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Robert Waters

Associate Professor of History
History, Political Science, & Geography
Hill Memorial 211
525 S. Main Street
Ada, OH 45810

Robert Anthony Waters Jr. is an associate professor of history at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio. He was selected as a College of Arts & Sciences “Outstanding Teacher” during 2005-06. Until Hurricane Katrina, he was an 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 quitting to attend the University of Mississippi, where he earned his doctorate and juris doctor.

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.



Ph.D., U.S. History, University of Mississippi, Oxford, Miss., 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, Miss., 1993
Member: South Dakota Bar, 2001-


M.A., Government, California State University, Sacramento, Sacramento, Calif., 1987
Thesis: The Strong Presidency: Promise, Failure, Future


University of California, History,Berkeley, California, 1982-86


B.A., History and Political Science, University of Pennsylvania,Cum Laude, Philadelphia, Pa., 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, BelgiumMarch 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 200
National Archive
Travel to Eight Southern African Nations
Unpaid consultant for creating University of Botswana Center for Strategic Studies