• Basic Information
  • Awards & Honors
  • Publications
  • Areas of Interest
  • Professional Affiliations
  • Presentations
Rebecca Matzke

Rebecca Berens Matzke

Associate Dean for Faculty Development, Ralph Hale Ruppert Distinguished Professor of History

[email protected]
Office: East 310

Basic Information


  • B.A. in history and English, University of Nebraska
  • M.A. in history, Cornell University
  • Ph.D. in modern British history, modern European history, United States diplomatic history, Cornell University

Courses Taught

  • HIS 101  Introduction to the Study of History
  • HIS 236  20th Century Europe
  • HIS 281  World History to 1500
  • HIS 282  World History from 1500
  • HIS 300  Cold War (with Prof. B. McGowan)
  • HIS 340 Public History (included field trips to Ripon Historical Society & Oshkosh Public Museum)
  • HIS 351  World War I
  • HIS 353  British Empire after 1783
  • HIS 354  Modern Germany (unification to reunification)
  • HIS 362  Topics in the History of the Modern Middle East
  • HIS 480  Senior Seminar
  • HIS 490  Senior Seminar

Awards & Honors

  • Trustee Research Grant, 2010-11
  • May Bumby Severy Award for outstanding undergraduate teaching, 2009
  • Fellowship, West Point Summer Seminar in Military History, 2008
  • Scholarly and artistic grant, Ripon College, 2008
  • Travel grants, Ripon College, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09
  • Curriculum development grants, Ripon College, 2004-05, 2006-07
  • Colleague teaching grants, Ripon College, 2004-05, 2006-07
  • Mellon Fellowship, History Department, Cornell University, 1999-2000
  • Gertrude Spencer Prize for outstanding teaching in a First-Year Writing Seminar, J.S. Knight Writing Program, Cornell University, spring 1999



  • "100 Years Ago, Oshkosh Went to War," Oshkosh Northwestern, April 2017
  • "The Great War," Oshkosh Public Museum's The Muse, Spring 2017
  • “Cold War Missiles Meet the Press: Local Newspaper Coverage of the Atlas F Missiles Project, Lincoln Air Force Base, 1959-1961," Great Plains Quarterly, Summer 2015
  • Deterrence Through Strength: British Naval Power and Foreign Policy under Pax Britannica, University of Nebraska Press, 2011
  • Review, History, Commemoration, and National Preoccupation: Trafalgar 1805-2005, edited by Holger Hoock (2007).  Journal of British Studies, Jan. 2009 (Vol. 48, no. 1, pp.257-258)
  • Review essay, “Gordon: A Victorian Life of Adventure and Service,” onGordon: Victorian Hero by Brad Faught (2008).  History Reviews of New Books, Spring 2009 (Vol. 37, No. 3, pp. 89-92)
  • Review,  Borrowed Soldiers: Americans under British Command, 1918 by Mitchell A. Yokelson (2008). Journal of British Studies, July 2009 (Vol. 48, no. 3, pp. 802-803)
  • “Britain Gets Its Way: Power and Peace in Anglo-American Relations, 1838-1846,” War In History (8:1), 2001
  • “A Common Colonial Interest – Themes in British Propaganda to the United States During the Great War,” Western Conference on British Studies, San Antonio, TX, Sept. 2008
  • “Imperialists Like Us: Colonist Themes in British Propaganda for Americans in the Great War.”  Mid-Atlantic conference on British Studies, Baltimore, Md, March 2008
  • Panel Chair, “Perceptions of World War I,” Missouri Valley History Conference, March 2008
  • “Historicizing the Middle East.” ACM Teaching History Surveys Workshop, Monmouth College, April 2007
  • Panel Chair, “Political and Religious Conflict in Seventeenth-Century Britain,” Missouri Valley History Conference, March 2007


Areas of Interest

  • Modern British history
  • Modern European history
  • Naval and military history, particularly 19th-century British, World War I and Cold War
  • Modern American and European diplomatic history
  • World history

Professional/Scholarly Affiliations

  • American Historical Association
  • Society for Military History


  • "Selling the Royal Navy to the American Public: British Propaganda to the United States during the Great War," McMullen Naval History Symposium, September 14-15, 2017, U.S. Naval Academy,  Annapolis, Maryland
  • "World War I: The War that Shaped a Century," Oshkosh World War I Centennial Commemoration, April 4, 2017, Oshkosh Public Library, Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
  • Interview on NER Radio (Nebraska Public Radio) about her research about Cold War missiles in Nebraska, Oct. 1, 2015. http://netnebraska.org/article/news/993351/atlas-f-missiles-affected-how-nebraskans-viewed-cold-war
  • "The Foreign Secretary as Naval Strategist: Lord Palmerston in the Early Victorian Period," McMullen Naval History Symposium, Sept. 17-18, 2015, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland.
  • "“A Deliberate Choice of Deterrence: Foreign Office and Admiralty Cooperation in the Early Victorian Period,"” presented to the Midwest Conference on British Studies, Oct. 2013, Chicago, Illinois.