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Laura Beers

Laura Beers

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Assistant Professor

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 mass media in modern society. Her first book, Your Br... [More]

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Richard Breitman

Richard Breitman

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Distinguished Professor

Richard Breitman received his B.A. from Yale University and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He is 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, ... [More]

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Michael Brenner

Michael Brenner

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Distinguished Historian in Residence and Director, Center for Israel Studies

Michael Brenner is the Seymour and Lillian Abensohn Chair in Israel Studies and directs AU’s Center for Israel Studies. He received his PhD at Columbia University and taught previously at Indiana and Brandeis Universities. Since 1997 he has been Prof... [More]

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Mary Ellen Curtin

Mary Ellen Curtin

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Associate Professor

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 experiences of black convict laborers in the South... [More]

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202-885-6998
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Anton Fedyashin

Anton Fedyashin

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Director of the Carmel Institute of Russian Culture and History and Assistant Pr

Anton Fedyashin received his BA from St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD, where he studied the Great Books. He completed an MA at Harvard University in Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies and went on to defend his doctoral dissertation ... [More]

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Eileen Findlay

Eileen Findlay

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Associate Professor

Eileen Findlay graduated from Oberlin College and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she held a Jacob Javits fellowship. Her new book, 'We Are Left Without a Father Here': Masculinity, Domesticity, and Migration in Post-War Puerto Rico was p... [More]

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202-885-6264
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Kathleen Franz

Kathleen Franz

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Associate Professor

Prof. Franz holds degrees in museum studies and American Civilization from Brown University. She specializes in 20th Century US cultural history with a focus on popular culture and the history of technology. She's also an active curator and public hi... [More]

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202-885-2386
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Max Paul Friedman

Max Paul Friedman

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Professor

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, Tallahassee, and Cologne. His first book, Nazis and Good Nei... [More]

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Mary Giandrea

Mary Giandrea

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Assistant Professor

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-century England. Her research interests include Anglo-Sa... [More]

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Kate Haulman

Kate Haulman

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Associate Professor

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 Carolina Press, 2011), winner of the Berkshire Conferenc... [More]

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202-885-2417
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Justin Jacobs

Justin Jacobs

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Assistant Professor

Justin Jacobs is a historian of modern China. His research concerns the legacy and inheritance of Chinese empire during the twentieth century. His first book, Xinjiang and the Modern Chinese State (University of Washington Press, forthcoming), examin... [More]

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202-885-2170
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Daniel Kerr

Daniel Kerr

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Associate Professor

Dan Kerr has recently published Derelict Paradise: Homelessness and Urban Development in Cleveland, Ohio where he seeks answers to the question, "Who benefits from homelessness?" The book takes the reader on a sweeping tour of Cleveland's history fro... [More]

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202-885-2161
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Alan Kraut

Alan Kraut

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University Professor

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, he is the President of the Organization of America... [More]

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202-885-2410
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Peter Kuznick

Peter Kuznick

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Professor

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 (University of Chicago Press), co-author with Akira Kimur... [More]

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202-885-2408
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Lisa Leff

Lisa Leff

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Associate Professor

Lisa Leff is a historian of Europe since 1789 whose research focuses on Jews in France. Her first book, Sacred Bonds of Solidarity (Stanford UP, 2006), examines the rise of Jewish international aid in 19th century France. Her most recent book is call... [More]

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Allan Lichtman

Allan Lichtman

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Distinguished Professor

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 University in 1973 and a Full Professor in 1980. He was t... [More]

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Eric Lohr

Eric Lohr

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Professor and Susan Carmel Lehrman Chair of Russian History and Culture

Eric Lohr published his most recent book, Russian Citizenship: From Empire to Soviet Union, with Harvard University Press in September 2012. He received his MA in Russian Studies and PhD in History from Harvard University. He then taught at Harvard a... [More]

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Erica Munkwitz

Erica Munkwitz

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Professorial Lecturer

Erica Munkwitz is a historian of modern British and European history. Her research focuses on gender, sport and empire in modern Britain, specifically women’s involvement in equestrianism. She received her BA in History and English from Sweet Briar C... [More]

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Pamela Nadell

Pamela Nadell

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Department Chair, History

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

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Laura Nitzberg

Laura Nitzberg

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Administrative Assistant

Laura joined the Department of History in March 2015. She received a BA with Honors in History and English Literature from the University of Wollongong and an MA in History from University of Buffalo.

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Pedram Partovi

Pedram Partovi

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Assistant Professor

Pedram Partovi is a historian of the medieval and modern Muslim world. His current research focuses on the mass media as a vehicle for popular "civil religion" in modern Iran. In studying how Iranians have re-worked older courtly and devotional pract... [More]

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Gautham Rao

Gautham Rao

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Assistant Professor

Gautham Rao is a historian of revolutionary America and the Early American Republic. He specializes in legal history and the history of capitalism and the state. He completed his undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Chicago and has he... [More]

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202-885-6745
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Theresa Runstedtler

Theresa Runstedtler

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Associate Professor

Theresa Runstedtler is a scholar of African American history whose research focuses on black popular culture and black internationalism. She is the author of Jack Johnson, Rebel Sojourner: Boxing in the Shadow of the Global Color Line (UC Press, 2012... [More]

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202-885-6991
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Kelsi Schagunn

Kelsi Schagunn

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Senior Administrative Assistant

Kelsi joined the Department of History in September 2013. She has a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Montana. She is also currently pursuing a M.A. in International Affairs at SIS.

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202-885-2402
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April Shelford

April Shelford

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Associate Professor

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 article published in the Journal of the History o... [More]

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Elke Stockreiter

Elke Stockreiter

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Assistant Professor

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 an Africanist and Arabist, her research explores th... [More]

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202-885-6740
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Katharina Vester

Katharina Vester

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Assistant Professor

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

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202-885-2409
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