History Department Faculty

Department chair: Catherine Stewart | Contact info


Robert Givens, Professor of History, specializes in European history, with particular interests in imperial and soviet Russia, modern Europe, and international relations. His courses include Modern Europe and Its Critics, Diplomacy of War and Revolution, Revolutionary and Soviet Russia, and the off-campus course Russia Today. Givens earned a Fulbright award for 2008-09 and will spend September-January teaching at the School of International Relations at St. Petersburg State University, Russia, where he also taught as a Fulbright Scholar in 1999-2000. He will also use this time to research changing interpretations of the Stalinist period. Givens serves as faculty advisor to Cornell's international relations program. Ph.D., M.A., and B.A., University of California, Berkeley

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Robert Givens

Michelle Herder, Assistant Professor of History, specializes in medieval and early modern history. Her research interests center on women and religion in late medieval Spain, and her courses include Europe 800-1300 and 1300-1700, Women in Medieval Europe, Women in the Renaissance and Reformation, Persecution and Tolerance in the Middle Ages, and The Crusades. Ph.D. and M.Phil., Yale University; B.A., Carleton College

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Michelle Herder

Phil Lucas, Professor of History, specializes in U.S. history with particular interests in 19th century American history and the history of the South. His courses include Origins of the American Nation, Colonial America, The Age of Revolution in America, Civil War and Reconstruction, African-Americans in U.S. History, and Baseball: The American Game. Ph.D. and M.A., Cornell University; B.A., University of Virginia 

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Catherine Stewart, Professor of History, teaches courses in history and ethnic studies that include Making of Modern America; Readings/Research in Ethnic Studies; The Documentary Imagination During the Depression; Work and Leisure in Modern America, and Chicago: The Transformation of America's Second City, 1880-1940. The latter course is taught in Chicago, and includes research study at the Newberry Library. Ph.D. and M.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook; B.A., Lawrence University.

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Catherine Stewart

Richard Thomas, Emeritus Professor of History Richard Thomas