Instructor of History
- Ph.D., Indiana University, 1991 (Major: American
History; Inside minor: Renaissance-Reformation
Europe; Outside minor: Religious Studies; Dissertation: "Northern
Political Ideologies in the Civil War Era: West-Central
- M.A, Indiana State University, 1979 (Concentrations:
19th Century U.S., Early Modern
Europe; Thesis: "A Reevaluation of Peter Cartwright")
- B.A., Indiana State University, 1974 (Concentrations:
19th Century U.S., East Asia;
Outside minor: Religious Studies)
Teaching and Research Interests:
- 19th Century U.S. Political and Social History
- American Civil War
- American Military History
Selected Publications and Paper
- “Billy Yank.” In Essential Civil War Curriculum. Virginia Center for Civil War Studies. Blacksburg: Virginia Tech University. August 2013. http://www.essentialcivilwarcurriculum.com
- “Copperheads or a Respectable Minority: Current Approaches to the Study of Civil War Era Democrats.” Indiana Magazine of History 109 (June 2013):114-146.
- "Saving the Republic: Turnout, Ideology, and Republicanism in the Election of 1860." In The Election of 1860 Reconsidered, edited by A James Fuller. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 2013. Pages 165-192.
- “Abraham Lincoln and the Dynamics of Party Politics.” Presentation at the Missouri Valley History Conference, Omaha, March 2012
- “The Hoosier Soldier in the Civil War.” In Indiana and the Civil War: Hoosier Voices Now. Indianapolis: Indiana Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee of the Indiana History Collaboration/Indiana Historical Bureau, 2011. http://www.in.gov/history/3991.htm
- “Butternuts, Klement, Weber, and the Study of Midwestern Democrats in the Civil War Era.” Presentation at the Ohio Valley History Conference, Murray State University, October 2011
- “Frank Klement’s The Copperheads of the Middle West in Political Contexts.” Presentation at the Civil War Study Group, Ball State University, September 2009.
- “A Re-Conceptualization of Collingwood’s Concept of History as Re-Thinking Past Thoughts” Presentation at the Missouri Valley History Conference, Omaha, March 2008
- “Not a Sellers Market: Socioeconomic Continuity and Change in the Age of the Market Revolution.” Presentation at the Missouri Valley History Conference, Omaha, March 2006
- “Liberty, Order, and Republican Manhood: The Ideological Origins of the Civil War.” Presentation at the Missouri Valley History Conference, Omaha, March 2005.
- “History, Self-Awareness, and the Core Curriculum.” The Journal of General Education 54 (No. 1, 2005):41-57.
- "Billy Yank and G.I. Joe: An Exploratory Essay on the
Sociopolitical Dimensions of Soldier Motivation." The Journal of
Military History 69 (January 2005):93-121.
- "Hoosier Women and the Civil War Home Front." Indiana Magazine
of History 97 (June 2001):105-128.
- "Dupes and Demagogues: Caroline Krout's
Narrative of Democratic Disloyalty during
the Civil War." The Historian 61 (Spring 1999):621-638.
- "Civil War Letters as Historical Sources." Indiana Magazine of History 93 (June
- "Republicans and Drifters: Political Affiliation
and Union Army Volunteers in West-Central
Indiana." Indiana Magazine of History 92 (December 1996):321-345.
- "Liberty, Will, and Violence: Democratic
Political Ideology in West-Central Indiana
during the Civil War." Indiana Magazine of History 92 (June 1996):133-159.
- Reid, Robert L., and Rodgers, Thomas E. A Good
Neighbor: The First Fifty Years
at Crane, 1941-1991.
Evansville: Historic Indiana Project, University of Southern
- "J. F. D. Lanier and Civil War Politics in
Indiana," presentation at
the Hanover College Symposium:
"The Civil War in Kentuckiana," in Hanover, Indiana,