Department of History
The University of Houston
524 Agnes Arnold Hall
Houston, TX 77204-3003
Dr. Nancy Beck Young
Faculty and Staff
Dr. Ittmann is a scholar of modern British and Modern European history. His research has focused on the subjects of economics, British colonial policy and gender issues. Dr. Ittmann received his Ph. D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Ittmann has also served on the Faculty Senate, Faculty Affairs Committee and has served as the Program Chair for the Western Conference on British Studies. He has taught at the University of Houston since 1989 and served on numerous dissertations and thesis committees.
Dr. Ittmann’s undergraduate courses include Western Civilization Since 1450, World Civilization Since 1500 and British Empire 1500-2000. Ittmann also teaches distance education classes.
Dr. Ittmann’s research reflects his primary interest in modern British history. His first book, Work, Gender and Family in Victorian England, examined the nature of working-class family life in the northern English industrial town of Bradford, West Yorkshire from 1840-1900. In recent years he has shifted his research toward British Imperial history. His current book project, " A Question of Great Importance: The Population Problem in the British Empire 1890-1970," focuses on the origins and development of population policy and demographic thought in the British Empire. He has published articles in this work in Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History and Journal of Policy History. In addition, he was leader editor and a contributor to a collection of essays on demography and the colonial state in Africa entitled, The Demographics of Empire: The Colonial Order and the Creation of Knowledge, published by Ohio University Press in 2010. He has also begun research on a project examining the impact of oil upon the British Empire tentatively entitled "An Empire of Oil".
- With Dennis D. Cordell and Gregory H. Maddox, eds., The Demographics of Empire: The Colonial Order and the Creation of Knowledge (Ohio University Press in 2010).
- Work, Gender and Family in Victorian England (New York University Press, 1995) [selected as an Outstanding Academic Book by Choice.]
- “Demography as Policy Science in the British Empire, 1918-1970,” Journal of Policy History, October 2003.
- “The Colonial Office and the Population Question in the British Empire, 1918-1962,” Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, Fall 1999.
- “Family Limitation and Family Economy in Bradford, West Yorkshire 1855-1881,” Journal of Social History, March 1992.
- “Demography and the Working Class Family,” International Labor and Working-Class History, Spring 1991.