- Ph.D. in History, Duke University
- M.A. in History, Duke University
- B.A. in Medieval Studies, The City College, New York City
- Ph.D. in American culture and history, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
- M.A. in American culture, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
- B.A. in history and philosophy, The Catholic University of America
- Ph.D. in modern British history, modern European history, United States diplomatic history, Cornell University
- M.A. in history, Cornell University
- B.A. in history and English, University of Nebraska
Hi! I’m Professor Matzke, and I’ve taught history at Ripon College since 2003. While my PhD is in the history of modern Britain and Europe, I teach a variety of courses, including World History, the Cold War, and World War I, and Catalyst classes. I really enjoy teaching Public History, in which students think critically about all the ways non-academics learn about history (including museums and movies) and learn skills to create their own special public history projects. My scholarly interests include the role of Britain’s naval power in its foreign policy in the 19th century, British propaganda to the U.S. in World War I, and the reception of Atlas missiles in Nebraska during the Cold War. I love history, and I hope my enthusiasm makes my students love history as well!
- Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
- B.A., Swarthmore College
- Ph.D., in History, Brown University
- A.M., in History, Brown University
- A.B.,in Religion, Dartmouth College
Hi! I grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska (about 25 miles from Prof. Matzke!) and did my studies in New England and abroad before coming to Ripon in 2008. I am a specialist in Latin American history (Mexico, Brazil, Cuba, etc.) but also teach a wide variety of courses at Ripon, from historical methods to the history of cartography to the history of the modern world as seen through the evolution of soccer, the global game. Someday I’ll get brave enough to offer a class on Japan, a side interest ever since a high school friend moved there. My research and writing focus on the intellectual, cultural, and environmental history of modern Argentina, which has some surprising similarities to our country, especially Chicagoland and the greater Midwest. These days I live in Madison with my wife Emma (a history professor at Northern Illinois University), son Teddy, and annoying cat Basia.