Faculty by Region of Concentration

All history majors select a geographic region of concentration as their primary area of study: Americas and Africa, Asia and the Islamic World, and Europe. Majors are encouraged to get to know the faculty in their chosen region of concentration as early in their academic careers as possible.

History majors are also encouraged to carve out their own unique thematic research pathway — religion, social movements, science and environment, and gender, to name a few — and to get to know the history faculty who specialize in those research areas.

David Henry Anthony III

  • Title
    • Associate Professor
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Africa and African Studies, African American / Black Studies, African Diaspora, Africana Studies, Colonialism, Film, Subsaharan Africa, Jazz
  • Summary of Expertise

    African Social and Cultural History With Special Reference to Eastern and Southern Africa
    African American Social and Cultural History
    African Cinema
    African Religion
    Islam in Read more ...

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Benjamin Breen

  • Title
    • Assistant Professor
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise History of Science, Colonialism, Digital Humanities
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David Brundage

  • Title
    • Professor
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Immigration, Class, Colonialism, Discrimination and Inequality, History, Labor and Social Movements, US History
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Grace Peña Delgado

  • Title
    • History Graduate Program Director
    • Associate Professor
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Border Studies, Ethnicity, Chicana/o Studies, Nationalism, Immigration, Latin American and Latino Studies, Sexuality, Asian American Pacific Islander History, Mexico
  • Summary of Expertise

    North American Borderlands (Canada-U.S.-Mexico)
    Asian and Latino Immigration
    Race and Nationalism
    Gender and Sexuality
    Chinese in Mexico

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Marí­a Elena Dí­az

  • Title
    • Associate Professor
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Colonialism, Slavery, African Diaspora, Atlantic World, Latin American and Latino Studies, History, Race, Law and Policy, Personal and Social Identities, Spanish
  • Summary of Expertise

    Colonial Latin America and Caribbean history

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Dana Frank

  • Title
    • Professor
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Labor and Social Movements, Foreign Policy, Latin American and Latino Studies, Social Justice, US History
  • Summary of Expertise

    Modern Honduras; U.S. Labor and Working-Class History; Women and Social Movements in the U.S.; Race and Ethnicity in the U.S; The Great Depression; Buy American Campaigns in U.S. History; Banana Read more ...

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Lisbeth Haas

  • Title
    • Professor
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Indigenous Peoples, Border Studies, Colonialism, Chicana/o Studies, California History, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Feminist Studies
  • Summary of Expertise

    BOOKS
    Saints and Citizens: Indigenous Histories of Colonial Missions and Mexican California, 1750-1850 (UC Press, 2014.)
    2011 Pablo Tac, Indigenous Scholar Writing on Luiseño Read more ...

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Alma Rachel Heckman

  • Title
    • Neufeld-Levin Chair of Holocaust Studies
    • Assistant Professor
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Jewish Studies and Judaism, Middle East Studies, Mediterranean Studies
  • Summary of Expertise

    Modern Jewish History

    Modern History of North Africa and the Middle East

     

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Catherine A Jones

  • Title
    • History Undergraduate Program Director
    • Associate Professor
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise History, Civil War, Gender Studies, Race, Youth Studies
  • Summary of Expertise

    Slavery and Emancipation

    Civil War Era

    History of Children and Childhood

    American South

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Matthew Lasar

  • Title
    • Lecturer
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise History, Politics, World History, United States Politics and Government
  • Summary of Expertise

    The United States of America; the Cold War; conspiracies and conspiracy theories.

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Amy Lonetree

  • Title
    • Associate Professor
  • Summary of Expertise

    Indigenous History, Museum Studies, Commemoration and Public Memory, Native American Cultural Production, Public History, and Ho-Chunk Tribal History

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Matt O′Hara

  • Title
    • History Department Chair
    • Professor
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise History, Mexico, Colonialism
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Gregory E. O′Malley

  • Title
    • Associate Professor
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Slavery, African Diaspora, Atlantic World, History, Race, African American / Black Studies, World History, Digital Humanities, US History
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Eric Porter

  • Title
    • Professor
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise African American / Black Studies, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Jazz, American Studies, California History, Improvisation, Urban studies, Cultural Studies
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Marilyn Westerkamp

  • Title
    • Professor
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Gender Studies, US History, Religion and Secularism, Cultural Studies, Women's Studies
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Alice S. Yang

  • Title
    • Stevenson Provost
    • Associate Professor of History
    • Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Pacific War Memories
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise History, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Asian American Pacific Islander History, Comparative Politics, California History, Colonialism, Feminist Studies, Gender Studies, Labor and Social Read more ...
  • Summary of Expertise

    Historical Memory, Asian American Pacific Islander History, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Gender, 20th Century US History, Pacific War History, Oral History, Redress, and Reparations
    Read more ...

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Noriko Aso

  • Title
    • Associate Professor
  • Office Hours Fall 2017: TH 11:00-12:00 & F 11:45-12:45
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Asian Studies, History, Cultural Studies, Pacific Rim, Visual Culture, Youth Studies, Popular Culture, Gender Studies
  • Summary of Expertise

    Modern Japanese history, cultural and intellectual

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Alan S Christy

  • Title
    • Cowell Provost
    • Associate Professor
    • Co-Director, Center for the Study of Pacific War Memories
  • Office Hours Fall 2017: Mondays 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Asian Studies, Digital Humanities
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Muriam Haleh Davis

  • Title
    • Assistant Professor
  • Office Hours Fall 2017: Thursdays, 1 - 3pm
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise North Africa, Middle East Studies, European Studies, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Environmental History, Capitalism
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Grace Peña Delgado

  • Title
    • History Graduate Program Director
    • Associate Professor
  • Office Hours Fall 2017: T 3:15 and by appointment
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Border Studies, Ethnicity, Chicana/o Studies, Nationalism, Immigration, Latin American and Latino Studies, Sexuality, Asian American Pacific Islander History, Mexico
  • Summary of Expertise

    North American Borderlands (Canada-U.S.-Mexico)
    Asian and Latino Immigration
    Race and Nationalism
    Gender and Sexuality
    Chinese in Mexico

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Jennifer L. Derr

  • Title
    • Assistant Professor
  • Office Hours Fall 2017: By appointment
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Middle East Studies, Environmental Studies, Capitalism, Colonialism, History, North Africa, Science Studies, Disease and Immunity, Water
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Alma Rachel Heckman

  • Title
    • Neufeld-Levin Chair of Holocaust Studies
    • Assistant Professor
  • Office Hours Fall 2017: Friday 12pm-2pm
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Jewish Studies and Judaism, Middle East Studies, Mediterranean Studies
  • Summary of Expertise

    Modern Jewish History

    Modern History of North Africa and the Middle East

     

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Gail Hershatter

  • Title
    • Distinguished Professor of History
  • Office Hours Fall 2017: Friday 1-2:30 and by appointment
  • Summary of Expertise

    history of modern China
    labor history, China
    gender and sexuality, China

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Emily Honig

  • Title
    • Professor
    • East Asian Studies Co-Director
  • Office Hours Fall 2017: TBD
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Minghui Hu

  • Title
    • Associate Professor
    • Director, East Asian Studies
  • Office Hours Fall 2017: Monday 10-12pm
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise History, Asian Studies, China, Communism, History of Science, Chinese, History of Philosophy, Pacific Rim, Taiwan, Science Studies
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Maya K. Peterson

  • Title
    • Assistant Professor
  • Office Hours Fall 2017: TBD
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Environmental History, History, Water, Colonialism, European Studies, History of Science, Russia, Soviet and Post Soviet Studies, Environmental Studies
  • Summary of Expertise

    Russian History
    European History of the 19th and 20th centuries
    Environmental History
    Central Asia

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Juned M. Shaikh

  • Title
    • Assistant Professor
  • Office Hours Fall 2017: Tuesday 10:30 AM - 12:00
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Colonialism, History, World History, India and Indian Studies, Labor and Social Movements, Urban studies
  • Summary of Expertise

    Modern South Asia, Urban, Labor, Caste, Dalit Studies, Development Studies, and Intellectual History.

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Elaine A. Sullivan

  • Title
    • Assistant Professor
  • Office Hours FALL 2017: AWAY ON SABBATICAL
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Egyptology; Archaeology; Digital Humanities; Virtual Reality, Immersive, and Augmented Reality Environments; Ancient World / Classics; History
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Alice S. Yang

  • Title
    • Stevenson Provost
    • Associate Professor of History
    • Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Pacific War Memories
  • Office Hours Fall 2017: Tuesdays 9:30-11:30, Stevenson provost office
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise History, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Asian American Pacific Islander History, Comparative Politics, California History, Colonialism, Feminist Studies, Gender Studies, Labor and Social Read more ...
  • Summary of Expertise

    Historical Memory, Asian American Pacific Islander History, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Gender, 20th Century US History, Pacific War History, Oral History, Redress, and Reparations
    Read more ...

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Benjamin Breen

  • Title
    • Assistant Professor
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise History of Science, Colonialism, Digital Humanities
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Muriam Haleh Davis

  • Title
    • Assistant Professor
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise North Africa, Middle East Studies, European Studies, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Environmental History, Capitalism
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Nathaniel Deutsch

  • Title
    • Director of the Institute for Humanities Research
    • Director of the Center for Jewish Studies
    • Professor and Baumgarten Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Jewish Studies and Judaism, Religion and Secularism, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, African American / Black Studies, Hebrew, Yiddish, Ethnography
  • Summary of Expertise

    Modern Jewish history; Hasidism; African American Islam; history of eugenics in the United States

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Alma Rachel Heckman

  • Title
    • Neufeld-Levin Chair of Holocaust Studies
    • Assistant Professor
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Jewish Studies and Judaism, Middle East Studies, Mediterranean Studies
  • Summary of Expertise

    Modern Jewish History

    Modern History of North Africa and the Middle East

     

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Charles W Hedrick Jr.

  • Title
    • Professor
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Ancient World / Classics, Democracy, Classical Studies, Classics, History
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Edward H. Kehler

  • Title
    • Lecturer
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise History, German Studies, Communism, European Politics, European Studies, Fascism, Film, Jewish Studies and Judaism, Nationalism, Post Communist Politics
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Jennifer K Lynn

  • Title
    • Lecturer
    • Academic Advising Program Coordinator, Classical Studies
  • Summary of Expertise

    Homer, Greek drama, Hellenistic and Augustan poetry; Wormen in the ancient world

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Marc Matera

  • Title
    • Associate Professor
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise History, European Studies, Africa and African Studies, African Diaspora, Colonialism, Critical Theory, Cultural Studies, Feminist Studies, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Urban studies
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Maya K. Peterson

  • Title
    • Assistant Professor
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Environmental History, History, Water, Colonialism, European Studies, History of Science, Russia, Soviet and Post Soviet Studies, Environmental Studies
  • Summary of Expertise

    Russian History
    European History of the 19th and 20th centuries
    Environmental History
    Central Asia

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Cynthia Polecritti

  • Title
    • Associate Professor
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Fascism, History, Italian Studies, Middle Ages, Popular Culture
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Elaine A. Sullivan

  • Title
    • Assistant Professor
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Egyptology; Archaeology; Digital Humanities; Virtual Reality, Immersive, and Augmented Reality Environments; Ancient World / Classics; History
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Bruce A Thompson

  • Title
    • Continuing Lecturer
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise California History, Climate Change, Environmental History, European Studies, Film, History, Jewish Studies and Judaism, Religion and Secularism, War
  • Summary of Expertise

    European history, Jewish history and literature.

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