Faculty

The faculty and staff in the history department at the University of Minnesota are deeply committed to instilling in students an appreciation for and understanding of the past. The approximately forty full-time faculty have varied academic backgrounds and possess diverse and interdisciplinary research interests.

The department also draws upon visiting lecturers and scholars who bring their expertise in many areas of study. Our graduate students come from all over the world and occupy a unique position as both students and graduate assistants/instructors who bring their diverse research interests to their teaching. Furthermore, the staff members in the department offer many years of experience at the University of Minnesota, provide professional support to faculty and students and keep the department running smoothly. Together faculty, graduate students, and staff are dedicated to providing students with the support they need to learn and excel in today's complex world.

Regular Faculty

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Sarah Chambers

She/her

Specialties

Andean region; Colonial Latin American history; Cultural and legal history; Transition between the end of the colonial period and the formation of republican nations; Gender history; Chile

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David Aiona Chang

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Specialties

Race and Nationalism; Indigenous History; U.S. West; Native Hawaiian History; Indigenous Studies; United States Colonialism; United States, Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century History

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Kirsten Fischer

Specialties

US social and intellectual history; Colonial and Revolutionary America; Women, gender, and sexuality in early America; Race and racial ideologies in early America; American Religious History; Cultural encounters in early America

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Sheer Ganor

Specialties

German-Jewish History; Displacement and forced migration; History and Memory; Diaspora Studies; Holocaust and Genocide Studies; Modern Germany

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Allen Isaacman

Specialties

Agrarian change; Central and Southern Africa; Comparative history; Peasants; Rural protest; Slavery and maroon communities; Social history of Mozambique; The agency of ordinary people; The nature of African resistance to European colonial domination; Oral history; East Africa and problems in southern Africa; Racial problems in southern Africa

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Saje Mathieu

Specialties

African American History since Reconstruction; Immigration, Social Movements and Political Resistance; U. S. History, 1865 to the Present; World War One; Race and Sport; Black/African Diaspora Studies

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Mary Jo Maynes

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Specialties

European social history; France; Germany; History of female labor in European textile industries; History of the family; Ireland; Women; Personal narratives; Autobiography; The family in global history; History of childhood, youth, girlhood

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Hiromi Mizuno

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Specialties

modern Japan & Asia; science and technology; empires, post-empire, the Cold War; intellectual and cultural history; environment and agriculture; soil, fertilizer, nitrogen; human rights and international laws

Kevin P. Murphy

Kevin P. Murphy

Specialties

History of sexuality; Heritage studies and public history; Comparative history of women and gender; United States history; Cultural and intellectual history; Urban history

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Daniel Schroeter

Specialties

Muslim-Jewish Relations; Jewish history of North Africa and the Western Mediterranean, early-modern to modern; Moroccan history; Colonialism and the Jews in the Middle East and North Africa; Holocaust Studies; History of Israel and Palestine

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JB Shank

Specialties

European Intellectual and Cultural History; The Cultural History of Modern Science; European Thought and Culture before 1850; The "Scientific Revolution," Enlightenment Science, and Newtonianism; Old Regime Society, especially in France and Italy; The History of Silicon Valley

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Ajay Skaria

Specialties

intellectual/conceptual/philosophical history; democracies and the minor and minorities; 19th- and 20th-century caste politics; 19th- and 20th-century Hinduism; Gandhi; Ambedkar; 19th- and 20th-century adivasi religious movements; historical theory/political theory

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Theofanis Stavrou

Specialties

modern Greece; modern Balkan and Greek-Slavic relations; Eastern Orthodoxy; Modern Greek studies; religious history in modern Russia; Russian history; Russian and Ottoman empires

Ann Waltner

Ann Waltner

Professor

Specialties

ritual; law; religion; traditional Chinese social history; gender; analysis of historical documentation; rumor; gossip; chinese history; world history; feminism

Postdoctoral

Affiliate Faculty

Brenda J. Child

Brenda Child

Specialties

American Indian history; Public History and Museums; Ojibwe People of the Great Lakes; American Indian Women and Labor; The History of American Indian Education

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Vicente M. Diaz

(He/Him) Department Chair; Professor of American Indian Studies; Distinguished University Teaching Professor; Melvin and Gertrude Waldfogel Scholar of the College
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Nick Estes

He/Him

Specialties

Oceti Sakowin studies; American Indian history; Indigenous social movements; Environmental justice; Federal Indian law and policy

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Alice Lovejoy

she/her/hers

Specialties

Film and media history and historiography; East European film, literature, and cultural history; Nonfiction and experimental film and literature; Geopolitics and political economy of media; Media technologies and materials; Transnational media histories; Film criticism and filmmaking

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Nabil Matar

Specialties

Arab-Islamic civilization; Seventeenth-Century English Religious literature; Arabic and European travel literature; Captivity Literature; Euro-Islamic contacts (early modern)

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Keith Mayes

Specialties

Kwanzaa and Black holidays; Civil Rights and Black Power Movement; African-American History, 19th and 20th century; Black History and Educational Policy; African American Public History

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Stuart McLean

Specialties

Philosophical anthropology; Experimental writing; Anthropology of Art; North Atlantic region; Landscape and environment

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Jimmy Patino

Specialties

Race/Class/Gender; Chicano/a and Latino/a History, Culture and Politics; Immigration and the U.S.-Mexico Border; Latino/a Civil Rights and the Chicano/a Movement; African American and Latino/a Relations

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John Watkins

Specialties

historiography; sovereignty and queenship; medieval and early modern diplomacy; premodern political culture; classical and medieval origins of the Renaissance; Mediterranean Studies

Emeriti Faculty

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Iraj Bashiri

Specialties

Afghanistan; Central Asian studies; communism; Intellectual history, religion and ideology of Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan; Iranian linguistics and literature; Islam; Middle East; Persian; Sadeq Hedayat; Tajik-Uzbek conflict; Taliban; Firdowsi and His Shahnameh; Islam and the West

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Gary Cohen

Specialties

Central and Eastern Europe, 1740-1939; Austria and Germany, 1790-1939; modern European social and political history; modern European Jewish history; ethnic minorities in modern Europe

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Carol Hakim

Specialties

Nationalism and intellectual history; State formation, state-society relations, and authoritarianism in the Arab world; Political and economic development of the Arab world in the late 19th- and 20th-centuries

Patricia Lorcin

Patricia Lorcin

Specialties

Race and Racial ideology in France and its colonies; Women and Gender in European colonies; Modern France and French imperialism; Western Imperialism, Colonialism, Post-colonial Studies

Carla Rahn Phillips

Carla Rahn Phillips

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Professor Emerita

Specialties

Spanish maritime and naval history; Spain 1492-1800; History of Europe, 1300-1800; European Exploration, 1492-1800; European economy and society 1350-1750