David Sheridan

David Sheridan, Ph.D.


Full-Time Lecturer
Contact Information:
Office: FO2-224
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd., MS 1601
Long Beach, CA 90840-1601


David Sheridan has taught in the History Department at California State University, Long Beach since the Fall of 2006.  His research interests and training are in Modern European history, with a focus on gender, music, culture, and social history.  His research on the relationship between musical work, gender, and wartime identity during the Second World War in Britain formed the crux of his doctoral project.  Dr. Sheridan’s teaching responsibilities include leading Early Modern and Modern European courses, British upper-division courses, core courses, critical thinking, Modern Western Civilization, and American surveys.  In addition to his work on campus, he performs as a professional musician, both as a choral singer and conductor, within the Southern California choral music scene.  Outside his work life, David enjoys the music of Maurice Duruflé and Mama Cass, spending time in Cambria, Charleston, Saint Augustine, and Alligator Point, getting to snow ski, following Florida State college football, basketball, and baseball, and watching and rewatching the films of Terrence Malick and Krzysztof Kieślowski.   He lives with his wife Anne-Elizabeth (also a fellow historian) and his daughter and son.




B.A. History, Minor in Religion, The Florida State University

B.M.E., Instrumental Music, The Florida State University

Ph.D., European History, University of Southern California


Research and Publication

“ ‘Give us More Music’:  Women, Work, and Musical Culture in Wartime Britain, 1939-1945.” (doctoral dissertation)

“ ‘Singing While England is Burning’: Women as Working ‘Music Travellers’ in Wartime Britain,” in Women and Work Culture in Britain, 1850-1950, eds. Krista Cowman and Louise Jackson, Ashgate, 2005.


Courses taught

Undergraduate Program

Lower-division: Critical Thinking (History 101), Early U.S. History and Recent U.S. History (History 172, 173), Early World History (History 211), Modern Western Civilization (History 132)

Upper-division core: Methodologies of History (History 301), Theory and History (History 302), Senior Seminar (History 499)

Upper-division electives: Early Modern Europe (History 330), Modern Europe (History 331), 19th-Century Europe (History 337), Women and Gender in Modern Europe (History 338), Europe: 1890-1945 (History 339), Europe: 1945-present (History 340), Tudor-Stuart England, (History 353), Georgian and Victorian Britain (History 356), Recent Britain (History 357), History of Modern Western Scientific Thought (History 400)