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John Bohstedt was American history professor.


Bohstedt, John was born on September 28, 1943 in Des Moines. Son of Rowland Rehfeldt Bohstedt and Rachel Marie Gethmann Pennington.


AB summa cum laude, Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa, 1964. Bachelor, Oxford University, England, 1966. Master of Arts, Oxford University, England, 1970.

Doctor of Philosophy, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1972.


Leverhulme postdoctoral fellow, history University Stirling, England, 1972—1973. Assistant professor history University Tennessee, Knoxville, 1979—1983, associate professor history, 1983—2003, associate department head, 1993—2001, resident program director, 2002—2002, professor department history, 2003—2008, professor emeritus, department history, since 2008. Assistant professor history Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1973—1979, lecturer Summer School, 1982—1984.

Lecturer Stokely Institute High School Teachers, Knoxville, 1986—1988. Interviewer, selector Danforth Foundation Graduate Fellowships, St. Louis, 1973—1979. Member state selection committee Rhodes (Scholarship) Trust, Nashville, 1979—1999.

Convenor, research planning group Council European Studies, Columbia University, New York City, 1992—1995. Chair, social science curricular committee College Arts & Sciences UTK, 1998—2004, member promotion & tenure committee, 2003—2006. Social history consultant National Endowment of the Humanities Grant to History Rugby, Tennessee, 2001—2002.

Principal investigator, collaborative research grant National Endowment of the Humanities, Washington, 1993—1996. Visiting fellow Department Economic History, University Liverpool, 1985.


Vice-chair Westwood Homeowners Association, Knoxville, 1981—1984. Kids' soccer coach American Youth Soccer Association, 1979—1989. Occasional lecturer Oak Ridge Institute Continued Learning, 2001—2007, John T. O’Connor Senior Center, Knoxville, 2005—2007.

Knoxville co-chair Nuclear Freeze Campaign, 1982—1984. Precinct chair Democratic Party of Knox County, 2006—2009. Neighborhood organizer Candidates' Campaigns for Knox County Commission, 1999—2008.

President Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 1995—1996. Board member Mountain Retreat and Learning Center, Highlands, North Carolina, 1998—2000. Member of Young Men’s Christian Association, Sierra Club, Phi Beta Kappa.


  • Other Interests

    Travel, squash, softball, hiking.


Married Kathleen Ann Emmett, March 5, 1988. Married Jinx Watson, August 20, 1966 (divorced July 27, 1986). Children: Rachel Skye Estes, Jake Bohstedt Morrill.

Rowland Rehfeldt Bohstedt

Rachel Marie Gethmann Pennington

Kathleen Ann Emmett

Jinx Watson

Rachel Skye Estes Bohstedt

Jake Bohstedt Morrill Bohstedt