Kyle Wilkison  
Department of History
Collin College
Plano, Texas 75074
 (972) 881-5834
Kwilkison@collin.edu
http://iws.collin.edu/kwilkison

Education

1995 PhD, American History, Vanderbilt University
1985 MA, American History, East Texas State University 
1983 BA With High Honors, History, East Texas State University (Texas A&M University - Commerce)





Current Position

1995- Professor of History, Collin College

 Past Positions

1996-2000 Lecturer, History, University of Texas at Dallas.
1994-1995 Professor (Temporary Full-Time), Collin College
1994-1999 Adjunct Professor, History, Texas A&M University - Commerce
1987-1994 Adjunct Professor, History, Eastfield College, Mesquite, Texas; Grayson College, Denison, Texas; Collin College, Plano, Texas; Texas A&M University-Commerce
1985-1987 Teaching Assistant, History, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
1983-1985 Teaching Assistant, Department of History, East Texas State University, Commerce, Texas
1978-1983 Factory Worker, Lance, Inc., Greenville, Texas
1978 Construction Worker, Harper Construction, Campbell, Texas
1976-1977 Construction Worker, McKnight Construction, Commerce, Texas

Courses Taught

Freshman  United States History to 1877; United States History from 1877
  "Rhetoric and the Republic: A Learning Community" (English Composition & Rhetoric and U.S. History II) Spring, Fall and Spring, 1996-1997
Honors U.S. History to 1877; Honors U.S. History from 1877
Sophomore History of Texas
Junior History of Texas (University of Texas - Dallas)
Senior              The American South (UTD and Texas A&M Commerce)
  The Old South, 1607-1865 (UTD)
  The New South, 1865-Present (UTD)
  American Civil War and Reconstruction Era (UTD)
  U.S. Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 1870-1920 (UTD)
Graduate U.S. Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 1870-1920 (A&M Commerce)

Publications

    Books

2014 The Texas Right: The Radical Roots of Lone Star Conservatism, co-edited with David Cullen. Texas A&M University Press, 2014.
2010 The Texas Left: The Radical Roots of Lone Star Liberalism, co-edited with David Cullen. Texas A&M University Press, 2010.
2008 Yeomen, Sharecroppers and Socialists: Plain Folk Protest in Texas, 1870-1914. Texas A&M University  Press, 2008.

    Essays and Other Publications

2017

"The Long Journey of Joshua Hicks: A Voice from the Texas Working Class." The East Texas Historical Journal 55, no. 2 (October 2017): 7-27. Reprinted in The Presidents Speak: Addresses from the Leadership of the East Texas Historical Association, 2000-2016," ed. by Milton S. Jordan and Dan K. Utley, 144-158. Nacogdoches, Texas: Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2017.

2017 “The Texas Tenant Farmer Law, 1915,” document with commentary, with Katherine Kuehler Walters, in Impeached: The Removal of Texas Governor James E. Ferguson (Bruce Glasrud and Jessica Brannon-Wranosky, Editors) College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2017.
2016 "Cottonpickers v. Cowboys: Contested Heritage." Texas Insights, Volume VI, Issue 5 (May 2016).
http://teachingtexas.org/enewsletter/may2016.
2014

“'The Evils of Socialism': The Religious Right in Early Twentieth-Century Texas" in The Texas Right: The Radical Roots of Lone Star Conservatism, Texas A&M University Press, 2014.

2012 "My Reilly Springs: A Meditation," in Dan Utley and Milton Jordan, Just Between Us: Memories and Stories from the Texas Pines. Stephen F. Austin University Press, 2012.
2010 “'The Right to Work, to Starve, to Die': Texas’ Forgotten Radical Heritage," with David Cullen in The Texas Left: The Radical Roots of Lone Star Liberalism, Kyle Wilkison and David Cullen, Eds. Texas A&M University Press, 2010.
2009 "The Communist Party of the United States and African American Presidential Candidates,” with David Cullen in African Americans and the Presidency: The Road to the White House, edited by Bruce Glasrud and Cary Wintz. Routledge Press, 2009. 
2009 Editor, "James H. Conrad: The Making of an Oral Historian," The Sound Historian, 2009. 12:1-17.
2006 “Blue Collar Workers,” Postwar America: An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural, and Economic History. James Ciment, General Editor. New York: M. E. Sharpe, 2006.   
2004 “Agrarian Socialism,” and “Introduction to Rural Social Movements in America,” and section editor, “Rural Social Movements in America”  in Encyclopedia of American Social Movements, Immanuel Ness, General Editor. New York: M. E. Sharpe, 2004. 3:796-801.
2000 "The Long Arm of History: The Labor Movement Among Texas Police Officers," in Ronald G. DeLord, ed., The Ultimate Sacrifice: The Trials and Triumphs of the Texas Peace Officer. Austin: Peace Officer's Memorial Foundation, 2000. pp.14- 22. 
Book Reviews
2017 Review of Max Krochmal, Blue Texas: The Making of a Multiracial Democratic Coalition in the Civil Rights Era. Justice, Power, and Politics Series. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2016) in Western Historical Quarterly (2017).
2016 Review of Chuck Bailey, Ed., text by Patrick Cox, Picturing Texas Politics: A Photographic History from Sam Houston to Rick Perry (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2015) in Central Texas Studies Volume 1 (2016), pp. 115-116.
2015 Review of Jessie L. Embry, Ed., Oral History, Community and Work in the American West (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2013) in The Sound Historian Volume 17 (2015), pp. 80-82.
2013 Review of R. Alton Lee, Principle Over Party: The Farmers' Alliance and Populism in South Dakota, 1880-1900 (Pierre: South Dakota State Historical Society Press, 2011) in The Chronicles of Oklahoma Volume XC, Number 4 (Winter 2012-2013), pp. 493-494.
2012 Review of James Giesen, Boll Weevil Blues: Cotton, Myth and Power in the American South (University of Chicago Press, 2011) in The Arkansas Historical Quarterly Vol. LXXI, No. 2 (Summer 2012), pp. 230-231.
2011 Review of Teresa Case, The Great Southwest Railroad Strike and Free Labor (Texas A&M University Press, 2010) in East Texas Historical Journal (Summer 2011).
2010 Review of Jeffrey A. Johnson, 'They are All Red Out Here':  Socialist Politics in the Pacific Northwest, 1895-1925 (University of Oklahoma Press, 2009) in Western Historical Quarterly Vol. 41, No. 3 (Autumn 2010), pp. 403-404.
2010 Review of Emilio Zamora, Claiming rights and righting wrongs in Texas: Mexican workers and job politics during World War II (Texas A&M, 2009) in Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries (February 2010).
2009 Review of James M. Smallwood, The Feud That Wasn't: The Taylor Ring, Bill Sutton, John Wesley Hardin, and Violence in Texas (Texas A&M University Press, 2008) in The Journal of Southern History (November 2009) LXXV, No. 4, 1079-1080.
2008 Review of Joseph Gerteis, Class and the Color Line: Interracial Class Coalition in the Knights of Labor and the Populist Movement (Duke University Press, 2007) in Choice (October 2008).

2008

Review of Mary G. Rolinson, Grassroots Garveyism: the Universal Negro Improvement Association in the Rural South, 1920-1927 (North Carolina, 2007) in Choice (January 2008).
2006 Review of Thomas A. Krainz, Delivering Aid: Implementing Progressive Era Welfare in the American West (Albuquerque, 2005) in Choice (November 2006).   
2006 "Statists, All!" Review essay of Chad Morgan, Planters' Progress: Modernizing Confederate Georgia. New Perspectives on the History of the South Series. (Gainesville, 2005) in H-SOUTH, H-Net Reviews June 2006.  
2006 Review of Thad Sitton, ed., Harder Than Hardscrabble: Oral Recollections of  the Farming Life From the Edge of the Texas Hill Country (Austin, 2003), Oral History Review Vol. 32. 2:124-126.
2006 Review of Thomas Summerhill, Harvest of Dissent: Agrarianism in Nineteenth Century New York (Chicago, 2005) in Choice (March 2006).  
2006 Review of Mark Schultz, The Rural Face of White Supremacy: Beyond Jim Crow (Urbana, 2005) in Choice (February 2006)
2005 Review of Glenn Feldman, ed., Before Brown: Civil Rights and White Backlash in the Modern South (Tuscaloosa, 2004) in Choice (June 2005).
2005 Review of Thad Sitton, ed., Harder Than Hardscrabble: Oral Recollections of the Farming Life From the Edge of the Texas Hill Country (Austin, 2003) in East Texas Historical Journal (Spring 2005).
2004 Review of Gene Wunderlich, American Country Life: A Legacy (University Press of America, 2003) in Choice (May 2004).
2004 Review of Michael McGerr, A Fierce Discontent: The Rise and Fall of the Progressive Movement in America, 1870-1920 (New York, 2003) in Choice (February 2004).
2003 "A Not-So-Different Day in Louisiana." Review essay of Greta de Jong, A Different Day: African American Struggles for Justice in Rural Louisiana, 1900-1970 (Chapel Hill, 2002) in H-SOUTH, H-Net Reviews, April 2003.       
2000 Jesus and Jefferson Meet Marx in Early-Statehood Oklahoma.” Review essay of James Bissett, Agrarian Socialism in America: Marx, Jefferson and Jesus in the Oklahoma Countryside, 1904-1920 (Norman, 1999) in H-POL, H-Net Reviews, March 2000.

Conference Papers and Other Professional Activities

2017 Co-chair and organizer, twenty-one Cotton and Rural History Conferences, 1997-2016, Audie Murphy American Cotton Museum, Greenville, Texas.
2017 Presented "The Texas Left: An Introduction," German-Texan Heritage Society Conference, Austin, Texas, July 22, 2017, and Texas Political History Conference, Tarleton State University, Stephenville, Texas, September 16, 2017.
2017 Chair, “Crossing the Line: Democratic Defectors in Nineteenth-Century Texas Panel,” Texas State Historical Association Meeting, Houston, Texas, March 3, 2017.
2017

Chair, “Ruth A. Allen Pioneer in Working Class History Award Presentation,” and,  presented "The Long Journey of Joshua L. Hicks: A Voice from the Texas Working Class," Texas Center for Working-Class Studies 3rd Annual Conference, Plano, Texas, February 23, 2017.

2016 Presented, Presidential Address, "The Long Journey of Joshua L. Hicks: A Voice from the Texas Working Class," Fall Meeting of the East Texas Historical Association, Nacogdoches, Texas, October 14, 2016.
2016 Chair, "Texas’ Historically Black Colleges and Universities’ Alumni and their Battle for an Education and for Racial Justice," Fifth Texas Oral History Association Conference, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, April 23, 2016.
2016 “In Search of Texas Identity: Cotton Pickers v. Cowboys,” Central Texas Historical Association, Bryan, Texas, April 2, 2016.
2016 Chair, “Ruth A. Allen Pioneer in Working Class History Lecture” and “Working-Class History Panel,” Texas Center for Working-Class Studies 2nd Annual Conference, Plano, Texas, March 31, 2016.
2016 Chair, "Cotton and Wheat: Nineteenth-Century Industry Meets Twentieth-Century Agriculture," Texas State Historical Association 120th Meeting, Las Colinas, Texas, March 3, 2016.
2015

Chair, "Adult Education Programs During the Depression: The Texas Experience," East Texas Historical Association Fall Meeting, October 9, 2015, Nacogdoches, Texas.

2015 Chair, "Identity via Oral Histories," Texas Oral History Association Conference, Commerce, Texas, April 25, 2015.
2013 "My Reilly Springs: A Meditation," on "Memory and Meaning" panel, East Texas Historical Association Meeting, Nacogdoches, Texas, September 27, 2013.
2013 Chair,  "Unorthodox Democracy in Two Eras: Louis Wigfall and James H. 'Cyclone' Davis," East Texas Historical Association Meeting, Nacogdoches, Texas, September 26, 2013.
2013 Chair, "Texas Politics After Redemption," 117th Annual Meeting of the Texas State Historical Association, Fort Worth, February 28, 2013.
2012 "Rural Conflict in the Human Cost of Industrialization,” 2012 Emeritus Professors Lectures, Austin Community College, Austin, Texas, October 13, 2012.
2012 Chair, "The Texas Right: The Radical Roots of Lone Star Conservatism," East Texas Historical Association Fall Meeting, Nacogdoches, Texas, September 2012.
2012 Panelist, "Cotton Culture, Politics, and Economics since 1870: A Panel Discussion," Mid-America Conference on History, Springfield, Missouri, September 2012.
2012 "Cotton and the End of Independence: The Blackland Prairie," Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums Conference, June 2012.  
2011 "Looking for The Texas Left," Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Houston, Texas, March 2011.
2011 Chair, "Sexual and Family Violence in Texas Court Records," Texas State Historical Association Annual Meeting, El Paso, Texas, March 2011.
2010 “Socialists in the Woodwork," Luncheon Address, East Texas Historical Association Fall Meeting, Nacogdoches, Texas, September 2010.
2010 Chair, "Introducing The Texas Left: A Roundtable Discussion," East Texas Historical Association Fall Meeting, Nacogdoches, Texas, September 2010.
2010 Commentator, "Roundtable Discussion of The Texas Left:: The Radical Roots of Lone Star Liberalism," Texas State Historical Association, Dallas, Texas.
2009 "Our Radical Grandfathers," Guest Lecture, Audie Murphy American Cotton Museum, June 2, 2009.
2009

“Southern, Christian and Socialist: Rural America’s Forgotten Radical Heritage,” Thirteenth Cotton and Rural History Conference, Audie Murphy American Cotton Museum, Greenville, Texas.

2008 "Yeomen, Sharecroppers, and Socialists: Poor Peoples' Protest in Texas, 1870-1914,” Fall Meeting, East Texas Historical
Association, Nacogdoches, Texas.
2004 “Texas Socialists, 1898-1914,” Texas State Historical Association Annual Meeting, Austin, Texas.
2003 “Two Centuries of Protest: Rural Social Movements in America, 1750s-1980s,” Historical Lecture Series, Heritage Farmstead Museum, Plano, Texas
2001 Chair, “Hidden but Not Forgotten: Guerrillas and Vigilantes in Northeast Texas.”  East Texas Historical Association Spring Meeting, Ft. Worth, Texas
2000 “The Religious Left: Christian Dissenters in Early Twentieth Century Texas,” Eugene V. Debs and the Politics of Dissent in Modern America Conference, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana
2000 "Capitalism Comes to the Plain Folk: The Transitional Generation in Texas, 1870-1910." East Texas Historical Association, Nacogdoches, Texas.
1998 Commentator, James L. Roark’s paper, “Why the South Lost: Recent Interpretations of the Civil War.” Texas Community College Teachers Association Annual Conference, Dallas, Texas.  
1997 “Red Reverends: Christian Socialists in East Texas,” East Texas Historical Association, Nacogdoches, Texas.
1997 Chair, “Narratives From Cotton: Slavery, Freedom and the Great Depression,” First Annual Cotton and Rural History Conference, American Cotton Museum, Greenville, Texas.
1997 “The Rise of Tenancy and the Fall of Independence: Collin County Farmers, 1870-1910.” Heritage Farmstead Museum, Plano, Texas.
1995 “The Degradation of Women’s Work: Texas Farms, 1870-1910” Southwestern Historical Association / Southwestern Social Sciences Association, Dallas, Texas.
1994 “Plain Folk Critics of Capitalism: Cultural Persistence and Economic Change in Texas, 1870-1910,” Texas State Historical Association, Austin, Texas.
1994 “The Plain Folk Community in Texas, 1870-1910,” The American Cotton Museum, Greenville, Texas.
1993 “From the Homeplace to No Place: The Demise of Self-Sufficient Agricultural Production in Texas,” Southern Historical Association, Orlando, Florida.  

College Service

2015-2019 Member, Sabbatical Leave Committee (elected)
2017 Member, Outstanding Professor Award Committee
2017 Chair, Two Panels, Honors History Students, Collin College's Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Student Research Conference, April 12, SCC
2016 Member, Outstanding Professor Award Committee
2016 Chair, Three Panels, Honors History Students, Collin College's Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Student Research Conference, April 14, SCC
2016

Facilitated David E. Shi’s guest lecture, “’A More Perfect Union’: The Dynamic of Race in American History,” SCC, Plano, Texas, March 28, 2016.

2015- Member, Digital Commons Advisory Board
2015-

Member, Texas Center for Working Class Studies Advisory Committee

2015- Member, Academic Progress Appeals Committee
2014-2015 Chair, History Faculty Search Committee (two positions)
2014- Member, Honors Council
2004-2015 Created and maintained Department of History web pages
2014 Presented "Texas: Never a Two-Party State" at Collin College Alumni Association's Cafe Talk, November 6, 2014
2014 Presented "Why is There No Class Consciousness in the United States," Lebrecht Speaker Series presentation of "Understanding Class in American Politics and Culture: A Roundtable," Lisa Kirby, moderator, April 30, 2014 and September 2, 2014 
2014 Co-Chair, Outstanding Professor Award Committee
2013-2014 Member, Committee for the Civil Rights Act Fiftieth Anniversary Commemoration  
2013 Panelist, Faculty Round Tables for International Student Orientation
2013 Chair and panelist, "Roundtable on The Texas Right: The Radical Roots of Lone Star Conservatism," with Sam Tullock, Keith Volanto and Michael Phillips, Fall Faculty Development Conference, Collin College
2012-2013 Faculty panelist, New Student Orientation Programs
2009-2013 Member, Council on Excellence (elected)
2011 Member, History Faculty Search
2010-2012 Member, Discipline Appeals Task Force
2009-2011 Member, Sabbatical Leave Committee (elected)
2007-2010 Chair, Committee on Academic Freedom
2009 Member, Core Curriculum Assessment Group
2007-2009 Member, Faculty Council (elected)
2007-2009 Member, Sabbatical Leave Committee (elected)
2008 Presented (with Joan Jenkins), "Academic Freedom Concerns and the Course Redesign Initiative," Lunch Series, Faculty Council Committee on Teaching and Learning, February 15, 2008, SCC. 
2007 Member, History 1301 Online Course Template Committee
2006-2007 Member, History Faculty Search (two positions)
2006 “Religion, Radical Politics and Plain Folk in the New South,” Study Grant Lecture, presented to the Faculty of Collin College, May 5, 2006
2006 Member, History Faculty Fall 2006 Search (two positions)
2002-2007 Faculty panelist, New Student Orientation Programs
1995-2006 History Day Task Force - History Day Judge
1995-2005 Member, Honors Council 
     Interim Director, Interdisciplinary Honors Program (Fall 1998)
     Honors Scholar-in-Residence Committee (1999-2005)
     Chair, Committee on Course Definition and New Course Application and Evaluation (2001)
     Chair, Honors Institute Program Assessment Internal Review Task Force (2005)
2005-2006  Member, History Faculty Search (three positions)
2004 Honors Institute Recruitment Presentation, Fall High School Counselor's Workshop, October 29, 2004
2003-2005 Member, Faculty Online Group
2003-2005 Member, Curriculum Advisory Board
2004-2005 Co-Chair, Vice President for Academic Affairs Search Committee
2004-2005 Member, History Faculty Search Committee
2003-2004 Member, History Faculty Search Committee (two positions)
2003 Guest Speaker, Phi Theta Kappa Induction Ceremony, February 2003
2003-2004  Member, Anthropology Faculty Search Committee
2002-2004 Member, Tuition Refund Appeals Committee
2002-2003 Member, Anatomy and Physiology Faculty Search Committee
2002-2003 Member, External Review Task Force, Associate Faculty/Instruction Office Program Assessment
2002-2003 Member, Internal Review Task Force, Program Assessment, History Department
2002-2003 Member, Associate Dean of Social Sciences Search Committee
2002 Guest speaker, Phi Theta Kappa Induction Ceremony, October 2002
2001-2003 Member, Vice President for Academic Affairs' College Restructuring Task Force
2001-2002 Member, External Review Task Force, Philosophy Department Program Assessment
2001-2002  Member, Reference Librarian Search
2001-2002 Member, Speech Faculty Search
2001-2002 Member, History Department Textbook Selection Committee
2000-2002 Chair, Department of History, Spring Creek Campus
2000-2001 Member, Sabbatical Leave Committee (elected)
2000-2001 Member, Collin College Mission and Purpose Statement Task Force
1999-2000 Chair, History Faculty Search Committee (two positions)
1998-1999 Member, Outstanding Professor Award Committee
1998-1999 Member, History Department Online Course Committee  
1998 Member, Enrollment Management Task Force
1997-1998 Chair, Social Sciences Dean Search Committee
1996-1997 Member, History Faculty Search Committee
1996-1997 Member, Social Sciences Dean Search Committee
1996  Coordinated National Women’s History Month Exhibit
1995-1997  Member, Human Relations Task Force
1995-1996 Member, Psychology Faculty Search Committee
1995-1996 Member, English as a Second Language Instructional Associate Search
1995-1996 Member, History Department Program Assessment Task Force
1995 Coordinated National Women’s History Month Exhibit
1994-1995 Member, Mathematics Faculty Search Committee
Community Service
2017 Presented invited remarks at “Walking the Line: the Diverse History of Organized Labor in Texas” event commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Texas Labor Archives, The University of Texas at Arlington, April 8, 2017.
2017

Presented invited remarks, “The History of Populism and Socialism in Texas,” Jacobin Magazine DFW Reading Group, Dallas, Texas, April 5, 2017.

2016 "More Interesting Than the Myth," Energizing Texas History Conference, Texas State Historical Association and Region 10 Education Service Center, Richardson, Texas, February 2, 2016.
2016 Liaison, Continuing Education Workshops for Teachers of History, Region 10 Education Service Center, Richardson, Texas, 2012-2016.
2015 External Reader, Master's in Museum Studies, Harvard University
2014 Presented "Introducing the Texas Right: An Overview" at the Friends of the Library meeting, the University of Texas at Arlington, September 19, 2014
2013 External Member, Selection Committee, Joe B. Frantz Professorship of History, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
2013 "Cowboys v. Cottonpickers," Keynote Address, Energizing Texas History Conference, Texas State Historical Association and Region 10 Education Service Center, Old Red Courthouse Museum, Dallas, Texas, January 24, 2013.
2011 Presented "Grand Saline's Place in the History of the Socialist Party of America: An Overview," Old School Museum, Dedication Ceremony for Texas Historical Commission Marker Commemorating Home Site of Texas Socialist Party Founder, Grand Saline, Texas, September 17, 2011
2009-2010 Eddie (Sarge) Stimpson, Jr. Community Memorial Committee
2002-2008 Board of Trustees, Heritage Farmstead Museum, Plano, Texas
2007 Chair, Executive Director Search Committee, Heritage Farmstead Museum, Plano, Texas
2001-2009 Member, Selection Committee, Outstanding Honors Thesis Award, Texas A&M University-Commerce
2004 “Texas Had a Religious Left?” Seniors Active in Learning Lecture Series, Plano, September 30, 2004  
2002 "Headed to Reilly Springs," presented to the Hopkins County Genealogical Society, Sulphur Springs, Texas, January 17, 2002.  
2002 "The Rural Poor Majority in U.S. History."  Guest lecture to "Emeritus Class," Richland College, Richardson, Texas, February 5, 2002.  
1998-2001 “An Unfolding: American History, American Quilts,” presented with Stephanie Hanson and Sam Tullock to the Lone Star Quilt Guild, Sulphur Springs, Texas; Allen Quilters' Guild, Allen, Texas; and, McKinney Quilting Guild, McKinney, Texas. 
1998-1999 Consulting Scholar, Local History Grant Proposal, Allen Public Library, Allen, Texas
1997 Member, “Community and Crisis. The Heroin Crisis in Plano Committee," Collin College
1996 Co-Chair, “Community and Crisis:  A Public Forum on the Greenville, Texas, Church Burnings,” Collin College 

Grants and Awards  

2016 Fellow, East Texas Historical Association
2015 Outstanding Academic Publication for The Texas Right by CHOICE: The Journal of the American Library Association
2014 Piper Professor, Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation, San Antonio, Texas
2014 “Kyle Wilkison Scholarship,” Engaged Faculty Scholars, Collin College Foundation; scholarship awarded to Mr. Taylor Smith
2013-2014 Collin College Outstanding Professor Award
2010 Calvert Prize for The Texas Left for Best Manuscript on the History of the South, West or Southwest by Texas A&M University
2010 Bates Award For Significant Historical Research in Texas History f or Yeomen, Sharecroppers, and Socialists by the Texas State Historical Association
2010 Outstanding Academic Publication for Yeomen Sharecroppers and Socialists by CHOICE: The Journal of the American Library Association
2009 Lock Award for Best Book on East Texas History for Yeomen, Sharecroppers and Socialists by the East Texas Historical Association
2009 Fehrenbach Award for Yeomen, Sharecroppers and Socialists by the Texas Historical Commission
2009 “Kyle Wilkison Scholarship,” Engaged Faculty Scholars, Collin College Foundation; scholarship awarded to Mr. Anibal Marcello De Leon Perez
2008 “Kyle Wilkison Scholarship,” Engaged Faculty Scholars, Collin College Foundation; scholarship awarded to Mr. Emil Davtyan
2007 “Kyle Wilkison Scholarship,” Engaged Faculty Scholars, Collin College Foundation; scholarship awarded to Ms. Cinde Matkin Rawn
2005 Faculty Study Grant, Collin College: “Readings in Religion, Radical Politics and Plain Folk in the New South"
2004 "Outstanding Reference Source," (American Library Association) and "A Best Reference" (Library Journal) for Encyclopedia of American Social Movements, Edited by Immanuel Ness, (M.E. Sharpe, 2004).  Contributing section editor for "Rural Social Movements."
2003  “Kyle Wilkison Scholarship,” Engaged Faculty Scholars, Collin College; scholarship awarded to Ms. Vanessa Macedo
1997  Outstanding Faculty Member, Division of Social Sciences, Collin College
1990  Lock Research Grant, East Texas Historical Association
1985-1987 Tuition Grant / Teaching Assistantship, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
1985    W. Eugene Hollon Outstanding Graduate Student in History, East Texas State University
1984 Jewell and Jesse Guy Smith Outstanding Graduate Student in History, East Texas State University
1983 Outstanding Senior in History, East Texas State University

Media
2017

Interviewed for “Museum Stages Cotton & Rural History Conference,” by Jasmine C. Johnson, Greenville Herald-Banner, April 22, 2017.
http://www.heraldbanner.com/news/museum-stages-cotton-rural-history-conference/article_6acda196-27c0-11e7-b8a2-6b7fdc392bfa.html

2014 Guest on Krys Boyd, "Think: Talkin' Texas Politics," KERA Radio, Dallas, Texas, broadcast May 15, 2014, podcast at: http://www.kera.org/2014/05/15/talkin-texas-politics/
2014 Guest on David Martin Davies, "Texas Matters: The History Of The Texas Right Wing," Texas Public Radio, statewide broadcast February 7, 2014, podcast at: http://tpr.org/post/history-texas-right-wing
2013 Allan Turner, "Socialist Utopia Never Came, Despite Best Efforts of 'Red Tom,'" Houston Chronicle, September 2, 2013
2011 "Poletown and Rhodesburg Communities to Receive Historical Marker," Grand Saline Sun, September 8, 2011
2009 "A ‘radical’ program - museum features author of book on local protesters," Greenville Herald Banner, June 2, 2009
2001 Curtis Howell, "Rural Ways: Agriculture Carries County's History in its Bales," Dallas Morning News, May 27, 2001
2001 Curtis Howell, "Full Steam Ahead: Railroad Boom Sent County's Growth Surging in 1800s," Dallas Morning News, April 29, 2001
2001 Curtis Howell, "A Divided Collin: Sharp Contrasts of Civil War Prominent in County," Dallas Morning News, April 1, 2001

Professional Memberships and Service  

Central Texas Historical Association
          Editorial Board, Central Texas Studies
East Texas Historical Association

          Chair, Nominations Committee, 2016-2017
          Chair, Fellows Committee, 2016-2017
          President, 2015-2016
          Vice President, 2014-2015
          Chair, Program Committee Fall Meeting, 2015
          2nd Vice President, 2013-2014
          Board of Directors, 2011-2018
          Member, Executive Committee, 2013-2016
          Chair, Membership Committee, 2013-2014
          Program Committee, Fall 2012, Spring 2014, Fall 2018
          Chair, Chamberlain Award Committee, 2012 and 2013
          Editorial Board, East Texas Historical Journal, 2009-2010
          Membership Committee, 2009-
2010
Southern Historical Association
Texas Oral History Association
          Board of Directors,
2005-2011, 2017-2019
          Vice President, 2010-2011

Texas State Historical Association

           Program Committee, 2011-2012 and 2018-2019
           Kate Broocks Bates Award Committee, 2012-2013

Working Class Studies Association

Manuscript referee for:
Agricultural History
Central Texas Studies
East Texas Historical Journal
Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Texas A&M University Press
University of Oklahoma Press
Western Historical Quarterly

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