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Dike, Steven



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research overview

  • Dr. Dike is writing a book about Oscar Lewis, the anthropologist who coined the phrase 'culture of poverty,' and who was one of the leading American anthropologists of the 1950s and 1960s. The book covers the debates about the culture of poverty, Lewis's involvement with Puerto Rican nationalists, an analysis of Lewis's methods, and the renaissance of the culture of poverty in modern poverty discourse. His research interests include labor and working class history, intellectual history, the history of anthropology, the history of warfare--specifically, the Vietnam War, and the history of Puerto Rico. In addition, he recently published an article on Cuban author and revolutionary Jose Marti and is still conducting research on Marti's research and writing methods.


  • Modern American history, history of the Vietnam Wars, intellectual history, history of anthropology, history of poverty, culture of poverty, Puerto Rican history, African American history, Cuba--Jose Marti



courses taught

  • FYSM 1000 - First Year Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Provide first year students with an immersive experience in an interdisciplinary topic that addresses current issues including social, technical and global topics. Taught by faculty from across campus, the course provides students with an opportunity to interact in small classes, have project based learning experiences and gain valuable communication skills. Seminar style classes focused on discussion and projects.
  • HIST 1025 - American History since 1865
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Explores political, social and cultural changes in American life since Reconstruction. Focuses on shifting social and political relations as the U.S. changed from a nation of farmers and small-town dwellers to an urban, industrial society; the changing meaning of American identity in a society divided by ethnicity, race and class; and the emergence of the U.S. as a world power.
  • HIST 2166 - The Vietnam Wars
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2023 / Fall 2023 / Spring 2024
    Traces the causes, course, and outcome of the wars in Vietnam from 1940 until 1975. Explains the successes of the revolutionaries and the failures of the French and Americans. Analyzes the development of Vietnamese nationalism, French colonialism, and U.S. intervention. Similar to HIST 4166.
  • HIST 2220 - History of War and Society
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
    Focuses on war and society in a variety of global contexts. Explores the character, origins, and social, political, and intellectual impacts of war in contexts ranging from several centuries of international conflict to the experience of individual nations in specific wars. Topic varies in any given semester; contact Department of History for details.
  • HIST 2437 - African American History
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2023 / Fall 2023 / Spring 2024
    Surveys African American history. Studies, interprets and analyzes major problems, issues and trends affecting African Americans from about 1600 to the present. Same as ETHN 2432.


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