Dr. Carol Humphrey

Professor of History
Office Location Owens Hall, 306
Phone (Office) 405.585.4158
OBU Mailbox # 61736
Email carol.humphrey@okbu.edu


Dr. Carol Humphrey’s interest in history is apparent in her lively discussions on the press’ role during war time. She has received numerous awards for her papers through the American Journalism Historians Association. She also has served as a manuscript reviewer for various journals and publishers. She is the author of numerous published articles as well as seven books on topics such as the Revolutionary War, The War of 1812, and the role of New England Newspapers during the American Revolution. Her book THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION AND THE PRESS: THE PROMISE OF INDEPENDENCE (2013) won the American Journalism Historians Association (AJHA) Book of the Year Award in 2014 and was a finalist for the 2014 Tankard Award given by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). She is also an active member of First Baptist Church in Shawnee where she is a member of the sanctuary choir and works as the church clerk.


  • B.A., University of North Carolina, Wilmington
  • M.A., Wake Forest University
  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Dissertation: “‘This Popular Engine’: An Institutional Study of New England Newspapers, 1775-1789"

Courses Taught

  • HIST 1013: US to 1877
  • HIST 1023: United States History from 1877
  • HIST 2013: European Civilization: History
  • HIST 2023: Contemporary World: History
  • HIST 2213: Public History
  • HIST 4203: Colonial and Early National U.S. History
  • POLI 1223: American National Government
  • HIST 2273: Oklahoma History
  • HIST 4273: History of United States Journalism
  • HIST 4283: African-American History

Selected Publications

The American Revolution and the Press: The Promise of Independence, Northwestern University Press, 2013.

Voices of Revolutionary America: Contemporary Accounts of Daily Life, Greenwood Press, 2011.

Revolutionary War, Part 2 of Volume 1 of Greenwood Library of American War Reporting, Greenwood Press, 2005.

The War of 1812, Co-authored with David Copeland. Part 1 of Volume 2 of The Greenwood Library of American War Reporting, Greenwood Press, 2005.

Debating Historical Issues in the Media of the Time: The Revolutionary Era. Greenwood Press, 2003.

The Press of the Young Republic, 1783-1833. Volume 2 of The History of American Journalism, edited by William David Sloan and James D. Startt. Greenwood Press, 1996.

This Popular Engine: The Role of New England Newspapers During the American Revolution. University of Delaware Press, 1992.


  • Member, American Journalism Historians Association, Secretary since 1998
  • Member, Organization of American Historians
  • Grader, ETS Advanced Placement US History Exams, 1993-present