Sean Madden

Professor and Director of Global Studies

Department of Humanities


Dr. Madden is an American historian and the Director of International Studies  He teaches courses including U.S. History, History of the Cold War, History of the U.S. Constitution and World History as well as International Studies courses on Human Rights, Global Environment and Global Awareness.


Madden has served as department chairperson, academic dean, provost and chief academic officer at PennWest California.


He has been awarded fellowships with the American Council on Higher Education (ACE),  The Harvard Institute for Leadership in Higher Education and has served as a Fulbright Scholar Specialist at the National Research University of Russia in Perm Krai.


Madden has led short term study abroad trips with Cal students to more than 40 countries around the world.


Madden was born into a Navy family in Oakland, California and comes from a family of eight siblings. 


“PennWest California is where I belong," says Madden. “The students, the campus, the region all offer rewarding experience in teaching, research and service.  Our students are the future leaders of this region and beyond.”

Research Interests

  • American History
  • Global Human Rights
  • Teaching and Learning Processes
  • Administration
  • Student-based oral history project on demise of industrial Mon Valley1980-present
  • Role of amateur sport in American industrial society
  • Bachelor of Arts in History/Spanish: Xavier University
  • Master of Arts in History; University of Notre Dame
  • Doctor of Arts in History: Carnegie Mellon University


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