Montana State University

Department of History and Philosophy

Montana State University
P.O. Box 172320
Bozeman, MT 59717-3440

Tel: (406) 994-4395
Fax: (406) 994-7420
Location: Wilson Hall 2-155

Department Chair

Dr. David Cherry

Robert Rydell, History Professor


Michael P. Malone Professor of History

Director, MSU Humanities Institute

Current Semester

Spring 2014 Courses:

HSTA 102IH: American History II
HIST 505: US History 1860-Present
UH 494IH: Honors Seminar
AMST 401R/501: Seminar/Methods in American Studies

Advising: History-Teaching Option and Museum Studies Minor

Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:45-2:45pm, and by appointment

Office: Wilson 2-101


Phone: (406) 994-7929

Curriculum Vitae: Click Here

Research Interests

US Intellectual and Cultural History

19th-century U.S.

Museum Studies

World's Fairs



PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, 1980

BA, University of California, Berkeley, 1974

Awards, Honors, and Affiliations

Michael P. Malone Professor, 2010-2013

Guest Curator, “Designing Tomorrow: America’s World’s Fairs of the 1930s,” an exhibition at the National Building Museum, (2010)

Buffalo Bill in Bologna (nominated by University of Chicago Press for Pulitzer Prize consideration, received 2006 Ray and Pat Browne Award from the Popular Culture Association for the Best Book by Multiple Authors) (2006)

Co-Principal Investigator on four $1M U.S. Department of Education Teaching American History Grants and PI, National Science Foundation Small Grant for Training and Research.

Select Publications

Desiging Tomorrow alltheworldsrydell buffalorydell inthepeoplesrydell worldoffairsrydell


Designing Tomorrow: America’s World’s Fairs of the 1930s, ed. with Laura Schiavo (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010)

Buffalo Bill in Bologna: The Americanization of the World, 1869-1922, with Rob Kroes (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005)

Fair America: World’s Fairs in the United States, with John E. Findling and Kimberly D. Pelle (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2000)

The Reason Why the Colored American is Not in the World’s Columbian Exposition, ed. Frederick Douglass and Ida Wells (1893; Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1999)