Chris Magoc
Preston 116

Dr. Magoc’s current research projects include the forthcoming (Routledge Press, January 2022), A Progressive History of the United States Since 1945 American Dreams, Hard Realities, a chapter in the revised edition (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2023) of Pennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth, and ongoing further development of a faculty-student-community history project,  A Shared Heritage: A Digital and Driving Tour of Erie County African American History.  His areas of teaching focus include 20th Century America, U.S. Environmental History, America in the Nuclear Age, Public History and Museum Studies, the American West, and American Culture Studies.

  • Recipient, Mercyhurst Teaching Excellence Award (2012)
  • Recipient, Mercyhurst Sustainability Award (2009)


  • Ph.D., American Studies, University of New Mexico (1992)
  • M.A., American Studies, Pennsylvania State University, Middletown (1990)
  • B.A., Environmental Studies/Geography, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (1982)

Courses Taught

  • America in the Nuclear Age
  • America Since 1945
  • American Material Culture and the Built Landscape
  • Exploring American Culture, 1920-Present
  • History of the American West
  • Introduction to Public History and Museum Studies
  • Introduction to Environmental Studies (co-taught)
  • Museum Studies II
  • Public History Senior Project
  • U.S. Environmental History
  • The Turbulent Sixties
  • U.S. History II
  • World War II

Selected Publications

  • General Editor and Author, American Imperialism and Expansionism: A Political, Social and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection; 4 volumes (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO Press, 2016).
  • “In Search of a Useable, Hopeful Environmental Narrative in the Mid-Atlantic.”  Special Issue, Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies (Summer 2015): 314-328.
  • “Reflections on the Public Interpretation of Regional Environmental History In Western Pennsylvania.” The Public Historian (Vol. 36), n. 3 (August 2014): pp. 50–69. Selected by the National Council on Public History for the G. Wesley Johnson Award, 2014. Chronology of American Environmental History (ABC-CLIO Press, 2011).
  • “The Power of Place in Teaching U.S. History,” in Rethinking the Teaching of American History (Butler        Books, 2011).
  • Environmental Issues in American History (Greenwood Press, 2006).
  • "Ecology and Environment," in Rocky Mountain History and Culture (Greenwood Publishing, November     2004).
  • So Glorious a Landscape: Nature and the Environment in American History and Culture (Wilmington, DE:     Scholarly Resources, 2002).
  • Guide to the Erie Maritime Museum and U.S. Brig NIAGARA,  Trail of History Guidebook Series     (Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2001).
  • Yellowstone: The Creation and Selling of an American Landscape, 1870-1903 (Albuquerque: University of     New Mexico Press, 1999).
  • Tarentum: A History in the Making.  Writer/executive producer, 92-minute documentary (Tarentum, PA:     Alle-Kiski Valley Historical Society, 1996).