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Ted Cohen is a cultural historian of Latin America with a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland-College Park. He teaches courses about world history, Latin America, and research methods. His research sits at the intersection of Mexican and African-American history and has been published by the Smithsonian Institute, Studies in Latin American Popular Culture, and The Confluence. His forthcoming book, Making Mexico African: A Cultural History in the Twentieth Century, received funding from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the Conference on Latin American History, and the University of Virginia's Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies.
Steven Gietschier earned his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and his graduate degrees from The Ohio State University. Before coming to Lindenwood in 2009, he worked for a magazine called The Sporting News. His teaching and research specialty is the history of American sport. He teaches a general education course in the history of American sport and an upper-division course called "Baseball History and American Culture." His other teaching responsibilities include courses in U.S. history during the Cold War, world history since 1945, and Public History, a course that gives students the chance to explore professional employment opportunities beyond the classroom in situations where they can interact as historians directly with the public. He has recently edited a collection of essays, "Replays, Rivalries, and Rumbles: The Most Iconic Moments in American Sports (University of Illinois Press, 2017).
Don Heidenreich (B.A., International Relations, San Francisco State University; M.A., History, University of Arizona; Ph.D., History, University of Missouri) is a political and military historian whose interests focus on the early American republic. He teaches courses in U.S. history, as well as, classes for both the Political Science and International Relations programs. He is a retired National Guard officer who served as an intelligence officer, an artillery officer, and an Army historian. He has written pieces for numerous publications including chapters for The Routledge Handbook of American Military and Diplomatic History: The Colonial Period to 1877 and The Powers of the U.S. Congress: Where Constitutional Authority Begins and Ends.
Jo Ellen Kerksiek
Jo Ellen Kerksiek is a modern European historian with a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. She teaches courses on the history of Britain, the Nazi state, and the Soviet Union as well as European and world history. She also directs the semester abroad program for History and Geography majors and other students in the School of Humanities.
Meredith Marsh is a behavioral geographer whose research focuses on the development of spatial thinking skills. She is specifically interested in how Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can scaffold spatial learning in K-College educational settings. She received her B.A. in geography from Calvin College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California-Santa Barbara. She is the co-author of Barron's AP Human Geography Study Guide and serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Geography.
Patrick J. O'Banion
Patrick J. O'Banion (B.A., UC-San Diego; M.A. Northwestern; M.A. Westminster Seminary, California; Ph.D. St Louis) has taught at Lindenwood since 2009 and the director of the university's Medieval and Early Modern Studies program. He is a historian of early modern Europe and a specialist in the religious history of the Reformations--both Protestant and Roman Catholic--of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. He has held fellowships from the Institute for Advanced Studies (Princeton, NJ), the Fulbright Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the University of Saint Andrews' Reformation Studies Institute. His articles have appeared in a wide range of academic journals--Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Sixteenth Century Journal, Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte, Journal of Medieval History, and Journal of Early Modern History among others--and he is the author of two books: The Sacrament of Penance and Religious Life in Early Modern Spain (Penn State, 2012) and This Happened in My Presence: Moriscos, Old Christians, and the Spanish Inquisition in the Town of Deza, 1569-1611 (Toronto, 2017).
Jeffrey Smith is a nineteenth-century American cultural historian specializing in the history of death, mourning, and cemeteries who teaches general education courses on the history food, death and mourning, and economics. His most recent book is The Rural Cemetery Movement: Places of Paradox in Nineteenth-Century America(2017). Dr. Smith writes and produces public programs as well, including William Clark: Explorer and Diplomat (2016), a biography for fifth-grade readers as part of the Press’ Notable Missourians Series. He is also editor of Lindenwood’s The Confluence, a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary regional studies journal in a magazine format.
Kris Runberg Smith
Kris Runberg Smith focuses her research on the American West while also teaching courses in twentieth-century American history and the history of gender. She received her Ph.D. from Saint Louis University. She supervises the department’s internship program. She is an experienced public historian, having worked in several museums including the Kansas, Ohio, and Missouri Historical Societies along with serving as curator for the City Museum in St. Louis. Her most recent book is Wild Place: A History Priest Lake, Idaho (2015), and an article, “’Almost Insuperable Difficulty’: The Northwest Borderlands Survey,” will appear in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Western History.
Dr. Michael Whaley is the dean of the School of Humanities and director of the Lindenwood Honors College. He earned his bachelor of arts in History and Classical Studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia, his master of arts at University of Missouri-St. Louis, and doctorate at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in Historical Studies. He began his career in ancient history but switched to study the American Civil War. He has taught honors survey courses in both world and American history plus a variety of upper-level courses including Ancient and Medieval history, Latin American history, the Civil War, and the Cold War.