Katherine A. S. Sibley, Ph.D.

Professor, Director of American Studies Program
Office: Barbelin 112M
Phone: 610-660-1741
Email: sibley@sju.edu


B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara

Courses Taught

HIS 201-201 American History

HIS 366 Progressive Era to New Deal

Reform affected all levels of U.S. politics and society in the first half of the twentieth century, linking the first Roosevelt administration to the last. Besides cleaning up at h,ome, Progressives and New Dealers also tried to save the world abroad, with varying success. This course will examine the origins, nature, contradictions and social and political consequences of these important reforming decades.

HIS 359 Postwar America, 1945 to the Present

This course will explore recent American history through an examination of political, social, and cultural developments, with particular emphases on the expanding role of the presidency, social movements embracing racial, class, and gender issues, and emerging cultural crosscurrents since World War II.

HIS 380 Foundations of American Foreign Policy, 1775-1914

This course explores the origins of American foreign relations from their earliest days before the Revolution until the First World War. No single explanation is offered, but instead, the course takes a broad approach, embracing such issues as independence, expansion, sectionalism, idealism, and imperialism.

HIS 381 United States as a Global Power, 1914 to the Present

This course covers the growth of United States global involvement from the First World War until the end of the Cold War. The Transformation from interwar isolationism to postwar internationalism and its attendant crusades and conflicts forms a major theme.

HIS 385 History of Women in America Since 1820

This course will explore the history of American women from the beginnings of the antebellum period to the dawn of the post-Cold War era. It will focus upon the evolution of women's family and work roles as well as their involvement in social reform and political movements and will emphasize both the unity and the diversity of women's historical experiences, based upon factors such as race, ethnicity, class, and region.


  • Modern America
  • Russian/American Relations
  • American Women’s History