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Dr. Edward Frantz, Interim Director, Mayoral Studies Institute; Associate Professor, History & Political Science


Dr. Edward Frantz

Director, Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives
Associate Professor, History & Political Science


Frantz was named Interim Director of the Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives in February 2012. He coordinates activities of the Institute, including symposia, lectures and public conversations. In addition, he works closely with Head Archivist and Curator Mark Vopelak with the Mayoral Archives.

PhD, University of Wisconsin

Specialty Areas

  • Presidential and political history
  • History of Indiana and the Midwest
  • African American history
  • American history, 1865-present

Upper Division Courses

  • History of Indiana and the Midwest
  • Birth of Modern America, 1877-1945
  • Capstone Historiography course
  • Civil Rights Movement
  • History of African Americans, 1619-1910

Professional Activities
Frantz is the author of The Door of Hope: Republican Presidents and the First Southern Strategy, 1877-1933 (2011), published by University Press of Florida. He is also the author of A March of Triumph? Benjamin Harrison's Southern Tour and the Limits of Racial and Regional Reconciliation in Indiana Magazine of History (Vol. 100, Issue 4, Dec. 2004).

A member of the Organization of American Historians, the American Historical Association, and the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, he has published book reviews and presented papers in a number of different venues and has conducted workshops with secondary educators through the National Council of History Education. An expert on the presidency, Frantz has given interviews for radio, TV and newspapers that have appeared in local, national and international publications.



Mark Vopelak, Head Archivist & Curator, Mayoral Studies Institute


Mark Vopelak

Head Archivist & Curator
Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives


Vopelak became the Institute's Head Archivist & Curator in January 2013. He is responsible for the care and maintenance of all artifacts, including processing, preserving and presenting the mayoral papers, and is working to digitize and create exhibits. He also will be available to assist patrons and the public with scholarship and research.

MLS, Library Science, Indiana University-Indianapolis
MA, Public History, North Carolina State University
BA, History, Lynchburg College

Specialty Areas

  • Archival theory and practice
  • Archival management
  • Archival advocacy and outreach
  • Preservation

Originally from Connecticut, Vopelak lived in New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Virginia and North Carolina before moving to Indiana. He was previously employed as a Research Specialist at the North Carolina State Archives and the Indiana State Library where he was the Supervisor of the Manuscript and Rare Book Division for five years. He currently is a Board member of the Society of Indiana Archivists and a member of the Midwest Archives Conference, and has been a Certified Archivist since 2010.