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Associate Professor

University of Central Oklahoma (405) 974-5416 History and Geography LAN 200K , Box 164


Mark Janzen, Ph.D., came to UCO in 2012 and is the Director of UCO's Museum Studies program, as well as an associate professor of history in History/Geography. Janzen has a mixed educational background, with a Ph.D. in American history, an M.A. in Museum Science, and a B.A. in Anthropology. All of Janzen's degrees are from Texas universities, but he has lived in Kansas and Oklahoma for the past 15 years and currently resides in Guthrie.


Janzen worked in the museum field for 20 years before receiving his Ph.D. in 2010 and coming to UCO. As a curator, registrar, and collections manager, he worked primarily with collections and exhibitions in both art and history museums. Janzen has worked extensively with local and national grant writing efforts, professional development organizations, and serves as a leader in his field, most recently as president of the Mountain Plains Museums Association. As a historian, Janzen studies the history of technology, specifically how technology shapes and is shaped by society as they develop in concert.

Classes Taught

Janzen teaches a variety of courses in Museum Studies and the History of Technology:

  • Museum Management
  • Museum Theory and Practice
  • Curatorial Practice
  • The History of American Technology
  • American History to 1877 and American History from 1877
  • Historical Research
  • Museum internships
  • Graduate Museum seminar

Education and Certifications

Ph.D. American History specializing in the History of Technology, Texas A&M University

M.A. Museum Science, Texas Tech University

B.A. Anthropology specializing in Archaeology, Texas A&M University

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