Ph.D., Brown Univ. (2010)
M.A., Brown Univ. (2005)
B.A., Univ. California-Los Angeles (2002)
Derek Seidman received his Ph.D. in History from Brown University in May 2010. He is currently working on a book manuscript called “The Unquiet Americans: GI Dissent during the Vietnam War” that examines the history of active-duty soldier protest during the late-Vietnam era. His research and teaching interests lie in modern U.S. social, cultural, and political history – particularly the history of social and political movements. He believes that the study of history equips students to live deeper, more meaningful lives, and is essential for making sense of the contemporary world. In his teaching, he aims to help students understand how people, when organized and mobilized, have impacted history, as well as how peoples’ lives have been shaped and constrained by larger political and structural realities. At Trinity during 2012-2013, Seidman will teach courses on U.S. protest movements, the Vietnam War, the 1960s, U.S. cultural history, and the significance of class in American history and culture.