Michael Cotten

Assistant Professor


Department

Social Sciences II

Courses Taught
  • HIST 1301 – U.S. History I – U.S. History to the Civil War/Reconstruction
  • HIST 1302 – U.S. History II – U.S. History from the Civil War/Reconstruction
  • HIST 2311 – Western Civilization I
Education

Master of Arts in History - Texas A&M University, Central Texas               

Thesis: The Nixon Doctrine and Presidential Doctrines: Grand Strategy or Regional Policy  

Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts - Excelsior College of New York

                       

Teaching Experience

August 2018 – present                    
Assistant Professor of History, Temple College – Temple, Texas

August 2017 – present                    
Adjunct Professor of History, Central Texas College – Killeen, Texas

January 2008 – July 2013    
6th Grade History Teacher, Killeen ISD, Eastern Hills Middle School

 

Professional Experience

March 26, 2017 – present                     Independent Research Assistant     
Dr. Luke A. Nichter, Associate Professor of History for Texas A&M University Central Texas

  • Conduct primary research of archives, transcribing audio recordings of presidential conversations and associated conversations from Presidents FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, JFK, and LBJ, as well as assist with other forms of research for upcoming publications.
  • Perform independent research and perform various editorial duties; compile, process as well as analyze data.

September 2013 – May 2015            Senior Research Assistant
Texas A&M University—Central Texas

  • Assisted in major projects: compiling, clipping and transcribing selected portions of over 800 hours of President Nixon’s personal recordings (audio files) for use in the New York Times Best Seller publication of The Nixon Tapes: 1971-1972 by Dr. Nichter, and the sequel The Nixon Tapes: 1973, as well as other field research as need by Dr. Jones for upcoming historical publications
  • Conducted primary research of archives and assisted with research for upcoming publications including translation of records into English.
  • Performed independent research and various editorial duties, including compiling, processing and analyzing data.
  • Performed supervisory and training duties of other Graduate Research Assistants as needed.
  • Guest lectured for HIST 431 World Since 1919, HIST 401 American Diplomacy in the 20th Century classes.
Professional Publications

July 2019
Panelist: Nixon Doctrine at 50 Podcast for the Richard Nixon Foundation

https://www.nixonfoundation.org/2019/07/podcast-nixon-doctrine-50/

 

December 2015         
The Nixon Doctrine: Grand Strategy or Regional Policy                                   

https://app.thebookpatch.co/BookStoreResults?search=The%20Nixon%20Doctrine

Professional Presentations

January 2020             
Phi Alpha Theta Biennial Conference Presenter and Panelist                                   
The Nixon Doctrine: Grand Strategy or Regional Policy 

July 2019                    
Panelist: Nixon Doctrine at 50 Podcast for the Richard Nixon Foundation                                 

https://www.nixonfoundation.org/2019/07/podcast-nixon-doctrine-50/

January 2018             
Phi Alpha Theta Biennial Conference Presenter                                  
The Nixon Doctrine and Presidential Doctrines: Grand Strategy or Regional Policy

December 2015         
The Nixon Doctrine: Grand Strategy or Regional Policy                                

https://app.thebookpatch.co/BookStoreResults?search=The%20Nixon%20Doctrine

October 2015             
Pathways Research Symposium Presenter:                                                                                              

The Nixon Doctrine and Presidential Doctrines: Grand Strategy or Regional Policy

Awards

December 2015                    
Dean’s Award for Best Thesis in Humanities

December 2015                     
Outstanding Graduate Student Scholarship Award Finalist

December 2015                     
Outstanding Graduate Student Thesis Award Finalist

December 2015                    
Outstanding Graduate Student in History Award for Research

Research Summary

In The Nixon Doctrine and Presidential Doctrines: Grand Strategy or Regional Policy I transcribed previously un-transcribed portions of the Nixon Tapes to show what the president’s own conversations showed regarding the Nixon Doctrine and whether or not the doctrine was meant to be a regional policy or a grand strategy.

Independent Research Assistant

  • Conduct primary research of archives, transcribing audio recordings of presidential conversations and associated conversations from Presidents FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, JFK, and LBJ, as well as assist with other forms of research for upcoming publications.