Wilson Curriculum Vitae


B.A. (honors) University of California, Santa Barbara, 1964
Ph.D. Northwestern University, 1971
Major field: American history
Minor fields: England, 1558-1714; Europe since 1900
Dissertation: “Herbert Hoover and the Armed Forces:
A Study of Presidential Attitudes and Policy”

Research Assistant, University of British Columbia, 1965
Teaching Assistant, Northwestern University, 1965-66
Instructor to Associate Professor, Minot (ND) State College, 1966-74
Contract historian, Federal Aviation Administration, 1974-76
Extension Professor, Prince George’s Community College, 1975
Associate Professor to Professor, MidAmerica Nazarene College, 1976-89
Professor, Southern California College/Vanguard University, 1989-Present

United States History

The Good Old Days: US 1945-1963
US Diplomatic History
US Military History
Women in American History
History of Baseball
The Vietnam War
World War II
The Cold War
US Social and Intellectual History
American Leaders
Black American History
Sport in America
Contemporary US: Since 1963

Other history
Western Civilization
World Civilization
Europe Since 1815
Europe Since 1890
French Revolution and Napoleon
People and Society (Introduction to Social Science)


Research Guide in History. Morristown, N.J.: General Learning Press, 1974.

Turbulence Aloft: The Civil Aeronautics Administration Amid Wars and Rumors of Wars, 1938-1953. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1979.

Shaping the American Character (ed.). Washington: University Press of America, 1980.

Chapters 26-28 (1919-1945) of James West Davidson, The American Nation (Prentice Hall junior high school text), 1985.

A New Research Guide in History. Pacific Palisades, CA: Palisades Press, 1986.

Forging the American Character (ed.). 2 vols. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1991. 2nd ed. 1997. 3rd ed. 1999.

Herbert Hoover and the Armed Forces. New York: Garland, 1993.

The History of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Monterey, CA: Coaches Choice, 2005.

Jackie Robinson and the American Dilemma. New York: Pearson-Longman, 2010.

“The Quaker and the Sword: Herbert Hoover’s Relations with the Armed Forces,” Military Affairs, April 1974.

“Turbulence on the Potomac: The Building of Washington National Airport,” FAA World, April 1979.

“When the Laws of Chance Snapped,” FAA World, July 1979.

“The Shape of Things to Come: The Military Impact of World War II on Civil Aviation,” Aerospace Historian, December 1981.

“Herbert Hoover’s Military Policy in Lee Nash,” ed. H. H. & World Peace, Lanham, University Press of America, 2010.

Papers Presented
‘The Role of the United States in the Growth of Canadian Autonomy, 1914-1927,” Northern Great Plains History Conference, Winnipeg, 1967.

“Presuppositions of a Christian Historian,” Conference on Faith, Learning, and Living, Point Loma College, 1984.

“Herbert Hoover’s Military Policy,” Hoover Symposium VI, George Fox College, 1987.

“Realism versus Moralism: American Policy toward Central America,” Conference on Evangelicals and American Foreign Policy, Calvin College, 1988.

Book Reviews
American Historical Review

Nick Komons. Bonfires to Beacons: Federal Civil Aviation Policy under the Air Commerce Act, 1926-1938. Washington: DOT, 1978. 459 p, $8. Feb. 1979

Maurer Maurer. Aviation in the U.S. Army, 1919-1939. Washington: Office of Air Force History, 1987. 626 p., $29. April 1990.

David MacKenzie, Canada and International Civil Aviation, 1932- 1948. Univ. of Toronto Press, 1990. 314 p. April 1991.

Bill Robie, For the Greatest Achievement: A History of the Aero Club of America and the National Aeronautic Association. 378 p. June 1994.

Dominick A. Pisano, To Fill the Skies with Pilots: The Civilian Pilot Training Program, 1939-1946. Champaign: U of Illinois Press, 1993. 139 p. Dec. 1994.

Journal of American History:

Roger E. Bilstein, Flight Patterns: Trends of Aeronautical Development in the United States, 1918-1929. U Georgia Press, 1983. 236 p., $18.50. Sept 1984.

Fides et Historia:

Roy Swanstrom, History in the Making: An Introduction to the Study of the Past. IVP, 1978. 137 p., $3.95. Fall 1979.

Thomas Askew and Peter Spellman. The Churches and the American Experience: Ideals and Institutions. Baker Books, 1984. 260 p., $9.95. 1985.

Paul Boyer. Mission on Taylor Street: The Founding and Early Years of the Dayton Brethren in Christ Mission. Grantham, Pa: Brethren in Christ Historical Society, 1987. 176 p., $5.50 pb. W/S 1991.

Robert H. Fossum and John K. Roth, eds. American Ground: Vistas, Visions, and Revisions. New York: Paragon House, 1988. 426 p., $14.95 pb. 1989.

Patricia McNeal, Harder Than War: Catholic Peacemaking in America. Rutgers Univ. Press, 1992. 258 p. $14pb. Jan. 1994.

Christian Scholars Review:

Edwin S. Gaustad, ed. A Documentary History of Religion in America. 2 vols. Eerdmans, 1983. XIV, 1, 1984.

David Robinson, The Unitarians and the Universalists. Greenwood, 1985. 368 p., $35. and Jack Mendelsohn, Being Liberal in an Illiberal Age: Why I Am a Unitarian. Beacon Press, 1985. 187 p., $10.95 pb. March 1988.

Anthony Evans, America’s Only Hope. 1993.


James Davison Hunter, Culture Wars: The Struggle to Define America. New York: Basic Books, 1991. 416 p. $25. Spring 1994.

Ralph Reed, Active Faith: How Christians are Changing the Soul of American Politics. New York: Free Press, 1996.  311 p. $25.  Spring 1998.

Stephen E. Berk, A Time to Heal: John Perkin, Community Development, and Racial Reconciliation. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1997.  408 p. $17.99.  Fall 1998.

Kansas City Star:

David Ritz, The Man Who Brought the Dodgers Back to Brooklyn. Simon and Schuster, 1981, 288 p. and Maury Allen, Mr. October: The Reggie Jackson Story. Times Books, 1981. 245p., $10.95. 24 May 1981.

John Garrity, The George Brett Story. Coward, McCann & Geoghagan, 1981. 256 p. $12.95. 19 Nov. 1981.

Stanley Cohen, The Man in the Crowd: Confessions of a Sports Addict. Random House, 1982. 266 p., $13.50. 15 Feb. 1982.

George deGregorio. Joe Dimaggio: An Informal Biography. Stein and Day, 1982. 269 p., $14.95. 23 April 1982.

John Ehrlichman, Witness to Power: The Nixon Years. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1982.  432 p.  $17.50.  26 April 1982.

Garry Wills, The Kennedy Imprisonment. Atlantic-Little, Brown, 1982. 310 p., $14.95. 5 May 1982 editorial page.

Joseph E. Persico. The Imperial Rockefeller: A Biography of Nelson A. Rockefeller. Simon and Schuster, 1982. 314 p. $16.50. 10 May 1982.

David Small. Almost Famous. Norton, 1982. 416 p., $13.95. 24 May 1982.

Richard Reeves. American Journey: Traveling with Tocqueville in Search of Democracy. Simon and Schuster, 1982. 389 p., $15.95. 6 June 1982.

Charles B. Strozier, Lincoln’s Quest for Union: Public and Private Meanings. New York: Basic Books, 1982.  271 p.  $17.50.  2 July 1982.

Earl Weaver. It’s What You Learn After You Know It All That Counts. Doubleday, 1982. 301 p., $14.95. 31 Oct. 1982.

Anthony J. Connor, Baseball for the Love of It: Hall of Famers Tell It Like It Was. New York: Macmillan, 1982.  333 p.  $16.95.  5 Nov. 1982.

Eric Rolfe Greenberg. The Celebrant. Dodd, Mead, 1983. 272 p, $14.95

David Carkeet. The Greatest Slump of All Time. Harper and Row, 1984. 232 p., $14.95. 20 May 1984.

MidAmerica Nazarene College,” in Private Colleges and Universities,Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Institutions, 1978.

Response to Nicholas Wolterstorff and Richard Stellway,” Faculty Dialogue, winter 1984-85.

“Dorothy Day,” in Frank Magill, ed., Cyclopedia of World Authors II, 4 vols., $300, 1989.

William F. Buckley” and “Susan B. Anthony” in Dictionary of Christianity in America, Downer’s Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1990.

American National Biography: Biographies of Bobby Avila, George Bamberger, Joseph Balck, Jr. (“Joe”), Buzzie Bavasi, Lew Burdette, Bobby Bonds, Lou Boudreau, Mike Cuellar, Bing Devine, Dom DiMaggio, Joe DiMaggio, Larry Doby, Peter Wyshner Gray (“Pete”), Calvin Griffith, Mel Harder, Ben Hogan, Jim “Catfish” Hunter, George Kell, Bowie Kuhn, Bob Lemon, Eddie Mathews, Dave McNally, Max Patkin, Dan Quisenberry, Pee Wee Reese, Bill Rigney, Phil Rizzuto, Robin Roberts, Enos Slaughter, Louis Sockalexis, Eddie Stanky, Willie Stargell, Birdie Tebbetts, Johnny Vander Meer, Harry Walker, Hoyt Wilhelm, Early Wynn.

Democratic candidate for ND House of Representatives, 1972
Democratic precinct committeeman, 1980-89
Member, Olathe Youth Diversion Board, 1981-83
Chairman, Olathe Covenant Church, 1982, 1983
Member, Olathe Aesthetics Committee, 1985-87
Speaker, Kansas Speakers Bureau, 1988-89
Member, Costa Mesa Cultural Arts Committee, 1990-95
Speaker, Association of Christian Schools International, 1998, 2001, 2005
Counselor, Royal Family Kids Camp (NMCC), 1999, 2000

Selected as one of 80 students from the University of California to inaugurate the UC
Education Abroad Program at the University of Bordeaux, 1962-63
Hearst Fellow, Northwestern University, 1964-65
Listed in Directory of American Scholars, Contemporary Authors, Who’s Who in the West,
Who’s Who in California, International Who’s Who, Who’s Who Among America’s
Danforth Associate, 1980-86
MidAmerica Nazarene College Teacher of the Year, 1983-84
Southern California College Teacher of the Year, 1994-95


Chair, Department of History and Political Science, MANC, 1978-89
Acting Chair, Social Science Division, MANC, 1981-83
Acting Chair, Humanities Division, MANC, 1987-89
Director, Cultural Events Series, MANC, 1981-89
Chair, Department of History and Political Science, VU/SCC, 1991-96, 1998-Present
Chair, Social Science Division, SCC, 1992-96

Other college activities:
Advisor, Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, Minot State, 1971-74
Faculty advisor and fullback, MANC club soccer team, 1977-82
Coach, MANC varsity soccer team, 1983-86
Sports columnist for MANC Trailblazer, SCC Forward
Member 1984 summer task force to revitalize MANC general core
Chair, SCC Athletic Committee, 1990-
Chair, SCC WASC Response Committee, 1991-92
Faculty Affairs Committee, 1998-2000
Promotion and Tenure Committee, 1997-99, 2003-05, chair 1998-99, 2010-
Chair, Core Curriculum Committee, 2000-03, 2005-11

Post-doctoral enrichment:
Participant in National Endowment for the Humanities/Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Summer Institute on Women in American History, Princeton, 1980

Participant in National Endowment for the Humanities/Christian College Coalition Seminar on Christianity in American History, Gordon College, 1984

Joseph J. Malone Fellow, American University in Cairo, summer 1986

Witness for Peace delegate to Nicaragua, summer 1986

Conference on Faith and History
Phi Delta Lambda (Nazarene Honor Society)
Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Society)
The Historical Society
Society for Teacher Education
Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations

Professional Activities
Historian reviewer, Prentice Hall, 1990, 1993
Reader, Advanced Placement History Exams, 1987-96
Editorial Board, Quarterly Journal of Ideology, 1992-99
Outside Reviewer, Northwestern College Summer Grant program, 2000

Updated 9/13/11