Adam Arenson

Adam Arenson is a historian of nineteenth-century North America focusing on the American West and its borderlands, from California to the Yukon Territory, from Toronto to St. Louis to El Paso.

His first book, The Great Heart of the Republic: St. Louis and the Cultural Civil War, will be released by Harvard University Press in November 2010. It describes the conflict between three regions — West as well as North and South — that shaped the United States in the decades before, during, and after the Civil War’s fighting.

Adam coordinated the Writing History colloquium at Yale, has taught graduate courses on The Writing of History at the University of Texas at El Paso, and is now the coordinator for Past Tense, the seminar on innovative history writing at the Huntington Library, sponsored by the Huntington-USC Early Modern Studies Institute and Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West.

For more on his new projects, see his faculty website or his other academic blog.

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