Richard C. Rath

Associate Professor

Early America, Native American History, History of the Senses


Office: Sakamaki B203
Phone: (808) 956-7139


Dr. Rath's website


BA Millersville, 1991; PhD Brandeis, 2001


Richard Cullen Rath is associate professor of history at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.  He teaches courses on early America, Native Americans, and the history of media and the senses.  He is the author of How Early America Sounded and is currently working on two books, one an introduction to the history of hearing and the other comparing the rise of print culture in eighteenth-century North America to the rise of internet culture today.  He has also written three award-winning articles on music, creolization and African American culture.  In addition, Rath is a musician who has found ways to use music to “do” history whenever possible.


Courses offered by Dr. Rath include: Early America Hist 461/632b, Native American history (Hist 460), Sensory history, Media history, U.S. Survey to 1865, Music as African American history, Senior thesis seminar, Creole Histories.

Representative publications:

 How Early America Sounded