IOH Staff

Oral history is best done by people who enjoy people. Those who do oral history for a living, as we do, commit their careers to ensuring that the stories of people are heard and preserved. Our faculty, staff, and students in the Institute for Oral History are people just like that--people who believe in the power of individual experience for understanding the complexity of culture and community. We invite you to become acquainted.

Staff

Adrienne Cain
Assistant Director and Lecturer
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Michelle Holland
Editor
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Dianne Reyes
Administrative Associate
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Steven Sielaff
Senior Editor & Collections Manager and Senior Lecturer
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Stephen Sloan
Director and Associate Professor of History
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Playwright-in-Residence

Trent Sanders

MA, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
BA, University of Kansas

Trent Sanders joined Baylor’s Institute for Oral History in October 2020 as its playwright-in-residence. Before this, the United States Fulbright Commission, in partnership with the Romanian Fulbright Commission, awarded him a Fulbright Creative Arts and Performance grant from October 2018 - July 2019.

There, he did independent research by conducting oral history interviews. During those months, he became the associate to the Artistic Director of the Hungarian National Theatre and to the Executive Director of the Romanian National Theatre, both in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. In early June 2019, the Sighet Memorial Prison to Communist Victims and to the Resistance accepted his film, The Bed Project, for a film screening at their annual summit of former political prisoners in Sighet, Romania. Later in June, he served as the artist-in-residence for the Areopagus Center for Christian Thought and Contemporary Culture by delivering three lectures on his research. His plays have been read in Romania at Babes-Bolyai University National University of Theatre Arts and Film, and in the United States by Wild Imaginings.

His work as playwright-in-residence revolves around his play, Camelia. A table reading of this work occurred in May 2020 and a staged reading of this work occurred in October of the same year. As part of the play project, he is documenting Romanian-Americans’ immigration stories and is developing a critical-text edition of the play.

Trent overviews his research through the Baylor Institute for Oral History in this PDF. For a more in depth look at the events leading up to the Camelia staged reading in October 2020, see this PDF.

Graduate Assistants

Our graduate assistants and undergraduate student workers are also valued members of our Institute staff. Working with us, they gain editorial skills and interviewing experience while helping process and preserve the Baylor oral history collection.

Andrew Bellamy

BA, Baylor University
MA Student, History
Current Research Interests: consumerism, globalization, and religion in Hanoverian Britain and its Empire

Allison Brown

BA, Oklahoma State University
MA, Wheaton College
PhD Student, Religion
Current Research Interests: early modern political theory, gender, and biblical interpretation

Ella Hadacek

BA, Northwest Nazarene University
MA Student, History 
Current Research Interests: Issues surrounding identity, memory, and education among nineteenth-century American Catholics 

Jacob Huneycutt

BA, University of Arkansas
MA Student, History 
Current Research Interests: Theological, intellectual, and political history of Baptists during the seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries

Allie Roberts

BA, University of North Alabama
PhD Student, History 
Current Research Interests: 20th century US, women, race, religion, civil rights, lived theology


Regina Wenger

AA, Hesston College
BA, Eastern Mennonite University
MDiv, Duke Divinity School
PhD Student, History
CurrentResearch Interests: 19th and 20th century religious and educational history