History Department
History Department

UT History Professors respond to NAS report on U.S. History courses

Thu, February 28, 2013

UT History Professors Jeremi Suri, Mack Brown Distinguished Professor for Global Leadership, History, and Public Policy, and Joan Neuberger, Professor of History and Editor of Not Even Past, responded to a recent study published by the National Association of Scholars (NAS), entitled "Recasting History: Are Race, Class, and Gender Dominating American History? A Study of U.S. History Courses at the University of Texas and Texas A&M University" (PDF).

The 64-page report claims among other things that American History courses taught at both institutions are overly focused on themes of race, gender and class. Professors Jeremi Suri and Joan Neuberger have written rejoinders on behalf of the UT History Department.

"What kind of history should we teach?" by Jeremi Suri
"Letter from the Editor," by Joan Neuberger
"Responses from Authors of the NAS Report," by Joan Neuberger

A number of local, state, and national publications have written on this also, including:

American Historical Association, 1/29/13
What's in the History Survey? A Roundup of Reactions to the NAS Report

Austin American-Statesman, 1/22/13
Pols, don’t ‘fix’ history-class content

Real Clear Politics, 1/18/13
"Defending Democracy by Teaching History" by Jeremi Suri

The Daily Texan, 1/17/13
"Reject Easy Ideas"

The Alcalde Advocates podcast, 1/17/13

The Chronicle of Higher Ed, 1/10/13
Report scrutinizes American history courses at 2 Texas universities

Texas Tribune, 1/10/13
In report, university history departments face scrutiny

UT Austin News, 1/10/13
University of Texas at Austin statement on National Association of Scholars Report

Austin American-Statesman, 1/10/13
A postscript of two on history classes at UT, A&M

Austin American-Statesman, 1/9/13
UT, A&M shortchanging students on American history, report says


KAMR Fox 14 – Amarillo, 1/10/13
In report, university history departments face scrutiny

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