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Dr. Evelyn Sterne

Associate Professor

Director of Graduate Studies

Ph.D., Duke University
B.A., Yale University

Research Interests:

Twentieth-century U.S., religion, immigration, politics and labor.

Courses Taught:

  • HIS 142 – History of the United States Since 1877
  • HIS 340 – History of the United States, 1914-41
  • HIS 346 – Immigration, Ethnicity and Race in American History
  • HIS 357 – History of Religion in the United States
  • HIS 441 – Topics in U.S. Immigration History
  • HIS 495 – Seminar in History
  • HIS 507 – Graduate Seminar in American History (Politics and Society in the Cold War Era)
  • HIS 507 – Graduate Seminar in American History (Religion and Politics in American History)


Ballots and Bibles: Ethnic Politics and the Catholic Church in Providence. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2003.

“Beyond the Boss: Immigration and American Political Culture, 1880-1940,” in E Pluribus Unum? Contemporary and Historical Perspectives on Immigrant Political Incorporation, ed. Gary Gerstle and John Mollenkopf. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2001.

“Bringing Religion into Working-Class History: Parish, Public and Politics in Providence, 1890-1930.” Social Science History 24:1 (Spring 2000): 149-82.

Contact Information:


Department of History
University of Rhode Island

80 Upper College Road
113 Washburn Hall
Office: 217B Washburn
Phone: 401.874.4074
Fax: 401.874.2595

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