Marc L. Harris, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, History
Office Location: 
Smith Building, C129D, 814-949-5242

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Dr. Marc Harris is an Associate Professor of History and chair of Penn State Altoona’s History Department. Previously serving as head of the campus’s Arts and Humanities Division, Harris is a scholar of Constitutional History and the sagas of the early American Republic. Teaching at Altoona offers him a unique opportunity to contextualize national issues of those times at a regional level. “Our area [central Pennsylvania] was anti-federalist, anti-constitution,” he noted. “A reason for the opposition to the Constitution was the proposal that you have to pay taxes to a central government, not just your state.” These manners of historical perspective serve as intriguing platforms for discussion and research. His various courses also concern Business History, Pennsylvania History, Revolutionary America, and American History survey classes.