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"Why It Matters: Talks on the American Past"
In the past year, history department faculty published five new books. To celebrate the authors and share their expertise with the public, the department launched a five-part public program series called, "Why It Matters: Talks on the American Past." Check out each of the talks below as well as a complete list of faculty book publications.


Public History Alumna Named One of Cowgirl Magazine's 30 Under 30!
COWGIRL Magazine just released their newest class of 30 Under 30 recipients, and Oklahoma State Public History alumna Kaitlyn Weldon has been named as part of the class of 2024! 
From the Cowgirl Social Team,

"This overwhelming task [of whittling down the list to just 30] is worth it, however, because these annual classes make up the leaders who rise to the top for their dedication to lead the way by opening doors, and sharing enthusiasm and encouragement in everything they do, amongst many other admirable traits."

Kaitlyn earned her M.A. in public history in 2021. She has since gone on to work as the social media manager for the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Earning this spot in the class of 2024 is an amazing and unique honor! You can read more about 30 under 30, and see the rest of the list, here.
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Patricia Loughlin
Our M.A. and Ph.D. graduates have been placed at a variety of academic, public and private institutions and organizations across the country.
“I am a proud graduate of the Ph.D. program in history at Oklahoma State University. The faculty members in the department emphasized scholarship, professional development and teaching experiences for graduate students. My writing skills improved in rigorous graduate seminars and dissertation work. Oklahoma State was the best place for me to study the American west.”
Dr. Patricia Loughlin
Professor of History, University of Central Oklahoma

Patti Loughlin, professor of history at the University of Central Oklahoma and Oklahoma Historical Society board member, received her Ph.D. in history from Oklahoma State in 2000. She has co-edited with Sarah Eppler Janda"This Land is Herland: Gendered Activism in Oklahoma from the 1870s to the 2010s" (University of Oklahoma Press, 2021), featuring thirteen scholars of Oklahoma history writing about thirteen women activists from the territorial period to the present. In partnership with the Oklahoma Historical Society, the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center and Oklahoma Humanities, This Land is Herland Program Series was held online in the fall of 2020 due to COVID-19. The series marked the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment extending voting rights to women and women’s activism in Oklahoma more broadly. Currently, Loughlin and Janda are writing an Oklahoma history textbook for high school students for statewide adoption in 2025-26.

Loughlin is the author of "Hidden Treasures of the American West" (University of New Mexico Press, 2005), "Building Traditions, Educating Generations: A History of the University of Central Oklahoma" with Bob Burke (Oklahoma Heritage Association, 2007), "Main Street Oklahoma" co-edited with Linda Reese (University of Oklahoma Press, 2013) and "Angie Debo, Daughter of the Prairie" (Oklahoma Hall of Fame, 2017).
Dr. Patricia Loughlin
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