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Dike, Steven Instructor


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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.


  • Modern American history, intellectual history, history of anthropology, history of poverty, culture of poverty, Puerto Rican history



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 2166 - The Vietnam Wars
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    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
    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 Deptartment of History for details.


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global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)

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