Three Questions

Three Questions is an initiative to share the value that our faculty, students, and others in the UNT community derive from using the Unique Collections at UNT Libraries.

Three Questions is an initiative to share the value that our faculty, students, and others in the UNT community derive from using the Unique Collections and Services at UNT Libraries. Share your story with us!

Three Questions with John Slate at the Dallas Municipal Archives

The Dallas Municipal Archives has been a Portal to Texas History partner since 2009, with over 7,000 of their historical items online, which have been used 4.4 million times since the partnership began. Their collections document notable events in Dallas history such as the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the activities of the Clyde Barrow Gang, and the general overall growth of the city of Dallas.

Posted: 01/29/2024

Three Questions with Michael and Nichole Ritchie

Michael Ritchie, a financial analyst at the Texas Military Department and current Texas State Guard officer is a descendant of multiple U.S. and Texas Revolutionary soldiers. Nichole Ritchie, a Texas history teacher, has devoted all of her free time to the preservation and sharing of local Texas history. Besides the Portal, they have worked on projects with the Sons and Daughters of the Republic of Texas, the Former Texas Rangers Association, the Texas Military Forces Museum, and are current members of the Burnet County Historical Commission.

Posted: 12/07/2023

Three Questions with Ashley Williams

Ashley Williams is a PhD candidate at Columbia University who specializes in the art and material culture of the United States. She has assisted with projects at the Wallach Art Gallery, the Bard Graduate Center Gallery, Historic Deerfield, the Newport Restoration Foundation, and the Blanton Museum of Art. From 2018 to 2019, Ashley was the John Wilmerding Intern in American Art at the National Gallery of Art. She holds a BA from Agnes Scott College and an MA from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She is the 2023-2024 William H. Truettner Fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Posted: 10/24/2023

Three Questions with Jason Reed

Jason Reed is a Texas-based artist and educator whose work deals with the confluence of land, politics, and visual histories. He is a Professor of Photography and the Jones Professor of Southwestern Studies at Texas State University and holds a BA in Geography from the University of Texas and an MFA in Photography from Illinois State University. Reed has created exhibitions at venues such as Artpace in San Antonio, Krannert Museum at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, storefront windows in Miles, Texas, and Galerie Reinthaler in Vienna, Austria. Most recently he started a printed matter project that examines histories and dilemmas of the American West called the Victory in the Wilderness Museum, and his book (co-edited with Molly Sherman) Otherwise, It Would Be Just Another River was published by Spector Books in 2022.

Posted: 08/31/2023

Three Questions with Amy E. Earhart

Amy E. Earhart is Associate Professor of English and affiliated faculty of Africana Studies at Texas A&M University. She has published a monograph Traces of Old, Uses of the New: The Emergence of Digital Literary Studies (U Michigan Press 2015), a co-edited collection The American Literature Scholar in the Digital Age (U Michigan Press 2010), and a number of articles and book chapters in volumes including the Debates in Digital Humanities series, DHQ, DSH: Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, Digital Studies/Le champ numérique, and Textual Cultures. Her current book, “A Compromised Infrastructure: Digital Humanities, African American Literary History and Technologies of Identity,” is under advance contract with Stanford University Press. Earhart has also published digital projects constructed to expand access to African American literary and cultural materials, as is the case with projects The Millican Massacre, 1868, DIBB: The Digital Black Bibliographic Project, and “Alex Haley’s Malcolm X: ‘The Malcolm X I knew’ and notecards from The Autobiography of Malcolm X”. Awarded a NEH-Mellon Fellowship for Digital Publication in 2020 as well as other grants, Earhart has also won several teaching awards, including the University Distinguished Achievement Award from The Association of Former Students and Texas A&M University.

Posted: 07/06/2023

Three Questions with William Scarborough

I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology. My research examines gender and racial inequalities across the U.S. My work has been cited in the U.S. House of Representatives and recently used in reports from the Executive Office of the President. I am the author of Gendered Places: The Landscape of Local Gender Norms Across the United States as well as multiple articles in journal such as the American Sociological Review and Gender & Society.

Posted: 05/17/2023

Three Questions with Ann Ngoc Tran

Ann Ngoc Tran is a Ph.D. student in the Department of American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. Her research weaves Critical Refugee Studies, Native and Southeast Asian Maritime Studies, and Black feminist frameworks to study the cultural history and memory of the Vietnamese fishing boat across Viet Nam, the Pacific Ocean, and U.S. Gulf South. She looks specifically at the complex experiences of fisherfolk and boat refugees through a material analysis of the boat, an object that indexes imperialism, war, and migration as well as survival and ordinary life-making practices across time and space.

Posted: 04/28/2023

Three Questions with Dr. Kerry Goldmann

Dr. Kerry Goldmann is a Lecturer and Associate Director of Graduate Studies in UNT’s history department. She is an historian of Jewish American history, African American history, and American culture. Her research investigates the intersecting histories of subaltern communities and art used for social change, and she is currently working on a book project that examines the black-founded theatre companies between 1960 and 1980 that helped mobilize Cultural Nationalism for cultural and social liberation. Dr. Goldmann is especially passionate about investing in the classroom as a site that fosters intellectual curiosity and a reverence for history. As an interdisciplinary student, she employs various methodologies in each class ranging from traditional historical approaches to digital history and cultural lenses.

Posted: 03/21/2023

Three Questions with Sarah Vegerano

Sarah Vegerano is a Ph.D. student studying the development of education and its relationship with race in Texas at Texas A&M University, and she has a certificate in Digital Humanities. Her research focuses on census data, local newspapers, communities identifying as White, Black, and Hispanic with the highest enrollments through the last half of the nineteenth century, and textbooks used in the classroom. In addition, she has published and created over five historical maps identifying schoolhouses along with demographic data that has not been previously developed into visual data. She’s the mother of three small children, two dogs, a Basset Hound, and Staffordshire, and she loves to visit historical sites across Texas.

Posted: 03/14/2023

Three Questions with Trey Murphy

Trey Murphy is a PhD candidate in the University of North Carolina Geography Department studying petroleum production in Texas. As an energy geographer, his current project examines the historical formation of mineral rights and the present inequalities in Texas’s hydrocarbon property system.

Posted: 07/01/2019

Three Questions with Jacqueline Foertsch

Jacqueline Foertsch is professor of English at the University of North Texas and chair of UNT’s Postwar Faculty Colloquium. She is the author of six books in American literature, film, and culture.

Posted: 05/22/2019

Three Questions with Rebecca Geoffroy-Schwinden

Rebecca Geoffroy-Schwinden is an Assistant Professor in the UNT College of Music, where she is the Classical Era and eighteenth century specialist on the music history faculty.

Posted: 02/19/2019

Three Questions with Kenna Lang Archer

Dr. Kenna Lang Archer is a Senior Instructor at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas, where she teaches U.S. environmental history, Texas history, and American history. Her first book, Unruly Waters, was published by University of New Mexico Press. She recently finished writing an updated edition of Ogallala: Water for a Dry Land with John Opie and Char Miller. She will be presenting her current research project at the Western History Association meeting in October.

Posted: 07/16/2018

Three Questions with Kimberly Jackson

Kimberly Jackson is a master’s student and Teaching Assistant in the History Department at the University of North Texas. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history and mathematics at the University of North Texas. In the 2018-2019 academic school year, Kimberly will complete her thesis on the Civilian Conservation Corps in Big Bend National Park.

Posted: 06/27/2018

Three Questions with Kenneth Hafertepe

Dr. Kenneth Hafertepe grew up in Dallas, then attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. His graduate work was in American Civilization at the University of Texas at Austin. Since 2000, Dr. Hafertepe has taught in the Department of Museum Studies at Baylor University. He has written six books, co-edited two more, and has written many articles on American and Texan material culture.

Posted: 05/21/2018

Three Questions with Machaia McClenny

Machaia McClenny began her career as a teacher and librarian, and she now works as the Education Specialist at the Alamo. She holds a Master of Science degree in Library Science from the University of North Texas.

Posted: 11/30/2017

Three Questions with Misty Hurley

Misty Hurley holds a Bachelor’s in History from Sam Houston State University and a Master’s in Public History from Stephen F. Austin State University. Misty started her career at the Alamo as a Tour Guide and later became the Education Program Assistant, where she worked with students, coordinated field trips, and planned and oversaw summer camp. She recently became the Alamo’s Social Media Coordinator and hopes to continue sharing great information and resources with their adult audiences.

Posted: 11/17/2017

Three Questions with Nicole Smith

A native New Yorker, Dr. Nicole Smith is University Teaching Professor and Associate Professor of English at UNT. Inside the classroom, she is inspired by smart students and strange texts. Outside the classroom, she enjoys dancing, practicing handstands, and spending time with her son and daughter.

Posted: 11/01/2017

Three Questions with Wesley Phelps

Wesley G. Phelps received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of North Texas and his Ph.D. in history from Rice University. He is currently an assistant professor of history at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, where he teaches courses on recent United States history, the American South, and LGBTQ history. His current research focuses on gay and lesbian political activism in the late twentieth century.

Posted: 08/02/2017

Three Questions with Laura Forsberg

Laura Forsberg is currently a long-term National Endowment for the Humanities fellow at the Huntington Library. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2015 and has taught at Concordia University Texas since 2014. Her articles on Victorian literature and culture have been published in Victorian Studies, SEL: Studies in English Literature 1600-1900 and Papers of the Bibliographical Society.

Posted: 03/16/2017

Three Questions with Linzee Kull McCray

Linzee Kull McCray is a writer and independent curator with a focus on art, textiles, and craft. She was a writer and editor of publications for the University of Iowa, has a master’s degree in journalism from the University, and taught magazine writing and reporting to UI journalism students. Her writing appears regularly in magazines and online.

Posted: 03/01/2017

Three Questions with Tom Phillips

Tom Phillips is an independent historian and has a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin. His special interest is African American soldiers who served in the U.S. Army between the end of the Civil War and the early 1900s. He is the co-author of a book about these troops, The Black Regulars, 1866-1898, published by the University of Oklahoma Press in 2001.

Posted: 02/27/2017

Three Questions with Thomas Labé

Thomas Labé enjoys a multifaceted career as a pianist, recording artist, published scholar and educator. Performing, teaching and presenting have taken him to all seven continents. He has been at the forefront of bringing his passion for music to the classroom, the hybrid and the online learning environments in the most vital and effective ways possible. He has given presentations on the creative use of technology for teaching at several eLearning conferences ranging from Oklahoma to Hong Kong. He is currently Professor of Music (piano) at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma.

Posted: 02/23/2017

Three Questions with Liz Carmack

Liz Carmack is a writer, editor, researcher and consultant. She authored Historic Hotels of Texas: A Traveler’s Guide and [Rodeo Austin: Blue Ribbons, Buckin’ Broncs and Big Dreams][], both published by Texas A&M University Press. Liz serves as Senior Communications Specialist for the Texas Association of Counties in Austin. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Oklahoma State University and her master’s degree in mass communications from the University of Leicester in Leicester, England.

Posted: 12/13/2016

Three Questions with Andrew Yox

Dr. Andrew Yox is the Honors Director at Northeast Texas Community College.

Posted: 12/07/2016

Three Questions with Tyler Thompson

Tyler Thompson is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at Texas A&M University. He received his bachelors and masters in history from UT-San Antonio. Tyler’s dissertation examines how racial and gendered rhetoric underscored conquest across Texas which was justified in subsequent myths and memories of the history of the state. He was born in Austin, Texas and plans to teach and research for a university when he graduates.

Posted: 08/16/2016

Three Questions with Dennis Michael Mims

Dennis Michael Mims is a doctoral candidate at University of Texas at Dallas. He received his B.A. in Historical Studies from UT Dallas and his M.S. in History from University of North Texas. After completing his Ph.D., he plans on having a career in academia. Dennis Michael plans on teaching and researching and writing about civil rights and social movements. He is a native Texan who comes from a close-knit family that lives here in the DFW Metroplex.

Posted: 08/08/2016

Three Questions with Ben Davis

Ben Davis’ work investigates the social experience of architecture by documenting the historic structures that have accommodated cultural rituals for over 150 years in Texas.

Posted: 06/30/2016

Three Questions with Breylin Becton

Breylin Becton is a recent graduate from UNT’s Mayborn School of Journalism. He graduated with a BA in Journalism with a focus in broadcast and a minor in political science.

Posted: 06/01/2016

Three Questions with Derek Pyle

Derek Pyle is a senior jazz studies major at UNT, where he plays lead trombone in the Two O’Clock Lab Band and U-Tubes Jazz Trombone Ensemble. After graduating from UNT, Derek plans on pursuing a Masters Degree in Studio Music and Jazz Performance at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.

Posted: 05/03/2016

Three Questions with Mylynka Kilgore Cardona, Map Curator

Mylynka Kilgore Cardona holds a PhD in Transatlantic History from The University of Texas at Arlington. She has a background in historical cartography, Atlantic revolutions, and intercultural transfers. She is currently a map curator at the Texas General Land Office, Archives and Records Division in Austin.

Posted: 04/19/2016

Three Questions with Paul Christensen

Paul Christensen and his wife Donna founded Omega Productions in March of 1973. The Company specializes in live concert television specials, as well as live concert CD recordings. Omega also provides live event production and consulting services to the Entertainment and Sports Industries.

Posted: 04/11/2016

Three Questions with Jean Ann Cantore - Editor, Texas Techsan

Jean Ann Cantore is editor of Texas Techsan magazine at the Texas Tech Alumni Association. For the past 19 years, she has worked on the magazine, but prior to that position, she ran a writing center for engineering students and served as a development officer at Texas Tech.

Posted: 03/30/2016

Three Questions with Rusty Williams, Writer-Historian

Texas A&M University Press will publish Rusty Williams’s The Red River Bridge War: A Texas Oklahoma Border Battle in June 2016. Rusty is also the author of My Old Confederate Home: A Respectable Place for Civil War Veterans (University Press of Kentucky) and Historic Photos of Dallas in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s (Turner Publishing).

Posted: 03/21/2016

Three Questions with Ryan Skinnell, Assistant Professor at San José State University

Ryan Skinnell is an assistant professor of Rhetoric and Composition in the Department of English at San José State University. He was formerly an assistant professor in the English Department at the University of North Texas, where he taught courses in the rhetoric and writing concentration.

Posted: 11/19/2015

Three Questions with Olivier Burtin, Doctoral Student at Princeton University

Olivier Burtin is a fifth-year graduate student in History at Princeton University. He graduated from Sciences Po (Paris) in 2011 with a M.A. in History.

Posted: 11/10/2015

Three Questions with Mark Vosvick, UNT Assoc. Professor of Counseling Psychology

Dr. Mark Vosvick is a behavioral scientist and associate professor of counseling psychology in UNT’s College of Arts and Sciences. Vosvick trained at Yale, Rutgers, Harvard, Stanford and the Medical College of Wisconsin before coming to UNT.

Posted: 11/03/2015

Three Questions with Blerim Elmazi, UNT Undergraduate Student

Blerim Elmazi is a senior at the University of North Texas double majoring in Political Science and History. He is a member of the UNT Honors College and is currently writing a thesis on third parties and campaign finance in American politics. After graduation he will attend law school in the fall semester.

Posted: 10/28/2015

Three Questions with Elise Clements, 8th Grade Student

Elise Clements is an 8th grade student at Strickland Middle School. For her Girl Scout Silver Award, she wanted to have a historical marker made for Miss Beulah Ann Harriss. On October 24, 2014 she received notification that her narrative on Miss Harriss was selected to receive a Texas Historical Commission Undertold Story Marker. On October 25, 2015 a dedication ceremony will be held in the City of Denton Quakertown Park.

Posted: 10/21/2015

Three Questions with Dr. Andrew Torget, UNT Historian and Pioneer in Digital Scholarship

Andrew J. Torget is a historian of nineteenth-century North America I the UNT history department. A veteran of pioneering work in digital scholarship, he has been a featured speaker at Harvard, Stanford, Rice, Duke, Johns Hopkins, and the Library of Congress.

Posted: 10/13/2015

Three Questions with Caitlin Chegwidden, UNT Undergraduate Student

Caitlin Chegwidden is a junior at the University of North Texas majoring in History with a minor in Psychology. She is involved with the center for Leadership and Service on campus and is a member of Delta Gamma Fraternity. She is also the Director of Archives for her chapter.

Posted: 10/07/2015

Three Questions with John Murphy, Professor of Jazz History


John Murphy attended UNT from 1981-1986. He joined the UNT Jazz Studies faculty in 2001, and began serving as chair in 2008. Using the UNT Libraries is one of his favorite things to do.

Posted: 09/29/2015

Three Questions with Todd Moye, UNT Professor of History

Todd Moye is a Professor of History at UNT and the Director of the UNT Oral History Program.

Posted: 09/17/2015

Three Questions with Karen Wisely, UNT Doctoral Student

Karen Wisely is a Ph.D. candidate from the History Department of the University of North Texas whose dissertation topic is the formation of LGBT community in Dallas. She discusses the importance of the Unique Collections at UNT Libraries to her research.

Posted: 09/08/2015