Lawrence Lipin

Lawrence Lipin

Professor, History


UC Box: A165

Office: Marsh Hall 335


PhD in History, University of California, Los Angeles, CA in 1989.

Master of Arts in History, University of California, Los Angeles, CA in 1981.

Bachelor of Arts in History, University of California, Davis, CA in 1978.

Office Hours

Approach to History in the Classroom

On my better days, I teach students to appreciate history as an important means of coming to know what it is to be human, and to see that it provides perspectives into the way people create culture and society and, at the same time, are shaped by it. In my American history courses, students are encouraged to think about the relationships between cultural belief systems and the structures of social organization and power that people form and live under. Students learn to think about the intentions and results of human activity in the past and the degree to which individuals and groups are able to control and shape their destinies. Rather than as a clear instrument for future action, I teach students to see history as an opportunity to come to understand how our historical predecessors have struggled--sometimes successfully, sometimes less so, sometimes in ways that we are proud of, sometimes in ways that we would like to disown--to shape the world in their image.

For more of Professor Lipin's thoughts about history, teaching, and research, see his interview in PACIFIC Magazine, Summer 2006. Click Here.

Areas of Research & Specialization

I am currently researching the career of a woman journalist, Eleanor F. Baldwin, whose career trajectory includes a column in a daily Portland newspaper in which she expounded a consistant social justice form of progressivism, including concern over gender equality and worker rights, as well as an interest in spirituality, particularly those directions that engaged women actively. After losing her affiliation with the newspaper, Baldwin produced anti-banker, pro-labor currency tracts during the era of World War One, after which she began to write anti-Catholic, anti-immigrant articles, some of which were published in the labor press, but she also corresponded with the Oregon Ku Klux Klan newspaper. Hailing from New England, the daughter of an abolitionist minister, Baldwin idealized this humanitarian tradition as she promoted progressive reform. I am interested in the way that she constantly reinterpreted the reform tradition that she understood as her familial inheritance over a period that ranges from reconstruction to the eve of the Great Depression.

Published Works

Workers and the Wild: Conservation, Consumerism, and Labor in Oregon, 1910-1930. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2007. Click here.

Producers, Proletarians, and Politicians: Workers and Party Politics in Evansville and New Albany, Indiana, 1850-87. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1994.

“Moralistic Direct Democracy: Political Insurgents, Religion, and the State in Twentieth-Century Oregon,” collaboratively written with Bill Lunch, Oregon State University, Oregon Historical Quarterly 110 (Winter 2009), 514-43. Read the article here.

“‘Cast Aside the Automobile Enthusiast’”: Class Conflict, Tax Policy, and the Preservation of Nature in Progressive-Era Oregon,” Oregon Historical Quarterly 107 (Summer 2006), 64-93. Read the article here.

“‘Burying the Destroyer of One Happy Home’: Industrial Authority, Manhood, and Constituency Building in the Murder Trial of Ira Strunk,” Journal of Social History 28 (Summer 1995), 783-800.

“‘There will not be a Mechanic Left’: The Battle Against Unskilled Labor in the San Francisco Harness Making Trade, 1880-90,” Labor History 35 (Spring 1994), 216-236.

Select Presentations

“The Paved Road to Wilderness Preservation: Class, Nature and Leisure in Pre-New Deal Oregon,” delivered at Portland State University, May 10, 2007.

“The Paved Road to Wilderness,” delivered at University of Portland, James Connelly Lecture Series, March 26, 2007.

“Toward Wilderness: Class Conflict, Leisure, and William Finley’s Commitment to Wildlife Preservation, 1912-1935,” delivered at Lewis and Clark Symposium on Environmental Affairs, October 3, 2007.

Personal Affiliations

Member, Oregon Historical Quarterly Editiorial Advisory Board

Member & Awards Committee, Sterling Fellowships in Pacific Northwest History, Oregon Historical Society

Reader, AP United States History Exam, Educational Testing Service

Delivered “Racial Categories and Natural Rights in Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence” and led discussion in a public session at the Oregon Historical Society as part of visiting Declaration of Independence exhibit, September 22, 2003

Honor & Awards

2010 Oregon Historical Society's Palmer Award for Best Article

2007 Oregon Historical Society's Palmer Award for Best Article

2005 Pacific University Faculty Development Grant

2004 Pacific University Seniors Trombly Faculty Award

Course Information

At Pacific University, all faculty teach a variety of different courses. Typically, we do not use graduate teaching assistants, which means that your classes will be taught by professors and that you will have plenty of opportunites to get to know the faculty in your discipline.

Below I have listed some of the courses that I teach. We are always developing and trying out new classes, so the list may change now and then. You can use the links to the left to read descriptions of the courses listed below.


HUM 100 FYS: Origins, Identity, and Meaning

HIST 141 American History to 1865

HIST 246 American West: History, Memory, and Film

HIST 247 Gender and Sexuality in Victorian American

HIST 341 American Revolution and Constitution

HIST 342 Civil War and Reconstruction

HIST 493 Industrialization, Labor, & The State in America, 1877-1939

HIST 391 Research Methods in History

HIST 441 Environmental History