UW History alumna Turkiya Lowe was recently named Chief Historian of the National Park Service. Lowe received her Ph.D. from the department in 2010, with particular focus on the fields of African American History, Twentieth-Century US History, and Women’s History. Previously, she served in a variety of roles in the National Park Service, both during and after her graduate studies--most recently as Chief Historian of the service’s Southeast Region, and before that in other positions in the Southeast Region, the Pacific West Region, and the Washington DC Support Office. She has also been a contributor to the award-winning UW-connected website on African American history, BlackPast.org.
We recently caught up with department alum Michael Kendrick. Kendrick graduated from UW with a BA in history in 1996, and now teaches Social Studies at Meadowdale Middle School in Lynnwood. Thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions Michael!
At what point did you decide to become a teacher?
From a very early age, I was inspired to become a teacher because of one of my greatest influences: my father. He was a middle school science teacher in the Shoreline school district. He would often come home and share funny stories that made me think about the possibility of teaching. I saw the difference he was making in the lives of students and in the community, and I felt like it was something that I, too, was destined to do.
Faculty Book Corner
Touted as the "Jerusalem of the Balkans," the Mediterranean port city of Salonica (Thessaloniki) was once home to the largest Sephardic Jewish community in the world. The collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the city's incorporation into Greece in 1912 provoked a major upheaval that compelled Salonica's Jews to reimagine their community and status as citizens of a nation-state. Jewish Salonica is the first book to tell the story of this tumultuous transition through the voices and perspectives of Salonican Jews as they forged a new place for themselves in Greek society.