History Department
History Department

Steven Mintz

ProfessorPh.D., Yale University, 1979

Steven Mintz


  • Phone: 512-499-4210
  • Office: GAR 3.312
  • Office Hours: Fall 2017: T TH 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • 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


HIS 315K • The United States, 1492-1865

39279 • Fall 2017
Meets TTH 5:00PM-6:30PM CLA 0.102

Survey of United States history from the colonial period through the Civil War. 

Partially fulfills legislative requirement for American history.



HIS 315L • The United States Since 1865

39385 • Fall 2017
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM JES A121A

In this class, you will be a detective, a myth buster, a problem solver, and a forensic scientist. You will debunk or confirm legends and folklore. You will investigate some of history’s most gripping mysteries and take part in some of history’s biggest debates. You will uncover the hidden history behind front-page headlines as well as the roots of a host of everyday rituals and customs. You will examine Hollywood’s version of the past and separate fact from fiction. You will re-fight past battles, re-live key episodes in the past, and ask what-might-have-been. You will also explore the uneasy relationship between academic history and popular memory—those legends and traditions that exert a much more powerful grip on our imagination.
This class offers an innovative approach to U.S. history from global and multicultural perspectives, ties past events to contemporary issues, and allows you to investigate U.S. history's most gripping mysteries.
The course incorporates a wealth of resources including maps, film clips, and music that bring the past to life and allow you to understand the key issues and controversies of U.S. history from a fresh perspective. Reading materials for the course can be accessed in Canvas.


This course partially fulfills the legislative requirement for American history.

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