Frederick, Richard


Frederick Richard
Dr. Richard Frederick
Director History/Political Science Program, Professor of History
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Contact Information:
rgf1@pitt.edu 
814-362-7625
217A Swarts Hall

Degrees and Credentials:
Ph.D. History, Penn State University 1979
M.A. History, St. Marys University (San Antonio, TX) 1971
A.B. History, Indiana University 1969

Academic Focus:

Dr. Frederick teaches American History I and II; American Colonies to 1763; American Revolution; Early American Nation: 1789-1840; the Civil War and Reconstruction; the Rise of Urban America: 1877-1917; America Between the Wars: 1917-1941; Contemporary U.S. History: 1941-Present; and American Radicalism.

He has also taught courses on Vietnam and the John F. Kennedy assassination, a topic on which he has strong and informed opinions.


Short Bio:
Dr. Frederick enjoys jazz music, classic movies, mysteries, and college basketball.

Research, Accomplishments, and Publications:
In the area of research, Dr. Frederick is the author or co-author of books on President Warren G. Harding, Ellis Island and Theoretical Concepts in Biology. He most recently completed a biography of President William Howard Taft and is currently working on a study of the Presidential election of 1920. In the area of teaching, Dr. Frederick has received the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Pittsburgh and the Teaching Excellence Award from the Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association.