Blake Duffield
Assistant Professor of History

A life-long inhabitant of Arkansas, my first experience in the world of higher education came during my time as a student at Ouachita Baptist University.  Upon my completion of a History degree (B.A. 2008), I enrolled at the University of Arkansas where I earned two graduate degrees (M.A. 2010; Ph.D 2015) in British Imperial History.  Under the direction of Dr. Benjamin Grob-Fitzgibbon, my dissertation, “The Grey Men of Empire: Framing Britain’s Official Mind 1854-1934,” argues that the political officers of Britain’s Colonial Services represented the backbone of the British Empire and, quite literally, prompted its survival and proliferation.  In coordination, my research interests include 19th and 20th century educational culture, imperial administration, and British approaches to decolonization.

My teaching career began at the University of Arkansas as a Graduate Instructor where I taught on a wide range of topics from ‘World Civilizations’ to ‘British History:1688-Present’, to ‘Modern Imperialism’.  In addition to history courses, I also worked in conjunction with the International and European Studies departments to teach such classes as ‘The History of International Relations’ and ‘The History and Legacy of Empire’.  I taught the former as a part of a new Living Learning Community in International studies where, in addition to designing and implementing a six-credit course, I served on university committees with representatives from the University Housing Department, International Students and Scholars, and other campus communities.  While at the University of Arkansas, I also served as the advisor to two registered student organizations—the British Student Organization and the Razorback International Relations Association.

I arrived at Central Baptist College in the Fall of 2016 where I currently teach a wide array of courses including World History, Victorian Britain, and Africa since 1900, among others.

My wife, Leslie, and I married in May of 2008 and we have one child, Amelia, who brings great joy to our lives. 


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