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Laura Cannon

Dr. Laura Cannon

Laura E. Cannon, Ph.D.
Department of History
University of the Incarnate Word
4301 Broadway San Antonio, Texas 78209
lcannon@uiwtx.edu
(210) 854-2125

 

EDUCATION

Doctor of Philosophy, Texas Tech University, May 2016

Dissertation Title: “Situational Solidarity: LULAC’s Civil Rights Strategy and the Challenge of the Mexican American Worker, 1931-1946”

Dissertation Advisor: Miguel Levario, Ph.D.

Fields of Concentration: Mexican American/Borderlands Studies, Labor and Working Class Studies, 20th Century U.S. History

Master of Arts, Indiana State University, August 2010

Thesis title: “Police Brutality Makes Headlines: Retelling the Story of the 1938 San Antonio Pecan Shellers’ Strike”

Concentration: History of Labor and Reform Movements in the United States

Bachelor of Arts, University of the Incarnate Word, May 2007

Major: History; Minor: Political Science

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of the Incarnate Word, August 2017 to present

        HIST 1321, U.S. History to 1865

        HIST 2322, Texas History

        HIST2341, Foundations of Historical Research

Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Nebraska at Kearney, August 2016 to August 2017

        HIST 250, American History to 1865

HIST 251, American History since 1865

        HIST 803, Historical Methods (graduate level)

        HIST 848, U.S.-Mexico Borderlands (graduate level)

Visiting Instructor, Department of History, Texas Tech University, May 2016 to July 2016

        HIST 2301, U.S. History since 1877

Graduate Part-time Instructor, Department of History, Texas Tech University, August 2013 to May 2016

        HIST 2300, U.S. History to 1877

        HIST 2301, U.S. History since 1877

        HIST 2310, Texas History

Dual Credit Instructor, Department of History, Estacado High School, August 2014 to May 2015

        HIST 2301, U.S. History to 1877 (junior level course)

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of History, Texas Tech University, August 2010 to May 2013

Graduate Assistant, Department of History, Indiana State University, August 2008 to May 2010

History Teacher, Pleasanton (Texas) High School, July 2007 to June 2008

 

DIRECTED STUDENT LEARNING

Masters Thesis Committee Member, “Feathers in the Nest: Disloyal Charges Neighbor Against Neighbor on the Home Front of World War I,” History (2016).

        Advised: Nancy Hansen

Masters Thesis Committee Member, Brandy Haglin, “From Laura Petrie to Wonder Woman: Analyzing the Feminist Movement through 1960s and 1970s Prime Time Television,” History (2017).

        Advised: Brandy Haglin

Masters Thesis Committee Member, “Arizona’s Fight for Statehood and its Influence on Anglo, Mexican, and Indian Cultures, 1846-1912,” History (2017).

        Advised: Daniel Pownall

Masters Thesis Co-Chair, “The Fruits of their Labor: The Bracero Program in Southern Oregon, 1942-1964,” History (2017).

        Advised, Madelina Cordia

        Awarded Outstanding Thesis Award

 

PUBLICATIONS

Cannon, Laura E. “A Careful Balance: Changing Tactics of the Mexican American Business Community in the 1938 San Antonio Pecan Shellers’ Strike.” The Journal of South Texas 29, no. 1 (Fall 2015): 90-105.

Cannon, Douglas F., and Laura E. Cannon. “Headlines vs. History: A Case Study Comparing Agenda-Setting Results with Historical Interpretations of the 1938 San Antonio Pecan Shellers' Strike.” Media History. (In press)

 

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

“Silence Sets the Agenda: LULAC’s Inaction during the 1946 El Paso Copper Strike and the Solidification of a National Civil Rights Strategy” Labor and Working Class History Association Annual Meeting, June 2017

“Cultivating Brotherhood: LULAC’s Fight for Labor and Civil Rights on South Texas Farms during the 1930s,” Western Association of Women Historians, April 2017

“LULAC and Los Tasinques: LULAC’s Civil Rights Strategy and Conflicting Responses to the Del Rio Sheep Shearers’ Strike of 1934,” West Texas Historical Association Annual Meeting, April 2016

“All for One and One for All?: LULAC’s Civil Rights Strategy and Different Responses to Three Texas Strikes,” National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies National Conference, April 2015

“Brothers at Arm’s Length: How Mexican American Business Leaders Handled the Rise of Labor after the Wagner Act,” Texas State Historical Association Annual Meeting, March 2014

“World Peace and Hair Curlers: The Work that Beauty Queens Do,” Arts and Humanities Graduate Student Conference, Texas Tech, 2012

“Using ‘Communist’ to Define ‘Other’ in the 1938 San Antonio Pecan Shellers’ Strike,” History Graduate Student Conference, Texas Tech, 2012

 

RESEARCH IN PROGRESS

“Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?: LULAC, the 1946 El Paso Copper Strike, and the Solidification of a Legacy” (On-Going)

            This article analyzes LULAC’s activities in El Paso during the 1946 strike. The work argues that, while the strike was national news, the local LULAC council neglected to intervene on behalf of its community members as part of the organization’s larger civil rights strategy. The organization’s neglect of a community in crisis helps explain later characterizations of LULAC as an assimilationist, middle-class association. This article is being workshopped and prepared for submission.

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

            Labor and Working Class History Association (2016 – Present)

Western Association of Women Historians (2016 – Present)

American Historical Association (2015 – Present)

            West Texas Historical Association (2015 – Present)

            Texas State Historical Association (2014 – Present)

 

SERVICE

Member, Honor Board, College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, University of the Incarnate Word, 2017

Member, ad hoc Department Mission Statement Committee, University of Nebraska at Kearney, 2016

Member, ad hoc Thesis Awards Committee, University of Nebraska at Kearney, 2016

Member, ad hoc Undergraduate Studies Committee, University of Nebraska at Kearney, 2016

Moderator, “A World in Motion,” World Affairs Conference, University of Nebraska at Kearney, 2016

Teacher, East Lubbock Promise Neighborhood Grant, US Department of Education, 2014-2015

President, History Graduate Student Organization, Texas Tech, 2011

Vice President, History Graduate Student Organization, Texas Tech, 2010

President, Phi Alpha Theta, University of the Incarnate Word, 2006-2007

President, History Club, University of the Incarnate Word, 2006-2007

 

ACADEMIC HONORS

Outstanding PhD Student, Texas Tech, 2016

S.S. McKay Memorial Scholarship, Texas Tech, 2015

Helen Jones Dissertation Writing Fellowship, Texas Tech, 2013

Lawrence L. and Louis Graves Scholarship, Texas Tech, 2013

David & Winifred Vigness Memorial Scholarship, Texas Tech, 2012

Lawrence L. and Louise Graves Scholarship, Texas Tech, 2011

Eugene V. Debs Fellowship in Labor History, Indiana State University, 2008-2010

Member, Phi Alpha Theta Honors Society, 2007

Academic All Conference Honors, Heartland Conference, 2005, 2006, 2007

Commissioner’s Honor Roll, Heartland Conference, 2006, 2007