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) andAdoption 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). His book, Jean Paton and the Struggle to Reform American Adoption, will be published by the University of Michigan Press in the Fall 2013.  For additional information about Professor Carp, go to