Dr. Marianne Holdzkom was born and raised in Indiana. She holds her B.S. in Drama from the University of Evansville, her M.A. in History from Ball State University and her Ph.D. in History from The Ohio State University. Her fields of specialty are Colonial/Revolutionary U.S. History as well as the History of U.S. Religion and Culture. She has published chapters in two edited volumes concerning adaptation and representations of History in Popular Culture. She has taught all four History survey courses as well as Colonization and Rebellion in the Trans-Atlantic World and Modern Social/Cultural History. She is excited to be joining the KSU Department of History and Philosophy. Marianne has traveled extensively in the U.S. and Europe and enjoys sharing what she learns on these trips with her students. She also loves singing, doing needlework and spending quality time with her husband, Al Churella and her dog, Chancey, who reminds her not to take life too seriously and makes her laugh every day.