Erica Kelliher


Joined Westfield State University in 2014

Ph.D., History, Purdue University (2012) M.A., American Studies, Purdue University (2007)

B.A., History and Women’s Studies, SUNY Plattsburgh (2004)

Courses Taught:
HIST121: The Historian
HIST202: Introduction to Historical Research and Analysis
HIST132: U.S. History since 1865 HIST258: U.S. Environmental History
HIST261: Roaring Twenties and Great Depression
HIST313: U.S. Popular Culture
HIST351: U.S. Constitutional History HIST359: Cold War Era
HIST360: U.S. in the 1960s HIST395: Senior Seminar: U.S. Political History

Research Interests: U.S. Political History, U.S. Environmental History, U.S. Constitutional History, Women’s History, Popular Culture

Selected Scholarship:
“ Location, Location, Location! Analyzing Residential Development in Environmentally-Fragile Areas.” Edited by Loren Byrne. In Learner-Centered Teaching Activities for Environmental and Sustainability Studies. Springer, 2016.

“Public Awareness of Agent Orange and Love Canal: Linking the Vietnam War and the Environmental Movement.” Edited by Ron Milam. In The Vietnam War and Popular Culture. New York: ABC-CLIO, 2016.

“Extra! Extra! Read All About It!: Structuring the U.S. History Survey Around the Motif of the Newspaper.” The History Teacher 46 (February 2013): 283-292.

“‘No Vacation for Mother’: Traditional Gender Roles in Outdoor Travel Literature, 1945-1960.” Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 41 (May 2012): 436-456.

Special Interests: Wrangling my smalls, making students laugh, cooking delicious food, doom-scrolling.