History professor J.B. Shank believes there is not just one correct way to understand the world. Shank emphasizes this in his historical research, studying artistic ways of approaching science, and vice versa. “Historically, the arts and sciences were not opposites, they were very much entangled,” he says.
History professor Erika Lee studies xenophobia, and asserts that American immigration laws don’t have to be drawn from a place of fear or hatred. “We needed to have an honest, brave conversation about the democratic values on which the country was founded,” she says.
A Hedley Donovan Scholarship sent Shayna Allen (BA '19, history) to Ukraine to gather testimonies of the participants of a Peace Summit in Kiev. "With the annexation of Crimea, the Russian-Ukrainian War on the east, and the new leadership in Ukraine, I decided it was an important time to shed light on the work of Ukrainian activists who are pursuing the democratic development of Ukraine."
Professor Daniel Schroeter holds the Amos S. Deinard Memorial Chair in Jewish History. He studies Muslim-Jewish relations from early modern times to the present in the Middle East and North Africa, with a particular focus on Morocco. "In an age when all the public hears about is intercommunal violence and intractable conflict in the Middle East, it is instructive to learn that amid the interfaith tensions there is a long history of coexistence between Muslims and Jews, a shared culture and experience that can be the foundation for mutual understanding and peace."
Erika Lee, a professor of history and director of the Immigration History Research Center, is interviewed by PBS about recent comments made by President Trump. "...remarks by the president and the division that it has caused points to a much larger, deeper problem in the United States," she says.
John Little, PhD student in history and American Indian Studies, explores what Native American veterans' experiences were like during and after the Vietnam War. "They were fighting on two fronts: they were battling racism and stereotypes, while also fighting for the US Army,” he says.
Kathryn Reyerson teaches her students how to “think like a pirate.” Her course, Piracy in the Mediterranean: The World of Merchants and Pirates, explores cross-cultural interaction, global connections, and the identities of people who set out to sea during the Middle Ages.