Wesley R. Bishop, M.A.

Wesley R. Bishop, M.A., is a visiting associate professor of American history in the College of Arts and Sciences. Professor 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 reform movements. He is currently a receipient of a College of Liberal Arts’ Dissertation Fellowship and will be defending his dissertation at Purdue University in October of 2018.

His current research examines the first national march on Washington D.C., a march of unemployed workers organized by Populist leaders in 1894, and the march’s subsequent impact on American history. His general research is focused on the way American social movements have utilized the populist protest to force change in American intellectual and political life.

He enjoys teaching, and prior to graduate school spent three years as a teacher in the Dayton metro area instructing middle school, English for recent immigrants, and civics courses for preparation for 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, United States History for Elementary Educators

HIS 217, United States History for Majors and Minors

HIS 301, Historical Research

HIS 343, African-American History

HIS 346, Movies and American Culture

HIS 380, History of the US Presidency

HIS 444, American Intellectual History

HIS 490, History Senior Seminar


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