Location: LA 263
Phone: (406) 243-2987
Jeff Wiltse's research explores the social, cultural, and political dimensions of public life in America from the late nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. My current project, tentatively titled "In and Out of Harmony: Music and Public Life in Urban America, 1840-1930," examines the role that music played in shaping the public life of American cities.
Ph.D., Brandeis University, 2002
M.A., Brandeis University, 1998
B.A., University of Puget Sound, 1993
Contested Waters: A Social History of Swimming Pools in America. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2007.
"The Black-White Swimming Disparity in America: A Deadly Legacy of Swimming Pool Discrimination," Journal of Sport and Social Issues (forthcoming, 2014).
"'I Like to Get Around': City Girls in Chicago Music Saloons, 1858-1906," Journal of Urban History 39 (November 2013): 1125-1145.
"Swimming Pools, Civil Life, and Social Capital," in David Andrews and Ben Carrington, eds., A Companion to Sport (Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2013): 287-304.
"The Origins of Montana's Corrupt Practices Act: A More Complete History," Montana Law Review 73 (Summer 2012): 299-337.
"Swimming Against Segregation: The Struggle to Desegregate Pittsburgh's Municipal Pools," The Historical Society of Pennsylvania Legacies 10 (November 2010): 12-16.
Field of Study
Modern American Social and Cultural History; Public Space and Public Life
American History II, 1877 to the Present
Introduction to Historical Methods
The Birth of Modern America, 1877-1919
America in Crisis, 1919-1952
U.S. Immigration and Ethnicity
American Urban History
Movie America: Twentieth Century U.S. History through Film
Research in Montana History (UDW)
Industrial America, 1863-1932 (graduate colloquium)
Readings in Modern American History (graduate colloquium)