Amato's Career


Youth / Education

Amato taught high school in Royal Oak, Michigan. Before arriving at Southwest Minnesota State University, Amato taught at the University of New York in Binghamton and the University of California at Riverside.

At Southwest Minnesota State University, where he arrived in 1969, Amato was a founder and chair of the History Department. With a handful of colleagues he was one of the architects of the university's required Rural Studies curriculum in the 1970s. He served its development as Director of the university curriculum and program in the 1980s and 1990s, converting it in recent decades into the Rural and Regional Studies curriculum and the Center for Rural and Regional Studies. He also was instrumental in the founding of the Society for the Study of Local and Regional History, developed, edited, and produced the Rural and Regional Essay Series and Crossings Press, and has supported the university's History Center since its founding in the early 1970s. He has written many successful grants to support rural and regional conferences, curriculum development, rural publications, and the formation of the new Rural and Regional Studies Center.

Amato taught a range of courses in European intellectual and cultural history and historiography. He also offered a variety of courses in Rural and Regional Studies. He has been considered outstanding university teacher in the past.

In 2003 Amato was recognized as a Friend of the Humanities by the Minnesota Humanities Commissioin and as Prairie Star by the Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanites Council.


Present / Future

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