Bernard von Bothmer, PhD


E-mail: [email protected]

Dr. von Bothmer was born and raised in New York City and received a B.A. with honors from Brown University, an M.A. from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in American History from Indiana University. He also teaches history at the University of San Francisco, where he received USF's 2010 Distinguished Lecturer Award for Excellence in Teaching and USF's 2016 Distinguished Adjunct Teaching Award.  He has reviewed books in American history for The Journal of American HistoryAmerican Historical ReviewCivil War HistoryThe Journal of Southern HistoryHistory News Network, and Civil War Book Review.  Dr. von Bothmer is the author of Framing the Sixties: The Use and Abuse of a Decade from Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush (University of Massachusetts Press, 2010). For more information on his book go to He has taught American history for 22 years.

Undergraduate Courses Taught:

  • HIST 4105: The Scopes "Monkey" Trial
  • HIST 3727: The 1960s: America Divided
  • HIST 3732: U.S. Since 1945
  • HIST 3726: TR Through FDR: U.S. 1900-1945
  • HIST 3148: Abraham Lincoln: The Great Emancipator
  • HIST 3147: John F. Kennedy: An Unfinished Life
  • HIST 4910: Senior Thesis: The Civil War and Film
  • FYE 1200: Cultures and Political Systems through the Lens of Big History
  • FYE 1000: Big History: From the Big Bang to the Present
  • HIST 1776: Columbus to Clinton: U.S. History, 1492-1992
  • HIST 3724: The Civil War and Reconstruction
  • HIST 3143: Franklin D. Roosevelt: Traitor to His Class
  • HIST 1000: The American Presidency in the 20th Century
  • HIST 3720: Puritans, Witches, Indians, and Slavery
  • HIST 3710: Multicultural U.S. History
  • HIST 3134: Bob Dylan: An American Troubadour
  • HIST 1000: America during the 1960s

Graduate Seminars Taught:

  • HUM 5314: American Social History Since the Civil War
  • HUM 5311: The American Century: Issues in 20th Century America

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Courses Taught:

  • The Civil War and Reconstruction


  •  “Kennedy and Vietnam: The Politics of Oliver Stone’s JFK,” War, Literature, & the Arts—An International Journal of the Humanities (Vol. 17, Numbers 1& 2, 2005), 242–251. 
  • “Devout Believer or Skeptic Politician? An Overview of Historians’ Analyses of Abraham Lincoln’s Religion: 1959–2001,” Lincoln Lore (Journal of the Lincoln Museum ), (Vol. 1878, Fall 2004), 14–19.

Selected Scholarly Presentations:

  • “The Memory of the Vietnam War, the 1960s, and the Rise of the Right: 1980–2004"
  • “Kennedy and Vietnam: The Politics of Oliver Stone’s JFK.”
  • “Remembering the 1960s in the 1990s: An Oral History of American Political Memory.”
  • “Spinning History: The Myth that Reagan ‘Won’ the Cold War.”
  • “The Smithsonian’s Enola Gay Exhibition: Museums, History, and the Politics of Memory.”
  • “Devout Believer or Skeptic Politician? An Analysis of Abraham Lincoln’s Religion.”   
  • “Understanding the Holocaust: Hannah Arendt, Christopher Browning, and Daniel Goldhagen.”
  • “The Politics of the Past: German Memory of World War II.”