Dr. Janine Giordano Drake specializes in U.S. Social, Cultural, Religious and Economic History. She regularly teaches courses on the histories of U.S. Immigration and Citizenship, U.S. Women’s and Gender History, and the Cold War. She developed a course on “The History of Labor, Gender and Public Health” for BSN candidates, and loves teaching Political Theory every spring. Janine also enjoys teaching interdisciplinary courses at the intersection of public history and art. With Michael Gilboe (Theater), she has developed and taught “Theater of the Oppressed” (on the work of Augusto Boal) and “Hamilton: the Man and the Musical.”

Dr. Drake is also an active researcher within the fields of U.S. Labor and Religious History. She has published peer-reviewed essays in Labor, Christian History and the Oxford Encyclopedia of American History, as well as book chapters within several essay collections. She edited The Pew and the Picket Line: Christianity and the American Working Class (University of Illinois Press, 2015), an essay collection on Christianity and the American working classes. She is currently completing her book manuscript, “War for the Soul of the Christian Nation: Christian Socialists and the American Churches, 1880-1920.”

She is an avid runner, frequently seen on the River’s Edge Trail in Great Falls.

BA, State University of New York at Geneseo
MA, University of Illinois
PhD, University of Illinois

“Ultimately evil is done not so much by evil people, but by good people who do not know themselves and who do not probe deeply.”
-Reinhold Niebuhr, 20th c. theologian and ethicist