Lemont "Monty" Dobson
Visiting Professor, School of Public Service and Global Citizenship
Anspach Hall 106
Dr. Lemont “Monty” Dobson is a Public Historian/Archaeologist, archaeologist and documentary filmmaker. Monty holds a PhD in Archaeology from The University of York in York, England and an MA in History from Central Michigan University. In addition to making films and his academic research, Monty has worked extensively in Museums in the US and England. Throughout his career, Monty’s focus is on sharing the interesting human stories behind the academic research.
I am interested in the relationships between ideas, material culture and people particularly as they relate to questions of conversion and social control in early medieval Europe. My research has focused on questions of identity and the construction of social power among elites in Anglo-Saxon England. However, through my research I have developed interests in digital humanities.
I have taught a variety of courses in history including Vikings: Raiders, Traders and Saints, Native American History, Western Civilization to 1500; American History to 1877; World History to 1500 as well as upper division courses on social and cultural transitions in Late Antiquity the early Middle Ages. I do not see a rigid dividing line between my research and teaching. In the classroom and in my interaction with students I incorporate conversations about my own research which emphasizes both 'text and dirt.' In the classroom this offers the opportunity to introduce students to complimentary sources, which along with the primary documents, provide a wider and more diverse context in which to engage the study of the human past.