Dr. Peter Siskind, Chair, Department of Historical  and Political Studies

Dr. Peter Siskind

Chair, Department of Historical 
and Political Studies (Website)
Assistant Professor of History

Dr. Siskind came to Arcadia University in 2004 after teaching at Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania, from which he earned a Ph.D. in History in 2002. He earned an A.B. in Religion from Dartmouth College in 1990. Siskind specializes in American political, urban/suburban, and environmental history. 

He is currently at work on two long-term projects that examine the contours of American liberalism—its evolutions and internal tensions, its potential and limitations. The first is a book, Landscapes of Liberalism: The Politics of Development on the Postwar Northeast Corridor (under contract with the University of Pennsylvania Press), focusing on the post-World War II growth and development of cities, suburbs, and recreational “vacationlands” from the metropolitan areas of Boston to Washington, D.C. The second is a potential book-length work exploring the life of Nelson Rockefeller. 

In the Arcadia classroom, Siskind teaches various U.S.-focused courses including America in the 1960s and Philadelphia Then & Now, and he has been expanding his areas of study by teaching about the United States' relationship with world, including courses titled The Vietnam Wars and America as Empire: The United States in the World in the 20th and 21st Centuries. In addition, since 2001 he has taught one course each year at the University of Pennsylvania on contemporary campaigns and elections with former Pennsylvania governor and Philadelphia mayor Ed Rendell. 

Siskind has also been active in administrative work at Arcadia. He served as interim Dean of Undergraduate Studies during the 2011-2012 academic year, and previously he helped create the University’s innovative undergraduate curriculum, served for three years as the University’s first Director of University Seminars, and filled a two-year term as Director of the International Studies Program.

Recent Publications

  • Siskind, Peter (2011). Review of Dianne Harris (ed.), Second Suburb: Levittown, Pennsylvania, in Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Volume 135, Number 1, pp. 115-117.
  • Siskind, Peter (2010). Review of James Wolfinger, Philadelphia Divided: Race & Politics in the City of Brotherly Love, in Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas, Volume 7, Number 1, pp.143-145.
  • Siskind, Peter (2008). "Shades of Black and Green: The Making of Racial and Environmental Liberalism in Nelson Rockefeller’s New York," The Journal of Urban History. Volume 34, Number 2, pp. 243-265.
  • Siskind, Peter (2007). "Paradoxes upon Complexities: Norman Mailer’s Urban Vision," on www.phillyskyline.com (posted November 19, 2007).
  • Siskind, Peter (2006). "Suburban Growth and Its Discontents: The Logic and Limits of Reform on the Postwar Northeast Corridor," in Kevin Kruse and Thomas Sugrue (eds.), The New Suburban History (University of Chicago Press), pp. 161-182.

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