Paul Otto

Paul Otto, PhD

Professor of History

Faculty Fellow, George Fox University Honors Program

Campus Coordinator for Role-Immersion Pedagogy


PhD, Indiana University

Paul Otto is an expert in the history of early America and Native Americans. He teaches or has taught the U.S. survey, Introduction to Historical Studies, Latin American History, South African History, the African-American Experience, Colonial America, the American Revolution, the history senior seminar, and the Rise of Modernity (interdisciplinary honors reading seminar). In 2010, the university awarded him a faculty scholarship achievement award.

Otto has published The Dutch-Munsee Encounter in America: The Struggle for Sovereignty in the Hudson Valley, which won the Hendricks Award. The Dutch Dutch-Munsee Encounter in America

With Susanne Berthier-Foglar, he has co-edited Migrations and Borders in the United States: Discourses, Representations, Imaginary Contexts  and Permeable Borders: History, Theory, Policy, and Practice in the United States.

Permeable Borders

Otto is currently writing a history of the use and development of wampum in the colonial northeast in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. He spent his 2015-2016 sabbatical as a fellow at the National Humanities Center.

He is also an avid user of role-immersion pedagogy known as Reacting to the Past. In addition to using these games in the classroom, he is writing several of his own scenarios set in South Africa and is co-authoring “Bacon’s Rebellion, 1676-1677: Race, Class, and Frontier Conflict in Colonial Virginia” with Verdis Robinson.