Central Connecticut State University History DepartmentCentral Connecticut State University - History Department

Donald RogersDonald Rogers

Adjunct Professor of History 

Phone: (860) 832-2222 ext. 11424 
Fax: (860) 832-2804 
Email: rogersdo@ccsu.edu 

Donald Rogers received his B.A. in history with honors, magna cum laude, from Washington College, Maryland, in 1970. After then serving in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and Germany, he secured his M.A. (1975) and Ph. D. (1983) in U.S. history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has taught history at CCSU as a part-time lecturer from 1992 to the present, with a short stint as a temporary full-time assistant professor from 2011 to 2013.

During his years at Central, he has simultaneously taught history part-time at various other Connecticut institutions, including University of Bridgeport, Albertus Magnus College, University of New Haven, Wesleyan University, St. Joseph’s College, University of Connecticut, Housatonic Community College, Capital Community College, and Naugatuck Valley Community College. Previously, he was assistant professor of history and legal studies at the University of Hartford.

Dr. Rogers’s teaching interests focus on American legal and constitutional history, but also include the American Progressive era, labor history, Connecticut history, and American environment history. He has many times been nominated for Central’s Excellence in Teaching Award, winning the competition in the adjunct category for 2015-2016.

He is a long-term member and immediate past president of the Connecticut Coordinating Committee for the Promotion of History, a former President and current board member of Civics First, Inc., an active member of the CCSU-AAUP part-time committee, and former chair of the Committee on Part-Time, Adjunct and Contingent Employment of the Organization of American Historians.

His research interests concentrate on American legal/constitutional development and on the Progressive era, both in Connecticut and nationally. He is a board member of the Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society and a co-founder and current board-of-editors member of the journal Connecticut Supreme Court History. In his first book Making Capitalism Safe, he examined occupational safety regulation on the state level from 1880 to 1940, and he is now working on a study of interest-group influence on twentieth-century American free speech law development, focusing at the moment on the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Hague v. CIO (1939). He is also compiling a bibliography of primary sources on Connecticut’s Progressive era, based on a survey of archival repositories around the state that he is conducting. He hopes that this bibliography will prompt modern writing on the history of Connecticut during that period, a much neglected topic.

Rogers' BooksRogers Selected Publications

  • “Bombshell or Bellwether: The Story of Cologne v. Westfarms Associates,” Connecticut Supreme Court History Vol VII (2014)
  • “A Bibliography Project on Progressive Era Connecticut,” Connecticut History Review (Fall 2014)
  • “The Vexing Challenges of Contingent Historians,” The American Historian (April 2014)
  • “The Summit Women’s Center Protest of 1989: Connecticut’s Modern Clash over Women’s Rights, ” Connecticut History (Spring 2012).
  • “College and University History Teaching in the Grip of Change,” Connecticut History (Fall 2011).
  • Making Capitalism Safe: Industrial Safety-and-Health Regulation in America, 1880-1940. (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2009).
  • “Going Back to Our Seventeenth-Century Roots,” Reviews in American History, (December 2009).
  • “Connecticut’s Supreme Court of Errors, 1808-1818: A New Court in a Formative Era,” Connecticut Supreme Court History,(2008).
  • “The Origins of Connecticut’s Constitution of 1818: A Review Essay on New Documentary Sources.” Connecticut Supreme Court History, 2007.
  • “Reflections on Part-Time History Faculty and Academic Freedom,” OAH Newsletter, (May 2007).
  • “Thirteenth Amendment” and the “Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act,” in Encyclopedia of U.S. Labor and Working Class History, ed. Eric Arneson (New York: Routledge, 2006).
  • “From Common Law to Factory Laws: Transformation of Workplace Safety Law in Wisconsin,” American Journal of Legal History, (1995).
  • Editor in collaboration with Christine Scriabine, Voting and the Spirit of American Democracy (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1992).