David LaVigne


Visiting Assistant Professor in History

I grew up in a small mining town in northern Minnesota. Upon finishing high school, I attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, a liberal arts college that is very similar to Gustavus. I originally intended to study music but ended up majoring in History and Mathematics and minoring in International Studies. After college, I taught English for two years in Europe – one year in Poland and one year in Slovenia.

I returned to Minnesota in 2001 to attend graduate school at the University of Minnesota. My main field of study was United States immigration history, and my dissertation examined the ways in which cultural understandings of American immigration and ethnicity changed over the course of the twentieth century. Specifically, I analyzed depictions of immigrants in historical accounts (scholarly studies, oral history, public history, commemorative events) on Minnesota’s Mesabi Iron Range.

Since completing graduate school, I have taught at several colleges in Minnesota and Iowa. My teaching fields span United States, Latin American, and world history.


B.A., Luther College; M.A./Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Courses Taught


HIS-140 (American History since the Civil War) and HIS-265 (Mexican American History)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
HIS-140American History since the Civil War22014/FA
HIS-102Minnesota History12015/JN