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The Jack & Nancy Farley Distinguished Visiting Scholar in 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.
Professor Paul Dutton 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.
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.