Midwestern State University Presenters at ASAT


The following Midwestern State faculty members and graduate student presented papers at the 2015 ASAT conference, held Nov. 13-15 at Sam Houston State University.

Hannah Redder, a graduate student in the English program, presented “River Stories: The Brazos and Cultural Identity in Knox County, Texas.”

John Schulze, Assistant Professor of English, presented his paper titled “Fertile Ground: An Exploration of the German-American Internment Experience during WWII.”

Todd Giles, Assistant Professor of English, presented “Space Monkeys, Haiku, and Emptiness: The Misguided Zen of Fight Club.”

Greg Giddings, Assistant Professor of English, presented “Larry Brown’s Joe vs. David Gordon Green’s Film: A Contrast in Masculinities.”




Meet the JASAT Editor


Sharon Bracken, editor of the Journal of the American Studies Association of Texas , is going on her tenth year of service for the American Studies Association of Texas. She has served as the managing editor for JASAT since 2006.

Bracken is a  senior lecturer at Baylor University in the Department of Journalism, PR & New Media, which houses the university’s American Studies Program. Bracken is the department’s undergraduate program director and director of curriculum development. She teaches courses in:

  • Public Relations
  • Editing
  • Writing for Media Markets

Bracken is the previous managing editor of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, the leading scholarly journal in the field of entrepreneurship, published by Baylor University, 1994-2006. She also served as editor of two national trade publications in healthcare for Stevens Publishing (1991-1994) and a public relations consultant and freelance writer for Ernst & Young and AT&T.

She has written numerous articles for national health care publications and continues to work in the health care field. Locally, she publishes Waco Health & Wellness magazine through her publishing company, CBM Publishing.

Bracken’s accomplishments include working at Raytheon Technical Services Company on a multi-billion dollar government proposal and completing the book Historic McLennan County: An Illustrated History

Bracken is interested in animal rights issues and has assisted in writing grant applications and coordinating efforts among groups to better serve the community. She enjoys reading and writing.