Degrees: Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University

Bari Oyler Stith is a native Buckeye who has been privileged to be an adjunct instructor with the JCU History Department since 1993. Her current teaching responsibilities include Ohio History, Trails West: U.S. Frontier Migration, Material Culture, Living History, and Public History.

She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in American Studies from Case Western Reserve University with specialties and publication in 19th-century American women, family, community and education. Her primary research interests continue to be frontier, farm, feminism, and the importance of place in personal as well as community identity.

In addition to academic pursuits, Dr. Stith continues to work actively in heritage interpretation, historic preservation, archives, oral history, and museum exhibit development. In her leisure time she loves travelling the American West with her sister in a Jeep Wrangler but can’t decide what her favorite place is: Hole-in-the-Wall, Wyoming? Monument Valley, Utah/Arizona? Deadwood, South Dakota?

And just as a warning – she believes that all of her students are as fascinated by history as she is because who doesn’t love detective work and storytelling?