Dr. Tuchinsky's research focuses upon the intellectual and political history of the United States during the Civil War era, broadly construed. His first book, Horace Greeley’s New-York Tribune: Civil War-era Socialism and the Crisis of Free Labor was published by Cornell University Press in November of 2009. It is, at its core, an intellectual history of the most important newspaper of its time, and played a role similar to opinion magazines today. Among its contributors were Transcendentalists Margaret Fuller, Charles Dana, and George Ripley; socialists Albert Brisbane and Karl Marx; feminist and sex reformers Stephen Pearl Andrews and Elizabeth Oakes Smith. The Tribune, in short, published the leading minds of the day. Dr. Tuchinsky's study focuses upon its engagement with the labor question. Even though it was a leading organ of the Republican Party, the Tribune, between 1840 and 1870, was a leading clearinghouse for various socialists. His book argues that the Tribune’s socialism reveals the varied character of the Republican Party’s free labor ideology. In petitioning for the rights of white workers in the North and black enslaved labor in the South, the Tribune, he argues, pioneered social democratic liberalism in the United States. Dr. Tuchinsky's current research project is a book on the political economy of Transcendentalism.
Since the fall of 2010, Dr. Tuchinsky has also been the Associate Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHS). For the foreseeable future, his teaching contribution to the History Department will be limited. Generally, and in addition to the U.S. survey, he teaches a variety of classes in nineteenth-century American history. Courses in his regular rotation include Civil War and Reconstruction, Age of Jackson, American Popular Culture (with Professor Bischof), and the United States in the Age of Market Revolutions. For the Entry Year Experience (EYE) program, he teaches Thoreau: Nature, Society, and Self, a class that is both academically interdisciplinary and involves experiential learning.
Intellectual, political and economic history of the United States, Civil War era