David Walsh

Postdoctoral Fellow

I’m a historian who studies politics, culture, and political economy. I research and write about the far right and conservative politics in the United States in the 20th and 21st centuries and the relationship between those forms of politics in America with broader global movements. I’m currently working on turning my PhD dissertation into a book manuscript.

As a teacher, I am committed to providing my students with support and mentorship to help them succeed in my classroom. I encourage my students to ask questions and work collaboratively to create a welcoming and intellectually challenging classroom environment. I am trained as an historian, which means I’m interesting in unpacking assumptions about the past and its relationship to the present. The past, as someone once said, is a foreign country—they do things differently there.

I’m excited about the Engagements program because it’s a great opportunity for all of us—faculty and students alike—to learn together in the best tradition of the liberal arts curriculum. I am committed to providing my students an education grounded in both the ability to critically analyze evidence, because these skills are necessary for our society to rise to the challenges of the 21st century.