Gary Marquardt, Ph.D.
Ph.D. Univ Wisconsin Colleges Online
M.A. Suny Center Albany
B.A. Univ of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Gary Marquardt is an Associate Professor and Chair of the History Program; he also serves as a Co-Faculty Fellow for Diversity & Inclusion. His scholarship and teaching focuses on social and environmental histories as well as the histories of disease in the modern world, especially within Southern Africa. He earned his B.A. in History from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1994), his M.A. in Social History from SUNY-Albany (1998), and a Ph.D. in African History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2007).
His teaching interests are extensive and have recently included a study abroad course on Post-Apartheid society in South Africa, courses on African History, Revolution in the Graphic Novel, Apartheid in Film and Literature, Coffee, Imperialism, Modern World History, Global Environmental History, Historical Methods, and seminar courses exploring health and disease in Africa and reservation and homeland systems among indigenous populations in the United States, South Africa and Australia.
His classes focus intensely on comparative histories and the idea of historical agency, or how the past informs today’s world. He has written about this extensively in a book chapter entitled, “Answering the ‘So What’ Question: Making African History Relevant in the Provincial College Classroom” (Indiana UP, 2013).
Gary's research interests focus on the confluence between environment and society in southern Africa. He has researched and written extensively about the nineteenth century rinderpest epizootic in South Africa and Namibia and is finishing a piece entitled, "Landscape means Existance: Reconsiderating the Origins of Namibia's 1904 War through Environment, Disease, and Settlement," that connects (perceptions of) environmental degradation in Namibia to its genocidal war with the Germans in the early twentieth century. His current manuscript project explores the connections between environment, demographic change and identity during South Africa's occupation of Namibia (circa 1930-1970).
Gary has been active in Westminster's push to broaden its international course offerings, diversity initiatives, and has served extensively on the International Council. He has also been involved with the college's campus events for Black History Month, has organized events promoting African History, and has participated in faculty work groups concerning scholarship, online course initiatives, undergraduate research, and using technology in the classroom. He currently serves as the faculty advisor for Phi Alpha Theta (History Honors Society) and is a teaching member in the Clemente Course in the Humanities Program at East High School. His current work as a Co-Faculty Fellow for Diversity & Inclusion (with Dr. Tamara Stevenson) involves numerous initiatives to assist and promote elements of diversity and inclusion on campus.