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James Karmel, Ph.D.

James Karmel

Professor History


Dr. Karmel is a Professor of History with a strong interest in supporting student success throughout his 20+ year career in higher education. With a doctorate in American History, he has connected a lifelong passion for History with equal enthusiasm for education. Dr. Karmel is an expert in civil rights history and casino gaming. He also specializes in oral history, public history, economic history distance learning, and adjunct faculty development.


  • B.S., State University of New York, College at Brockport
  • M.A., State University of New York at Buffalo (University at Buffalo) 
  • Secondary Social Studies Certificate, State University of New York, College at Buffalo (Buffalo State College)
  • Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo (University at Buffalo)

Research Interests

  • American business history: banking, casinos & gambling, politics
  • Civil rights
  • Oral history
  • Distance learning


Karmel, James R., [Project Director] “Active Learning and Student Engagement: Understanding the Civil Rights Era in Harford County, MD.” National Endowment for the Humanities grant. 2019-2021. Harford Civil Rights Project:
Karmel, James R. (2012). Developing public history at a community college. History@Work.
Karmel, James R. (2008). Gambling on the American Dream: Atlantic City and the Casino Era, London: Pickering & Chatto.
Karmel, James R. (2008). Maryland Outlook…..Michael Pollack’s Gaming Industry Observer, 13(18).
Karmel, James R. (2003). The Market Moment: Banking and Politics in Jeffersonian Pennsylvania, 1810-1815. Pennsylvania History, 70(1).
Karmel, James R. (2003). Teaching a Web-based History Course. NISOD Innovations Abstracts 25(19).

Courses Taught

  • History 103 – United States History I
  • History 104 – United States History II
  • History 203- American Military History
  • History 204 – History of Modern Russia
  • History 207 – African American History
  • History 216 – Introduction to Public History
  • History 283 – Internship in Public History
  • Business Administration 113 – Introduction to Casino Management


  • History
  • Public History
  • Business Administration