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History Faculty

The faculty historians of Elmhurst College are top-notch professionals with wide-ranging areas of expertise, representing an excellent cross-section of diverse fields of study. Our varied faculty includes specialists in America, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. Approachable and energetic, these top-flight professionals love to teach—in a friendly environment where they can work with their students as individuals. Our small classes and our family atmosphere guarantee that you will get the personal attention you need to develop your talents.

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Robert W. Butler
and Department Chair
Ph.D., The Ohio State University
Professor Butler wrote a dissertation on the life and work of British economist Alfred Marshall, and has broadened his scope to include several topics in the cultural history of modern Britain.  He is especially interested in the role of the classics, the career of prime minister Stanley Baldwin, and the concept of evil in history. He received the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2012 and became the first holder of the Joan and Lester Brune Chair the following year.

Lindsey Patterson
Assistant Professor

Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Professor Patterson received her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University and her master's in deaf studies from Gallaudet University. Her research interests on community, identity, deaf women, social movements and disability rights has been published in the Journal of Social History and Journal of Women’s History. She is currently writing a book titled Accessing Citizenship: The Origins of the Movement for Accessibility and Civil Rights, 1950-1977. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Disability History Association.

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