Bill Wisser, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor of History
On this website you will find information about what I am currently teaching and researching. Use the links on the left to visit the various pages.
If you just want some quick information, here you go:
Currently, I am Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Elon University, in Elon NC. I teach courses on modern world history and Latin America. I teach a mixture of lower-level and upper-level courses to a wide range of students. Currently, I am teaching "World History since 1900" and "Latin America through Travelers' Eyes." On the Teaching page you will find a statement of teaching philosophy and a few sample syllabi.
My current research stems from the work I completed for my dissertation on late First Empire Rio de Janeiro newspapers. I argue that the editors in Brazil's capital city played a signficant role in the turmoil and violence of the last few years of Pedro I's rule. On this page you can find more information on that topic as well as a discussion of future projects.
When Billy Lyons faced down Staggerlee in that St. Louis barroom a century ago, he pleaded for his life. "Staggerlee, Staggerlee, please don't take my life. I've got two little children and a weeping, loving wife. You're a bad man, a bad man Staggerlee." Staggerlee was not moved. He responded "God bless your children, and I'll take care of your wife. You stole my John B., now I'm bound to take your life. All about that John B. Stetson hat."
As Billy Lyons soon found out ("they took him to the cemetary, but they failed to bring him back"), it is not a wise idea to mix the personal with the professional.