Coordinator, History Program
Dr. Lawson joined the History faculty at PSU in 2009 and earned tenure in 2014.
She teaches courses in U.S. History, Women’s History, and research methods to undergraduate and graduate students. Her work with undergraduate students led to her recognition with the University’s “Outstanding Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor Award” in 2014. At the M.A. level, she directs her students in researching social and cultural American history as well as 19th century science and medicine. She is the History programs coordinator and has served as a member of various University committees, including the Faculty Senate, Academic Affairs committee, and University Athletic Council.
Her current research projects include: Mining for Health in the Tri-State Lead and Zinc District: Kansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri, 1920-1959, a social and cultural history that reveals the development of community ideas of health and healthcareWorld War II in Letters: Dale and Katie Conner, a joint project with Dr. John L.S. Daley (PSU - History). These World War II letters between two PSU alumni will form the basis of an edited reader appropriate for US History general education classes as well as for a general interest audience.Dr. Lawson is on sabbatical for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Ph.D., University of Missouri, Missouri, U.S.A., April 2008. Dissertation: Healing the Frontier: Catholic Sisters, Hospitals, and Medicine Men in the Wisconsin Big Woods, 1880-1920
M.A., History, University of Missouri,Missouri, U.S.A., June 2001. Thesis: Unmasking the Flirt: Epidemic Influenza in Columbia, Missouri, 1918
B.A., History, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.A., June 1999, Highest Honors. Texas Teacher Certificate (Lifetime Certification, issued May, 1999): Secondary History and Social Studies. Composite (Grades 6-12), Secondary English and English Language Arts (Grades 6-12)
HIST 201: American History to 1865HIST 202: American History from 1865HIST 430: History Theory and PracticeHIST 607: American MedicineHIST 608: Women in American HistoryHIST 620: History of the SouthHIST 636: Native American HistoryHIST 655: Early American RepublicHIST 660: Industrial America, 1865-1914HIST 813: 19th Century Social HistoryHIST 813: History of American Medicine, 1783-1983
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