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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

  • Jean O'Brien, 2014 Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award

    Jean O'Brien has been awarded this year's Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award. Jean O'Brien joins Erika Lee (2012) as the second historian to receive Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award. Congratulations, Jeani!

    August 31st, 2014
  • Ann Waltner, 2014 President's Award for Outstanding Service

    Congratulations to Ann Waltner, who is a 2014 recipient of the President's Award for Outstanding Service.

    May 1st, 2014
  • Giancarlo Casale, Morse-Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education

    Giancarlo Casale has been named winner of this year's Morse-Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education.

    The department's nomination recognized his success in the classroom, his integration of language study and study abroad, his activity as a public intellectual, and his service as DUS.

    Each year since 1965, the University of Minnesota has recognized a select group of faculty members for their outstanding contributions to undergraduate education. This honor is awarded to exceptional candidates nominated by colleges in their quest to identify excellence in undergraduate education.

    Congratulations, Giancarlo!

    April 1st, 2014

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