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Jeff Wiltse

Associate Professor of History; Director of Graduate Studies

Office: 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.

Fields of Study

Modern American Social and Cultural History; Public Space and Public Life


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


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)

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.

College of Humanities and Sciences at the University of Montana

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