Stephen Cole, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of History and Political Science
Professor, 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 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 was the book review editor (2005-2015) of Peace Review, a quarterly journal of peace studies, and is currently 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Organization of American Historians
- Bay Area Labor History Workshop
- “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
- The Great War for Peace, by William Mulligan, Peace Review (forthcoming).
- Sasha and Emma: The Anarchist Odyssey of Alexander Berkman and Emma Goldman, by Paul Avrich and Karen Avrich, Journal of American History 100 (Dec. 2013): 861-62.
- 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.