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.
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.
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.
BA, Baylor University
MA Student, History
Research Interests: consumerism, globalization, and religion in Hanoverian Britain and its Empire
BA, University of North Texas
MA Student, History
Research Interests: Gender, race, and higher education during Progressive Era America.
AA, Hesston College
BA, Eastern Mennonite University
MDiv, Duke Divinity School
PhD Student, History
Research Interests: 19th and 20th century religious and educational history