Thomas D. Isern

Professor of History & University Distinguished Professor of History

PhD 1977, Oklahoma State University

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Telephone: 701-799-2942

422 Minard Hall

Tom Isern (Ph.D. 1977, Oklahoma State University: History and Folklore of the North American plains, History of Agriculture). Custom Combining on the Great Plains: A History (University of Oklahoma Press, 1981); (with Jim Hoy) Plains Folk: A Commonplace of the Great Plains (University of Oklahoma Press, 1987); (with Raymond Wilson) Kansas Land (Gibbs Smith, 1988); Bull Threshers and Bindlestiffs: Harvesting and Threshing on the North American Plains (University Press of Kansas, 1990); (with Jim Hoy) Plains Folk II: The Romance of the Landscape (University of Oklahoma Press, 1990); Dakota Circle: Excursions on the True Plains (NDSU Institute for Regional Studies, 2000).

Teaching Awards: 1999, Peltier Award for Innovative Teaching.

Awards: 2000, Fargo Chamber of Commerce Distinquished Professorship Award.

Research Awards: 1981, Robinson Award, South Dakota History; 1991, Phi Alpha Theta Subsequent Book Award.

Professional Service: 1993-present, Founder and Section Coordinator, New Zealand Studies Section, Western Social Science Association; 1993-present, Board of Directors, Preservation North Dakota; currently serving on editorial boards of Heritage of the Great Plains and Kansas History.

University Service: 1998, Outstanding Educator Award, CAHSS Advisory Board; 1999-present, Acquisitions Editor, NDSU Institute for Regional Studies.

External Grants: 1996, Fulbright Commission, Programme Development Grant, New Zealand; 1997, Faculty Enrichment Programme, Embassy of Canada; 1993-present, North Dakota Humanities Council, "Great Books of the Great Plains;" 1997-98, State Historical Society of North Dakota, "Historic Architectural Survey of Bowman County;" 1998-2000, City of Valley City, "Historic Structures Survey;" 1999-2000, North Dakota Humanities Council, "Beets and Buffalo;" 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, National Endowment for the Humanities, "The Great Plains from Texas to Saskatchewan."

Current Courses Taught
U.S. to 1877
U.S. since 1877

The North

American Plains

Australia and

New Zealand

Senior Seminar
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