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Daniel Burnstein was born and raised in
New Orleans, where his love for history was first sparked. He received a B.A.
in History from the University of Texas (Austin), a Master’s in Social Work
from Tulane University, and a Master’s and Ph.D. in History from Rutgers
University. Prior to his career as a history professor, he held social work
positions for several years, counseling substance abuse clients and working in
the behavioral medicine unit of a psychiatric hospital near Philadelphia. In
addition to both Core courses, Dr. Burnstein teaches mid-nineteenth-century
U.S. history, mid-twentieth-century U.S. history, and the history of U.S.
attitudes and policies concerning poverty (from the mid-nineteenth century
through the 1980s). His book, Next to Godliness: Confronting Dirt and Despair
in Progressive Era New York City, was published in 2006 by the University of
Illinois Press, which recently released it in a new paperback edition. The book
uses prominent street sanitation issues in Progressive Era New York City to
help illuminate the attitudes of that era’s social reformers, noting how those
attitudes helped garner middle-class support for progressive social policy
measures more effectively than in any other prosperous period of U.S. history.
Dr. Burnstein directs the History Department’s Public History Intern Program,
placing students in one-quarter internships at Seattle-area museums, archival
facilities, historical societies, and similar agencies. Students earn five
upper-division History elective course credits in the process. Dr. Burnstein
lives in Seattle with his wife Jo, an artist, and their three highly