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Kathleen Mapes

Associate Professor of


Sturges Hall 5A
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454

Kathleen Mapes has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 2000.

Faculty Information


  • Ph.D., University of Illinois

Research Interests

  • Twentieth Century
  • U.S.
  • Labor and Immigration
  • Rural history


Awards and Honors

  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Richard L. Wentworth/Illinois Award in American History, 2010 for Sweet Tyranny

Publications and Professional Activities

  • Sweet Tyranny: Migrant Labor, Industrial Agriculture, and Imperial Politics Mapes
Spring 2016 Classes

AMST 201:
U/Top-AmSt:Immigration Nation

    This course will be an interdisciplinary investigation of major influences on and developments in American culture. Each semester there will be a focus on one chronological period, but a variety of to
    pics will be covered. Such topics could include gender, religion, race, social movements and conditions, and artistic and literary developments. The course will emphasize student use and study of period writings and cultural materials; there will be guest lectures by faculty outside the departments of the instructors to enhance the interdisciplinary nature of the course. Offered once yearly
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HIST 264:
S/U/US Immigration History

    Within the context of the basic narrative of American history, this course will explore the history of immigrants in America from the 1830s to the present, with special attention to the issues of assi
    milation, acculturation, Americanization, ethnicization, naturalization, nativism, and immigration restriction. Immigration history is an excellent lens for exploring the nation's common institutions and ideals and America's evolving relation with the world. Credits: 3(3-0). Not offered on a regular basis
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HIST 302:
Research-History:Rural History

    This is one of two required skills-based seminars in the History major that form prerequisites for upper level classes. This course is focused on critical analysis of historical evidence and instructi
    on in historical research methods and writing. Students read, evaluate, and critique a range of different types of primary source evidence, practice locating and retrieving reliable primary and secondary sources, and use these skills to support the crafting of historical arguments in both short papers and longer research projects. All sections will focus on a specific set of historical issues and/or events chosen by the instructor and class content emphasizes work with primary sources specific to the seminar topic. The class is reading and writing intensive. Majors may take HIST 301 and 302 in any sequence, and should plan to complete both HIST 301 and 302 during the sophomore or junior year. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing or higher. Multiple sections offered every fall & spring semester.
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