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Jul 2

The Plan to Reopen Campus

Roaring Return

Lindenwood University has implemented a phased return to campus and will begin the fall semester as scheduled on August 24. Lindenwood personnel and offices continue to be available for business by telephone and email. Please visit for continued updates and information about health and safety policies.

History and Geography Faculty

You will join a great faculty who would love for you to join us. Your professors are active in their fields and on campus promoting history and other opportunities just for you.

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 and intellectual historian of Latin America and the African Diaspora. He teaches courses about world history, Latin America, the Atlantic world, 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 book Finding Afro-Mexico: 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. 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
SENIOR 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).

Tara Vansell

Tara Vansell

Tara Vansell has been teaching Geographic Information Systems classes at Lindenwood since 2011. She holds a Master of Arts in Urban Planning and Real Estate Development from Saint Louis University (2006) and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography with a GIS emphasis along with a History Minor from the University of Missouri – Columbia (2002). Her Master of Arts capstone research focused on the availability of "Workforce Housing in St. Charles County, MO (2006)." In addition to instructing the GIS classes at Lindenwood, she is the GIS Lab Manger. As the lab manager, Professor Vansell is an active member of the St. Charles County GIS User group and hosts a GIS day event every year that brings regional GIS professionals to campus to network with students. The GIS Lab also has a K-12 educator outreach mission and has been hosting the Teach MO Maps! Workshops since 2017. Before teaching at Lindenwood, Professor Vansell spent several years working in the GIS industry for companies such as Surdex and SAIC.

Dr. Michael Whaley

Dr. Michael Whaley

Dr. Michael Whaley, Professor of History, earned a Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Dr. Whaley began his graduate studies in ancient history, but switched to study the American Civil War. He has taught 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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