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History and Political Science Faculty

Katherine Tinsley

Katherine Tinsley
Associate Professor of History
Office: Administration 8b
Phone: 260-982-5338


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin at Madison, 1995

Research Interests
Late nineteenth and early twentieth century American social and cultural history, history of American medicine, oral history

Teaching Fields
United States history, oral history, gender studies

Major Publications
Katherine Tinsley and Carl Kaestle. "Autobiographies and the History of Reading: The Meaning of Literacy in Individuals' Lives," in Literacy in the United States: Readers and Reading since 1880. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1991.

Lawrence Stedman, Katherine Tinsley and Carl Kaestle. "Literacy as a Consumer Activity," in Literacy in the United States. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1991.

Courses taught
Development of Western Civilization
American History: Colonial period to Civil War
American History: Civil War to present
Race and Ethnicity in American History
Women in American History
Recent American History
Oral History Techniques
Historiography and Research Methodology
Aspects of American Social History--topics include:

  • The African American Experience in Indiana
  • Reform and Utopian Communities
  • Small Town and Rural Life
  • Urban History of the Midwest
  • The History of New York City

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