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Andrew Hunt

Professor

Biography

Andrew HuntI am an associate professor of history at the University of Waterloo and the Director of the Tri-University Graduate Program in History. I specialize in United States history and teach courses on the Civil Rights Movement, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, Conspiracy Theories in American History, and the History of the American West. My new course next year will be titled “Rock ‘n’ Roll & United States History,” and will view contemporary U.S. history through the lens of rock music. I am researching such prominent political figures as Senator George McGovern and former president Ronald Reagan (I am a "Reagan Nut"), and I am writing a book right now on Reagan and cold war culture in the United States in the 1980s. Born in Calgary, Alberta, raised in California and Utah, and now residing in Waterloo, I am the proud father of two teenagers and I also share a house with two bickering cats and a bearded dragon. In my spare time, I love old movies and old-time radio, bird watching, writing fiction, playing video games, reading hard boiled mysteries, and spending time with loved ones. You can read my blog on Veganism and Animal Rights.

Education

  • B.A. University of Utah
  • PhD University of Utah

Research and teaching interes​ts

  • 1980s
  • American film
  • American identity/patriotism
  • The American West
  • Anticommunism
  • California history
  • Conservatism
  • Nonviolence
  • Popular culture
  • Ronald Reagan/the Reagan presidency
  • Social protest movements 
  • Veterans
  • The Vietnam War

Courses taug​ht

  • HIST 105: Rock 'n' Roll & United States History
  • HIST 120: The United States at War, 1861-1865
  • HIST 216: The American West: Legend & Reality
  • HIST 220: The Vietnam War & American Society
  • HIST 257: America to 1877
  • HIST 258: The United States Since 1877
  • HIST 314: Freedom Struggle: The American Civil Rights Movement
  • HIST 409A: Senior Seminar in U.S. History
  • HIST 409B: Senior Research Seminar in U.S. History
  • HIST 632: MA Seminar in U.S. History
  • HIST 633: MA Research Seminar in U.S. History

Recent publications

  • The 1980s: A social history, co-autored with Peter Halloran (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO Press, 2009). 
  • David Dellinger: The life and times of a nonviolent revolutionary (New York: New York University Press, 2006).
  • The turning: A history of Vietnam veterans against the war (New York: New York University Press, 1999). 

Awards and acheivements

Professional affiliations

  • Regular columnist for Waterloo Region Record (politics and world affairs) 

Personal website

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University of Waterloo
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