Gene Rhea Tucker
I earned my BA in History in 2003 from Tarleton State University, located in Stephenville, TX, about seventy miles southwest of Fort Worth, Texas. In 2006 I finished my thesis in pursuit of my MA in History at Tarleton. Between 2006 and 2011 I was a graduate teaching assistant and a graduate instructor at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA); I served as a lecturer at UTA from 2011 to 2013. At Tarleton I was a graduate assistant at the W. K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas, a museum documenting the boom town turned ghost town of Thurber, Texas, where I learned many aspects of public history and how to work with archives and collections. In the fall of 2006 I started work on my Ph.D. in Transatlantic History at the University of Texas at Arlington. I have been a contributing member of Phi Alpha Theta at both Tarleton and UTA and served as President and Vice President of the Transatlantic History Student Organization (THSO), a UTA graduate student organization for anyone interested in the encounters, discoveries, and interaction across theAtlantic Basin. I have helped organize three THSO symposia with internationally known historians. In 2008 I completed my comprehensive exams my dissertation committee approved my dissertation prospectus. In late 2010, the Texas Tech University Press accepted my revised master’s thesis for publication and published it as Macaroni, Oysters, and Beer: Thurber, Texas, and the Company Store in fall 2012. I earned my Ph.D. in spring 2011, completing my dissertation on place-names in the Spanish New World. My scholarly interests range from the history of cartography, the European empires in the New World, and the history of Texas and a million other places and times. I am currently a full-time history instructor at Temple College, in Temple, TX, and an adjunct professor at Texas A&M–Central Texas and Navarro College.