University of Washington
Margaret O’Mara teaches and writes about the political, economic, and metropolitan history of the modern United States. She became a professional historian after spending the early years of her career working in national politics and policymaking, an experience that showed her the critical role of historical knowledge in understanding the present and informing the future. Her research, teaching, and work with people and organizations beyond academia is inspired and shaped by her desire to make history relevant, exciting, and central to the way we understand our world. At the UW, she offers undergraduate and graduate courses on modern America, political history, urban history, and economic history.