Faculty Profile

Matthew Pinsker

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

Contact Information


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

2015-2016 Academic Year

Fall 2015

HIST 117 American Hist 1607 to 1877
This course covers colonial, revolutionary, and national America through Reconstruction. Include attention to historical interpretation. Multiple sections offered.

HIST 404 US Constitution
This seminar will explore advanced topics in US constitutional history, including questions about original intent, freedoms of the press and religion, civil rights and liberties, criminal procedure, the separation of powers and the electoral process.