Stephen ColeStephen 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. Research and interests include American History since 1607; American and European political and cultural radicalism; environmental history; documentary editing; and biography. 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.

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

Selected 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

  • 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.