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Office: 3640 Wescoe Hall
Charles W. Battey Distinguished Professor of Modern British History and Director of the Hall Center for the Humanities (Ph.D. Warwick, 1975; M.A. Oxford, 1978; M.Phil Cambridge, 1970; B.A. Warwick, 1969). Crime, law and punishment in Victorian Britain; the social history of London. Teaching interests include the social, cultural, and political history of modern Britain, c. 1750 to the present.
A native of Yorkshire, England, Bailey came to KU in 1988. He was trained at the Institute of Criminology in Cambridge, and the Centre for the Study of Social History at Warwick University. He is a research student of E.P. Thompson. He was a research fellow at Worcester College, Oxford, and has held teaching appointments at the University of Rochester and the University of Hull. At KU, he received a University (Kemper) Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. In 2000, he was appointed as Director of the Hall Center for the Humanities.
Publications include: Policing and Punishment in Nineteenth Century Britain; Delinquency and Citizenship: Reclaiming the Young Offender; ‘This Rash Act’: Suicide Across the Life-Cycle in the Victorian City. He is currently working on a study entitled, Policing Victorian London.
Marie Grace Brown
Office: 3637 Wescoe Hall
Assistant Professor (Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania; B.A. Bryn Mawr College)
Marie Grace Brown researches and teaches the modern Middle East with a special interest in women’s activism and national movements. Her current book project examines northern Sudanese women’s use of traditional dress to craft their gendered and national identities during Sudan’s independence movement of the 1950s. Brown argues that though excluded from official state and political institutions Sudanese women consciously used their bodies and fashion to articulate a public presence for themselves and define new standards of womanhood. This focus on dress and the body is a conscious effort to move past the male-dominated textual source base which forms the foundation of so much historical scholarship and restore the voices of women to national narratives.
Brown teaches a wide array of classes on the (broadly defined) Middle East including courses on early Islamic empires, political and social change in the modern era, gender and sexuality, and high-class tourism. Her broader research interests include imperialism in Africa and the Middle East, race identity, and cultures of consumption within empire.
Office: 3164 Wescoe Hall
I have been the Hall Distinguished Professor of British History since 1995 (Cambridge University: BA 1972, MA 1976, PhD 1981; Oxford DPhil 1986). Previously I was a Fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge (where I was an informal pupil of Sir Herbert Butterfield and especially indebted to Sir Geoffrey Elton, Peter Laslett and the Cambridge School in the history of political thought) and of All Souls College, Oxford (where I learned much from my colleagues Sir Isaiah Berlin and Leszek Kolakowsi). I have also been Georges Lurcy Visiting Professor at the Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago (in the days of François Furet and Ed Shils); Visiting Professor of History, University of Northumbria; Visiting Professor, Forschungszentrum Europäische Aufklärung, Potsdam; Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, University of Manitoba; and Research Fellow, The Leverhulme Trust. I am currently an Academic Visitor, Faculty of History, University of Oxford since 2005 and Visiting Professor, Centre for Methodism and Church History, Oxford Brookes University 2008–13.
My work concerns, geographically, the British Isles, North America and continental Europe. Chronologically, it focuses on a continuum that I coined, the 'long eighteenth century', 1660–1832. Thematically, it attends especially to religion, political thought, literary culture, historiography and politics, including geopolitical questions extending to the present.
My research began as an implicit attempt to break out of what we now conventionally call modernism via a redrawing of the map of eighteenth-century British politics, the field on which the scenarios of incipient modernization were (and often still are) conventionally rehearsed. From there it widened to link with scholarship on the British 'revolution' of the 1640s and to outline how the 'Whig interpretation of history' was coined in the nineteenth century. It continued by proposing a model of English social history in c. 1660–1832 not indebted to the standard dynamics of urbanization, class formation and industrialization but instead positing Christian theology and law as dominant bodies of ideas in the constitution of public culture. I extended this enquiry geographically with a new model of the American Revolution as, in part, a war of religion, and with work on Burke's interpretation of the French Revolution, while applying these priorities to domestic culture with a reinterpretation of that commanding height of the literary economy, Samuel Johnson. Research on the history of religion continued with (for example) a theological account of the genesis in the nineteenth century of a novel ideology, 'radicalism', surveys of national identity and of church-state relations, and a new outline of the eighteenth-century origins of Methodism.
My current work includes an overview of British history 1660–1832; a book comparing the British and American empires; a novel study of that arch-reification, 'the Enlightenment'; and work on the relations between theology and philosophy in the long eighteenth century.
Books already published are: The Dynamics of Change: the Crisis of the 1750s and English Party Systems (1982); English Society, 1688–1832: Ideology, Social Structure and Political Practice during the Ancien Regime (1985); Revolution and Rebellion: State and Society in England in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries (1986); The Memoirs and Speeches of James, 2nd Earl Waldegrave, 1742–1763, ed. (1988); Ideas and Politics in Modern Britain, ed. and contrib. (1990); The Language of Liberty 1660–1832: Political Discourse and Social Dynamics in the Anglo-American World (1994); Samuel Johnson: Literature, Religion and English Cultural Politics from the Restoration to Romanticism (1995); English Society 1660–1832: Religion, Ideology and Politics during the Ancien Regime (extensively rewritten and expanded second edition of the above, 2000); Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke, ed. (2001); Samuel Johnson in Historical Context, jointly ed. and contrib. (2002); Our Shadowed Present: Modernism, Postmodernism and History (2004); A World by Itself: A History of the British Isles, ed. and contrib. (2010); plus many articles in learned journals and chapters in collected volumes.
I have taught history on both sides of the Atlantic since 1977. I see myself as an anti-historian rather than an historian, and welcome students who are willing to rethink both modernism and postmodernism.
Office: 3634 Wescoe Hall
Associate Prof. in History, Humanities and Western Civilization. Katherine Clark received her B.A. from Duke University and M.A. and PhD. from the Johns Hopkins University.
Primarily an intellectual historian with a focus on British political, religious, and historical thought, her research interests extend beyond the discipline of history to include the study of art and architectural history as well as literature. Clark has received fellowships from the American Philosophical Society, British Academy, Folger Institute, Huntington Library, Institute for Humane Studies, and the Mellon Foundation.
Her recent publications include:
- Daniel Defoe: The Whole Frame of Nature Time and Providence (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2007)
- “Defoe, Dissent, and Early Whig Ideology” in the Historical Journal, 52, 3 (2009)
- “Getting Plastered: Ornamentation, Iconography, and ‘Desperate Faction’” in Architectural Space in Eighteenth-Century Europe: Constructing Identities and Interiors, eds. Denise Amy Baxter and Meredith Martin (Ashgate, 2010)
Clark's current book project traces the history of one Anglo-Norman family from the twelfth to the twentieth century. Its evidentiary base includes a unique archive of family papers extending from the medieval to modern period as well as the family's legacy in literature, architecture, and the decorative arts.
Clark brings her interdisciplinary interests and training into the classroom where literature and the visual arts are brought to bear upon key themes in early-modern British and European history. She offers courses at the introductory, advanced, and graduate levels.
Associate Professor (Ph.D. Princeton).
Fields of Interest: Early Modern Europe
My research has centered on early modern Spain. My first book, For the Common Good: Popular Politics in Barcelona, 1580–1640, examines how popular politics shaped the relations between Madrid and Barcelona in the decades leading to one of the greatest crises in Spanish history, the Catalan Revolt of 1640. I have also edited, with Marta Vicente, Women, Texts and Authority in the Early Modern Spanish World. More recently, I have been working on a book project on Myth and Monarchy: Seeing the Invisible King in Early Modern Spain, which examines real and fictional face-to-face meetings between ordinary people and their monarchs.
I have also studied the ways in which men and women interacted with God and the king through sacred and royal images. My book Death by Effigy: A Case from the Mexican Inquisition, recounts a tale of dishonor and revenge that reveals how ordinary men and women appropriated religious symbols for their own purposes, and the terrible consequences of getting caught by the Inquisition.
If you are considering graduate studies under my direction, I strongly urge you to contact me before you apply.
Gregory T. Cushman
Associate Professor of International Environmental History (Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin, 2003)
Cushman came to KU in Fall 2003. He teaches courses on Latin America, science studies, and the global environment. Many of his courses involve interdisciplinary collaboration with natural and social scientists. He and his students are core participants in KU’s NSF-funded IGERT C-Change program on the human dimensions of climate change.
His first book Guano and the Opening of the Pacific World (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2012) is one of the first studies to examine the environmental and cultural history of the modern world from the perspective of the whole Pacific Basin. It demonstrates how bird excrement and the birds that produce it opened the way to large-scale exploitation of phosphates, nitrates, coconuts, fishmeal, and other regional commodities. These activities profoundly influenced the course of the Industrial Revolution, the rise of experts to positions of authority, the origins and outcomes of the First and Second World Wars, and the unfolding of the conservation, cleanliness, and environmental movements on a global scale. These currents fundamentally altered the participation of Peru, New Zealand, Easter Island, and a host of other Pacific territories in world events. He is currently finishing a study of humanity’s long relationship with the cormorant and its relatives to appear in Reaktion Books’ Animal Series.
Cushman’s main on-going research project focuses on the history of environmental engagement among indigenous peoples in the Andean and Pacific Worlds. It develops the concept of “First Science” to understand how environmental phenomena influenced the cosmological systems of First Peoples and how these systems provided guidance to social activities and proved capable of predicting dangerous environmental extremes. It implements a range of ethnohistorical methodologies, from 10,000-year reconstructions of ecological change, to the interpretation of ancient iconography, to the decipherment of sixteenth-century manuscripts, to collaborative engagement with native knowledge keepers and the living landscapes they inhabit.
Both of these studies are part of a long-term research program to trace the deep history of humanity’s understanding of El Niño and La Niña and their modern reinvention as global disasters. Cushman has an ongoing fascination with “all things foul and ugly, all creatures short and squat” and has published an award-winning essay on the place of the humble culvert, drainage ditch, and native plants in modern landscape engineering. Other published works deal with history’s “last first contact” in New Guinea, the discovery of human-caused climate change by Humboldtian scientists, the international geopolitics of weather prediction and remote-sensing instrument networks, and other episodes in the history of climate and environmental sciences. In 2009, he took part in filming episode 18 of a TV documentary on the round-the-world voyage of the New Beagle, it visits the Serengeti of the Sea and explores how the melting of Peru's highland glaciers is destined to make the country far more vulnerable to El Niño and La Niña events(video requires Microsoft Silverlight).
Fields of specializationenvironmental history (esp. climate, disasters, oceans, soils); Latin America since 1450 (esp. Peru, Chile, Andean World, Cuba); history of science, technology, and engineering (esp. environmental sciences, Humboldtian science, agriculture, fishing, transportation); the Pacific World (esp. La Niña/El Niño/Southern Oscillation, Easter Island, Banaba, Kiribati, Niue); indigenous peoples (esp. Rapanui, Muchik, Quechua,Aymara ethnicities); global history
Jacob S. Dorman
Office: 3613 Wescoe Hall
Dorman received his Ph.D. in U.S. History from UCLA in 2004. In 2010-2011 he was a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at the Newberry Library in Chicago. He has held the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Wesleyan University Center for the Humanities, as well as research fellowships from the libraries of Yale, Columbia, Duke, Wisconsin, and the University of Texas. He has published in the journal of Pan African Studies, in Nova Religio, and in anthologies on new religious movements, on alternative African American religions, and on the Harlem Renaissance.
Oxford University Press will publish his first book, “Chosen People” which examines African American Israelites and Black-Jewish relations, covering the rise of Israelite ideologies and their spread through Freemasonry, Holiness churches of the 1890s, Pentecostal Christianity, and the culture of religious mystics who coalesced during the Harlem Renaissance. The book examines Black Jews and Black-Jewish relations from slavery until the Black Power era. Dorman has delivered portions of his second manuscript, “Black Orientalism: Spiritualists, Muslims, Minstrels, & Masons” at the Association for the Study of African American Life and History and at the American Historical Association. Research fellowships from the Newberry Library, the University of Kansas, Yale University's Beinecke Library, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute have supported these projects. He is also working on a cultural history of everyday life during the Harlem Renaissance, told partly through the letters and diaries of its artists. Dorman's interests include race, music, the Harlem Renaissance, Rastafarianism, whiteness, and contemporary Black and Jewish identities. He has also contributed to National Public Radio and to the online religious studies journal The Revealer.
Visit: http://kansas.academia.edu/JacobDorman for more information.
Office: 3642 Wescoe Hall
or (785) 864-1422
Jonathan Earle grew up in suburban Washington, DC and was educated at Columbia University (BA 1990) and Princeton University (MA 1992, PhD 1996). He is the author of numerous books and articles including Jacksonian Antislavery and the Politics of Free Soil (UNC Press, 2004), winner of the Society of Historians of the Early American Republic's 2005 Broussard prize and co-winner of the Byron Caldwell Smith Book Prize; John Brown's Raid: A Brief History With Documents (Bedford/St. Martin's Press, 2008); The Routledge Atlas of African American History (Routledge, 2000) and co-author of Major Problems in the Early American Republic (Cengage, 2007).
Earle is currently working on a book on the election of 1860 for the Pivotal Moments in U.S. History Series published by Oxford University Press. His primary interests are the history of American politics, the early republic, the antislavery and democratic movements of the 19th Century, and the sectional crisis leading up to the Civil War. In support of his research, Earle has received major fellowships from the NEH and the American Council of Learned Societies. He spent the 2006-7 academic year as the Ray Allen Billington Chair in U.S. History at Occidental College and the Huntington Library and the 1999-2000 academic year as an NEH Fellow at the Huntington. Earle has appeared on numerous programs and documentaries on the History Channel, C-SPAN, and PBS. The History News Network named him a Top Young Historian in 2007.
Earle's teaching interests are broad in their scope and approach, and include courses on the nation's sectional on the early republic, the coming of the Civil War, American culture, and a popular undergraduate class on the history of conspiracies and paranoia in the United States. In 2003 he won the Kemper Award for Teaching Excellence.
Steven A. Epstein
Ahmanson-Murphy Distinguished Professor of Medieval History (Ph.D. Harvard 1981, MA Cambridge 1980, BA Swarthmore College 1974) medieval Europe, environmental history, economic and social history, labor, slavery, Italy.
Professor Epstein is the author of various books on medieval history, including An Economic and Social History of Later Medieval Europe (2009) Speaking of Slavery: Color, Ethnicity, and Human Bondage in Italy (2001) and Genoa and the Genoese 958-1528 (1996), and articles on diverse topics in the broad field of the medieval Mediterranean world. He teaches a general survey of medieval Europe, as well as more specialized courses on the Mediterranean, Venice and Florence, slavery, and economic history.
His current research interests focus on the environmental history of medieval Europe, especially Italy, ideas about natural disasters, and breeding animals and plants. He recently published The Medieval Discovery of Nature (Cambridge, 2012), and is currently working on one of the first medieval historians and theologians, Jacopo da Varagine, to incorporate natural history into his historical and religious works.
Office: 3619 Wescoe Hall
Dr. Finucane is a historian of early America, with a focus on the early British and Spanish colonies in the Americas. Her interests cover a significant portion of the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Americas, broadly defined, from the Puritans of New England to the pirates of the Caribbean.
Finucane is currently working on a project, tentatively titled “The South Sea Company and Anglo-Spanish Connections, 1713-1739,” which explores the close interactions between individual subjects of the British and Spanish empires through the slave trade of the early eighteenth century. Finucane teaches courses on the early modern Atlantic world and the colonial Americas.
Christopher E. Forth
Christopher Forth is Professor of History and holds the Howard Chair of Humanities & Western Civilization as well as a Courtesy Professorship in the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. His research and teaching interests revolve around the cultural history of gender, sexuality, the body, and the senses (with an emphasis on modern France, Britain and America) as well as European intellectual and cultural history. Forth is the author or editor of eight books, including The Dreyfus Affair and the Crisis of French Manhood (2004), Masculinity in the Modern West (2008), and the co-edited volumes French Masculinities (2007) and Confronting Modernity in Fin-de-Siècle France (2010). Co-director of the Hall Center “Modernities” seminar, Forth taught for ten years at the Australian National University before taking up his current position at KU in 2008. He is an affiliate of the Centre for the History of European Discourses at the University of Queensland (Australia).
My historical interests have always been interdisciplinary and thematic, and while I usually have one foot in modern France my research has become more comparative and transnational over time. As a cultural historian I am especially interested in how perceptions and experiences of the body are situated in different social and cultural locations. In previous books I examined how gender and the body framed the French reception of Nietzsche’s philosophy around 1900, the social and political turmoil of the Dreyfus Affair, and the tensions between masculinity and modernity in the West since the 1700s. In addition to engaging with social constructionist perspectives on the body, I am increasingly interested in exploring embodiment, materiality, and the senses in historical context.
I am currently writing a book called Flab: A Cultural History of Fat, which approaches its subject in terms of visuality (bodies that appear large and/or differently shaped), tactility (bodies that feel/seem “soft” and “flabby”) as well as materiality (bodies that call to mind the ambiguous qualities of “fatty” or “oily” substances). By examining the shifting relationship between these and other factors in the West, this work probes the social construction of disgust and challenges claims that intolerance for fat is a strictly “modern” development. It is under contract with Reaktion Books (UK).
J. Megan Greene
Office: 3632 Wescoe Hall
Associate Professor (Ph.D. Washington University in St. Louis, 1997; M.A. University of Chicago, 1988; B.A. Cornell University, 1984). Director, Center for East Asian Studies, University of Kansas.
Professor Greene's field of study is the history of the Republic of China under the KMT both in China and on Taiwan. Specific research interests include nation and state-building projects in the areas of science and the economy, academia, and ideology. She teaches courses on modern China and East Asia, including a graduate colloquium designed for students seeking training in the field of world history. She is currently working on a book on contemporary narratives of Taiwan's history.
She is the author of The Origins of the Developmental State in Taiwan: Science Policy and the Quest for Modernization (Harvard University Press, 2008), a study of industrial science policy in China and Taiwan under the KMT. She is co-editor with Robert Ash of Taiwan in the 21st Century: Aspects and limitations of a development model (Routledge, 2007). She also collaborated with William Bowman and Frank Chiteji on Imperialism in the Modern World: Sources and Interpretations (Prentice Hall, 2006).
Office: 3617 Wescoe Hall
Assistant Professor (Ph.D. Columbia University in the City of New York, 2004; M.A. Columbia University, 2001; B.A. Middlebury College, 1997).
Sara Gregg works on the environmental history of North America, with a particular focus on the intersections of environmental change with politics and agriculture. Her current project examines the environmental and economic implications of the 1862 Homestead Act for both the American West and the nation-state.
Gregg’s first book, Managing the Mountains: Land Use Planning, the New Deal, and the Creation of a Federal Landscape in Appalachia(Yale, 2010), analyzed the evolution of state and federal conservation policy in Appalachia, exploring the environmental impacts of state formation during the Progressive Era and the New Deal. Using a case study approach to the contemporaneous development of the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, the Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont, and New Deal Resettlement Administration projects, Managing the Mountains argued that the transition from local use to federal management signaled the evolution of a new paradigm for managing the American landscape.
Gregg's second book, a co-edited anthology, American Georgics: Writings on Farming, Society, and the Land(Yale, 2011), traced the continuities and changes in agrarian thought. This volume presents a narrative of American development that transcends declensionist interpretations of rural change, and encourages a reconsideration of traditional portrayals of the changes in American rural life. This book is directed toward undergraduates and a popular audience, and it seeks to capitalize upon the current interest in sustainable agriculture and the politics of food to encourage a re-examination of the history of the American relationship with farming and rural land use.
Before arriving at the University of Kansas Gregg was an assistant professor of history at Iowa State University from 2004-2008. Between 2007-2010 she held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, where she worked on the history of the system of rural credits in the United States. Part of the project archive can be found at http://www.farmcreditarchive.org.
A member of the faculty of the KU Program in Environmental Studies, Gregg also serves on the executive committee of the American Society for Environmental History, the board of directors of the Forest History Society, and is an associate editor of the journal Agricultural History.
Office: 3611 Wescoe Hall
Assistant Professor (2009, Ph.D. Brown University, 2001, A.M., Brown University, 1999, B.S.F.S., Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University)
Interests include history of the U.S. and the world (1776-2001), modern U.S. history, the history of international cooperation, the cold war at home and abroad, the U.S. and the "third world," social science in the European and American traditions, global poverty, social policy, social reform, and social protest in 20th century America, U.S.-Latin American relations.
Dr. Jahanbani is an historian of American foreign relations specializing in the post-1945 period. She is especially interested in the legacy of the liberal internationalist tradition in American foreign policy. This includes the history of U.S. relations with the "Third World," the history of the social sciences, (particularly the history of modernization and development), and the emergence of distinctly "global" problems in the post-World War II period.
In addition to her pursuits as a scholar, Prof. Jahanbani is also interested in national politics and contemporary policy issues. She has served as an intern to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education & Welfare (1996-97), and the Office of Public Affairs, National Security Council, Office of the President (1998-99). She also worked as an organizer for the United Auto Workers in their campaign to advocate for academic workers, particularly non-tenured faculty and graduate teaching assistants at public and private universities across the country.
Her current project, “‘A Different Kind of People:’ The Poor at Home and Abroad, 1935-1975,” seeks to historicize the origins of a global conception of poverty. This work shows how a transnational conception of poor people as ‘backwards’ and culturally distinct emerged from the nexus of intellectuals, activists, and administrators who shaped U.S. domestic anti-poverty and international development policies in the late-20th century.
Her next project will explore the democratization of American and Western European foreign policy in the post-World War II period, charting the rise and exploring the significance of the celebrity-diplomat, people-to-people diplomacy, overseas volunteer programs, and the non-governmental organization as major players in international relations. According to Dr. Jahanbani, "In plain language, I want to try to figure out how and why Angelina Jolie was elected to the Council on Foreign Relations before I was!"
Associate Professor and Chair (Ph.D. University of Oklahoma, 1998; B.A. University of Tulsa, 1992).
Professor Kelton's primary interests are indigenous peoples of North America, environmental, and Early American history. His latest book is Epidemics and Enslavement: Biological Catastrophe in the Native Southeast (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2007); and he is currently working on a book entitled Cherokee Medicine/Colonial Germs: An Indigenous Nation and Introduced Diseases, 1518-1839. He is the author of “Shattered and Infected: Epidemics, Depopulation, and the Collapse of the Native Slave Trade, 1696-1715,” in Mapping the Shatter Zone: the European Invasion and the Transformation of the Mississippian World ed. Robbie Etheridge. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2009, 312-332; “Avoiding the Smallpox Spirits: Colonial Epidemics and Southeastern Indian Survival”; Ethnohistory 51 (Winter 2004): 45-71; “The Great Southeastern Smallpox Epidemic,” in Transformation of the Southeastern Indians, 1540-1760, ed. Robbie Ethridge and Charles Hudson, (Jackson: University of Mississippi Press, 2002); and "'At the Head of the Aboriginal Remnant': Cherokee Construction of a 'Civilized' Indian Identity During the Lakota Crisis of 1876," Great Plains Quarterly, 23 (Winter 2003): 3-17.
Elizabeth A. Kuznesof
Office: 3610 Wescoe Hall
Professor and Director of the Center of Latin American Studies (Ph.D. Berkeley, 1976). Brazil, family history, quantitative methods, comparative social, colonial Latin America. Research on the history of the family in Latin America; women's work in Latin America. Author of Household Economy and Urban Development: Sao Paulo, 1765-1836. In progress: "The Family in Latin America: A Social and Political History."
Office: 3638 Wescoe Hall
Professor of History (Ph.D. Indiana University, 1983; M.A. Indiana University 1976; B.A. Mount Holyoke College, 1975).
My area of specialization is Russia and Eastern Europe, and my own research concentrates on the pre-modern period (9th–18th centuries). I am particularly interested in gender, sexuality, popular culture, Orthodox Christianity, and medicine, focusing on Russia and the Balkans, and I happily supervise graduate students whose interests extend into other areas. Major publications include the monograph Sex and Society in the World of the Orthodox Slavs, 900-1700 (Cornell University Press, 1989) and the translation of Natalia Pushkareva's book Women in Russian History (M.E. Sharpe, 1997), which won the Heldt Prize for Best Translation in Slavic Women's Studies. I have a monograph on popular religion that appeared in Russian from the Moscow publisher Indrik in 2004. I have published over ten articles concerning illness in 16-18th century Russia, examining folk therapies, Western medicine, and spiritual healing, and I am currently preparing a monograph on this topic. In addition, I have published articles on doctoral education for graduate students in the humanities. Since 1997, I have served as Editor of The Russian Review, a major interdisciplinary academic journal, now hosted by KU.
Thomas J. Lewin
Office: 3612 Wescoe Hall
Associate Professor (Ph.D. Northwestern, 1974). West African socio-economic and political history; oral history methods and practices; international business history. Research on pre-colonial West Africa, development and expansion of U.S.-based multinational corporations. Author of Asante Before the British; and Keeping the Dream Alive: Managing NASA's Space Station Program, 1982-1986.
Throughout his career Professor Lewin has encouraged his students to maximize their skills of historical inquiry and apply their knowledge to larger social science and business opportunities. This forms an integral aspect of his ongoing research on oral history, the management of technological change, and the proliferation of late 19th century multinational corporations.
Professor of History (Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1995). Research focus on U.S. and European military history.
I have researched and written extensively on war and military affairs for over twenty years. I specialize in twentieth century warfare. At KU I teach the courses in Military History including, World War II, the Cold War, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. I have taught at the United States Military Academy, at West Point, NY, and the University of North Texas in Denton, where I chaired the Department of History. I have also taught the Strategy and Policy Course for the Naval War College. My books and articles are used at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the Naval War College, the U.S. Military Academy, and civilian institutions of higher education. In 2012 the 2nd edition of my book, The American Culture of War: A History of U.S. Military Force from World War II to Operation Enduring Freedom, was published by Routledge Press (see companion website at www.routledge.com/cw/lewis). My book, Omaha Beach: A Flawed Victory, published in 2001, is still considered the best analysis on the Normandy Invasion and the battle for Omaha Beach. I am currently working on a book, with Professor Katherine Barbieri, a Political Scientist at USC, tentatively titled, Money as a Weapons System, War, Reconstruction, and Development in Complex Environments: American Post-Conflict Operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. I am a retired infantry soldier. I served with the 9th Infantry Division and the 2nd Ranger Battalion at Fort Lewis, Washington. I have also served in Korea, Germany, Panama, and Alaska.
Office: 3626 Wescoe Hall
Associate Professor of African History (Ph.D. Michigan State, 2002; M.A. Michigan State, 1996; B.A. Trinity College, Hartford, CT, 1990).
Professor MacGonagle's research focuses on processes of identity formation in African and Diasporan settings. Her first book, Crafting Identity in Zimbabwe and Mozambique, examined four centuries of history from 1500–1900 in the Ndau region of southeastern Africa to challenge popular notions about tribalism. In the book she pushes the study of identity formation back several hundred years to argue that the Ndau were aware of their shared identity long before the arrival of European colonialism. Rochester University Press published the book in 2007 in their series on African History and the Diaspora. An earlier article, “Mightier than the Sword: the Portuguese Pen in Ndau History,” appeared in History in Africa in 2001 and discussed the rich material that Portuguese observers recorded about Ndau speakers in precolonial documents. A second article, “Living with a Tyrant: Ndau Memories and Identities in the Shadow of Ngungunyana,” was published in the International Journal of African Historical Studies in 2008.
In her current research on the Ndau-speaking region of Zimbabwe and Mozambique, Professor MacGonagle investigates recent meanings of tribalism among the Ndau living across two national borders in the twentieth century. She asks how a sense of being Ndau continues to exist into the present, despite different colonial histories, postcolonial trajectories, and official languages in Zimbabwe (English) and Mozambique (Portuguese). The book project,Between Borders in Southeast Africa, promises to reveal complex realities about identity formation by crossing historical, geographical, and theoretical boundaries to examine links of nation, culture, and ethnicity.
As part of her ongoing research agenda to consider changes in ethnic, national, and Diasporan identities over time, Professor MacGonagle is also engaged in analyzing intersections between history and memory across the African continent. She is examining several sites of memory steeped in history that UNESCO recognizes as World Heritage Sites for their outstanding cultural importance to humanity. They include: Ghana's coastal slave forts from the era of the transatlantic slave trade; Robben Island prison where Nelson Mandela was jailed under South Africa's apartheid regime; the stone ruins of Great Zimbabwe built by a trading empire during the Middle Ages; and the city and slave market on Mozambique Island that served as Portugal's trading post on the sea route to India. Her investigation examines the uses and abuses of history at these sites and questions how and why we remember—and forget—about the past. Her first publication of the project focused on the significance of Ghana's slave forts in our collective memory since their use during the transatlantic slave trade. The essay, “From Dungeons to Dance Parties: Contested Histories of Ghana's Slave Forts.” appeared in theJournal of Contemporary African Studies in 2006.
Professor MacGonagle speaks Portuguese and Ndau, a dialect of Shona. In addition to fieldwork in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Ghana, she has also spent time in Africa in South Africa, Namibia, Togo, Zambia, Swaziland, Kenya, and Zanzibar. Professor MacGonagle collaborated with Ken Lohrentz (KU Libraries) to digitize a portion of the Onitsha Market Literature collection held at KU's Spencer Research Library in 2003-2004. Selections of this popular Nigerian literature, along with a companion website, are on the Internet at http://onitsha.diglib.ku.edu/. In 2004, she received a Fulbright fellowship to teach African history at the University of Iceland in Reykjavík.
Professor MacGonagle teaches African history at KU in the departments of History and African & African-American Studies. She has training in Comparative Black history and interests in social and cultural history and gender studies. Her undergraduate course offerings include surveys of African history, a seminar on sexuality and gender in African history, a course on the liberation of southern Africa, a seminar on historical methods for history majors, and the senior seminar in African and African-American Studies. At the graduate level, she has taught seminars in African Studies, African history, and comparative women's history. In 2007 she received the ING Excellence in Teaching Award at KU.
Jeffrey P. Moran
Office: 3628 Wescoe Hall
Associate Professor (Ph.D. Harvard 1996; M.A. Harvard 1990; B.A. Wisconsin, 1988). Modern US; cultural and intellectual history; history of education; public health; religion; evolution; sexuality.
Associate Professor Moran is the author most recently of American Genesis: The Antievolution Controversies from Scopes to Creation Science (Oxford 2012). He has also published Teaching Sex: The Shaping of Adolescence in the 20th Century (Harvard 2000); and The Scopes Trial: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford Books, 2002). His articles have appeared in the Journal of American History, the Journal of Southern History, Southern Studies, and Reviews in American History. Moran teaches the 20th-century U.S. graduate colloquium, various graduate research seminars, the second half of the undergraduate survey, and an upper-level course on the U.S., 1900-1950. He has advised senior honors theses on such topics as commie hunts at the University of Kansas, socialism in Kansas, battles over urban development, birth control, influenza and the history of medicine, Robert Penn Warren as historian, and numerous others.
Eric C. Rath
Office: 3624 Wescoe Hall
Professor (Ph.D. Michigan, 1998; M.A. Michigan, 1992; B.A. Skidmore, 1989). Premodern Japan, social and cultural history.
My research examines the relationship between authority, technology, and aesthetics in early modern (1600-1868) culture. Most of my work extends into the medieval and modern periods since writing the narratives of key institutions and developments in the early modern era often requires moving beyond set chronological boundaries to examine earlier antecedents or to trace how modern incarnations of traditional culture have retained or replaced modes of organization or ideas prominent in the early modern period. For instance, modern chefs and scholars often attribute the “traditional minimalist aesthetics” of Japanese cuisine to the influence of Zen Buddhism or the tea ceremony, but these assumptions ignore how early modern diners actually preferred larger, more complicated and symbolically rich meals than are typical of Japanese cuisine today. Part of my interest in early modern history lies in trying to uncover the roots of modern institutions and manifestations of traditional culture, but I am equally focused on discovering what has been lost, and in determining the exercise of power and the role of technological innovations in these changes.
My first book, The Ethos of Noh: Actors and Their Art (Harvard University Asia Center Press, 2004), traces the evolution of the masked noh theater as an art and as a profession from the fourteenth to the twentieth century demonstrating the importance of myths, masks, secret writings, and rituals in noh’s transformation from a medieval performing art into a closed, male dominated profession.
My recent research on the history of cuisine appears in two books. Food and Fantasy in Early Modern Japan (University of California Press, 2010) examines medieval culinary rituals and early modern cookbooks to reveal the importance of the intangible and inedible to the formation of Japanese cuisine. Japanese Foodways Past and Present(University of Illinois Press, 2010), which I coedited with Stephanie Assmann, includes fourteen chapters covering six centuries of Japan’s food culture with topics ranging from children’s lunches, ramen, dining out in World War II, and wine drinking.
My current research projects are on the history of tobacco use, traditional dietary culture (washoku), and the sake industry.
Besides teaching courses on foodways and Japanese history, I offer classes on Tibetan history; and I was the principal investigator for a US State Department project to develop a curriculum for a school for Tibetans in rural Qinghai, China. See the project blog at: http://mayulschool.wordpress.com/.
Recent articles include:
“Revaluating Rikyū: Kaiseki and the Origins of Japanese Cuisine,” Journal of Japanese Studies 39.1 (Winter 2013). Forthcoming.
“Mealtime at a Tibetan Monastery,” Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture 10:12 (2010): 17-21.
“Banquets Against Boredom: Towards Understanding (Samurai) Cuisine in Early Modern Japan,” Early Modern Japan: An Interdisciplinary Journal XVI (2008): 43-55. http://hdl.handle.net/1811/36286
“The Significance of Large Servings of Food in Japanese Cuisine” [in Japanese] for Kokubungaku: Kaishaku to kanshō special edition on Japanese foodways, ed. Haruo Shirane et al. (2008): 278-82.
Office: 2612 Wescoe Hall
My research centers largely on the history of cities, including intersections with popular culture and the working class. I am currently researching a project on the history of streetlife and public space in 20th century Latin America that includes chapters on the streetcar, the comic flaneur, the role of postcards in creating urban images, and anarchism and general strikes in the context of the modern cityscape. In addition, I am working on a smaller project on the role of the worker press in the activities of the Industrial Workers of the World in Chile and Mexico. I am also developing a couple of articles on interdisciplinary teaching in urban studies and the use of English-language primary sources in a course on the Cultural History of Modern Latin America. I have published articles in the following journals: Social Science History; The Journal of Latin American Studies; The Americas: A Quarterly Review of Inter-American Cultural History; Radical History Review; and Studies in Latin American Popular Culture.
The courses I offer range widely across disciplinary and geographic lines. At the undergraduate level, I regularly teach Sin Cities (HIST 303; syllabus available here), a course that traces the dark side of modern urban history across the globe; The Social History of South America in the 20th Century (HIST 578; syllabus available here); The Cultural History of Modern Latin America (HIST 371); and two honors courses, one on Colonialism and Revolution in the Third World (HIST 369) and the other a team-taught course on Tripping: The Experience of Travel in the 19th and 20th Centuries (HNRS 492). I am also in the process of developing a new course, “Key Themes in Modern Global History” (HIST 308), and Ihave begun offering a series of 8-week courses including "Anarchism: A Global History" (HIST 453; syllabus available here). For graduate students, I offer courses on the Urban History of Latin America; The Global City; and Violence, Ideology and Social Change in Latin America. Course portfolios for two of these classes are posted on the Center for Teaching Excellence portfolio gallery website: http://www.cte.ku.edu/gallery/index.shtml
I have been closely involved with CTE for many years and currently offer workshops for Graduate Teaching Assistants on Risk-Taking and Innovation; Academic Misconduct; and The Inclusive Classroom. I have joined with other faculty to form a Book Circle, I contribute to CTE publications and I serve as the department's liaison to CTE. Since 2000 I have been a CTE Faculty Fellow, and been named the CTE Distinguished Teaching Fellow, as well as receiving the Kemper Award for Teaching Excellence, the Ned Fleming Trust Award for Teaching Excellence and the Byron T. Shutz Award. And yes, I still have occasional bad days in the classroom.
Edmund Russell is the Joyce and Elizabeth Hall Distinguished Professor of United States History (B.A. Stanford 1980; Ph.D. Michigan 1993).
Russell's research synthesizes environmental history, American history, global history, history of technology, and science. His first major project focused on the environmental history of warfare. It culminated in a pair of books (War and Nature, Cambridge University Press, and Natural Enemy, Natural Ally, co-edited with Richard Tucker, Oregon State University Press). His second major project focused on evolutionary history, or the study of ways in which people have altered the traits of populations of non-human species and how these alterations have circled back to change human experience. He has published one book on this topic (Evolutionary History, Cambridge University Press) and has another under contract. A third area of interest is neurohistory, which draws on ideas from neuroscience to help us understand the past. He co-organized the first conference on neurohistory, edited proceedings of the conference, and collaborated on experiments with neuroscientists. Russell's research has received prizes in environmental history, history of technology, and history of science. He has received three teaching awards.
Russell is co-editor of the Studies in Environment and History series for Cambridge University Press, distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, life member of Clare Hall at Cambridge University, and extraordinary member of the Human Sciences Center of the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich. He has been a Carson Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center in Munich and a visiting scholar at Cambridge University. He has served as conference program chair for the American Society for Environmental History, book review editor for Environmental History, executive council member for the Society for the History of Technology, and member of the United States National Committee for the International Union for the History and Philosophy of Science.
Office: 2610 Wescoe Hall
Associate Professor (Ph.D. Chicago, 1978). Modern Germany, cultural and intellectual history of modern Europe, philosophy of history. Research on Modern European historiography and philosophy of history.
Images of Identity: Goethe and the Problem of Self-Conception in the Nineteenth Century and (with Penny Schine Gold) Cultural Visions: Essays in the History of Culture (Rodopi, 2000).
From the critical awareness arising from the second half of the twentieth century, especially as it undermines the modern concept of truth, the study of history has recently entered a potentially very creative period. No longer perpetuating a discourse based upon a limited number of topics treated in conventional ways, history become a way to rethink gender, the body, nature, and even reality. For this possibility to be realized, a historically-based critique is necessary of older notions of truth.
My own efforts along these lines consist of a historical analysis of the foundations of modern “reality” in the positing of subjectivity and its relationship to establishing a scientific definition of objectivity. Through the study of the languages of the self from the fourteenth to nineteenth centuries, I indicate both the historical reasons for the positing of the subject (the cogito) and the unintended consequences resulting from positing it as the ground of truth and thus of reality. From this critique a new understanding of the self and its historical constitution becomes possible. This can be realized, I contend, through a working through of a new interpretation of culture (of which the self is a part).
Distinguishing between cultural history and the history of culture, I rethink culture, not as a limited area of human existence but as the human mode of being. This move not only overcomes the modern scientific definition of truth but also the larger tradition of metaphysics of which science is a part. Once freed from these restraints, the creative possibilities of language, especially in the development of non-mimetic textual strategies emerge, which resituates the individual within the cultural, historical whole. In the working out of this project, I have published books on modern self-conceptions and the history of culture. For both the critical stance toward modernity and the creative move beyond this criticism, I have worked through this position in articles on Goethe, Hegel, Marx, Burckhardt, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Foucault.
Robert C. Schwaller
Office: 3631 Wescoe Hall
Assistant Professor of History (Ph.D. The Pennsylvania State University, 2010, B.A. Grinnell College 2003). Latin America (Mexico, Central America, Caribbean); history of race (intellectual and social development); African Diaspora in Latin America, indigenous history (ethnohistory of Mesoamerica).
My research focuses on the development of race in Latin America. My current book project, 'Géneros de Gente': Defining Difference in Early New Spain explores the intellectual and social development of racial labels in early colonial Mexico. This research traces how late medieval Iberian notions of difference were transported across the Atlantic where they evolved into new socio-racial categories. Terms like español, indio, mestizo, mulato, negro came to define and circumscribe individuals by mapping stereotypes on to phenotypical and somatic difference. In order to better understand the relevance of these categories, this study analyzes the social and cultural history of early mestizos and mulatos. Although these individuals suffered prejudice in early colonial society, during the sixteenth century the socio-racial order defined by Spaniards did not fully circumscribe individuals' ability to be economically or socially successful.
My ongoing research builds from this project and focuses on the interaction between Africans and Native Americans in the early Atlantic World. In particular, my research has shown that in early colonial Mexico Africans and indigenous people frequently formed families and communities. These positive interactions benefitted both groups and undermined the Spanish attempt to rigidly separate subaltern subjects. Some of this research has appeared as, " 'Mulata, Hija de Negro y India:' Afro-Indigenous Mulatos in Early Colonial Mexico," Journal of Social History, vol. 44, no. 3, Spring 2011. This project will expand our understanding of early African-indigenous interaction by comparing these relationships across the Caribbean Basin.
Erik R. Scott
Office: 3621 Wescoe Hall
Phone: (785) 864-9445
Assistant Professor (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley; B.A. Brown University). Modern Russia and the Soviet Union; Modern Europe; Caucasus and Central Asia; Migration and diaspora; Comparative empires; Trade and organized crime.
My research explores mobility, diaspora, and exchange within the imperial borders of Russia and Eurasia as well as in a broader global context. I am currently at work on a book manuscript, Familiar Strangers: The Georgian Diaspora in the Soviet Union, which looks at the USSR not simply as a Russian empire, but as an "empire of diasporas," where politics, culture, and economics were defined by the mixing of a diverse array of mobile nationalities. Following the history of Georgians beyond the Georgian republic from 1917 to the present, my book examines the evolution of the Soviet multiethnic empire from the perspective of its most prominent internal diaspora.
I am especially interested in how nationality, diaspora, and empire play out in everyday life, a topic I examine in a recent article, "Edible Ethnicity: How Georgian Cuisine Conquered the Soviet Table," published in Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 13, 4 (Fall 2012).
Having lived, worked, and traveled extensively in the Caucasus, I have also published a number of pieces that seek to place contemporary events in the region in historical perspective. My commentary has appeared in The Washington Post and I have contributed chapters to Russian Business Power: The Role of Russian Business in Foreign and Security Policy (Routledge, 2006) and Organized Crime and Corruption in Georgia (Routledge, 2007), a volume I co-edited.
Office: 3644 Wescoe Hall
Professor (Ph.D. Columbia, 1983; M.A. Yale, 1978)
Professor Sivan's research interests encompass ancient history, Roman history, early Christianity, late antiquity, early medieval history, Judaica, and the study of women in antiquity. She is the author of six books, including Ausonius of Bordeaux: Genesis of a Gallic Aristocracy (1993); Between Woman, Man and God: A New Interpretation of the Ten Commandments (2004); and Palestine in Late Antiquity (2008), as well as many articles.
She is currently writing a history of the career of the fifth century CE Empress of the Western Roman Empire, Galla Placidia, for Oxford University Press's Women in Antiquity series, and researching the fate of minorities in late antiquity.
At the University of Kansas, Professor Sivan teaches courses on the ancient Near East, on the history of the Roman Republic and Empire, on ancient Palestine, on the history of the city of Jerusalem, and on the life and times of Cleopatra.
Offices: 3637 Wescoe Hall
Associate Professor (Ph.D. Princeton 2000)
Leslie Tuttle works on early modern European history, with a specific focus on seventeenth and eighteenth century France. Her research interests are in social and cultural history, the history of women, gender, sexuality, and religious belief.
Professor Tuttle is the author of Conceiving the Old Regime: Pronatalism and the Politics of Reproduction in Early Modern France (Oxford, 2010). The monograph investigates early modern French government policies designed to promote marriage and large families. She has also published articles on fatherhood and on religious women in early modern France.
Professor Tuttle's current research focuses on the changing understanding of dreams in early modern French culture. From the missions of New France, to elite salons in Paris, to doctors' consultations with their patients, to exiled Protestant communities, men and women tried a variety of tactics to explain the source and make meaning out of the visions that came to them during sleep. These efforts, she argues, provide a window into the ways non-scientists adapted the new rules for assessing knowledge we associate with the “Scientific Revolution” to the daily challenges of social and political interaction.
Professor Tuttle teaches classes on European and women's history, including courses on the early modern witch hunts, the Old Regime and Revolution in France, early modern religion, the history of sexuality and family life, and historical methods. In 2009, she was honored with the Outstanding Woman Educator Award from the University of Kansas's Commission on the Status of Women, and a W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence.
In 2010–2011, Professor Tuttle will be a Gould Foundation Fellow at the National Humanities Center in North Carolina.
Marta V. Vicente
Associate Professor History and Women's Studies (Ph.D. Johns Hopkins, 1998; B.A. Barcelona, 1988). My research focuses on history of sexuality and women's history in 18th-century Spain. My teaching areas are European women's history from the 1600s to the present, feminist theory and gender and sexuality.
My doctoral dissertation showed that the first factories were able to grow thanks to the work and forms of organization of work of artisan families. Two articles grew out of this effort: “Artisans and Work in a Barcelona Cotton Factory (1770-1816),” International Review of Social History 45 (2000): 1–23; and “Images and Realities of Work: Women and Guilds in Early Modern Barcelona,” in Alain Saint-Saëns and Magdalena Sánchez, eds., Spanish Women in the Golden Age: Images and Realities (Greenwood 1996), 127-139. I have also co-edited Women, Texts, and Authority in the Early Modern Spanish World (Ashgate: 2003) and published a monograph Clothing the Spanish Empire: Families and the Calico Trade in the Atlantic World, 1700–1815 (Palgrave MacMillan, 2006) that won the 2010 Best First Book Prize awarded by the Association of Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies (http://us.macmillan.com/clothingthespanishempire/).
I am currently finishing Sex and Gender in Early Modern Spain, a book that examines how medical controversies over individuals with ambiguous sexual and gender traits challenged early modern Spanish notions of sex and gender. After 1700, medical discoveries held the promise of resolving all mysteries about sex formation and establishing once and for all a clear-cut distinction between males and females. Yet, despite the euphoria of surgeons and anatomists, their discoveries failed to answer questions such as, why some men with “perfect” sexual organs acted like women, or why some women capable of giving birth looked like men. I argue that these unusual cases challenged a strictly medical explanation of sexuality, and led to debates about legal, philosophical, and social definitions of man and woman that still resonate on current feminist literature about sex, gender, and sexual identity.
Office: 3639 Wescoe Hall
Associate Professor (Ph.D. Stanford, 2004; M.A. Stanford, 2000; B.A. Yale, 1994). United States Women's History.
Professor Warren's research interests include the history of gender and race in African American and Native American education, Kansas, and the United States. Her teaching interests include women's history, citizenship and American identity, race and gender relations, identity development in the African Diaspora, as well as social, civil rights, and reform movements. Warren regularly offers service-learning options in her upper-level women's history course; a link to her electronic course poster in the Center for Teaching Excellence gallery can be seen here.
Warren's publications include The Quest of Citizenship: African American and Native American Education in Kansas, 1880–1935 (University of North Carolina Press, September 2010), which examines the formation of African American and Native American citizenship, belonging, and identity in the United States by comparing their educational experiences in Kansas between 1880 and 1935. A postdoctoral fellowship from the Spencer Foundation/National Academy for Education supported the completion of the book.
Warren's other publications include “All Indian trails lead to Lawrence, October 27 to 30, 1926: American Identity and the Dedication of Haskell Institute's Football Stadium” in Kansas History 30 (Spring 2007) and “Separate Spheres: Analytical Persistence in United States Women's History” in History Compass 4 (2006). She is also the coeditor with James N. Leiker and Barbara Watkins of The First and the Forced: Essays on the Native American and African American Experience (2007). This online collection of essays resulted from research conducted with the support of a two-year grant from the Ford Foundation, “The Shifting Borders of Race and Identity: A Research and Teaching Project on the Native American and African American Experience.” Warren's current work, a coauthored article examining African Americans roots tourism in Ghana, Senegal, and the Gambia as well as West African responses to such visitors and the legacies of the transatlantic slave trade, is called “How Much for Kunta Kinte?: Sites of Memory, Diasporan Encounters, and West African Identities” (forthcoming). Her second book-length project, an investigation of Mary McLeod Bethune's political strategies to advance the movements of women and African Americans in the early twentieth century, has been supported by a postdoctoral fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.
Professor Warren holds a courtesy faculty appointment in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program; she is an affiliated faculty member of the Global Indigenous Nations Studies Program.
Jennifer L. Weber
Office: 3633 Wescoe Hall
Associate Professor (Ph.D. Princeton, 2003; M.A., Princeton, 2000; M.A., California State University, Sacramento, 1998; B.S., Northwestern, 1984)
Jennifer Weber specializes in the Civil War, especially the seams where political, social, and military history meet. She has active interests as well in Abraham Lincoln, the 19th century U.S., war and society, and the American presidency.
Her first book, Copperheads (Oxford University Press, 2006), about the antiwar movement in the Civil War North, was widely reviewed and has become a highly regarded study of Civil War politics and society. To read an interview about the book, click here. Her most recent book, which she co-edited, is an anthology dedicated to her mentor, James M. McPherson, called The Struggle for Equality (University of Virginia Press, 2011) http://books.upress.virginia.edu/detail%2Fbooks%2Fgroup-4382.xml?q=burton. Dr. Weber is now working on a book about conscription in the North during the Civil War and the agency that administered the draft.
Professor Weber is committed to reaching out to the general public and to young people in her work. Summer's Bloodiest Days (National Geographic, 2010)http://shop.nationalgeographic.com/ngs/product/books/kids-books-and-atlases/history/summer's-bloodiest-days, is a children's book about the Battle of Gettysburg and its aftermath. The National Council for Social Studies in 2011 named Bloodiest Days a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People. Professor Weber also has edited a number of books for middle and high school students, including an edition of Stephen Crane's classic, The Red Badge of Courage (Everbind Anthologies, 2010).
Dr. Weber is very active in the field of Lincoln studies, serving on the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, on the board of the Abraham Lincoln Association, and as a trustee for the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College. She has spoken extensively around the country on Lincoln, politics, and other aspects of the Civil War. Her undergraduate classes at KU include the Civil War; War & American Society; Abraham Lincoln & His Times; America's Worst Presidents; Slaves, Masters & Uncle Tom's Cabin; and the Confederate Experience. Her graduate courses include the Nature of History, the Civil War, and Research in American History. In her spare time she enjoys travel, reading, music, sports, and movies, and is an avid follower of current events and contemporary politics. Before becoming an academic, she worked for several years as a journalist and political aide in California.
Theodore A. Wilson
Office: 3604 Wescoe Hall
Professor (Ph.D. Indiana, 1966). 20th- century U.S. political, military, and diplomatic history. Affiliated faculty member of Russian and East European Studies and American Studies.
Wilson joined the Department of History faculty in 1965. For some years his research dealt with the history of American foreign relations. That focus yielded such works as The First Summit: Roosevelt and Churchill at Placentia Bay, 1941 (1969, 1991), for which he was awarded the Society of American Historians' Parkman Prize; a co-edited volume, Makers of American Diplomacy (1974); and The Marshall Plan, 1947–1951 (1977) and, recently, a co-edited festschrift honoring his mentor, Robert H. Ferrell, Presidents, Diplomats, and Other Mortals (2007). He also co-authored Three Generations in Twentieth Century America: Family, Community, and Nation (1976, 1981).
Beginning in the 1980s, he shifted focus to the World War II Allied coalition and to military history more generally. That research program, supported by stays at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army Center for Military History, has yielded WW2: Critical Issues (1974, 1994, 1998, 2004); D-Day, June 6 1944 (1994); Victory in Europe 1945: From World War to Cold War (2000); assorted articles; and Building Warriors: Selection and Training of U.S. Ground Combat Troops in World War II (forthcoming). Wilson serves as General Editor of the University Press of Kansas series, Modern War Studies, which has published some 230 original titles on military history.
He has held such administrative posts at KU as director of graduate studies and chair of the Department of History, associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, director of the Hall Center for the Humanities, and director of the M.A. in International Studies Program.
Wilson regularly offers undergraduate and graduate courses in U.S. military history, the Cold War, and 20th century U.S. politics. He has advised some 50 M.A. students and chaired more than 45 Ph.D. dissertations. Current research embraces Anglo-American cultural interaction during World War II, a study of the Combined Chiefs of Staff, and a long-gestating biography of Henry A. Wallace.
Nathaniel D. Wood
Office: 3641 Wescoe Hall
Associate Professor (Ph.D. 2004, Indiana) 19th and 20th-Cent. Eastern Europe, Poland, modern Europe, urban and cultural history, speed and transportation technologies.
I am intrigued with the ways that East Central Europeans have grappled with the challenges and opportunities stemming from industrialization and urbanization, especially during the overlapping periods commonly known as “The Age of Great Cities” (c. 1840–1939) and “The Age of Speed” (c. 1885–1939). My first book, Becoming Metropolitan: Urban Selfhood and the Making of Modern Cracow (Northern Illinois University Press, 2010) explores press representations of the city in the early twentieth century, including attitudes toward urban expansion, electric streetcars, automobiles, airplanes, and big-city crime and filth. My current book project, “Backwardness and Rushing Forward: Technology and Culture During Poland’s Age of Speed, 1885-1939,” investigates the attitudes of early adapters, enthusiasts, journalists, the public, avant garde artists, and the nationalizing state toward bicycles, automobiles, and airplanes from their introduction until WWII.
Supported by grants from Fulbright-Hays, Fulbright, the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), and the International Research Exchange (IREX), among others, I have published articles aboutthe interaction between the public and the press regarding a sex-murder in Cracow in 1905 (Journal of the History of Sexuality, May 2011), “European” emulation in the capital cities of Southeastern and East Central Europe (Makaš and Conley, eds., Capital Cities in the Aftermath of Empires: Planning in Central and Southeastern Europe, 2010), urban self-identification in East Central Europe (East Central Europe 33 2006), Cracow's popular press (Austrian History Yearbook 33 2002), and theories of nationalism and gender (Historyka [Poland] 30, 2000). A forthcoming piece about mythic comparisons of Cracow with other cities will appear in Urban History.
I teach graduate and undergraduate courses in modern European and Eastern European history and frequently serve on the executive committee of the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREES) at KU. Please contact me, whether by email, telephone, or in person with questions about graduate study in Eastern European or urban history.