Faculty and Staff
Dean of Social Sciences & Humanities (SSH)
Dr. Marie Sesay
Dr. Marie Sesay is the Dean of Social Sciences & Humanities (SSH) for Lone Star College-Kingwood. For more than a decade, Sesay has been committed to educating adults within the mission and vision of community colleges. Sesay's passion for education has grown through the various positions she has held. Prior to her present position, Sesay taught sociology for various campuses within Lone Star College, Houston Community College System, Park University in Austin, Texas and online. In previous careers, Sesay served as compliance officer for workforce programs, Psychotherapist, nursing home administrator, and in management at a rehabilitation facility.
Sesay earned a Bachelor's degree from Stephen F. Austin and a Master's degree in counseling from Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU). She also completed post-graduate work in sociology at PVAMU and earned a doctorate degree from the Community College Leadership Program at The University of Texas at Austin where she received the Jessie H. Jones Endowed Fellowship Scholarship, the Great American Scholarship and the George and Irene Baker Scholarship.
Sesay is the first child of parents from Sierra Leone, West Africa. She is fluent in African dialect of Krio and is committed to her community locally and internationally.
Office: ADM 209-D
Cassandra Rincones, assistant professor of History, joined LSC-Kingwood in 2013. Rincones earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Texas A&M University in Kingsville. She holds a Master of Arts degree in U.S. History from the same institution. Rincones earned a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in May of 2015, specializing in U.S./Southwest Comparative Border studies.
Rincones has more than seven years' experience having taught at South Texas College, Weslaco and Alice Independent School Districts. She has also presented numerous papers including, "Tejanas Encountering Two Cultures in the Nineteenth Century," at the Southwest Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Regional Meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2012. She also presented, "Reevaluating Professional Goals" in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2011. Additionally, she presented, "Women and the Transformation of the Spanish Frontier, 1750-1800" at the NACCS Regional Conference in 2011.
Rincones is a member of the Texas State Historical Association.
"I enjoy teaching U.S. History and introducing students to a past rich in culture, so that they can find their own place in society," Rincones stated.
Office: LIB 202
Thilo M. Schimmel, Ph.D.
Thilo M. Schimmel, Ph.D., history professor, joined LSC-Kingwood in 2011. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Universität Regensburg in Germany and a Master of Arts degree in American Studies from Purdue University. He earned a Ph.D. in History from the University of Illinois.
"History is the most fascinating field of inquiry I have encountered in my life and I hope to pass my enthusiasm about it to my students."
Steve Davis, history professor, is one of the founding faculty members at LSC-Kingwood, having started in the fall of 1984. He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Houston. He also worked on his doctoral degree in American history from the same institution. Aside from the standard survey courses in U.S. and Texas history, Davis teaches specialized courses in the Beatles and the British Invasion and the History of Rock and Roll. He has won teaching excellence awards both at the University of Houston and at LSC-Kingwood.
Davis is the main author of the instructor's manual to accompany the 8th edition of America: A Narrative History by Tindall and Shi, which is one of the most adopted college history textbooks in the country. His current project is the co-authorship of a documents reader in U.S. history to be published in 2013 by W.W. Norton.
In his limited spare time, Davis is an avid distance runner who has completed eight marathons and who makes appearances a couple of times per year as rhythm guitarist in a local garage band.
John Barr, Ph.D.
John Barr, Ph.D., U.S. history professor, joined LSC-Kingwood in 2008. Barr teaches a variety of courses including a "Survey of U.S. History Pre-Columbian to 1877 to "The Emancipators: Charles Darwin, Abraham Lincoln, and the Making of the Modern World."
In 2011, Barr was the recipient of the Hay-Nicolay Dissertation Prize by the Abraham Lincoln Association and the Abraham Lincoln Institute. He was also named Outstanding Graduate Student and was honored with the John King Award from the University of Houston in 2010.
Barr earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Studies Education from the University of Kentucky. He also received a Master of Arts degree in History from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Barr earned a Ph.D. from the University of Houston. His dissertation examined the various individuals who have dissented from the positive view of Abraham Lincoln that has persisted in American life since the Civil War. It included investigations into how African-American views of Lincoln have changed since 1865 and the role of Lincoln's memory in American conservative and liberal thought.
Barr has delivered various papers on the topic of Lincoln's assassination to the East Texas Historical Association and to the Southwest Social Science Association.
"I think that the study of the past is one of the most important activities in which an individual can be engaged. The study of history gives students access to a range of human experience to which they are unaccustomed and unexposed, and should therefore prompt inquisitiveness into their own world and help them better understand the present."
Margret "Peggy" Lambert
Margret "Peggy" Lambert, history professor, joined LSC-Kingwood more than 20 years ago. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Houston.
Lambert has presented an array of papers during her tenure which include: "Create it and They Will Come" before the League for Innovation in 2010; "Fellowship: The Heart of a Chapter" at the Phi Theta Kappa International Convention in 1999; and "Resolving Conflicts" before the Texas Leadership Conference in 1998.
Lambert has garnered numerous awards. She was named a Minnie Piper Stevens Professor and earned The International Phi Theta Kappa: Paragon Award. Additionally, she earned the Horizon Award, the Robert Giles Distinguished Advisor Award and the Margret Mosal Leadership Award, just to name a few.
Lambert served as faculty advisor for Phi Theta Kappa for 17 years and was an advisor for the National Model United Nations. She also served as faculty member for Honors College and presented at the Lone Star College International Education Conference.
"I believe that history is the ideal discipline to enable students to reach their fullest potential: to find out who they are, to discover who they can be and to prepare themselves for their futures."
Raul Reyes, professor of Texas, U.S. and Mexican American History, joined LSC-Kingwood in 2001. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at El Paso, Texas and Master of Arts degree from the same institution.
Reyes presented a paper at the El Paso Community College Rio Grande Arts Festival lecture series on, "Race Relations in El Paso During the Mexican Revolution of 1910" in 1998. Additionally, he presented a paper entitled, "Hasta la Vista! Mexican Repatriation in Depression Era Texas" in 2010 at the East Texas Historical Society.
In 2005, Reyes was named "Professor of the Year" at LSC-Kingwood. The following year, Reyes was awarded the Phi Theta Kappa Award Speaker, Tomball, Alpha Lambda Xi Faculty Scholar. In 2007, he was named "Who's Who Among American Teachers and Educators." In 2010, he was awarded the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Faculty Excellence recipient. Most recently, Reyes was named given the "Unsung Hero Award" by the Lone Star College System.
Stephanie Kelly, Ph.D.
SStephanie Kelly, professor of history, joined LSC-Kingwood faculty in 2013. Kelly earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Houston. She received her Ph.D. in U.S.-Latin American relations from the University of Houston where she was a College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences CORE Fellow.
Kelly currently serves as co-director for the Center for International Studies at Kingwood and is faculty advisor for the National Model United Nations Program. In addition, Dr. Kelly is chair of the Women's History Month Committee and Faculty Senate Vice President for the 2016-2018 term. She has given talks on U.S. foreign policy and women's history at various conferences and is a member of the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies and the American Historical Association.
"The best part of my job as a professor of history is that I am constantly being challenged to learn and explore new topics from my students and my colleagues. I enjoy the interaction and the opportunity to challenge others in the same way," Kelly stated.
Office: PAC 119-J
R. Chris Davis
Chris Davis, Ph.D., assistant professor of History, joined LSC-Kingwood in 2015. Davis earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of St. Thomas in Houston. He also obtained a Master of Arts degree in Cultural Studies from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland and a Ph.D. in Modern History from the University of Oxford. Prior to his graduate studies, Davis served two years in the U.S. Peace Corps in Romania.
Davis has published a number of articles and reviews, focusing on minorities and religion in central and eastern Europe. He is now completing a book based on his Ph.D. thesis. His research and teaching have been supported by grants and fellowships from the U.S. Fulbright Commission, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the International Research & Exchanges Board and others. In 2015, Davis received an LSC faculty writing award.
Davis currently serves as a book-reviews editor for H-Net (Humanities and Social Sciences Online) and as a board member for both the Society for Romanian Studies and the Humble Museum. In 2016 he was awarded a Chancellors Faculty Technology Innovation Grant to establish the LSC Center for Local & Oral History. Davis is a native of Humble, a Humble High School graduate, and a former LSC-Kingwood student.