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Newton Key

Director of Faculty Development & History Professor

Check out my students' award-winning work. I am available at my office hours and by appointment. My enhanced syllabi are always available online and, for students enrolled in current courses, even more is available through D2L's Brightspace.

Areas of Expertise

  • History
  • Jazz
  • Online Teaching and Learning

Research Interests

I have written about unsuccessful plotters, imaginary kings, feasting & drinking, preaching as politics, preaching as culture, and blogging and digital history (see cv). I usually write about early modern England and Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, and co-author a best-selling text, Early Modern England (now revising for 3rd ed.). I have taught at Cornell, Trinity (TX), Harlaxton (UK), and Eastern Illinois. (My current favorite song is Dice the Boss's 1970 reggae hit "Tea House from Emperor Rosko"; although that would pair nicely with anything from Sparks' "Kimono My House.")



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Phone: 217-581-7051

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