Wesley Bishop, M.A.

Visiting Professor of History
Marian Hall, room 307D


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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