Duane Jundt 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 has taught 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. He is a frequenter presenter on Roosevelt at state and national parks and nature centers across the Midwest and West.
- Historical Perspectives
HIS120HP offers students an introduction to the study of history. The topicsof individual sections vary by instructor and semester. After completingthis writing-intensive course, students will be able to describe howhistorical context shapes events and our understanding of events; evaluatethe nature and reliability of historical evidence; develop a thesis-basedargument using properly cited evidence; demonstrate familiarity with a bodyof historical knowledge; articulate how faith obliges Christians to pursuehistorical truth while acknowledging preconceptions, ideologies, and myths;and describe an approach to history based on the belief that God actedthrough the incarnation to redeem people made in God's image. Topicsinclude: City, Empire, and Church explores the intersection of religion, politicalorganization, cultural expression, and human community through a historicalinvestigation of the ancient Greek city-state (the polis), the Roman Empireand early Christianity, and medieval society. We begin with the culture,politics, and history of the Greek polis. From there, we move to theculture, politics, and history of the Roman Empire, attending to how Romeappropriated the ideas of the Greeks and the development of Christianity asa deviant religious subculture within the empire. The course concludes withthe medieval society: a world of developing cities, political empires, andthe Christian church. Following Jesus in America: This course is a historical exploration ofbeliefs and practices of Americans concerning Jesus. Within an overview ofmajor developments, important institutions, and key events, the course willfocus on several individuals as case studies. Key themes in the course willinclude religion as a major thread in American history, Christianity as botha set of social institutions and structures and also as lived religion, andthe varied appropriations of Jesus throughout America's historicalexperience. The Search for a Useful Past: Students in this course will learn to ask andanswer basic questions about the past creation of 'useful pasts'. Thecourse's main question, "Why do people make and hand on histories?",organizes our discussion, reading and writing. We will read primary sourcesfrom medieval through modern European history where an author has recalled apast significant to (mostly) his people and revised it to answer questionsfacing them in their age. We will evaluate how Europeans sought a past whichinterpreted properly would provide them with moral guidance (understoodbroadly) for the crises of our own generation. War and the American Experience: This course aims to provide students with abroad survey of American history by looking at the military conflicts thathave been an all too frequent part of the nation's narrative. The AmericanRevolution, Civil War, World War II and the Cold War (including the Vietnamconflict) will be studied in depth but other American wars will be examinedas well. The course will look at the causes, course and consequences ofthese conflicts. Beyond the battlefield, the course will examine war's rootsin politics and diplomacy and will emphasize the profound effects that warhas 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 bywar. (4 credits) (Fulfills NWCore Historical Perspectives requirement)
- Issues in American History
(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 AmericanWomen. Note: May be taken more than once provided a different topic isstudied. Prerequisite: HIS120HP. (2 credits)
"Teddy Laid Bare" in the Theodore Roosevelt Association Journal, Vol. XXXVI, #4, Fall 2015, pp. 13-18.
"Roosevelt, Theodore" in American Governance, ed. Stephen Schechter, et al., Vol 4 (Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan Reference USA, 2016), pp. 328-330.
"'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.
"Appealing to a Higher (Republican) Power: Theodore Roosevelt Uses Abraham Lincoln" October 31, 2015 at the inaugural Iowa Conference on Presidential Politics, Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA.
"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; July 23, 2016, Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
"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
Teaching Assistant and Instructor, University of Notre Dame
Managing Editor, Journal of Policy History
Volunteer, National Park Service
Theodore Roosevelt Association
Theodore Roosevelt Nature and History Association
Badlands Conservation Alliance
Member, Theodore Roosevelt Association Advisory Board, Class of 2018