Nathan Wood is an Associate Professor in the Department of History. Nathan was born in the West, grew up in the South, and did his graduate work in the Midwest, at Indiana University. He has also spent a tenth of his life in Poland, where he lived in the early nineties, 2001, and most recently, as a Fulbright scholar from August to December, 2012. His major research interests include modernity, identity, cities, and technology in East Central Europe from the 1880s to 1939. His current research on bicycles, automobiles, and airplanes in Poland before WWII intersects well with his passion for cycling and learning about fast machines he’ll never be able to afford. As befitting his last name, he also really likes trees.
Professor Wood found his passion for history by exposing himself to different courses in the department. From that point he knew where to direct his desire to teach at the University level. Early on while working with students in First-Year Seminars Professor Wood enjoyed getting them to understand the underlying purpose of a university, universal knowledge and excellence. He saw a link between student success and their understanding of the institution and all it can offer, specifically the opportunity to learn from an expert. Professor Wood introduces students to the research process by showing them how to utilize their resources and access information in modern day society.