portrait of Steve Volk
  • Director, Center for Teaching, Innovation, and Excellence
  • Emeritus Professor of History


BA, Brandeis University, 1968
MA, Columbia University, 1971
PhD, Columbia University, 1983


Steve Volk is emeritus professor of history and serves as founding director of Oberlin’s Center for Teaching Innovation and Excellence (CTIE), which is Oberlin’s teaching and learning center. He has been on the board of the North American Congress on Latin America since 1984 and serves on the editorial board of Latin American Perspectives.

His research interests have included a number of such fields as issues on gender and the border (cultural responses to femicides in Ciudad Juarez), Frida Kahlo and Mexican nationalism, a body of work on 19th and 20th century Chilean history, and issues in pedagogy and higher education.

He has published widely on general issues of pedagogy as well as specific issues involved in teaching history in the undergraduate classroom.

In 2011, Volk was named U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Endowment for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. In 2003, he was awarded the American Historical Association’s Nancy Lyman Roelker Mentorship Award "in honor of his dedication to students of history through teaching and mentoring," and in 2001, his role in "helping to restore democracy in Chile" was honored in an award from the Government of Chile. He was named Teagle Pedagogy Fellow in 2012 and is part of a FIPSE-funded grant to develop electronic portfolios at Oberlin.


  • Steven Volk Gives Invited Talk

    October 9, 2015

    Professor of History and Director of the Center for Teaching, Innovation, and Excellence Steven Volk delivered the invited talk “Between Danger and Discomfort: Trigger Warnings, Academic Freedom, and How to Create Productive Spaces for Learning” on October 1 at the Center for Teaching Excellence at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

  • Steven Volk Publishes

    September 22, 2015

    The article “The Historiography of Feminicide in Ciudad Juárez: Critical and Revisionist Approaches” by Steven Volk, professor of history and director of the Center for Teaching, Innovation, and Excellence, was published in the September issue of Forum for Inter-American Research, the journal of the International Association of Inter-American Studies (IAS). See Volk’s article in a PDF of the complete issue on the IAS website.

  • Steven Volk, Liliana Milkova Publish

    March 9, 2015

    “Transfer: Learning in and Through the Academic Museum,” co-authored by Liliana Milkova, curator of academic programs of Russian and East European studies, and Steven S. Volk, director of the Center for Teaching, Innovation, and Excellence and professor of history, has been published in Advancing Engagement: A Handbook for Academic Museums, Volume III, edited by Stefanie S. Jandl and Mark S. Gold. (Edinburgh, UK and Cambridge, MA: MuseumsEtc, 2015), pp. 8-43.