History Department  
Dr. Monica Gallamore

Dr. Monica Gallamore of the Oklahoma City University Department of History


Education

Ph.D.   Marquette University
M.A.   Marquette University
B.A.    University of Oklahoma

Background

Dr. Gallamore has a broad range of historical interests, which is reflected in her academic studies.  She has a life-long love of the ancient foundations of Western Civilization in Egypt, Greece and Rome.  While earning her B.A. at OU, she focused her studies primarily on Eastern European History, Women’s History, and Labor History.  After entering Graduate School at MU, she became more focused on Women’s History and the history of Modern America.

For her Ph.D., Dr. Gallamore studied Popular Culture, Urban History, and the history of entertainment in Modern America.  Her dissertation was an academic biography of an entertainer whose seventy-year career took Dr. Gallamore through intense research of the silent film era, Vaudeville, Jazz, the 1930s Cabaret scene in Paris, the supper-club scene in New York City, and the concept and perception of the LGBTQ community.  

In addition to her research, Dr. Gallamore’s passion is sharing her love of the art of history with college students.  She considers it a privilege to share her research and studies in the classroom.  She feels one of the most important tasks she has is to impart to her students how all of history, from ancient through modern, is interconnected and how we can only truly know ourselves by understanding our past.  Dr. Gallamore is very excited to have the opportunity at OCU to take students abroad so they can personally experience culture and history in Rome, Italy (2014) and London, England (2015).

In addition to her own research and teaching, Dr. Gallamore serves as the History Section Coordinator for the Western Social Science Association.  For the WSSA, she organizes and promotes panels for the history section for the annual spring conference.  Through this venue she is able to encourage students to step beyond the classroom and enter, often for the first time, the wider academic community and present their own original research to an academic audience.  At OCU, Dr. Gallamore will be applying these organizational skills as the new Faculty Sponsor for Phi Alpha Theta, the international history honor society.

Outside of her professional life, Dr. Gallamore is a musician and a certified Pilates Mat instructor.  She teaches Pilates as well as participates and encourages others to participate in Triathlon Sprints, and running and biking events in the area.  One of her favorite activities is hiking which she pursues in Santa Fe, New Mexico as well as in the beautiful state parks in Oklahoma.

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