Blosser,-Jacob-MJacob M. Blosser, President

Jacob M. Blosser is Professor of History and Director of Graduate Study in History and Political Science at Texas Woman’s University.  He teaches courses on colonial and revolutionary America, the Atlantic World, and early modern Europe.  Blosser is particularly interested in religious history, popular culture, and the history of the book.  He holds degrees in History from the University of South Carolina, James Madison University, and Milligan College.  Blosser has advised the Eta Nu Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta at Texas Woman’s University since 2007 and is the founder of the university’s student history journal, Ibid.  In 2019, he was appointed to the Texas Undergraduate Education Advisory Committee, the state’s leading voice on undergraduate education.  Blosser’s research has appeared in Church History, The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Episcopal History, and The South Carolina Historical Review.  He enjoys travelling both in this country and abroad and has visited more than 200 National Park service sites.

Jonathan Scott Perry, Executive Director

Dr. Jonathan Scott Perry is an Associate Professor of History at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus.  Dr. Perry earned degrees at The Ohio University (double BAs in History and Latin) and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (MA and PhD in History), and he has taught at a number of American and Canadian colleges, including Chapel Hill, Brevard College (N. Carolina), the University of Central Florida (Orlando), York University (Toronto), and the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus.

Dr. Perry has published a series of articles on, among other topics, classical scholarship in Fascist Italy, Latin epigraphy (the study of inscriptions), sport terminology in the ancient world, and women and Greek athletics. His first book, The Roman Collegia: The Modern Evolution of an Ancient Concept (Leiden, the Netherlands: Brill Academic Publishers, 2006), traces the intellectual development of a Roman institution from 1843 through the 20th century, and three further books (published by Oxford University Press) explore the impact of historical concepts on 20th- and 21st-century film culture.

Debra A. Mulligan, Vice 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 has just been appointed vice president of Phi Alpha Theta, the History Honor Society. 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.

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 inlcude 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.