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Phone: 402.461.7344

Dr. Robert S. Babcock

Professor of History

Office: McCormick Hall #115 B

Rob Babcock joined the Hastings College faculty in 1992. He teaches and oversees student research in all aspects of European history.  He has taught Latin at Hastings College since 1996 and Russian since 2013.  He has led student trips to Ireland during the college’s January term every 3 years since 1996, and currently directs the college’s Irish Fellows Program.  In 2017, he also became director of the Pushkin Institute for Russian Language and Culture at Hastings College.

A former Fulbright scholar, Babcock has published and presented on the Norman conquests of Wales and Ireland, and is currently engaged in two research projects: the environmental impact of the medieval  conquest of Ireland, and a military history of the 17th century Cossack revolt by Stenka Razin against Peter the Great’s Father, the Tsar Alexei Mihailovich.  In preparation for his newfound duties as a Russian language instructor,  he has taken Russian immersion lessons in Daugavpils, Latvia, and Pyatigorsk, Russian Federation.

Fields of Interest include:

  • European History (especially Medieval Europe)
  • Welsh and Irish History
  • Russian History