My time as a student at St. Mary’s University has given me many opportunities to hone my research and writing skills. My work has been published on a number of websites including St. Mary’s Research Scholars, Publicly Historians, and the Texas State Bullock Museum’s Texas Story Project. Below are links to my various publications along with information about each research project.
Histories of St. Mary’s Law School-Alumni Biographies (Links to Separate Site)
During my time as a graduate research assistant for the St. Mary’s Law School research project, I completed three biographies of prominent StMU Law School alumni including: Paul E. Casseb (’41), the Honorable Judge David A. Ezra (’72), and the successful Corpus-Christi employment lawyer, M. Colleen McHugh (’81). Each biography provides an overview of the subject’s early life, their law school career, and their careers in law.
This biography describes the life and career of Paul E. Casseb, a 1941 graduate of St. Mary’s Law School. After serving his country in World War II, Casseb went on to have a successful career practicing law. He served as an adjunct professor at St. Mary’s Law School from 1947-1960, and he received the Outstanding Law Alumnus Award in 1976.
This biography describes the life and career of the Honorable David Alan Ezra, a 1972 graduate of St. Mary’s Law School. Ezra began his career on the island of Oahu, working in the Office of Corporate Counsel. He was nominated to the federal bench by President Ronald Reagan in 1987, and he officially became a federal judge in 1988. Judge Ezra currently serves as both a practicing faculty member at St. Mary’s Law School and a judge on the district court for the Western District of Texas.
This biography describes the life and career of the Corpus Christi-based attorney, M. Colleen McHugh (leftmost person, second row) McHugh graduated from St. Mary’s Law School in 1981. Her distinguished career in employment/labor law earned her many accolades. She served as the first woman State Bar President from 1996-1997, and she served as the first woman to chair the University of Texas System Board of Regents. Additionally she was active in Texas state politics and worked for the Perry administration in different capacities.
St. Mary’s Research Scholars (Links to Separate Site)
St. Mary’s Research Scholars was the first organization I conducted research and writing for, and it is very close to my heart. My work with the organization has allowed me to engage in research on a variety of topics that I am deeply passionate about such as the ill-fated ocean liner, R.M.S. Titanic, the less famous but equally tragic R.M.S. Lusitania. as well as various famous naval engagements throughout history. In total, I have published ten articles for StMU Research Scholars and I have won five awards for my writing within the organization. My most recent article published for StMU Research Scholars describes how FDR confidant, Harry Hopkins, crafted both a diplomatic and personal relationship with Winston Churchill. The articles below are links to all ten of my articles with brief descriptions.
This article follows avid New Dealer and FDR confidant, Harry Hopkins, on his first journey to the United Kingdom in January 1941. The article describes how Hopkins established both a diplomatic and personal relationship with British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, during some of the darkest days of World War II
This article chronicles the storied life of Star Wars icon Carrie Fisher. Borrowing extensively from her own writings, it recounts Fisher’s rise to fame and subsequent struggles with addiction and Bipolar Disorder.
This article follows the beloved actor Leonard Nimoy from his early days as a young actor, fresh from Boston’s West End Neighborhood, through his first two years playing his iconic character, Mr. Spock.
This article is perhaps my favorite I’ve written (it’s certainly the longest!) It tells the story of the famous ocean liner. R.M.S. Titanic; her birth, her life, her death, and the impact her loss had on the Edwardian world, especially those who sailed in her on her infamous maiden voyage.
This article tells the story of famous American naval hero, John Paul Jones’ victory over his British opponents at the Battle of Flamborough Head. The article describes the grittiness and gore of 18th century naval warfare in detail while also briefly reflecting on John Paul Jones’ legacy in U.S. naval history.
This article describes the harrowing elven month journey of King-Emperor Edward VIII of the United Kingdom as he grapples with whether or not to remain sovereign of the United Kingdom or give up his throne for love.
This article follows Princess Isabella of Spain as she navigates the power structure of early Renaissance Iberia and becomes the most powerful woman in Europe.
This article is set during the First World War. While much has been written of the famous land battles of the conflict, but this article, in contrast, focuses on the war’s most signifgant naval engagement: The Battle of Jutland
This article, set in the classical time period, tells the story of the Battle Actium; the climatic naval battle between the forces of Octavian and his rivals Antony and Cleopatra.
My first article published for the STMU History Media organization details both the remarkable triumph and incredible tragedy in the life of R.M.S. Lusitania
Texas Stories Project (Links to Separate Site)
The Texas State Bullock Museum’s Texas Stories project allows writers to participate in remembering forgotten and under told pieces of Texas history. The museum, located in Austin, Texas invites people to submit their original research and writing on a variety of topics including family history or just state history more broadly. Each submission is reviewed by an editorial team prior to publication. In my case, I worked with my professor, Dr. Teresa Van Hoy, to edit and revise my two article prior to submission and publication.
The first article for the Texas Stories Project delves into my family’s history. Prior to drafting the article I sat down with my grandmother (center) for an oral history interview to learn about her father’s life and career as a social worker in San Antonio, Texas throughout the 20th century.
My second article for the Texas Stories Project describes the many trials and triumphs of the Old Spanish Trail Highway Association during the pivotal year of 1922.
Publicly Historians (Links to Separate Sites)
Publicly Historians is an academic-focused blog for St. Mary’s University’s public history graduate students and is administered by STMU history faculty. The blog features posts on a variety of historical topics and public history related issues including scholarly reviews of digital public history projects.
These two articles on Publicly Historians are scholarly reviews of digital public history projects. The first review is of Titanic: Honor and Glory’s Demo 3, which allows players to tour small sections of an accurate model of R.M.S. Titanic. The second review critiques the 9/11 digital archive.