Todd S. Gernes


Todd Gernes is an interdisciplinary historian of American Culture whose teaching and research focuses on 19th- and 20th-century U. S. history and society.  Professor Gernes teaches a variety of courses in History, American Studies, and Writing and pursues scholarly work in a variety of fields.  Gernes has published scholarly articles and book reviews in MELUS, The New England Quarterly, The African American Review, and The Winterthur Portfolio, as well as essays in scholarly anthologies.  Present work includes an edited volume of literary correspondence of feminist public intellectual Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935) and a variety of essays related to the scholarship of teaching, learning, and assessment.

Professor Gernes joined the Stonehill community in 2008 to direct the Cornerstone Program of General Education.  With a focus on outcomes-based assessment and faculty development, Gernes led a comprehensive review and revision of general education at Stonehill and, as Writing Program Director, implemented a new writing requirement featuring writing-intensive first-year seminars and writing-in-the-disciplines courses.  Gernes has led numerous faculty development workshops on First-Year Seminars, Learning Communities, Writing in the Disciplines, and the Digital Humanities.



  • Ph.D. American Civilization (1992) Brown University
  • A.M. American Civilization (1987) Brown University
  • M.A. English & American Studies (1986) University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • B.A. English & American Studies (1984) University of Massachusetts, Amherst


  • Electric Guitar in American Culture (HIS 337)
  • Life and Times of Frederick Douglas (HIS 100/FYS 128)
  • Way We Never Were: American Family History (HIS 100/FYS 130)