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Faculty and Staff

The Department of History and Anthropology faculty members at UCM represent a wide range of academic and professional training. Additional details about the faculty, their professional achievements, number who hold terminal degrees, etc. may be found on their individual faculty pages.

Current Faculty

Tenbus, Dr. Eric (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

Alpaugh, Dr. Micah
Ph.D. University of California-Irvine (2010)
Teaches: Early Modern/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

Cannon, Dr. Jessica
Ph.D. Rice University (2010)
Teaches: U.S. Civil War, Jacksonian America, Nineteenth Century America, Military, History of Flight
Research: U.S. Civil War, border states and identity, Antebellum industrialization

Clifford-Napoleone, Dr. Amber R.
Ph.D. University of Kansas (2007)
Teaches: Cultural and Applied Anthropology, Anthropology of Gender, Comparative Cultures and Museum Studies
Research: queer theory and ethnomusicology, American music subcultures, textile conservation and material culture

Crews, Dr. Dan A.
Ph.D. Auburn University (1984)
Teaches: Imperial Spain, The 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

Gillis, Dr. Delia Cook
Ph.D. University of Missouri-Columbia (2000)
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, servince learning and public history

Marsh, Dr. Hannah
Ph.D. University of Iowa (2013)
Teaches: Biological Anthropology


Nance, Dr. Starlynn
Ph.D. University of Oklahoma (2012)
Teaches: Social Studies and Education
Research: Controversial Public Issue Instruction, Citizenship, Feedback, Pre-service Teachers and Student Teachers


Kim, Dr. Sean
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

Rowe, Dr. Mary Ellen

Ph.D. University of Washington (1988)
Teaches: Ancient Rome, Ancient Greece, Barbarian Europe, and Native American
Research: Early Medieval and Germanic Religions

Sundberg, Dr. Sara
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

Taylor, Dr. Jon
Ph.D. University of Missouri (2004)
Teaches: American History 1877-present, 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

Yelton, Dr. Jeff
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

Emeriti Faculty

Foley, Dr. William E.

Heming, Dr. Carol

Rice, Dr. David

Sheets, Dr. John W.


In Memoriam
Paul E. Rorvig (1952-2013)

Raymond Leonard (1959-2008)

Arthur F. McClure (1936-1998)