Professor Patrick Pospisek

Patrick Pospisek, MAK D-1-112,, Phone # 331-8817,

Adjunct Professor

Fields: Early American Republic; Public History; Midwest
Degrees: B.A., North Central College, 2002

M.A., University of Illinois-Springfield, 2004

Ph.D., Purdue University, 2013


HST 103 (American Civilizations)
HST 204 (World History since 1500) HST 205 (American History to 1877) HST 206 (American History since 1877)

Patrick's research focuses on the development of the Old Northwest Territory in the years preceding the Civil War. He is currently working on a manuscript entitled Boomtown: The Rise and Fall of Galena, Illinois, 1820-1870, which examines the growth of an Upper Mississippi Valley city and its subsequent decline as early benefits became comparative liabilities. He has begun work on a second project exploring the history of Midwestern mining regions previous to the California gold rush and the evolution of a federal mining policy to manage these public lands.