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  • Meet the Faculty & Staff

  • Arauza, Yolanda
    Faculty, American Multicultural Studies
    History, Languages, Critical Race and Women's Studies, Department of

    Office: MA 374H
    Phone: 218.477.2027
    Email: arauzala@mnstate.edu
    web.mnstate.edu/arauza

  • Clarke, Nathan
    Faculty, Spanish
    History, Languages, Critical Race and Women's Studies, Department of

    Office: MA 374A
    Phone: 218.477.2728
    Email: clarke@mnstate.edu

    I grew up near Vancouver. In 1991, I went to Mexico on student exchange and fell in love with Latin America and its history. I studied Latin American and Caribbean Studies at McGill University (B.A.) and at the University of California in San Diego (Master’s). I graduated from the University of Illinois in 2009 with my Ph.D. in history; my dissertation looks at the environmental history of the development of the world’s largest fishing port in Chimbote, Peru. I am presently working on turning my dissertation into a book; in 2015 I published an essay on an earthquake that destroyed Chimbote, “Revolutionizing the Tragic City” in the Journal of Urban History. I have traveled extensively through Peru and Mexico and look forward to taking students on study abroad trips to Latin America. I’ve worked at MSUM since 2008 and I teach classes in world, Latin American, African, and environmental history, as well as Spanish language.

  • Harris, Paul
    Faculty, History
    History, Languages, Critical Race and Women's Studies, Department of

    Office: MA 374F
    Phone: 218.477.4045
    Email: harrispa@mnstate.edu


  • Hoffbeck, Steven
    Faculty, Social Studies Education
    History, Languages, Critical Race and Women's Studies, Department of

    Office: MA 374K
    Phone: 218.477.4041
    Email: hoffbeck@mnstate.edu
    web.mnstate.edu/hoffbeck

  • Morrow, Annette
    Faculty, Women & Gender Studies
    History, Languages, Critical Race and Women's Studies, Department of

    Office: MA 374B
    Phone: 218.477.2813
    Email: morrowan@mnstate.edu

    Annette Kleinkauf Morrow, Ph.D. specializes in Ancient and Medieval European History. Her research interests include Ancient Rome, the Medieval World, Church History, and Gender History. She grew up in Texas and received her BA in History from Texas Tech University. She earned her MA and Ph.D. from University of Arkansas. Dr. Morrow teaches in the History Program, in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and in the Honors Program. She has led the Eurospring program, and has led numerous student tours to Italy, Turkey, and Macedonia. If you are interested in a study-abroad course, just ask.

  • Taylor, Sean
    Faculty, History
    History, Languages, Critical Race and Women's Studies, Department of

    Office: MA 374G
    Phone: 218.477.2814
    Email: sean.taylor@mnstate.edu
    web.mnstate.edu/taylorse
    I have always loved history. I grew up in New England surrounded by Colonial and Early American history—several of the houses on my street were built in the 18th century! I went off to Luther College in Iowa as a biology major and after graduation I lived in Norway for three years. Returning to the United States I worked at the U of Minnesota Hospitals in a research lab before deciding to apply to graduate school in history at Northern Illinois University outside Chicago where I wrote my dissertation on the yellow fever epidemics in the new nation’s capital in the 1790s. At MSUM I teach all our courses up through the Civil War as well as a history of disease and medicine course. I strongly believe the purpose of higher education is to equip students with the skill set necessary to succeed in today’s world. My own experience tells me preparing students to engage in life of learning is much more important than filling heads with facts and figures in the classroom. In my classroom you will learn to think critically about the past so you may use it to inform your future—that is the most important skill higher education can give you help you on your way.