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Historical Studies SIUE
Right now, I am chairing the Department of Historical Studies at SIUE. We have 18 faculty. Thus, I'm not able to devote much time to research, but I'm reading and collecting information about the impact of the New Deal in Southern Illinois. I'm particularly interested in the New Deal in local towns and cities [Edwardsville, Alton, Granite City, Collinsville, Belleville, East St. Louis].
I also teach Illinois History.
|List Affiliations:||Reviewer for H-Minerva
|Interests:||American History / Studies
Demographic History / Studies
Environmental History / Studies
Ethnic History / Studies
Labor History / Studies
Women, Gender, and Sexuality
B.A., University of Nebraska Lincoln, 1963; M.A. and Ph.D. Stanford University. Long ago, in 1983, I published a biography of Charles A. Beard, which is, I think, still highly regarded, but which has been surpassed by recent work by other scholars. In 1989 and 1990, I served as one of four sub-editors for a two-volume work on great historians, underwritten by the International Committee on Historical Sciences, and edited by Lucian Boia, of the University of Bucharest. In 1996, with Richard Norrish, who for many years was an editor of the EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER, I published for the local Historic Preservation Commission a commercially underwritted history of the town of Edwardsville. In 1999, I wrote a history of the National Union Stockyards Company of East St. Louis, which was published by them. I've also published a few juried articles here and there and lots of book reviews. Along with U.S. history surveys, a methods course for history majors, and a research course for majors, I teach a one-semester U.S. History course for people seeking certification to teach, an upper level course on the Gilded Age/Progressive Era, Illinois History, an introduction for undergraduates to Environmental History, and an interdisciplinary course on Environmental Issues with a biologist.