Jessica Brannon-Wranosky is the Distinguished Professor of Digital Humanities and History at Texas A&M University-Commerce. She received her Ph.D. in history from the University of North Texas. Dr. Wranosky specializes in women, gender and sexuality history and digital humanities applications.
Her research on women gaining the right to vote has been featured in a variety of formats, including —at the 2019 Organization of American Historians commemorative panel marking the century since the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment; as part of a symposium and connected year-long exhibit running June 2019 through August 2020 at the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum in Austin (https://www.thestoryoftexas.com/visit/exhibits/sister-suffragists ); a series by the Texas Standard radio show, “100 Years: Voices Of Women Voters” (http://www.texasstandard.org/100years/); an article she co-authored with Cecilia Gutierrez Venable, “To Lead and To Vote: Black Woman Suffragists and the NAACP in the South,” in the Summer/Fall 2019 issue of the The Black History Bulletin [a journal for educators published by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History]; and as editor of Texas Women and the Vote [an open source eBook published by the Texas State Historical Association]. She has a forthcoming monograph book that focuses on the role Texas and Texans played in the woman suffrage movement at the southern regional and national levels.The PBS Documentary, Citizens At Last: Texas Women Fight for the Vote, produced by Ellen C. Temple and produced and directed by Nancy Schiesari, is based on pieces of the forthcoming book, as is the Humanities Texas travelling exhibit, Citizens At Last.
Other work by Dr. Wranosky has appeared in a number of academic journals, anthologies, and a variety of online digital publications and exhibits. Examples of her publications include Impeached: The Removal of Texas Governor James E. Ferguson, A Centennial Examination co-edited with Bruce A. Glasrud, (Texas A&M University Press, 2017); and essays by her in Texas Women: Their Histories, Their Lives in the Southern Women: Their Lives and Times Series (University of Georgia Press, 2015)—a 2016 winner of the Liz Carpenter Award and Discovering Texas History (Oklahoma University Press, 2014). From 2009-2014, she was the digital media author for W. W. Norton’s Give Me Liberty, the top selling U. S. History college textbook. She currently serves as the Project Director for the Handbook of Texas Women (https://texaswomen.tshaonline.org/), a statewide content development and public education project of the Texas State Historical Association.
Dr. Wranosky has received several awards for her research and contribution to the field including TSHA’s John H. Jenkins Award in 2015 and the Texas Oral History Association’s Best Article Award in 2016.