LaGretia Copp joined the Center for East Asian Studies as communications coordinator in January 2021.
LaGretia has experience working in the criminal justice, education, and publishing sectors. As a juvenile diversion coordinator for Sedgwick County, she supervised a program for first-time juvenile offenders in the late 1990s. She has been a passionate advocate for criminal justice and prison reform ever since, most recently as a board member of the Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty. LaGretia later worked as a graduate assistant and managing editor for Exploring the European Past, a customized history textbook reader, while studying for her graduate degree in International Diplomatic History. She used that experience to become a Turabian footnote goddess and a freelance indexer and occasional copy editor.
LaGretia spent the last fifteen years teaching full time. She taught International Studies at Miami University of Ohio for seven years, focusing on the political and economic development of the Global South. Prior to working for CEAS, she taught World, European, African, and Middle East history for Fort Hays State University. Outside of teaching, LaGretia worked to promote student professional development and to expand student cultural experiences. At Miami University, she worked closely with students training to teach in East Africa. At Fort Hays State University, she instituted a professional development program for history students and revived the department’s travel abroad courses. It is this latter work that drew LaGretia to CEAS. She understands the importance of and wanted to contribute to its work with students and the community.