Dr. Wilson is a professor of history and Director of General Education. She has a passion for facilitating student success and helping students think critically about the past and about our world today.

Whether teaching about peasants and apprentices in the sixteenth century or Europeans suffering through the great wars of the 20th century, I love to explore with students in class the questions that shape our human experience.  How do people in different times and places face the challenges of life?  How can we understand people whose world was very different from our own in fundamental ways, and yet still wanted many of the same things?  These are the kinds of questions that we explore together in class as we seek to understand the past.

Academic Appointments

Chair, History and Criminal Justice

Coordinator, Global Perspectives and Interim Coordinator, Diverse American Perspectives

Year Started

Languages Spoken



Ph.D. in Early Modern European History at the University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, 1997

M.A. in Early Modern European History at the University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, 1992

B.A. in History at Hendrix College, Conway Arkansas, 1990

Publications & Articles


Beyond Belief: Surviving the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes in France, (Bethlehem, PA: Lehigh University Press, 2011)


“Imposition of Order: The Edict of Nantes and the Price of Stability”, Discoveries, Vol. 24.2, Fall 2007

 “Understanding that Passeth Belief: Evidence of Doctrinal Comprehension among Protestants in the Revocation Era”, Proceedings of the Western Society for French History, (Ann Arbor: Scholarly Publishing Office, University of Michigan University Library), Vol. 33, 2005



“AAC&U Global Learning Rubric: Springboard to Innovative Learning”, Pre-Conference Workshop, AAC&U Global Learning in College Conference, October 6-9, 2016, Denver, Colorado

“Addressing Global Inequality in a Social Justice Framework: Simulating the Syrian Civil War”, 24th IPSA World Congress of Political Science Conference, July 23-28, 2016, Poznan, Poland

“Advocacy and Order: Women and the Revocation”, Southern Historical Association 81st Annual Meeting, November 12-15, 2015, Little Rock, Arkansas

“AAC&U’s Global Learning Rubric: Practical Application and Assessment Results”, AAC&U Global Learning in College Conference, October 16-18, 2014, Minneapolis, Minnesota

“Through the Kitchen Window”, Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association 2014 National Conference, April 16-19, 2014, Chicago, Illinois

“Global Perspectives and Justice: Global Understanding Workshops as a Tool for Inviting Civic Engagement”, AAC&U Conference on Global Learning, October 3-5, 2013, Providence, Rhode Island

“Student Inspired Teaching: Taking a RISK: Students and Professors Collaborate in Teaching World History”, American Historical Association, January 3-6, 2013, New Orleans, Louisiana

Department Group

School Group

School of Behavioral and Social Sciences