Gather Here. Go Far

NSU is where success begins. Here professors know their subjects and how to get you ready for a career after you graduate. We empower individuals to become socially responsible global citizens by creating and sustaining a culture of learning and discovery.

Gather Here. Go Far

NSU is where success begins. Here professors know their subjects and how to get you ready for a career after you graduate. We empower individuals to become socially responsible global citizens by creating and sustaining a culture of learning and discovery.

Gather Here. Go Far

NSU is where success begins. Here professors know their subjects and how to get you ready for a career after you graduate. We empower individuals to become socially responsible global citizens by creating and sustaining a culture of learning and discovery.

Gather Here. Go Far

NSU is where success begins. Here professors know their subjects and how to get you ready for a career after you graduate. We empower individuals to become socially responsible global citizens by creating and sustaining a culture of learning and discovery.

Gather Here. Go Far

NSU is where success begins. Here professors know their subjects and how to get you ready for a career after you graduate. We empower individuals to become socially responsible global citizens by creating and sustaining a culture of learning and discovery.

History Faculty

FULL TIME FACULTY

Dr. Iain Anderson

Professor and Chair of History, Director - Graduate Program in American Studies, Co-Director - Indigenous History and Literacy Project

andersoi@nsuok.edu | 918-444-3519
Dr. Iain Anderson

Degrees:

B.A. - Loughborough University; M.A. - University of Evansville; Ph.D. - Indiana University

Teaching Areas:

United States cultural, social, and political history since 1865, African American history, immigration history

Iain Anderson grew up in England, came to the United States for graduate school, and subsequently taught at Dana College, Nebraska, and Nebraska Wesleyan University. Dr. Anderson joined the History Department at Northeastern State in January 2016. He has published articles on various aspects of African American music, including nonprofit sponsorship of jazz and the commemoration of slave music, and a book titled This Is Our Music: Free Jazz, the Sixties, and American Culture (University of Pennsylvania Press). He also works on research projects relating to the formation of transnational identities among Danish immigrants and the scholarship of teaching and learning history.


Dr. David Corcoran

Assistant Professor of History, Coordinator of Social Studies Education

corcorad@nsuok.edu | 918-444-3520
Dr. David Corcoran

Degrees:

B.A. - University of Southern Maine, University of New England; M.A. - Salem State University; Ph.D. - University of New Mexico;

Teaching Areas:

Social Studies Education, American and Latin American History

Dr. Corcoran is a Boston native and a career educator. He has taught history and social studies in secondary schools in rural and urban communities of Maine, New Mexico, and Massachusetts. He has lived and taught in Colombia and Ecuador as well. Dr. Corcoran earned a Ph.D. in Latin American History from the University of New Mexico in 2011. His research examines the development of inter-American education and culture in the mid-20th century. As an academic historian and a committed classroom teacher, Dr. Corcoran is passionate about supporting aspiring educators and elevating the teaching of social studies in our nation's schools.


Dr. Suzanne Farmer

Associate Professor of History, Director - Center for Women's Studies

farmer07@nsuok.edu | (918) 444-4503
Dr. Suzanne Farmer

Degrees:

B.A. - University of Arkansas, M.A. - Western Illinois University; Ph.D. - University of Mississippi;

Teaching Areas:

Early and Modern Western Civilization, Renaissance-Reformation Era, Age of Absolute Kings, Tudor-Stuart Britain, Atlantic World, French Revolution and Napoleon, Modern Britain, Africa, and Colonial Latin America

J. Suzanne Farmer is a native of Southeast Arkansas who joined the faculty at NSU in the fall of 2011. Dr. Farmer graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of Arkansas, Monticello. She received her M.A. in History with an emphasis on early modern Europe from Western Illinois University and earned a Ph.D. in History with a concentration in British history from The University of Mississippi. Dr. Farmer's research examines the relationship between politics and the economy in late-seventeenth century England by exploring the political participation of wealthy merchants during the Restoration. She is currently working on turning her dissertation into a series of scholarly articles.


Dr. Amanda Johnson

Visiting Assistant Professor of History

johns474@nsuok.edu | 918-444-3505
Dr. Amanda Johnson

Degrees:

B.S. – Oklahoma State University; M.A. – Arizona State University; Ph.D. – Oklahoma State University

Teaching Areas:

Native American History, U.S. History Since 1877, Women and Gender

Amanda Johnson is originally from the greater Tulsa area and joined the NSU faculty in the fall of 2022. She earned a B.S. in Secondary Education from Oklahoma State University, an M.A. in History from Arizona State University, and a Ph.D. in History from Oklahoma State University. Her research examines Native American women in the 20th century who transformed the lives of Indigenous peoples by forming cross-cultural networks around issues of cultural renewal, education, incarceration, treaty rights, and the sovereignty of the female body. Her projects include a forthcoming scholarly article in the Journal of Ethnohistory that emphasizes themes of sovereignty, gender, and activism in the 1970s, and a book manuscript centered on her dissertation research of Native women active in the movements of Red Power and Second Wave Feminism.

Dr. Lindsay Silver

Assistant Professor of History

silverl@nsuok.edu | 918-444-3521
Dr. Lindsay Silver

Degrees:

B.A. & M.A. – University of Michigan-Flint; Ph.D. Louisiana State University

Teaching Areas:

American History from the Colonial Era to the late nineteenth century, American South, Oklahoma History and Government

Lindsay Silver is a Michigan native who has spent 10 years in the South and the West before joining NSU. She earned a B.A. in History and M.A. in American Culture at the University of Michigan-Flint and a Ph.D. in American History at Louisiana State University. Her research interests include intersections of gender, race, and sexuality in American culture during the 19th century. Her current book project, The Life and Death of Kate Townsend: Gender and Power in New Orleans Prostitution, 1858-1883, will be published by Louisiana State University Press.


Dr. Denis Vovchenko

Professor of History

vovchenk@nsuok.edu | (918) 444-3530
Dr. Denis Vovchenko

Degrees:

B.A. & M.A. - Moscow State Lomonosov University; M.A. & Ph.D. - University of Minnesota

Teaching Areas:

Early & Modern Western Civilization, Early and Modern World Civilizations, History of the Islamic World, Renaissance and Reformation, Russia in the Modern Era, Modern Germany, Europe, 1815-1914, Europe in the 20th Century, Intellectual and Social History of Modern Europe, Global History Since WWII.

Denis Vovchenko grew up as part of the Russian minority in Kazakhstan in the former Soviet Union. He studied for his B.A. and M.A. in Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies at Moscow State Lomonosov University. He earned a Ph.D. in Modern European History and the Middle East from the University of Minnesota. Inspired by his religious and cultural heritage, together with a love of learning new languages, Dr. Vovchenko has written several articles about the religious and political aspects of Russia's relations with the Balkans and the Middle East. His book, Containing Balkan Nationalism: Imperial Russia and Ottoman Christians (1856-1914), is published by Oxford University Press.


ADJUNCT FACULTY

Norman Carlisle

Adjunct Instructor of History

carlisle@nsuok.edu | 918-444-3520
Norman Carlisle

Degrees:

B.A. - University of Maine-Orono; M.A. - Columbia University

Teaching Areas:

Norm Carlisle grew up in the state of Maine. He has taught a variety of courses at NSU, including American History, Western Civilization, English composition, and first-year French, since 2000.

Marcus Edison

Adjunct Instructor of History

edison@nsuok.edu | 918-444-3520
Marcus Edison

Degrees:

B.A. & M.A. - Northeastern State University

Teaching Areas:

Marcus Edison holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Northeastern State University. Mr. Edison has taught face-to-face and online survey courses in History and Political Science at NSU since 2008. He also works in the transportation industry and performs duties as a certified Referee Instructor, Referee Assignor, and referee in soccer.

Dr. Russell Lawson

Adjunct Instructor of History

lawson22@nsuok.edu | 918-444-3520
Dr. Russell Lawson

Degrees:

B.A. & M.A. - Oklahoma State University; Ph.D. - University of New Hampshire

Teaching Areas:

Russell Lawson is from Tulsa and has taught in Oklahoma, New England, and Ontario. He has published fiction, nonfiction, and reference books on scientists, explorers, and the history of ideas. Dr. Lawson teaches American history at NSU.

Jack Reavis

Adjunct Instructor of History

reavisj@nsuok.edu | 918-444-3603
Jack Reavis

Degrees:

B.A. & M.A. – Northeastern State University

Teaching Areas:

Jack Reavis is a retired Muskogee Public Schools educator. He teaches courses in American History at NSU.


Dr. Arley Ward

Adjunct Instructor of History

ward37@nsuok.edu | 918-444-3520
Dr. Arley Ward

Degrees:

B.A. - University of North Carolina-Greensboro; M.A. - University of Tulsa; Ph.D. - University of Arkansas

Teaching Areas:

Arley Ward has taught U.S. History at NSU's Tahlequah campus since January 2018.