Michael W. Flamm

Professor of History


B.A., Harvard University
Ph.D., Columbia University


Michael Flamm is a scholar of modern American political history who joined the faculty in 1998. He offers a broad range of courses in U.S. history from 1877 to the present (see Courses Taught below). At Ohio Wesleyan he has received three teaching prizes including the university’s highest honor, the Bishop Herbert Welch Meritorious Teaching Award. As a Fulbright Scholar and Senior Specialist, Professor Flamm has taught at San Andrés University in Buenos Aires as well. In addition, he has served as a faculty consultant to the National Endowment for the Humanities, the College Board, and the National Academy of Sciences. He is also an elected member of the executive board of the Organization of American Historians, the largest professional association dedicated to the teaching and study of U.S. history.

Professor Flamm is the author or co-author of five books as well as numerous articles and reviews. For more information, see Major Publications below and/or his curriculum vitae. He is also the creator of "1954: The Year that Changed History," an Audible original available soon on Amazon.  At present he is working on "The Roaring Twenties: America in the 1920s" for The Great Courses company.

Professor Flamm is a proud Minnesotan and avid fan of the Twins, Vikings, and Timberwolves. After college he spent five years as a high school history teacher in New Jersey and New York. He now lives in Bexley with his wife and two children. When Professor Flamm has the time, he enjoys tennis, skiing, travel, jazz, theater, and films of all kinds. He also likes to read contemporary, classic, and historical fiction as well as mystery novels. To learn more, visit Facebook and LinkedIn.

Major Publications

Courses Taught

History 114:  Introduction to Modern America
History 160:  America in the Sixties
History 286:  American Foreign Relations Since 1917
History 287:  America and Vietnam
History 376:  The Emergence of Modern America, 1877-1929
History 377:  The Transformation of Modern America, 1929-1960
History 378:  The Challenges of Modern America, 1960-2008
History 385A:  Crime and Punishment in Modern America
History 385B:  Women and Gender in Modern America
History 385C:  History and Fiction in Modern America
History 493:  Historical Research

Areas of Interest / Expertise

The Political Culture of the 1960s
Crime and Disorder in the 1960s
The U.S. and Vietnam

OWU Faculty Speakers Bureau Topics

The 1960s: Debates and Legacies
The New Right in Historical Perspective
The Reagan Presidency: Debates and Legacies

Winner of the 2012 Bishop Herbert Welch Meritorious Teaching Award

Latest Work

The New York Riots of 1964 and the War on Crime

This book is the first full-scale study of a pivotal week in July 1964, when peaceful protests and violent actions collided in Harlem and Brooklyn, law and order emerged in national politics, and the freedom struggle reached a crossroads. The following year the War on Crime was set in motion, with fateful implications for the prison and policing debates of today.

In Harlem, the symbolic and historic heart of black America, the racial unrest highlighted a new dynamic in national politics. The first "long, hot summer" of the Sixties had arrived, sending shock waves across the country and casting a shadow over the presidential contest between Republican Barry Goldwater and Democrat Lyndon Johnson.

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