David Peterson del Mar


Fields of Expertise:
history of the U.S. family; environmental history; Pacific Northwest history; American perceptions of Africa; comparative education.

He is the author of seven books, including:
What Trouble I Have Seen: A History of Violence against Wives (Harvard, 1996);
Oregon’s Promise: An Interpretive History (OSU, 2003);
Environmentalism (Pearson, 2011);
The American Family: From Obligation to Freedom (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). 

His articles have appeared in: African Identities, Africa Today, Ghana Studies, Ethnohistory, the Journal of Interdisciplinary History, the Mennonite Quarterly Review, the Museum Studies Journal, and Journal of Family Violence, and Environmental History, among others.  

President of Yo Ghana!, a 501c3 nonprofit that links schools in Ghana and the Pacific Northwest.

Courses taught: 

  • HST 337 History of American Cities
  • HST 338, Oregon History
  • HST 339, The Environment and History
  • HST 343, American Family History
  • HST 345, Colonial America
  • HST 346, The American Revolution
  • HST 348, Slavery, the American Civil War, and Reconstruction
  • HST 430, U.S. Cultural History I
  • HST 431, U.S. Cultural History II
  • HST 432, U.S. Cultural History III
  • HST 433, Early U.S. Social and Intellectual History
  • HST 440, American Environmental History
  • HST 442, Race, Class and Gender in the American West
  • HST 443, The American West: A Political and Economic History
  • HST 444, History of the Pacific Northwest
  • Ph.D.
    University of Oregon