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Tiffany Trimmer

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Associate Professor
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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Tiffany Trimmer Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Associate Professor


Specialty area(s)

World History, Migration History, How La Crosse Connects to World History, British Empire 19th-20th C., Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (Historical Contextualization Skills)

Executive Director, UWL Oral History Program

Brief biography

Whatever career path they want to pursue, every person needs to be able to:

• understand complex causes and effects…and explain how they shape present circumstances

• understand how local/personal experiences are related to regional/global trends

• make their own ideas understood by choosing the most relevant, and persuasive, evidence

Studying history gives you the intellectual tool kit to master these daily life survival skills.

For me, teaching a history class means focusing on both historical content and the practical skills necessary to make sense of the knowledge about the past a person has gained. Here are some of the main skills you can expect to practice with me as a student: tracing connections and patterns of interactions over time and across geographical space; making meaningful historical comparisons; having an accurate command of the broad outlines of historical chronology and content; being able to use what is known about the historical context of a primary or secondary source and its author to draw appropriate conclusions; asking clear historical questions that can actually be answered; constructing evidence-based arguments about the past.

I was trained as a world historian, which means that my research focuses on how local, regional, and world-scale historical trends intersect and feed off of each other. Long-distance labor migration is the thing that most fascinates me as a historian -- it is a process that is simultaneously massive (millions of people emigrating each year) and intimately personal (each migrant, family, community having to figure out how to adjust to separation).

Current courses at UWL

Spring 2022 Courses:
FYS 100: College Life, Past- Present Comparisons

HIS 200: Historiography & Historical Methods 


Ph.D. History, Northeastern University, 2007
M.A. History, Northeastern University, 2000
B.S. History and Politics, Drexel University, 1998


Teaching history

HIS 307: Comic Books & History

HIS 300: Oral History Interviewing & Interpretation

HIS 337: La Crosse, WI in World History
HIS 338: Sugar, Coffee, Rubber & Bananas -- Commodities in World History
HIS 399: Migration and Empire, 1200-1900 (Mongols, Ottomans, British, Dutch)

HIS 306: Ethnic America (Counts for GEN ED Credit)
HIS 200: Historiography & Historical Methods
HIS 490: Senior Research Seminar
HIS 110: World History (Migration History emphasis)

Research and publishing

"Oral History Informing World History" forum for World History Connected 19.3 (Fall 2022), co-edited with Julie Weiskopf.  

“Relatable World History: Global-Local Migration Histories of Wisconsin, the Malay Peninsula, and Barbados (ca 1620s-1930s),” World History Connected 15:3 (October 2018)



Tiffany Trimmer, History, presented "Bringing a 20th Century Oral History Collection to a 21st Century Conversation" at the annual Oral History Association conference on Oct. 21 in Baltimore. At a conference panel celebrating the one-year anniversary of the journal special issue "Oral History Informing World History" (World History Connected, 19.3, Fall 2022), which she co-guest-edited, Trimmer's presentation described how the special issue's core arguments about global-local history and experiential education (career readiness) are shaping the UWL Oral History Program's current work on its "College Life: What We Remember" oral history project.

Submitted on: Oct. 27, 2023


Julie Weiskopf, Gonzaga University and Tiffany Trimmer, History, co-authored the article "Oral History as a Way to Fulfill World History’s Global-Local Potential" in World History Connected (19.3: Fall 2022) published on Nov. 17 by George Mason University Press and the World History Association. Trimmer and Weiskopf (current Director and former Director of UWL's Oral History Program) served as invited guest editors of a forum, "Oral History Informing World History," in the journal and wrote the forum's introductory essay.

Submitted on: Dec. 1, 2022