2017-18 Scott Beekman

Associate Professor of History, College of Liberal Studies



Dr. Beekman holds a Ph.D in History from Ohio University and has been at Uni9versity of Rio Grande since 2007. He was awarded the Edwin A Jones Excellence in Teaching Award in 2016, and the Ernie Wyant Excellence in Teaching Award in 2011. He has published on a wide variety of topics from NASCAR to professional wrestling.


Professor Beekman will present his research on the career of nineteenth- century wrestler Evan "The Strangler" Lewis on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 4PM in the Wood Hall Auditorium. Come join us to learn about the man who presented himself as a villain in the ring as a mechanism to attract attention and fans willing to see him defeater. Lewis was born in Wisconsin to Welsh immigrants.