Professor of History Rebecca Matzke was named interim vice president and dean of faculty in August 2019. Matzke, who has served on the Ripon College faculty since 2003, succeeds Ed Wingenbach, who in July was named the eighth president of Hampshire College.
Matzke has served in a variety of faculty leadership roles at Ripon, including chair of the Faculty Advisory Committee and Faculty Development Committee, co-director of the Center for Politics and the People, and Associate Dean for Faculty Development, where she has coordinated programming for faculty, managed assessment, and worked on the Catalyst Task Force and the HLC leadership team.
Her book, Deterrence through Strength: British Naval Power and Foreign Policy under Pax Britannica, was published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2011. She is a frequent author and speaker about World War I, Cold War missiles, and British diplomatic and naval history. She was a featured historian in a 2019 Wisconsin National Guard documentary, “Dawn of the Red Arrow,” about the beginnings of the 32nd Red Arrow Division in Wisconsin during World War I.
An award-winning professor, Matzke teaches courses on World War I, public history, world history, the British Empire, and 20th-century Europe.
She received her master’s and Ph.D. in history from Cornell University and her undergraduate degree in history and English from the University of Nebraska.