Professor Grimsted has published numerous articles and reviews on American cultural-social history, especially for the antebellum years. His books include Melodrama Unveiled: American Theater and Culture, 1800-1850; Notions of the Americans, 1820-1860; American Mobbing, 1828-1861: Toward Civil War (1999); and a collection of primary sources he originally worked out for use in his survey course of American history, American Visions and Revisions, 1607-1865. He is currently continuing work on a database of some 1,230 antebellum riots in preparation for a further volume on American mobbing. He has held research grants from the NEH, the Charles Warren Center at Harvard, ACLS and an IREX grant to the former USSR. He served on the editorial Board of American Studies from 1978 to 1986, and on the NEH Preservation Grants Review Panels. He was the recipient of a Citation for Excellent Teaching at the 1988 University Commencement. Professor Grimsted also founded, with Anne Macleod, the HiLS Program in History and Library Science.