Dr. Matthew Warshauer

Professor

History

Contact Information

Ebenezer D. Bassett Hall 2161800

Phone: 860-832-2803

Email: WarshauerM@ccsu.edu

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Dr. Warshauer received his B.A. in history from Central Connecticut State University in 1990, and completed his M.A. (1993) and Ph.D. (1997) in American Studies at Saint Louis University. He joined the faculty at CCSU in the fall of 1997.  If you had told him at the time of his graduation in 1990 that he would return to his alma mater and build a career, he would have thought you crazy.  But return he did, and he couldn’t be happier.  CCSU is a wonderful place to be.

His first book, Andrew Jackson and the Politics of Martial Law: Nationalism, Civil Liberties, and Partisanship (2006) was widely recognized as one of the newest considerations in many years of Andrew Jackson, receiving favorable reviews in major history journals and in the New Yorker, which describe his work as “lucid and well researched.”  Paul Doutrich, of York College, noted in the Journal of American History that “Warshauer presents a thorough and thought-provoking discussion about the early implementation of martial law,” and that “Warshauer’s Jackson is a calculating political tactician who skillfully and often ruthlessly used his power for his own purposes.”

Warshauer followed with the 2009 publication of Andrew Jackson in Context.  Author Jon Meacham recognized that it “brilliantly sorts through the historiographical debate.” At the same time Warshauer expanded his scholarly focus to Connecticut state history by serving from 2003-2011 as editor of the journal, Connecticut History.  This led him to extensive interaction with the state’s public history community, and to the creation of the Connecticut Civil War Commemoration Commission in 2009.  He currently serves as co-chair of the Commission and has helped to hold dozens upon dozens of events throughout Connecticut to explore and commemorate the war.

Part of this has involved the publication of Connecticut in the American Civil War: Slavery, Sacrifice and Survival (2011), which has been described by Pulitzer Prize winning historian Mark E. Neely, Jr. as an “account that puts political parties and questions of racial policy at the heart of Connecticut’s wartime history.  I hope that every state’s commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War produces a study as good as this one.”

Warshauer’s most recent publication, Inside Connecticut and the Civil War: Essay’s on One State’s Struggles (2014), which he edited, is written by current and former master’s students in the CCSU Department of History.  The first such book of its kind in the University’s long history, it reflects Warshauer’s desire to provide his students with a professional opportunity to engage in real research and publication. Fordham University historian Paul Cimbala has written that “No Civil War collection worth its salt should be without this volume.”      

Warshauer is also a dedicated teacher who views every class as performance art and an opportunity to engage students.  He is recognized annually on the Excellence in Teaching Honor Roll at CCSU.  He is also recipient of the 2006 CCSU and Connecticut State University Faculty Research Awards, was awarded the 2012 Bruce Fraser Award in Public History by the Association for the Study of Connecticut History (the first time the award was ever given), the 2011 New England History Teachers’ Association Kidger Award for Innovative Publishing and Teaching, and in 2012 was honored by students as an Honorary Inductee into Golden Key Honor Society.  He serves on numerous committees and boards throughout Connecticut.