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Faculty Profile

Matthew Pinsker

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

2019-2020 Academic Year

Spring 2020

HIST 211 US Constitutional History
This course surveys advanced topics in US constitutional history from the framing of the government in 1787 to the recent past. Students will study various landmark Supreme Court cases, key constitutional amendments and selected constitutional crises, such as the nation’s historical impeachment battles.

AFST 220 Civil War - Reconstruction
Cross-listed with HIST 288-01. A study of the political, economic, social, and intellectual aspects of 19th century America from 1848 to 1877. Attention is given to the causes and course of the Civil War and evaluates the results of Reconstruction.

HIST 288 Civil War - Reconstruction
Cross-listed with AFST 220-02.

HIST 500 Independent Study