Carnegie Mellon University

Steven Schlossman

Steven Schlossman

Professor of History and Public Policy
Director of Ethics, History, & Public Policy


Steven Schlossman is a social and policy historian and since 2014 has been the department’s Director of Undergraduate Studies (he also directs the Ethics, History, and Public Policy program). He specializes in a variety of topics in 19th and 20th century U.S. history, including education, childhood, and parenting; juvenile and criminal justice and corrections; the politics of military recruitment; and the history of sports. His current teaching centers on the capstone research seminar for undergraduates in Social & Political History, and various electives in the history of sports, education, juvenile justice, and classical music.

Schlossman’s current research centers in two areas: the history of golf, with a particular focus on major championships held at nearby Oakmont Country Club during the past century, and the evolution of juvenile justice institutions in the first half of the 20th century, with a focus on Southern California. He is currently completing his second book on championship golf at Oakmont, entitled The Greatest Tourney Never Told: Bobby Jones, Dave Herron, and the 1919 National Amateur at Oakmont. His most recent articles in golf history chronicle Michelle Wie and the Curtis Cup Match of 2004 (Formby Golf Club, England); Tiger Woods’ historic victory at the 2000 U.S. Open (Pebble Beach, California); and the evolution of golf course architecture at early 20th century Oakmont.

Steven Schlossman was the 2016-17 winner of Dietrich College's top teaching prize, the Elliott Dunlap Smith Award for Distinguished Teaching and Educational Service. He delivered the 2017 Honors Convocation address for Dietrich College during graduation weekend, and the departmental keynote address on May 21, 2017. He also delivered a keynote talk, “Joel Tarr: Applied Historian,” to mark Professor Tarr’s 50th anniversary at Carnegie Mellon University (November 9, 2017).

Before coming to Carnegie Mellon, Schlossman was on the research staffs of the RAND Corporation (Santa Monica), the California State Department of Justice, and the California State Assembly. He was also on faculty at the University of Chicago, Harvard University, and UCLA, and has been a visiting fellow several times on educational policy topics at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.


Ph.D.: Columbia University, 1976


Books and Articles (selected)

Op-Ed Articles (selected)

  • "Bullet proof", Journal of the Golf Heritage Society, Spring 2020
  •  "Bullet proof", Journal of the Golf Heritage Society, Summer 2020
  • “What's Germane is a Soldier's Behavior,” Los Angeles Times, January 3, 2000
  • “The Real Heroes of Desegregation,” Los Angeles Times, July 26, 1998
  • .“The Problem That Won't Go Away,” Los Angeles Times, December 28, 1997
  • Interviews regarding Chasing Greatness
  • Listen to Steve Schlossman's interview with Shilo Rea of Carnegie Mellon University: The Origins of Chasing Greatness (28:06), April 2010

Courses Taught

  • Juvenile Delinquency: Images, Realities, Public Policy, 1800-1967
  • The Rise of Modern Golf, 1860 to the Present
  • Delinquency, Crime and Juvenile Justice, 1967 to the Present
  • Education and Social Reform
  • Childhood, Education, and Social Reform in American History
  • Who Shall Play? Gender and Race in American Sport

Department Member Since: 1988