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Michael Smith

I graduated from Penn State with a Ph.D. in History in 2005, and am currently an associate professor and head of the Department of History at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. I benefited immensely from my association with the Richards Center in a variety of ways. Generous funding support made it possible to get my dissertation research and writing done in a timely fashion. I really enjoyed working with the center's distinguished faculty members, including my adviser Mark Neely, Bill Blair, Amy Greenberg, Carol Reardon, and others who were incredibly generous with their time and support. The grad students who were ahead of me were likewise generous with advice and encouragement, while the members of my cohort who I shared the incredible ups and downs of the graduate school experience became like family to me. It has also been just great to see subsequent students come through the Center, benefit from its strengths and generosity, and continue to represent it well. I certainly think that anyone interested in pursuing the academic study of the American Civil War Era should seriously consider what the Richards Center has to offer them.