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Graduate Spotlight – Brad Galka

(L-R): Ethan Levin, Bonnie Lynn-Sherow, Brad Galka
From left, Ethan Levin, Bonnie Lynn-Sherow, and Brad Galka, at Oxford Mill in south central Kansas.

“Sure.” Four little letters– one small word have propelled Brad Galka into some very interesting experiences and roles during his two years at K-State in the master’s graduate program in History.  

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African History To Be Offered At K-State

This Spring Dr. Orr will be offering a new graduate class, the department’s first class on African History.

The class is a graduate-level introduction to nineteenth-and twentieth-century African history and will look at the continent’s political, military and social history. This is a region which is often underrepresented in world history classes and it is a rare historical field in which there is a shortage of qualified professors. Being able to credibly claim to be able to teach a basic undergraduate course in African history can be a major benefit on the job market and having some background in African history will help you to teach world history courses as well as classes on topics like the Cold War. Given the importance of the Ebola outbreak and the rise of Boko Haram this is an especially timely moment to study African history.

History Professors Out And About

Our Professors in the History Department are hard working people! They don’t just teach students on K-State’s campus but they are out in the community giving presentations and lectures, as well as writing publications.

Charles Sanders recently presented “The Blue Death: How the Cholera Epidemics of the Nineteenth Century Shaped the History of the United States” in Ghostmapping: A Public Lecture Series, K-State Book Network.

M.J. Morgan presented “Lost Kansas Communities” at the Kansas Historic Preservation Association Conference in Emporia. Continue reading “History Professors Out And About”

Allana Parker, 2010 History Grad, Making Her Way In The World


Parker is a 2010 Histoical Leadership Studies graduate from K-State.  She is currently the curator of design at the Riley County Historical Museum and not surprisingly introducing kids to history has been a big part of her mission.  Read all about her and her passion:


MJ Morgan, Research Director for Rural Studies, consults on article for New York Times


New York Times reporter, Mitch Smith, recently wrote an article on a Nebraska town that has basically become non-existent. To write this article he consulted with K-State’s own M. J. Morgan, Professor of History and Research Director for the Chapman Center for Rural Studies.

MJ Morgan
Research Director, Chapman Center for Rural Studies

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History Alumni Making Us Proud

TJ Tomlin, 1999 KSU history graduate who went on to get his PhD at Missouri, has published his first book. It is called A Divinity For All Persuasions: Almanacs And Early American Religious Life, Oxford University Press, 2014. He also earned tenure and has been promoted to Associate Professor of History at the University of Northern Colorado.

Writing a book and being tenured and promoted are such major accomplishments. The K-State history department couldn’t be more proud of TJ. We enjoy watching our former students succeed.

The View from Oxford

Bethany Spare in Oxford
Matriculation wearing sub fusc

It rained all day today, pretty normal English winter weather and I currently have a pile of books mocking me on my desk. Instead I write a note to K-State. I have just finished my first term at the University of Oxford where I am reading for a Master of Studies in Modern European and British history. Currently I’m working on a paper discussing the impact of microhistorical studies on our understanding of the English Reformation. It has been absolutely amazing to get to study here, it’s a magical place, the very stones demand each student or researcher to contribute, to not waste the time they are here.

I miss the halls of Eisenhower at K-State, I miss the people I know there, but the joy of being here at Oxford is indescribable. My teachers in the history department have prepared me well, to ask questions and to work hard, to check, and then recheck my writing. They asked me to think and to pay attention to the details. These skills have stood by me as I interact with students from Harvard, from Stanford, and who studied for their undergraduate degree here at Oxford.

Keble quad
The view of Keble quad from the roof of the Chapel.

Some of my favorite places here are definitely the libraries. One of my favorites is a place called the Duke Humphrey’s library. It is part of the original Bodleian (the main library of Oxford) and it houses part of the special collections—books published in the sixteenth century, manuscripts from even earlier. When a book is consulted there, you have to use special foam book rests and cotton covered weights to keep the pages open. Do not touch the books unless you have to and no pens are allowed, it is pretty strict. My college, Keble College, houses one of the largest collections of 15th century manuscripts outside the Bodleian. That’s one of the difficulties though—all the different libraries. I only have access to the Bodleian, the History Faculty Library and Keble Library, if any book is located only in a college library it is quite difficult to have access to it.


Blenheim Palace
Blenheim Palace

Next week I head to Strafford-Upon-Avon to consult a thesis kept in the Shakespeare Institute there. Then next Saturday I go home for the holidays, I am so excited to see Kansas, for the wind and the prairie. It is amazing here and I’m very excited to finish up next year and continue to represent Kansas but it is very nice to come home.