Charles Postel

Charles Postel
Building: Science
Room Number: 224
Office Hours: 
Tuesday: 1:00 pm-2:00 pm
Thursday: 9:30 am-10:30 am


My teaching and research focus on social movements and politics in the United States. I am especially interested in the political ideas that have inspired radical protest and reform, as well as conservative activism. My first book, The Populist Vision (Oxford 2007), is a history of the Populist movement of the 1890s, the most powerful revolt against corporate power in U.S. history. My new book project is a history of social mobilizations of farmers, workers, women, and other activists and how they reshaped post-Civil War America. Outside the university I am interested in history education in the public schools and have been involved in collaborations with K-12 educators. I also write historical commentary for news services and other media.


  • Ph.D. UC-Berkeley, 2002
  • B.A. UC-Berkeley, 1995
  • Laney College, 1992

Research Interests

  • Politics & Social Movements
  • Populism
  • Radicalism & Reform
  • Gilded Age & Progressive Era
  • Conservatism

Selected Awards

  • Society of American Historians, elected 2018
  • Stanford Humanities Center Fellow, 2016-2017
  • Fulbright-Dow Distinguished Research Chair, Roosevelt Study Center, Netherlands, fall 2012
  • Ghaemian Scholar-in-Residence, Center for American Studies, University of Heidelberg, 2011-12
  • Bancroft Prize, Trustees of Columbia University, 2008
  • Frederick Jackson Turner Award, Organization of American Historians, 20008
  • Roland Marchand Award for Service to K-12 Education, History Project, UC-Davis, 2007

Selected Publications


Book Chapters:



Courses Recently Taught


  • 121: The U.S. 1877-present
  • 426: The U.S. 1877-1916
  • 427: The U.S. 1916-1945
  • 481: Thought & Culture in America, 1880-present
  • 642: The Conservative Movement, 1935-present
  • 642: Reformers & Radicals, 1865-1920 


  • 790: Readings in Reconstruction, Gilded Age & Progressive Era History
  • 790: Readings in 20th-Century U.S. History
  • 790: Researching Protest, Reform & Politics