The School of Arts and Sciences
History and Political Science (UG)
Full Name: Wesley Borucki
Associate Professor of History
B.A., Michigan State University; M.A., University of Massachusetts - Amherst; Ph.D., University of Alabama.
Dr. Borucki, who has taught at PBA since 2003, specializes in the antebellum South,
the Civil War and Reconstruction, Colonial America, and presidential history. He teaches
undergraduate history and humanities and also serves as a faculty member in the Frederick
M. Supper Honors Program. Dr. Borucki’s first book, George H.W. Bush: In Defense of
Principle, was published in early 2011 by Nova Science Publishers as part of its First
Men: America’s Presidents series. His second book, Ronald Reagan: Heroic Dreamer,
was published as part of the same series in 2014.
The history of sports is one of his side interests: his article “Moving on Up?: Whether
Leaps to Division I-A in American College Football Benefit Universities” was published
in June 2015 in The Journal of Sports Management and Commercialization; and in 2003,
his article, "You're Dixie's Football Pride: American College Football and the Resurgence
of Southern Nationalism," was published in the journal Identities: Global Studies
in Culture and Power.
Dr. Borucki has written book reviews for The Journal of Southern History, The Register
of the Kentucky Historical Society, and The Alabama Review. He had the honor of serving
as both a junior fellow and senior fellow in The University of Alabama's Blount Undergraduate
Initiative, in which he taught the freshman sequence of this interdisciplinary studies
program that is similar to PBA's humanities core program in its subject matter. At
Alabama, he served as editor-in-chief of the journal Southern Historian in 1998-1999.
He is a contributor to Oxford University Press's Encyclopedia of African American
History, Macmillan Press' multi-volume Civil Rights in the United States, and the
Gale Group’s Women in World History. His dissertation, "Yankees in King Cotton's Court:
Northerners in Antebellum and Wartime Alabama," was the basis of presentations at
the Families at War Conference at the University of Richmond, the Alabama Studies
Symposium in Montgomery, and local historical group meetings for the Alabama Humanities
Foundation's Speakers Bureau. Dr. Borucki is a long-standing member of the Lutheran
Church-Missouri Synod and is currently the secretary of the vestry of Redeemer Lutheran
Church in West Palm Beach. He served as a lay delegate to the Lutheran Church-Missouri
Synod's convention in St. Louis in 1998 and to the LCMS’s Florida-Georgia District
Conventions in 2006 and 2015.