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Dr. Kristin D. Morgan

Dr. Morgan was born and raised in Illinois, and earned her Bachelor's degree in History from the University of Illinois. She subsequently earned a Master's degree in American History from Syracuse University and completed a PhD in American History at Oklahoma State University. She taught at the collegiate level for a few years, then left to enter corporate employment. Corporate work was not as satisfying or as much fun as teaching, and she opted to return to the classroom.

  • Dr. Morgan is an aficionado of historic architecture and has a secondary Master's in Historic Preservation from the University of Georgia. She loves old buildings and has even spent some time in old and not-all-that-stable structures (kids, do not try that without a structural engineer around!). 

    In the Morgan family, there is a thin line between religion and baseball. During baseball season, the fate of her St. Louis Cardinals is a primary concern. 

    She spent the academic year 2003-04 in York, England, studying medieval English history. 

    She has lived & worked in Illinois, England, New York, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Georgia, and now Texas. She loves to travel and is excited to see all the varied climates and terrains of Texas. 


    • Dr. Morgan's foremost interest is in political and legal history. Her thesis discussed the events best known as the 'Shootout at the OK Corral' and the issues of law-and-order on the western frontier. Her dissertation addressed the changing nature of the common law as the US absorbed Spanish and French territories in the 19th century.

      Dr. Morgan spent her undergraduate years studying medieval English history, with an emphasis on the Late Middle Ages. She also studied English during undergrad, including reading Chaucer in the original Middle English.

      Dr. Morgan's first deep interest in history was the American Civil War, and she continues to have a particular spot in her heart for the study of the great tribulation.

AP US History Overview

This course is taught in the form of the traditional college level survey in the study of American History. It is not a standard high school US history class, not least because it will cover from pre-European contact to the 21st century rather than beginning at Reconstruction.  The major emphasis is placed on the study of American settlement, migration, economics, politics, culture, and the evolution of the American nation’s place in the world.  The course aims to demonstrate the progression of the American nation and the essential function of its citizens and their involvement in the structures of the American political, economic, and cultural system.  Students will evaluate the major issues of American history, emphasizing the balance on continuities and changes over time.  Discussions will emphasize the changing nature of American society and government.  Students will study key themes, persons, events, and inventions from American history, primary documents relating to both the modern and historic institutions of American government and society, and the interrelations of the states to each other within a federation. Key skills that will also be further developed include a well-organized and personalized writing style, assessment of the reliability and bias of sources, and the ability to synthesize facts and opinions to support an educated argument. The course will culminate primarily in the AP US History exam, but will also prepare students for the required EOC exam.

APUSH Google Classroom

AP Government Overview

This course is taught in the form of the traditional college level survey in the study of American government. It is not a high school Civics class.  The major emphasis is placed on the study of American government institutions, legal and political ideology, and the evolution of its political parties and behaviors.  The course aims to demonstrate the political environment of the American electorate and the essential function of its citizens and their involvement in the local, state, and national structures of the American political system.  Students will evaluate the role of the national government and its relationship to the concept of liberty within a pluralistic society.  The discussions will emphasize the changing political culture of American society and its effects on voting patterns, trends, and the processes involved in representative government.  Students will study key themes from American government and political history, primary documents relating to both the modern and historic institutions of American government, and the interrelations of the federal system as well as the system of checks and balances. Key skills that will also be further developed include a well-organized and personalized writing style, assessment of the reliability and bias of sources, and the ability to synthesize facts and opinions to support an educated argument.

AP Government Google Classroom

Sociology Overview

This course is intended to provide a broad overview of the sociology which is the study of human society and social problems. The major emphasis is placed on the study of American social organization and institutions, but the trends are more broadly applicable and the class will discuss other societies than that of the United States.  The course aims to demonstrate generally how societies operate and the process of social organization.  Students will evaluate the role of both individuality and communal expectations within a pluralistic society.  The course will also discuss social change over time.  Students will study key themes from the field of sociology, including cultural differentiation within broader societies. Key skills that will also be further developed include a well-organized and personalized writing style, abstract problem-solving, and the ability to synthesize facts and opinions to support an educated argument.

Sociology Google Classroom


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