James M. Bergquist
I retired from the History Department at Villanova in December 2001.
I attended the University of Notre Dame (B.A., 1955) and Northwestern University (M.A., 1956; Ph. D, 1966).
I taught at Coe College (Iowa) from 1961 to 1963; then came to Villanova in 1963 as an instructor, and taught there until retirement as a professor in 2001.
My teaching fields were in early 19th century American history, American social history and (especially) American immigration history, which was my principal research interest. I also taught a graduate course in American historiography.
My principal publications are articles, essays, and reviews in the field of immigration history. These include, among many others:
"German-Americans," in Multiculturalism in the United
States, ed. John Buenker and Lorman Ratner, 2nd ed.
(Westport, Conn.: Greenwood, 2005), 149-172.
I have just completed a book, Daily Life in Immigrant America, 1820-1870 (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2008) Click here to see the publisher's announcement.
For a full list of publications and activities, see my curriculum vitae.
Other activities: I continue to edit the Newsletter of the Immigration and Ethnic History Society, and serve on the board of that society. I was formerly a trustee of the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies in Philadelphia, and since its merger with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania have served on the Library Committee of the Historical Society. I served six years on the National Council of the American Association of University Professors, and was chair for five years of the AAUP’s Committee on Organization; I am still active in the affairs of the Pennsylvania Division of AAUP.