Robert D. Fiala

Robert D. Fiala

Professor Emeritus of History

Social Science Department

Phone: 402-643-2849


Robert D. Fiala taught history and political science at Concordia from 1965 until he retired in 2004, although he continued to teach some East Asian and Chinese history. He served as adjunct professor of history at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, for ten years and as visiting professor of history at Wayne State University, Detroit; Tunghai University in Taichung, Taiwan (1975-6); the Normal College of Foreign Languages, Beijing, China (1987-1988) and Oak Hill College, London (1997).


Ph.D. in history Wayne State University, Detroit (1967)
M.A. in History, Municipal University of Omaha (1963)
B.S. Ed., Concordia Teachers College, Seward, NE (1960)
Additional study at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln; Hamline University (1979, 1981), UCLA, 1991; and the University of Michigan (1994).

Courses taught

World Civilization I & II, Europe Since 1914; Renaissance and Reformation; Early and Medieval Christianity; Modern England; Russia, the Soviet Union and After; East Asian Civilizations; American Government; History of Political Thought, Comparative Political Systems


Fiala served as founding Director of International Education at Concordia from 1993-1997 and was a member of the Seward City Council,1984-2010. He has published scholarly articles on topics ranging from colonial American Quakers to British radicalism and Asian nationalism has written and illustrated numerous travel articles on European and Asian politics and culture. He has been major contributor of essays and images to Asian Historical Architecture, an extensive and expanding website on Asian architecture (17,500 images in late 2011) that is widely used in university courses and serves as a valuable general reference tool (

His photographs of Asian architecture have been published in a variety of books, journals and newspaper articles, including Macmillan, Abrams, HarperCollins, Times Books, Thompson-Gale Publishers and the Himalayan Institute Press. He has had photographic exhibitions in the United States and China and has been a frequent lecturer on topics on European and Asian politics and culture at other universities, churches and community groups. He served as a research lecturer and scholar for the Nebraska Humanities Council Resource Center for a number of years. He has taken more than forty international trips to Europe and Asia, including more than fifty countries. In pre-arthritic days he led a variety of Concordia travel-study tours to Europe and Asia.