Keith Volanto

Lecturer I - Arts And Humanities

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - History
Texas A&M University - 1998
M.S. - History
California State Universuty at Sacramento - 1992
B.S.
California State University, Sacramento - 1990

Publications

“The Life and Work of Dr. Beadie Eugene Conner: An African American Physician in Jim Crow Texas,” Southwestern Historical Quarterly 105 (January 2012): 258-280. 2012 - Publication
“The Far Right in Texas Politics during the Roosevelt Era,” in The Texas Right: The Radical Roots of Lone Star Conservatism (forthcoming, Texas A&M University Press, 2012). 2012 - Publication
The Life of Herbert Hoover: Fighting Quaker, 1928-1933 by Glen Jeansonne, Choice (forthcoming in 2012). 2012 - Publication
Roosevelt’s Lost Alliances: How Personal Politics Helped Start the Cold War, by Frank Costigliola, Choice (July, 2012). 2012 - Publication
The American Challenge: A New History of the United States, Abigail Press, 2012. A college-level American history textbook (co-author and co-editor) 2012 - Publication
“James E. Youngblood: Race, Family, and Farm Ownership in Jim Crow Texas,” in Beyond Forty Acres and a Mule: African American Farmers since Reconstruction (University of Florida Press, 2012). 2012 - Publication
Freedom Betrayed: Herbert Hoover's Secret History of the Second World War and Its Aftermath, by Herbert Hoover, ed. and intro. by George H. Nash, Choice (May, 2012). 2012 - Publication
The Life of Herbert Hoover: Imperfect Visionary, 1918-1928 by Kendrick A. Clements, Choice (April, 2011). 2011 - Publication
“Strange Brew: Recent Texas Political, Economic, and Military History,” in Beyond Texas through Time, Walter L. Buenger and Arnoldo De León, eds. (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2011): 85-124. 2011 - Publication
She Was One of Us: Eleanor Roosevelt and the American Worker by Brigid O’Farrell, Choice (July, 2011). 2011 - Publication

Appointments

Full-Time History Professor
Collin College [2004–Present]
Full-Time History Professor
Blinn College [2002–2004]
Full-Time Lecturer and Undergraduate Advisor
Department of History, Texas A&M University [1998–2002]
Part-Time Lecturer
Department of History, Texas A&M University [1996–1998]

Projects

Introducing Texas, Cotton and the New Deal
2005–2005 presented July 14, 2005 at the Heritage Farmstead Museum, Plano, Texas.
Texas Sharecroppers, Tenant Farmers, and the New Deal: The Limits of the Associative State
2001–2001 presented February 23,2001 at the Spring 2001 Meeting of the East Texas Historical Association, Fort Worth, Texas.
'Up in Arms': Local Protest vs. the Placement of Black CCC Camps in Texas
2005–2005 presented March 3, 2005 at the 109th Meeting of the Texas State Historical Association, Fort Worth, Texas.
'Gentlemen, Advise Me What to Do': Displaced Texas Sharecroppers and Tenant Farmers Write to Their Government during the Great Depression
1998–1998 presented March 19,1998 at the 78th Meeting of the Southwestern Social Science Association, Corpus Christi, Texas.
The New Deal Black Experience
2000–2000 chair, February 17, 2000 at The Southwest: A Region in Transition a conference hosted by the National Archives Southwest Region and Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas.

Additional Information

Courses Taught

Upper Division (at Texas A&M)

  • Great Depression & World War II
  • U.S. History, 1900-1929

Lower Division

  • American History Survey to 1877
  • American History Survey to 1877 (Honors)
  • American History Survey since 1877
  • American History Survey since 1877 (Honors)
  • Texas History Survey
Awards & Grants
  • Finalist, Texas State Historical Association's 2006 Coral Horton Tullis Memorial Prize -- best work on Texas history (for Texas, Cotton, and the New Deal)
  • Nominee for the Texas Historical Commission's 2006 T.R. Fehrenbach Award -- best book on Texas history (for Texas, Cotton, and the New Deal)
  • Research Grant, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, January 1998
  • Research Grant, Office of Graduate Studies, Texas A&M University, December 1997
  • Research Grant, Department of History, Texas A&M University, Summer 1997
  • Travel Grant, Department of History, Texas A&M University, March 1998, July 1999, October 2000
Peer Reviews
  • Manuscript submissions for the Journal of American History