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Fort Hays State University
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Dr. Paul Nienkamp

Paul Nienkamp

Associate Professor of History
Ph.D., Iowa State University, 2008

Contact Information:

Department of History
Fort Hays State University
Rarick Hall 337
711 Park Street
Hays, KS 67601-4099
(785) 628-5584



Fields of Study
History of Technology, Science, and Education, focusing on the development of land grant schools in 19th Century America. American History from the early republic to present, with special emphasis on the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Also work with the scholarship of teaching and learning and direct the early field experience, secondary social studies teaching methods, and student teaching experience.

Ph.D., History, Iowa State University, 2008
M.A., History, Iowa State University, 2004
Teaching Certification, Creighton University, 2000
M.S., Physics, Creighton University, 1999

B.S., Doane College, 1997

Teaching Experience
Fort Hays State University
Michigan Technological University

Iowa State University

Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart

Creighton University


"Engineering a National Character: Early Land-Grant College Engineering and the Quest for an American Identity in the Late-Nineteenth Century." - Conference Proceedings, Thinking Land Grants: A "Cerebration' of the 150th Anniversary of the Morrill Land-grant Act, forthcoming, Spring 2015 by University of Alabama Press.

"Short-Haul/Long-Haul Discrimination", "Electricity", and "Nikola Tesla" entries for the Encyclopedia of Populism in America: A Historical Encyclopedia, edited by Dr. Alexandra Kindell and Elizabeth Sherburn Demmers, ABC-CLIO, 2014.

"Land-Grant Colleges and American Engineers: The Transition Period Between Technical Training and Professional Knowledge, 1890-1900." American Educational History Journal. 37 no 2 (2010), 313-330

"Seaman Knapp", "Adonijah Welch", and "Mary Welch." The Biographical Dictionary of Iowa, Edited by David Hudson, Marvin Bergman, and Loren Horton. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press (2008).

"Omaha, Nebraska." Encyclopedia of Immigration and Migration in the American West, Edited by Gordan M. Bakken and Alexandra Kindell. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc. (2006).

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