Recent Graduates:


Jensen Branscombe

  Jensen holds a BA from the University of Georgia and an MA from the University of Alabama. She completed her dissertation at TCU in 2013. Her dissertation is titled,“Clamping the Lid on the Melting Pot: The Immigration Act of 1965 and Enforcement Along the U.S.-Mexico Border,” and she has teaching fields in Modern U.S., early U.S., women’s history, and Modern Latin America, with concentrations in U.S.immigration history, women and
immigration, and the U.S. borderlands. She is currently Assistant Professor in the History Department at Tarleton State University.

Jeff Wells

  Jeff holds a BA from Missouri Southern University and an MA from Missouri State. He completed his PhD at TCU in 2014. His issertation is titled, “The Reform Press: The Journalists of the Farmers’ Alliance and People’s Party,” and he has teaching fields in US History, Colonial Latin America, and Military History, with concentrations in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, Journalism History, and Digitial Humanities. He is currently assistant professor at the University of Nebraska - Kearney.



Current Students:


LeAnna Schooley


LeAnna holds a BA in History and Museum Studies from Baylor and an MA in Architectural Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation is titled "Sightseeing in Texas," and it examines the history of heritage tourism in the Lone Star State.



Brennan Gardner Rivas


Brennan holds a BA from Oklahoma State Univeristy and an MA from TCU, where she wrote her thesis on the topic, "Texas Antitrust Law: Formulation and Enforcement, 1889-1903." She is now in her first year of doctoral studies.  She is in her final year of coursework and is preparing to write a dissertation on the history of guns and gun laws in Texas.



Michael Green


Michael holds a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M-Commerce and a master's from TCU. His dissertation explores the history of Texas's State Supported Living Centers for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through the lens of the landmark Lelsz v. Kavanaugh case."



Bobby Oliver


Bobby holds a BS from the University of Texas at Dallas. He is completed a master's thesis titled, "Texas Ballot Reform: The Adoption of Voter Registration and the Australian Ballot System, 1887-1892" in 2015.  He is in his final year of PhD coursework and is preparing to write a dissertation on the history of elections and voting in Texas.





Andrew Klooster


Andrew holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Texas at El Paso. He is begining work on a dissertation examining the social, cultural, and political history of El Paso in the Progressive Era.









Charlie McCaslin


Charlie holds a bachelor's degree from SMU and a master's degree from the Claremont Graduate University. He is a modern political historian, with particular interest in the history of conservatism.