The Jack & Nancy Farley Distinguished Visiting Scholar in History

Dedicated to the teaching of history

The Jack & Nancy Farley Distinguished Visiting Scholar in History, housed in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), is dedicated to the teaching of history. Studies of the past, including the recent past, are carried out within the departments and programs of FASS.

The Farley Distinguished Visiting Scholar will be held for up to two terms in an academic year and is non-renewable. The Visiting Scholar will be expected to have extensive interaction with faculty and students. She or he will normally teach at least one course or other type of relevant class, and will engage in a form of public outreach.

Jack and Nancy Farley have longstanding association with the university, including years of service and support. Jack is a past member of the university’s Board of Governors (1984-85) and he received the Distinguished Community Leadership Award in 1990.

Dr. Joy Parr held the inaugural Farley University Professorship in Historic Studies. In 2016, the terms of reference were revised to transform this University Professorship into the Farley Distinguished Visiting Scholar in History.

Current Farley Scholar

Holly M. Karibo
2020-21 Farley Scholar 

Dr. Holly Karibo is currently an Assistant Professor of Comparative Borderlands History at Oklahoma State University. Her research focuses on the history of vice, labor, and sexuality in transnational urban spaces from the late-19th century to the present. Her first book, Sin City North: Sex, Drugs, and Citizenship in the Detroit-Windsor Borderland (UNC Press 2015), examines the history of illegal economies in the Great Lakes border region during the post-World War II period. Sin City North received the Michigan State History Book Award in 2016.

Karibo has co-edited (along with Dr. George Diaz, UTRGV) of a collection of essays titled Border Policing: A History of Enforcement and Evasion in North America (University of Texas Press 2020). This volume traces the development of state regulation and policing practices in the US-Canada, US-Mexico, and Indigenous borderlands. It also explores the impact these policies had on border residents and communities from the nineteenth century to the present. Her research has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including Social History of Medicine, Left History, Journal of the Southwest, Histoire sociale/Social HistoryAmerican Review of Canadian StudiesSocial History of Alcohol and Drugs49th Parallel, and Neoamericanist.   

Karibo's current book project, A New Home on the Range: Addiction, Treatment, and Punishment in the American West, examines the history of federal drug treatment facilities and the ways in which they were incorporated into a larger system of incarceration and punishment during the mid-twentieth century. The project focuses on a treatment facility that operated in Fort Worth, Texas between the 1930s and 1970s. The initial research for this project has been funded by the Oklahoma Humanities Council, Kentucky Historical Society, Betty Ford Foundation, and the College of Arts and Sciences at OSU. 

Read more about Karibo's research in the feature, Before the war on drugs, the US built narcotic farms. The public is invited to Karibo's free event, Institutionalizing Addiction, on May 21, 2021.

Past Farley Scholars

Katrina Jagodinsky
2018-19 Farley Scholar 

Dr. Katrina Jagodinsky is a legal historian and the Susan J. Rosowski Associate Professor of History at University of Nebraska Lincoln. She holds a PhD in History and MA in American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona. Her research focuses on women’s creative and critical uses of the law in the long nineteenth century as they countered the expansion of empire, misogyny, and racial hierarchies in personal and political contexts throughout the North American West. In addition to many articles, she is author of the award-winning book, Legal Codes & Talking Trees: Indigenous Women’s Sovereignty in the Sonoran & Puget Sound Borderlands, 1854-1946, and co-editor of Beyond the Borders of Law: Critical Legal Histories of the North American West.

Lynnell L. Thomas
2019-20 Farley Scholar

Dr. Lynnell Thomas' research interests include New Orleans tourism, African American history and culture, and Black popular culture. A native of New Orleans, Lynnell Thomas is part of the post-Katrina diaspora, which informs her teaching and scholarship.  Her research is also concerned with the diverse backgrounds and experiences that constitute and contest American identity and values.  Her most recent scholarship has examined the distortion of African American history and culture in New Orleans’ tourism narrative, the negative impact of this narrative on policy decisions following Hurricane Katrina, and the ways that African Americans and others have attempted to resist and revise this narrative.