Douglas M. Charles, PhD

Associate Professor, History
Sports Administration Certificate Coordinator
Office Phone: 412-675-9167
Office Location: Main Building, 109D
Mailing Address:
Penn State Greater Allegheny, 4000 University Drive, McKeesport, PA 15132

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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, Washington Post, Le Parisien Magazine, La Croix, de Volksrants (Netherlands), Folha de S. Paulo (Brazil), Business Standard (India), Australian Broadcasting Corp., 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

Class Class Title Days & Times Room
HIST 173 Vietnam in War & Peace Tu Th 1:35PM - 2:50PM Main Building 101
AMST 491 Am Obscenity Reg 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 11:45PM - 1:15PM Main Building 109D
Research Interests
American history, modern U.S., FBI, gay and lesbian history, obscenity regulation, intelligence history, foreign relations, political history