Baylor University
Department of History
College of Arts and Sciences

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Zachary Wingerd

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Zachary Wingerd

Lecturer in History

Office: Tidwell B01 (hours) Phone: (254) 710 - 7847


Trans-Atlantic World (1500-1800)

Religion in colonial Latin America

Medieval and Early Modern Europe

History of Cartography


B.A., LeTourneau University, 2002

M.A., University of Texas at Arlington, 2004

Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington, 2008

Research Interests

Dr. Wingerd's graduate work focused on the Transatlantic interactions between Europe, Africa, and the Americas (1500-1800). His particular interests pertain to the development and expansion of the Christian Church. This led him as a Master's student to delve into the history of Medieval and Reformation Europe. As a doctoral candidate he concentrated on Early Modern Spain and the religious and political significance of the cross symbol in colonial Mexico. He is very interested in the effect that religious belief has on the development of humanity. In his current research he continues to look at the transatlantic significance of the cross symbol in New Spain.

Ph.D. dissertation

"Symbol of Conquest, Alliance, and Hegemony: The Image of the Cross in Colonial Mexico" (2008)

M.A. thesis

"Philipp Melanchthon and the Division of Philosophy and Theology in Sixteenth-Century Education" (2004)

Select Publications and Conference Papers

"The Dramatic Symbol of Christ's Passion and Christian Crusade: The Cross in the Reenactments of Colonial Mexico, Chimalpahin Conference, Mexico City, October 15-18, 2008.

"The Cross as a Symbol of Prophecy, Alliance, and Repression: The Spanish-Man Coalition during the Great Maya Revolt of 1546-47, Graduate Student Symposium in Transatlantic History, Arlington, Texas, October 18, 2007.

"Wish I had Stayed a Soldiering": Placing Thomas B. Robinson's Diary in its Post-Civil War Context of Masculinity, The Texas State Historical Association, San Antonio, March 8-10, 2007.

"The Effect of Philipp Melanchthon's Separation of Philosophy and Theology: Lutheran Educational Reforms in Context of Contemporary Catholic Educators, Christian Education Journal, Vol. 3, No.1 (Spring 2006), pp.134-153.

Courses Taught

HIS 1305, World History to 1500

HIS 1307, World History from 1500

HIS 2365, United States History to 1877

HIS 2366, United States History from 1865

HIS 2395, Historiography

HIS 3380, Texas History

HIS 4340, Atlantic World (1400-1800)

HIST 4377, American Borderlands (North American Frontier, 1500-1900)

HIST 4392, Modern Latin America (1800-present)