Carol A. Weisenberger

Department of History
Faculty - Associate Professor of History

Masters in Public Policy
Faculty - Interim Director


Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 1988

Research Interests

Dr. Weisenberger’s research focuses on policy issues and programs, particularly the National Youth Administration, and on the uses of history as a tool in policy making.  She has published a book and several articles on public policy, and recent publications include an entry on the National Youth Administration for the Encyclopedia of the Great Black Migration (2006).  She is currently researching the history of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act in the context of federally-funded health programs.

Teaching Interests

Professor Weisenberger teaches U.S. History Since 1877, U.S. History from 1929 to 1960, and History and U.S. Public Policy, which is a core course in the Graduate Program in Public Policy. She has taught The Iowa Experience; The Great Depression: A Transforming Experience; From Treaties to Speeches: U.S. Diplomacy Between the Wars, 1919-1941; and The U.S. Home Front During World War II in UNI’s Lifelong University program, and has developed U.S. History from 1929 to 1960 for delivery as a Guided Independent Study course through UNI’s Continuing Education. In spring semester 2013, she introduced a new course, Myth or Reality: UFOs and Critical Thinking.


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