Dr. Prosterman is originally from Chattanooga, TN. For his undergraduate studies, he received a BSJ from the Medill School of Journalism and double-majored in History at Northwestern University. After working in the private sector in New York City, he earned his MA and PhD in History from New York University. Following a postdoctoral fellowship at Syracuse University, he moved to Winston-Salem to join the faculty of Salem College.
Dr. Prosterman’s research investigates the practice of democracy in the United States and throughout the world, with a focus on the ways in which people mobilize to further voting rights and gain representation in their countries. His first book, Defining Democracy: Electoral Reform and the Struggle for Power in New York City, was published by Oxford University Press in 2013. He is currently writing Atomic Dreams: Creating a Nuclear World, which examines the impact of atomic science throughout the world before the Cold War.
Dr. Prosterman is thrilled to teach at Salem and to play a role in continuing the tradition of excellence in education for which Salem is known. He chose Salem because the small classes and dedicated faculty offer an energetic and supportive environment in which all students are encouraged to participate, thereby developing skills that will benefit them throughout their academic and professional careers.
As director of the Salem Impact Core Curriculum and the Program in Race and Ethnicity Studies, Dr. Prosterman develops course curricula that will prepare Salem students to change the world. He directs independent research projects, supervises internships, and guides students through the graduate school application process. With a focus on interdisciplinary coursework, Dr. Prosterman teaches courses in programs that include the Salem Impact Core Curriculum, History, Race and Ethnicity Studies, Political Science, Environmental Studies, and Women’s Studies.
Dr. Prosterman is married to a successful children’s book author, and they have three kids, each of whom has known campus since before they could walk! They also have three cats and an enormous dog.
Dr. Prosterman regularly teaches the following courses:
- HIST106: United States after 1877 (each Spring)
- HIST215/REST210: Critical Issues in the History of Race and Ethnicity (Spring/Summer)
- HIST/POLI214: The Global Cold War (Spring)
- HIST/POLI/ENVS216: The Nuclear Age (Fall)
- HIST221: American Women’s History (Summer)
- HIST/POLI265: US Constitutional and Legal History (Fall/Summer)
- HIST286: Modern Japan (Fall)
- HIST310: The Clio Colloquium (Spring)
- HONR210: The World According to Disney (Fall)
- HONR220/HIST213: The Vietnam War (Spring)
- SALEM110: Fear in Modern America (Fall)
- SALEM350: Power (Spring/Summer)