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Stephen ColeStephen Cole, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of History and Political Science

Stephen Cole was born and grew up in Norwich, England. He is a graduate of the Universities of Sussex and Durham in England and was an English-Speaking Union fellow at Indiana University, where he received a Ph.D. in American history. He has taught full-time in the department since 2003. Before coming to NDNU he was the associate editor (1991-98) of the Emma Goldman Papers Project at the University of California, Berkeley, and taught at the University of San Francisco. He is currently the book review editor of Peace Review, a quarterly journal of peace studies, and engaged in researching a biography of Margaret Anderson, editor of the pioneering modernist journal, the Little Review. He's also perpetually, even rashly, optimistic about the fortunes of his beloved Norwich City Football Club.

Education History

  • Ph.D., History. Indiana University, Bloomington, 1991.
  • MA, History. Indiana University, Bloomington, 1981.
  • Postgraduate Certificate of Education. University of Durham, England, 1978.
  • BA, History and American Studies. University of Sussex, England, 1977.

Courses Taught

  • Environmental History/Environmental Justice
  • American History, 1607-1877
  • American History, 1877-present
  • History of California
  • Modern Times
  • Europe since World War II
  • History and Politics in Film
  • World History
  • Introduction to American Government
  • Introduction to Comparative Government
  • History and Politics of the Civil Rights Movement

Research and Interests

  • American History since 1607; American and European political and cultural radicalism; environmental history; documentary editing; and biography, especially of Margaret Anderson, editor of the pioneering Modernist periodical, The Little Review.

Recognitions

  • George M. Keller Teaching Excellence Award, 2011
  • Dorothy Stang Faculty Scholar, Notre Dame de Namur University, 2009-2010 
  • Sister Catharine Julie Cunningham Memorial Teaching Project Award, Notre Dame de Namur University, 2007-2008

Professional Affiliations

  • Organization of American Historians
  • Bay Area Labor History Workshop

Publications

  • “Mary Heaton Vorse,” Encyclopedia of American Women’s History, ed. Hasia R. Diner (New York: Facts on File, 2010).
  • “Mary Van Kleeck,” Encyclopedia of U.S. Labor and Working Class History, ed. Eric Arnesen (New York: Routledge, 2006).
  • Coauthor, With Speech as My Weapon: Emma Goldman and the First Amendment, A Unit of Study for Grades 8-12 (Los Angeles: National Center for History in the Schools, UCLA, 1997).
  • Coeditor, Emma Goldman: A Guide to Her Life and Documentary Sources (Alexandria, Va.: Chadwyck-Healey, 1995).

Book and Film Reviews

  • Sasha and Emma: The Anarchist Odyssey of Alexander Berkman and Emma Goldman, by Paul Avrich and Karen Avrich, Journal of American History (forthcoming)
  • Jumping the Line: The Adventures and Misadventures of an American Radical, by William Herrick, Anarchist Studies 14 (no. 2, 2006): 189-92.
  • Disarming Manhood: Roots of Ethical Resistance, by David A. J. Richards, Peace Review 17 (Jan.-March 2005): 121-23.
  • The Internationale, produced and directed by Peter Miller, American Historical Review 107 (Oct. 2002): 1336.
  • Review Essay: “Makhaliphile – Dauntless One”; Trevor Huddleston: A Life, by Robin Denniston, Peace Review 14 (Sept. 2002): 361-64.
  • Cradle Will Rock, directed by Tim Robbins, American Historical Review 105 (Oct. 2000): 1440-41.
  • All-American Anarchist: Joseph A. Labadie and the Labor Movement, by Carlotta R. Anderson, Anarchist Studies 8 (March 2000): 85-86.
  • Anarchist Voices: An Oral History of Anarchism in America, by Paul Avrich, Anarchist Studies 5 (Autumn 1997): 182-83.
  • Land and Freedom, directed by Ken Loach, American Historical Review 101 (Oct. 1996): 1152-54.