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Northwest Missouri State University

Dr. Joel Benson

Dr. Joel Benson



61 Valk


660.562.1241 (fax)

Joined Northwest in 1987


Department Chair


  • Ph.D., Miami University, 1987
  • M.A., University of Cincinnati, 1983
  • B.A., Miami University, 1977

Courses Taught

  • American Historical Survey
  • European History From 1500 to the Present
  • English History to 1715
  • Contemporary European History
  • French History to 1789
  • German History Since 1648
  • American Historical Survey
  • The Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Western Civilization I
  • Comparative World Cultures
  • History of Science and Technology
  • Freshman Seminar

  • Humanities - The Medieval World
  • The Historian's Craft
  • Nineteenth-Century European History
  • Tudor-Stuart England
  • Imperial Britain
  • The Rise of Modern Nationalism
  • American Military History
  • Early Modern Europe
  • Western Civilization II   
  • Research Methods and Historiography
  • England: From Stonehenge to Versailles
  • Senior Seminar 

Academic Interest

  • Tudor-Stuart England
  • Anglo-Dutch relations in the Sixteenth & Seventeenth Centuries
  • Modern Britain
  • Early Modern and Modern Europe
  • Military History

Scholarly Activity

Paper presented to the Missouri Conference on History
Springfield, Missouri, 16-18 April 2009
"English Perception of the Dutch and the Trade Depression of the 1620s"

Paper presented to the National Social Science Association,
Fall Professional Development Conference
San Francisco, California, 4-6 October 2009
"New Woolens - New Markets"

Paper presented to the Missouri Conference on History
Kansas City, Missouri,  14-15 April 2011
Elizabeth, the Dutch, and Other Nonsuch"

Book:  The Presidency of Grover Cleveland.
First Men, America's Presidents Series -
Barbara Bennett Peterson, Series Editor. 
Hauppauge, N.Y.: Nova Publishers, 2010.

Student Group Advisement

  • I serve as head of Graduate Studies for the department.

Other Professional Experiences

  • I serve as a lay speaker for the Methodist Church.