Wesley Bishop, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of History
Mother Theresa Hackelmeier Memorial Library, Second Floor, Office 2D


Wesley R. Bishop is an assistant professor of American history in the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Bishop is a former Eugene V. Debs fellow from Indiana State University where he received his Master of Arts in History, focusing on the history of American labor and social movements in 2014. In 2018 he received his PhD from Purdue University in American history. 

His research examines populism, protests, and American political thought. He is currently finishing a book manuscript on Coxey’s Army of 1894. Dr. Bishop is also the founding and managing editor of the Indiana based humanities journal, The North Meridian Review: A Journal of Culture and Scholarship

Prior to working in higher education, he spent three years as a community teacher in the Dayton metro area instructing middle school, English to recent immigrants, and civics courses for preparation of the American citizenship exam.

Research interests

  • US Political History
  • US Intellectual History
  • History of Social Movements
  • History of the Political Protest

Courses taught

  • HIS 102 History of the Modern World
  • HIS 216 American History 1490-1864
  • HIS 217 U.S. History 1865-Present
  • HIS 305 Gilded Age and Progressive Era
  • HIS 310 History of the U.S. Presidency
  • HIS 3343 African American History
  • HIS 346 Movies and Historical Perspective
  • HIS 352 War and Memory
  • HIS 354 Labor and Working Class History
  • HIS 375 Social Movements
  • HIS 460 Internships in History
  • HIS 470 Modern America


  • “The Stand of a House of Labor: The Eugene V. Debs’ Museum and the Preservation of Radical Working Class Political Memory,” in Museums and the Working Class, ed. Adele Chynoweth, from Routledge, 2021.
  • “A Historically Shifting Sphere: The Basis of a Public Sphere for Social Activism,” in From sit-ins to #revolutions: The changing nature of protests, eds. Olivia Guntarik and Victoria Grieve-Williams, from Bloomsbury Academic Publishing, 2019.
  • “The Forever Frontier: The Novels of Emily St. John Mandel and Ling Ma in Re-Imagining Frontier Violence,” MidAmerica: The Annual Journal of the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature 46, 2019: 60-71.
  • “The Public Stage: The Working Class in Theatrical Representations and the Fear of America’s Declining Public Sphere,” South Atlantic Review 83:3, Fall 2018: 130-149

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