Department of History
Office: Atrium 211
Phone: (973) 720-2719
Office Hours: M 3:15-4:15; WF 8:30-9:30 AM; By Appointment
Position: Associate Professor
Area Specialization: American religious history, colonial and early national US, naval history
Dr. Bowles received her Ph.D. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She has taught at WPU since 1995. Prior to that she taught at Upsala College for sixteen years. Her fields of interest are early America, American religious history, and naval history. She is the author of Jonathan Edwards to Aaron Burr, Lutheranism and Anglicanism in Colonial New Jersey, and A Widening Sphere of Usefulness: Newark Academy 1774–1993.
PhD, History--Syracuse University, 1976
MTS, Church History--Drew University Theological School, 1979
MA, History--Rutgers University, 1972
BA, American Studies--Syracuse University, 1971
Uplifting the South: Mary Mildred Sullivan's Legacy for Appalachia by Kathleen Curtis Wilson, (Overmountain Press, 2006).
A Widening Sphere of Usefulness: Newark Academy 1774-1993 (Phoenix Publishing, 1993).
Lutheranism and Anglicanism in Colonial New Jersey: An Early Ecumenical Experiment in New Sweden (Edwin Mellen Press, 1988).
History of Grace Church, 1854-1984 (Grace Episcopal Church, Madison, NJ, 1987).
Jonathan Edwards to Aaron Burr, Jr.: From the Great Awakening to Democratic Politics (Edwin Mellen Press, 1981).
Awards & Grants
BA, magna cum laude, Honors in American Studies
Phi Beta Kappa, 1971
Who’s Who in the East, 1979
Who’s Who in Religion, 1992
Who’s Who in America, 2002
Who’s Who among American Women, 2003
Who’s Who in American Education, 2004
NJ Teacher Quality Enhancement Consortium (TQEC) - WPU Social Studies representative 2000-2004, member of TQEC State Advisory Board 2000-2004
Our Story- gave workshops for teachers, 2003, 2004
Teaching American History - gave workshop for teachers, 2008
Courses Taught (1995- present):
HIST 1030 Foundations of Western Civilization
HIST 1040 The West & the World
HIST 2050 US through Reconstruction
HIST 2060 US since Reconstruction
HIST 2600 Historical Methods
HIST 3140 History of New Jersey
HIST 3180 American Colonies
HIST 3200 Jeffersonian & Jacksonian Democracy
HIST 4800 Religion in American Society
HIST 4800 Creation of American Government
Graduate (2000 - present):
HIST 5890 Seminar in New Jersey History
HIST 5990 Classic Views of America