Penn State Harrisburg

Charles D. Kupfer, Ph.D.

· Associate Professor of American Studies and History; Humanities


Charles J.D. Kupfer grew up in Washington state and Washington, D.C. His B.A. in writing seminars came from Johns Hopkins University. He then studied at Oxford University and the University of Texas, where he received his Ph.D. in american studies in 1998. Kupfer also worked as a reporter and editor, and taught for three years at Michigan State.

Kupfer's first book, We Felt the Flames: Hitler's Blitzkrieg, America's Story, a work of journalism history using American Studies methods, appeared in 2004. He is currently working on another book on the war in the Pacific. His academic articles have appeared in such journals as Prospects: An Annual of American Cultural Studies, The International Journal of the History of Sports, Iron Game History: The Journal of Physical Culture, and Pennsylvania History

Kupfer is past president of the Middle Atlantic American Studies Association, and now serves on the Eastern American Studies Association Board. He is active in various Commonwealth Public Heritage initiatives, serving on the Pennsylvania Historical Marker Commission, the Friends of Fort Hunter Board of Directors, and as Penn State Harrisburg American Studies Program liaison to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

Research Interests

  • Modern culture
  • Intellectual, diplomatic, and sports history