Concordia University


Department of History, College of Arts & Sciences


David E. Woodard, PhD
Professor: Political Science and History
Chair: Department of History

Office#: AD 241
Phone: (651) 641-8713
Fax: (651) 659-0207


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
Abraham Lincoln
U.S. Politics

fall 2009
-Political Science 131: American Government (3 sections)
spring 2009
-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

U.S. History to 1877
U.S. History since 1877
Civil War and Reconstruction
Minnesota History
International Relations
Campaigns and Elections

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