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Dr. Eric Tenbus

Professor of History


Dr. Eric Tenbus


Office: Wood Hall 136C

Office Phone: (660) 543-4525



Eric G. Tenbus received his PhD in History under the direction of Dr. Eileen Groth Lyon at Florida State University in 2001, and he has taught history at the University of Central Missouri ever since. His areas of expertise are British and Middle Eastern history. He is currently serving as President of the Midwest Conference on British Studies, the largest regional conference under the North American Conference on British Studies. Now, in his sixth year as Department Chair, he is currently working on projects examining the politics and rhetoric of brewing and nostalgia and the contentious issue of adulteration in brewing in the late Georgian and early Victorian periods. He has also presented at the American Historical Association and the Academic Chairpersons Conference on the subject of dual credit/dual enrollment in higher education.


Ph.D. in History, Florida State University

M.A. in Modern European History, Florida State University

M.A. in Mass Communication, Florida State University

B.A. in Professional Writing, Carnegie Mellon University


Research Interests

Public Houses and Brewing in Late Georgian Britain, Religious History in Victorian Britain


Teaching Areas

British and Irish History, History of the Middle East, Ninenteenth-Century Europe


Courses Taught

Modern Britain and the Empire

England to 1689
Tudor-Stuart England

History of Ireland

Nineteenth-Century Europe

Imperial Britain Graduate Seminar

Victorian Britain Graduate Seminar

Myth, Memory, and Reality: Victorian Britain

Myth, Memory, and Reality: Ireland

The Irish Diaspora to Europe and the Americas

Medieval Islamic World

Modern Middle East

Modern Middle East Graduate Seminar

Islam and the World

Modern World History U.S. History since 1877

Writing in the Social Sciences





English Catholics and the Education of the Poor, 1847-1902. London: Routledge, 2010.



"A Draught of Discontentment: National Identity and Nostalgia in the Beerhouse Act of 1830," Journal of Brewing History n. 161 (Spring 2015): 2-9.

"'Bound by the Wrongs We Have Done in the Past': English Catholics and the Anti-Slavery Movement in Victorian Britain," Recusant History v. 31, n. 1 (May 2012): 85-98.

"Defending the Faith Through Education: The Catholic Case for Parental and Civil Rights in Victorian Britain," History of Education Quarterly v. 48, No. 3 (August 2008): 432-51.

"We Fight for the Cause of God: English Catholics, the Education of the Poor, and the Transformation of Catholic Identity in Victorian Britain" Journal of British Studies v. 46, n. 4 (October 2007): 861-83.

"In Fits and Starts: The Evolution of Elementary Education in Victorian Britain," The Human Tradition in Modern Britain, eds. Caroline J. Litzenberger and Eileen Groth Lyon (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2006).

"The Rector’s Radicals: Young Ireland, John Henry Newman, and the Question of Education" Consortium on Revolutionary Europe, 1750-1850 Selected Papers 2000 (2002): 403-11.

"Crisis in Ireland: The Tenure of Lord Fitzwilliam, 1794-1795," Consortium on Revolutionary Europe, 1750-1850 Selected Papers 1998 (1998): 149-57.