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Nick Procotor

Professor of History

Biography

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.

Expertise

  • 18th and 19th century US history
  • American South
  • African-American history
  • Game design and development

Awards

  • 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

Credentials

  • Hendrix College, b.a. History
  • University of Kentucky, m.a. Diplomacy and International Commerce
  • Emory University, m.a. US history; PhD US history

Publications

  • 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

Podcast

"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.