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Faculty Image Jeff Wiltse
Office: LA 263
Phone: (406) 243-2987


Current Position:

Associate Professor of History


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.

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

Montana History

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)


Ph.D., Brandeis University, 2002
M.A., Brandeis University, 1998
B.A., University of Puget Sound, 1993

Selected Publications:

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.