Department Chair:
Renee Romano

Administrative Assistant:
Kathy King

Department Email:

Phone: 440 775 8520
Fax: 440 775 6910

Rice Hall 316
10 North Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:00-12:00, 1:00-4:30

Matthew R. Bahar

Matthew R. Bahar

Assistant Professor of History

Contact Information


Rice 306
(440) 775-6209

Personal Office Hours:
Monday 1:00- 2:30 Friday 11:00-12:30 And by appointment

Matthew Bahar

Matthew R. Bahar

Assistant Professor Matt Bahar

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, Loyola University-Chicago, 2001
  • Master of Arts, St. Cloud State University, 2006
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Oklahoma, 2012

Matt Bahar is a historian of colonial America whose research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of American Indian, imperial, and maritime history.  He is completing a book on the Wabanaki Indians in the Age of Sail.  The study examines how a Native confederacy assimilated sailing technology to extend and enforce dominion over the Northwest Atlantic.  The project has earned a National Endowment for the Humanities yearlong fellowship at the Huntington Library, as well as short term fellowships from the Massachusetts Historical Society, the American Antiquarian Society, and the American Philosophical Society.  He is the author of “People of the Dawn, People of the Door: Indian Pirates and the Violent Theft of an Atlantic World,” Journal of American History 101:2 (September 2014), 401-426.