Current Faculty

OlsenChristopher Olsen

Professor and Chair

education:  Ph.D., at University of Florida, 1996

office:  Stalker Hall 104


phone:  (812) 237-2710  

Office hours:  MWF 10:00-10:30 am, and by appointment  

Faculty Profile

Christopher Olsen received his B.A. from North Dakota State University, his M. A. from the University of Nebraska, and his PhD from the University of Florida. He joined the faculty at Indiana State in 1999 after three years at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, VA. His teaching and research interests focus on antebellum and Civil War America. His first book, Political Culture and Secession in Mississippi: Masculinity, Honor, and the Antiparty Tradition, 1830-1860 (Oxford U. P., 2000) explores the connections between gender and politics, and the evolution of political culture in the Deep South. The American Civil War: A Hands-On History (Hill and Wang, 2006) is an introductory examination of sectionalism, the war, and Reconstruction, and explores particularly the themes of politics, public culture, and gender within the context of the Civil War era. He is currently researching and writing a history of election day in antebellum America, focusing on the ritualistic elements of voting and running for office and the role of elections in defining gender, race, age, and citizenship within public culture. He is also an Affiliated Faculty member in the African and African American Studies program. He serves on the U. S. History Development Committee for the College Board’s Advanced Placement program.

Courses currently taught at ISU:

HIST 113 - Topics in History: American Civil War
HIST 201 - The United States to 1877
HIST 315 - The American Civil War
HIST 320 - Comparative Slavery
HIST 412 - The Civil War and Reconstruction, 1848 - 1877
HIST 414 - Antebellum America, 1815 - 1848