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Timothy R. Mahoney

Timothy R. Mahoney

Professor of History

Contact Information:

612 Oldfather Hall

Department of History
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588, USA
Phone: (402) 472-2406
Fax: 402-472-8839
E-mail: email address

Curriculum Vitae: C. V.

Joined the Department:

August 1986

I received my Ph.D. in American History from the University of Chicago in 1982. My areas of specialization are 19th century United States social and urban history. I am particularly interested in the intersection between local, regional, and national history, and consider myself a regional historian of the Midwest including Nebraska. Within that framework my research has focused on the economic and social history of small towns and cities across the Midwest and West, the development of the middle class in 19th century America, and the role that gender – particularly men’s culture – played in that development. Currently, my focus is on the Civil War era and the Gilded Age. My work also focuses more generally on gender history, an international comparative history of the middle class or bourgeosie, regionalism and interdisciplinary approaches to the history of the 19th century. I am also interested in historiography and historical theory.


  • Social
  • U.S. Nineteenth Century
  • Urban


B.A., College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA 1975, History and Economics, Magna cum Laude

M.A, University of Chicago, American History, 1976

Ph.D., with Honors, American History, University of Chicago, December 1982


Mahoney, Timothy R., ed. Regionalism and the Humanities . University of Nebraska Press, 2008,
Mahoney, Timothy R. Provincial Lives: Middle Class Experience in the Antebellum Middle West. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1999.
Mahoney, Timothy R. River Towns in the Great West; The Structure of Provincial Urbanization in the American Midwest, 1820-1870. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1990.


Mahoney, Timothy R. "Co-author with Wendy Katz, “Introduction, Regionalism and the Humanities: Decline or Revival?” in co-ed., with Wendy Katz, Regionalism and the Humanities (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2008" none. (2008).
Mahoney, Timothy R. "Middle Class Experience in the United States in the Gilded Age, 1865-1900 " Journal of Urban History. (2005).
Mahoney, Timothy R. "The Small City in American History" Indiana Magazine of History. (2003): pp. 211-30.
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