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History at UCM

Understanding today's complex world and seeking the best vision for tomorrow.

M.A. in History at UCM

Explore the depths of history and discover new ways to think about the past.

Social Studiesat UCM

Explore innovative techniques and proven methods for a career in education.

Africana Studies at UCM

Discover multicultural contributions throughout history and inspire change.

Anthropology at UCM

Contribute to the rich diversity of the rapidly changing world.

Faculty and Staff


The Department of History and Anthropology faculty members bring to UCM a wide range of academic and professional training.  All hold terminal degrees in their respective fields.  Additional details about the faculty and their professional achievements may be found on their individual faculty pages.


Current Faculty


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Dr. Eric Tenbus (Chair)

Ph.D. Florida State University (2001)

Teaches: England to 1689, Modern Britain and the Empire, Traditional and Modern Middle East, Nineteenth-Century Europe

Research: Victorian Catholicism, Victorian education, alehouses and brewing in the United Kingdom


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Dr. Micah Alpaugh

Ph.D. University of California-Irvine (2010)

Teaches: Early/Modern World History, French Revolution and Napoleon, Revolutionary Europe

Research: French Revolution, popular protest and democracy, nonviolence and violence, eighteenth-century revolutions and the Atlantic World


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Dr. Jessica A. Cannon

Ph.D. Rice University (2010)

Teaches: U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction, Jacksonian America, Nineteenth-Century America, American Military Experience, History of Flight

Research: Nationalism and identity in the Civil War era, Antebellum industrialization and trans-Atlantic networks


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Dr. Amber R. Clifford-Napoleone

Ph.D. University of Kansas (2007)

Teaches: Cultural and Applied Anthropology, Anthropology of Gender, Comprative Cultures, and Museum Studies

Research: Queer theory and ethnomusicology, American music subcultures, textile conservation, and material culture


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Dr. Dan A. Crews

Ph.D. Auburn University (1984)

Teaches: Imperial Spain, Renaissance and Age of Exploration, History of Mexico, Modern Latin America

Research: Spanish humanism and diplomacy in the Age of Charles V, welfare reform in Sixteenth-Century Spain and Italy


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Dr. Delia Cook Gillis

Ph.D. University of Missouri-Columbia (1996)

Teaches: Introduction to Africana Studies; African American History; African Diaspora; African American Women, Gender and Civil Rights; History of South Africa; Social History of the American Family; Race, Class, and Gender; James Bond Films; Politics and Social Justice in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

Research: African American Kansas City, African American women, the digital humanities, service learning, and public history


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Dr. Thomas Goldstein

Ph.D. University of North Carolina (2010)

Teaches: History of the Modern World; Modern Germany and the Nazi Experience

Research: Modern Germany History


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Dr. Sean Kim

Ph.D. Harvard University (2004)

Teaches: History of the Modern World, Rise of Chinese Civilization, Modern China, Modern Korea, Rise of Japanese Civilization

Research: Korean religious and cultural history, Protestant missionary movement, colonialism in East Asia


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Dr. Hannah E. Marsh

Ph.D. University of Iowa (2013)

Teaches: Human Prehistory, Physical Anthropology, Applied Anthropology, Forensic Anthropology, Hoax and Myth in Anthropology, Human Evolution, Human Variation, and Primate Behavior

Research: Homo erectus, cranial vault thickness, recent human variation, race


Dr. Starlynn Nance

Ph.D. University of Oklahoma (2012)

Teaches: Social Studies Education

Research: Controversial Public Issue Instruction, Citizenship, Feedback, Pre-Service Teachers, and Student Teachers


Dr. Josh Nygren

Ph.D. University of Kansas (2015)

Teaches: Modern US, Environmental History, Food and Farming in US History

Research: 20th-century US environmental, political, and agricultural history; soil and water conservation


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Dr. Mary Ellen Rowe

Ph.D. University of Washington (1988)

Teaches: Ancient Rome, Ancient Greece, Barbarian Europe, and Native American

Research: Early Medieval and Germanic Religions


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Dr. Sara Brooks Sundberg

Ph.D. Louisiana State University (2001)

Teaches: Colonial History, Revolution and Republic, History of the Westward Movement, Women in America

Research: North American women's history with a particular focus on early America


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Dr. Jon Taylor

Ph.D. University of Missouri (2004)

Teaches: Gilded Age and Progressive Era, Jazz Age and Great Depression, Missouri History, Public History, Truman and Civil Rights

Research: Truman presidency, history of historic preservation, National Park Service


Jeff Yelton

Dr. Jeff Yelton

Ph.D. University of Missouri (1991)

Teaches: Human Prehistory, Cultural Anthropology, World Archaeology, Archaeological Field School, Historical Archaeology, North American Indian

Research: Historical Archaeology in the Midwest, cult archaeology, international education




Office Professional


Trish Stephens


Trish Stephens





Adjunct Faculty


Anderson, Kyle

Johnson, Peter
McGee, Ryan
Mends, Albion
Penrod, Dr. Michael
Rice, Dr. David
Shay, Wendy
Smith, Elizabeth P.




Emeriti Faculty


Foley, Dr. William E.

Heming, Dr. Carol

McCoid, Dr. Catherine H.

Rice, Dr. David

Sheets, Dr. John W.



In Memoriam


Paul E. Rorvig (1952-2013)

Raymond Leonard (1959-2008)

Arthur F. McClure (1936-1998)