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

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

FYSM 100 First-Year Seminar
The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces students to Dickinson as a "community of inquiry" by developing habits of mind essential to liberal learning. Through the study of a compelling issue or broad topic chosen by their faculty member, students will: - Critically analyze information and ideas - Examine issues from multiple perspectives - Discuss, debate and defend ideas, including one's own views, with clarity and reason - Develop discernment, facility and ethical responsibility in using information, and - Create clear academic writing The small group seminar format of this course promotes discussion and interaction among students and their professor. In addition, the professor serves as students' initial academic advisor. This course does not duplicate in content any other course in the curriculum and may not be used to fulfill any other graduation requirement.

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.

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 550 Independent Research