Alexander Bloom

Professor of History, Emeritus






Knapton 324

(508) 286-3673

(508) 286-3460


Main Interests

20th-century American intellectual history, with particular focus on American radicalism, the 1960s, and post-1945 social and cultural concerns.


Ph.D., Boston College
M.A., Boston College
A.B., University of California, Santa Cruz

Research Interests

Current research project:
The End of the Tunnel: The Vietnam Experience and the Shape of American Life.
This will be a study of the way in which the Vietnam war has shaped American life since 1975–politically, socially, diplomatically, and culturally.

Teaching Interests

I am most interested in helping students come to see the dynamic nature of the study of history, how historical understandings result from the analytic interaction of the historian or student and the material.

In addition, I am interested in applying technological innovation to areas of teaching not usually associated with technology, such as the visual presentation of material in introductory classes or the use of web-based research for upper-level classes.


Long Time Gone: Sixties America Then and Now
New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Takin’ it to the Streets: A Sixties Reader, (co-editor)
New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.
(2nd edition, 2002. 3rd edition to be published 2008)

“The Social and Intellectual Life of the City,”
in New York: Culture Capital of the World, 1940-1965,
Leonard Wallock, ed., New York: Rizzoli, 1988; Paris:
Sueil, 1988; Tokyo: 1991.

Prodigal Sons: The New York Intellectuals and Their World
New York: Oxford University Press, 1986;
Oxford and London: Oxford University Press, 1987.