Eric Rauchway

Eric Rauchway Portrait

Position Title
Distinguished Professor

SSH 3202
Office Hours
If you're enrolled in one of my classes, office hours for this class and this quarter appear in the syllabus. All others please telephone or email.


  • Ph.D., History, Stanford University, 1996
  • M.A., History, Stanford University, 1993
  • B.A., Cum Laude in History and with Distinction in All Subjects, Cornell University, 1991
  • M.A., History, University of Oxford (by special resolution of congregation), 1998


Eric Rauchway's newest book, Why the New Deal Matters, was published by Yale University Press in 2021. He welcomes applications for graduate study in U.S. history during the 1930s and 1940s, with special interest in policies of the Roosevelt administration. He has chaired the UC Davis Senate committees on the library and on academic freedom and responsibility, as well as the systemwide committee on academic freedom.

Research Focus

Professor Rauchway's recent research focuses on the New Deal and the Second World War. He has consulted for the U.S. Department of Justice and a major Hollywood studio, and welcomes inquiries from prospective graduate students interested in studying the United States in the era of the Great Depression and the New Deal.


  • Rauchway, E. (2021) Why the New Deal Matters. Yale University Press.
  • Rauchway, E. (2018) Winter War: Hoover, Roosevelt, and the First Clash Over the New Deal. Basic Books.
  • Rauchway, E. (2015) The Money Makers: How Roosevelt and Keynes Ended the Depression, Defeated Fascism, and Secured a Prosperous Peace. Basic Books.
  • Rauchway, E. (2008) The Great Depression and the New Deal: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press.
  • Rauchway, E. (2006) Blessed Among Nations: How the World Made America. Hill & Wang.
  • Rauchway, E. (2003) Murdering McKinley: The Making of Theodore Roosevelt's America. Hill & Wang.
  • Rauchway, E. (2001) The Refuge of Affections: Family and American Reform Politics, 1900-1920. Columbia University Press.


17B: Introduction to US History since 1865; 119: World War I; 120: World War II; 174A: The Gilded Age and Progressive Era; 174B: The US 1917-1945; 175: American Intellectual History; 187: US Foreign Relations in the Twentieth Cenutry; 188: America in the Sixties; 201L or 202H: Graduate seminar in modern US history; 204: Historiography


  • Visiting Fellow, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, Trinity Term, 2011
  • Distinguished Lecturer, Organization of American Historians, 2010-2016
  • Distinguished Teaching Award, Academic Senate, UC Davis, 2010
  • Chancellor's Fellow, UC Davis, 2003-2008
  • M.A. by special resolution of congregation, Oxford University, 1998