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Laura Beers Associate Professor CAS - History

Professor Beers's research focuses on modern Britain. She is particularly interested in the ways in which politics both influences and is shaped by cultural and social life, and in the role of the mas

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Michael Brenner Abensohn Chair in Israel Studies and Director, Center for Israel Studies CAS - History

Michael Brenner is the Seymour and Lillian Abensohn Chair in Israel Studies and Director of AU’s Center for Israel Studies. He received his PhD at Columbia University and taught previously at Indiana

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Mary Ellen Curtin Associate Professor CAS - History

Mary Ellen Curtin has a Ph.d from Duke University and is a historian of modern African American and women's social and political history. Her first book Black Prisoners and Their World documented the

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Andrew Demshuk Assistant Professor CAS - History

Professor Demshuk's research focuses on post-1945 German and Polish history. His first monograph, "The Lost German East: Forced Migration and the Politics of Memory, 1945-1970" (Cambridge University P

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Anton Fedyashin Director of the Carmel Institute of Russian Culture and History CAS - History

Anton Fedyashin received his BA in 1997 from St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD, where he studied the Great Books. He completed an MA in 1999 at Harvard University in Russian, East European, and Cent

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Eileen Findlay Professor CAS - History

Eileen Findlay graduated from Oberlin College and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she held a Jacob Javits fellowship. Both her books, 'We Are Left Without a Father Here': Masculinity, Dome

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Max Paul Friedman Professor CAS - History

Max Paul Friedman specializes in 20th-century U.S. foreign relations. A graduate of Oberlin College and U.C. Berkeley, he was a Woodrow Wilson Postdoctoral Fellow and has taught at Boulder, Buenos Air

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Mary Giandrea Senior Professorial Lecturer CAS - History

Mary Frances Giandrea is the author of Episcopal Culture in Late Anglo-Saxon England, the first full-length study of the many roles, both secular and religious, of bishops in tenth and eleventh-centur

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Kate Haulman Associate Professor CAS - History

Kate Haulman researches and teaches early North American and American women's and gender history. She is the author of The Politics of Fashion in Eighteenth-Century America (University of North Caroli

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Justin Jacobs Associate Professor CAS - History

Justin Jacobs is a historian of modern China. His research concerns the northwestern Chinese borderlands, comparative Eurasian empires, and the historical politics of archaeological expeditions. He is

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Ibram Kendi Professor & Director, Antiracist Research & Policy Center CAS - History

Ibram X. Kendi is an award-winning scholar of racism and antiracism and a New York Times best-selling author. His second book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in Ame

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Daniel Kerr Associate Professor CAS - History

Dan Kerr, the director of American University's public history program, specializes in the fields of community history, oral history, and public history. The projects he has initiated, including the C

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Alan Kraut University Professor CAS - History

Alan M. Kraut is University Professor of History and an affiliate faculty member of the School of International Service. He is also a Non-resident Fellow of the Migration Policy Institute. Currently,

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Peter Kuznick Professor CAS - History

Peter Kuznick, Professor of History and Director of the Nuclear Studies Institute at American University, is author of Beyond the Laboratory: Scientists As Political Activists in 1930s America (Univer

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Lisa Leff Acting Dean, College of Arts and Sciences CAS - History

Lisa Leff is a historian of 19th and 20th century Europe whose research focuses on Jews in France. Her first book, Sacred Bonds of Solidarity (Stanford UP, 2006), examines the rise of Jewish internati

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Allan Lichtman Distinguished Professor CAS - History

Allan J. Lichtman received his PhD from Harvard University in 1973 with a specialty in modern American history and quantitative methods. He became an Assistant Professor of History at American Univers

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Eric Lohr Professor and Susan E. Carmel Chair of Russian History and Culture CAS - History

Eric Lohr is Chair of the History Department and author of Russian Citizenship: From Empire to Soviet Union (Harvard University Press, 2012) and Nationalizing the Russian Empire: The Campaign Against

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Pamela Nadell Patrick Clendenen Chair in Women's and Gender History CAS - History

Pamela S. Nadell holds the Patrick Clendenen Chair in Women's and Gender History and is Director of the Jewish Studies Program. A specialist in American Jewish history and women’s history, she teaches

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Pedram Partovi Assistant Professor CAS - History

Pedram Partovi is a historian of the medieval and modern Muslim world. His current research focuses on the history of youth movements and their role in creating and disrupting the political order in I

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Gautham Rao Assistant Professor CAS - History

Gautham Rao is a legal historian of revolutionary America and the Early American Republic. He completed his undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Chicago. He has been a postdoctoral fel

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Theresa Runstedtler Department Chair, Critical Race, Gender, and Cultural Studies Collaborative CAS - History

Theresa Runstedtler is the Chair of the Critical Race, Gender and Culture Studies Collaborative. She is a scholar of African American history whose research focuses on black popular culture and black

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Malgorzata Rymsza-Pawlowska Assistant Professor CAS - History

Malgorzata J. Rymsza-Pawlowska is Director of AU's public history graduate program for the 2017-18 academic year. She is a cultural historian of the 19th and 20th century U.S. Her research interests i

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April Shelford Associate Professor CAS - History

April G. Shelford is an intellectual historian of early modern Europe. Her article “Thinking Geometrically in Pierre-Daniel Huet’s Demonstratio evangelica (1679)” won the Selma Forkosch prize for best

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Elke Stockreiter Associate Professor CAS - History

Elke Stockreiter is a historian of modern Africa. Her research and teaching interests include the histories of colonialism, gender, race, and slavery in Africa and the Indian Ocean World. Trained as a

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Katharina Vester Associate Professor CAS - History

Katharina Vester is Assistant Professor of History at American University in Washington, D.C. She specializes in cultural theory, transnational studies, and the dynamics of power in everyday practices

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