ABOUT THE DEAN
Scott E. Casper, interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts, is also Foundation Professor of History at the University of Nevada, Reno. He holds an A.B. in History from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University (1992). He came to Nevada in 1992 and served as chair of the Department of History for five years. He has also chaired the Faculty Senate and participated in numerous college and university committees, most recently chairing the College of Liberal Arts Personnel Committee and Planning Committee.
A historian of the nineteenth-century United States, Dr. Casper studies the ways Americans have understood their past and researches the history of books and reading. He is the author of two books, most recently Sarah Johnson's Mount Vernon: The Forgotten History of an American Shrine (2008), and more than 25 essays; he is co-author, editor, co-editor of six other books. Dr. Casper has held fellowships at the National Humanities Center and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, among other institutions. In 2008-09 he served as acting editor of The William and Mary Quarterly, the leading journal of early American history; and he edits the annual "Textbooks and Teaching" section of the Journal of American History.
Dr. Casper teaches courses in nineteenth-century U.S. history, the Civil War in American thought and culture, and Core Humanities. The recipient of the 2005 Regents' Teaching Award and the 2008 Carnegie Foundation/CASE Nevada Professor of the Year, he has also worked intensively with K-12 history and social studies educators in Nevada through the Northern Nevada Teaching American History Project and nationwide through the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association and We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution.