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Dr. Tonia Compton

Tonia ComptonDr. Tonia M. Compton received her B.A. in History and Political Science from Columbia College. She completed a Master of Arts in History at Texas A&M University and Ph.D. in History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she also earned a certificate in Nineteenth-Century Studies. At UNL Compton was a Presidential Fellow and president of the Graduate Student Association. She also served as president of the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students. She has been teaching at Columbia College since 2009.

Compton’s research interests include women’s history, African American history, and the American West. She is completing a book manuscript that explores the connection between western expansion and federal legislation that granted women property rights. She is also working on projects about Luella St. Clair Moss, president emeritus of Columbia (Christian) College and the campaign for woman suffrage in Missouri.

Courses Dr. Compton has taught at Columbia College

  • American History to 1877 (HIST 121)
  • American History since 1877 (HIST 122)
  • Women and Gender in American History (HIST/WMST 373)
  • Women and Gender in World History (HIST/WMST 322)
  • African American History (HIST 374)
  • History of the American West (HIST 362)
  • Latin American History (HIST 304)
  • Introduction to the Historian’s Craft (HIST 294)
  • Senior Seminar in History (HIST 494)

Contact Tonia M. Compton

Office Location: 203
Phone Number: (573) 875-7529
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