Distinguished Lecturers
Christopher Capozzola

Christopher Capozzola

Christopher Capozzola is a professor of history at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he teaches classes on political and legal history, war and the military, and the history of immigration. He is the author of Uncle Sam Wants You: World War I and the Making of the Modern American Citizen (2008) and Bound by War: How the United States and the Philippines Built America's First Pacific Century (2020). Capozzola is also active in public history and is a co-curator of "The Volunteers: Americans Join World War I, 1914-1919," a historical exhibition commemorating the centennial of the First World War. He was the Academic Adviser for Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project, and a co-author of its digital exhibition, Under One Flag: America's Broken Promise to the  Philippines."

Capozzola served from 2014 to 2017 on the development committee for the Advanced Placement exam in U.S. History, and in 2018 was named a MacVicar Faculty Fellow, MIT's highest honor for undergraduate teaching.

NEW IN 2020: Bound by War: How the United States and the Philippines Built America's First Pacific Century (Basic Books)

OAH Lectures by Christopher Capozzola

Overview of decades-long effort by Filipino World War II veterans to obtain U.S. citizenship and equitable veterans benefits. Connects U.S. and Philippine history, and links military history with the history of civil rights movements in the late twentieth century. Connects with online resources and lesson plans for teaching this diverse but often unfamiliar content.

Overview of 1986 People Power revolution in the Philippines, how the U.S. (and Reagan administration in particular) and popular groups - including Filipino Americans - responded to it.

Explores the First World War as a crucial moment in U.S. constitutional history, drawing on topics such as prohibition, women's suffrage, free speech, citizenship, and surveillance. Suitable for Constitution Day programming.

Overview of U.S. political and cultural history on the home front during World War I. Tailored to wartime local and state history of the host venue.


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