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.
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)
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)