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Dr. Mary Clater


Assistant Professor of History

Degrees Earned


Clearwater Christian College, 2006
B.S. Music (cum laude)
Clearwater Christian College, 2006
B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies (cum laude)
Penn State University, 2008
M.A. American Studies (summa cum laude)
University of St. Andrews, Scotland, 2009
PGDip Modern History (PGDip = Postgraduate Diploma)
Penn State University, 2012
Ph.D. American Studies (summa cum laude)

MA Thesis Title: Progressive Mayberry: Modern Thinking in America's Favorite "Old Fashioned" Town
Ph.D. Dissertation Title: Without Mincing Words: Presidential Rhetoric in the Late Cold War Era, 1977-1992

Courses Taught


U.S. History I & II
American Constitutional Government
History of Civil Rights
Church History I & II
Contemporary World History & Issues
Russian History
Sub-Saharan Africa: 1500-Present
Modern Europe
WWI
WWII: Europe
History Study Tours

Teaching and Professional Experience


Graduate Assistant, Penn State University - 2007-2008, 2009-2010
Adjunct Professor, Penn State University - 2010-2011
Chair, American Studies Association Student's Committee - 2010-2012

Memberships


American Studies Association
American Culture Association

Selected Conference Presentations


Paper v. Practice: The Cartel of 1813 and Prisoners' Rights
- Southern American Studies Association, 2013

Viewing a Scar: Perspective on the Berlin Wall in Key Presidential Speeches, 1977-1992
- British Association for American Studies, 2012

Whose Memory?: The Politics of Memorializing the Holocaust
- Middle Atlantic American Studies Association, 2011

Glorious Obscurity: The Rhetorical Influence Behind "Tear Down This Wall"
- Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, 2010

Progressive Mayberry: Modern Thinking in America's Favorite "Old Fashioned" Town
- Middle Atlantic American Studies Association, 2007
- Received the Best Graduate Student Paper Award

Selected Conference Panels Chaired


Looking Outside the Bubble: Collaborative and Full-time Opportunities for American Studies Scholars outside of Academe
-American Studies Association, 2011

American Studies Association Students' Committee Spotlight on ASA Regional Award Winners
- American Studies Association, 2010

Rhetoric, Composition, and Popular Culture: Politics
- Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, 2010






History is the critical study of life as it once was -- not the memorization of names and dates. Just as God is actively involved in every event of today, so too He played an integral role in all the events of the past -- the good and the bad. The study of history is as relevant today as it has always been. Studying history at CCC teaches you how to think, reason, and write from a biblical perspective, and those are incredibly valuable skills for Christians today.

Interests: reading, music, cooking, traveling, hiking, and kayaking

Contact Information:
727-726-1153 ext. 607
maryclater@clearwater.edu