Faculty in the Department of History

Claire Rydell Arcenas

Claire Rydell Arcenas

Assistant Professor of History

Office: LA 261
Email: claire.arcenas@umontana.edu
Office Hours:

Mondays, 1:30-3:30 pm, and by appointment

Personal Summary

Claire Rydell Arcenas is a historian of early America. She has particular interests in transatlantic intellectual, cultural, and political exchange between the late seventeenth and the mid twentieth centuries. Professor Arcenas teaches courses on a range of topics in early American history and historical methodology. Her current book project investigates the influence of the seventeenth-century English philosopher, John Locke, in America from before the American Revolution through the Civil Rights Movement. Her other current research concerns Benjamin Franklin and the eighteenth-century Republic of Letters.

Professor Arcenas is interested in advising students who work on projects in early American history and the history of the early modern Atlantic world. She is also interested in advising students who work on American intellectual and political history across a broad chronology. If you are a graduate student who wants to complete a comprehensive examination field with Professor Arcenas, or are interested in working with her, please contact her by email.

Field of Study

Early American History; History of the Atlantic World; Intellectual History; History of Political Thought and Politics; Cultural History; Historiography; Digital Humanities.


PhD, Stanford University


HSTA 101 American History I

HSTA 103 Honors American History I

HSTR 200 Introduction to Historical Methods