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Robert Waters

Visiting Assistant Professor of History
History, Politics, and Justice
Hill Memorial 211
525 S. Main Street
Ada, OH 45810
419-772-3966
Biography: 

 Robert Anthony Waters, Jr., is visiting assistant professor of history at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio. He was selected as Arts and Sciences “Outstanding Teacher” during 2005-2006. Until Hurricane Katrina, he had been associate professor of history at Southern University of New Orleans, a historically Black university. Waters has also worked as a civil rights lawyer. He earned his bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Pennsylvania and attended the University of California before going insane and quitting to attend the University of Mississippi, where he earned his doctorate and juris doctorate.

Waters is author of the Historical Dictionary of U.S.-Africa Relations (Scarecrow Press), and articles on Africa and Guyana published in The Political Science Reviewer and The Journal of Caribbean History. He is co-author (with Gordon Daniels of Mississippi Valley State University) of articles on the United States and Guyana published in Diplomatic History, the Revue Belge de Philologie et D’Histoire, and Cold War History. Along with Geert van Goethem, Director of the Archive and Museum of the Belgian Labor Movement, Waters co-edited American Labor’s Global Ambassadors: The International History of the AFL-CIO during the Cold War (Palgrave Macmillan). He is completing an article with Jan Koura of Charles University in Prague on Guyana’s Cold War relations with Czechoslovakia.

Education: 

Ph.D., U.S.History, University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi, 1994

            Dissertation: Only Ninety Miles Away: A Narrative History of the Cuban Missile Crisis

            Second Field: Africa

J.D., University of Mississippi Lamar Law Center, Oxford, Mississippi, 1993

Member: South Dakota Bar, 2001-

M.A., Government, California State University, Sacramento, Sacramento, California, 1987

Thesis: The Strong Presidency: Promise, Failure, Future

Universityof California, History,Berkeley, California, 1982-1986

B.A., History and Political Science, University of Pennsylvania,Cum Laude, Philadelphia,

Pennsylvania, 1982

Research Interests: 

Havana, Cuba, April 2008

            Assisted in contracts and assessment for Undergraduate “Quarter in Cuba” Program

Amsterdam, the Netherlands,March 2006

            International Institute of Social History

The Hague, the Netherlands,March 2006

            National Archive

Brussels, Belgium,March 2006

            International Confederation of Trade Unions Archive

Interviews with Rwanda Specialists

London, England, December 2001

Public Records Office, Kew

Georgetown, Guyana, November 2001

National Archive

Interviews with Guyanese Political and Labor Leaders

Gaborone, Botswana, August 1999-January 2000

National Archive

Travel to Eight Southern African Nations

Unpaid consultant for creating University of Botswana Center for Strategic Studies