Jerry P. Smith
Heritage Hall 360H
1401 University Blvd.
Birmingham, AL 35294-1152
It is the focus the Department of History's purpose. The faculty has a wealth of experience in teaching and research, and we perform at extraordinary levels in service to the university and the wider community. We produce concerted and sustained scholarship, best seen in the books and articles that are our forte. We are proud to be both teaching history and writing it, and our efforts have been recognized through awards for scholarship and teaching as well as grants and fellowships that support new research.
The History faculty teach in areas that touch upon important issues in the nation and the world, the city and the state. We have concentrations in US History, European History, Ancient History, Japanese History, and Southern History. Faculty members proudly mentor both undergraduate and graduate students to engage in scholarly conferences and local community events. Our students have presented their research at regional and national conferences.
This close relationship between our determined faculty and our energetic students can be seen in department-sponsored student events and publications. Both groups invite speakers in to discuss their research or historical insights; both have shared awards and honors.
The History Department offers a fundamental opportunity to address the global world. We strive to give our students a clear understanding of a changing world and all its challenges. History is alive; it drives the present and the future.
Join us on the journey.
Jordan R. Bauer
M/W 11:20 a.m.-12:20 p.m.; and by appointment
Jordan R. Bauer studies the social, political, environmental, and urban/suburban history of modern America. She has taught courses on race, gender, and class, US history, and western civilization. She received an MA in history from UAB and is currently completing a PhD at the University of Houston with a minor in world history.
Michael A. Flannery
Mike Flannery is Professor and Associate Director for Historical Collections at Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences. He holds an MLS from the University of Kentucky and an MA in history from California State University at Dominguez Hills. The author of eight books and numerous peer reviewed articles, his career has focused on the history of medicine and science. He has served as an adjunct instructor for the history department since arriving at UAB from Cincinnati in 1999.
Samuel D. Davis
Samuel D. "Yana" Davis received an MA in History from UAB in May 2012. He earned a BA in English from UAB in 1976 and was one of the first editors of Kaleidoscope in the early1970s. Following a career in public relations, journalism, and arts radio at various NPR member stations, he returned to Birmingham in 2008 determined to pursue his longtime dream of teaching at the college level. He now works as a part-time instructor in History for UAB and for Jefferson State Community College, and is working on an expanded version of his MA thesis for possible publication by University of Alabama Press.
Staci S. Glover
M/W 9:30-10 a.m.; and by appointment
Susan E. (Beth) Hunter is a Credentialed Course Instructor. A life-long Blazer, she received both her Bachelor and Masters degrees in History from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Beth has serves as an adjunct professor in the undergraduate program since 2012.
Kaye C. Nail
Office Hours: M/W 8:30-9:30 a.m.; and by appointment
Kaye Cochran Nail received her History BA and MA from UAB, graduating with academic distinction. Her research interests include Birmingham Jewish women, peace movements, conscientious objectors, Southern social reform, and the 1970s in America. As a credentialed course instructor, she teaches survey classes on US History, World History, and Western Civilization.
Linda H. Smith
Office Hours: M/W/F 11 a.m.-12 p.m.; and by appointment
Linda H. Smith received her Masters degree in History from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1995, and has been teaching in the history department since 1996. She teaches both American history and Western Civilization survey courses.
Jennifer E. Stitt
Jennifer E. Stitt studies the intellectual, cultural, and political history of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century America. Her research focuses on the evolution of ideas about community and civic membership in the early American republic. She is also particularly interested in abolition movements in the transatlantic world, especially the transnational trafficking of ideas about freedom and slavery across space and time. She received her BA in philosophy and history and her MA in history from UAB.
Karen R. Utz
Office Hours: T/Th 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Karen Utz is the Curator and Historian of Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark in Birmingham. She has served on various committees including the Southeastern Museum Conference, Society for the History of Technology, Alabama Museum Association, and the Alabama Humanities Foundation (Roads Scholar). Her publications include Work, Family, Faith: Women of the Twentieth Century South and Iron & Steel: A Guide to Birmingham Area Industrial Heritage Sites. Utz has served as an adjunct instructor since 1995.
Nicole D. Watkins
Office Hours: Not teaching Spring 2015
Nicole D. Watkins studies the social history of riot and the mob in early modern England and hopes to expand her future research to include social unrest in colonial America. She is also especially interested in the evolution of the British Constitution, the British Empire, and colonialism. Nicole received her BA and MA in history from the University of Alabama at Birmingham after transferring from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2007. She is currently teaching a course in western civilization and plans to pursue a PhD in the fall of 2015.