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Professor of History
Truman State University

My Vita


Syllabus Collection

Study Abroad Courses

Amish Page

Greetings.  I teach American history at a public liberal arts institution in northeastern Missouri.  Courses I teach frequently include American history surveys, Frontier and West in American History, The Western Film (aka John Wayne 101), Women in American History, and The History of Sexuality in America.  I also teach Senior Seminar, Amish history and culture, and another film and history course called James Bond and the Twentieth Century.

My research focus is Amish history and culture.  My revised dissertation was published as The Amish on the Iowa Prairie, 1840-1910 by The Johns Hopkins University Press in 2000.  This book received the Outstanding Publication Award from the Communal Studies Association in 2002.  I co-edited a collection of essays on Anabaptist, Amish, and Mennonite women’s history, Strangers at Home:  Amish and Mennonite Women in History, published by The Johns Hopkins University Press in February 2002.

Study Abroad courses have become a passion since 1997.  I have taught, alone and with colleagues, over 200 students in fourteen classes of three weeks or more in Germany, Greece, Italy, the Czech Republic, Curaçao and Barbados.

My Favorite Links for Historians and History Students
(not mentioned elsewhere in my website)

History at Truman State University
Organization of American Historians
American Historical Association
Social Science History Association
Peace History Society
Western History Association
Rural Women’s Studies Association
History News Network