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Brian Smith

Brian Smith

  • Ph.D. Political Science, Yale University
  • S.T.M. in Sacred Theology and Ethics, Union Theological Seminary
  • M.Div. in Theology, Woodstock College
  • M.A. in Political Science, Columbia University
  • A.B. in History and Classical Culture, Fordham University
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Travis Nygard

  • Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
  • M.A., University of Pittsburgh
  • B.A., Gustavus Adolphus College
Soren Hauge

Soren Hauge

  • Ph.D. in Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.A. in Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.A., in Economics, Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota
Geoff Guevara-Geer

Geoff Guevara-Geer

  • Postdoctoral work: Northwestern University
  • Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
  • M.A., Pennsylvania State University
  • B.A., Ripon College

At Ripon College, I’m the Latin Americanist who works with literature. Because we’re small, I teach a very broad range of courses from our beginning language sequence to our culminating courses in literature from Spanish America. I often teach advanced writing in Spanish, and return to teaching favorite writers–like Cortázar, Peri Rossi, García Márquez, and Luiselli. I love seeing how cultures self-define, while being transformed, through their artists. I also enjoy returning to favorite problems, like issues of magical realism, the political engagements of artists, and indigenous representation. Many ideas and expressions start out as abstractions, and then show themselves at work in how we face the world, and each other.

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Brian Bockelman

  • 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.