Jim Farrell is Professor of History, Director of American Studies, and tutor in the Paracollege. Born in Washington, DC, he was raised in the Midwest. He received a BA in Political Science from Loyola University, and an MA in History and a Ph.D. in American Culture from the University of Illinois. He came to St. Olaf in 1977, and served nine consecutive one-year terminal appointments as an interdisciplinary clone. In 1994, he was selected St. Olaf's first Boldt Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Humanities. He lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, with his wife Barb and two sons, John and Paul.