Bernard von Bothmer received a BA with honors from Brown University, an MA from Stanford University, and a PhD from Indiana University.

He teaches American history at the University of San Francisco, where he received USF’s 2010 Distinguished Lecturer Award for Excellence in Teaching and USF’s 2016 Distinguished Adjunct Teaching Award, and at Dominican University of California.

Bernard von Bothmer has also taught American history at Indiana University, Contra Costa College, the College of Marin, Dominican University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and at U.C. Berkeley Extension. He has taught American history for over 20 years.

He has been invited to present public lectures on American history at the University of San Francisco, Dominican University of California, the Stanford University Bookstore, The Commonwealth Club, Book Passage Bookstore, the San Francisco Public Library, International House at UC Berkeley, the Rotary Club of San Rafael, and at the UC Berkeley Extension Lecture Series, among other venues.

Bernard von Bothmer has reviewed books in American history for The Journal of American History, American Historical Review, Civil War History, The Journal of Southern History, The Journal of American Nineteenth Century History History News Network, and Civil War Book Review.

He is the author of Framing the Sixties: The Use and Abuse of a Decade from Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush (University of Massachusetts Press, 2010).