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Craig Smith

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Assistant Professor of History

(573) 592-4558


  • PHD, American History, Brandeis University, 2014
  • MA, American History, Brandeis University, 2009
  • MA, History, St. John's University, 2006
  • BA, History, St. John's University, 2005

Teaching Philosophy:

  • My teaching philosophy focuses on historical storytelling and the importance of individual choice. My classes aim to personalize history by examining peoples’ thought processes. By taking students through the mindsets of historical actors, I show how a progression of events is influenced by personal motivations, ideology, and emotions, which allows students to relate to the effects of decisions in their daily lives. The goal is to show history as something far beyond just remembering names and dates.

Major Areas of Interest:

  • Early American History
  • American Revolution
  • Colonial America
  • Early Republic
  • George Washington and the American Founders
  • Honor, Virtue, and Ethics
  • Leadership
  • War/Military History
  • Cultural/Intellectual History
  • Atlantic World

Courses Currently Teaching:

  • HIS311 Biography as History
  • HIS103 Erly Amer&US Hst-H
  • HIS390 HIS Internship I
  • HIS451 HIS Internship II
  • HIS224 History of War - H
  • HIS300 Independent Study
  • HIS104 Modern US His-H
  • HIS223 Royal America -H
  • HIS423 Senior Seminar
  • HIS322 Turning Pnts:Dcsns & Evnts shpd His
  • HIS353 World War II-H
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