UW-Richland historian Zorea promoted to professor

By UW-Richland

University of Wisconsin-Richland historian Dr. Aharon Zorea was promoted in early June to the rank of full professor.

“Dr. Aharon Zorea has distinguished himself at UW-Richland in all areas--teaching, research, and service to the campus and community,” said UW-Richland CEO/Dean Dr. Patrick Glenn Hagen. “Regardless of what he undertakes at the state, institutional, campus or community level, he brings great value to the task at hand.”

Zorea joined the UW-Richland faculty in 2004. Since then, he has served on every major campus governance committee as well as many UW Colleges history department and institutional committees, including seven years as campus Senator and as a coordinator of the UW Colleges Higher Learning Commission Accreditation Self-Study 2010-2012.

In addition to numerous articles, conference papers, and presentations, Zorea has authored three books, two published in the past two years. Steroids (2014) and Birth Control (2012) provide overviews of the history, use and related controversies of the title topics. His book on capital punishment was published in 2000 and he is currently working on a manuscript for a book on the rise of law enforcement in organized crime control.

Since 2012, Zorea has served as a member of the Wisconsin State Historical Society Board of Curators. In the Richland area, he has been active and involved. In addition to teaching UW-Richland continuing education courses for area youth and adults, he has served since 2005 as president of St. Mary’s Catholic School Education Committee, from 2009-2012 on the board of Neighborhood Housing Services, and since 2006 as cub master and den leader to a local cub scout pack. He’s served as well as a consultant to Community Players of Southwest Wisconsin and Richland County Auditorium Association.

Zorea is well-known for his work with the Richland Heritage Project, which he initiated and has directed since 2007, a collaboration with the Richland County History Room at the Brewer Public Library, the Milwaukee Public Library System, and the statewide Wisconsin Online Heritage Project. The project brings together his passions—teaching and history—as he involves his students in collecting and archiving oral histories from local individuals and people with Richland area connections. Students are also involved in digitizing and cataloging historic photographs, helping preserve them and making them more widely accessible.

Professor Zorea, in addition to teaching, serves as advisor to campus student organizations including the History Club, Phi Theta Kappa honor society, College Republicans, and UW-Richland Catholic Student Association.  Each year, he organizes a Student Research Symposium to provide an opportunity for current students and recent alumni to present their research to other students and the community.

Zorea’s inspiring work with students was recognized in 2009 when he was selected as recipient of the Alliant Energy Underkofler Excellence in Teaching Award.  In 2005, UW-Richland students named him “Roadrunner of the Year,” a student-selected honor recognizing a faculty or staff member for participation in and support of campus activities, accessibility to students, and a positive attitude toward UW-Richland.

He earned his Ph.D. in 2004 from St. Louis University, with a primary focus on American political and cultural/social history, secondary focus on medieval history, and tertiary focus on the history of American Catholicism. His master’s degree from Purdue University is in U.S. political history with a secondary emphasis on modern European history. His bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska, Anchorage is in history with a psychology minor.

Zorea teaches a wide array of history courses at UW-Richland including, this fall, Introduction to Public History, Western Civilization: Ancient to Renaissance, Ancient History, and U.S. History: Columbian Exchange to Civil War.

For more information, contact Zorea by email at aharon.zorea@uwc.edu or by calling the campus at (608) 647-6186, Extension  247.



Dorothy Thompson
608.647.6186, ext. 231