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Lucas Burke

Graduate Employee
Office: 250, 251 McKenzie Hall
Research Interests: 20th c. US Politics and Environment; US West


  • M.A. History, University of Oregon, 2012
  • B.A. History, Washington State University, 2010
  • B.A. Philosophy, Washington State University, 2010



I am currently a Ph.D candidate and GTF with the History Department at the University of Oregon.  This Summer, I will be offering an undergraduate survey course on African-American History since the Civil War (HIST 251).

My primary area of interest is twentieth century United States social, political, and environmental history, with an emphasis on the the history of the US West and American cities.   In particular, my research projects focus on issues of race, urban politics, antiwar protests, and radicalism in the Pacific Northwest during the 1960s and 1970s.  During the summer of 2012, I completed my Master's thesis, "The Model City: Civil Rights, the Black Panther Party, and the Revolution of Urban Politics in Portland, Oregon," which examines the soicioeconomic and political legacies of urban planning and the black freedom struggle in Northeast Portland during the late 1960s and 1970s.  I also finished my undergraduate at WSU in 2010, where I earned degrees in History and Philosophy as well as minors in Anthropology and Religious Studies.



The Portland Black Panthers: Empowering Albina and Remaking a City, co-authored with Judson L. Jeffries (Seattle: University of Washington Press, forthcoming 2016).


Previous GTF Courses

  • HIST 106 - Modern World History - Furtado (Spring 2014)
  • HIST 201 - Colonial/Early American History - Dennis (Fall 2013)
  • HIST 202 - 19th c. United States History - Ostler (Winter 2014)
  • HIST 203 - 20th c. United States History - Herman (Spring 2011)
  • HIST 250 - African American History: 1600-1877 - Bufalino (Fall 2012)
  • HIST 251 - African American History: 1865-Present - Bufalino, Stuckey (Spring 2013; Spring 2012; Winter 2015)
  • HIST 325 - Precolonial Africa - Braun (Winter 2012)
  • HIST 326 - Colonial/Postcolonial Africa - Braun (Spring 2015)
  • HIST 350 - 19th c. American Radicalism - Pope (Winter 2011)
  • HIST 352 - United States in the 1960s - Herman (Winter 2013; Fall 2010)
  • HIST 380 - Latin America: Pre-Columbian to 1750 (Fall 2014)
  • HIST 388 - Vietnam and the US - May (Fall 2011)