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Thomas C Wolfe

Department of History 914 HellerH 271 19th Ave S

University Affiliations

  • Liberal Arts


Thomas C. Wolfe is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Minnesota. He is affiliated faculty with the Department of Anthropology, the Institute for Global Studies, and the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He is a student of 20th century modernity and the uses of the past in contemporary societies. Geographic and cultural Interests range from Russia/Soviet Union to Europe, the US, and ancient civilizations. Current research project involves the history of the European Union. Particularly important to his research and teaching is the role of media in the constitution of knowledge and the formation of disciplines and worldviews.


  • history of media and communications
  • pragmatism
  • European Union
  • post-communist Russia
  • Soviet Union
  • Michel Foucault, governmentality

Educational Background

  • PhD: Anthropology and History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1997.


  • Governing Soviet Journalism. Wolfe, Thomas, Indiana University Press, Author, 2005.
  • On Teaching, Without Disciplines: Wolfe, Thomas, The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies,, 74 , 2013.
  • Social justice, social science, and the complexities of post-socialism: Wolfe, Thomas, John Pickles, Social Science Research Council, Social Justice and Hegemony in Eastern Europe, 2013.
  • Anthrohistory and Phantom Limb Syndrome: Transdisciplinarity in a Disciplinary World: Wolfe, Thomas, University of Michigan Press, Anthrohistory: Unsettling Knowledge and the Question of Discipline, 2011.
  • Past as Present, Myth, or History? Discourses of Time and the Great Fatherland War. Wolfe, Thomas, Duke University Press, Author, 2006.

Courses Taught

  • Hist 8015 - Scope and Methods of Historical Studies
  • History 3010 Perfect Worlds: Utopias and the Modern Imagination
  • History 3705 -- From Printing Press to Internet
  • History 3722 -- Europe since 1945
  • History 3719 -- The Making of Contemporary Europe
  • Global Studies 3143 -- Living in the Global
  • Global Studies 3900 -- Exploring Activism
  • History 5251 -- Seminar in Socialism/Post-socialism
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Featured Faculty

  • Prof. Ruggles Chosen to Lead Population Association of America (PAA)

    Prof. Steve Ruggles has been chosen president-elect of the Population Association of America (PAA) He will be the first historian ever to lead that organization (more typically its presidents have been sociologists or economists). Steve will serve as PAA president-elect in 2014 and president in 2015.

    This honor is recognition of the great work that Steve has done both in his own research and in supporting the work of other scholars through his work with the Minnesota Population Center. Congratulations, Prof. Ruggles!

    Learn more about the Population Association of America (PAA)

    March 15th, 2014
  • Digital Research Projects by HIST 3959 Students

    In Fall 2013, HIST 3959 - How to Do History was taught by Prof. Donna Gabaccia with a focus on digital history research projects. One additional feature of HIST 3959 this fall was that six graduate students earned graduate credit by working with the undergraduate groups as "project managers."

    Here is a sample of innovative projects from class:

    The Pacific Railroad Surveyors
    Jewish Life in 1930s/40s Minneapolis
    Why Public Education?
    Rustication in the Chinese Cultural Revolution
    Early Scandinavian Cartography
    Korea, Forgotten War?
    Political Leadership and Masculinity

    December 13th, 2013
  • Major Awards for History Profs. Kevin Murphy, Barbara Welke, Donna Gabaccia (2), Kay Reyerson, Elaine Tyler May

    It has been a season for great honors and accomplishments for our faculty. Congratulations to all!

    Donna Gabaccia is one of the recipients of the 2013 University Outstanding Community Service Award
    Donna Gabaccia has been awarded the Theodore Saloutos Memorial Book Award of the Immigration and Ethnic History Society for Foreign Relations: American Immigration in Global Perspective.
    Elaine Tyler May has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2013 by The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.
    Kevin Murphy is a 2013 recipient of the UofM's Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education.
    Kay Reyerson has been awarded the Robert L. Kindrick-CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies by the Medieval Academy.
    Barbara Welke has been named one of the new Distinguished McKnight University Professors.

    April 3rd, 2013

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