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Christine D. Myers

Academic Biography:
My first memorable historical moment was attending the Treasures of Tutankhamun Exhibit at the Field Museum in Chicago with my family. I continue to be fascinated with Ancient Egypt, but my interest shifted to the study of British history when Prince William was born on my 9th birthday. In college, limited course selection caused me to major in U.S. history, though I also became qualified to teach World History in high school (I double majored in Secondary Education). My graduate career started at Central Michigan University in their Joint M.A. Program, so I spent a year in Michigan followed by a year in Glasgow, Scotland at the University of Strathclyde. This program focuses on comparative history, and enabled me to combine my U.S. history background with my love of all things British. My supervisor in Scotland, Prof. Hamish Fraser, was so wonderful that I decided to remain in Scotland to complete my Ph.D. My first teaching job back in the U.S. was actually at Monmouth College, where I worked in the Spring of 2001 as a replacement for David Suda covering courses on the Renaissance and Western Civ III. My career path then took me to my home state of Wisconsin, as well as Iowa and Ohio, before I was able to return to Monmouth in 2012.

Research Interests:
My doctoral research and book are about the admission of women to male universities in the 19th century, in both the United Kingdom and the United States. My graduate research actually extended in to the 20th century too, which accounts for my research and teaching interest in World War I. Along with educational history, I also do research in history and popular culture. My SOfIA projects with students have included one on filming locations in the 1980’s television show Scarecrow and Mrs. King, one on the Scottish Referendum in 2014, and my upcoming one on the uses of Victorian history in Steampunk fiction.

Selected Research and/or Creative Work:
University Coeducation in the Victorian Era: Inclusion in the United States and the United Kingdom (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).

Chapters in collected works:

"Imperial Ideals: Women in Scotland's Universities & the British Empire" in Women in Higher Education, 1850-1970: International Perspectives (Routledge, forthcoming 2015).

"Refashioning James Bond as an American Secret Agent: Scarecrow and Mrs. King, 1983-1987" in Michele Brittany, ed., James Bond and Popular Culture: Essays on the Influence of the Fictional Superspy (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2014), 140-161.

"A Plea for the Highlands of Scotland: university reform in the early 20th century," in David Seth Preston, ed., The Idea of Education, part of the At the Interface/Probing the Boundaries series (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2004), 141-158.

"'Qu'elles continuent de frapper à la porte!'": L'admission des femmes dans les universités écossaises à la fin du XIXe siècle," in Rebecca Rogers, ed., La Mixité dans l'éducation: enjeux passés et présents (Ecole Normale Supérieure Editions, 2004).

Courses Taught:
HIST 130 The European Union
HIST 130 Mary, Queen of Scots
HIST 130 World War I
HIST 230 The French Revolution
HIST 230 Henry VIII
HIST 230 Scottish Witches
HIST 240 Pirates of the Caribbean and the Barbary
HIST 320 World's Fairs
HIST 430 The British Empire
INTG 213 Global Cities

B.A. Cornell College 1995
M.A. Central Michigan University & the University of Strathclyde 1997
Ph.D. University of Strathclyde 2000

Contact Info:
Office: Rm 8 Wallace Hall