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Dr. Wayne H. Bowen

Director of University Studies Program
Professor & Chair of Department of History
Office: Carnahan Room  311F


Wayne H. Bowen is professor and chair of the Department of History at Southeast Missouri State University, also serving as Director of University Studies. Professor Bowen is a specialist in European and military history, with emphasis on Spain and the Mediterranean. His research has focused on the regime of Francisco Franco, modern Spanish military history, and international diplomacy. He is the author of seven published books and dozens of articles, reviews and other works. Among his publications are “Spaniards and Nazi Germany: Collaboration in the New Order” (2000), “Spain during World War II” (2006) and “Spain and the American Civil War” (2011), all from the University of Missouri Press, and “A History of Saudi Arabia,” 2nd edition, from ABC-Clio. His eighth book, “Truman, Franco’s Spain, and the Cold War,” is forthcoming from the University of Missouri Press. His next major scholarly effort will be focusing on Spain in the context of the Protestant Reformation.

Bowen teaches courses on modern Europe and the Middle East, both online and in blended formats. He has guest-lectured in Israel, Spain, Italy, France, Bosnia-Herzegovina and the United States on the topics of European history, foreign policy, World War II and terrorism. His articles have been published in the United States, Spain, Russia, Turkey, Romania, the Netherlands and France. Dr. Bowen received his M.A. and Ph.D. in European history from Northwestern University, and his B.A. in History from the University of Southern California. As a Colonel in the Army Reserve, he served in Bosnia (1998) and Iraq (2004), and is a Civil Affairs Officer, serving in a unit focused on partnerships with Latin America.


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Carnahan Hall 311
Department of History
One University Plaza, MS 2960
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701