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Dr. Robert Voss



56 Valk



Joined Northwest in 2013

Associate Professor of History

Social Science Education, Coordinator & M.S.Ed. Teaching History, Director


  • Ph.D. History; University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • M.A. History; University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Teaching Credential; Simpson University, Redding, California
  • B.A. History; Simpson University, Redding, California

Courses Taught

  • U.S. History to 1877
  • U.S. History since 1877
  • Introduction to Digital Humanities
  • The History of Missouri
  • Latin American History
  • The Gilded Age and Progressive Era
  • The American West
  • American Constitutional History
  • Research Seminar in American History (The African American Experience)
  • Research Seminar in American History (American Indian History)
  • Methods of Teaching Social Science in the Secondary School
  • Information, Technology, and Culture

Academic Interests

My research focuses on capitalism in the late 19th century, specifically looking at Native American interactions with railroads and coal mining. My current research looks at the ways Choctaw and Cherokee people managed railroads and coal mines and how the federal government pushed back against them. I also have a project on the migration of Chinese people across the United States in the late 19th/early 20th centuries.  I am working on integration of Digital Humanities into most projects including classwork and social science education. I use digital tools throughout my teaching and research to enhance our understanding of history and our world.

Scholarly Activity

  • Book Chapter, “Teaching with Digital Humanities: Engaging your Audience” in Quick Hits: Teaching with Digital Humanities, University of Indiana Press, forthcoming.
  • Presentation, “Sophisticated Capitalism: Native American success Resisting and Regulating Railroads in the Indian Territory” at the Railroads in Native America Symposium, Omaha, NE, September 2019.
  • Presentation, “Northwest Stories: Undergraduate DH in the Short Term” at the American Historical Association, January 2019.
  • Project Director, Northwest Stories and the Applied Digital Humanities Lab, 2018.
  • Co-Editor, Scholastica: A Journal of Undergraduate Research in the Humanities, 2017.
  • Presentation, “Teaching DH and the American West” Six-Shooters Presentation at the Western Historical Association, October 2016.
  • Presentation, “Railroads in the Indian Territory: Governments and Unlikely Partnerships” Journal of Business and Economic History, Vol. 13, 2015.
  • Presentation, “Iron Horses and Indigenous Crossroads: Railroads, Resources, and Sovereignty in Indian Territory” Organization of American Historians, Atlanta, April 2014.
  • Book Chapter, “The Social and Cultural Foundations of the Nebraska Territory” in Just Plains Folks: Studies of the People of the Great Plains, University of Nebraska-Kearney Press, Fall 2014.

Other Professional Experience

  • Member, American Historical Association
  • Member, Organization of American Historians
  • Member, Western Historical Association