth Allen

Carol Zainfeld Becker

E. Gilman

Charles John Goodall

Dr. Michael H. Parsons
Ph.D., Education, Western Michigan University (1971)
M.A., History, Western Michigan University (1965)
B.A., English, Western Michigan University (1963)
A.A., General Studies, Oakland Community College (1968)
A.A., Liberal Arts, Muskegon Community College (1962)

Dr. Parsons began his service to higher education in 1965 as an administrator at Oakland Community College, after various posts at other universities, Parsons was appointed as a Dean for Hagerstown Community College in 1972 until 2000 when he became a Professor of Social Science until 2010 when he became an Adjunct professor CCLDP at Morgan State University.

In 2011, he received the WMU Alumni Achievement Award in History.

James M Rigterink (Deceased January 2013)

In Suk Ro

George W. Shipman

Donald Stroup

William J. German

James A. Tolhuizen

Ruth G. Tydeman


Dr. Patrick K Bidelman

Ph.D., Michigan State University (1975) . Early Modern and Modern French History, Modern British Social  and Diplomatic History, and Continental European History since 1500. Doctoral  Dissertation: The Feminist Movement in France: The Formative Years, 1858-1889.
M.A., Western Michigan University (1964) . European, Russian, and American History. Master’s Thesis: The Russian Revolution of 1905 as depicted by Contemporary American Reports, with Special Emphasis on the “Bloody Sunday” Incident of January 22, 1905.
B.S., Western Michigan University (1962). European and American History, Social and Political Science, and Physical Education.

Dr. Bidelman enrolled at WMU in 1958 in order to play baseball, served as the History Department's first graduate assistant from 1962 to 1964, and then received an appointment to the faculty from 1964 to1968. John Yzenbard, Dale Pattison, and Patrick were the department's first three "expansion" appointments.
He stopped teaching in 2008 after 15 years as an adjunct at the University of South Florida and the Ringling College or Art and Design. This stoppage (retirement?) came about as a result of a micro-business that he founded to produce small runs of his patented invention, sold as Pitch Safe (

Viola Gross

Robert A. Hageman

Tyrell Hughes

Ronald Eugene Kuiper

Keith Ross Speiran

Grace B. Walz


James C. Duram

Phyllis Korzilius

Wayne C. Mann (deceased March 19, 2014)
M.A., History, Western Michigan University (1963)
B.A. History/Social Science, Western Michigan University (1954)

After receiving him M.A., Mann was employed at Western Michigan University’s archives for over 30 years, retiring in 1995. His tireless efforts to add significant materials to the archives made a lasting impact with the donation of his personal collection with materials dating back to 1838. Early in his career, he was active in many organizations and was one of the founding members of the Kalamazoo Valley Genealogical Society.
He went on to teach in the public schools for eight years, six of them in Kalamazoo.
Mann became professionally affiliated with WMU when he began serving in 1963 as an appointed, grant-based field representative for Archives and Regional History Collections. The University appointed him head of both of those units just five years later.
Over the years, he was a resource for many publications, including as a consultant for the book "When Gallantry Was Commonplace" by Leland Thornton '86. He was thanked many times by authors for his contributions to their works.


Dr. Cornelius Eringaard
Ph.D., Ball State University (1972)
M.A., History, Western Michigan University (1962)

After earning his Ph.D., Dr. Eringaard worked for Grand Rapids Community college from 1975 to 1993 serving as Administrative Assistant to the President and the Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs. In 2010, he was awarded with GRCC’s Emeritus Faculty/Administrator Award for his service to higher education. (YouTube)


Donald E. Black

Robert C. Harris

William E. Lombari

Grace Rogers Mauzy (deceased January 1999)
Published English Radicalism and Political Reform in the Nineteenth Century: A Study in Applied Philosophy in 1961.


Kenneth John Van Dellen
Kenneth Van Dellen retired in 1999 after 40 years of teaching in Michigan and Illinois Schools, and as of 2002 was the director of development Lansing Christian and Illiana Christian schools.


Gerald L. Reagan


Si Miller


Fletcher Cooper


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