Jeffrey Manuel is an assistant professor in the Department of Historical Studies. His research and public scholarship examine the social, cultural, and political consequences of deindustrialization and envirotechnical history.
His research has appeared in several journals. He is currently working on a manuscript that describes efforts to fight industrial decline in the Lake Superior iron mining region. He is also active in public history, including exhibit design and oral history.
History of Deindustrialization
Twentieth Century United States History
Public History and Museum Studies
U.S. History and Constitution, 1877 to Present
History of Technology
Industry as History, Politics, and Memory
U.S. History in the Twentieth Century, 1945-Present
Approaches to Oral History
Preserving the American Past
Graduate Seminar in Twentieth Century U.S. History
Practicum in Exhibition Development
Graduate Core Seminar in History and Theory
The Facebook Class: Social Networking and the Self
PhD, University of Minnesota, 2009
MA, University of Minnesota, 2006
BA, Northwestern University, 2001
"Mr. Taconite: Edward W. Davis and the Promotion of Low-Grade Iron Ore, 1913-1955." Technology and Culture 54, no. 2 (2013): 317-45. [Requires login]
“Conservatism and the Culture Wars: The View from the Classroom,” Review of American Conservatism: Thinking It, Teaching It, by Paul Lyons, Arts and Humanities in Higher Education 11, no. 4 (2012): 380-86. [Requires login]
With Rebecca Amato. "Using Radical Public History Tours to Reframe Urban Crime," Radical History Review, no. 113 (2012): 212-24.
"Rethinking the Social in Social Studies," The Councilor 71, no. 2 (2010): 1-11.
With Andrew T. Urban. “‘You Can’t Legislate the Heart’: Minneapolis Mayor Charles Stenvig and the Politics of Law and Order.” American Studies 49, no. 3/4 (2008): 195-219.
With Lisa Blee, Caley Horan, Brian Tochterman, Andrew Urban, and Julie Weiskopf. “Engaging with Public Engagement: Public History and Graduate Pedagogy.” Radical History Review 102 (2008): 73-89. [Requires login]
“The Sound of the Plain White Folk? Creating Country Music’s ‘Social Origins.’” Popular Music and Society 31, no. 4 (2008): 417-31. [Requires login]