Dr. Mark Richard
Professor of History
Becoming a historian has represented a second career for me in the field of education. During my “first career,” I taught social studies courses at the middle school and high school levels and in a skills development program at a college. This experience taught me to integrate study skills instruction into content area courses in order to help students learn the social studies content I was teaching. At SUNY Plattsburgh, I work hard to help students acquire the academic and historical skills to become active and (I hope) lifelong learners.
As a teacher-scholar, I bring into the classroom what I have learned as the result of my research endeavors, sharing my findings in lectures, class discussions, and in new courses I have developed. My research to date has focused on French-Canadian migrations to the northeastern United States and, particularly, on the process by which French speakers have become integrated into U.S. society over historical time. In my first book, Loyal but French: The Negotiation of Identity by French-Canadian Descendants in the United States (2008), I explore how francophones often challenged, rejected, or redefined some of the norms of the host society. In my second monograph, Not a Catholic Nation: The Ku Klux Klan Confronts New England in the 1920s (2015), I explore how nativism, religious prejudice, and class differences led to the Ku Klux Klan’s remarkable growth in New England during the twenties, a development virtually ignored by previous scholars.
- Ph.D., Duke University, 2001
- M.A., University of Maine 1994
- A.B., Bowdoin College, 1982, Specialization: Government and Legal Studies
- Canadian history
- Québec history
- Modern U.S. history
- French-Canadian migration to the United States
- Comparative history of French speakers in Canada and the United States
- Acculturation and nativism in the USA
- “‘Sunk into Poverty and Despair’: Franco-American Clergy Letters to FDR during the Great Depression,” Québec Studies 61 (Spring/Summer 2016), pp. 39-52.
- Not a Catholic Nation: The Ku Klux Klan Confronts New England in the 1920s (Amherst and Boston: University of Massachusetts Press, 2015.)
- The Creation of the American System of Government: A Handbook Emphasizing Literacy and Study Strategies, with Dorothy A. Osterholt (Amazon Kindle, 2015; Create Space, 2015.)
- “‘The Humble Parish Bank’: The Cultural Origins of the U.S. Credit Union Movement,” The New England Quarterly, 88:3 (September 2015), pp. 449-482.
- “Not Foreigners but Americans: A Case Study of French-Canadian Descendants in Lewiston, Maine,” Je Me Souviens, a publication of the American-French Genealogical Society, 36:1 (Autumn 2013), pp. 36-54.
- “French-Canadian Americans,” in Carlos E. Cortés, ed., Multicultural America: A Multimedia Encyclopedia, vol. 2 (SAGE Reference, 2013), pp. 923-925.
- “‘Why Don’t You Be a Klansman?’ Anglo-Canadian Support for the Ku Klux Klan Movement in 1920s New England,” American Review of Canadian Studies 40 (December 2010), pp. 508-516.
- “‘This is Not a Catholic Nation’: The Ku Klux Klan Confronts Franco-Americans in Maine,” New England Quarterly, 82:2 (June 2009), pp. 285-303.
- Loyal but French: The Negotiation of Identity by French-Canadian Descendants in the United States (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2008.)