Department of History

Suzanne Bowles

Office:   Atrium 211
Phone:   (973) 720-2719
Office Hours:   M 3:15-4:15; WF 8:30-9:30 AM; By Appointment

Department: History
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

Selected Publications

As Editor:
Uplifting the South: Mary Mildred Sullivan's Legacy for Appalachia
by Kathleen Curtis Wilson, (Overmountain Press, 2006).

As Author:
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