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.


“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

Center for Teaching Innovation and Excellence


The Center for Teaching Innovation and Excellence at Oberlin College has two main goals: (1) to promote significant student learning on campus, and (2) to foster a campus culture that values a diversity of teaching, learning, and disciplinary styles and that stimulates engaged discussions about teaching and learning. CTIE seeks to link the extensive collective experience of Oberlin’s faculty and staff gained in classroom and other teaching sites to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) literature in order to pursue evidence-based effective teaching methods and approaches.

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 two years, I have given pedagogy keynotes and organized workshops at:


Albion College

Antioch College     

American Association of Colleges and Universities

Brown University

College Art Association

Mercy College

Oberlin College

POD Network

Pomona College

St. Joseph's College

Tulane University

University of Minnesota Medical School