Professor Thomas Noer is an expert on the history of United States foreign policy. One of his books, Cold War and Black Liberation: The United States and White Rule in Africa, 1948-1968, was honored with the Stuart L. Bernath award from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations as the outstanding book on American foreign relations. Another of his books, Briton, Boer, and Yankee: America and South Africa, 1870-1914, was selected by Choice as one of the 10 "Outstanding Academic Books of 1979."
Prof. Noer is the past recipient of residence fellowships at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University and the Department of State. The University of Michigan Press published his latest book, Soapy: A Biography of G. Mennen Williams, in 2005. He was previously a recipient of the Carthage Distinguished Teacher Award. He teaches courses in American history and diplomacy, 20th century U.S. history, African history, and historiography.
He has a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, M.A. from Washington State University, and B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College. He joined the Carthage faculty in 1973.
"Professor Noer helps students make intellectual conquests. He holds high expectations for his students and holds them accountable. The expectations are admittedly intimidating, but the knowledge and skills gained from working to meet them is well worth it. He is also a wonderful professor because his lectures seem to allow the voices of the past to break through into the present day."
— Brittany Mueller, '12
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