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Peter B. Knupfer <email@example.com>
Michigan State University
|Address:||406 Natural Science
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
|Primary Phone:||517 432 5134|
|H-Net Positions:||H-Net Administrator
H-Net Executive Director
|List Affiliations:||List Editor for H-SHEAR
Reviewer for H-CivWar
Heritage: Public history, museum consulting and development in South Africa and the United States.
Humanities Technology: International online editing, training, and policy development at Kansas State University and through H-Net: Humanities & Social Sciences Online.
Scholarship and Academics: Extensive teaching and publication on nineteenth-century American politics.
1988 University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ph.D., History. Area of specialization: Nineteenth Century American Political Culture and Institutions. Minor: Political Science. Advisor: Prof. Richard H. Sewell.
1982 University of Wisconsin-Madison. M.A., History.
1975 University of Wisconsin-Madison. B.S., Secondary Education, Social Studies major. Graduated with Distinction.
Heritage: Public History
Employment, Professional Development
1998-1999 Historical Consultant, Research Associate: South African History, Heritage, Technology. Under contract with Michigan State University and H-Net, organized technology-related projects in history and heritage studies on location in South Africa. Work included digitizing and preparing historical materials from several collections at the Documentation Centre of the University of Durban-Westville, coordinating projects with Robben Island Museum, District 6 Museum, Mayibuye Center for History and Culture at the University of the Western Cape, African National Congress Archives, the South African National Archives, and Historical Papers at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. Assisted in organizing national needs assessment workshop on heritage and technology in Durban, November 1999.
1989-1990 Researcher, Historical Consultant. American History Workshop, Inc., Brooklyn, NY. Resources survey, field interviews, briefing papers, storyline development for galleries on Agricultural Communities, Territorial History, and Military Communities in the Marley Center of the Arizona Historical Society Central Branch's Papago Park Museum.
1988 Historical Consultant. HMS Associates, Santa Fe NM; Dr. Stanley Hordes, Senior Historian. Field research, documentary inventories on water rights controversies involving San Carlos, Ft. Apache, White Mountain Apache Indians
1987 Researcher. "The Constitution and the Age of the American Revolution," reading and discussion program sponsored by the NEH and the State Historical Society of Wisconsin.
1987 Intern. "Camp Edit," Documentary Editing Seminar conducted at State Historical Society of Wisconsin, and sponsored by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
1987-1988 Editorial Assistant. The Ratification of the Constitution by the States: Virginia, Vols. 1 and 2, (Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1988), (Vol. VIII of Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution).
1991- Coordinator, History Department Internship Program, Kansas State University. Recruited, placed, and evaluated student interns at local museums.
1993-1998 Board of Trustees, Riley County Historical Museum.
1991- I have been particularly active in developing important skills in humanities computer networking, troubleshooting, and editing for higher education. I supervised the diffusion of desktop computing for History faculty, office staff, and graduate students; and assisted staff in learning network communications programs, including World Wide Web programs and email. I served on committees on strategic planning for the campus computing infrastructure. I am highly skilled in major desktop software for research, presentation, and online communication.
1998-1999 Research Associate. MATRIX: Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online, Michigan State University. Developed scholarly network projects in South Africa, including moderated discussion groups for learned societies; trained South African online editors, consulted on web site development with museums, archives, and multimedia education.
1996-2000 Associate Director, H-Net. Elected to two two-year terms by staff of 200 discussion list editors. Responsible for training new list editors, operational planning, intellectual property policy, new list development (two dozen new lists between 1996 and 1998). Created editor training materials for the web; served on the Executive Committee, which makes strategic and policy decisions for H-Net; chaired H-Net's committees on editorial affairs and copyright, organized panel sessions and assisted with H-Net's booths at meetings of the American Historical Association and the American Political Science Association. H-Net is the world's largest scholarly organization devoted to computing and networking in the Humanities and Social Sciences: http://www.h-net.msu.edu
1994-1997 Director, Online History Project, Kansas State University. The Project's budget has averaged $18,000 per year. Employed graduate assistants to assist in establishing discussion lists for history classes; creating faculty and graduate student personal and course home pages; training in LISTSERV and HTML.
Publications, Conference Participation
2000 Invited commentator, “Interdisciplinary Conference on the Impact of Technological Change on the Creation, Dissemination, and Protection of Intellectual Property,” Ohio State University College of Law, Columbus, Ohio, February 10-12, 2000.
1999 "Lost in Cyberspace: Scholars and the Challenge of Networked Communications." Keynote Speech, Third Annual World Archaeological Congress, Cape Town, South Africa, January 14, 1999.
1998 "Networked Communications and the Problem of Data Sharing." Paper, South African Data Archive workshop on Data Sharing, Pretoria, South Africa, July 9, 1998.
1998 Panelist, Roundtable on intellectual property and copyright in the digital age, American Historical Association annual meeting, January 10, 1998, Seattle WA.
1997 Panel chair, "Fair Use and Intellectual Property in the Digital Age: A Discussion on the Legal Implications of Teaching and Publishing with New Technology", "Envisioning the Future: Creating the Humanities Classroom of the 21st Century," September 26, 1997, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.
1996 "H-Net: Its Past, Present, and Future," OAH Council of Chairs Newsletter, September, 1996. I coordinated the essays written for this issue by H-Net officers and editors.
1996 "From Discourse to Discipline: List Editing and the Promotion of Scholarship on LISTSERV Lists," Annual Meeting, American Historical Association, January 7, 1996, Atlanta, Ga.
1995 "H-Pol: Networking and the Problem of Political History," Social Science History Association, Chicago, November, 1995.
1993 "From Text to Television: Hermeneutic Textualism and the Challenge of Teaching of History," summer seminar of the International Visual Literacy Association, Delphi, Greece, June 19, 1993.
1994- Coeditor, H-SHEAR, H-Pol and H-CivWar, internet scholarly discussion lists owned by with H-Net, Michigan State University. For a description of a list editor's duties, see Mel Page's article in the OAH Newsletter, Issue #52 (August 1996).
1994-1996 Moderator, editor. H-Staff, internal policy discussion and voting list, H-Net.
1994-1999 Project proposal reviewer, panelist. National Endowment for the Humanities: Teaching with Technology; Educational Demonstration Division Grants; Documentary Editions
Scholarship and Academics
1993-19981999- Associate Professor. History Department, Kansas State University.
1991-1993 Assistant Professor. History Department, Kansas State University, Manhattan KS.
1987-1991 Visiting Assistant Professor, Faculty Associate. Departments of History and American Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe and West Campuses.
1990-1991 Visiting Instructor. Maricopa Community College District. Honors, Classical Studies and Humanities Programs, Phoenix Community College, Phoenix AZ.
Academic Honors, Grants
1994-1996 Internal grants to develop Online History Initiative, K-State, $15,000/yr.
1994 William L. Stamey College-Wide Teaching Award, Kansas State University College of Arts & Sciences.
1992 Richard H. Collins Award, Kentucky Historical Society, for best article published in its Register in 1992.
1992-1996 Research grants, Bureau of General Research, Kansas State University, $700-$1500.
1993 Faculty Development Award, Kansas State University. $2000 to support travel to international conference.
1992 Summer Fellow, Institute for Social and Behavioral Research, Kansas State University.
1988 Conference Travel Grant, Graduate School Research Committee, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
1986 History Department Fellowship.
1985 Domestic Research Travel Grant, Graduate School Research Committee, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
1984 Department Nominee, University-wide Outstanding Teaching Award.
1983 Passed Doctoral Preliminary Examination with Distinction.
1997 "Aging Statesmen and the Statesmanship of an Earlier Age: The Generational Roots of the Constitutional Union Party," in Race and Politics in the Era of the Civil War: Essays in Honor of Richard H. Sewell, ed. Brooks D. Simpson and David Blight, (Kent: Kent State University Press, 1997).
1996 "James Buchanan, the Election of 1860, and the Demise of Jacksonian Politics," in James Buchanan and the Political Crisis of the 1850s, ed. Michael J. Birkner (Selinsgrove, PA: Susquehannah University Press, 1996).
1994 "Crisis in Conservatism: Northern Unionism and the Harpers Ferry Raid," in His Soul Goes Marching On: Responses to John Brown and the Harpers Ferry Raid, ed. Paul Finkelman, (Charlottesville, Va.: University Press of Virginia, 1994). An Alternate Selection of the History Book Club.
1991 The Union As It Is: Constitutional Unionism and Sectional Compromise, 1787-1861. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1991).
1991 "Henry Clay's Constitutional Unionism." Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, 89 (1) (Winter, 1991): 32-60.
1991 "The Rhetoric of Conciliation: American Civic Culture and the Federalist Defense of Compromise, 1787-1860." Journal of the Early Republic 11 (3) (Fall, 1991): 315-37.
1990 "A Connecticut Yankee on the Frontier: John Hubbard Tweedy and the Problem of Frontier Whiggery." The Old Northwest 15 (1, 2) (Spring/Summer 1990): 63-80.
Conferences, Selected Papers
1997 "Abe Lincoln versus the Old Fogies: The Struggle for Henry Clay's Legacy." Annual Meeting, MidAmerica History Conference, September 17, 1997, Stillwater, OK.
1996 Commentator: 2-paper session on early American nationalism, Annual Meeting, Organization of American Historians, Palmer House, Chicago IL, March 30, 1996.
1996 Commentator: 3-paper session on Election of 1824, Annual Meeting, Society of Historians of the Early American Republic, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, July 21, 1996.
1996 Commentator: "Creating the Confederacy," MidAmerica History Conference, Annual Meeting, Kansas State Historical Society, September 14, 1996.
1995 Commentator: 2 papers on slavery and nativism, Annual Meeting, Society of Historians of the Early American Republic, University of Cincinnati, July 23, 1995.
1995 Commentator: 2 papers on the sectional crisis, MidAmerica History Conference, Annual Meeting, Springfield, MO.
1995 Chair, "1994 Elections in Retrospect: A Discussion of Walter Dean Burnham's Theses on the 1994 Elections", Social Science History Association, Chicago, November, 1995.
1994 "Aging Statesmen and the Statesmanship of an Earlier Age: The Generational Roots of the Constitutional Union Party," annual meeting, American Historical Association, San Francisco, January 9, 1994.
1992 "The Scholarly Consensus on Third Parties: The Constitutional Union Party as a Test Case," presented at Annual Meeting, Social Science History Association, Chicago IL, November 8, 1992.
1991 Commentator. Two-paper session, "Government and Greed: The Problem of Self-Interest in Jacksonian America," Annual Meeting, Society of Historians of the Early Republic, July 28, 1991, Madison, Wisconsin.
1990 "Civics Education and the Problem of Parties, 1820-1860," presented at Annual Meeting, Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, York University, Toronto, Canada, August 3, 1990.
1990 "A Connecticut Yankee on the Frontier: John H. Tweedy and the Problem of Frontier Whiggery," presented at Great Lakes History Conference, Grand Rapids, MI, April 5, 1990.
1988 "Clay and the Constitution in 1850: The Compromise Ethic at Work." Delivered at 81st Annual Meeting of Organization of American Historians, Reno, March 25, 1988.
1988 Commentator. Three-paper session on late 19th century Midwestern politics, Missouri Valley Historical Conference, Omaha NE, March 10, 1988.
1994 Faculty, Regents Honors Academy, Kansas State University. Team-taugh intensive honors humanities literature for college-bound state high school honors students, plus my own course, War & Society in American History.
1989 Lifetime Arizona Secondary and Community College Teaching Certificates
1987- Courses: Graduate: 19th Century America; Civil War America; 20th Century US Diplomatic History; Research Seminar: Civil War America. Upper Division: Civil War & Reconstruction; US (1877-1914); U.S. (1914-1932); U.S. (1945-present); United States Military History, 1607-1865, 1865-present; Advanced Seminar in History (comparative slave systems, public history); Critical Campaigns of the American Civil War. Introductory: Honors Humanities survey, (team-taught); U.S. survey; Western Civilization (team-taught with English Composition).
1994- University Service. University Library Committee; Computing and Information Technology Advising Council; Regents Task Force for Computing Proficiency Examination (created standards for statewide high school computer literacy requirement); Provost's committee, review of the Dean of College of Arts & Sciences.
1996- Editorial Board, Journal of the Early Republic.
1995 Editor, Social Science History Association Politics Network Newsletter.
1991- Departmental Committees. Personnel; Undergraduate Advising; American General Field (prelims); Academic Computing; Undergraduate Studies. Chaired successful joint search with American Ethnic Studies for specialist in African American history; conducted departmental search for specialist in Kansas, Native American, Western, and Environmental history.
1992-1995 Executive Committee, Kansas History Teachers Association.
1990- Manuscript Referee. For The Historian; Journal of Policy History; Journal of the Early Republic; University of Virginia Press
1990 Summer Workshop, "Incorporating Library Skills in College Courses," a component of the two Learning Communities I had joined at Phoenix Community College. June 1990.
1990 Multicultural Training Seminar participant, Maricopa Community College District. December 1990.
1986- Book reviewer. For Reviews in American History, Wisconsin Magazine of History, Journal of American History, Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, American Historical Review, Journal of the Early Republic, Journal of the West, Georgia Historical Quarterly, H-Net Reviews.