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About Jeff Bremer

I am a specialist in the early American republic, with an interest in the social and economic history of the American Midwest. In 2014 the University of Iowa Press published my book A Store Almost in Sight: The Economic Transformation of Missouri From the Louisiana Purchase to the Civil War. (It is available online through the ISU Library... and probably in a discount used book section near you.) My current research project is a new history of the American conquest of this state, with the unoriginal title of Frontier Iowa. This would be the first synthesis of this topic in almost a century. I am also working on a narrative survey of the state, tentatively entitled A New History of Iowa. Iowa's most recent state history is more than two decades old and it needs to be completely rewritten. I have published articles in Kansas History, The Missouri Historical Review, The Annals of Iowa, and The Southern California Quarterly and contributed chapters to The Routledge History of Rural America, The Kansas Territorial Reader, as well as Southern Society and Its Transformations, 1790-1860. A former history teacher in California, I help coordinate ISU’s history and social studies program. I teach U.S. history surveys, Iowa history, and the history of the early republic. I also teach the social studies methods course for ISU teacher candidates and supervise student teachers in Iowa and in Krosno, Poland (spring semesters.) In the summer of 2019 and 2020 I plan to offer an online "Crash Course in Iowa History" to assist elementary and secondary social studies teachers in preparing for the new Iowa history standards. This three-unit course will be offered through ISU extension and the State Department of Education and will survey Iowa history, provide short and long-term planning, and introduce students to nearly 100 primary sources in Iowa history. Members of the class will exchange lesson plans and ideas and work together to prepare for the 2020-21 implementation of the new state standards.


Present Associate Professor, Iowa State University Department of History
Present Social Studies Program Coordinator, Iowa State University School of Education


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PhD, University of Kansas

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621 Ross Hall
527 Farm House Ln
Ames, IA 50011-1202


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