Dr. Paul Beck (1987)
Professor of History


  • B.S., Mankato State University
  • M.S., James Madison University
  • Ph.D., Marquette University

Academic Interests/Specialties

  • American Civil War
  • American West
  • Native American studies
  • Military history
  • Author of four books:
    • Soldiers, Settlers and Sioux: Fort Ridgely and the Settlement of the Minnesota River Valley
    • The First Sioux War: The Grattan Fight and Blue Water Creek, 1854-1856
    • Inkpaduta: Dakota Leader
    • Columns of Vengeance: Soldiers, Sioux, and the Punitive Expeditions, 1863-1864

Courses I Teach

  • American Civil War
  • Formation of the United States, 1765-1815
  • The World War I Era
  • The World War II Era
  • Latin America
  • Native America History

Additional Responsibilities

  • Advisor to the Student History Organization
  • Advisor to the Fencing Club


  • Fencing
  • Volleyball
  • Miniature wargaming