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History - Faculty Profiles



Sharon Arnoult, Associate Professor of History, has been on the Midwestern State faculty since the fall of 2000. She has a PhD in History from the University of Texas at Austin. Her specialization is the English Reformation, with a focus on two areas: the role of the Book of Common Prayer in developing English religious identity, and women in the Reformation-era English church. Her most recent publication is the article “The Failure of Godly Womanhood: Religious and Gender Identity in the Life of Lady Elizabeth Delaval” in Women during the English Reformations: Renegotiating Gender and Religious Identity (Julie A. Chappell and Kaley A. Kramer, eds.). The photo of her was taken outside St. Margaret’s chapel at Edinburgh Castle, Scotland, which Dr. Arnoult visited after she presented a paper at a conference held at Cambridge University in the summer of 2015.

Harry P. Hewitt, Professor/Chairman History Department. Ph. D University of Utah. I am a specialist in the field of Colonial Latin American history with a primary emphasis in Mexico. During the past thirty years my research interest has been devoted to investigating the role of the Mexican scientists who were responsible for working with their United States counterparts in drawing the new boundary between the two nations following the war of 1846-1848, dictated by the Guadalupe Hidalgo Treaty of 1848.


Everett Kindig, Professor of History, is a specialist in Colonial, Revolutionary, and Jacksonian America.   He is the author of Midwestern State University: The Better Part of a Century.  He is currently writing a manuscript on Susan Parmer, the sister of Jesse James.


Dirk Lindemann, Associate Professor of History (Information forthcoming)

Whitney Snow

Whitney Snow, Assistant Professor of History, specializes in the Twentieth-Century South.  Her interests include agricultural, environmental, labor, and oral history.  After earning her B.A. and M.A. from The University of Alabama in Huntsville, she received her PhD from Mississippi State University in 2013. Fascinated by commodity history, she wrote her dissertation, “Tung Tried: Agricultural Policy and the Fate of a Gulf South Oilseed Industry, 1902-1969,” on the tung oil industry. Her work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals ranging from The Alabama Review and The Journal of Mississippi History to Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture and Forests, Trees and Livelihoods. Of late, she has been studying nature tourism and is writing a book on Cathedral Caverns. Active in a number of historical associations, she was recently elected to the board of the Gulf South History & Humanities Association. Faculty sponsor of the Tau-Gamma Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta as well as the History Club, Snow is very engaged in campus life. Equally invested in community service, she serves on the board of The Museum of North Texas and the Wichita County Historical Commission. She also writes a newspaper column for The Advertiser-Gleam in Guntersville, Alabama, her city of origin.


Leland Turner, Associate Professor of History, specializes in the history of the American West, Texas, Australia, and cattle ranching cultures. A 2007 Fulbright Fellowship to Australia allowed Turner to consider the international effect of American ranching culture through a transnational study of the cattle cultures and economies in Queensland, Australia and Texas. The resulting manuscript, “Outback by Southwest: King Ranch Cattle in the Australian Grasslands” is under review with the University of Oklahoma Press. His work on cattle ranching in Trans-Pecos Texas and Northern Mexico expands on that interest in borderlands and transnational studies. He is co-editor of the forthcoming Conflict on the Border: Mexico’s Revolution of 1910 and the Big Bend Country. The bulk of Turner’s research considers the livestock industry and its attendant themes such as arid land environments, the diffusion of agricultural science and technology, and the influence of cattle raisers associations. Nonetheless, his research interests meander into the field of popular culture. As a result of his Australian research Turner developed an interest in widespread representations of American Wild West imagery in Australian popular entertainment. Such research eventually led to his present work considering the indigenous roots of Australian country music. Turner holds a BA from the University of Tulsa and the PhD in History from Texas Tech University.


Tiffany A. Ziegler, Assistant Professor of History, received a B.A. from Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska, a M.A. from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, and a Ph.D. from the University Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. Dr. Lois L. Huneycutt supervised her dissertation, “’I was sick and you visited Me’: The Hospital of Saint John in Brussels and Its Patrons,” and Dr. Ziegler defended it in 2010. Dr. Ziegler’s expertise includes Medieval history with additional aptitude in the Crusades, Greece and Rome, the Mediterranean world, art history, intellectual history, and the histories of Renaissance and Reformation Europe, and world history. Her research interests include Saint John hospital, urban society, medieval health care, and the history of charity. From 2010 to 2014 Dr. Ziegler was employed with Minot State University in Minot, North Dakota as a tenure-track assistant professor. She is pursuing personal and professional activities, including the writing of a manuscript on the Hospital of Saint John in Medieval Brussels.