The faculty of the Harper College History and Political Science Department are committed to providing students with an excellent foundation of a liberal arts education.
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Michael J. Harkins teaches History at William Rainey Harper College in Palatine Illinois. His main areas of concentration include the Far East, Imperial China, English History, American History since the Civil War, and the Middle East. Recently he has developed topic courses focusing on the History of Rome, World War I and World War II. As a Historian he spends time evaluating primary source documents for use in the college classrooms. Professor Harkins holds advanced degrees in both History and Education.
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I have been a full-time instructor in the History Department at Harper College since the Fall 2000 semester. Before that I taught part-time at Elgin Community College and Loyola University Chicago. I also worked for the Chicago Public School system in the Monitoring Commission for Desegregation Implementation, an agency working to resolve issues of student segregation in Chicago.
I received my B.A. in 1994 from Manchester College with a major in history and a minor in economics. I then went on to graduate school at Loyola University Chicago. I majored in Latin American history, with an emphasis on Mexico and Argentina. I also had minor fields of study in African American History and Latino History. I received my M.A. in 1997 and A.B.D. in 1999. My research was on comparative economic development in Mexico and Argentina, focusing on the economic linkages associated with electrification initiatives. I also studied in Quetzaltenango (Xela), Guatemala at the Kie-Balam Spanish language school during the summer of 1996.
All of the classes I teach have an emphasis on issues of minority rights and opportunities. In addition, all of the classes focus on economic and political development using a global perspective. All classes require a research paper, essay exams and student participation in class discussions.
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When I'm not at Harper or grading papers, I try to get outdoors as much as possible. I enjoy wilderness camping, fishing, and hiking. My family and I love to travel both within the United States and internationally. But wherever I am, it's pretty much a guarantee that I've got a book or two in my hands.
Bobby Summers is an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at William Rainey Harper College in Palatine, Illinois. He has a M.A. in political science from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, a M.A.T. from National-Louis University, and a M.S.Ed. from Northern Illinois University. Prior to teaching at Harper College, he taught high school for Chicago Public Schools and Illinois School District U-46.