Ric Anthony Dias

Campus Address

Department of History

Northern State University

Aberdeen, South Dakota  57401




            Ph.D. in History, June 1995, University of California, Riverside

                        Dissertation: “‘Together We Build’: The Rise and Fall of the Kaiser Steel

Corporation in the New Deal West.”

Dissertation Committee: Ronald C. Tobey (Chair), Charles Wetherell, and

Mark S. Foster (University of Colorado, Denver)

            M.A. in History, December 1990, University of California, Riverside

                                    Major Field: United States 1776 to present

                                    Minor Field: Europe 1789 to present

            M.A. in Psychology, June 1986, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA

            B.A. in Psychology, June 1983, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA

Teaching Experience

            Professor, 2004 –

            Associate Professor, 1999-2004

            Assistant Professor, 1995-1999

            Northern State University, Department of History

            Courses Taught


                                    United States 1940 to Present

                        United States 1900 to 1940

                                    The Vietnam War

                                    Twentieth Century Frontier

                        The United States in the Cold War    

                                    The United States in the 1960s

                                    Research and Writing


                                    United States 1877 to Present

                                    United States to 1877


Adjunct Instructor, 1994-1995

            Mission College, Department of Social Sciences, Santa Clara, CA.


Teaching Assistant, 1990-1994

            University of California, Riverside, Department of History



            Francis Bradford and Ric Dias, Power to Spare Was Not Enough; The Hall-Scott

Motor Car Company and Commercial Engine Making in America, SAE

International Publishing, Warrendale, PA, in press, 2007.


            Ric Dias, “‘Built to Serve the Growing West’; The Kaiser Steel Corporation and

The Modern American West,” book manuscript in progress.         



            Ric Dias and Francis Bradford, “The Rise and Fall of Hall-Scott, Engine

Manufacturer,” Automotive History Review (Spring 2005), no. 43, pp.



Ric Dias, “Henry J. Kaiser: Can-do Capitalist, ‘Government Entrepreneur,’ and

Western Booster,” Journal of the West, 42 (Fall 2003), pp. 54-62.


Ric Dias, “‘Built to Serve the Growing West’: Kaiser Steel Corporation, the

Federal Government, and Regional Development,” Journal of the West, 38

(Fall 1999), pp. 57-64.


Ric Dias, “The Great Containment: The Federal Imperative to Urbanize the Cold

War West,” Ch. 4 in The Cold War American West, Kevin Fernlund, ed.,

(Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1998).


Ric Dias, “Henry J. Kaiser’s Fontana,” California Historian 42 (Spring 1996),

pp. 7-13.


Book Reviews

Reviews have appeared in Journal of the West, Nevada Historical Society Quarterly, South Dakota History and Technology and Culture.


Conference Papers:



Non-Academic Presentations and Publications

            Ric Dias and Francis Bradford, “No Substitute for Power,” Wheels of Time, vol. 6,

                        no. 1, January-February 2005, pp. 36-49.


            Ric Dias, “Frontiers Revisted, Henry J. Kaiser’s New Deal for the American

West,” presented to the Aberdeen branch of the Westerners, Northern

State University, Spring 1999.


Ric Dias, “Can’t You Just Give Me Something to Write On? Getting Students to

Create Better Paper Topics,” Writing for Learning Journal, vol. 3, 1998,

pp. 102-111. Part of Collaborative K-16 Writing Across the Curriculum



Ric Dias, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and the America of L. Frank Baum,”

presented at Oz and Beyond Conference, Northern State University,

February 25,1996.


Professional Affiliations

            American Historical Association

            Society of Automotive Historians

            Pi Gamma Mu

            PHI Eta Sigma

            South Dakota Council on the Humanities


Honors and Awards

            NSU Outstanding Honors Faculty Member of the Year, 2002, 2004

            NSU Williams Library Faculty/Student Collaborative Research Award,            

1998, 2003

NSU Outstanding Student Organization Faculty Advisor, 1998, 2001

NSU Outstanding Faculty Member, 1998

NSU Faculty Development Grant, 1996, 1998




Promotion and Tenure Committee, Chair Search Committes,


Updated October 2004

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