Dr. David E. Woodard: with William Henry Seward, one of America's most Outstanding diplomats.
Welcome to my Concordia University homepage. I earned my PhD in History at the University of Minnesota in 1996. Since 1999, I have been teaching Political Science and History at Concordia University in St. Paul. I have also published articles and book reviews in several scholarly journals including Civil War History, Journal of Southern History, Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, American National Biography, St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, Gulf South Historical Review, Teaching History, and Peace and Change.
In my spare time I enjoy dining at good restaurants, traveling, tending to my cat, reading, and following the New York Mets. I am also involved in historical reenacting. I have been a costumed interpreter at Historic Fort Snelling and I am currently researching the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates. I even portray Senator Stephen A. Douglas in staged reenactments of those famous debates.
In addition, I have been a political junkie my entire life. I still remember the first U.S. senate campaign that I followed while growing up in central Illinois: the 1966 classic between incumbent Senator Paul Douglas and challenger Charles Percy. I was hooked. As a kid, I memorized exact popular and electoral vote totals from every presidential election in history. And on election night 2008, I was commentator (talking-head) on one of the local Twin Cities TV channels.
University of Minnesota, PhD, History
Dissertation: "Sectionalism, Politics, and Foreign Policy: Duff Green and Southern Economic and Political Expansion, 1825-1865"
fields of study: diplomatic history, U.S. foreign policy, American Civil War, 19th century politics
Southern Illinois University, MA, History
Thesis: "Governor Otto Kerner of Illinois and Civil Rights, 1961-1968"
fields of study: Illinois politics, American Civil War
Western Illinois University: BA, History and Political Science
the fur trade
U.S. Foreign Relations
American Civil War
-Political Science 131: American Government (3 sections)
-Political Science 131: American Government
-Political Science/History 334: U.S. Foreign Policy
-Political Science/History 401: Senior Capstone Seminar (research paper)
-Political Science/History 332: The Cold War: An International Perspective
SOME OTHER COURSES TAUGHT BY DR. WOODARD
U.S. History to 1877
U.S. History since 1877
Civil War and Reconstruction
Campaigns and Elections