Mark C. Carnes

Professor of History

Department

American Studies, History, Reacting to the Past

Office

902 Milstein Center / Office Hours: ON LEAVE

Contact

Mark C. Carnes, Professor of History, joined the Barnard faculty in 1982. His academic speciality is modern American history and pedagogy. His courses include The United States, 1940-1975 and several courses featuring the Reacting to the Past pedagogy, which he pioneered in 1995. Professor Carnes served as General Co-Editor (with John Garraty) of the 24-volume American National Biography. He is Executive Director of the Reacting Consortium, which directs the Reacting to the Past pedagogical initiative,now used at over 400 colleges and universities. His most recent book is Minds on Fire: How Role-Immersion Games Transform College (Harvard University Press, 2014). 

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

American history

In addition to several games in the Reacting to the Past Series, his works include:

MINDS ON FIRE: HOW ROLE-IMMERSION GAMES TRANSFORM COLLEGE (Harvard University Press, 2014).

The American Nation (Longman, 2008)

The Columbia History of the Postwar United States (Columbia University Press, 2007)

American Destiny: Narrative of a Nation (Longman, 2006)

Novel History (Simon and Schuster, 2001)

History of American Life, editor (Scribner, 1996)

Mapping America's Past (Holt, 1996)

Past Imperfect: History According to the Movies, editor (Holt, 1995)

Meanings for Manhood: Constructions of Masculinity in Victorian America (University of Chicago Press, 1992)

Secret Ritual and Manhood in Victorian America (Yale University Press, 1989)

The Compensations of War (University of Texas Press, 1985)

In The News

Since last May, Barnard faculty members were awarded major research grants that support a diverse array of interests, enabling them to continue existing studies and support collaborations with other institutions.

October 9, 2018

Professor Mark Carnes and Professor Stephanie Pfirman share the games they have created to help both students and teachers learn.

March 15, 2018

At Reunion 2017, Alumnae returned to campus to reconnect and attend panels, lectures, and cocktails.

June 5, 2017