Dr. Karl von den Steinen graduated from Pueblo High School in 1960. He spent 2 years at Claremont Men’s college, prior to transferring to the University of Arizona. While at the “U of A”, he majored in history, earning a B.A. and a M.A. While there, he won a “Woodrow Wilson” Fellowship award, and used it to enroll in the Ph.D. History program at UCLA. There he earned a National Defense Foreign Language Fellowship (Dutch), a Teaching Assistantship, and a Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship, which allowed him to spend 1967 and ‘68 researching and writing his dissertation on Britain and Germany, completing his PH.D. in British History in 1969.
Thereafter, he joined the faculty of California State University at Sacramento, where he ultimately landed as a Full Professor. He specialized in British History, British Imperial History, Military, and Naval History. He initiated the Department’s program in Military and Naval History, which grew to be the largest on the West Coast. He also led the Department’s transition from Western Civilization based studies to a World Civilization base of study, due to his background in British Imperial History. In 1970-71, he served as a visiting Associate Professor at Schiller College in West Germany. Throughout his tenure, he consistently earned high marks from his students, and at one point earned a 1 out 4 outstanding Professor Award on campus, thanks to student nominations and support, eventually retiring fully in 2006.
His finest teaching came when he instructed for 3 years and coordinated for 1 year, the California State University at Sacramento’s B.A Program at Folsom State Prison.