History Department
History Department

Steven Mintz

ProfessorPh.D., Yale University, 1979

Steven Mintz


  • Phone: 512-499-4210
  • Office: GAR 3.312
  • Office Hours: Available by appointment; Email: smintz@utsystem.edu or phone 512-499-4210
  • Campus Mail Code: B7000


A leading educational innovator and an award-winning teacher and author, Professor Mintz is the founding director of the University of Texas System's Institute for Transformational Learning and a leading authority on families, children, youth, and the life course.

In his UT System role, he is responsible for making a quality education more accessible, affordable, and successful. To achieve this goal, his institute designs breakthrough pathways to a meaningful credential, creates technologies to support immersive and personalized education, and harnesses the power of fine-grained learning analytics.

As a historian, he is the author of 14 books, including The Prime of Life: A History of Modern Adulthood, a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice, and Huck’s Raft: A History of American Childhood, which received major prizes from the Association of American Publishers, the Organization of American Historians, and the Texas Institute of Letters.

A former fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford and visiting scholar at Harvard's Center for European Studies, he came to UT from Columbia University.  He has also taught at Oberlin College, the University of Houston, Harvard University’s Extension School, Pepperdine University, and Universitat-GH-Siegen.

In addition, he has served as president of the Society for the History of Children and Youth, and chaired the Council on Contemporary Families, an organization of leading academics and clinicians committed to improving the public conversation on families and their needs.  

A pioneer in the application of new technologies to historical research and teaching, he is past president of H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online, which serves over 200,000 academics world-wide. He is also the creator of the Digital History website, which is used by 150,000 teachers and students a week and which has been named one of the Top 5 sites in U.S. history and been placed on the National Endowment for the Humanities EdSitement list of exemplary online resources in the humanities.

In addition to playing an active role in the professional development of K-12 teachers and in programs to bring students from historically underrepresented groups into the professoriate, he is a member of the Society of American Historians, whose members are chosen on the basis of literary distinction. He has also chaired the Bancroft Prize and Frederick Douglass Book Prize juries, and received over $15 million in external funding, including two National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grants.  

He blogs on Inside Higher Ed and Psychology Today; his writings have also been featured in The New York Times and The Washington Post

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