Department ofHistory

E. Wayne Carp

E. Wayne Carp

Benson Family Chair in History and Professor of History

253-535-7345 (office)



American Business and Economic History, Families and Children in American History, American Society and the Vietnam War, American Slavery, Colonial America, and the American Revolutionary Era


Ph.D. in U.S. History, University of California, Berkeley, 1981


E. Wayne Carp holds the Benson Family Chair in History and is Professor of History at Pacific Lutheran University, where he has taught US history for the past 27 years. He is the recipient of numerous honors including several NEH fellowships and a Fulbright Distinguished Lectureship to Seoul, South Korea where he taught at Yonsei University in 2008. In addition to numerous articles, his major publications include Family Matters: Secrecy and Disclosure in the History of Adoption (Harvard University Press,1998) and Adoption Politics: Bastard Nation and Ballot Initiative 48 (University of Kansas Press, 2004).  He is also the editor of Adoption in America: Historical Perspectives (University of Michigan Press, 2002).

E. Wayne Carp's recently completed book, Jean Paton and the Struggle to Reform American Adoption will be published by the University of Michigan in the Fall 2013.  Several chapters from the book have recently been published including, "The Evolution of a Reformer: Jean Paton and the Early Decades of Sealed-Adoption Records, 1949-1980," in Adoption & Culture, 3 (2012): 33-62 and "The Atheist and the Christian: Madalyn Murray O'Hair, Jean Paton, and the Stigma of the 1950s," in The Journal of the Historical Society 12:2 (2012): 205-227. A third article, "Jean Paton, Christian Adoption, and Reunification of Families" was published in the Journal of Christian Legal Thought, 2:1 (spring 2012): 1-22 and can be read online at  Professor Carp was recently selected by the Organization of American Historians as Chair of the 2013 Curti Prize Committee (The Merle Curti Prize is awarded annually by the Organization of American Historians, the most prestigious and influential US historical organization, for the best book in American social and/or intellectual history).

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