CCSU Faculty
Robert S. Wolff

Robert S. Wolff

Professor of History

Office: 208-009

Department of History
Social Sciences Hall
Central Connecticut State University
1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, CT 06050

Phone: (860) 832-2807
Fax: (860) 832-2804
Email: wolffr@ccsu.edu


Areas of Specialization: 19th c. U.S.; Slavery & Abolition; History of Education; Maryland History

Robert S. Wolff received a B.A. with Honors from Swarthmore College in 1988, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1991 and 1998 respectively. He came to CCSU in 1997. He served as department chair, 2003-2006, and as assistant to the dean from 2007 until 2012.

Dr. Wolff’s teaching interests include slavery & abolition in the Americas, as well as race, ethnicity and migration in American history. He also teaches a topics course on the Amistad in the Atlantic World. He teaches graduate courses on the U.S. Civil War & Reconstruction, and recently developed a seminar entitled Slavery and Abolition in American Memory. He was a semi-finalist for the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2001. Dr. Wolff’s current research explores evangelical abolitionists in the antebellum era. He is working on a book manuscript tentatively entitled, Amistad Remembered; History, Memory and the Making of the Abolitionist Past.

Selected publications:

  • "The Historian's Craft, Memory, & Wikipedia." In Writing History in the Digital Age, eds. Jack Dougherty and Kristen Nawrotzki (Ann Arbor: digitalculturebooks, University of Michigan Press, forthcoming).
  • "The Problem of Race in the Age of Freedom; The Transformation of Public Schooling in Baltimore, 1860-1867." Civil War History 52, no. 3 (Fall 2006): 229-254.
  • "Blackness in White America: The Perilous Voyage of the Amistad in Popular Memory." In Perspectives on Race, Ethnicity, and Power in Maritime America, ed. Glenn S. Gordinier (Mystic, Conn.: Papers from the Conference Held at Mystic Seaport, Munson Institute Press, 2006).
  • "‘The Stronghold of Liberty’: Civil War Editorials of the Windham County Press, 1861-1865." Connecticut History 42, no. 2 (Fall 2003): 132-158.
  • "Industrious Education and the Legacy of Samuel Ready." Maryland Historical Magazine 95, no. 3 (Fall 2000): 309-329.
  • "Da Gama’s Blundering: Trade Encounters in Asia and Africa During the European ‘Age of Discovery,’ 1450-1520." The History Teacher 31, no. 3 (May 1998). 297-318.
  • The Global Experience; Readings in World History. 2 vols. Edited with Stuart B. Schwartz and Linda R. Wimmer. New York: Longman, 1997-1998.