Mark C. Carnes

Professor of History

Mark C. Carnes, Professor of History, joined the faculty of Barnard in 1982. His academic specialty is modern American history. His courses include The United States: 1940-1975, and several versions of the Reacting to the Past program which he initiated in 1995. Professor Carnes served as general co-editor (with John Garraty) of the 24-volume American National Biography (1999). He is also Executive Secretary of the Society of American Historians.

Selected Publications

In addition to several games in the Reacting to the Past Series, his works include:


The American Nation (Longman, 2008)

The Columbia History of the Postwar United States (Columbia University Press, 2007)

American Destiny: Narrative of a Nation (Longman, 2006)

Novel History (Simon and Schuster, 2001)

History of American Life, editor (Scribner, 1996)

Mapping America's Past (Holt, 1996)

Past Imperfect: History According to the Movies, editor (Holt, 1995)

Meanings for Manhood: Constructions of Masculinity in Victorian America(University of Chicago Press, 1992)

Secret Ritual and Manhood in Victorian America (Yale University Press, 1989)

The Compensations of War (University of Texas Press, 1985)

American history

B.A., Harvard University
M.A., Ph.D., Columbia University

In the News

Prof. Mark Carnes’ unique pedagogical approach, Reacting to the Past, was recently highlighted by Processa blog co-produced by the Organization of American Historians, the Journal of American History, and The American Historian

Innovative teaching approach integrates role-play, competition, and public speaking

New book demonstrates the positive impact of role-immersion games in education