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 Richard K. Stenberg Arts and Human Sciences Department  Richard K. Stenberg  Associate Professor 1410 University Avenue Stevens Hall 115F Williston, ND 58801 701.774.4262

Available to advise in the following areas:
History, Political Science, Pre-Law, Social Studies, & Law Enforcement

A native of Watford City, North Dakota, Richard Stenberg attended the University of North Dakota-Williston, now WSC and continued on and received his undergraduate degrees in History & Social Science from Minot State University.  He received his MA Degree in American History from the University of North Dakota where he specialized in North Dakota History with his thesis on Governor George F. Shafer. Since 1995, Stenberg has taught at WSC where he offers the standard survey courses in US History & Western Civilization, American and State & Local Government; introduced the History of North Dakota to the school's curriculum; and has featured a specialty course on the History of Lewis & Clark Expedition since 1999, in addition to other special topic courses like Historic Baseball. Along with Professor James Stout, Stenberg also introduced a Veterans Oral History Program in conjunction with the State Historical Society of North Dakota. He is a current member of the State Preservation Board which reviews property nominations to the National Register of Historic Places.

Stenberg has reviewed numerous books on Lewis & Clark, the fur trade and the American West for various academic journals and has written over half a dozen articles covering North Dakota History, the Upper Missouri Fur trade & Lewis & Clark. He was a 2002-2003 recipient of the North Dakota Humanities Council Research Fellow where he researched and presented "A Year of Upheaval: Railroad Unionization and the Strikes of 1984 in North Dakota." He also was awarded the 2004 Fort Union Fellowship on researching Fur trade history.  He has presented papers at several fur trade symposiums, the North Dakota History Conference and the Northern Great Plains History Conference. 

He has completed 24 seasons with the National Park Service as an interpretive Park Ranger at Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site.  He and his wife Mary have three daughters.