Link to PDF Curriculum Vitae
PhD in History
University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
Advisor: Prof. Jeffrey L. Pasley
Committee: Prof. Jay Sexton, Prof. Christa Dierksheide, Prof. Robert Smale, Prof. Jay Dow
Dissertation title: “Reluctant Emancipator: James Sidney Rollins and the Politics of Slavery and Freedom in the Border South, 1838-1882”
Defended June 2019
MA in History
Angelo State University, San Angelo, TX
19th and 20th century American History
Advisor: Prof. Jason E. Pierce
Thesis title: “Frontier Capitalist: The Economic and Environmental History of William Currie Jones”
BA in History
Angelo State University, San Angelo, TX
Minors: Political Science, English
2020-Present Assistant Professor of History
College of Humanities
William Woods University
2019-2020 Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow
Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy
University of Missouri
• United States History to 1877
• United States History since 1877
• From Slavery to Freedom to Civil Rights: African American History
• The History of Race in America (Honors)
• The Young Republic, 1789-1848 (Honors)
• The History of War
• World War II
Dowdle, Zachary. “A Geography of Free-soil: Demographic Change, Free-soil Politicians, and the Legacy of the Missouri Compromise” in A Fire-Bell in the Past: The Missouri Crisis at 200 Volume 2: The Missouri Question and its Answers. Columbia: University of Missouri Press (forthcoming Fall 2021).
Dowdle, Zachary. “Preventing ‘a School of Nullification’: Politics, Slavery, and the Presidency of the University of Missouri, 1839-1856.” Missouri Historical Review 114, no. 2 (Jan. 2020).
Dowdle, Zachary. “‘Hang Him Decently’: Politics of Order and the 1853 Lynching of Hiram, a Slave.” The Confluence 11, no. 1 (Fall 2019).
Dowdle, Zachary. “‘In the Land of Sandstorms and Sand’: Locating Texas Technological College in 1923.” West Texas Historical Review 90 (2014): 75-102.
Dowdle, Zachary. Review of In the Shadow of Dred Scott: St. Louis Freedom Suits and the Legal Culture of Slavery in Antebellum America, by Kelly M. Kennington. Journal of the Early Republic 39, no. 4 (2019): 809-811. doi:10.1353/jer.2019.0110.
Dowdle, Zachary. Review of The Stormy Present: Conservatism and the Problem of Slavery in Northern Politics, 1845-1865, by Adam I. P. Smith, American Nineteenth Century History, 20 no. 2 (Sept. 2019): 214-216, DOI: 10.1080/14664658.2019.1638043.
PUBLIC HISTORY PUBLICATIONS
Dowdle, Zachary. “The Whig Party in Missouri” on Missouri Encyclopedia. State Historical Society of Missouri. https://missouriencyclopedia.org/groupsorganizations/whig-party
Dowdle, Zachary. “James Buchanan Eads” on Historic Missourians. State Historical Society of Missouri. https://historicmissourians.shsmo.org/historicmissourians/name/e/eads/
Dowdle, Zachary. “John Brooks Henderson” on Historic Missourians. State Historical Society of Missouri. https://historicmissourians.shsmo.org/historicmissourians/name/h/henderson/
AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
2017 Goodrich Graduate Fellow, State Historical Society of Missouri
2016 Kinder Graduate Fellow, Kinder Institute for Constitutional Democracy
2016 Morrow Missouri History Student Prize
2015 Kinder Institution Research and Travel Grant
2015 Jack Miller Center Summer Institute Fellowship
2013 Joe Bill Lee Scholarship for library employees, one awarded per semester
2013 Graduate Research Fellow, Angelo State University
2013 Susan Miles Scholarship in History, one awarded per academic year
2011 Carr Graduate Fellow Scholarship, highest tier of graduate funding awarded
2011 Joe Bill Lee Scholarship for library employees, one awarded per semester
2010 Terry Lehman Scholarship in History, one awarded per academic year
2019 “For a Few Thousand Slaves…the Whole Continent Shook”: Border State Free-soil Politics and the Long Shadow of the Missouri Compromise,” talk, Fire Bell in the Past: Re-assessing the Missouri Crisis at 200, Columbia, MO.
2018 “Border State Conservatism and Political Abolition during the Civil War,” talk, Kinder Institute Summer Teachers Academy, Columbia, MO.
2018 “‘Hang Him Decently and in Order’: Order, Politics, and the 1853 Lynching of Hiram, a Slave,” paper, Missouri Conference on History, Jefferson City, MO.
2016 “‘Not in the Habit of Sleeping with Men’: Politics and Masculinity in Antebellum Missouri,” paper, Missouri Conference on History, Columbia, MO.
2014 “In the Land of Sandstorms and Sand: Locating Texas Technological College in 1923,” paper, West Texas Historical Association Annual Meeting, Odessa, TX.
2013 The Placement of Texas Technological College in 1923, poster, Angelo State Graduate Research Symposium, San Angelo, TX.
2013 “‘How Do You Stand?’: FLPA, Socialists, and the Antiwar Movement,” paper, Southwest Social Science Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.
2010 “‘Furious Creatures’: Jesuit Perceptions of Indians in New France,” paper, Phi Alpha Theta Biannual Conference, San Diego, CA.
2020 “Everyone…Denounces his Course”: Slavery and Politics at the University of Missouri, 1838-1849.” Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy Colloquium Series, Columbia, MO.
2013 “‘How Do You Stand?’: FLPA, Socialists, and the Antiwar Movement,” Tom Green County Historical Association meeting, San Angelo, TX.
2019 University of Missouri Historical Working Group on Slavery
2016-2017 President, History Graduate Student Association, University of Missouri
2015-2017 University of Missouri History Graduate Student Colloquium Series Selection Committee
2015-2016 University of Missouri Women and Gender Studies Conference Planning Committee
PUBLIC HISTORY DISPLAYS
2012 Curator, “A Century of Service: The Carlsbad Sanatorium,” West Texas Collection, Angelo State University, San Angelo, TX.
2012 Assistant Curator, “Over There: American Involvement in the Great War,” West Texas Collection, Angelo State University, San Angelo, TX.
2010 Collaborator, “¡Viva la Revolución! Money of the Mexican Revolution,” West Texas Collection, Angelo State University, San Angelo, TX.
Society of Civil War Historians
Southern Historical Association
Society for Historians of the Early American Republic