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.

Warshauer’s area of specialty is early American political and constitutional history, particularly the period between 1776-1876.  He has a deep interest in the development and disintegration of political party systems, how partisanship, economics, and nationalism intersect and run against the rule of law and constitutionalism.  He often refers to such issues as the great “American paradox.” 

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 described 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.  Pulitzer Prize winning author Jon Meacham recognized that it “brilliantly sorts through the historiographical debate.”

Over the years Warshauer expanded his scholarly focus to Connecticut 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 served as the co-chair of the Commission from 2009-2015, collaborating with over 100 organizations to develop programming and events commemorate the war’s meaning and Connecticut’s involvement in the struggle for Union.

As part of that effort, Warshauer published 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 followed with Inside Connecticut and the Civil War: Essay’s on One State’s Struggles (2014), an edited volume of outstanding essays written by 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 insisted that “No Civil War collection worth its salt should be without this volume.”      

In recent years, Dr. Warshauer has continued to expand his areas of research and teaching, focusing on 9/11 and the War on Terror.  The core of his interest here continues to revolve around the “American paradox,” how the United States’ policy and actions can go such an opposite direction from our professed values and the historic documents we celebrate as the foundation of our nation.

He has completed a manuscript titled, American Chaos and the Birth of the 9/11 Generation, on which he is currently working with publishers.