Michael Santos, PhD

Professor of History


505 Brevard

Experience/ Background

  • Professor, Lynchburg College
  • Instructor, Carnegie-Mellon University
  • Director, Carnegie-Mellon University Teaching Center’s Summer Program
  • Involved in organization of local and campus chapters of Habitat for Humanity
  • Mentoring programs for “At-Risk” children
  • Founding Director of the LCSR program
  • Founding Director of the Center for the History and Culture of Central Virginia
  • Visiting Researcher, Mystic Seaport Museum

Degrees and Certifications

  • BA 1978 Stonehill College
  • MA 1979 Carnegie-Mellon University
  • Doctor of Arts 1984 Carnegie-Mellon University

Honors and Awards

  • 2000: T.A. Abbott Award for Faculty Excellence
  • 1999: Shirley Rosser Excellence in Teaching Award

Information on Courses Taught

  • World Civilizations
  • American Social History
  • America in the 1960s
  • United States to 1877
  • United States since 1877
  • Rise of the American City
  • United States and the World
  • Introduction to Historical Study and Writing
  • Seminar in History
  • Seminar in Research Methods for Historians

The main focus in all the content courses is legacies – how has the past shaped today?
Style – lots of discussion, debates and role-plays to make history come alive. The research methods classes feature a lot of hands-on experience.


  • A Beacon Through the Years: A History of Lynchburg College, 1903-2003 (Virginia Beach: Donning Publishing Company, 2005)
  • Caught In Irons: North Atlantic Fishermen in the Last Days of Sail (Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania: Susquehanna University Press, 2002)

Works in Progress

  • Nukes, Spooks, and Kooks: United States Foreign Policy Since 1945
  • The Elephant and the Mouse: U.S.-Canadian Relations during the Vietnam War

Professional/Research Interests

  • United State diplomatic, labor, social, urban, southern, maritime, and local history interests
  • Book and articles on fisherman in the last days of sail, the history of Lynchburg College, and U.S. foreign policy
  • Articles on Pittsburgh iron workers
  • Research on Central Virginia history and culture

Personal Interests and Information

Married with one son, I am into cycling, sailing, and old cars. Family is my first priority with teaching and social service a close second.