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Thomas Wellock

Thomas WellockProfessor of History

Thomas Wellock earned his MA from the University of Toledo and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in U.S. History. He specializes in teaching history courses on the environment, recent United States, American West, and Cold War foreign policy. In 2000, he was awarded Central's Alumni Association's Excellence in Teaching Award. He is the author of Critical Masses: Opposition to Nuclear Power in California, 1958-1978 (Wisconsin, 1998) and Preserving the Nation: The Conservation and Environmental Movements, 1870-2000. In 2007, he received Central's Phi Kappa Phi Scholar of the Year Award. He, his wife, Pamela, and their two children, Angela and Tommy, enjoy camping trips and hiking.

Education:

  • Ph.D. History, University of California, Berkeley, 1995.
  • M. A. History, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH, 1989.

Courses:

  • American Environmental History
  • Graduate Seminar on the Cold War
  • Environmental History
  • History of American Foreign Relations, 1941
  • History of the United States since 1865
  • Introduction to History (Historical Methods Course)
  • Methods and Materials in the Social Studies, Secondary
  • The West in American history
  • Twentieth-Century United States: 1945 to the Present
  • Understanding History (Senior Capstone Research Course)
  • United States Military History

Publications:

  • Preserving the Nation: The Conservation and Environmental Movement 1870-2000. American History Series, eds. John Hope Franklin and A. S. Eisenstadt. Wheeling IL: Harlan Davidson, 2007.
  • Critical Masses: Opposition to Nuclear Power in California, 1958-78. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1998.
  • "Stick It in LA!: Community Control and Nuclear Power in California's Central Valley." The Journal of American History 84 (December 1997): 942-78.

Scholarly Activities:

  • George Perkins Marsh Prize Committee for the best book in environmental history, American Society for Environmental American Society for Environmental History, 2001.
  • Editor for H-Net discussion lists H-California and H-Pol. The lists serve scholars interested in California and political history.

Distinctions:

  • Selected Phi Kappa Phi Scholar of the Year Award for 2006-2007.
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Central Washington Alumni Association, 2002-2001.