My name is Jason R. Abdale. I have a bachelor’s degree cum laude and a master’s degree in history, both of which I received at Queens College in 2008 and 2009 respectively. In terms of history, my specialty area is tribal history and culture, but I am also highly knowledgeable in ancient, medieval, European, early American, and military history. I have a self-taught background in other academic areas, such as anthropology, zoology, and paleontology.
My first love always was and always will be the past, whether it is the human past or the natural past. Paleontology has always been a big part of my life. I got into dinosaurs when I was 2, and I have been unrepentantly addicted ever since. I have been drawing prehistoric life for the same amount of time, but I only began doing it professionally from 2012 onwards. Some of my artwork has been published in Prehistoric Times Magazine and has been on display in museums in the United States, Canada, and China.
My research, writing, and analytical skills were considered to be highly exceptional by my professors. For my graduate thesis, I wrote a biographical essay about an Indian leader named Tanaghrisson, commonly known as the Half-King, who played a significant role in starting the French and Indian War. My status as a specialist in tribal history and culture eventually landed me a temporary internship with the Anthropology Division at the American Museum of Natural History.
I currently teach at Vaughn College, which is an engineering school devoted to aircraft and aeronautics. Here, I teach courses in English, history, and political science.
I have written a history book entitled Four Days in September: The Battle of Teutoburg, concerning a battle fought between Rome and the Germanic barbarians in late September of 9 AD. It was published by Trafford Publishing in 2013, and a second edition was published by Pen & Sword Books in 2016. In 2019, my second history book, The Great Illyrian Revolt, was published by Pen & Sword Books.
Anyway, that’s my story. Welcome to my blog, entitled after my two favorite subjects, “Dinosaurs and Barbarians”. Here, you will find examples of my artwork and my writings concerning both history and prehistory. These are meant to be commented upon, and I look forward to any academic or artistic feedback. Take care, and keep your pencils sharp.