Robert D. Sampson earned his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has been teaching at Millikin since 1997. Before entering the academic world, he was a newspaper reporter and columnist, a congressional aide in Washington, and a writer at the U of I. He has also served in elected office in Macon County. John L. O’Sullivan and His Times, Sampson’s biography of 19th Century U.S. journalist, political activist and diplomat won an award as the best biography of 2003. Additionally, he has published numerous articles in historical journals on topics including 19th Century politics; the 1894 Pullman Strike; the use of deadly force by the Illinois militia; a study of the student days of Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker movement, and two fellow students who also made major contributions to their times; an examination of a Catholic priest’s role in supporting workers during labor confrontations in Decatur; and, most recently, on the conflicts accompanying the growth of base ball in Illinois during the 1865-1869 era. His courses at Millikin encompass U.S., Irish, labor, and baseball history.
History & Political Science