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Brett Barker


Professor Brett Barker began his teaching career on the Wausau campus, then UW-Marathon County, in 2004. His primary historical research interests are in the northern homefront during the Civil War and Wisconsin soldiers during the Civil War. Barker said he is surrounded by colleagues who care about the success of UWSP students and each other.


Book Chapter: “Limiting Dissent: Ohio Republicans’ Assault on the Democratic Press” in Joe Anderson and Ginette Aley, eds. The Midwestern Homefront in the Civil War. Kent State University Press. 2013.


  • Voyageur Magazine, Editorial board member (2015-present)
  • Marathon County Historical Society, Board of directors (2009-present)
  • Merrill Historical Society, Curator and cataloguer for SS. Merrill Railroad Reference Library (2017-present)

Being in the classroom with students keeps me focused and young. I love sharing my passion for the past and to give them an insight into how college is about developing your mind and yourself, not just training for a job.

-Brett Barker


Becoming an avid reader is a practice that can transform your life and prove rewarding in ways unfathomable to someone who doesn’t read books regularly.


When he was growing up, he wanted to be either an ornithologist, a chemist, or a historian.

Professor of History
Chair, Department of History and International Studies

CCC 477B


Ph.D. - History
University of Wisconsin-Madison

M.A. - History
Ohio State University

B.A. - History
Ohio State University


Historical Thinking
United States Since 1877