Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1977
Professor Steffen teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in early American history. Using a broadly comparative approach, he explores the complex linkages among British, Spanish, French, and Portuguese colonial worlds, as well as the interactions among Europeans, Indians, and Africans. Steffen also teaches History 7010, a graduate seminar that examines broad themes in American history. Because this seminar usually includes students from both the History Department and the School of Education, it provides an exciting opportunity to build bridges between academic historians and public school teachers of social studies. In recent years, Steffen’s research interests have shifted from early America to contemporary Atlanta. New projects include the roots of cultural conservatism, the contest over urban public space, and the racial dynamics of public transportation.
Mutilating Khalid: The Symbolic Politics of Female Genital Cutting (Africa World Press, forthcoming)
From Gentlemen to Townsmen: The Gentry of Baltimore County, Maryland, 1660-1776 (University Press of Kentucky, 1993)
The Mechanics of Baltimore: Workers and Politics in the Age of Revolution, 1763-1812 (University of Illinois Press, 1984)