Leigh Ann Wilson, Ph.D

Leigh Ann Wilson, Ph.D

Assistant Professor, History


Leigh Ann Wilson

Dr. Wilson became Assistant Professor of History at Brandman University in August 2012. She has a diverse background in the areas of mass communications and history. Her research interests are rooted in immigration, race, and ethnicity. She also has an interest in hate groups and media coverage related to them. Her major fields of study are US and Latin American History. Her dissertation studied the intersection of primary school education, media, and immigration from the 1930s through the 1950s in San Antonio, Texas. She has taught a wide range of History courses, including History of Childhood, History of United States Immigration, and History of the Holocaust. She is also involved in faculty governance at Brandman University, serving as an elected representative for the School of Arts & Sciences on the Faculty Personnel Committee.

  • History
  • Liberal Studies
University of Memphis , Memphis, TN.
Ph.D. United States History
Dissertation: “‘Fighting ‘Two Devils’”: Eleuterio Escobar and the School Improvement League’s Battle for Integrated Public Schools in San Antonio, Texas from 1934 to 1958.          
Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS.
M.S. Journalism and Mass Communication
Thesis: Media Coverage of Juvenile Crime in Kansas
University of North Alabama, Florence, AL
B.A., Print Journalism


Scholarly Activities
Editor, Journal of Muscle Shoals (Ala) History, Vol. 19. At press. 2015
Author, Huey Long and Franklin D. Roosevelt: Satan and Savior, Presidential Politics and Agenda Setting by J. L. Meeks of the Florence Times/Tri-Cities Daily. Journal of Muscle Shoals History, Vol. 19. 2015
Session Chair and Presenter, Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI. Mail Call!: The War Letters Project in Action in the Classroom. 2015


Professional Experience
Assistant Professor, Full Time Faculty, Brandman University, part of the Chapman University System, Irvine, CA. 2012 - Present
Contracted Co-Author with Dr. Kat Ringenbach, “Human Experience” content for Brandman University’s CBE program. 2014
Adjunct Online Instructor, University of Memphis, Department of History. 2004 - Present