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Debra Neill

Lecturer
Faculty, POLY Campus, Mailcode 2780
Lecturer
Faculty, POLY Campus, Mailcode 2780
Biography

Debra Neill received her PhD in European history from Arizona State University in 2007. In preparation for her graduate studies in history she studied abroad in Macedonia (August 2000 - March 2001) after receiving a National Security Education Program Graduate International Fellowship.  Her early research focused on religious and ethnic conflict more broadly and on the wars in the former Yugoslavia in particular. Currently she is studying the concept of “liberty of conscience” as it evolved from the Reformation to the First Amendment. Dr. Neill has an article that will be published in the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography in 2018 (“The Disestablishment of Religion in Virginia: Dissenters, Individual Rights, and the Separation of Church and State”). She is also working on a book about the unlikely alliance between rationalists like James Madison and the religious dissenters to bring an end the establishment of religion in Virginia. She blogs at: www.historychickinaz.com

Research Interests

Religous/Ethnic Conflict

The History of Religious Toleration

 

Publications

“The Disestablishment of Religion in Virginia: Dissenters, Individual Rights, and the Separation of Church and State,” Virginia Magazine of History and Biography (will appear in 2018 edition)

Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 100Global History to 1500
HST 104West Civ: French Rev to EU
HST 309Exploration and Empire
HST 318History of Engineering
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 309Exploration and Empire
HST 318History of Engineering
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 103Western Civ: Ren to Enlight
HST 309Exploration and Empire
HST 318History of Engineering
HST 364Sex & Society in Mod Europe
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 100Global History to 1500
HST 104West Civ: French Rev to EU
HST 306Studies in US History
HST 309Exploration and Empire
HST 364Sex & Society in Mod Europe
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 309Exploration and Empire
HST 318History of Engineering
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 103Western Civ: Ren to Enlight
HST 309Exploration and Empire
HST 318History of Engineering
HST 364Sex & Society in Mod Europe
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 100Global History to 1500
HST 104West Civ: French Rev to EU
HST 309Exploration and Empire
HST 318History of Engineering
HST 364Sex & Society in Mod Europe
HST 499Individualized Instruction
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 309Exploration and Empire
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 103Western Civ: Ren to Enlight
HST 309Exploration and Empire
HST 318History of Engineering
HST 364Sex & Society in Mod Europe
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 100Global History to 1500
HST 309Exploration and Empire
HST 318History of Engineering
HST 364Sex & Society in Mod Europe
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 309Exploration and Empire
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 103Western Civilization
HST 309Exploration and Empire
HST 318History of Engineering
HST 364Sex & Society in Mod Europe
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 309Exploration and Empire
HST 318History of Engineering
HST 364Sex & Society in Mod Europe
Summer 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 104Western Civilization
HST 309Exploration and Empire
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 103Western Civilization
HST 309Exploration and Empire
HST 318History of Engineering
HST 364Sex & Society in Mod Europe
HST 499Individualized Instruction
Presentations

“The French Wars of Religion,” Spirit of the Senses: The Salons (July 27, 2017)

“The Hoax of Original Intent: Interpreting the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment,” Americans United of Greater Phoenix (June 26, 2016)

“Brunelleschi’s Dome,” Spirit of the Senses: The Salons (June 17, 2016)

“The Politics of Fear: A Discussion About The Current Wave of Nationalism Across the Globe” (Faculty Round Table) April 12, 2016.

“A Different Perspective on the Holocaust: Jasenovac and Jedwabne,” Guest lecture for Valerie Adams’ WWII course (October 23, 2015)

“Refugee Crisis” (Faculty Round Table) September 24, 2015, Student Union, ASU Poly

“James Madison and Religious Freedom,” Spirit of the Senses Salon (July 8, 2014)

“The Balkans: History, Culture and Peoples,” Army Reserve Unit, Mesa, AZ (7334 East Ulysses Ave.) Brad Clair, colonel (November 4, 2012)

“The Separation of Church and State: Fulfilling the Dream of our Founders,” Retirement community Village College at Monte Vista, Mesa (January 17, 2011)

“The Reformation,” The Center for Inquiry Southern Arizona, Tucson (November 21, 2010)

“The Separation of Church and State: Fulfilling the Dream of our Founders,” Humanist Society Greater Phoenix (October 24, 2010).

“Sudan: The Past and Future,” STAND, STAND Up for Africa (September 25, 2010)

“From Macedonia to Jasenovac: Journeys of a History Grad Student," Presentation for the Melikian Center’s Critical Languages Institutes Summer Session, Arizona State University (June 27, 2007)

“Memory and Identity: Jasenovac and the Breakup of Yugoslavia,” Homecoming Presentation, Department of History, Arizona State University (October 21, 2006)

“Jasenovac and Memory: Reconstructing Identity in Post-World War II Yugoslavia,” Junior Scholars Training Seminar (August 2005).

“Interpreting the Russian Revolution After the Fall of the Soviet Union: The Return of the Totalitarian Model,” Phi Alpha Theta, Southwest Regional Conference (January 2004).

Honors / Awards

Nominated for Outstanding Staff/Faculty award, ASU LGBTQA Services (2013)

Division of Graduate Studies Completion Fellowship, ASU (2006)

Wallace A. Adams Memorial Award for Excellence in European History (2006)

Junior Scholars Training Seminar (JSTS) Scholarship (2005) Woodrow Wilson Short-term Scholarship (2005)

Earl A. and Lenore H. Tripke Travel Award (2005) National Security Education Program (NSEP) graduate fellowship (2000)

The ASU Office of International Programs (IPO) scholarship (2000)

Arizona State University Graduate scholarship (2000)

Professional Associations

American Historical Association (2004-2017)

Expertise Areas