Wesley Bishop, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History

Marian Hall, Room 307D

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 reform movements. In 2018 he received his PhD from Purdue University in American history.

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 focuses on the way American social movements have utilized the populist protest to force change in American intellectual and political life.

Prior to graduate school, he spent three years as a 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 346 Movies and Historical Perspective
  • HIS 352 War and Memory
  • HIS 354 Labor and Working Class History
  • HIS 375 Social Movements
  • HIS 470 Modern America
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