Faculty and Staff

Dr. Kurt E. Leichtle

Emeritus Professor of History

member of graduate faculty

History and Philosophy
Office: 304 Kleinpell Fine Arts
Phone: 715-425-3164

Dr. Kurt Leichtle

Dr. Leichtle returned from retirement, Spring 2016 and Fall 2017, to teach HIST 100.

UWRF awards earned
  • 2014 Excellence in Teaching
  • 2011 Excellence in Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity
  • 2010 Excellence in Advising
  • 1995 Excellence in Teaching

Kurt in the classroom (photos by Jens Gunelson)


  • Ph. D. University of Illinois Chicago
  • M. A. University of Illinois Chicago
  • B. A. Luther College

Served UWRF 1985-2015

Areas of Interest

  • 19th Century U. S. history
  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Public history
  • Popular and material culture
  • Latin American history
  • Educational techniques in the social studies
  • Senior seminar


Crusade Against Slavery: Edward Coles, Pioneer of Freedom, Kurt Leichtle and Bruce Carveth, Southern Illinois University Press, May 2011. Also available at

The Wisconsin Journey, Kurt Leichtle, Gibbs Smith, May 2002. Available at