United States History
The Saint Louis University History Department has a long-standing commitment to graduate training in U.S. history. Under the leadership of John Francis Bannon, S. J., professor of history from 1939 to 1973 and a well-known authority on the Spanish borderlands and American West, the department trained many graduates who went on to teaching careers at schools and colleges across the U.S.
Today, study in the department continues to reflect the city's location at the crossroads of east and west and north and south. Faculty carry out research on a wide range of topics in the history of American public policy, foreign relations, social movements, and intellectual life. They have held office, edited journals, planned conferences in professional organizations of historians, and lectured widely in the United States and overseas. The Journal of Policy History is based in the department. A highlight in the department's recent history occurred when the university hosted the meeting of the Organization of American Historians in Spring 2000.
The Department of History offers instruction for both the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in U.S. history. Both programs enable students to receive a broad education in American history, learn about current issues in historical research, and gain experience in research and writing. Faculty advisors and teachers take a close interest in their students' progress. Our students can enroll in courses offered in American Studies, Theological Studies, and other graduate programs at the university. Additional course work is available from other area universities, including the University of Missouri - St. Louis, Washington University, and Southern Illinois University.
The topics of recent and current Ph.D. dissertations reflect the breadth of the department's approaches to U.S. history. Among recent topics were ethnic conflict in the Mesabi iron range, medical practices at colonial Jamestown, the role of Native-Americans in European frontier settlements of early America, seamen's experience in the Union navy, women in nineteenth-century Saint Louis, the historical ideas of African-American leaders, aspects of US-African relations during the Cold War, African art in the U.S., crime and RICO, the Bretton Woods Conference and American economic policy, and civil defense during the early Cold War.
Library Resources and Archives
Saint Louis University's Pius XII Memorial Library contains approximately 1.5 million volumes with exceptionally rich holdings in the history of North America. It contains most scholarly journals, monographs, and source collections relevant to U.S. history and is particularly rich in the history of religion and the Catholic Church. The Saint Louis Room houses the library's special collections, including over seven thousand early printed books and an eclectic "Americana" collection. As a United States Federal Depository Library since 1866, Pius Library offers a large and historic government documents collection. Among the library's many important research collection in American History are the Early American Imprints, including virtually all of the non-serial titles published in America between 1620 and 1819 on 26,195 microfiche, the Anti-Slvery Propaganda in the Oberlin College Library pamphlet collection consisting of 7,245 microfiche, and the Library of Congress Presidential Papers on microfilm. The library's on-line catalogs, MERLIN and MOBIUS, enable students to access and check-out an additional 14 million volumes from a wide array of Missouri institutions, including Washington University and the University of Missouri. Students may also take advantage of rich historical collections at the Missouri Historical Society, the Western Historical Collection, and the Mercantile Library.
- Stefan Bradley, Ph.D. (Missouri-Columbia). Associate Professor of History. Post World War II America, race relations, youth culture.
- Flannery Burke, Ph.D. (Wisconsin-Madison). Associate Professor of History. United States environmental and Western history, cultural history, women and gender.
- Lorri Glover, Ph.D. (Kentucky). John Francis Bannon, S.J. Professor of History. Early America, family, gender, social history.
- Nathaniel Millett, Ph.D. (Cambridge). Assistant Professor; Atlantic World and Borderlands, Colonial and Revolutionary Anglo and Spanish North America, race.
- Michal J. Rozbicki, Ph.D. (Warsaw). Associate Professor of History Colonial British America; cultural and social; the Revolution.
- T. Michael Ruddy, Ph.D. (Kent State) Professor of History Twentieth Century; foreign relations.
- Silvana R. Siddali, Ph.D. (Harvard). Associate Professor of History; Nineteenth-century political and constitutional; Civil War.
- Katrina D. Thompson, Ph.D. (Stony Brook). Assistant Professor of History. Nineteenth and twentieth century America, race, gender, popular culture.
For more information see the Department of History's Graduate Studies page or contact one of the faculty members directly.