Dr. Ely Janis

Professor, Interim Dean of Academic Affairs, History & Political Science

Ely Janis
(413) 662-5242
Academic Affairs


Ph.D., Boston College, 2008

M.A., Boston College, 2002

B.A., University of Oregon, 1999

Courses Taught

HIST 114 U.S. History since 1877

HIST 320 Disease and American Society

HIST 320 Robber Barons, Radicals, and Reformers

HIST 320 American Immigration & Ethnicity

HIST 320 Border Crossings: History of the American Border(s)

HIST 401 Gilded Age Gotham

HIST 403 U.S. History in Global Context

Research/Creative Interests

My teaching and research interests are in American immigration and ethnicity, the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, transatlantic history, and American social reform. In both my research and teaching I situate the United States in a transnational context. Ideas, people, and materials from outside its borders have shaped the United States from the colonial period to the present. By encouraging students to consider American history in this broader context, I feel they can both better understand the past and engage constructively with a modern world shaped by the forces of globalization.

I am currently working on a digital humanities project, "Displaying Ireland," with other faculty in the United States and Ireland, which explores Irish and Irish-American exhibitions in World's Fairs and other international expositions from 1853-2000.

I also currently serve as Book Review Editor for the Journal of American Ethnic History.


"A Greater Ireland: The Land League and Transatlantic Nationalism in Gilded Age America” (University of Wisconsin Press, 2015)

Talks and Presentations

“Building an Irish Village: Ireland, Irish America, and the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair,” Annual Meeting of Organization of American Historians,” St. Louis, MO, April 2015.

“‘Heart and Soul for Henry George’: Irish Americans, the 1886 New York Mayoral Race and the Decline of Irish American Radicalism,” Annual General Conference of the American Conference for Irish Studies, Chicago, IL, April 11, 2013