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John Seung-Ho Baick

Professor of History
B.A., History, Columbia University
M.A., American History, New York University
Ph.D., American History, New York University
Office: 44 Valley Rd.

Although he was born and raised in Southern California, John Baick (pronounced “back”) considers himself a Northeasterner because of his many years in New York City and Massachusetts. He is a Yankees and Dodgers fan, but he has a respect for the cultural significance of the Red Sox in New England.


Modern U.S. history

The Intersection of Ideas, Politics, and Popular Culture in the United States and the Modern World

Urban history

East Asian history


History of New York

History of the United States since 1945

United States Since 1878

Cities and Societies

Watching War

American Popular Culture in a Global Matrix

Freshman Seminar

Senior Thesis in History

Seniors Honors Project


Journal Articles

Nineteenth Century Urban Immigration: Between the Melting Pot and the Jungle, A Companion to American Urban History, edited by David Quigley (Blackwell, tba)

United States History Since 1865 (Collins College Outline Series, 2006)

Lost in the Shadows of the Reagan Revolution: Bruce Springsteen, Public Enemy, and the Meaning of American Culture, Northeastern Political Science Association Conference, 2005

A Strong Oriental School: Franz Boas, Columbia University, and the Weak Roots of East Asian Studies in America, JSAC/EAS Conference, 2005

Teaching Platoon in the Social Science Classroom, NEPSA, 2004

Cracks in the Foundation: Frederick T. Gates, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the China Medical Board, The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (3:1, January 2004).

Review of Philip J. Pauly Biologists and the Promise of American Life for H-Ideas (2001)

Review of T.J. Jackson Lears No Place of Grace for the 20th Century Retrospective in Intellectual History, H-Ideas (2000)

Rose Hum Lee, American National Biography (Oxford University Press, 1998)

Expanding Elite Culture in New York: Franz Boas and the American Museum of Natural History, American Historical Association Conference (PCB), 1998

Converting Missionaries With Science, ARNOVA Silver Anniversary Conference, 1996