Senior Lecturer


100 Bay State Rd, Room 313
(617) 358-1542


2013 PhD Boston University (American History)
2005 M.A. University of Massachusetts, Boston (History)
1997 B.A. Colby College (American Studies)


Seth Blumenthal is a Senior Lecturer in Boston University’s College of Arts and Sciences Writing Program. His research focuses on the history of the Republican Party since WWII and conservative politics in the 20th century. Blumenthal’s first book, Children of the Silent Majority: Youth Politics and the Rise of the Republican Party, 1968-1980 was published 2018, and won the New England Historical Association’s James P. Hanlan Book Award. He brings his own interests and research to his teaching, with classes like Imagining Vietnam: The Big Muddy in American Culture, Marijuana in American History, and High Stakes: Creating Social Equity in the Massachusetts Cannabis Industry, which he co-taught this year in the Cross College Challenge. In addition, his service learning course, titled “the Educated Electorate,” requires his students to volunteer with political campaigns, nonprofits, and other groups, and then present a research paper on the issue at hand related to students’ own experience in political activism. In 2020, Seth was recognized with Boston University’s Metcalf Award for Teaching Excellence.