Joe P. Dunn
Charles A. Dana Professor of History and Politics, Chair of History and Politics
BS, Southeast Missouri State University
MA, University of Missouri
PhD, University of Missouri
Dr. Joe P. Dunn is the Charles A. Dana Professor of History and Politics, and department chair (for 28 years) at Converse College. He received a B.S. degree in history from Southeast Missouri State University, an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of Missouri, and he completed post-doctorate work in political science at Duke University.
He has been a college professor for 47 years. This is his 41st year at Converse. He taught previously as a graduate student at the University of Missouri and at the University of Maryland—European Division, where he taught on military bases in Greece, Turkey, Spain, and Germany. In 2005 he was visiting professor of history at the University of Iceland.
Dr. Dunn has published six books: Teaching the Vietnam War: Resources and Assessments (1990), The Future South: A Historical Perspective for the Twenty-First Century (1991), Desk Warrior: Memoirs of a Combat REMF (1999), Southern Women at the Millennium: A Historical Perspective on the Twentieth Century (2003), A Good and Ordinary Life: A Memoir of the Rural Midwest (2012), a memoir/history of his mother and the communities in rural Southeast Missouri that shaped her life, and “I Have Done the Work”: The Times and Life of James Hutchison Kerr (2014).
He has published 77 articles and book chapters, dozens of encyclopedia articles, and 550 professional book reviews; given more than 75 conference papers; and made over 500 community presentations. In 2012 he did a commissioned article on the Vietnam War published in Greek. An eclectic scholar who constantly finds new areas to explore, his most recent publications have been on Presbyterian missionaries in Iraq and Cuba, the evolution of women’s athletics in the South, and a series of essays on Indochina for a Smithsonian Institution reference work.
He has lectured at the U.S. Army War College, U.S. Air Force Command and Staff College, and the U.S. Air Force War College; participated in numerous national security forums; and he was a member of the board of scholars of the Vietnam Veterans Institute. He has been interviewed in The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, US News and World Report, and many other periodicals and newspapers in this country and around the world. In 2003 he gave the Friend-Bollinger Regional History Lecture, an endowed distinguished professor honor at his alma mater, and in 2014, the James Clarke Chace Memorial Lecture at the Bard Government and International Affairs program in New York City.
Dr. Dunn serves as executive director of the Carolinas Committee on U.S.-Arab Relations; co-editor of its newsletter, Newslines; director of the Southeast Model Arab League; advisory board for the National Model Arab League; and governing board member and director of International Model NATO. He has been a Joseph J. Malone Faculty Fellow in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain (1990), Israel/Palestine and Egypt (1992), Lebanon and Syria (2001) and Morocco (2011); faculty delegation leader for the Kuwait Studies Program (2000) and the Arab League Exchange Program in Cairo (2003); participant in the Council on International Educational Exchange International Faculty Development Seminars in Croatia and Bosnia (2002) and Jordan (2004); Gilman-Lehrer Scholar at Harvard University (2005); participant in the Teaching about Terrorism Seminar (2006) and the ISODARCO Pugwash conference in Italy (2007). Most recently he was a Qatar Foundation Fellow in Qatar (2014) and Alwaleed bin Talal Fellow in Oman (2015).
Active in missions work, he has led or participated in construction projects in the Dominican Republic, Peru, Egypt, Costa Rica, Ghana, Cuba, and in Katrina Relief in Mississippi. He raised money to build an orphanage and churches that are named in his honor in Ghana, where he is honorary Paramount Chief of Kwahu-Tafo District. He has traveled extensively in Asia, Africa, and Europe. Most recently, he has done consulting work on progressive, student-active education in Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.
His teaching and scholarship awards include:
- Cato Award for Faculty Excellence, 2016
- Alwaleed bin Talal Fellow, 2016, Oman
- Qatar Foundation Fellow, 2014, Doha, Qatar
- CASE/Carnegie Foundation 2013 South Carolina Professor of the Year
- Joe Ann Lever Award for Faculty Excellence, 2012
- Model Arab League Lifetime Achievement Award, National Council on US-Arab Relations, 2006
- Department Curricular Innovation Award, 2004
- Scholarship and Creative Achievement Award, 2003
- Outstanding Organizational Adviser, 2003
- South Carolina Governor's Distinguished Professor (multiple times)
- Outstanding Teaching in Political Science, American Political Science Assn. and Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society (four times)
- Above and Beyond Award for Extraordinary Service to Students, 2001
- Kathryne Amelia Brown Award forExcellence in Teaching, 1988.
Dr. Dunn's teaching interests include the Vietnam War, the civil rights movement, American foreign policy and recent political history, Islamic and Middle East politics, international terrorism, political violence and genocide, and women in the global environment.
Newslines: The Newsletter of the Carolinas Committee on U.S.-Arab Relations
Dr. Joe P. Dunn, Director