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Alumni: Use the Alumni Response Form to add your name to the department mailing list, to update your address, or to send news for the department newsletter and our website. Direct any questions about the Alumni Response Form or department newsletter to the graduate secretary at or 865-974-5421.


This year the department has been working to locate the accomplished but far-flung alumni of our doctoral program, and we have appreciated hearing from many of you. We are posting updated alumni information on our website, and include here some of the news we have heard:

John C. McManus (UT PhD 1996) In December 2014 the University of Missouri Board of Curators named John McManus the Curators’ Professor of history and political science, at Missouri University of Science & Technology. This honor recognizes “outstanding scholars with established reputations in their field of study.” Declared a “Top Young Historian” by History News Network in 2007, McManus is an internationally recognized authority on U.S. military history, and the author of eleven books. His latest, The Dead and Those About to Die — D-Day: The Big Red One at Omaha Beach, was published in April 2014. During a subsequent book tour, he gave the keynote lecture at the National World War II Museum’s 70th Anniversary Commemoration of the Normandy invasion. In 2012 he received the Missouri Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. During his time at the University of Tennessee, he was a Normandy Scholar, and the Assistant Director of the Center for the Study of War and Society.

John Shedd (1990) retired this year from his position as professor of history at SUNY-Cortland. He has published extensively, including pieces in Historical Journal, Journal of British Studies, International Labor and Working Class History, and The History Teacher.

Edythe Ann Quinn (1994), professor at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York, has two books forthcoming with SUNY Press: Freedom Journey: Black Civil War Soldiers and The Hills Community, Westchester County (June, 2015) and “The Hills Is Home”: the History of an African-American Community in Westchester County, NY, 1830s-1890s (anticipated 2016).

Michael Birdwell (1996), a professor at Tennessee Technological University, has co-authored, Professionals and Plain Folk of the Upper Cumberland: Achievements and Contradictions (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2015).

Mark Roehrs (1998), who teaches at Lincoln Land Community College, has recently published The Southwest Pacific Theater of World War Two (Blackwell, 2013).

John Pinheiro (2001), a professor at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, has a new book out, Missionaries of Republicanism: A Religious History of the Mexican-American War (Oxford U. Press).

Victoria Ott (2003) holds the James A. Wood Professorship of American History at Birmingham-Southern College, and in 2010 won an Excellence in Teaching Award from the college’s honors society.

Nancy Schurr (2004) is an Assistant Professor of History at Chattanooga State Community College.

Scott Hendrix (2007), associate professor at Carroll University, published two monographs in 2012: The Impact of the English Colonization of Ireland in the Sixteenth Century, and Riot and Resistance in County Norfolk, 1646-1650: The Road to Rebellion in Seventeenth-century Britain. (The Edwin Mellen Press).

Brad Pardue (2010), assistant professor at College of the Ozarks, received two prize nominations in 2013 for his book, Printing, Power, and Piety: Appeals to the Public during the Early Years of the English Reformation (Brill, 2012).

Michael Booker (2010) is an assistant professor of history at Dawson Community College in Glendive, MT.

Ted Booth (2011) is at Lincoln Memorial University, where he is Director of Career Services and Instructor of History and Religion. In 2013 he published A Body Politic to Govern: The Political Humanism of Elizabeth I (Cambridge Scholars Press).

If you are an alumni of our graduate programs and have not updated your information, we would love to hear from you.