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History Program

History Program

Erik Carlson

Erik CarlsonAssociate Professor of History
Phone: (239) 590-7596
Office: MH 190

Associate Professor, U.S. History

Ph.D., History, Texas Tech University, 1996
M.A., History, Texas Tech University, 1989
B.A., History, Texas Tech University, 1986

Research and Teaching Interests

Public History, Archival Management, Oral History, State and Local History, U.S. Military, U.S. Business/Economic, U.S. 20th Century, WWII Pacific, U.S. Commercial Aviation 1925-1945

Courses Offered

  • AMH 2020 U.S. History since 1877 
  • AMH 3201 The U.S. 1877-1929 
  • AMH 3252 The U.S. Since 1929 
  • AMH 3930 U.S. Military History 
  • AMH 4512 Diplomatic History of the US
  • HIS 3065 Introduction to Public History
  • HIS 5930 Teaching History at the College Level
  • HIS 6067 Public History
  • HIS 6915 Research in Public History
  • HIS 6939 Seminar in Public History

Articles and Essays

  • “Learning to Fly Above Central Texas: Pilot Training at Rich Field, 1917-1918,” The Journal of America’s Military Past, Vol. XXXV, no. 3 (Fall 2011): pp. 32-43.
  • “Air Pollution Control Act of 1955,” p. 65; "Three Mile Island," pp. 727-728; and "James Watt," pp. 807-808, Encyclopedia of the U.S. Government and the Environment: History, Policy, and Politics (Denver: ABC-CLIO, 2011).
  • “Clarence B. Craft,” pp. 58-60; "Harold Gonsalves," pp. 121-123; and "Ernest Edwin Evans," pp. 97-99, America’s Heroes: Medal of Honor Recipients from the Civil War to Afghanistan (Denver: ABC-CLIO, 2011).
  • Book Review:"Men On Iron Ponies: The Death and Rebirth of the Modern U.S. Cavalry," Military History of the West, Vol. 40 (2010), pp. 147-149.
  • “Post, Wiley (1898-1935),” Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture, Oklahoma Historical Society, 2007 (Online).
  • “Shoot to Kill: Flexible Gunnery Training at Buckingham AAF, 1924-1945,” FHC: Annual Proceedings of the Florida Conference of Historians, Volume 16, March 2009, pp. 32-36.
  • Book Review: "The Sunshine Economy: An Economic History of Florida Since the Civil War", Journal of Southern History, Vol. 76. No.4 (2010), pp. 1027-1028.
  • “Carl Cromwell, Cromwell Airlines, and the Dawn of Commercial Aviation in West Texas, 1928-1930,” West Texas Historical Association Yearbook (2003), pp. 89-105.
  • “Cabanatuan Raid,” pp. 137-138, and “Rangers,” pp. 505-506, World War II In the Pacific: An Encyclopedia (New York: Garland Publishing, Inc., 2001).
  • Booklet: "Ellington Field: A Short History, 1917-1963," NASA/CR-1999-208921, February, 1999.
  • Chapter: "The Origins and Development of the Civil Aeronautics Authority/Board and the Economic Regulation of Domestic Airlines, 1938-41," The New Deal and Public Policy (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998), pp. 245-269.

Encyclopedia entries:

  • “Peffer, William A.,” Encyclopedia of Populism in America, (Denver: ABC-CLIO, 2011), 515-516.
  • “Railroads and Regulation,” Encyclopedia of Populism in America, (Denver: ABC-CLIO, 2011), 589-592.

Conference Presentations

  • “The Theodore Roosevelt Administration and the Rise of U.S. Army Aeronautics, 1905-1909.” Theodore Roosevelt Conference, Louisiana State University-Shreveport, Shreveport, Louisiana, 2012.
  • "Two Kinds of Civilians: American Encounters with Civilians on Kerama Retto and Ie Shima," paper presented at the Civilians and Warfare in World History Conference, FGCU, February 2012.
  • "The Origins of Standard Airlines, 1926-1930," paper presented at the Conference of Historical Aviation Writers XIV, St. Louis, October 2009.
  • “Shoot to Kill: Flexible Gunnery Training at Buckingham AAF, 1942-1945,” paper presented at the Florida Conference of Historians, Jacksonville, Florida, February 2008.
  • “Over Here:” World War I Pilot Training At Love Field,” paper presented at the 9th Annual Legacies Dallas History Conference, Dallas, January 2008.
  • "Learning to Fly in the Central Texas Skies: Rich Field, Waco and World War I Pilot Training," paper presented at the Conference of Historic Aviation Writers XIII, Memphis, October 2007.  

Grants and Awards

  • U.S. Military History Summer Fellowship, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, 2009.

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