Board & Officers
Dr. Nancy Berlage | Faculty Adviser
Nancy K. Berlage is Assistant Professor, Department of History and Public History Program, Texas State University. She received the PhD and MA from The Johns Hopkins University and a BA from The University of Chicago. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship as Assistant Editor for The Papers of Dwight David Eisenhower project. She previously worked as Chief Editor and Senior Historian for the Historical Office of the Secretary of Defense; for the Weapons Acquisition History Project at the U.S. Army Center of Military History; as a Senior Historian with History Associates; and ran her own historical consulting company, which held contracts with the National Institutes of Health. Berlage has published Farmers Helping Farmers: The Rise of the Farm and Home Bureaus, 1914-1935 (LSU Press, 2016), “The Establishment of an Applied Social Science: Home Economists, Science and Reform at Cornell University, 1870-1930,” in Gender and American Social Science and co-authored History of the National Eye Institute, 1968-2000 and Pentagon 9-11. Her scholarship appears in the journals Agricultural History, Politics, Groups and Identities, and New York History. She serves on the Editorial Board for Agricultural History and Close Encounters in War, is Book Reviews Editor for Sound Historian, and serves on committees for several professional organizations. She is also an Ongoing Fellow with the Institute for Applied Economics, Global Health, and the Study of Business Enterprise at The Johns Hopkins University.
Krista Pollett | President
Krista is working towards earning her Master’s degree in Public History. She holds a B.A. in History from Texas State University with minors in Geography and Art History. Her interests include the history of social movements, gender, race, and society in the United States from the late-nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries. Her work also focuses on commemoration, identity, visual culture, and digital history. Krista is an alumna of the faculty-led study abroad program in Chester, England from 2015 and 2017.
Cori McDonald | Vice President
Cori is a San Marcos local who earned her B.A. in Psychology from St. Edward's University in 2011. In 2016, she enrolled in Texas State University to pursue her true lifelong passion of history. Cori expects to earn her M.A. in Public History in December 2018, with an informal emphasis on historic preservation and heritage preservation. After studying abroad in Chester, UK with the Texas State History Department over the summer, Cori will continue to examine international approaches to preservation and heritage.
Madison Reitler | Secretary
Madison received her Bachelor's degree in English with a minor in History from Texas State and is currently pursuing her Master's degree in History. Her interests include twentieth-century women's history with an emphasis on sexuality. Madison can also always be found wandering across campus with a book and coffee cup in hand, as well as several cat pictures in her wallet.
Jason Rivas | Historian
Jason is an AmeriCorps alum and a graduate from the University of Houston-Downtown, where he majored in Social Sciences and minored in Sociology and History. He is currently pursuing a Master's in Public History. When he's in town, you can find him brushing up on general history topics such as US history in film (cause John Wayne screwed up the Alamo), the Titanic (his heart still goes on), Russia (he thinks he's a Cold War veteran), and oral histories. He's also an amateur actor so when he's out of town, he may be performing on stage, on a film set, or just hanging out with his dog.