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Brian M. Ingrassia, Ph.D.

Brian M. Ingrassia, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Office: Old Main, Room 405C
Email: bingrassia@wtamu.edu
Phone: 806-651-2470

Professional Profile

Brian Ingrassia joined the WTAMU faculty in 2015. He earned a B.A. in history from Eureka College in 2001 and received his M.A. (2002) and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2008.

Teaching and Related Service

Dr. Ingrassia specializes in modern American history with a focus on the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (circa 1870-1920). He has taught a variety of American history surveys as well as upper-level courses in sport history, historical methods, and 19th-century U.S.

Research and Creative Activity

Dr. Ingrassia is author of The Rise of Gridiron University: Higher Education’s Uneasy Alliance with Big-Time Football (University Press of Kansas 2012), which won the annual monograph award from the North American Society for Sport History (NASSH).  He has contributed to The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era and the Journal of Sport History, among other scholarly publications. He also serves as series editor of the Sport and Popular Culture series at the University of Tennessee Press.

Dr. Ingrassia’s current research explores auto racing, urban planning, and the “good roads” movement of the early 1900s. He is writing a book that examines the founding and early years of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in order to illuminate broader changes in urban space, mobility, and popular culture in Progressive Era America.

Personal Sketch

Dr. Ingrassia is an amateur guitarist, avid record collector, and lifelong baseball fan. He enjoys traveling and exploring new places. A native of central Illinois, he taught at universities in downtown Atlanta and the Nashville metro area before posting “G.T.T.” on his office door and heading out west. He currently resides in Amarillo, which may or may not be the flattest place he has ever lived.