OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

Christopher Capozzola

Portrait of Christopher Capozzola
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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. He is a cocurator of "The Volunteers: Americans Join World War I," a historical exhibition commemorating the centennial of the First World War, and Academic Adviser for the FilVetREP, the Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project. He 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.

Featured Lecture

OAH Lectures

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.
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 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.