Faculty Profile

Matthew Pinsker

Professor of History; Pohanka Chair in American Civil War History (2002)

Contact Information

on sabbatical 2018-19: one semester spread over the academic year


Denny Hall Room 218


Pinsker teaches courses in U.S. political, legal and diplomatic history. His research focuses on the career of Abraham Lincoln, partisanship in the Civil War era, American constitutionalism, the Underground Railroad and the history of U.S. campaigns and elections.


  • B.A., Harvard University, 1990
  • D.Phil., University of Oxford, 1995

2018-2019 Academic Year

Fall 2018

HIST 500 Independent Study

Spring 2019

INST 282 Diplomatic History of the U.S.
Cross-listed with HIST 282-01.

HIST 282 Diplomatic History of the U.S.
Cross-listed with INST 282-01.

HIST 311 American Slavery
Selected areas and problems in American history. Designed for majors and for non-majors who have taken courses in related fields.