Sarah Gold McBride

Visiting Lecturer
Office Hours: 
Wednesday, 2:30-4:30 p.m. (Spring 2018)
2314 Dwinelle

Ph.D., History, University of California, Berkeley
M.A., History, University of California, Berkeley
B.A., History and Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley

Curriculum Vitae: 

My work focuses on the social and cultural history of the nineteenth-century United States. My research and teaching are particularly interested in the relationships between popular culture (including popular science, print, and entertainment) and race, gender, and the body. My current book project, Whiskerology: Hair and the Legible Body in Nineteenth-Century America, argues that during the nineteenth century, Americans shared an extraordinary faith in the diagnostic and classificatory power of hair, which they understood to be capable of conveying reliable information about a stranger’s identity and character. As a teacher, I am especially focused on K–16 history pedagogy: how history is taught in K–12 and college classrooms, and the bridge between these two levels. I am a co-founder of the Teaching History Conference, held biannually at UC Berkeley, which brings together history educators from across the K–16 continuum.


Semester Course Title Syllabus
Spring 2018 122AC Antebellum America
Fall 2017 123 Civil War and Reconstruction
Summer 2017 122AC Antebellum America: The Advent of Mass Society
Spring 2016 198BC Berkeley Connect in History
Spring 2016 198BC Berkeley Connect in History