Faculty Profile

Matthew Pinsker

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

Contact Information

pinskerm@dickinson.edu

Denny Hall Room 218
717.245.1350

Bio

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.

Education

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

2017-2018 Academic Year

Fall 2017

HIST 118 American Hist 1877 to Present
This course covers aspects of political evolution, foreign policy development, industrialization, urbanization, and the expanding roles of 20th century central government. Includes attention to historical interpretation. Multiple sections offered.

HIST 204 Intro Historical Methodology
Local archives and libraries serve as laboratories for this project-oriented seminar that introduces beginning majors to the nature of history as a discipline, historical research techniques, varied forms of historical evidence and the ways in which historians interpret them, and the conventions of historical writing. Prerequisite: one previous course in history.

HIST 311 American Slavery
This advanced history course will explore the interpretive debates among scholars over the study of slavery as an economic system, as well as some of the key conflicts over how to portray the political and moral resistance to its operations in the United States.

HIST 500 Independent Study

Spring 2018

HIST 118 American Hist 1877 to Present
This course covers aspects of political evolution, foreign policy development, industrialization, urbanization, and the expanding roles of 20th century central government. Includes attention to historical interpretation. Multiple sections offered.

HIST 211 US Military History
This historical topics course will survey major themes in US military history, including an assessment of the evolving American way of war, major homefront challenges, and key episodes in civil-military relations within the constitutional framework.