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Bradley Keefer Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Office Location:
C 213 Main Hall
Contact Information
440-964-4261 Ashtabula Campus


Dr. Keefer has been teaching since 1987 and joined the Ashtabula Campus in January 2007, earning both tenure and promotion in May, 2013. He previously taught as an adjunct at the Kent, Stark, and Tuscarawas Campuses of Kent State University, and at Edison State Community College.

Courses Taught

  • U.S. History Formative and Modern Periods
  • World History Ancient/Medieval and Modern 
  • Sectional Conflict and Civil War
  • Reconstruction and Later South
  • Progressive US: 1896-1920
  • History of Ohio
  • World War II
  • a Colloquium on Victorian England
  • American History Through Popular Music


  • Provost's Tenure and Promotion Boards
  • KSUA United Way Committee
  • Kent State May 4th Shooting Site, National Historic Landmark Committee
  • KSUA May 4th 50th Anniversary Commemoration Committee
  • Advisory Board Lenape Native Paths

Outside the Classroom
He is an active Civil War and colonial period living historian and has participated with the 8th Ohio Volunteer Infantry as an interpretive NPS volunteer at the Gettysburg National Military Park, Antietam National Battlefield, and Appomattox Court House National Military Park.  


PhD, Kent State University (2006), MA in history from Kent State University (1984), BA in history from Kent State University (1980)


War and Memory, Preservation, Commemoration, Civil War, and Spanish-American War. Currently working on a full regimental history of the 104th Ohio Volunteer infantry in the Civil War.


  • Book Chapter: "May Their Gallant Souls...be Forever Honored and Glorified: Civil War Reenacting and the Lost Cause" in Edward Crowther, editor, The Enduring Lost Cause: Afterlives of a Redeemer Nation. University of Tennessee Press, 2020.
  • Book: Conflicting Memories on the River of Death: The Chickamauga Battlefield and the Spanish-American War, 1863-1933. Kent State University Press, 2013.
  • Book Chapter: "Thus Ends the First Sympathizing War: Archibald McGregor and the Newspaper War of Words in Canton, Ohio, 1861-1864" in Marsha Robinson, ed. Lesser Civil Wars: Civilians Defining War and the Memory of War, Cambridge Scholars Press, 2012.
  • Book Chapter: "Shameful is the Nation that Forgets: Collective Memory, Civil War Reenacting, and Battlefield Preservation" in Marsha Robinson, ed. Lesser Civil Wars: Civilians Defining War and the Memory of War, Cambridge Scholars Press, 2012.
  • Book reviews published in the Journal of Southern History, American Historical Review, Journal of Military History, Louisiana History, Indiana Journal of History, Military Journal of the West, Civil War Book Review, and History Net.


Ohio Academy of History, Southern Historical Association, Organization of American Historians, Society of Civil War Historians, Society of Military History, East Tennessee Historical Society, American Museum of the Civil War, American Battlefield Trust


  • Ohio Academy of History's Outstanding Dissertation Award (2007)
  • Finalist, Kent State Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award (2017, 2018)
  • KSU Summer Teaching Award (2016)
  • Public Education and Awareness Award, Ohio History Connection (2018)