Dr. Marie Hooper
Professor of History, Chair
PCAS WC 229
B.A., Metro College of Denver
M.A., University of California at Davis
Ph.D, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Hooper came to OCU in 1999, new PhD in hand, ready to start the new millennium in a new job and new life. She’d been teaching for a dozen years in various capacities, the most unusual of which was teaching English and business to students in Paris, France (she had no training or teaching experience in either). Teaching was, in fact, simply the newest venture in a long line of working experiences: banking, real estate, business, accounting, telecommunications were all listed on her resume.
At Oklahoma City University, Dr. Hooper’s teaching assignments rarely reflect her research interests, which include the culture of French diplomatic elites, international relations, terrorism, identity formation and mobilization, and teaching and learning. At OCU, she routinely teaches World History, Methods and various seminars under the heading of Ancient Cultures (Greece, Egypt, Mesopotamia) and occasionally the Holocaust, International Relations, Regional Geography, Comparative Politics and Governance in America. In the near future, she hopes to offer such classes as Identity and Nation, Decolonization and Post-Colonial Identities, and World War II in Europe. Her classes combine intense class participation and arts integration as she constantly pursues news ways to engage students and broaden their worlds. You can see some of her class materials at Professing History.
An enthusiastic supporter and promoter of international education, Dr. Hooper served as Academic Director of International Education (2004-2006) and led a student group to Greece and the Mediterranean (2005), taught on Semester at Sea (2002) and has developed a number of faculty-led trips to Europe. Her work has appeared in teaching journals and as book reviews, and she routinely presents her research at major international conferences in International Relations, the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and History. Dr. Hooper has just accepted an invitation to be a keynote speaker at an upcoming conference in Kampala, Uganda.
In her spare time, Dr. Hooper works with the Oklahoma City Obedience Training Club, the United Nations Association, messes with stained and fused glass, gardens, attends student events and performances, and dotes on her three dogs, two cats and two birds.