Thomas G. Connors

Department of History
Faculty - Associate Professor of History


Ph.D, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 1997

Research Interests

Besides several pieces on Irish history, Dr. Connors has published articles on the Romantic landscape of Washington Irving’s Sleepy Hollow and the place of New Mexico in American history. His current research focuses on the social history of cemeteries and burial practices. In the last dozen years, Dr. Connors has designed and led tours of 62 cemeteries in 25 states, ranging from Orlando to Fairbanks.  He is a nationally known expert on history education, has been a major contributor to the National Council for History Education and its History Matters! publication, and has worked with approximately 2000 teachers in 29 states in the same period.  

Teaching Interests

Professor Connors teaches classes on Irish and modern British history, American history, Public History, and directs the introductory field experience introducing majors to careers that draw on a background in history. He has received college awards for teaching and service.  Dr. Connors is also active in the community, serving on the city’s Historical Preservation Commission, co-writing four documentaries on local history and architecture, and working with students to create a website mapping Cedar Falls history.   At present, his students are helping to survey structures in the Downtown district in preparation for a planned nomination to the National Register of Historical Places.


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