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Bill Thomas - ACC History Teacher



  • B.A., History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1991.
  • M.A., History, University of Iowa, 1992.
  • Ph.D., History, University of Iowa, 2002.

Professional accomplishments

I've written a book, "Unsafe for Democracy" (published by the University of Wisconsin Press), which examined civil liberties in the United States during the First World War. I also teach history from time to time as an adjunct instructor at Washington University.

Reading, hiking, playing frisbee, cooking and gardening. 

What is your favorite thing about your career?
Seeing students enjoy learning about the past and watching them grow as critical thinkers and writers. 

If you weren’t a History teacher, what would you do?
If I weren't teaching, I'd probably work in a museum or library.  

Which teacher had the greatest impact on you?
I'd say Mr. Hanel, who was a great English teacher in the 8th grade, and James Robertson, one of my instructors in college, whose enthusiasm for history was electric and made me want to learn more.

What is one of your life goals?
To be the best teacher I can be.

What is your favorite vacation spot or where you dream of vacationing?
I have always wanted to take a train trip through Canada.