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History and Geography Faculty

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Dr. Theodore Cohen

Ted Cohen

Dr. Theodore Cohen
PhD University of Maryland, College Park
Assistant Professor of History
Latin America, African-American History

Ted Cohen is a cultural historian of Latin America. He teaches courses about world history, Latin America, the Atlantic world, race in the Americas, modern revolutions, 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 Black: Race and Nation after the Revolution (forthcoming 2020 from Cambridge University Press), 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.

Dr. Steven Gietschier

Steven Gietschier

Dr. Steven Gietschier
PhD Ohio State University
Associate Professor of History
Faculty Athletics Representative, SLS Sports
Public history, American Sport History

Steven Gietschier’s specialty is the history of American sport. Before coming to Lindenwood in 2009, he worked for a magazine called The Sporting News. 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.

Dr. Donald Heidenreich

Don Heidenreich

Dr. Donald Heidenreich
PhD University of Missouri-Columbia
Professor of History
American Political and Military History

Don Heidenreich is a military and political historian whose interests focus on the early American republic. He teaches courses in military history and the U.S. Government 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.

Dr. Jo Ellen Kerksiek

Jo Ellen Kerksiek

Dr. Jo Ellen Kerksiek
PhD University of Kansas
Professor of History
Modern Europe, British History

Jo Ellen Kerksiek is a modern European historian with a special interest in British history. She teaches courses in the general education program on world history and on the history of Britain, the Nazi state, and the Soviet Union. She also directs the semester abroad program for the History and Geography majors and other students in the School of Humanities.

Dr. Meredith Marsh

Meredith Marsh

Dr. Meredith Marsh
PhD University of California-Santa Barbara
Associate Professor of Geography
Behavioral Geography, Geography Education

Meredith Marsh is a behavioral geographer whose research focuses on the development of spatial thinking skills. She's specifically interested in how Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can scaffold spatial learning in K-College educational settings. She is the co-author of Barron's AP Human Geography Study Guide and serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Geography.

Dr. Jeffrey Smith

Jeffrey Smith

Dr. Jeffrey Smith
PhD University of Akron
Professor of History
Editor of The Confluence
19th-century American Social History

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.

Dr. Kris Runberg Smith

Kris Runberg Smith

Dr. Kris Runberg Smith
PhD Saint Louis University
Professor of History
Chair of the History and Geography Department
American West, 20th-century American History

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 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).

Dr. Michael Whaley

Dr. Michael Whaley

Dr. Michael Whaley
PhD Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
Professor of History
Director of Honors Program
American Civil War, Honors Survey Courses

Michael Whaley is dean of the School of Humanities and director of the Lindenwood Honors College. He began his graduate studies 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.

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