Wilson J. Warren

Wilson J. Warren

Wilson J. Warren

Dr. Wilson J. Warren
Professor and Chair
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1992
History Education; 20th Century United States; U.S. Labor

Office: (269) 387-4644
4430 Friedmann Hall

Mailing Address
Department of History
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5334

Curriculum Vita

HIST6750: Research Seminar in Modern United States History

HIST4940: Teaching Methods for Secondary Schools

HIST3251: American Working Class History

Teaching / Research

I regularly teach the required capstone methods course for students pursuing secondary education certification: HIST4940: Teaching Methods for Secondary Schools. I also regularly teach HIST3251: American Working Class History as well as other modern United States history courses.  My teaching and research interests include both history education and American labor and food history.  I taught as a Fulbright lecturer in the Graduate School of American Studies at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan in 2008-2009.


I directed four Teaching American History grant projects involving elementary, middle, and high school teachers from southwestern Michigan between 2004 and 2012.  A total of eight faculty members from WMU’s Department of History served as Summer Institute instructors in the four projects.

Selected Publications


Collaboration and the Future of Education: Preserving the Right to Think and Teach Historically, with Gordon P. Andrews and James P. Cousins. New York: Routledge, 2016.

Animeat's End: A Future History of the End of Animal Meat. Bloomington, IN: Author House, 2012. More information

History Education 101: The Past, Present and Future of Teacher Preparation, with Dean Cantu. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, Inc., 2008.

Tied to the Great Packing Machine:  The Midwest and Meatpacking. Iowa City, IA:  University of Iowa Press, 2007. The State Historical Society of Iowa selected this book for the Benjamin F. Shambaugh Award as the most significant book published on Iowa history in 2007.

Teaching History in the Digital Classroom, with Dean Cantu. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2003.

Struggling with "Iowa's Pride: Labor Relations, Unionism, and Politics in the Rural Midwest since 1877. Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press, 2000.

Book Chapters/Articles:

"Beyond the Rust Belt: The Neglected History of the Rural Midwest's Industrialization after World War II," in J.L. Anderson, ed., The Rural Midwest after World War II (DeKalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Press, 2014), 72-102.

"Crossing the Educational Rubicon without the TAH: Collaboration among University and Secondary-Level History Educators," with Gordon Andrews and Sarah Drake Brown. History Teacher 46:2 (February 2013): 253-266.

"Bridging the Gap between K-12 Teachers and Post-Secondary Historians," Perspectives on History 46 (October 2008): 52-54.

"Closing the Distance Between Authentic History Pedagogy and Everyday Classroom Practice," History Teacher 40(February 2007):  249-255.


Department of History
4301 Friedmann Hall
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5334 USA
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