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Associate Professor & Chair of American Studies
2 East South Street
Galesburg, IL 61401-4999
Associate Professor of History; Chair of American Studies; Burkhardt Distinguished Chair in History
Years at Knox: 1995 to present
Ph.D., U.S. History, 1998, Stanford University.
M.A., U.S. History, 1990, Stanford University.
M.A., Public Historical Studies, 1984, University of California-Santa Barbara.
B.A., History, with honors, 1982, University of Oregon.
Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 9th Edition, 2005.
Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 8th Edition, 2004.
Book review in Journal of Illinois History.
"Myths and Realities: The History of Affirmative Action Policy." Presented at the Eighth Annual Conference of the Association for Black Culture Centers, 1998.
"Toward a Participatory Democracy: The Continuing Challenge of Martin Luther King." Annual Martin Luther King Day convocation, Knox College, 2008.
"Teaching Reconstruction for Middle School Teachers, Teaching Liberalism and Conservatism in the 20th Century," Project Historian and Workshop, Grant Wood History Institute, Iowa, 2008.
"Martin Luther King: On Fear and Freedom." Annual Martin Luther King Day convocation, Knox College, 2007.
"Fighting Over the Past: The 1960s as History." The 2007 Burkhardt Lecture, Knox College, 2007.
"Free At Last? A Comparative Historiographical Study of Emancipation in the British Caribbean and the United States." Twenty-Ninth Annual Conference of the Caribbean Studies Association (CSA), St. Kitts, West Indies, 2004.
"Black Activists, White Feminists, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: The Legacy of 19th Century White Supremacy in the Creation of Modern Affirmative Action Policy." White Supremacy/Black Liberation Conference, Stanford University, 2001.
Campus & Community Involvement
Member, American Historical Association.
Member, Organization of American Historians.
Member, Phi Alpha Theta (history honor society).
What Students Say
"Professor Hamilton has a deep and genuine passion for History and American Studies. His dedicated love of teaching and a powerful commitment to his students combine to make him one of the most beloved Professors at Knox. His engaging and demanding courses have opened students' eyes to whole new ways of looking at History and their own place within it. Always willing to sit down and meet with students, his kindness is only matched by his brilliance, which inspires his students to vigilantly push themselves to do their best work."
-Christopher S. Guthrie, History and Black Studies Major