Department of History

Joel C. Webb

Joel C. Webb Instructor
117A Thach Hall

Office Hours

  • Monday 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Thursday 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.


Before joining Auburn University, Dr. Webb taught World History, Modern European History, and the History of Science and Technology in Europe at Tulane University and Loyola University New Orleans. He has also taught for The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth as well as at Baltimore City Community College. He received his B.A. in History from the University of New Orleans, an M.A. in History from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a Ph.D. in History from Tulane University. 

Dr. Webb's research interests include nineteenth-century Spain and Europe, the Spanish press, Spanish nationalist movements, Spanish and European industrialization, and the history of the railway. He is the author of “Drawing a Glorious Past, Picturing an Uncertain Future” published by European History Quarterly, which used turn-of-the-century editorial cartoons and other imagery mass produced by the Spanish press to examine a period in Spanish history when the momentum of a developing national identity collided with the challenges of war and decolonization. More recently his research has focused on the short-lived period of railway euphoria that overtook Spain in the mid-nineteenth century. His work in this area has revealed that railway development in Spain exacerbated Spanish insecurities regarding their perceived economic and cultural backwardness and accentuated the significance of the railways in the imaginations of those both enthralled and enraged by the transformations they were witnessing.


Ph.D. Tulane University

M.A. University of Massachusetts Amherst

B.A. University of New Orleans

Representative Publications

“Drawing a Glorious Past, Picturing an Uncertain Future.” European History Quarterly 47, no. 2 (2017), 257–283.

Last Updated: January 08, 2020