Douglas M. Charles, PhD

Associate Professor of History
Letters, Arts, and Sciences Co-Coordinator
Sports Administration Certificate Coordinator
Main Building 109D, 412-675-9167
Mailing Address: 
Penn State Greater Allegheny, 4000 University Drive, McKeesport, PA 15132

Professor Charles is an historian of the United States (broadly speaking) who researches and publishes on the history of the FBI and its intersections with gay and lesbian history, obscenity regulation, and American politics and diplomacy.

A leading historian of the FBI, he’s published multiple books and numerous articles and has appeared on C-SPAN, the History Channel, and in a Yahoo News documentary. He has also given talks across the United States and in Europe. Dr. Charles has been referenced in the New York Times, Le Parisien Magazine, NBC News, Yahoo News, Time Magazine, and PBS News Hour while contributing multiple OpEd and historical pieces as a public scholar to illuminate popular understanding of contemporary events.

Professor Charles has won the Penn State Greater Allegheny Excellence in Research Award (2015) and was the first winner of the Penn State Commission on LGBT Equity Academic Achievement Award (2015).

Teaching Interests:
U.S. history, world history, history of the FBI, Vietnam, U.S. obscenity regulation, Modern Europe


Spring 2017
Class Class Title Days & Times Room
HIST 11 World History II Tu Th 1:35PM - 2:50PM Main Building 101
HIST 143 Fascism and Nazism Tu Th 3:05PM - 4:20PM Main Building 101
HIST 21 Amer Civ From 1877 Tu Th 4:35PM - 5:50PM Main Building 101
  Office Hours Tu Th 12:00PM - 1:30PM Main Building 109D
Ph.D., University of Edinburgh
M.A., Marquette University
B.A., Penn State University
Research Interests: 
American history, modern U.S., FBI, gay and lesbian history, obscenity regulation, intelligence history, foreign relations, political history
Hoover's War on Gays: Exposing the FBI's "Sex Deviates" Program (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2015)
The FBI's Obscene File: J. Edgar Hoover and the Bureau's Crusade Against Smut (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2012)
J. Edgar Hoover and the Anti-interventionists: FBI Political Surveillance and the Rise of the Domestic Security State, 1939-45 (Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, 2007; paperback 2015)