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Deirdre E. Lannon

Ms. Deirdre LannonEmail:
Phone: 512.245.2142

Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D. in U.S. History – University of Texas at Austin
M.A. in U.S. History – Texas State University
B.A. in U.S. History – Texas State University


My current research focuses on the Puerto Rican independence movement in the Popular Front era of social activism - civil rights, global anticolonialism, and radical pacifism. My upcoming monograph, Patriot, Pacifist, Albizuista: The Life and Times of Ruth Mary Reynolds, biographizes a religious pacifist and civil rights activist from South Dakota who was incarcerated in Puerto Rico for plotting violent revolution.

As an instructor, I am certified in online instruction and pedagogy, and my online classes are dynamic, interactive experiences. Student success is at the heart of my approach, and while writing-intensive courses can be challenging, I am very available to my students. My courses offer a great deal of flexibility, but also firm deadlines and meaningful assignments.

Inclusivity is central to my teaching, and I consider every day a chance to sharpen my cultural competence. My goal is to help students of all backgrounds find themselves in our shared history, which is, at its heart, a history of immigration, migration, and mobility. With a focus on the human side, I emphasize the centrality of previously marginalized groups, and the ways in which they/we have struggled for rights and equality.

Courses Taught

HIST 1310: History of the United States to 1877
A general survey of the history of the United States form its settlement to the end of Reconstruction.

HIST 1320: History of the United States, 1877 to Date

A general survey of the history of the United States form Reconstruction to present.

HIST 3368M: Popular Music and Social Movements in 20th Century America
The examination of music as both a reflection of historical trends and a tool of social change will illuminate the relationship between music, culture, politics, and protest movements in 20th-century American history.

HIST 3368T: The American Songbook - America's History in Song
America’s Musical History is a dynamic, exciting look at the complexity of America’s culture and history viewed through the expression of music and song.

HIST 3377: History of Country Music
This course examines the evolution of country music, with an emphasis on its inherent diversity and the development of a wide range of subgenres that both influenced and reflect society and culture.

HIST 4376: Texas Music History
The music of Texas and the American Southwest is a particular engaging way to examine regional cultural history.