Courses Taught


Fall 2015:

     Dirty Wars and Democracy

     The Past, Present, and Future of Higher Education


Spring 2015:

     The Mexican Revolution

     Latin American History: State & Nation since Independence


Fall 2014:

     Dirty Wars and Democracy


Spring 2013:

     Latin America in the U.S. Imagination

     Museums and the Shaping of Knowledge


Fall 2012

     Dirty Wars and Democracy


Research, Recent Publications, Interviews


My research interests in Latin American history fall in two fields: 20th century Chilean history, specifically the Allende government, the Pinochet dictatorship, and questions of historical memory, and the U.S.-Mexico border. I also carry out an active research agenda on issues of higher education pedagogy, both in the field of history and in terms of museum education.


“Salvador Allende.” In The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History. Ed. William Beezley. New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.


“Singing a New History: Pathways to Learning in a Liberal Arts Setting,” in Susan McWilliams and John E. Seery, eds., The Best Kind of College: An Insiders’ Guide to America’s Small Liberal Arts Colleges (Albany: SUNY Press, 2015): 157-163.


"How to Navigate an 'Upside-Down' World: Using Images in the History Classroom," in Deandra Little, Peter Felten, and Chad Berry, eds, New Directions in Teaching and Learning (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass), New Directions in Teaching and Learning 141 (Spring 2015): 53-65.


“A Season of Anger,” Chronicle of Higher Education Review, January 8, 2015, p. 2.


“Transfer: Learning in and Through the Academic Museum,” in Advancing Engagement: A Handbook for Academic Museums, Vol. III, Stefanie S. Jandl and Mark S. Gold, eds. (Edinburgh, UK and Cambridge, MA: MuseumsEtc, 2015), pp. 28-63. Co-authored with Liliana Milkova.


“Art as Evidence: Teaching the Mexican Revolution at the Allen Memorial Art Museum,” in Latin American Art in the Allen Memorial Art Museum (Oberlin: Allen Memorial Art Museum, 2014), pp. 20-25.


“College is Still for Creating Citizens,” Chronicle of Higher Education, April 7, 2014 (with Marvin Krislov).


“The Politics of Memory and the Memory of Politics,” NACLA Report on the Americas 46:3 (Fall 2013): 18-22.


“How the Air Felt on My Cheeks: Using Avatars to Access History,” The History Teacher 46:2 (February 2013): 193-214.


“Empathy and Engagement: Using Avatars to Bring Students into History,” Peer Review (American Association of Colleges & Universities) (Summer 2012): 6-9.


"Crossing the Street Pedagogy: Using College Art Museums to Leverage Significant Learning Across the Campus," in A Handbook for Academic Museums: Exhibitions and Education, Stefanie S. Jandl and Mark S. Gold, eds. (Edinburgh, UK and Cambridge, MA: MuseumsEtc, 2012), pp. 88-118. Co-authored with Liliana Milkova.

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Steven Volk, Department of History, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH 44074   | Tel: 440-775-8522 | email:

Awards and Honors


U.S. Outstanding Baccalaureate Colleges Professor of the Year (Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Council for the Advancement and Support of Education) (Nov. 2011)


Nancy Lyman Roelker Mentorship Award (awarded by the American Historical Association) (2002)


Presented with award of official recognition from the Government of Chile for “Working to Restore Democracy in Chile”

Professor of History


Director, Center for Teaching Innovation and Excellence (CTIE)


Oberlin College

Lectures and Workshops


I regularly lecture and give workshops on innovative teaching, "flipping classes," liberal education, technology and education, and the crisis in higher education. In the past few years, I have given pedagogy keynotes and organized workshops at:


Albion College                  Lewis and Clark College

Antioch College                Mercy College

AAC&U                             POD Network

Bates College                   Pomona College

Brown University               St. Joseph's College

Cal State San Marcos       Tulane University

College Art Association     University of Minnesota Medical School

Colorado College

Cornell University

Ithaca College

Center for Teaching Innovation and Excellence (CTIE)


I am the founding director of the teaching and learning center at Oberlin College, the Center for Teaching Innovation and Excellence (CTIE). CTIE regularly provides workshops, brown bag discussions, and other programming for faculty and staff. I also post a weekly "Article of the Week" which is posted at:, provide individual formative evaluation and classroom observation, consult on issues of teaching and learning.