Dr. August has established a distinguished career as a teacher, scholar, and administrator during his 25 years at Penn State Abington. He served as Interim Chancellor from July 1, 2020, through January 4, 2021.
As Interim Chancellor, he oversaw approximately 3,700 students, more than 330 faculty, 22 baccalaureate degree programs, an MBA partnership with Penn State Great Valley, the NCAA Division III athletics program, and numerous outreach initiatives and partnerships that benefit the region and beyond.
Dr. August currently serves as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs/Chief Academic Officer, acting in an interim capacity beginning in 2016. Prior to this, he served as the Program Chair for History and American Studies, Honors Coordinator, and Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Programs.
As a Professor of History, Dr. August’s research interests include working class life in Britain between 1832 and 1940, crime and punishment in Victorian Britain, and gender and British society. He has published extensively including three books.
Academic and Professional Positions
Co-Editor, Perspectives in Economic and Social History (Pickering and Chatto Publishers)
President, Mid-Atlantic Conference on British Studies
Teaching Interests and courses taught
History 001T: Western Heritage I – honors seminar
History 002: Western Heritage II
History 143: Fascism and Nazism
History 302W: Undergraduate Seminar: Revolution in Modern Europe
History 420: Recent European History
History 435: Topics in European History -- Crime, Justice and Society in England, 1750-1914
History 438: Modern British History
Selected awards, grants, patents, other honors
Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching, Penn State University, 2008
Chief Ogontz Award, Penn State Abington, 2005
Scholar Award, Penn State Abington, 2001
Modern British Social History
Gender and Culture in Modern Britain
- The Urban Working Class in Britain, 1830-1914 – edited collection, 4 volumes (Pickering & Chatto, 2013)
- The British Working Class, 1832-1940 (Pearson/Longman, 2007)
- Poor Women’s Lives: Gender, Work and Poverty in Late-Victorian London (Associated University Presses, 1999)
- "'A Horrible Looking Woman': Female Violence in Late-Victorian East London," Journal of British Studies 54:4 (2015).
- “Narrative, Experience and Class: Nineteenth-century Social History in Light of the Linguistic Turn,” History Compass 9:5 (2011).
- “Gender and 1960s Youth Culture: The Rolling Stones and the New Woman, 1966-1976,” Contemporary British History 23:1 (2009).
- “A Culture of Consolation?: Rethinking Politics in the London Working Class, 1870-1914,” Historical Research 74 (2001).
- “How Separate a Sphere? Poor Women and Paid Work in Late-Victorian London,” Journal of Family History, 19 (1994).
Ph.D., History, Columbia University, New York, NY, 1993
M.A., History, Columbia University, New York, NY, 1985
B.A., History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1984