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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 hold multiple certifications in online instruction and pedagogy from Quality Matters and OTC, 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.