Chris Magoc
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Dr. Magoc’s current research projects include a forthcoming book with ABC-CLIO/Praeger Press, titled American Dreams, Hard Realities: A Progressive History of the United States Since 1945. He is also working on the Erie County African American Heritage Trail with Mercyhurst Public History Students, expected to be completed in 2018, and is conducting research for a manuscript on the history of the Commonwealth Association of Students, 1973-1985. 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)


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

Select 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).