Faculty by Specialization

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African History

Steve Davis
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Florida, 2010
Research Interests: South African history; microhistory; public history

Francis Musoni
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Emory University, 2011
Research Interests: Colonial and Post-Colonial Southern Africa; border jumping; informal sector histories; borderland cultures

Sophie Roberts
Assistant Professor; Zantker Professor of Jewish History
Ph.D., University of Toronto, 2010
Research Interests: Modern France and North Africa; antisemitism; citizenship

Awet Tewelde Weldemichael
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of California/Los Angeles, 2008
Research Interests: African history; Eritrea; colonialism

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African-American History

Joanne Melish
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 1988
Research Interests: African-American history; education and the civil rights movement; African-Americans in Kentucky'

Gerald Smith
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 1988
Research Interests: African-American history; education and the civil rights movement; African-Americans in Kentucky

Jakobi Williams
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of California/Los Angeles, 2008
Research Interests: African-American history; 20th century United States history; the Black Panther Party and the Black Power/Civil Rights movements

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Ancient History

Daniel Gargola
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of North Carolina, 1988
Research Interests: Roman Republic; legal history; rituals

David Hunter
Cottrill-Rolfes Chair of Catholic Studies, Division of Classics
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, Theology (Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity), 1986
Research Interests: Early Christianity; Patristics; marriage and celibacy in the early church

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Atlantic World History

Erik Lars Myrup
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Yale University, 2006
Research Interests: Brazil and Latin America; early modern expansion; cross-cultural encounters

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British History

Phil Harling
Professor
Ph.D., Princeton University, 1992
Research Interests: Modern British history; political culture; citizenship

Tammy Whitlock
Lecturer
Research Interests: 19th century British history; crime

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Byzantine History

Bruce Holle
Senior Lecturer

David Olster
Professor
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1985
Research Interestss: Early Christianity; Byzantium; rhetoric

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Cultural History

Francie Chassen-López
Professor
Ph.D., National Autonomous University of Mexico
Research Interests: Postcolonial Mexico; Latin American culture and society; gender history

Denise Ho
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Harvard University, 2009
Research Interests: Modern China; cultural history; social history

Karen Petrone
Professor and Department Chair
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1994
Research Interests: Russian and Soviet history; gender history; cultural history; war and memory

Akiko Takenaka
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Yale University, 2004
Research Interests: Modern Japanese history; social and cultural history; memory and representation

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Digital History

Jane E. Calvert
Associate Professor; Director/Editor, The John Dickinson Writings Project
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2003
Research Interests: Early modern Anglo-American theology and political theory

Abigail Firey
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1995
Research Interests: Early Medieval Europe; legal history; manuscript studies

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Early Modern History

Erik Lars Myrup
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Yale University, 2006
Research Interests: Brazil and Latin America; early modern expansion; cross-cultural encounters

Jeremy Popkin
T. Marshall Hahn, Jr. Professor of History; Director, UK Jewish Studies program
Ph.D., University of California/Berkeley, 1977
Research Interests: Early modern France; autobiography; the Haitian Revolution; Jewish Studies

Gretchen Starr-LeBeau
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1996
Research Interests: Early modern Europe; the Inquisition; cultural history

Scott K. Taylor
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2001
Research Interests: Early modern Europe; Early modern Spain; Alcohol and Drugs history

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East Asian History

Denise Ho
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Havard University, 2009
Research Interests: Modern China; cultural history; social history

Akiko Takenaka
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Yale University, 2004
Research Interests: Modern Japanese history; social and cultural history; memory and representation

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Gender History

Francie Chassen-Lopez
Professor
Ph.D., National Autonomous University of Mexico
Research Interests: Postcolonial Mexico; Latin American culture and society; gender history

Melanie Goan
Lecturer
Research Interests: 20th century U.S. history; women's history; Appalachian history; history of medicine

Kathi Kern
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Pennsylvania, 1989
Research Interests: 19th century U.S. history; gender history; religion

Karen Petrone
Professor and Department Chair
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1994
Research Interests: Russian and Soviet history; gender history; cultural history; war and memory

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International History

Paul Chamberlin
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 2009
Research Interests: International history; the Cold War; Middle Eastern history

Lien-Hang Nguyen
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Yale University, 2008
Research Interests: U.S. foreign relations; Southeast Asia; the Cold War

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Latin American History

Francie Chassen-Lopez
Professor
Ph.D., National Autonomous University of Mexico
Research Interests: Postcolonial Mexico; Latin American culture and society; gender history

Erik Lars Myrup
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Yale University, 2006
Research Interests: Brazil and Latin America; early modern expansion; cross-cultural encounters

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Medieval Europe History

Abigail Firey
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1995
Research Interests: Early Medieval Europe; legal history; manuscript studies

David Hunter
Cottrill-Rolfes Chair of Catholic Studies, Division of Classics
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, Theology (Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity), 1986
Research Interests: Early Christianity; Patristics; marriage and celibacy in the early church

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Modern Europe History

James Albisetti
Professor
Ph.D., Yale University, 1976
Research Interests: 19th century German and Western European History; history of education and the professions; social history of the middle classes; women's history

Ellen Furlough
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Brown University, 1987
Research Interests: Modern France and Europe; tourism; consumer cultures

Philip Harling
Professor
Ph.D., Princeton University, 1992
Research Interests: Modern British history; political culture; citizenship

Karen Petrone
Professor and Department Chair
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1994
Research Interests: Russian and Soviet history; gender history; cultural history; war and memory

Sophie Roberts
Assistant Professor; Zantker Professor of Jewish History
Ph.D., University of Toronto, 2010
Research Interests: Modern France and North Africa; antisemitism; citizenship

Tammy Whitlock
Lecturer
Research Interests: Modern British history; political culture; citizenship

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Modern Jewish History

Jeremey Popkin
T. Marshall Hahn, Jr. Professor of History; Director, UK Jewish Studies program
Ph.D., University of California/Berkeley, 1977
Research Interests: Early modern France; autobiography; the Haitian Revolution; Jewish Studies

Sophie Roberts
Assistant Professor; Zantker Professor of Jewish History
Ph.D., University of Toronto, 2010
Research Interests: Modern France and North Africa; antisemitism; citizenship

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Russian History

Karen Petrone
Professor and Department Chair
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1994
Research Interests: Russian and Soviet history; gender history; cultural history; war and memory

Daniel Rowland
Associate Professor, emeritus
Ph.D., Yale University, 1976
Research Interests: Early modern Russia; art and architecture; Russian literature

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United States History

Jane E. Calvert
Associate Professor; Director/Editor, The John Dickinson Writings Project
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2003
Research Interests: Early modern Anglo-American theology and political theory

Tracy Campbell
Professor of History; Co-Director, Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center
Ph.D., Duke University, 1988
Research Interests: 20th century U.S. history; public policy; elections

Eric Christianson
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Southern California, 1976
Research Interests: U.S. history; history of medicine; environmental history

Ronald Eller
Professor
Ph.D., University of North Carolina, 1979
Research Interests: Appalachian history; public policy and economic development

Ron Formisano
Bryan Chair Professor
Ph.D., Wayne State University, 1966
Research Interests: American history; political history; populist movements

Melanie Goan
Lecturer
Research Interests: 20th century U.S. history; women's history; Appalachian history; history of medicine

David Hamilton
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Iowa, 1985
Research Interests: 20th U.S. history; state-building; agricultural history

Kathi Kern
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Pennsylvania, 1989
Research Interests: 19th century U.S. history; gender history; religion

Mark Kornbluh
Dean, College of Arts & Sciences; Professor of History
Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University, 1988
Research Interests: U.S. history; oral history; academics in the age of the Internet

Joanne Melish
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Brown University, 1996
Research Interests: 19th century U.S. history; African-American history; cultural history

Lien-Hang Nguyen
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Yale University, 2008
Research Interests: U.S. foreign relations; Southeast Asia; the Cold War

Gerald Smith
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 1988
Research Interests: African-American history; education and the civil rights movement; African Americans in Kentucky

Mark Summers
Professor
Ph.D., University of California/Berkeley, 1980
Research Interests: 19th century U.S. history; political history; political cartoons

Amy Murrel Taylor
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Virginia
Research Interests: 19th century U.S. history; American South; Civil War

Jakobi Williams
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Calinfornia/Los Angeles, 2008
Research Interests: African-American history; 20th century U.S. history; the Black Panther Party and the Black Power/Civil Right movements

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