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History 172: U.S. History since 1877

A guide to completing the library research component of your assignment to identify a moment in U.S. history after 1980 that should be given more emphasis in your textbook.

Subject Specialist Librarians

Subject specialist librarians are eager to assist you with your library research, and in most cases can save you a lot of time, especially if you meet with them early in order to plan out your research strategy.

Subject specialist librarians recognize the interdisciplinary, collaborative nature of historical research, and they encourage you to meet with any librarian whose area of expertise overlaps with your research. For example, if you are researching the history of house music, then you should meet with both the History Librarian AND the Music Librarian.

Librarians for this Course

Librarian Areas of Expertise Contact
Celestina Savonius-Wroth, Ph.D.


Schedule a research Consultation with Prof. Savonius-Wroth

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Cindy Ingold

LGBTQ Studies

Gender Studies

Women's Studies

Asian American Studies


Political Science


Schedule a Research Consultation with Prof. Ingold

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Jj Pionke




Schedule a Research Consultation with Prof. O'Brien

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Courtney Becks

African American Studies

Jewish Studies

Schedule a Research Consultation with Prof. Becks

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Mara Thacker

Popular Culture

Schedule a Research Consultation with Mara Thacker

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Lisa Romero

Media Studies

Latinx Studies

Schedule a Research Consultation with Prof. Romero

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