Dr. Kariann Akemi Yokota
Department Chair & Professor
Dr. Yokota has been Chair of the History Department since July of 2016.
Dr. Yokota is also the author of the widely acclaimed book, Unbecoming British.
Dr. Thomas J. Noel
Associate Chair & Professor
Tom "Dr. Colorado" Noel is a Professor of History and Director of Public History, Preservation & Colorado Studies at University of Colorado Denver.
He is the author of numerous books, articles and columns. Tom is a graduate of the University of Denver, CU Denver and the University of Colorado at Boulder, where his mother (a psychiatrist) and grandmother (a teacher) also completed graduate work.
Tom teaches Denver, Colorado, Heritage Tourism, Historic Preservation, Mining & Railroads, National Parks History, U.S. West, and Western Art & Architecture courses at CU Denver, as well as conducting tours of the highest state and the Mile High City for the Smithsonian Institution and the History Colorado. Tom also appears on Denver KUSA Channel 9's "Colorado & Company" as Dr. Colorado. Tom directs The Center for Colorado & The West at the Denver Public Library.