Directory of Lecturers

OAH Distinguished Lectureship program 40 years 1981-2021
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Christopher Agee

University of Colorado Denver

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • African American
  • Crime, Violence, Incarceration
  • Gender, Masculinity, Femininity

Catherine Allgor

Massachusetts Historical Society

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Gender, Masculinity, Femininity
  • General and Historiography
  • Leadership

Luis Alvarez

University of California, San Diego

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Crime, Violence, Incarceration
  • Ethnicity
  • Latino/a

Richard Aquila

Penn State University, Behrend College

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • American Indian
  • Cold War
  • Film

Stephen Aron

University of California, Los Angeles

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Borderlands
  • General and Historiography
  • Public History and Memory

Edward L. Ayers

University of Richmond

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Digital history
  • Public History and Memory
  • South

James M. Banner Jr.

Independent historian

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Presidential
  • Intellectual
  • Politics

Stephen Berry

University of Georgia

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • 1800-1865
  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Digital history

Keisha N. Blain

University of Pittsburgh

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • 1900-1945
  • African American
  • Civil Rights

William A. Blair

Penn State University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • African American
  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Crime, Violence, Incarceration

Eileen Boris

University of California, Santa Barbara

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Labor and Working Class
  • Women's Rights, Activism, and Suffrage
  • Social Welfare and Public Assistance

Barry Bradford

Independent historian

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • African American
  • General and Historiography
  • Human Rights

Mark Philip Bradley

University of Chicago

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Human Rights
  • International Relations
  • Post-1945

Victoria Bissell Brown

Grinnell College

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Biography
  • Family
  • Gilded Age and Progressive Era

Nicole Burrowes

Rutgers University, New Brunswick

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Civil Rights
  • Transnational and Comparative
  • African American

Orville Vernon Burton

Clemson University; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • African American
  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Digital history

Jon Butler

Yale University; University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Colonial
  • General and Historiography
  • New York

Cathleen D. Cahill

Penn State University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • American Indian
  • Gilded Age and Progressive Era
  • Race

Albert Camarillo

Stanford University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Borderlands
  • Civil Rights
  • Elections, Electoral College, Voting Rights

Ballard C. Campbell

Northeastern University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Capitalism
  • Gilded Age and Progressive Era
  • Great Depression

Richard Carwardine

Oxford University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Antebellum
  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • General and Historiography

Joan E. Cashin

Ohio State University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Antebellum
  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Environment and Natural Resources

Veronica Castillo-Muñoz

University of California Santa Barbara

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Borderlands
  • Family
  • Gender, Masculinity, Femininity

William H. Chafe

Duke University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • African American
  • Civil Rights
  • Cold War

Mary Marshall Clark

Columbia University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • General and Historiography
  • Immigration
  • Interdisciplinary Theory/Studies

N. D. B. Connolly

Johns Hopkins University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • 1900-1945
  • African American
  • Capitalism

Blanche Wiesen Cook

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Biography
  • Human Rights
  • Immigration

Nancy F. Cott

Harvard University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • World War I Interwar (1918-1941)
  • Gender, Masculinity, Femininity
  • Sexuality

Spencer Crew

George Mason University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • African American
  • Antebellum
  • Civil War and Reconstruction

Philip J. Deloria

Harvard University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • American Indian
  • General and Historiography
  • Social and Cultural

Erika Doss

University of Notre Dame

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Great Depression
  • Material Culture and Architecture
  • Post-1945

Mary L. Dudziak

Emory University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Cold War
  • Legal and Constitutional
  • Military

Jonathan Earle

Louisiana State University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • African American
  • Antebellum
  • Elections, Electoral College, Voting Rights

Stephen D. Engle

Florida Atlantic University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • General and Historiography
  • Lincoln

Nan Enstad

University of Wisconsin-Madison

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Business and Economics
  • Capitalism
  • Mass Communications

Glenn T. Eskew

Georgia State University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Civil Rights
  • General and Historiography
  • Music

Todd Estes

Oakland University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Elections, Electoral College, Voting Rights
  • General and Historiography
  • Leadership

John Fea

Messiah College

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • 1700-1800
  • Colonial
  • Religion

Daniel Feller

University of Tennessee

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • 1800-1865
  • American Indian
  • Antebellum

Mark Fiege

Montana State University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • Lincoln
  • Public History and Memory

Corinne T. Field

University of Virginia

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Old Age
  • Race
  • Women's Rights, Activism, and Suffrage

Barbara J. Fields

Columbia University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Intellectual
  • Military

Paul Finkelman

Gratz College

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • African American
  • Antebellum
  • Antisemitism and Religious Persecution

Deborah K. Fitzgerald

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Agricultural
  • Business and Economics
  • Environment and Natural Resources

Catherine Forslund

Rockford University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • 1900-1945
  • Biography
  • Gilded Age and Progressive Era

Marisa J. Fuentes

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • 1700-1800
  • African American
  • Archives and Bibliography

Brett Gadsden

Northwestern University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • African American
  • Education
  • Politics

Kevin Gaines

University of Virginia

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • African American
  • Music
  • Populism

Liette Gidlow

Wayne State University; Harvard Radcliffe Institute

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Elections, Electoral College, Voting Rights
  • Women's Rights, Activism, and Suffrage
  • Civil Rights

Paul A. Gilje

University of Oklahoma

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • 1700-1800
  • 1800-1865
  • Naval and Maritime

Tiffany M. Gill

Rutgers University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • 1900-1945
  • African American
  • Business and Economics

Thavolia Glymph

Duke University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • African American
  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Slavery

David Goldfield

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Immigration
  • Post-1945

Adam Goodheart

Washington College

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • African American
  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Lincoln

Laurie Green

University of Texas at Austin

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • African American
  • Film
  • Food

Michael S. Green

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Atomic Bomb
  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Cold War

David Greenberg

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Mass Communications
  • Politics
  • Presidential

Daniel Greene

Newberry Library and Northwestern University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Antisemitism and Religious Persecution
  • Immigration
  • Intellectual

Julie Greene

University of Maryland, College Park

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • 1865-1900
  • 1900-1945
  • Capitalism

R. Marie Griffith

Washington University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • 1900-1945
  • Gender, Masculinity, Femininity
  • Medicine

Michael Grossberg

Indiana University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Childhood and Youth
  • Family
  • Legal and Constitutional

Allen C. Guelzo

Gettysburg College; Princeton University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • 1800-1865
  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Intellectual

Gayle Gullett

Arizona State University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Gilded Age and Progressive Era
  • Leadership
  • Mass Communications

Melanie Gustafson

University of Vermont

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • 1700-1800
  • 1865-1900
  • Digital history

Cindy Hahamovitch

University of Georgia

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Agricultural
  • Human Rights
  • Immigration

Jacquelyn D. Hall

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • African American
  • Biography
  • General and Historiography

Kimberly A. Hamlin

Miami University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Women
  • Gender, Masculinity, Femininity
  • Gilded Age and Progressive Era

Anthea M. Hartig

Smithsonian National Museum of American History

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Public History and Memory
  • Material Culture and Architecture
  • Social and Cultural

Andrew Hartman

Illinois State University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Education
  • Intellectual
  • Post-1945

Paul Harvey

University of Colorado Colorado Springs

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Religion
  • Civil Rights
  • Race

Joan Hoff

Montana State University, Bozeman

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Civil Liberties, Security State
  • Civil Rights
  • General and Historiography

Jonathan Scott Holloway

Northwestern University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • African American
  • Intellectual
  • Post-1945

Heather A. Huyck

Natl Park Service, US House Representatives, William & Mary; NCWHS/ Co-Chair, Research & Interpretation

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • 1900-1945
  • African American
  • Colonial

Sarah E. Igo

Vanderbilt University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • 1900-1945
  • Intellectual
  • Legal and Constitutional

Caroline E. Janney

University of Virginia

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • East
  • General and Historiography

Susan Lee Johnson

University of Nevada, Las Vegas; University of Wisconsin-Madison

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Borderlands
  • Gender, Masculinity, Femininity
  • Race

Robert Douglas Johnston

University of Illinois at Chicago

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Class
  • Gilded Age and Progressive Era
  • Medicine

Martha S. Jones

Johns Hopkins University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • African American
  • Intellectual
  • Legal and Constitutional

William P. Jones

University of Minnesota

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • African American
  • Civil Rights
  • Class

Walter D. Kamphoefner

Texas A&M University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Ethnicity
  • General and Historiography

Peter Karsten

University of Pittsburgh

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • International Relations
  • Legal and Constitutional
  • Military

Stanley N. Katz

Princeton University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Education
  • General and Historiography
  • Human Rights

Jennifer Keene

Chapman University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • African American
  • Military
  • Social and Cultural

Mary Kelley

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Antebellum
  • Gender, Masculinity, Femininity
  • Mass Communications

Robin D. G. Kelley

University of California, Los Angeles

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Intellectual
  • Politics
  • Post-1945

David Kennedy

Stanford University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • General and Historiography
  • Great Depression
  • Immigration

Cynthia A. Kierner

George Mason University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Antebellum
  • Biography
  • Family

Wilma King

University of Missouri-Columbia

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • African American
  • Antebellum
  • Childhood and Youth

Peter Kolchin

University of Delaware

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • African American
  • Antebellum
  • Civil War and Reconstruction

Alan M. Kraut

American University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Antisemitism and Religious Persecution
  • Ethnicity
  • General and Historiography

Peter J. Kuznick

American University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Atomic Bomb
  • Cold War
  • World War II

Erika Lee

University of Minnesota

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Asian American
  • Immigration

Allan J. Lichtman

American University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Elections, Electoral College, Voting Rights
  • General and Historiography
  • Leadership

Patricia Nelson Limerick

University of Colorado Boulder

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • American Indian
  • Borderlands
  • Environment and Natural Resources

Maeva Marcus

The George Washington University Law School

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • General and Historiography
  • Legal and Constitutional
  • Politics

Monica Muñoz Martinez

Brown University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • 1900-1945
  • Borderlands
  • Civil Rights

Kate Masur

Northwestern University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • 1800-1865
  • 1865-1900
  • African American

Louis P. Masur

Rutgers University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Intellectual
  • Lincoln

Elaine Tyler May

University of Minnesota

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Atomic Bomb
  • Civil Liberties, Security State
  • Cold War

Laura McEnaney

Whittier College

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Peace
  • Post-1945
  • Women

Danielle L. McGuire

Independent Scholar

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • African American
  • Civil Rights
  • Gender, Masculinity, Femininity

Robert J. McMahon

Ohio State University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Cold War
  • General and Historiography
  • International Relations

Edna Greene Medford

Howard University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • African American
  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • General and Historiography

Joanne Meyerowitz

Yale University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Gender, Masculinity, Femininity
  • International Relations
  • Post-1945

Marla R. Miller

University of Massachusetts Amherst

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Biography
  • General and Historiography
  • Material Culture and Architecture

Andy Mink

National Humanities Center

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Digital history
  • Family
  • General and Historiography

Natalia Molina

University of Southern California; California Humanities

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Latino/a
  • Immigration
  • Public Health and Disease

Barbara Molony

Santa Clara University; Co-President, Berkshire Conference of Women Historians

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • 1900-1945
  • Gender, Masculinity, Femininity
  • Material Culture and Architecture

J. Todd Moye

University of North Texas

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • African American
  • Oral history
  • Post-1945

David Nasaw

Graduate Center, City University of New York

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Biography
  • Business and Economics
  • Leadership

Christopher McKnight Nichols

Oregon State University; Oregon State University Center for the Humanities

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • 1865-1900
  • 1900-1945
  • Civil Liberties, Security State

Roger L. Nichols

University of Arizona

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • American Indian
  • Military
  • Transnational and Comparative

Alice O'Connor

University of California, Santa Barbara

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Business and Economics
  • Capitalism
  • Elections, Electoral College, Voting Rights

Margaret O'Mara

University of Washington

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Business and Economics
  • Capitalism
  • Cold War

James Oakes

Graduate Center, City University of New York

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • General and Historiography
  • Lincoln

Jason M. Opal

McGill University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • American Indian
  • Antebellum
  • General and Historiography

David M. Oshinsky

New York University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • African American
  • Cold War
  • General and Historiography

Alison M. Parker

University of Delaware

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • African American
  • Women
  • Social Movements

T. Michael Parrish

Baylor University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Civil Rights
  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Military

Christopher Phillips

The University of Cincinnati

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • African American
  • Antebellum
  • Civil War and Reconstruction

Leslie J. Reagan

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Disability
  • Family
  • Legal and Constitutional

Susan M. Reverby

Wellesley College

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • African American
  • General and Historiography
  • Medicine

Leah Wright Rigueur

Harvard University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • African American
  • Civil Rights
  • Elections, Electoral College, Voting Rights

Anne Sarah Rubin

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Military
  • Public History and Memory

Vicki L. Ruiz

University of California, Irvine

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Borderlands
  • Education
  • Ethnicity

George J. Sanchez

University of Southern California

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Borderlands
  • Education
  • Ethnicity

Scott A. Sandage

Carnegie Mellon University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • 1800-1865
  • 1865-1900
  • American Indian

Donna C. Schuele

California State University, Los Angeles; UCLA Center for the Study of Women

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • African American
  • Borderlands
  • Civil Liberties, Security State

Thomas Alan Schwartz

Vanderbilt University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Cold War
  • General and Historiography
  • International Relations

Manisha Sinha

University of Connecticut

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • 1800-1865
  • 1865-1900
  • African American

Merritt Roe Smith

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • General and Historiography
  • Military

Marjorie J. Spruill

University of South Carolina

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Elections, Electoral College, Voting Rights
  • Gilded Age and Progressive Era
  • Politics

Michael B. Stoff

University of Texas at Austin

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Atomic Bomb
  • Education
  • General and Historiography

Thomas J. Sugrue

New York University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • African American
  • Cold War
  • General and Historiography

Jeremi Suri

University of Texas at Austin

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Civil Liberties, Security State
  • Cold War
  • General and Historiography

Matthew Avery Sutton

Washington State University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • 1900-1945
  • Great Depression
  • Intellectual

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Princeton University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • African American
  • Post-1945
  • Race

Robert Brent Toplin

University of North Carolina at Wilmington; University of Virginia

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Business and Economics
  • Elections, Electoral College, Voting Rights
  • Film

Joe William Trotter Jr.

Carnegie Mellon University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • African American
  • Colonial
  • Labor and Working Class

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Harvard University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Colonial
  • Family
  • General and Historiography

Daniel Usner

Vanderbilt University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • American Indian
  • Colonial
  • Material Culture and Architecture

David Vaught

Texas A&M University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Sports and Recreation
  • Rural
  • West

Harry L. Watson

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Antebellum
  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • General and Historiography

Jeannie Whayne

University of Arkansas

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • African American
  • Agricultural
  • Civil War and Reconstruction

Allan M. Winkler

Miami University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Great Depression
  • Music
  • Post-1945

Barbara Winslow

Brooklyn College, City University of New York

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • African American
  • Leadership
  • Medicine

David M. Wrobel

University of Oklahoma

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Civil Liberties, Security State
  • Dust Bowl
  • Environment and Natural Resources

Judy Tzu-Chun Wu

University of California, Irvine

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • African American
  • Asian American
  • Atomic Bomb

Rosemarie Zagarri

George Mason University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • 1700-1800
  • Elections, Electoral College, Voting Rights
  • Legal and Constitutional

Julian E. Zelizer

Princeton University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Jewish
  • Leadership
  • Politics