A specialist in the history of the American family, Steven Mintz is professor of history at the University of Houston. A native of Detroit, he received his B.A. from Oberlin College in 1973 and his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1979, where he completed his dissertation under the direction of David Brion Davis. Before joining the faculty at Houston, he taught at Oberlin College. He has also taught at Universitat-GH-Siegen in Germany, the Harvard University Extension School, Pepperdine University, and Yale University.
As acting department chair at Houston, he authored a grant proposal to the National Endowment for the Humanities that will set up three endowed chairs in African and African American Studies. He serves as an editor of New York University's American Social Experience series and has been a visiting scholar at Harvard's Center for European Studies.
His latest book is Moralists and Modernizers: America's Pre-Civil War Reformers (1995). He is author of A Prison of Expectations: The Family in Victorian Culture (1983), co-author of Domestic Revolutions: A Social History of American Family Life (1988) and America and Its People (2nd ed., 1993), editor of African American Voices: The Life Cycle of Slavery (1993) and Native American Voices (1995) and co-editor of Hollywood's America (1994).
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