History faculty

Duane G. Jundt, M.A.

Lecturer in History

M.A., University of Notre Dame
B.A., Moorhead State University (MN)

VPH 311 F


Professor Jundt holds a master's degree in history and has completed doctoral work at the University of Notre Dame, where he served as the managing editor of the Journal of Policy History and taught courses in modern American history. A member of the Northwestern College faculty since 2002, he teaches courses in Western civilization and American history. He specializes in modern American political, military and diplomatic history, as well as modern British history. A member of the Advisory Board of the Theodore Roosevelt Association, his research and writing focuses on the life and legacy of President Roosevelt, especially the impact of his years in the Dakota Badlands.


  • Western Civilization to 1789

    Western Civilization to 1789

    (4 credits) (IGE option under Historical Perspectives) This course acquaints students with the major periods and contours of Western Civilization from its roots in the ancient Near East through its development in the 18th century Enlightenment. Among the topics treated are the medieval centuries and the eras of the Renaissance and the Reformation.
  • Issues in Western Civilization from 1789

    Issues in Western Civilization from 1789

    (2 credits) This course provides students with thematic investigations of issues prominent in Western Civilization since the 18th century (e.g., political, intellectual, popular culture, technological, military, colonial/imperial, racial/ethnic, gender, environmental, etc.).
  • Historical Perspectives

    Historical Perspectives

    (Fulfills IGE Historical Perspectives requirement) HIS120HP offers students an introduction to the study of history. The topics of individual sections vary by instructor and semester. After completing this writing-intensive course, students will be able to describe how historical context shapes events and our understanding of events; evaluate the nature and reliability of historical evidence; develop a thesis-based argument using properly cited evidence; demonstrate familiarity with a body of historical knowledge; articulate how faith obliges Christians to pursue historical truth while and after. Following Jesus in America: This course is a historical exploration of beliefs and practices of Americans concerning Jesus. Within an overview of major developments, important institutions, and key events, the course will focus on several individuals as case studies. Key themes in the course will include religion as a major thread in American history, Christianity as both a set of social institutions and structures and also as lived religion, and the varied appropriations of Jesus throughout America's historical experience. The Search for a Useful Past: Students in this course will learn to ask and answer basic questions about the past creation of "useful pasts". The course's main question, "Why do people make and hand on histories?", organizes our discussion, reading and writing. We will read primary sources from medieval through modern European history where an author has recalled a past significant to (mostly) his people and revised it to answer questions facing them in their age. We will evaluate how Europeans sought a past which interpreted properly would provide them with moral guidance (understood broadly) for the crises of our own generation. War and the American Experience: This course aims to provide students with a broad survey of American history by looking at the military conflicts that have been an all too frequent part of the nation's narrative. The American Revolution, Civil War, World War II and the Cold War (including the Vietnam conflict) will be studied in depth but other American wars will be examined as well. The course will look at the causes, course and consequences of these conflicts. Beyond the battlefield, the course will examine war's roots in politics and diplomacy and will emphasize the profound effects that war has on the nations and people who wage it. The course will examine the "American way of war" and test the assertion that the country was made by war. (4 credits)
  • History of the United States to 1865

    History of the United States to 1865

    (4 credits) (American history) This is a study of the early history of our national existence, from colonial beginnings through the Civil War. The emphasis is on those influences which have been most formative in shaping American society.
  • History of the United States from 1865

    History of the United States from 1865

    (4 credits) (American history) This surveys developments from 1865 to the present with the focus being upon the transformation of the U.S. into a modern urban-industrial society and its emergence as a 20th century world power.
  • Issues in American History

    Issues in American History

    (2 credits) (American history) A topical and selective study in American history providing the opportunity to focus on a particular era or issue important to the understanding of the American past. Topics will vary according to professor and student interest. Sample topics have included Cold War America, The Sixties, and History of American Women. Prerequisite: HIS120HP.

Publications and presentations

  • "Theodore Roosevelt" forthcoming in American Governance, Stephen Schechter, editor (Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan Reference USA/Cengage Learning).
  •  "'Never Draw Unless You Aim to Shoot' Theodore Roosevelt's Frontier Diplomacy" in Journal of the Wild West History Association, Vol. V, #6, December 2012, pp. 4-17.
  • "Reading (about Roosevelt) is Fundamental" in the Theodore Roosevelt Association Journal, Vol. XXXV, #3, Summer 2014, pp. 22-27.
  • "Beyond Borglum: Finding TR in the Black Hills" @http://blog.theodoreroosevelt.org; posted October 29, 2014.
  • "Revisiting Ranching with Roosevelt" @ http://blog.theodoreroosevelt.org; posted January 14, 2014.
  • "Fourth Down and Ted": A Review of The Big Scrum: How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football (Harper Perennial, 2012) in the Theodore Roosevelt Association Journal, Vol. XXXIV, #1,2,3, Winter-Spring-Summer 2013, pp. 51-53.
  • Review of The Everything Theodore Roosevelt Book (Adams Media, 2011) in the Theodore Roosevelt Association Journal, Vol. XXXIII, #1,2,3, Winter-Spring-Summer 2012, pp. 91-92.
  • "A Roosevelt Reader Roundup: Titles for Tots, Teens, and Those in Between" in the Theodore Roosevelt Association Journal, Vol. XXXI, #1-2, Winter-Spring 2010, pp. 55-62.
  • Review of The King and the Cowboy (The Penquin Press, 2008) @ www.theodorerooseveltcenter.org; posted June 21, 2009.
  • "Bully Books for Boys and Girls: A Review of Children's Books on Theodore Roosevelt" in the Theodore Roosevelt Association Journal, Vol. XXVIII, #1, Winter 2007, pp. 26-29.
  • "Birdwatcher-in-Chief: Theodore Roosevelt and America's Birds" March 5, 2011, Prairie Heritage Center, Peterson, IA; April 5, 2012, Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, Sioux City, IA; July 24, 2012, Iowa Lakeside Laboratory Faculty Lecture Series, Wahpeton, IA; May 4, 2013, Oak Grove Park, Hawarden, IA; May 31, 2014, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Medora, ND; October 23, 2014, Audubon Society of Fargo-Moorhead, Fargo, ND.
  • "The Dude is a Cowboy: Theodore Roosevelt and the American West" July 31, 2010, Saturday Night in the Park series, Kawuneeche Visitor Center, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado; August 16, 2013, Agate Fossil Beds National Monument/Sioux County Historical Society, Harrison, NE.
  • "Never Draw Unless You Aim to Shoot: Theodore Roosevelt's Frontier Diplomacy" April 17, 2008 at the 34th Interdisciplinary Great Plains Studies Symposium of the Center for Great Plains Study and the University of Nebraska: "Death, Murder, and Mayhem: Stories of Violence and Healing on the Plains", Omaha, NE
  • "Theodore Roosevelt's Language of Landscape on the Little Missouri" October 11, 2002 at the 37th Annual Western Literature Association Conference: "Lands of Little Rain: Creative Oases in the Arid West", Tucson, AZ

Professional experience

  • Teaching Assistant and Instructor, University of Notre Dame
  • Managing Editor, Journal of Policy History


  • Theodore Roosevelt Association
  • Theodore Roosevelt Nature and History Association


  • Member, Theodore Roosevelt Association Advisory Board, Class of 2015