Wayne Duerkes

Teaching Assistant
Office:603 Ross
527 Farm House Ln
Ames IA

Dissertation Topic: Community and Market Development in the Antebellum Midwestern Hinterlands
Major professor: Dr. Jeff Bremer
Expected date of graduation: May 2019
Area of research specialization: 19th-Century U.S.

Conference presentations:

“The Local Agricultural Press’ Role in Building the Economy in Northern Illinois, 1841-1842.” Agricultural History Society Annual Conference, New York, NY (June 2016).

“The Illinois and Fox Rivers: The Crossroads of an Economic Struggle, 1833-1852.” Conference on Illinois History, Springfield, IL (September 2014).

“A Prologue to Violence: The 1854 Election Day Riot in St. Louis.” Windy City Graduate Conference, UIC, Chicago, IL (October 2014).

“Market Development in the Lower Fox Valley River Region, 1833-1852.” History Graduate Student Conference, Loyola University, Chicago, IL (November 2013).

MA, Northern Illinois University, 2015
BS, Northern Illinois University, 2013
Selected Publications
“‘I For One Am Ready To Do My Part’: The Initial Motivations That Inspired Men From Northern Illinois to Enlist in the U. S. Army, 1861-1862,” Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, vol. 105, no. 4 (2012): 313-32.

“Boosterism,” in Alexandra Kindell (ed.), World of Antebellum America: A Daily Life Encyclopedia (ABC-Clio), forthcoming.

Review of Cynthia Clampitt, Midwest Maize: How Corn Shaped the U. S. Heartland, in Michigan Historical Review, forthcoming.