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    Michelle Herder

    Associate 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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  • Phil Lucas

    Edgar Truman Brackett, Jr., Professor of History and 2019-20 Department Chair

    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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    Tyler Carrington

    Assistant Professor of German Studies and History

    Carrington is a cultural historian of modern Germany and specializes in turn-of-the-century masculinity, urban studies, and the history of emotions. His book, Love at Last Sight: Dating, Intimacy, and Risk in Turn-Of-The-Century Berlin (Oxford, 2019), examines the risks and rewards of modern dating in the modern metropolis. Carrington holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; an M.A. in history from Loyola University Chicago; an M.A. in German from Middlebury College; and a B.A. in German from Wheaton College.

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    Jonathon Dreeze

    Assistant Professor of History

    Teaches military, Russian, Soviet, European, and international history courses. His research interests focus on Communist Party propaganda in the Soviet Union, specifically in Kazakhstan, during Joseph Stalin's rule over the country from 1929–1953. He is especially interested in how the mechanics of propaganda production and dissemination affects propaganda's message and how people internalized the content. Dreeze holds a Ph.D. in history from Ohio State University.

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Emeriti Faculty

  • Robert Givens

    Professor of History Emeritus

    B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

  • Richard Thomas

    Professor of History Emeritus

    B.A., Macalester College; B.D., Garrett Theological Seminary; M.A., Ph.D., Rutgers University.