History Affiliate Faculty

Patricia Aufderheide University Professor SOC - School of Communication

Patricia Aufderheide, a 2017 Fulbright Scholar at Queensland University of Technology, is University Professor of Communication Studies in the School of Communication at American University in Washing

  paufder@american.edu

  (202) 885-2069

Philip Brenner Professor SIS-School of Intl Service

Dr. Philip Brenner has published widely on U.S./Cuba relations, U.S./Latin American relations, contemporary U.S. foreign policy, and the Cuban Missile Crisis. His most recent book is Cuba Libre: A 500

  pbrenne@american.edu

  (202) 885-1605

Billy Davies Associate Professor SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Dr. Davies is approaching the study of the European Union legal system from a fresh perspective by critically examining the development of the constitutional practice of law in the EU from a historica

  davies@american.edu

  (202) 885-2319

Richard Dent Associate Professor CAS - Anthropology

Prof. Dent is the author of Chesapeake Prehistory: Old Traditions, New Directions and a significant number of other publications on the archaeology of the Chesapeake and Middle Atlantic regions. He ma

  potomac@american.edu

  (202) 885-1848

Michelle Egan Professor SIS-School of Intl Service

Professor Michelle Egan teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses including: The European Union, Relations of West European Nations, International Relations of Europe, Comparative Europe

  megan@american.edu

  (202) 885-1764

Douglas Klusmeyer Associate Professor SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Currently, I am Assistant Professor of Justice, Law and Society at American University. I have both a PhD in modern European history and a JD in law from Stanford University. My approach to issues of

  dklusm@american.edu

  (202) 885-2995

Helen Langa Associate Professor CAS - Art

Professor Helen Langa teaches a sequence of courses on American Art from the colonial era to the late 20th century with an emphasis on issues related to national identity, politics, race, gender, and

  hlanga@american.edu

  (202) 885-1682

Sarah Snyder Associate Professor SIS-School of Intl Service

Sarah B. Snyder is a historian of U.S. foreign relations who specializes in the history of the Cold War, human rights activism, and U.S. human rights policy. She is the author of From Selma to Moscow:

  ssnyder@american.edu

  (202) 885-6587

Leonard Steinhorn Professor SOC - School of Communication

Leonard Steinhorn is a professor of Public Communication and an affiliate professor of History. His expertise includes American politics, culture and media, strategic communication, the presidency, ra

  lsteinh@american.edu

  (202) 885-2031

Rodger Streitmatter Professor SOC - School of Communication

Rodger Streitmatter is a full-time professor of Journalism. A cultural historian, he is a leader in exploring how the media have helped to shape the way Americans think and act. The most recent of his

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  (202) 885-2057

Elizabeth Thompson Professor SIS - School of International Service

Elizabeth F. Thompson is a historian of political movements, citizenship, constitutions, gender, and foreign intervention in the Middle East. She is author of two books: Justice Interrupted: The Strug

  eft@american.edu

  (202) 885-1632

Quansheng Zhao Professor SIS-School of Intl Service

Dr. Quansheng Zhao is Professor of international relations and Chair of Asian Studies Program Research Council at American University; serving as Director of the Division of Comparative and Regional S

  zhao@american.edu

  (202) 885-1662

Washington College of Law Faculty

In Residence Faculty

Dan Arbell Scholar in Residence

Dan Arbell, a scholar-in-residence at the Center for Israeli Studies at AU, is a 25 year veteran of the Israeli Foreign Service, serving in senior posts overseas in the UN, the US and Japan, and holdi

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Albert Beveridge Historian in Residence

Albert Beveridge has been an attorney in Washington, DC for 45 years. After a series of legal positions, including three years in the Department of Justice, he established his own firm, Beveridge & Di

  beveridg@american.edu

Michelle Engert Scholar in Residence SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Michelle Engert joined the faculty of Justice, Law, and Criminology after a diverse career as both a trial attorney and as a policy advisor. Michelle began her legal career as a trial attorney with th

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Pamela Henson Public Historian in Residence CAS - History

Dr. Henson is director of the Institutional History Division of the Smithsonian Institution Archives. She researches and writes on the history of the Smithsonian and conducts the oral history project

  henson@american.edu

Johanna Neuman Scholar in Residence

Johanna Neuman is an independent scholar whose research focuses on women’s history. A former journalist and author, she graduated with a PhD in history from American University in 2016. Her first acad

  jn6911a@american.edu

Caren Oberg Scholar in Residence

Caren Oberg is the Principal and Owner of Oberg Research, LLC; based in Atlanta, GA. She has a Masters of Arts and Teaching (M.A.T) in Museum Education from The George Washington University. She has

  oberg@american.edu

Emerita/us Faculty

Robert L. Beisner

University of Chicago

A historian of American foreign relations, Professor Beisner taught at American University for thirty years. He is the author of Twelve against Empire: The Anti-Imperialists 1898-1900 and From the Old Diplomacy to the New, 1865-1900 and the winner of the Nevins and Dunning Prizes. Beisner was editor in chief of the two-volume bibliographic Guide to the Foreign Relations of the United States (2nd edition). He has also just published Dean Acheson: A Life in the Cold War.

Richard Breitman
Harvard University

A member of the faculty for over thirty years, Professor Breitman is a Distinguished Professor of German History and the Holocaust. He is the author or co-author of ten books and many articles in German History, U.S. History, and the Holocaust. Apart from his latest book, FDR and the Jews, co-authored with Allan J. Lichtman, he is best know for The Architect of Genocide: Himmler and the Final Solution (Knopf 1991) and Official Secrets: What the Nazis Planned, What the British and Americans Knew (Hill and Wang, 1998). He served as director of historical research for the Nazi War Criminal Records and Imperial Japanese Records Interagency Working Group, which helped to bring about declassification of more than eight million pages of U.S. Government records under a 1998 law. He is editor of the scholarly journal Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Roger H. Brown

Harvard University

A member of the active faculty for over thirty years, Professor Brown is a historian of early America whose books include Republic in Peril: 1812 and Redeeming the Republic: Federalists, Taxation, and the Origins of the Constitution. He founded the university's Friends of the AU Library and still teaches courses on early America.

Ira Klein

Columbia University

After growing up in Brooklyn and Los Angeles, Professor Klein earned his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. at Columbia University, where he also wrote key articles for the Columbia Encyclopedia, a light history of early modern Europe, and taught at Queens College. He spent three years in England and one in India doing research. In London, he was a founding member of the Campaign against Racial Discrimination. His many other writings include articles on development, environment, and health. At American University, he helped develop the Honors Program and a community service-learning program and dorm floor.

James A Malloy

Ohio State University

A historian of Russia and Eastern Europe, Professor Malloy's early research on the Zemstrov Reform in Tsarist Russia led to a series of important journal articles. Much of his later work focused on U.S.-Soviet space exploration, including a monograph, U.S.-U.S.S.R. Space Negotiations and Cooperation, 1958-1965. For almost two decades, Professor Malloy advised and led American University's chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the history honorary.

Bernice Johnson Reagon

Howard University

A historian of African American history and culture, Professor Reagon has published many books and articles, including We'll Understand It Better By and By: Pioneering African-American Gospel Composers; Black People and their Culture: Selected Writings from the African Diaspora; We Who Believe in Freedom: Sweet Honey in the Rock, Still on the Journey; and You Don't Go, Don't Hinder Me: The African American Sacred Song Tradition. She is the artistic director of Sweet Honey of the Rock, the renowned and Emmy-nominated African-American women's a cappella ensemble she founded in 1973. She is curator emeritus at the Smithsonian Institution and has won the Charles E. Frankel prize; the Presidential Medal; the George F. Peabody Award for the radio series, Wade in the Water; and a MacArthur Fellowship.