Update from Anne Chirhart

Anne Chirhart, Ph.D. 1997, relaxes after a 2006 talk at the University of Leiden.

Anne Chirhart, Ph.D. 1997, is currently associate professor of history at Indiana State University.  Her publications include her first book, Torches of Light: Georgia Teachers and the Coming of the Modern South from University of Georgia Press in 2005.  UGA Press then requested that she co-edit a two-volume collection of essays on Georgia Women for their series, Southern Women: Their Lives and Times.  The first volume, which she co-edited with Betty Wood from Cambridge, called Georgia Women: Their Lives and Times, Volume I, was published by UGA Press in 2009 and includes 16 essays about 18 Georgia women from the colonial era to World War I.  Volume II, for which she has a contract, includes 18 essays about 18 Georgia women from World War I through the 1960s. Her co-editor, Kathleen Clark, and she plan to submit the collection to UGA Press in June 2011.  She is writing an essay on Lugenia Burns Hope for this volume in addition to the usual tasks of editing each essay, writing the Introduction, compiling the bibliography, and doing the index.  Each volume also includes essays from other Emory graduates including Stacey Horstmann Gatti, Kent Leslie, Steve Goodson, and Rosemary Magee (current V.P. for Emory University).  These volumes are intended for an academic and general audience.  Currently, she also is beginning to work on a biography of Mary McLeod Bethune, foremost African American leader of the first half of the twentieth century.  She has done lots of committee work for major historical associations including chairing several award committees.  She has also done her share of committee work at ISU and is currently the faculty advisor for the ISU NAACP chapter.