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About Kathleen Sheppard

Dr. Kathleen Sheppard is an Associate Professor of History in the department of History and Political Science at Missouri University of Science and Technology. She is a historian of science focusing on the history of British archaeology and women in science.  She received a B.A. in anthropology and sociology from Truman State University, an M.A. in Egyptian archeology from University College, London, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in the history of science from the University of Oklahoma.  Her current research is centered on Margaret Alice Murray and the various roles she filled in the Egyptology department at University College, London from shortly after its founding in1892 through the 1950s.  Although her research is situated in early twentieth century Britain, she is also interested in the popularization of science in America, the history and significance of World’s Fairs, and the Space Race.

Dr. Sheppard is involved with the Society for Women Engineers at S&T.  She teaches the History of Science survey and Western Civilizations.  Kathleen is also on the executive committee of the Histories of Archaeology Research Network.


August 2011 - Present Associate Professor, Missouri University of Science and Technology History and Political Science
September 2010 - August 2011 Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow, Department of Core Curriculum, School of Sciences and Engineering, American University in Cairo

Curriculum Vitae

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2014 - Present Member, Egypt Exploration Society
2012 - Present Member, Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
2008 - Present Member, Histories of Archaeology Research Network
2005 - Present Member, History of Science Society
2004 - Present Member, Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society
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Honors and Awards

  • 2019 Missouri S&T Woman of the Year
  • S&T Faculty Teaching Award, 2019
  • 2016 Nominee: University of Oklahoma, to the Council of Graduate Schools’ Gustav O. Arlt Award: Margaret Alice Murray: A Woman’s Work in Archaeology (2013)
  • 2016 Faculty Teaching Award, Missouri S&T
  • 2014 W. E. & Peggy Wiggins Faculty Excellence Award, Department of History and Political Science, Missouri S&T


2010 Ph.D. History of Science, University of Oklahoma
2006 M.A. History of Science, University of Oklahoma
2002 M.A. Egyptian Archaeology, University College London
2001 B.A. Anthropology and Sociology, Truman State University

Contact Information

122 Humanities-Social Sciences
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Rolla, MO 65409-1260

(573) 341-4815


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