Contributors

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RO, Editor-In-Chief & Contributor | I graduated from California State University, Fullerton with his BA and MA, both in History, focusing on United States gender and sexuality. After graduating in 2015, I continue to pursue, a career in nonprofit development. I previously worked for the LGBT Center Orange County as a front office associate, and later as Community Outreach Coordinator of its men’s group, LifeTalk! Currently, I work for a fundraising firm for nonprofit organizations, and continue to pursue a career in fundraising and nonprofit work for greater causes.

BR, Contributor | I earned my BA from California State University, Fullerton in both Communications and American Studies with the intention of working in the music industry. As I fell in love with American history and culture in my studies, I began working towards a career path that allowed me to utilize the skills and insights I gained from both  majors. I have now worked in nonprofit communications and marketing for over three years for several agencies as both an intern and an employee. In 2014, I worked for the Muckenthaler Cultural Center as a Marketing Intern. I then interned at the LGBT Center Orange County were I eventually earned the title of Communications Coordinator. I now work for a public-private agency that works to strengthen families and communities, and prevent child abuse through a network of family resource centers.

JL, Contributor | I earned my BA and MA in History from California State University, Fullerton. There, I studied women’s history with a particular focus on gender and sexuality, and queer theory. My favorite topic to research is women’s sports, specifically, baseball, softball, and soccer. Additionally, my interests expand to the Woman’s Suffrage Movement, Title IX, all the waves of feminism—really, anything that pertains to social and cultural aspects of women. I am a proud feminist and aspire to always contribute to the greater good for all.

LHO, Contributor | My favorite things are history, politics, social justice, and tall glasses of bourbon to deal with it all. I come off as a happy person, and mostly I am, but the older I get, the more cynical I get. My friends help me from becoming completely jaded, that is why they are my most favorite. Luckily, I found friends who are interested in similar causes as I am, and I want to fight for them everyday. I grew up in Ventura County. As long as I can remember I have been challenged to question everything. Mom, that is why I am such a “bleeding heart liberal.” It is also why I love to research. I graduated with a MA in History in 2015 from California State University, Fullerton. Now I work as a contract historian for a local business south of the San Francisco Bay. I live and breath history every day, but I miss academics. I try to travel whenever my husband and I can afford it. The more you see, the more you learn. I have a background in oral and public history, and will continue to pursue this as a career. Or, someone can pay me to travel the world the rest of my life. You know, whichever comes first. You say grow up, I say dream big!

MB, Contributor |I earned my BA in History from California State University, San Bernardino, and my MA in the same discipline from California State University, Fullerton. My historical focus includes U.S., Native American, sports, and political history. My graduate thesis focused on the Native American policies of President Richard M. Nixon. Before graduate school, I spent time working as a sports writer for a local magazine and spent six years as a substitute teacher in various public school districts in California. I currently teach medieval history and economics at a charter school in Arizona where I previously taught U.S. history and ancient history

MDW, Contributor | There are many different facets of myself, but each work together to drive me to put goodness in the world. I am a historian, librarian, and a Christian; the cherry on top of this sundae is being an auntie to the cutest nephew in the world. I graduated with an MA in history from California State University, Fullerton, with a concentration in the Middle Ages (and had one of the shortest thesis defenses ever in the department), and an MLIS from San Jose State University. In my spare time when I am not “librarianing” around, I enjoy reading comics, writing short stories, watching horror films, and all around trying to make the world a better place. I am working to be the type of Christian that goes beyond the walls of my church and bring the Good News, love, and hope to the people. Because regardless of everything, God loves all of us—and this is what people need to know, first, foremost, and forever.

MPL, Contributor | I like long walks on the beach and playing with corgis, while simultaneously stuffing my face with sushi. Born and raised in Fullerton, I completed my BA at California State University, Fullerton in 2014, and will be finishing my MA in May 2017 (both in history). My primary focus is Russian history with an emphasis on gender relations in the Red Army during World War II. Why Russia you may ask? Well, have you ever seen Game of Thrones? Russian history is that but in real life. For someone who loves to see women kick butt, the Red Army is my perfect historical outlet. I am the unofficial “superfan” for Beauty and the Beast. My room contains a glass cabinet filled with figurines and other eclectic items. Nothing tacky, but it makes my heart happy.

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