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Bryn Upton

I am a professor and Chair of the History Department here at McDaniel College. I came to McDaniel in 2002, and I teach courses in Intellectual History, African American History, Women’s History, and Modern U.S. History. Recently, I was the Director of the Honors Program at McDaniel from 2015 to 2019.

In addition to teaching, I am a guest speaker for events and organizations including the Carroll County Public Library, Union Mills Homestead, Towson University, and other groups in the Greater Baltimore Area. I have served as President of the Maryland Collegiate Honors Council (2018-2019), leading an effort to modernize the organization, creating a web presence, hosting the annual conference, and bringing students into leadership roles. In my spare time I have been a coach for youth soccer and basketball as well as collegiate track and field.


Ph.D. and M.A., Brandeis University
B.A., Bowdoin College

Research Interests

  • American Intellectual History

  • African American History

  • Modern U.S. History

Recent Courses

  • HIS 1110: Hollywood and the End of the Cold War

  • HIS 2236: Black America and the Civil Rights Movement, 1865-1968

  • HIS 2233: Women in U.S. History

Selected Publications

"Hollywood and the End of the Cold War: Signs of Cinematic Change." Rowman & Littlefield, 2014

Clubs and community involvement

  • Member of the Society for U.S. Intellectual History

  • Faculty Advisor for the Ultimate Frisbee Club

Awards and Honors

  • McDaniel College Distinguished Scholars Award, 2013

  • McDaniel College Distinguished Scholars Award, 2008

Bryn Upton