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Ph.D.,Washington University in St. Louis
Dale Kretz specializes in nineteenth-century African American history. His current book project explores how formerly enslaved men and women maintained their wartime foothold in the federal government from the Civil War until the New Deal. While claiming military benefits in extraordinary numbers, freepeople negotiated issues of slavery, identity, loyalty, dependency, and disability, all within an increasingly complex and rapidly expanding federal administrative state.
Dr. Kretz earned his B.A. at Miami University (2010) and his Ph.D. at Washington University in St. Louis (2016). Before joining Texas Tech he served as a lecturer in American Culture Studies at Washington University, where he taught a range of courses on race and inequality. He has published his work in numerous places, including the Journal of the Civil War Era, and has presented at annual meetings of the American Historical Association.
At Texas Tech, Dr. Kretz offers courses in United States history, African American history, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and race and medicine.