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Michael K. Thompson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of History
Department of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences
Office: 301 Russ Hall
Phone: 620-235-4318

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About Dr. Michael Thompson

Areas of Specialization
Victorian Britain
Political History

Areas of Competency
Britain
Europe
Ireland
U.S.

Dr. Thompson first joined the faculty at PSU as a visiting professor, before receiving his current position in the autumn of 2014. Having served in the military, Dr. Thompson started his academic career interested in early US military history. While an MA student at Pitt State his interest shifted first toward political history and then European history. He eventually settled on British politics. Dr. Thompson received his doctorate in Scottish history from the University of Edinburgh in December 2012.

His primary research interest is in late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century political history, particularly social organizations and political movements in Britain. He primarily focuses on local politics during the late-Victorian period and the impact of questions such as the Third Reform Act and Irish Home Rule.

While living abroad, Dr. Thompson discovered how much he loved to travel. He found travel enhanced what he learned in books and lectures, bringing learning to life. He also became an avid soccer fan while living in the UK.

Education

Ph.D., University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Ph.D. in Scottish History, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK (2012)
Thesis: “The Effects of the Third Reform Act and the Irish Home Debate on Edinburgh Politics, 1885-6”

MA in History, Pittsburg State University, Kansas, U.S.A. (2007)
Thesis: “Politics Left in Oklahoma’s Past: The Fall of the Socialist Party and the Continuing Struggle of the Third Party”

BS in History & Political Science, Rogers State University in Claremore, Oklahoma, U.S.A. (2005)

Courses Taught

England to/since 1660
Modern Europe
Medieval Europe
Age of Empire
World History to/since 1500

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Presentations

  • “Democracy based on borders: the Liberal argument for supporting Irish Home Rule in 1886” at the Western Conference on British Studies in Kansas City, MO.
  • “Caucus and Party Politics in Edinburgh, 1885” at the Scottish History Seminar Series at the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, UK.
  • “Politics and Traditions in Edinburgh, 1885” at the Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA.