BA University of Mississippi
MA University of Mississippi
Assistant Professor of History Allison McNeese joined Mount Mercy fulltime in 2003, although she has taught as an adjunct instructor since 1990. She also previously served at the University of Iowa as a teaching assistant and interim instructor, and had taught at Kirkwood Community College at the Iowa City campus and in the telecommunications network in Cedar Rapids for many years. In addition, she has taught several courses in the Latin American Studies department of Cornell College.
McNeese is currently working toward the completion of a PhD at the University of Iowa. Her academic specialties include Colonial and Revolutionary America, Twentieth Century America, Latin America, American History of Race and Gender, and the Holocaust.
McNeese recently developed a new book/film discussion series on the American Cold War titled Cold War America: Memories of a Long Crisis, which the James Kennedy Public Library in Dyersville offered to the general public, and plans to offer a new series she has written, Wars and Rumors of Wars, focused on memoirs of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the two Persian Gulf Wars, at the Burlington Public Library in the fall of 2009.
McNeese has received two Outstanding Teaching Awards, one from Mount Mercy and one from Kirkwood Community College. She has worked with Humanities Iowa to write and develop new projects designed for reading discussion groups in Iowa public libraries. McNeese is currently revising a textbook that will be used at Mount Mercy. She had the unique experience of meeting one-on-one with Malcolm X's widow, Betty Shabazz, as well as other nationally-known speakers who have visited the Mount Mercy campus.