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Dr. Crawford's Info

Assistant-Professor of History Russ Crawford was born in Ainsworth Nebraska in 1961. He graduated from Chadron State College with a BA in History in 1985, and again in 1991 with a BS in Social Studies Education. He taught Social Studies in South Dakota for five years, and Spanish in Iowa for three years before returning to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he received his MA in History in 2000, and his Ph.D. in 2005. His research interests deal with the role of sport in American culture. After teaching in Lincoln for one year, he began teaching at Ohio Northern University, where he currently teaches. Professor Crawford married Sophie Crawford in 2005, and they currently live in Ada, Ohio. Contact Professor Crawford at


* Ph.D. History, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, 2005
* MA History, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, 2000
* BS Social Studies Education, Chadron State College, 1991
* BA History/Criminal Justice, Chadron State College, 1985

Teaching Experience (University)

* Assistant Professor of History, Ohio Northern University 2005-present
* Adjunct Lecturer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln 2004-2005

Teaching Experience (High School)

* Teacher, Wall Lake View Auburn Schools, Lake View, IA, 1996-1999: Taught Spanish levels one through four. Developed curriculum for my subject, served on faculty committee, assisted in the athletic department, including serving as assistant wrestling coach, and volunteer freshman football coach.
* Teacher, Waubay Schools, Waubay, SD, 1991-1996: Taught American History, World History, Spanish levels one and two, Civics, Psychology, Sociology, and Government. Developed curriculum and chose texts for the various classes, sponsored a class, served as President of the Waubay Teachers Association, wrote and directed a play for Spanish competition, supervised homecoming setup, assistant and head football coach.

Courses Taught:

* Recent U.S. History 2
* The Cold War
* Baseball in America
* Football in America
* The World War (1914-1945)
* The Civil War
* East Asia to 1800
* East Asia since 1800
* Japan to 1600
* Japan since 1600
* 20th Century Sport History
* Western Civilization 1
* Western Civilization 2

Research Interests:

* Sport and History
* History of American Popular Culture
* The Use of Sport to Teach the Social Studies

Selected Publications:

* "The Nationalist Pastime: The Use of Baseball to Promote Nationalism Globally” in The Contested Diamond: An Anthology on Baseball and Politics, June 2010

* “Chip Hilton,” encyclopedia entry for Boy Culture an Encyclopedia March 2008

* The Use of Sports to Promote the American Way of Life During the Cold War: Cultural Propaganda, 1946-1963, Lewiston: The Edwin Mellen Press, June 2008

* American Cinema of the 1940s: Themes and Variations. Wheeler Winston Dixon, ed. Book Review for the Journal of Popular Culture. November 2007

* “Postwar Sports” to 1970 and “Saloons,” to Encyclopedia of North American Sport 2007

* David K. Wiggins, Out of the Shadows: A Biographical History of African Americans review for Sport in History, 2007

* “Where Go Big Red Takes on a Different Meaning” newspaper article about Cuba trip published in the North Platte Telegraph January 2007

* Berkshire Encyclopedia of Extreme Sport contributed two entries on “Media and Extreme Sports,” and “The X Games” July 2006

* Harry Ellard, Base Ball in Cincinnati, reviewed for the Ohio Valley History Journal, Published January 2006

* Taylor Bell, Sweet Charlie, Dike, Cassie and Bobby Joe : High School Basketball in Illinois review for Sport in History, 2005

* The Encyclopedia of New England Culture Contributed four entries on the history of volleyball, racquetball, wiffle ball and soccer 2005

* Berkshire Encyclopedia of World Sport: contributed six entries on: “The New York Yankees,” “The World Series,” “Sports Movies,” “ESPN,” “Gymnastics,” and “Sports Fans” 2005