Faculty & Staff

Philip Chassler, PhD

Senior Lecturer of American Studies, College of Liberal Arts


Areas of Expertise

Working people's and labor history from the US Civil War to the present; early 20th-century American Fiction: Realism, Naturalism, and Modernism


PhD Brandeis University

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Research and Teaching Interests:

As a graduate student in the UMass Boston English Department, Professor Chassler received a Masters Degree in 1993. He enjoyed his experience here so much that he went on to earn a PhD in English and American Literature (from Brandeis University in 2002). He has written about the mid-twentieth-century American novelist Nelson Algren, and he has studied American writers of the early part of the last century including Henry Adams, W.E.B. Du Bois, Gertrude Stein, and Jack London. 

In 1997 he returned to UMass as a teacher. Since then, he has taught a variety of courses at all levels.  His courses range into politics and culture with emphasis on social and economic issues. As a Lecturer, his strongest and first commitment is to students, their skills, their interests, and their goals.

Courses Taught:

AMST 100 American Identities
AMST 110G  US Society and Culture since 1945
AMST 206  The Sixties
AMST 212G The Eighties
AMST 211 US Society and Culture 1860-1940
AMST 360 Work, Society, and Culture in the Modern US

HONORS 290:  Imagining America's Future