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Nathan Probasco

Nathan Probasco

Assistant Professor of History, Honors Program Director

Department: Department of History
Phone: 712-279-5473
Email: Nathan.Probasco@briarcliff.edu
Office Location: Heelan Hall 373


  • Ph.D., University of Nebraska
  • M.A., University of Nebraska
  • B.A., University of Nebraska
Nathan Probasco


Dr. Probasco has taught courses in World History, European History, and the Age of Discovery. While completing his graduate education at the University of Nebraska, he served as Instructor, Research Assistant, Teaching Assistant, and Assistant to the Director of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program. His research has appeared in several peer reviewed journals, including Renaissance Quarterly, The Journal of Military History, and Literature Compass. He has held fellowships at the John Carter Brown Library and the Huntington Library, and he has presented at academic conferences in the United States and England.

In 2019, Dr. Probasco was named on of Siouxland Magazine's "11 Under 40" for his work in the community, but especially with the Center for Siouxland. "I know many Siouxlanders doing great things in the local community and beyond, so it was a pleasant surprise and honor to be selected,” Probasco says. “I will continue to be active in Sioux City and promote volunteerism, which is integral to the mission of Briar Cliff University.”

Dr. Probasco enjoys reading, travel, outdoor activities, and spending time with family.


  • "American Bodies and Landscapes in Early English Colonization" Studies in Travel Writing, Special Issue 22, 1 (Feb. 2018), accepted for publication.
  • "Colonization, Piracy, and Trade in Early Modern Europe: The Roles of Powerful Women and Queens," Co-edited with Estelle Paranque and Claire Jowitt (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).
  • “Catherine de Medici and Huguenot Colonization, 1560-1567,” in Colonization, Piracy, and Trade in Early Modern Europe: The Roles of Powerful Women and Queens, ed. Probasco, Paranque, and Jowitt (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)
  • “Cartography as a Tool of Colonization: Sir Humphrey Gilbert’s 1583 Voyage to North America,” Renaissance Quarterly 67 (Summer 2014), 425-472.
  • “Virgin America for Barren England: English Colonial History and Literature, 1575-1635,” Literature Compass 9 (June 2012): 406-419, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10. 1111/lico.2012.9.issue-6/issuetoc.
  • “The Role of Commoners and Print in Elizabethan England’s Acceptance of Firearms,” Journal of Military History 76 (April 2012): 343-372.
  • “Queen Elizabeth’s Reaction to the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre,” in The Foreign Relations of Elizabeth I, ed. Charles Beem (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), 77-100.
  • “Sir Humphrey Gilbert, Elizabeth I, and the Anglo-Spanish Conflict,” Explorations in Renaissance Culture 37, 2nd Special Issue on Queen Elizabeth I (Summer 2011): 119-135.