David Henkin

professor of history

David Henkin is a professor of history at UC Berkeley who studies urban and cultural America since the 19th century. He has taught and written about a wide range of topics, from baseball and Broadway to the history of sleeplessness, street signs, junk mail and newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst. In the spring 2018 semester, he will teach a course on immigrants and immigration as American history. Henkin is the author of City Reading: Written Words and Public Spaces in Antebellum New York (1998), and The Postal Age: The Emergence of Modern Communications in Nineteenth-Century America (2006). He and Rebecca McLennan, an associate UC Berkeley history professor, co-authored Becoming America: A History for the 21st Century (2014). In 2007-2008, Henkin was awarded UC Berkeley's Distinguished Teaching Award in the social sciences. He earned his B.A. at Yale University and Ph.D. at UC Berkeley.