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Amy S. Greenberg

Amy S. Greenberg

Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of History and Women's Studies

Office Address: 315 Weaver Building
Mailing Address: 108 Weaver Building

University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 863-0162


  1. Harvard University, Ph.D. History, 1995, A.M, History, 1990
  2. U.C. Berkeley, B.A., History, 1989, with highest honors


"I'm a historian of nineteenth-century transnational America with a particular interest in the intersection between gender and politics. Much of my recent work has focused on the early growth of American empire. I've written books on the U.S-Mexican War (A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the 1846 U.S. invasion of Mexico), urban society and culture (Cause for Alarm: The Volunteer Fire Department in Nineteenth-Century America), and on the role that the ideology of manifest destiny played in both foreign affairs and American society and culture at home (Manifest Manhood and the Antebellum American Empire). I'm currently revising a second edition of my St. Martin/Bedford Books reader, Manifest Destiny and American Territorial Expansion, and help edit the Cornell University Press book series, "The United States in the World." But I also care deeply about constructions of manhood and womanhood in the nineteenth-century United States. I'm currently at work on two very different studies: one a biography of a little-known but politically powerful first lady, Sarah Childress Polk, and the other a consideration of failed imperial adventures between 1780 and 1900. I love to lead class discussions on primary sources, particularly images. In 1999 Penn State awarded me the George Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2009 I was named a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow."