Charles Postel

Office Hours : By Appointment Only
Phone: (415) 405-0399
Location: Humanities Building Room 439

I study United States history with a focus on the connections between political ideas and society. My recent book, Equality: An American Dilemma, 1866-1896 (2019), is about the powerful social movements unleashed by African Americans, farmers, workers, and women after the Civil War. My previous book, The Populist Vision (2007), is a history of the Populist movement of the 1890s, a farmer-labor revolt against corporate power that reshaped American politics. I have also written about conservative and right-wing nationalist movements in recent U.S. history. I am presently working on a book about the African American experience in the World War II era.


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

Research Interests

  • Politics and Social Movements
  • Populism
  • Reconstruction
  • African American Experience
  • Racial, Gender, & Class Equality
  • Conservatism

Selected Awards

  • H. Wayne Morgan Book Prize, Honorable Mention, Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 2021
  • 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



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Courses Recently Taught


  • 121: The U.S. 1877-present
  • 300: Historical Analysis (GWAR)
  • 424: Civil War and Reconstruction
  • 426: Gilded Age and Progressive Era
  • 427: U.S. in Depression and War
  • 428: U.S. History since 1945
  • 481: U.S. Thought & Culture
  • 696: The Conservative Movement


  • 705 Approaches to Political History
  • 790: Readings in Reconstruction, Gilded Age & Progressive Era History
  • 790: Readings in 20th Century U.S. History
  • 790: Researching the Politics of Protest