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Dr. D.H. Dilbeck

Assistant Professor of History


Dr. D.H. Dilbeck is a historian by training and teacher by calling. After graduating from OBU, Dilbeck completed his Ph.D. in history at the University of Virginia. He returned to OBU in 2014, where he teaches courses in the history of the United States and Western Civilization.

His main research and scholarly interests are American intellectual and religious history, particularly in the nineteenth century. Dilbeck is the author of A More Civil War: How the Union Waged a Just War (The University of North Carolina Press, 2016), a book on ideas about just warfare during the American Civil War. He has recently begun work on a religious biography of Frederick Douglass.

A few sure ways to his heart include: the songs of the Delta blues, the words of Marilynne Robinson, the taste of dark coffee, and the sound of a well-played mandolin.

Dilbeck is married to Mackenzie (Hufty) Dilbeck, also a graduate of OBU. They have one daughter, Pearl Caroline.


  • Ph.D., The University of Virginia
  • M.A., The University of Virginia
  • B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University

Courses Taught

  • HIST 1013: U.S. History to 1877
  • HIST 1023: U.S. History since 1877
  • HIST 2013: European Civilization
  • HIST 2023: Modern Western Civilization
  • HIST 4223: The American Civil War and Reconstruction
  • HIST 4243: United States History, 1945-Present
  • HIST 4329: American Religious History
  • HIST 4329: The American Civil Rights Movement