United States

The Department of History and Classics at the University of Alberta offers a wide range of expertise in American history. Our faculty members specialize in the 19th and 20th centuries, with research interests ranging from African American history to astronomy.

Our fields of graduate study in American history include the following:


  • Medicine, science and technology (Ede, R. Smith, S. Smith)
  • Military, war and society (Ede, R. Smith, S. Smith)
  • National security, international history (R. Smith)
  • Women and gender (Romeo, S. Smith)
  • Race and ethnicity (Romeo, S. Smith)


The field of American History is supported by strong links to several interdisciplinary programs on campus. For example, students have the opportunity to attend a monthly seminar series on medical history and present their research at the annual History of Medicine Day. This event is sponsored by the History of Medicine Program, established in 2004 as a joint effort by the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. The Science, Technology, and Society Program (1989), housed in the Faculty of Arts, offers courses and sponsors distinguished speakers and seminars, often involving American topics. The Alberta Institute of American Studies (2005) promotes scholarly research across campus and does public programming on U.S. policy and Canada-U.S. relations. Finally, since 1988 the Women’s Studies Program has provided courses and a seminar series of interest to scholars across many disciplines.

Research Infrastructure

The University’s Rutherford Library houses a very rich collection of primary and secondary sources in American History. They include substantial materials from the antebellum South; microfilmed Presidential papers; significant slavery materials (including microfilmed southern plantation records and WPA slave narratives); microfilmed records of the U.S. Sanitary Commission, the largest voluntary organization to support the Union Army during the Civil War; rare books on the western U.S., especially California; and material on early exploration in both North and South America from the 16th to the 19th centuries. The Scott Health Sciences Library contains a rich collection of medical history books and health science journals. They include the Journal of the National Medical Association (1909 to the present), the journal of the black medical association; and the Rawlinson Collection of rare books, including 19th-century home health care guides. Many important archive collections related to U.S. history are also available online.

Faculty members’ areas of graduate teaching and supervision:

Andrew Ede (Ph.D. Toronto)
History of science and technology, history of chemistry, science in society, science in the U.S.

Sharon Romeo (Ph.D. Iowa)
19th - Century US, Slavery and Emancipation, Law and Society, African American History, Women, Gender, and Sexuality

Robert Smith (Ph.D. Cambridge)
Science and technology in the 19th to the 21st centuries

Susan L. Smith (Ph.D. Wisconsin)
20th-century U.S., medicine and public health, war and health, women and gender, African Americans, Japanese Americans