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Michael Smuksta

Affiliations:

  • History |
  • Broad Field Social Studies |
Professor/Chair
608-796-3497
MRC 539

Education:

  • Ph.D. in History, Northern Illinois University, 1991
  • M.A. in History, Northern Illinois University, 1974
  • B.A. in History, Northern Illinois University, 1972

Courses Taught: 

  • United States History to 1865
  • The United States since 1865
  • World of Ideas (with PSYC 247)
  • American History through Film (with ARTS 254)
  • The Vietnam War
  • Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850-1877
  • U.S. – Mexico Borderlands
  • The American West
  • American Environmental History
  • History Seminar I
  • History Seminar II
  • Economic Cooperative
  • Serving the Common Good: Plains Indian History

Professional / Research Interests 

  • Nineteenth-Century Midwestern Rural Social History
  • Antebellum America
  • General Education and the Liberal Arts
  • Myth and the American West

Professional Activities and Affiliations: 

  • American Historical Association
  • Organization of American Historians
  • Western History Association
  • Sierra Club
  • Co-Director, Title VI Grant, 2006-2008
  • Faculty adviser, spring break service trip to the Cheyenne River Youth Project, Cheyenne River Reservation, Eagle Butte, SD, 2008 and 2010.
  • Faculty Coordinator for the Student Transition and Registration (STAR) Program for First Year Students, 2005-present