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Dr. Bradley Keefer

Associate Professor
Prof. Keefer earned a BA (1980) and MA (1984) in history from Kent State University and received his PhD from Kent in 2006. His dissertation, “Constructing Memories on the ‘River of Death’: Conflict, Landscape, and the Impact of the Spanish-American War on the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park” garnered the Ohio Academy of History's Outstanding Dissertation Award in 2007.

He has been teaching since 1987 and joined the Ashtabula Campus in January 2007, earning both tenure and promotion in May, 2013. He previously taught as an adjunct at the Kent, Stark, and Tuscarawas Campuses of Kent State University, and at Edison State Community College.

He teaches U.S. History Formative and Modern periods, World History Ancient/Medieval and Modern (formerly Civilization I & II), and offers Sectional Conflict and Civil War, Reconstruction and Later South, Progressive US: 1896-1920, History of Ohio, World War II, and a Colloquium on Victorian England on a rotating basis.

In addition to his scholarly interest war and memory, Prof. Keefer is doing research on the 104th Ohio Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War with the intent of publishing a full regimental study of this unit in the near future. He is a member of the Ohio Academy of History, Southern Historical Association, Organization of American Historians, Society of Civil War Historians, Pioneer America Society, Society of Military History, American Historical Association, East Tennessee Historical Society, Museum of the Confederacy, and the Civil War Preservation Trust. He is an active Civil War and colonial period living historian and recently participated with the 8th Ohio Volunteer Infantry in 150th anniversary celebrations at the Gettysburg National Military Park, and the Antietam National Battlefield as a volunteer for the National Park Service.


Book: Conflicting Memories on the River of Death: The Chickamauga Battlefield and the Spanish-American War, 1863-1933. Kent State University Press, 2013. 

Book Chapters: “Thus Ends the First Sympathizing War: Archibald McGregor and the Newspaper War of Words in Canton, Ohio, 1861-1864” and “Shameful is the Nation that Forgets: Collective Memory, Civil War Reenacting, and Battlefield Preservation” in Marsha Robinson, ed. Lesser Civil Wars: Civilians Defining War and the Memory of War, Cambridge Scholars Press, 2012.

Review: Here, George Washington Was Born, by Seth Bruggeman. Material Culture: Journal of the Pioneer America Society 43:1, (Spring 2011)

Review: Crossing the Line: Black Major Leaguers, 1947-1959, by Larry Moffi and Jonathan Kronstadt, Black Ball: Journal of Negro Baseball, (Fall, 2011)

Keefer has two book reviews pending publication in the Journal of Southern History and a third for the online journal, Civil War Book Review.

Dr. Bradley Keefer
Department of History
Fax: 440-964-4271
Spring 2015
  • HIST 11051 - 200 World History : Modern
  • HIST 12071 - 200 Us - Modern Period
  • HIST 31024 - 200 World War Ii
  • HIST 41087 - 200 Prog Amer : Us , 1896 - 1919
Fall 2015
  • HIST 11050 - 200 History Of Civilization I
  • HIST 12070 - 200 Us Formative Period
  • HIST 38095 - 200 St : American War And Memory
  • HIST 43797 - 200 St : Colloquium On Victorian En