United States

Thirteen of the department’s full-time faculty members specialize in American history.  Their interests and fields of specialization range from the 18th century to the 21st century and encompass diverse approaches and methods.  These interests and fields of strength include African American, race, and racial identity; social and cultural; political and policy; political ideas and thought, diplomatic and international, and southern.  Students and faculty who concentrate in U.S. history benefit from the rich collections of the UK libraries.  


Jane 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
Ph.D., Duke University, 1988; M.A., Duke University, 1985; B.A., University of Kentucky, 1984
Research Interests: 20th century U.S. social and political history

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

Melanie Goan
Assistant Professor
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 century 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

Lien-Hang Nguyen
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Yale University, 2008; B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1996
Research Interests: US foreign relations; Southeast Asia; the Cold War

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

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

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

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