Professor of History
Mark C. Carnes, Professor of History, joined the faculty of Barnard in 1982. His academic specialty is modern American history. His courses include The United States: 1940-1975, and several versions of the Reacting to the Past program which he initiated in 1995. Professor Carnes served as general co-editor (with John Garraty) of the 24-volume American National Biography (1999). He is also Executive Secretary of the Society of American Historians.
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
New book demonstrates the positive impact of role-immersion games in education
In The Chronicle of Higher Education, the creator of "Reacting to the Past" comments on the most important aspects of general-education requirements.