Emeritus Faculty

Charles Roland - Courtesy of University Archives


Randolph Daniel

Author, The Franciscan Concept of Mission in the High Middle Ages (University Press of Kentucky, 1975) and Abbott Joachim of Fiore and Joachimism: A Collection of Essays (Ashgate Press, 2011).

Bruce Eastwood

Ph.D., Wisconsin, 1964

Professor Eastwood has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and Clare Hall (University of Cambridge), along with further grants and short-erm fellowships from NSF, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Max Planck Institute for History of Science (Berlin), the American Philosophical Society, and others. He is a correspdoning Member of the International Academy of the History of Science (Paris).


Ron Eller

Ron Formisano

   Ron Formisano is the William T. Bryan Chair of American History and Professor of History emeritus who joined the faculty in  2001. He has recently moved from research and writing in history to publishing books on contemporary politics, Plutocracy in America: How Increasing Inequality Destroys the Middle Class and Exploits the Poor (Hopkins, 2015), and The Tea Party: A Brief History (Hopkins, 2012).

His previous books and articles ranged through different eras and subjects, from the late eighteenth-century to the twenty-first. Some articles dealt with trends in history writing and concepts.

He is very proud of the Distinguished Teaching Award he won at Clark University in 1987 by vote of the senior class regarding a senior professor who had done most to shape their educational life. He did service in several professional organizations: past President of the New England Historical Association, an editor of the Journal of American History, an AHA representative to the National Historical and Publications Records Commission. He taught previously at the University of Rochester, Clark University, and the University of Florida where he won a teaching excellence award.

            In 1989 he was a Fulbright lecturer at the University of Rome and in 1994 the Fulbright Chair of Political Science at the University of Bologna.


Selected Other Publications:

For the People: American Populist Movemnts from the Revolution to the 1850s (North Carolina, 2008)

Boston Against Busing: Race Class and Ethnicity in the 1960s and 1970s  (North Carolina, 1991, 2004)

The Great Lobster War (Massachetts, 1997)

The Transformation of Political Culture: Massachusetts Parties, 1780s-1840s (Oxford, 1983)

The Birth of Mass Political Parties: Michigan, 1827-1861 (Princeton, 1971)


William Freehling

In 2007, the Oxford University Press published the second and concluding volume of Professor William W. Freehling’s Road to Disunion, subtitled Secessionists Triumphant, 1854-1861 (a main selection of the History Book Club, a Washington Post Notable Book of the year, a New York Times Sunday Book Review Editor’s Choice, and winner of the Hodges Prize). The first volume of Road to Disunion, subtitled Secessionists at Bay, 1776-1854 and published in 1990, was also a History Book Club main selection and was winner of the Owsley Prize. Together with The South versus the South: How Southern Anti-Confederates Shaped the Course of the Civil War (appearing in 2002 and winner of the Jefferson Davis Prize), The  Road to Disunion  reinterprets the causes of the Civil War and of Confederate defeat. These books, researched on a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship,  bring to climax a lifetime’s work on the Old South, begun forty years ago with the publication of Prelude to Civil War; The Nullification Controversy in South Carolina (winner of the Nevins and Bancroft Prizes). He is now writing a book of essays on the Civil War  and a biography of Abraham Lincoln,  entitled THE FALLS AND RISES OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN.

George Herring

George C. Herring served on the UK history faculty from 1969 to 2005. His writing has focused on the Vietnam War and includes, most importantly, America's Longest War:  The United States and Vietnam, 1950-1975 (5th ed., 2013). His book From Colony to Superpower: U.S. Foreign Relations Since 1776 was published in 2008 in Oxford University Press's History of the United States Series.

Bob Ireland

J.D., Stanford, 1962; Ph.D., Nebraska, 1967


Humbert Nelli



Donald Nugent

Robert Olson

hisposta@uky.edu or Robert.Olson@uky.edu

Dr. Robert Olson, Professor Middle History and Politics. He received his Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1973 where he studied with Professor Wadie Jwaideh and specialized in the history of the Ottoman Empire and contemporary politics of the Middle East.

Fulbright Senior Professor Research Middle East Civilization Program Fellowship (1990-91)
University Research Professor, (1995-96)
The Albert D. and Elizabeth H. Kirwan Memorial University Professor (1999-2000)
Best Book Award Third World Studies Association, 1999-2000
Distinguished Professor of the College of Arts and Sciences (2000-01)
member of the Strategic Assessment Group of the Central Intelligence Agency's Future Panel on Turkey and the Kurdish Question (2000-03)  

Charles Roland

Daniel Rowland

Early modern Russia; art and architecture; Russian literature
Ph.D., Yale University, 1976

Dr. Rowland spent 1981-82,1988-89 and 1995-96 at the Russian Research Center, Harvard University. 
Selected Publications:

  • "The Problem of Advice in Muscovite Tales about the Time of Troubles," Russian History/Histoire Russe, 6, pt. 2 (1979)
  • "Towards an Understanding of the Political Ideas in Ivan Timofeyev's Vremennik," The Slavonic and East European Review 62 (1984)
  • "Did Muscovite Literary Ideology Place Limits on the Power of the Tsar?" The Russian Review 49 (1990)
  • "Biblical Military Imagery in the Political Culture of Early Modern Russia: The Blessed Host of the Heavenly Tsar," Medieval Russian Culture, vol. 2, Michael Flier and Rowland, eds. (1994)
  • “Ivan IV as a Carolingian Renaissance Prince,” Harvard Ulerainian Studies, 19 (1995)
  • “Moscow--the Third Rome or the New Israel?” The Russian Review, 55/4 (1996)

Numerous articles on early modern Russian History in the Modern Encyclopedia of Russian and Soviet History


Daniel Smith

Ph.D., Virginia, 1977

Author, THE SHIPWRECK THAT SAVED JAMESTOWN (co-authored with Lorri Glover) and AN AMERICAN BETRAYAL: CHEROKEE PATRIOTS AND THE TRAIL OF TEARS (both books by Henry Holt); and documentarian, ENVISIONING HOME (www.envisioninghome.com). More information is available at: www.danielblakesmith.com


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