Thomas C Wolfe

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Department of History
914 HellerH

271 19th Ave S

Thomas C. Wolfe is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Minnesota. He is affiliated faculty with the Department of Anthropology, the Institute for Global Studies, and the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He is a student of 20th century modernity and the uses of the past in contemporary societies. Geographic and cultural Interests range from Russia/Soviet Union to Europe, the US, and ancient civilizations. Current research project involves the history of the European Union. Particularly important to his research and teaching is the role of media in the constitution of knowledge and the formation of disciplines and worldviews.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • PhD: Anthropology and History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1997.


  • European Union
  • history of media and communications
  • pragmatism
  • Soviet Union
Courses Taught
  • Hist 8015 - Scope and Methods of Historical Studies
  • History 3010 Perfect Worlds: Utopias and the Modern Imagination
  • History 3705 -- From Printing Press to Internet
  • History 3722 -- Europe since 1945
  • History 3719 -- The Making of Contemporary Europe
  • Global Studies 3143 -- Living in the Global
  • Global Studies 3900 -- Exploring Activism
  • History 5251 -- Seminar in Socialism/Post-socialism
  • Governing Soviet Journalism. Wolfe, Thomas, Indiana University Press, Author, 2005.
  • On Teaching, Without Disciplines: Wolfe, Thomas, The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies,, 74 , 2013.
  • Social justice, social science, and the complexities of post-socialism: Wolfe, Thomas, John Pickles, Social Science Research Council, Social Justice and Hegemony in Eastern Europe, 2013.
  • Anthrohistory and Phantom Limb Syndrome: Transdisciplinarity in a Disciplinary World: Wolfe, Thomas, University of Michigan Press, Anthrohistory: Unsettling Knowledge and the Question of Discipline, 2011.
  • Past as Present, Myth, or History? Discourses of Time and the Great Fatherland War. Wolfe, Thomas, Duke University Press, Author, 2006.