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Joseph Western

Title: Assistant Professor of History

Teaching Focus: Medieval European History, Ancient History, Church History, Byzantine History, History of Western Civilization

Education: B.A., University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 2004; M.A., Concordia Seminary-Saint Louis, 2007; M.A., Saint Louis University, 2010; Ph.D., Saint Louis University, 2017


Dr. Joseph Western joined the history department at the College of the Ozarks in 2017. His research focuses on the medieval Mediterranean. His current project examines the relationship between Greek and Latin Christianity in Byzantine southern Italy during the Middle Ages and the effect of this relationship on political allegiance to the various states competing in the region. His publications include “Historical Thinking and Vocation,” in Restoring the Vocation of a Christian College (Wipf and Stock, 2022), “Local Priorities and Religious Identities in Byzantine Southern Italy,” in Routledge Handbook of Identity in Byzantium (Routledge, 2022), “‘Doing’ History Well: Faithfully Educating in History,” in Faithful Lives 3 (2018): 67-78, and “The Papal Apocrisiarii in Constantinople during the Pontificate of Gregory I (590-604)” in Journal of Ecclesiastical History 66, no. 4 (2015):697-714.