Debra A. Mulligan, President

Debra A. Mulligan was born in Rhode Island and received her Master of Arts and Ph.D. in History from Providence College. She has taught a variety of courses in East Asian, European, and American history at Roger Williams University. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame and was appointed president of Phi Alpha Theta in January 2023. Her publications include a chapter in the two-volume study: The Cultural History of Reading (Greenwood Press, 2009), Lexington Books: Chapter, “Soul Libertie and the Sons and Daughters of Eire,” in Narratives and Negotiations: Agency, Religion, and the State. Lexington Books, 2015, and articles in the Historical Journal of Massachusetts (Winter 2007), and the New England Journal of History. Her book, Democratic Repairman: The Political Life of James Howard McGrath [McFarland Press] published in May 2019.

Hosok O, Vice President

Hosok O is an Associate Professor at Utah Tech University in St. George, where he has taught since 2013. He specializes in the history of East Asia, with a particular focus on the cultures and politics of the 19th and 20th centuries in Japan. His recent publications and projects include a co-authored article in the Journal of Northeast Asian History (2020), an article on zainichi Koreans and Chōsen schools in Japan, and a book project on the cultural history of the Japanese immigrants in the U.S. during the 20th century. Since 2015, he has advised the Alpha Omicron Chi Chapter of Phi Alpha. He served as a member of the Phi Alpha Theta National Council (2018-19) and the Advisory Board (2020-22). He is currently serving as Vice President of Phi Alpha Theta and committed himself to aligning with the mission statement of the society. He enjoys outdoor activities in beautiful state of Utah.

Clayton J. Drees, Advisory Board Chair

Dr. Clay Drees earned his doctorate from the Claremont Graduate School in California in 1991 after having taught high school for seven years, including a two-year stint with the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, West Africa. He is Professor of History at Virginia Wesleyan University, where he teaches courses in medieval and early modern European, African, and Islamic history. A two-time recipient of the Samuel Nelson Gray distinguished teaching award in 1998 and 2015, Drees has also served VWU as director of the general studies program (1999-2005) and as chair of the social science division (2005-11). His published books include Authority and Dissent in the English Church (Edwin Mellen, 1997), The Late Medieval Age of Crisis and Renewal (Greenwood, 2001), and Bishop Richard Fox of Winchester: Architect of the Tudor Age (McFarland, 2014).  He has lived in Virginia Beach for 26 years with his wife Val.