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Faculty w/Admin Appointment, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302

Donald T. Critchlow, Katzin Family Professor, teaches courses on American political history, political conspiracy, and contemporary American history. He was awarded the Zebulon Pearce Distinguished Teaching Award in Humanities in 2021. He serves as co-director of the undergraduate certificate Program in Political History and Leadership in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies. The program's mission is to promote a greater understanding of the foundations of democratic society and actual leadership training through undergraduate education and civic involvement. The program sponsors public lectures, academic seminars, internships, and undergraduate scholarships. He is founding editor the Journal of Policy History a quarterly academic journal published by Cambridge University Press.,

In 2018, he was named Katzin Family Professor.

He published in 2020, "In Defense of Populism: Social Protest and Democratic Change,"(University of Pennsylvania Press) and his book, “Revolutionary Monsters: The Will to Power,” will be published Fall 2021 by Regnery Press. In 2018, he published "Republican Character: From Nixon to Reagan" (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018), which appeared in paperback in 2020. Other publications include "American Political History: A Very Short Introduction" (Oxford University Press, 2015), and "When Hollywood Was Right: How Movie Moguls, Film Stars, and Big Business Remade American Politics," published by Cambridge University Press in 2013. Other publications include "The Conservative Ascendancy: How the GOP Made Political History" (Harvard University Press, 2007; rev. and updated edition University Press of Kansas. 2011); "Phyllis Schlafly and Grassroots Conservatism" (Princeton University Press, 2005); "Intended Consequences: Birth Control, Abortion, and the Federal Government"  (Oxford University Press, 1999, pap. 2001); "Studebaker: The Life and Death of an American Corporations" (Indiana University Press, 1997); and the "Brookings Institution: Expertise and the Public Interest in a Democratic Society" (Northern Illinois University Press, 1989). He is general editor for the new Oxford Encyclopedia of American Political and Legal History. "The Oxford Handbook on American Political History," co-edited with Paula Baker, has been submitted to Oxford University Press.

After receiving his doctoral degree in History from the University of California, Berkeley, Critchlow became a professor at the University of Notre Dame and later chair of the History Department at Saint Louis University. He has been a visiting professor at Hong Kong University and Warsaw University. He has lectured extensively in the United States, Europe, and China. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Policy History, a quarterly published by Cambridge University Press.

His books are regularly reviewed in the New York Times Book Review, New Republic, National Review, The Nation, The New Yorker, Washington Post Book Review, and other magazines and newspapers. He has appeared on C-Span Books, NPR's Talk of the Nation, BBC World News, and numerous talk-radio programs. He has written for the Washington Post, New York Observer, New York Post, National Review, and Claremont Review of Books.


  • Ph.D. History, University of California-Berkeley 1978
  • M.A. History, University of California-Berkeley 1972 
  • B.A. (Magna Cum Laude), San Francisco State University 1970 
Research Interests: 

 My research interests lie in modern American political and policy history, particularly in how actors perceive the world and act on their perceptions. 

  • Donald T. Critchlow. Policy Knowledge: Non Profits. International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences (2013).
  • Donald T. Critchlow. Chapter 1, "The Rise of Conservatism Republicanism: A History of Fits and Starts". Seeking a New Majority: The Republican Party and American Politics, 1960-1980 (2013).
  • Donald T. Critchlow and Philip Vandermeer. Oxford Encyclopedia of Political and Legal History. (2012).
  • . . Review of: The Reagan Rhetoric (2012).
  • Donald T. Critchlow. "Rethinking American Conservatism: Toward a New Narrative". Journal of American History (2011).
  • Donald T. Critchlow. The Conservative Ascendancy: How the Republican Right Rose to Power in Modern America. (2011).
  • Donald T. Critchlow. "US Election Scorecard". (0).
Research Activity: 
  • Critchlow,Donald*. Training Future Leaders (ASUF 30006514). ASU FDN(9/10/2015 - 9/9/2016).
  • Critchlow,Donald*. The Center for Political Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University (ASUF 30005980). ASU FDN(2/7/2014 - 2/6/2021).
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 414Political History & Leadership
HST 414Political History & Leadership
HST 499Individualized Instruction
HST 599Thesis
HST 792Research
HST 799Dissertation
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 306Studies in US History
HST 414Political History & Leadership
POS 414Political History & Leadership
HST 484Internship
HST 599Thesis
HST 792Research
HST 799Dissertation
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 112Foundations of Democracy
POS 112Foundations of Democracy
HST 317Hist Postwar U.S. Conservatism
POS 317Hist Postwar U.S. Conservatism
HST 599Thesis
HST 792Research
HST 799Dissertation
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 306Studies in US History
HST 394Special Topics
POS 414Political History & Leadership
HST 414Political History & Leadership
HST 592Research
HST 599Thesis
HST 792Research
HST 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 306Studies in US History
HST 414Political Thought/Leadership
POS 414Political Thought/Leadership
HST 493Honors Thesis
HST 599Thesis
HST 792Research
HST 799Dissertation
  • Donald T. Critchlow, Archiving a Conservative Legacy, Radicliffe College/Harvard University (October 2017).
  • Donald T. Critchlow. Remember Milton Friedman. Goldwater Institute talk to 250 people (Oct 2014).
  • Adrian Wooldridge. Recovering the American Economy. Recovering the American Economy (Oct 2014).
  • Donald T. Critchlow. When Hollywood Was Right. Evening invited lecture at Melbourn University in Australia (Aug 2014).
  • Donald Critchlow. Is Political Liberty Necessary for Economic Freedom. Is Political Liberty Necessary to Economic Freedom (Jul 2014).
  • Donald T. Critchlow. Richard Nixon and Hollywood. Nixon Presidential Library (Mar 2014).
  • Critchlow, Donald. Keynote Plenary Panel: The Future of American Intellectual History This was a plenary roundtable of three speakers who spoke for 20 minutes each. Society of American Intellectual Historians (Nov 2013).
  • Critchlow, Donald. Comment: Panel on Reproductive Rights and the Law. Society of Legal Historians Annual Meeting (Oct 2013).
  • Critchlow, Donald. Comment: "Women in American Politics". Organization of American Historians (Apr 2013).
  • Critchlow, Donald. The Future of American Political History. American Political History Forum University of California, Berkeley (Feb 2013).
  • Donald T. Critchlow. "Conservatives, Moderates, and Liberals: All in One". American Historical Meeting (Jan 2013).
  • Donald T. Critchlow. Rewriting the Political History of Hollywood. American Historical Review (Jan 2013).
  • Donald T. Critchlow. Jews in the 2012 Election. An evening dialogue at the Phoenix Jewish Community Center on the 2012 election (Nov 2012).
  • Critchlow, Donald. "Rethinking the Origins of Modern Liberalism". American Political Science Association Annual Conference (Sep 2012).
  • Donald T. Critchlow. "Rewriting the Legal History of Reproductive Rights". Legal History Conference, St. Louis, MO (Sep 2012).
  • Donald T. Critchlow et al. "Future of American Conservatism. This event was held at Arizona State University and was sponsored by SHPRS and Journal of Policy His (Apr 2012).
  • David Courtwright et al. Politics and Morality. ASU Conference on "Politics and Morality" (Apr 2011).
  • Undergraduate Program in Political Thought and Leadership, With Professor Kent Wright in History, we proposed and have approved an undergraduate certificate program in Political Thought and Leadership. We serve as co-directors of this program (2012 - 2022)
  • Cambridge Essential Histories, Series Editor (2009 - 2022)
  • Journal of Policy History, editor (1989 - 2021)
  • Editor, Cambridge Essential Histories, General Editor (2013 - 2016)
  • "Graduate Committee and Graduate Admissions, Member of Committtee (2013 - 2015)
  • Institute for Political History, President (2013 - 2015)
  • Journal of Policy History, Editor (2013 - 2015)
  • Chair, Chair (2014 - 2014)
  • Faculty Senate, elected member from History (2012 - 2014)
  • Policy History Conference, Organizer (2013 - 2014)
  • Chaired Four Year Review Committee for SHPRS, Chair (2013 - 2014)
  • Policy History Conference, Program organizer (2013 - 2014)
  • Critchlow, Donald, Reader (2012 - 2013)
  • Graduate Admission Committee, History Faculty, Committee member (2012 - 2013)
  • Outside reviewer for journals and presses, Reader (2012 - 2013)
  • Outside evaluator for tenure and promotion at three schools (see below), Evaluator (2011 - 2012)
  • Policy History Conference, Richmond VA, Organizer (2012 - 2012)
  • Occupy Wall Street, for "Talk of the Nation National Public Radio Program, Discussant with Todd Gitlin for hour program (2012 - 2012)
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