Faculty Directory

Eric W. Mogren

Associate Professor

Fields of Study: United States-20th Century, Agrarian Societies, Borderlands/Frontier, Environmental, Legal/Constitutional/Policy

E-mail: mogren@niu.edu
Office: Zulauf 712

Education: J.D., University of Colorado, 1985; Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1995

Current Research: My current research explores bow hunting in American during the twentieth century. Historically, hunting shaped our national cultural identity, reinforced gender roles, and influenced environmental attitudes. In the early twentieth century, some sportsmen concluded that advances in firearms technology undermined the personal and national virtues traditionally associated with hunting. These hunters abandoned their firearms and embraced bow hunting, which they believed could recapture the personal virtue they felt they had lost to firearms hunting. Today, nearly twenty percent of hunters were bow hunters. I am investigating why bow hunting emerged as such a significant subset of hunting in America.

Major/Recent Publications:

  • Native Soil: A History of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau (DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2005).
  • Warm Sands: Uranium Mill Tailings Policy in the Atomic West (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2001).

Courses Taught:

  • HIST 261 United States Since 1865
  • HIST 371 American West
  • HIST 377 Environmental History
  • HIST 478 American Legal History to 1865
  • HIST 479 American Legal History Since 1865
  • HIST 491 Senior Thesis
  • 500 and 600 level Masters and PhD readings seminars