Please meet Dr. Sean Wempe from the History department.
What is your field of study?
I work on the history of imperialism, internationalism, Germany, East Africa, and I have a growing interest in the history of Public Health.
What is your favorite class to teach?
HIST 1428. I love teaching the Gen Ed course that exposes students to what historians do for the first time in their college careers. I enjoy helping students make global historical connections to what is going on in the world today.
What are you excited about this semester?
I am excited to be starting here at CSUB!
What was the last book you read?
The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World by paleontologist Steve Brusatte (2017). It’s important for scholars to read books outside of our own fields from time to time to get a sense of the cool stuff others are working on.
What was your worst subject in school?
Math. My kid sister is a Statistician, ironically.
If you had to make a documentary, what would the subject be?
A documentary on the history of the Tendaguru expedition, a German paleontological dig that took place in what is now Tanzania from 1909 to 1911.
What do you do for fun and relaxation?
My wife and I play lots of very complicated board games. I also garden, go fishing, and go hiking with our dog.
Do you have any advice or thoughts for our students?
Do not be afraid to ask questions! Professors LOVE questions.
What did you do over the summer break?
I was working on researching and writing my second book, I went on several trips to visit family and friends, and I ate lots of good BBQ (most of which I prepared. KC Style Ribs are the best!)
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