Faculty Short Biographies Department of History

Fred AndersonFred Anderson (Ph.D., Harvard University; Professor).

Fred Anderson received his B.A. from Colorado State University in 1971 and his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1981. He has taught at Harvard and at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he is currently Professor of History. His publications include Crucible of War: The Seven Years' War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766 (2000) and, with Andrew Cayton, The Dominion of War: Empire and Liberty in North America, 1500-2000 (2005). Prof. Anderson is currently serving as the History Department's Honors director. He can be reached at Fred.Anderson at Colorado.EDU

Virginia Anderson (Ph.D., Harvard University; Professor)

Professor Anderson’s area of specialization is the history of Colonial and Revolutionary America. Her publications have until now focused on the seventeenth century. Her most recent book Creatures of Empire: How Domestic Animals Transformed Early America, (2004) combined ethnohistorical and environmental history approaches to examine the impact of imported livestock on Anglo-Indian relations in the North American colonies. More recently, her new book project moves into the eighteenth century, exploring the history and public memory of the American Revolution. She is also co-author of a U.S. history textbook, The American Journey. She can be reached at Virginia.Anderson at Colorado.EDU

Thomas AndrewsThomas Andrews (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison; Associate Professor)

Professor Andrews’ book, Killing for Coal, was chosen for the 2009 Bancroft Prize by Columbia University, one of the most coveted honors in the field of history. His work has also been featured in The New York Times and The Denver Post. He can be reached at Thomas.Andrews at Colorado.EDU

Scott BruceScott G. Bruce (Ph.D., Princeton University; Associate Professor)

Professor Bruce is an historian of religion and culture in the early and central Middle Ages (ca. 400-1200). His research interests include monasticism, hagiography, and Latin poetry. His first book, Silence and Sign Language in Medieval Monasticism: The Cluniac Tradition (c. 900-1200) was published in 2007 by Cambridge University Press (UK). This book explores the rationales for religious silence in early medieval abbeys and the use of nonverbal forms of communication among monks when rules of silence forbade them from speaking.  SGB has edited a Festschrift for his former teacher Richard C. Hoffmann, entitled Ecologies and Economies in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: Essays in Environmental History for Richard C. Hoffmann (Brill, 2010).  His second monograph, “Hagiography and the Construction of Islam: Cluny and the Muslims of La Garde-Freinet,” is a study of the representation of the Muslims of La Garde-Freinet in Cluniac hagiography.  It is currently under review for publication.  SGB is now at work on his third book, Beyond the Cloister: A Short History of Christian Monasticism, which is under contract with New York University Press.  He can be reached at Scott.Bruce at Colorado.EDU and his publications and reviews can be found at http://colorado.academia.edu/ScottBruce

Lee Chambers (Ph.D., University of Michigan; Associate Professor)

Professor Chamber's background in American Studies, History, and Women's Studies has shaped her interest in social and family history, women's history, and gender studies. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in both History and Women's and Gender Studies on gender and war, gender in 20-21st century America, women and social activism, biography and autobiography studies, Jacksonian America, and women's social history. She has published on antebellum single women, trans-Atlantic anti-slavery movements, nineteenth-century gender ideals in homicide trials, the performance of political womanliness in mourning rituals, family and vocation among abolitionists, and antislavery fairs. She is currently finishing two books on antebellum female abolitionists, one on the construction of political womanliness and the other on sibship and social activism. Her next project is on family and gender in Cold War Los Alamos. She can be reached at Lee.Chambers at Colorado.EDU

Lucy ChesterLucy Chester (Ph.D., Yale University; Associate Professor)

Professor Chester's current research compares Britain's withdrawal from British India and the Palestine Mandate. She is also revising a book manuscript about the drawing of the Indo-Pakistani boundary. She has published articles on "Imperial Cartography in the End of Empire: Map Use During the 1947 Partition of South Asia," in La cartografia europea tra primo Rinascimento e fine dell'Illuminismo "The Mapping of Empire: French and British Cartographies of India in the Late Eighteenth Century," in Portuguese Studies; and "Mapping Imperial Expansion: Colonial Cartography in North America and South Asia" in The Portolan. She can be reached at Lucy.Chester at Colorado.EDU and her website is http://www.colorado.edu/history/chester

David CiarloDavid Ciarlo (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison; Associate Professor)

David Ciarlo specializes in the social and cultural history of modern Germany, the history of European imperialism and racism, and the history of visual culture and mass culture in European and global contexts. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2003 where he was the Merle Curti Graduate Lecturer and held numerous fellowships, including a Fulbright. His first book, Advertising Empire: Race and Visual Culture in Imperial Germany (Harvard University Press, 2011) uses visual archives to trace the interconnected histories of commercial culture and colonial culture in Germany in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Advertising Empire won both the American Historical Association's George Louis Beer Prize and the German Studies Association's DAAD Book Prize. Ciarlo's new research project explores the intersection of consumer culture and propaganda in Germany during the First World War.   Tentatively titled "Selling War: Advertising, Propaganda, and the Roots of Fascism in German Visual Culture, 1914-1923," this project explores the link between commerce and the development of visual propaganda techniques in the First World War, and the way in which this intersection of advertising and propaganda propagated imagery of militarized, hardened masculinity, with  implications for the formation of a fascist aesthetic.  He can be reached at David.Ciarlo at Colorado.EDU

Celine Dauverd Celine Dauverd (Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles; Assistant Professor)

Professor Dauverd is a historian of early modern Europe specializing in the Renaissance and the Mediterranean. Her research focuses on socio-cultural relations between Spain and Italy during the early modern era (1450-1650). Her first book, Imperial Ambition in the Early Modern Mediterranean: Genoese Merchants and the Spanish Crown (Cambridge University Press, NY 2014) examines the role of the Genoese trade diaspora in southern Italy in the context of the Spanish-Habsburg expansion in the Mediterranean Sea. Dauverd teaches courses on the Renaissance, the Mediterranean, Golden Age Spain, early modern Europe, and world history. She is a board Member of the Mediterranean Studies group at CU Boulder. Her new book manuscript entitled Spanish Religious Politics in southern Italy: Ceremonies, Charities, Communities investigates the interface between imperialism and religion through an analysis of religious minorities, processions, and charitable institutions. She can be reached at Celine.Dauverd at Colorado.EDU

Elizabeth FennElizabeth Fenn (Ph.D. Yale University; Associate Professor & Chair of the Department of History)

Professor Fenn’s field of study is the early American West, focusing on epidemic disease, Native American, and environmental history.  Her 2001 book Pox Americana: The Great Smallpox Epidemic of 1775-82, unearthed the devastating effects of a smallpox epidemic that coursed across the North American continent during the years of the American Revolution.  In 2014, Fenn published Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People, which analyzes Mandan Indian history from 1100 to 1845.  Fenn is now at work on an expansive biography of Sakagawea, using her life story to illuminate the wider history of the northern plains and Rockies.  Fenn is also the coauthor, with Peter H. Wood, of Natives and Newcomers: The Way We Lived in North Carolina before 1770, a popular history of early North Carolina which appeared in 1983.  She can be reached at Elizabeth.Fenn at Colorado.EDU

Robert Ferry (Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Associate Professor)

Professor Ferry specializes in early Spanish American history. He is particularly interested in the changing composition of colonial societies. His earlier research examined the ways African slavery and cocoa agriculture shaped social relations on the South American Caribbean coast: The Colonial Elite of Colonial Caracas, 1567-1767, University of California Press (1989). His more recent interest is focused on the social and cultural history of early seventeenth-century Mexico. A recent publication, which anticipates the book that is as yet unfinished, is: "Don't Drink the Chocolate; Domestic Slavery and the Exigencies of Fasting for Crypto-Jews in Seventeenth-Century Mexico," Nuevo Mundo-Mundos Nuevos (Paris) 5 (May 2005). He can be reached at: Robert.Ferry at Colorado.EDU.

Sanjay K. GautamSanjay K. Gautam (Ph.D., University of Chicago; Associate Professor)

Professor Gautam’s work focuses on the cultural, religious, and political history of India, particularly in the pre-modern period. His research interests also include war, sexuality, cinema and popular culture, historical consciousness, Islam in South Asia, and theories of history. He is currently working on a book that looks at the interface of politics, religion, and literature as it relates to the nature of historical consciousness in twentieth-century India. He is also working on a second project that focuses on the social and political history of the English language in India. He can be reached at Sanjay.Gautam at Colorado.EDU

Matthew Gerber (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley; Associate Professor)

Professor Gerber is a specialist in the history of early modern Europe. His research focuses on the social, cultural, political, and legal history of France and its early modern colonies. His first book, Bastards: Politics, Family and the Law in Early Modern France, was published by Oxford University Press in 2012. His newest research project investigates the formation of early modern French colonial law and its relationship to the legal development of metropolitan France. He has also begun a study of the politics of terror in early modern Europe. He can be reached at Matthew.Gerber at Colorado.EDU

Fredy GonzálezFredy González (Ph.D., Yale University; Assistant Professor)

Professor González specializes in the history of modern Latin America. His research focuses on the Chinese community in Mexico during the twentieth century. His dissertation, “We Won’t Be Bullied Anymore: Chinese-Mexican Relations and the Chinese Community in Mexico, 1931-1971,” won the Arthur and Mary Wright Prize for outstanding dissertation. He has published an article, “Chinese Dragon and Eagle of Anáhuac: The Local, National, and International Implications of the Ensenada Anti-Chinese Campaign of 1934” (The Western Historical Quarterly 44:1 (Spring 2013), pp. 48-68), which won the Bert M. Fireman Award from the Western History Association. He can be reached at Fredy.Gonzalez at Colorado.EDU.

David L. GrossDavid L. Gross (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin; Professor)

Professor Gross's main area of specialization is Modern European Intellectual History from the eighteenth century to the present. He teaches a two semester lecture course in Intellectual History, as well as more focused courses in the History of Ideas, European History in general, Historiography, and Historical Method. Over the past few years Gross's research has dealt with issues having to do with the decline of tradition in the modern era, remembering and forgetting in contemporary culture, and the emergence of anti-modern forms of thought in the West since l789. Recent publications include: The Past in Ruins: Tradition and the Critique of Modernity (l992), Lost Time: on Remembering and Forgetting in Late Modern Culture (2000), and "Objects from the Past," in Waste-Site Stories: the Recycling of Memory (2003). Gross is also the editor of a book series with The University of Massachusetts Press entitled "Critical Perspectives on Modern Culture," and Associate Editor of the journal Telos: a Critical Quarterly. He can be reached at David.L.Gross at Colorado.EDU.

Myron P. GutmannMyron P. Gutmann (Ph.D., Princeton University; Professor)

Myron Gutmann is a historical demographer, with interests in the history of the environment, the economy, and health. He has published two books on the history of the early modern Low Countries, War and Rural Life in the Early Modern Low Countries (Princeton, 1980), and Towards the Modern Economy: Early Industry in Europe (McGraw-Hill, 1988), and now primarily studies the demographic and environmental history of the American west, especially through a long-running project entitled Population and Environment in the U.S. Great Plains. That project has produced many publications, including “Population and Environment in the U.S. Great Plains,” in New Research on Population and the Environment (2005), “Two Population-Environment Regimes in the Great Plains of the United States, 1930-1990,” in Population and Environment (2005), and “Long-term Trends in Population, Farm Income, and Crop Production in the Great Plains,” in BioScience (2007). He has also published extensively on migration, race, ethnicity and family in the U.S., including “The Determinants of Early Fertility Decline in Texas,” in Demography (1993), “Assimilation and Intermarriage for U.S. Immigrant Groups, 1880-1990,” in History of the Family: An International Quarterly (2003), and “Emptying the Nest: Older Men in the U.S., 1880 to 2000,” in Population and Development Review (2010). Before coming to Colorado, Gutmann was on the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Michigan. At Michigan, he was also Director of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, and later Assistant Director of the U.S. National Science Foundation, heading the Directorate for the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences. He is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, served as President of the Consortium of Social Science Associations (2005-2006), and co-edited the National Academy of Sciences report Putting People on the Map: Protecting Confidentiality with Linked Social-Spatial Data (2007). At the University of Colorado, Gutmann is affiliated with the Institute of Behavioral Science. He can be reached at Myron.Gutmann at Colorado.EDU, and his website is http://ibs.colorado.edu/directory/profiles/?people=gutmannm

Liora HalperinLiora Halperin (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles; Assistant Professor)

Liora Halperin teaches and researches modern Jewish history and the history of Israel/Palestine, with a particular interest in Jewish cultural history, the history of the Zionist movement, and the intersection of language and nationalism in modern history. Her current research projects include a cultural history of archiving and collecting in Israel and a project entitled "A Murder in the Orchard: Land, Law, and Interethnic Violence in Late Ottoman and Mandate Palestine." In addition to being on the faculty in the Department of History, she is also a core faculty member in the CU Jewish Studies Program and an affiliate of the Center for Asian Studies, and also serves as an advisory board member for the CU Boulder Archive of Post-Holocaust American Judaism. She received her Ph.D. in History from UCLA in 2011 and held previous academic positions at Yale and Princeton. Selected Publications: Babel in Zion: Hebrew and the Politics of Language Diversity in Jewish Palestine (forthcoming from Yale University Press, 2014) “Modern Hebrew, Esperanto, and the Quest for a Universal Language,” Jewish Social Studies, Fall 2013; “Other Tongues: The Place of Foreign Language in Hebrew Culture” in Bruno De Nicola, Yonatan Mendel, and Husain Qutbuddin (eds.), Reflections on Knowledge and Language in Middle Eastern Societies (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010); “Orienting Language: Reflections on the Study of Arabic in the Yishuv,” Jewish Quarterly Review 96:4 (Fall 2006). She can be reached at Liora.Halperin at Colorado.EDU.

Paul E. J. Hammer (Ph.D. Selwyn College, University of Cambridge, UK; Professor)

Prof. Hammer received his BA and MA from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and his PhD from Cambridge in 1991. He previously taught at the Universities of New England and Adelaide in Australia and St Andrews in Scotland. He has published extensively on politics and political culture in sixteenth century England, including The Polarisation of Elizabethan Politics the political career of Robert Devereux, 2nd earl of Essex, 1585-1597 (1999), and Elizabeth's Wars: Government and Society in Tudor England, 1544-1604(2003).. He has also edited Warfare in early modern Europe, 1450-1660 (2007). He is currently working on books on the Essex Rising of 1601 and on Henry VIII. He can be reached at Paul.Hammer at Colorado.EDU

Martha HannaMartha Hanna (Ph.D., Georgetown; Professor)

Professor Hanna is a specialist in the history of modern France, with a particular interest in the First World War. She is the author of The Mobilization of Intellect: French Scholars and Writers During the Great War, published by Harvard University Press (1996) and several articles on the cultural history of France during the early twentieth century, including "A Republic of Letters: The Epistolary Tradition in World War I France" which appeared in the American Historical Review (December 2003). During a research trip to Paris in June 2000 she unearthed a previously unknown collection of wartime letters written by a peasant couple, Paul and Marie Pireaud. Numbering well over a thousand letters, the Pireaud collection – perhaps the only extant collection of letters written by French peasants that includes the letters of both husband and wife – became the foundation of Your Death Would be Mine:  Paul and Marie Pireaud in the Great War. Published by Harvard University Press in 2006, Your Death Would be Mine won the J. Russell Major Prize from the American Historical Association in 2007, the Colorado Book Award (2007), and the Distinguished Book Award from the Society for Military History in 2008.  A translated edition, Ta Mort serait la mienne, was published in France in 2008.  A contributor to several international collaborative projects to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, Professor Hanna has two essays scheduled for publication in 2014:  “The Couple,” to appear in volume III of The Cambridge History of the First World War, and “Feldpost/Interactions Front-Home,” 1914 -1918 online.  International Encyclopedia of the First World War.”  She can be reached at Martha.Hanna at Colorado.EDU and her website is: http://spot.colorado.edu/~hanna/

Susan KentSusan Kent (Ph.D., Brandeis University; Professor)

Professor Kent specializes in modern British history, focusing on gender, culture, imperialism, and politics. Her publications include Sex and Suffrage in Britain, 1860-1914 (1987); Making Peace: The Reconstruction of Gender in Interwar Britain (1993); Gender and Politics in Britain, 1640-1990 (1999); an etext, The History of Western Civilization since 1500: An Ecological Approach (2008); Aftershocks: Politics and Trauma in Britain, 1918-1931 (2009); The Women's War of 1929: Gender and Violence in Colonial Nigeria (2011), with Misty Bastian and Marc Matera; Gender and History (2012); and The Global Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919 (2012). She is currently at work on a textbook for Oxford University Press entitled A New History of Britain: Four Nations and an Empire. Her book Queen Victoria: Gender, Empire, and the Gender of Empire will appear in 2013. She can be reached at Susan.Kent at Colorado.EDU

Kwangmin Kim (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley; Assistant Professor)

Professor Kim specializes in early modern Chinese history (the Ming-Qing period), and has a particular interest in the transformation of the Chinese borderlands and East Asian world order from the fourteenth to the nineteenth century. His research focuses on the role of the two global currents of the early modern world, colonialism and transnational trade, in transforming East Asia. He is currently preparing a book on Muslim collaborators in Chinese Turkestan under the Qing Empire in the eighteenth and the nineteenth centuries. He can be reached at Kwangmin.Kim at Colorado.EDU.

Miriam KingsbergMiriam Kingsberg (Ph.D., UC-Berkeley; Assistant Professor)

Professor Kingsberg specializes in the history of modern Japan.  Her book, Moral Nation: Modern Japan and Narcotics in Global History (University of California Press, 2013), examines illegal drugs as the foundation of a global consensus on the nature of political legitimacy in nations and empires.  Her recent work focuses on the history of anthropology, archaeology, and national identity in twentieth-century Japan and the world.  Professor Kingsberg received her B.A./M.A. from Brandeis University in 2003 and her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 2009.  In 2010-2012, she was an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. Professor Kingsberg is spending the 2014-2015 academic year on leave as a Charles A. Ryskamp Fellow (ACLS) and visiting scholar at Columbia University.  She can be reached at: Miriam.Kingsberg at Colorado.EDU.


Anne E. LesterAnne E. Lester (Ph.D. Princeton University; Associate Professor)

Professor Lester specializes in the social and religious history of Europe during the High Middle Ages (1000-1400). She received her A.B. (Classics and History) from Brown University (1996) and her Ph.D. (History) from Princeton University (2003). She studied at Mansfield College, Oxford University (1994/95) and at the École normale supérieure in Paris (2000/01). Her first book, Creating Cistercian Nuns: The Women’s Religious Movement and Its Reform in Thirteenth-Century Champagne (Cornell UP 2011) won the SMFS best first book award. Lester teaches courses on medieval religion and society, the crusades, English legal history, and women and gender in the pre-modern world. She has published on the institutionalization of charity, the meaning of space and the development of urban networks, and relics and devotion in France and Flanders during the Middle Ages. She is the co-editor of Cities, Texts, and Social Networks (2010) and Center and Periphery: Studies on Power in the Medieval World in Honor of William Chester Jordan (2013). Her research has been supported by several fellowships including: a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Medieval Institute at University of Notre Dame (2004/5), Membership at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ (2012) and an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Charles A. Ryskamp Fellowship (awarded 2011/held 2013). Her new research focuses on the material history of devotion during the period of the crusades. She is currently writing two books: Fragments of Devotion: Relics and Remembrance in the Time of the Fourth Crusade and a general synthesis entitled Medieval Europe: A World Without Empire (for Yale UP). She can be reached at Anne.Lester at Colorado.EDU and many of her publications and reviews can be found at http://colorado.academia.edu/AnneLester


Sungyun Lim (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley; Assistant Professor)

Professor Lim specializes in modern Japan and Korea. Her dissertation, "Enemies of the Lineage: Widows and Customary Rights in Colonial Korea, 1910-1945" deals with the transformation of family customs in Korea under the Japanese colonial rule. Professor Lim's teaching interest includes the histories of Korea, Japan, colonialism and post-colonialism, law, and women. Professor Lim is on leave this year (2012-2013) revising her dissertation into a book manuscript as the Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at UCLA. She can be reached at Sungyun.Lim at Colorado.EDU. 

Patricia LimerickPatricia Limerick (Ph.D., Yale; Professor)

Professor Limerick currently chairs the Board of the Center of the American West where she spends most of her time, and is also the Associate Director of CU's Minority Arts and Sciences Program, where she teaches a Summer Bridge class on writing for entering freshmen of color. She is a recipient of numerous awards and honorary appointment--State Humanist of the Year, 1992, from the Colorado Endowment for the Humanities; a recipient of the University of California, Santa Cruz 1990 Alumni Achievement Award; and Official Fool of the University of Colorado from 1987 to 2008. In 1995, she was named a MacArthur fellow. She has served on a number of advisory boards and committees; most recently the Board of Advisors for Ken Burn's and Stephen Ives's eight-part PBS series, "The West". She has published many books, articles, and reviews, her best known work is The Legacy of Conquest. In addition to numerous scholarly articles and book reviews, she writes frequent columns and op-ed pieces for a variety of news sources. Her recent books include Something in the Soil (a collection of essays) and The Atomic West, (in progress). As an advocate for bringing academic knowledge into the community, she has spoken to audiences as diverse as the American Association of Law Schools, and a National Aeronautics and Space Administration conference on the future of space exploration. She can be reached at Patricia.Limerick at Colorado.EDU


Mithi MukherjeeMithi Mukherjee (Ph.D., University of Chicago; Associate Professor)

Professor Mukherjee specializes in the legal, political, and cultural history of modern India. Her interests include colonialism and nationalism, law and empire, human rights, comparative constitutionalism and democracy, gender, poststructuralism, postcolonial theory, and subaltern histories. She is the author of India in the Shadows of Empire: A Legal and Political History, 1774-1950 published by Oxford University Press in 2010.  Her other publications include “Transcending Identity: Gandhi, Nonviolence, and the Pursuit of a ‘Different’ Freedom in Modern India” in the American Historical Review, 115:2 (April 2010), 453-473,  “A World of Illusion: The Place of Empire in India’s Foreign Relations, 1947-1962in the International History Review, 32:2 (June, 2010), and  “Justice, War, and the Imperium: India and Britain in Edmund Burke's Prosecutorial Speeches in the Impeachment Trial of Warren Hastings” in Law and History Review, 23:3 (Fall 2005), 589-630. Professor Mukherjee can be reached at Mithi.Mukherjee at Colorado.EDU and she maintains a web presence at http://spot.colorado.edu/~mukherjm/.

Myles Osborne (Ph.D., Harvard University; Assistant Professor)

Professor Osborne joined the department in the fall of 2008 and teaches courses on sub-Saharan Africa. His research focuses on the development of ethnicities in Africa, as well as other topics relating to British colonialism, martial races, propaganda, and Mau Mau. He is the author of Ethnicity and Empire in Kenya: Loyalty and Martial Race among the Kamba, c. 1800 to the Present (Cambridge University Press, 2014), Africans and Britons in the Age of Empires, 1660-1980 (with Susan Kent; Routledge, forthcoming 2015) and editor of The Life and Times of General China: Mau Mau and the End of Empire in Kenya (Markus Wiener Publishers, 2014). He has published/had articles accepted in the Journal of African History, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, Journal of Eastern African Studies, International Journal of African Historical Studies, and History in Africa.  He received an award for Excellence in Teaching from the Boulder Faculty Assembly in 2012, and was a Gordon Gamm Teaching Fellow in 2012-2013. He can be reached at Myles.Osborne at Colorado.EDU

Mark PittengerMark Pittenger (Ph.D., University of Michigan; Professor)

Professor Pittenger holds a Ph.D. in American Culture and has taught at the University of Colorado since 1989. As a U.S. intellectual historian focusing on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, he is especially interested in the circulation and deployment of ideas—in their variable readings and misreadings, and their social and political uses—beyond the precincts of their production. He has written in the past about the impact of evolutionary theory on American socialist thought and political practice. In his current project, a study of class passing, he is piecing together the history of undercover investigations of poverty and working-class life, and of the attendant construction of ideas about American poverty and social class, from the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. He can be reached at Mark.Pittenger at Colorado.EDU


David ShneerDavid Shneer (Ph.D., Univ. of California, Berkeley; Professor)

David Shneer is the Singer professor of history and director of the Program in Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  Called “path-breaking” by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Shneer's newest book, Through Soviet Jewish Eyes: Photography, War, & the Holocaust, looks at the lives and works of two dozen World War II military photographers to examine what kinds of photographs they took when they encountered evidence of Nazi genocide on the Eastern Front. His other books include Queer Jews, finalist for the Lambda Literary award, Yiddish and the Creation of Soviet Jewish Culture, finalist for the National Jewish Book Award, and New Jews: The End of the Jewish Diaspora, that has sparked discussion in publications like the Economist and the Jerusalem Post. His new project, Not On Their Last Road, examines Yiddish musical culture's role in the clash between fascism and Communism through the life and work of Lin Jaldati, a Dutch-Jewish Yiddish-singing cabaret singer, who survived the Holocaust and was the last person to see Anne Frank alive.  After the war, she moved to East Germany and became the Yiddish diva of the Communist world until her death in 1988.  He can be reached at David.Shneer at Colorado.EDU

Paul S. SutterPaul S. Sutter (Ph.D., University of Kansas, Associate Professor)

Professor Sutter teaches Modern U.S. History and Environmental History.  He is the author of Driven Wild: How the Fight against Automobiles Launched the Modern Wilderness Movement (2002) and The Art of Managing Longleaf: A Personal History of the Stoddard Neel Approach (with Leon Neel and Albert Way, 2010), and he is the editor of Environmental History and the American South: A Reader (with Christopher Manganiello, 2009). His next book, Let Us Now Praise Famous Gullies: Georgia's "Little Grand Canyon" and the Soils of the South will appear in 2015.  His current book project – Pulling the Teeth of the Tropics: Environment, Disease, Race, and the U.S. Sanitary Program in Panama, 1904-1914 – is an environmental and public health history of the construction of the Panama Canal.  Dr. Sutter has also written a number of influential essays on environmental historiography, including a recent state-of-the-field essay in the Journal of American History (June 2013), and he is the Series Editor for Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books, published by the University of Washington Press (http://www.washington.edu/uwpress/books/series/Seriesweyer.html).  He has received major fellowships from the Smithsonian Institution, the Huntington Library, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Institutes of Health. He can be reached at Paul.Sutter at Colorado.edu.

William WeiWilliam Wei (Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Professor)

Professor Wei’s primary research interests center on modern China, especially the themes of revolution and counterrevolution. His secondary ones are on Asian America, focusing on Chinese Americans within the context of the overseas Chinese Diaspora. Reflecting these intellectual pursuits are his major works: Counterrevolution in China: The Nationalists in Jiangxi during the Soviet Period (University of Michigan Press, 1985) and The Asian American Movement (Temple University Press, 1993). He has held a Rockefeller Fellowship, Mellon Fellowship, and Fulbright-Hays Fellowship. In the summer of 1997, he worked as a journalist covering the historic handover of Hong Kong to China. In the summer of 2006, he served as the Academic Dean of the Semester at Sea faculty aboard the S.S. Universe Explorer, visiting various countries around the Pacific Rim. In the summer of 2008, he participated in an international faculty development seminar on the Silk Road, China. He is frequently invited to lecture on Asian history and culture, and the Asian American experience. Professor Wei can be reached at:  William.Wei at Colorado.EDU

Tim Weston (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley; Associate Professor)

Professor Weston earned his Ph.D. in Modern Chinese History at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2000 he published a co-edited collection of essays entitled China beyond the Headlines (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers), in 2004 he published The Power of Position: Beijing University, Intellectuals and Chinese Political Culture, 1898-1929 (University of California Press), and in 2007 another co-edited book, China's Transformations: The Stories in and beyond the Headlines (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers). A third co-edited volume, China in and beyond the Headlines, will be published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers in 2012. He has also published several articles and book chapters. His current research focuses on journalists and journalism in modern China. Professor Weston also serves as Associate Director of the Center for Asian Studies and is Faculty Director for the Undergraduate Program in Asian Studies.He can be reached at Timothy.B.Weston at Colorado.EDU.



John M. WillisJohn M. Willis (Ph.D., New York University; Associate Professor)

Professor Willis’ primary research field is the social and cultural history of the modern Middle East with secondary emphasis on the histories of empire, Islam, and the Indian Ocean world. He is particularly interested in the relationship between forms of power and the geographical imagination, both within colonial modernities and movements of Islamic reform. He is the author of "Unmaking North and South: Cartographies of the Yemeni Past" (Columbia University Press 2012/Oxford University Press 2013). He is currently working on two new book projects. The first, "After the Caliphate: Mecca and the Geography of Crisis and Hope," is an examination of Mecca as the site of various anticipatory political projects in the period after the abolition of the Ottoman caliphate. The second project, "Iqbal and the Arabs: Translation and the Arab Encounter with the Poet-Philosopher of Pakistan," is an account of the intellectual engagement with and translation of the poetry of Muhammad Iqbal in the Arab World, primarily through the encounter with the Pakistan state in the 1950s. He can be reached at John.Willis at Colorado.EDU

Marcia Yonemoto (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley; Associate Professor)

Professor Yonemoto's research focuses on the cultural history of early modern Japan (c. 1590-1868). Most of her publications, including her first book, Mapping Early Modern Japan: Space, Place, and Culture in the Tokugawa Period (1603-1868) (University of California Press, 2003), examine popular discourses of geographical consciousness as expressed in maps, travel writing, and popular fiction. She is presently researching her second book, which is on the history of women and gender in early modern Japan. Her publications include "The ‘Spatial Vernacular' in Tokugawa Maps." The Journal of Asian Studies 53:3 (August 2000), 647-666. "Envisioning Japan in Eighteenth-Century Europe: The International Career of a Cartographic Image." Intellectual History Newsletter 22 (2000), 17-35. "Maps and Metaphors of Japan's ‘Small Eastern Sea' in Tokugawa Japan (1603-1868)." The Geographical Review 89:2 (April 1999): 169-187. "Nihonbashi: Edo's Contested Center." East Asian History 17/18 (1999): 49-70. She can be reached at Marcia.Yonemoto at Colorado.EDU and her website is: http://www.colorado.edu/history/yonemoto

Phoebe S. K. YoungPhoebe S. K. Young (Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, Associate Professor)

Phoebe Young teaches and writes about the cultural and environmental history of the modern United States and the American West.  Her first book, California Vieja: Culture and Memory in a Modern American Place (University of California Press, 2006, published under her previous name of Phoebe S. Kropp) examined public memories of the Spanish past, the built environment, regional development, and race relations in Southern California between the 1880s and the 1930s. Her current book project (under contract with Oxford University Press) examines the history of camping and sleeping outside in American life since the Civil War and traces the relationships between outdoor practices, social politics, and public nature.  Samples of this work have appeared in the Journal of Social History (Fall 2009), and Cities in Nature: Urban Environments of the American West, ed. Char Miller (2010).  She is also the co-editor of an anthology entitled Rendering Nature: Animals, Bodies, Places, Politics (University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming 2014), which will include her essay examining the narratives of tent camping that shaped the Occupy movement.  She has received multiple awards and grants, including fellowships from the Henry E. Huntington Library, the Smithsonian Institution, and the American Council of Learned Societies.   her current pedagogical interests include the theory and practice of digital history, flipped/hybrid course instruction, and student learning assessment. She can be reached at Phoebe.Young@Colorado.edu.

Tom ZeilerTom Zeiler (Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Professor)

Professor Zeiler teaches the history of American foreign relations, modern United States, global World War II, America Through Baseball, and Global Sports and Politics.  He has written on U.S. diplomacy, international economic policy, the Second World War, sports, and globalization, including, most recently, Annihilation: A Military History of World War II (2010) and Jackie Robinson and Race in America (2014). He is currently researching on the relationship of the market and free trade to American liberalism.  He has been a Fulbright Scholar in Buenos Aires, Argentine and Tokyo, Japan.  Tom is the former President of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (2012) and former Editor and Executive Editor of the journal, Diplomatic History (2001-2014), as well as a member of the Department of State's Historical Advisory Committee (since 2006).  A former chair of the Department of History, he serves as the Director of the Program in International Affairs.  Tom can be reached at thomas.zeiler@colorado.edu, and his website is http://sites.google.com/site/tomzeilerorg/?pli=1.