Chris Magoc
Preston 116

Dr. Magoc recently published a book titled “A Progressive History of the United States Since 1945 American Dreams, Hard Realities” (Routledge Press, 2022). He also has a chapter in the revised edition of “Pennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth” (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2023), while continuing to work collaboratively with community historians and students on 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. 


  • 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

Teaching Interests

  • 20th Century America
  • U.S. Environmental History
  • America in the Nuclear Age
  • Public History and Museum Studies
  • The American West
  • American Culture Studies

Courses Taught

  • ENVS 105: Introduction to Environmental Studies (co-taught)
  • HIS 102: U.S. History II
  • HIS 103: America Since 1945
  • HIS 219: World War II
  • HIS 221: U.S. Environmental History
  • HIS 225: Exploring American Culture, 1920-Present
  • HIS 226: The Turbulent Sixties
  • HIS 230: History of the American West
  • HIS 235: Introduction to Public History and Museum Studies
  • HIS 240: Museum Studies II
  • HIS 305: American Material Culture and the Built Landscape
  • HIS 325: America in the Nuclear Age
  • HIS 485: Public History Senior Project

Recent Publications and Presentations 

  • “A Progressive History of American Democracy Since 1945: American Dreams, Hard Realities” (Routledge Press, 2022).
  • “Geography,” with Wilbur Zelinsky, in “Pennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth” rev. ed. (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2023).
  • 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).

Awards and Recognitions

  • Recipient, Dr. Ken Schiff Legacy Award, Mercyhurst University Autism Initiative (2018)
  • Recipient, Mercyhurst Teaching Excellence Award (2012)
  • Recipient, Mercyhurst Sustainability Award (2009)