Associate Professor, History Program
Chairperson, History Program
Phone: 814-871-5768
Office: PC 3218

  • Biography
  • Courses Taught
  • Educational History
  • Professional Experience
  • Professional Societies
  • Publications
  • Scholarship/Research


Hi. I'm Jeff Bloodworth. I am an associate professor of history at Gannon University. Gannon is located right on the Lake Erie (well, about 1/2 mile from it) in Erie, Pennsylvania. One of the reasons I love Erie is the snow...we get a lot of it. For its size Erie has quite a bit of diversity. From Iraqi and Bosnian refugees to Sudanese and Burundians, not to mention the Poles and Slovaks, Erie boasts thousands of citizens from all corners of the globe.

Currently, I am the head of the department of history and archaeology. I teach modern US history and advise the History Club & Campus Democrats. As an advisor, I have led student trips to Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York City, the FDR Library, London, Prague, Berlin, Copenhagen and the Middle East. History majors have fun and do lots of great stuff!! I really love teaching here at Gannon. 

My research specialty centers on contemporary United States Political history. My book, The Wilderness Years: A History of American Liberalism, 1968-1992 is coming out in the fall of 2013. In the longterm, I am very excited about my book project, a biography on the Speaker of the House, Carl Albert. This will be years in the making--but at this time my favorite thing about Carl Albert is his hometown, Bug Tussle, Oklahoma.

In my spare time, aside from watching television, I follow my beloved St. Louis Cardinals and anxiously await the publication of any book by Paul Berman.

I was born in Memphis, Tennessee and lived throughout the South as a kid. From Atlanta and Birmingham to Knoxville to eventually Springfield, Missouri, I lived in a lot of places and have continued those nomadic ways until I settled down in Erie.

Courses Taught

  • Comparative Genocide
  • Senior Seminar
  • The 1960s
  • Contemporary US History
  • US History to 1865
  • US History 1865-Present
  • The West in the World

Educational History

  • Ph.D., History, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, 2006
  • Certificate in Contemporary History, Nordic Summer School, University of Copenhagen, 2005
  • Certificate in Contemporary History, Contemporary History Institute, Ohio University, 2001
  • M.A., History, Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri 1999
  • B.A., History (cum laude), Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri 1996

Professional Experience

  • Gannon University (Erie, Pennsylvania)
  • Department Chair, 2011-Present
  • Associate Professor of History, 2011-Present
  • Assistant Professor of History, 2007-2011
  • Program Director, 2008-Present
  • Newman University (Wichita, Kansas)
  • Assistant Professor of History, 2006-2007

Professional Societies

  • Truman National Security Project Associate
  • Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations


  • Book
  • Farewell to the Vital Center: A History of American Liberalism, 1968-1980, under contract with the University of Kentucky Press. Fall 2013 expected publication date.
  • Articles
  • “Scoop Jackson’s Liberal Internationalism: Senator Henry Jackson, the Solzhenitsyn Affair, and the Politics of Human Rights,” Pacific Northwest Quarterly, pp. 69–77, spring 2006.
  • “Donald Peterson, New Politics Liberalism, and the Revival of Wisconsin’s Insurgent Progressive Tradition,” The Wisconsin Magazine of History, pp. 2–11, winter 2007.

  • “The Program for Better Jobs and Income: Welfare Policy, Liberalism, and the Failed
    Presidency of Jimmy Carter,” The International Social Science Review, pp. 135–150, spring 2007.

  • “From Progressive to Liberal Internationalism: Carl Albert, Helen Douglas, and the Making of a Postwar Consensus,” The Journal of the Historical Society, pp. 493–514, December 2009.
  • “For Love or for Money?: William McKinley and the Spanish-American War,” The Journal of White House Studies, pp.79–101, spring 2010.
  • “Fred Harris’s New Populism and the Demise of Heartland Liberalism,” The Chronicles of Oklahoma, pp. 196–221, fall 2010.
  • The (Heterodox) Left at Peace: Or, Breaking Up is Hard to Do, The Journal of Politics and Culture, THE LEFT AT WAR WITH ITSELF: A Special Double-Issue Devoted to Discussing Michael Bérubé's "The Left At War" & the Questions it Raises (Guest-Edited by Gabriel Noah Brahm & Gregory J. Lobo) Edition 2010 Issues 3 & 4
  • “Benjamin Franklin Tillinghast & the Iowa Russian Famine Relief,” The Historian, pp. 480–502, Fall 2011.


  • Academic Presentations
  • Don’t Fall Jimmy! The Poverty of Welfare Policy in the Carter Administration. Mid-America Conference on History, Fayetteville, Arkansas, September 2002.
  • New Politics Liberals and the 1968 Election. Mid-America Conference on History, Springfield, Missouri, September 2004.
  • Everybody Loves Jimmy: Jimmy Carter, Welfare Reform, and Liberalism during the 1970s. War on Poverty Seminar, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky, March 2005.
  • Donald O. Peterson, Eugene McCarthy, and the 1968 Election. Midwest Political Science Association Conference, Chicago, Illinois, March 2005.
  • Human Rights and Peace Activism. Peace, Conflict Solution and International Organizations and Conventions in the 20th Century, Copenhagen, Denmark, August 20, 2005. 
  • Henry Jackson and the Liberal International Tradition. The Nobel Institute’s Forum on Contemporary History, Oslo, Norway, August 23, 2005.
  • Congressman Harold Ford, Sr. and the Demise of Southern Liberalism. The Tennessee Conference on History, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, September 10, 2005.
  • Ben Wattenberg, the Coalition for a Democratic Majority, and the Demise of the Anti-Totalitarian Left. Mid-America Conference on History, Lawrence, Kansas, September 22, 2005.
  • No More Vietnams: The Rise of Ronald Reagan’s Neo-Conservatives. The University of Oxford Rothermere American Institute’s: The United States in the 1980s: The Reagan Years. Oxford, United Kingdom, November 10, 2005.
  • The Politics of Human Rights. The Center for the Study of History and Memory’s History of Human Rights Workshop. Bloomington, Indiana, March 8-9, 2006.
  • Welfare Policy During the 1970s. The 2006 Policy History Conference. University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia. June 2, 2006.
  • Fred Harris and the Demise of Liberal Populism. The 2006 Mid-America Conference on History. University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, September 22, 2006.
  • The Demise of Ronald Reagan’s Conservative Coalition. The United States and Iraq: Reflections and Projections Conference, University College-Dublin, Dublin, Ireland, November 25, 2006.
  • Post-1945 American Politics, Commentator, Ohio Academy of History, Otterbein College, March 29, 2007
  • Toward A Reaganite Foreign Policy, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Washington, D.C. June 21, 2007.
  • New Politics Liberals, 1968, and the Right’s New Patriotism, The Establishment Responds, The Institutional and Social Impact of Protest Movements During and After the Cold War, University of Heidelberg (Germany), November 21, 2007.
  • The New Politics and National Greatness Liberalism, Legacy of 1968, Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 1, 2008.
  • 1968, National Greatness, and the Transformation of American Liberalism, The University of Oxford Rothermere American Institute’s 1968: American Politics, Culture and Society in a Year of Upheaval. Oxford, United Kingdom, May 12, 2008.
  • “Scaring the Shit Out of Honky America: the Weather Underground, the Transnational Global Left and the Travails of ‘Enlightenment’ Cosmopolitanism,” The Nordic Association for American Studies Conference, the University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark. May 20, 2008.
  • “The Weather Underground,” Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations 2009 Conference, Falls Church, Virginia. June 20, 2009.
  • “The Weather Underground,” U.S. Intellectual History Conference 2009, New York City.
  • “Your Doin’ a Heck of a Job Brownie: The Conservative State and Natural Disasters,” (commentator), U.S. Intellectual History Conference 2009, New York City.
  • “Grand Strategy,” (Moderator) Truman National Security Project, Washington, D.C. January, 15, 2010.
  • “National Service” Roundtable, Progressive Policy Institute, Washington, D.C., October 12, 2010.
  • “Lindy Boggs: Race, Gender, and 1984,” Court House, State House, Her House: Southern Women and Politics, March 31, 2011.