Paula Tarankow

Lecturer in History

Paula Tarankow

Contact & Office Hours

Spring 2020

Thursday, 4-5 p.m.
Or by appointment.


Pierce Hall 108



Ph.D., Indiana University

M.A., B.A., California State University, Los Angeles


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In the classroom, Tarankow often incorporates animal histories into human-centered narratives to allow students to reinvestigate core questions about prominent themes and eras in U.S. history. She also aims to spark students’ curiosities about their relationships with and ideas about animals beyond the classroom. She has received writing and research support from the Animals and Society Institute and the Culture and Animals Foundation. Past courses taught at Smith include Animals in America and The Civil War and Reconstruction. Future courses (2020–21) include Teaching U.S. History and The United States since 1877.