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

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

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

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