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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Dr. Hannah Marsh
Ph.D. University of Iowa (2013)
Teaches: Human Prehistory, Physical Anthropology, Applied Anthropology, Forensic Anthropology, Osteology, Hoax and Myth in Anthropology
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. 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


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


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


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


Rachel Oglesby
Location: Wood Hall 136
(660) 543-4044



Adjunct Faculty


Anderson, Kyle

Johnson, Peter
McGee, Ryan
Mends, Albion
Penrod, Dr. Michael
Rice, Dr. David
Richardson, Vivian
Shay, Wendy




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)