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Richard Frohock, Ph.D.

Dr. Richard Frohock takes a selfie in front of the beach city scenery of Grenada.


Richard Frohock is the Associate Dean of the Honors College and a Professor of English at Oklahoma State University.


Dr. Frohock recieved his BA from the Colorado College, graduating with Phi Beta Kappa honors, before going on to complete his MA and PhD in Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His educational background also includes a year of high school and a year of college studying abroad in Germany. After receiving his Ph.D. from UCSB, Dr. Frohock started at OSU in 1996 as an Assistant Professor of English. During his time at OSU, he has held various administrative positions, including Director of First-Year Composition (2006-2012) and Head of the English Department (2013-2017).


As a literary scholar, Dr. Frohock researches colonial American and early Caribbean history and literature, and his publications include the books Heroes of Empire: The British Imperial Protagonist in America, 1596-1764 (University of Delaware Press, 2004) and Buccaneers and Privateers: The Story of the English Sea Rover, 1675-1725 (Delaware, 2012). He he is currently writing a book on English pirate stories of the early eighteenth century. As an instructor, he has taught a wide array of undergraduate and graduate courses in early American literature, eighteenth-century British literature, and Atlantic World history. Additionally, he has led OSU study-abroad courses to Trinidad and Tobago, and to Cambridge, UK.


Dr. Frohock joined the Honors College in the summer of 2017. In his new position, he will work to develop programs that provide academic support and non-traditional programing for students in the Honors College, including study away courses, community engagement opportunities, student leadership, and peer mentoring programs.

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