I began my explorations of the liberal arts during my undergraduate studies at Hendrix College in Arkansas. While studying abroad at Oxford University in my junior year, I became increasingly drawn to History because it seemed to be the discipline that would be most helpful in figuring out why things were the way they were. Since then I’ve picked up a few additional degrees and written some books, but my warmest memories are connected to the interactions that I’ve had with students in and out of the classroom. Most of my work involves developing new titles for the Reacting to the Past series of immersive historical role-playing games.
18th and 19th century US history
Game design and development
Cutting Edge Curriculum Award, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry's Division of Higher Education, 2018
Faculty Award for Campus Leadership, 2016
Distinguished Teaching Award, 2006
Faculty Research Award, 2003
Hendrix College, b.a. History
University of Kentucky, m.a. Diplomacy and International Commerce
Emory University, m.a. US history; PhD US history
Bathed in Blood: Hunting and Mastery in the Old South, University of Virginia Press
Kentucky, 1861: Loyalty, State, and Nation, with Margaret Storey, WW Norton
Traditionalism versus Modernism: Art in Paris 1888-89, with Gretchen McKay and Michael Marlais, Reacting Consortium Press
Forest Diplomacy: Cultures in Conflict on the Pennsylvania Frontier, 1757, WW Norton
“Other Apocalypses: Historical Perspectives on Mass Destruction” in But If a Zombie Apocalypse Did Occur: Essays on Medical, Military, Governmental, Ethical, Economic and Other Implications, McFarland
"Playing Even More Games With History," Historically Thinking, a podcast about historical knowledge and how we achieve it. Nick Proctor discusses the game-based Reacting to the Past pedagogy, within which he has written or co-written four "Reacting" games.