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Department ofHistory

Meg Gudgeirsson

Meg Gudgeirsson

Adjunct Lecturer

I have studied and taught courses that cover the entirety of American history, but I am particularly drawn to the 19th and 20th centuries. My research has focused on religion, gender, and children while my teaching adds an interest of the media as well. I am interested in the role of “everyday” people - how they experienced and shaped our nation. I am inspired by those who challenge the obstacles they face and seek to better understand them. My current research builds upon my PhD dissertation, “Perfect Child, Perfect Faith: Raising Children in Nineteenth-Century Religious Communities,” focusing on the work of the radical abolitionists who settled in Berea, Kentucky.  I currently teach courses on the urban landscape and recent turbulent periods in the 20th and 21st century. 

PhD University of California, Santa Cruz, 2016
MA University of California, Irvine 2007
BA California, State University, 2003



HIST 11A: Imperial West and Slavery & Unfreedom
HIST 12A: Cities & Civilizations II
HIST 174: Turbulence & Change, 1960s-1970s
HIST 176: Contemporary US, 1980s-Present


Curriculum vitae
Curriculum vitae