Our faculty advise students, research, and rotate teaching the survey, Introduction to Historical Studies, Topical Seminar, and Research Seminar courses. They even keep a stash of Dum-Dums ready in the departmental office and would be happy to discuss the study of history at OBU.
Christopher Ryan Mortenson, associate professor and Chair
Christopher R. Mortenson came to Ouachita Baptist University in August of 2008. He earned a B.A. from Cornell College in 1997, a M.A. from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 1999, and a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in 2007. He has completed multiple book reviews, and has participated in panels for the Society for Military History Conference, the Ohio Valley History Conference, the Arkansas Historical Association, and the Arkansas Association of College History Teachers (AACHT). He served as the AACHT’s president from October 2012 to October 2014. He also continues revisions on a book manuscript, contracted for publication with Oklahoma University Press. The manuscript is tentatively titled “Lew Wallace, the Civil War, and Political Generalship.”
Signature Courses: Colonial North America and the Revolution, The Fragile American Republic, Civil War and Reconstruction, The Antebellum South, The New South, US Military History
Bethany E. Hicks specializes in Modern German and Cold War European History with an emphasis on migration, memory, and gender. Hicks received her Ph.D, (2010) from Michigan State Univesity and a B.A. (2003) in History and German from Western Michigan University and was a Fulbright IIE scholar in residence (2008-2009) at the Institute for Migration and Intercultural Studies at the University of Osnabrück (Germany). Her current research examines the phenomenon of state-sponsored ransoming schemes during the Cold War, and in particular, the role of American intelligence agents in facilitating state exchanges between the West and East German governments between 1968 and 1989.
Signature Courses: Medieval Europe, Early Modern Europe, Revolutionary Europe, The World at War, Europe Since 1945, Germany and Central Europe, Russia and Eastern Europe
Myra Ann Houser, assistant professor and coordinator, BA in Social Justice Studies
Myra Ann Houser teaches courses on Africa and the Caribbean. An OBU alumna, she received her BA in history, mass communications, and Russian in 2007, then earned an MA in comparative history from the College of William and Mary in 2009 and PhD in African and African Diaspora History at Howard University in 2014. She has also been a visiting student at the University of the Western Cape and received funding from Phi Alpha Theta, the American Historical Association, Columbia University, and the Tokyo Foundation. She is interested in many things, primarily legal and intellectual histories of decolonization and anti-apartheid work as they relate to transnational allies. She has published in Atlantic Studies, Human Rights Review, and Safundi, and in edited volumes and on professional blogs; her main current project is revising a monograph on the Southern Africa Project of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
Signature Courses: (Introduction to) African History, Colonial Africa, Decolonization, African Enslavement, Apartheid, The Caribbean, Introduction to Social Justice