He received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1999, and is a native of the Badger State. Prior to his position at Queensborough, he taught for Mt. Senario College and the University of Wisconsin – Platteville.
Dr. Van Ells also served as Archivist/Historian at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum in Madison from 1994 to 1998. Among his duties at the museum was the conduct of the Wisconsin Veterans Oral History Program, in which he interviewed nearly 200 veterans who served in conflicts ranging from World War I to Somalia.
His research specialties include the cultural history of U.S. military, immigration and ethnicity, World War II, and popular culture.
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