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MORRISSEY COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

Faculty — Fields of Interest

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Faculty are organized into the following areas of interest. Click on the area of interest to display a corresponding faculty listing.

 

Africa & African Diaspora
Asia
Britain, Ireland, & British Empire
Early Modern
Environmental
Immigration
Labor
Latin America
Medieval
The Middle East
Modern Europe
Religion
United States
Women & Gender

 

Africa and African Diaspora

Priya Lal

Modern African history, with a focus on East Africa; decolonization and nationalism; development; African socialism; gender
 
Karen Miller Afro-American history; history of African-American women; American social history; history of higher education
 

Martin Summers

African-American intellectual and cultural history; gender and masculinity; race and sexuality; race and mental illness; African diaspora
 

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Asia

Yajun Mo
Modern China; Modern East Asia; Modern Chinese Social and Cultural History; History Travel and Tourism; History of Photography; Women’s and Gender History
 
Prasannan Parthasarathi Modern South Asian history; global history; labor history; economic history; environmental history
 
Franziska Seraphim Modern and contemporary Japanese history: social, political, and cultural; historical memory; social movements; relations with Asia; global and comparative history
 
Ling Zhang Environmental, economic, and political history of pre-modern China, regional studies, political economy, political ecology, environmental justice, environmental philosophy and ethics

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Britain, Ireland, and British Empire

James Cronin European social and economic history; comparative labor history; state and society in Europe since 1750; British history; contemporary history
 
Robin Fleming Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman England; material culture and historical archaeology; legal history; medievalism
 
Penelope Ismay Early Modern and Modern European social history, Britain and the British empire; social history of the economy; urbanization and migration; and modernity
 
Kevin O'Neill Ireland; rural society; famine
 
Prasannan Parthasarathi Modern South Asian history; global history; labor history; economic history; environmental history
 
Oliver Rafferty, S.J.
History of Irish Christianity; 19th and 20th century British and Irish history; revolutionary violence and the development of militant Irish nationalism; and the history of Catholicism since the Thirty Year’s War
 
Robert Savage Irish political and cultural history; film and media in Ireland and Britain; Northern Ireland and Anglo-Irish relations in the 20th century
 
Owen Stanwood Colonial America; early modern Britain; Atlantic and global history
 

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Early Modern History

Penelope Ismay Early Modern and Modern European social history, Britain and the British empire; social history of the economy; urbanization and migration; and modernity
 
Robert Maryks Early modern religious history; Jesuit history; racial laws
 
Prasannan Parthasarathi Modern South Asian history; global history; labor history; economic history; environmental history
 
Virginia Reinburg Early modern French history; the Reformation
 
Sarah Ross Early modern Europe; humanism; women and gender
 
Dana Sajdi Pre-modern Middle Eastern history (mainly but not exclusively Ottoman history); popular and learned literary cultures; historiography; book history and urban history
 
Sylvia Sellers-Garcia Colonial Latin America; early modern Spain; colonial Central America; history of empire; narrative and literature
 

Owen Stanwood

 

Colonial America; early modern Britain; Atlantic and global history
 

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Environmental

Kevin O'Neill
Ireland; rural society; famine
 
Prasannan Parthasarathi

Modern South Asian history; global history; labor history; economic history; environmental history
 
Conevery Bolton Valencius
U.S. environmental history, history of the earth sciences, history of medicine and health, energy history, history of seismology, women’s health, history of the U.S. Civil War, travel narratives, the American West, 19 th -century American history
 
Ling Zhang

Environmental, economic, and political history of pre-modern China, regional studies, political economy, political ecology, environmental justice, environmental philosophy and ethics
 

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Immigration

Marilynn Johnson
Modern U.S. urban, immigration, and social history; the American West
 
Kevin Kenny

Migration, diaspora, labor, and empire
 
Arissa Oh

Twentieth-century United States; U.S. immigration and race; Asian-American history; family and kinship; Cold War social policy; gender
 

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Labor

James Cronin European social and economic history; comparative labor history; state and society in Europe since 1750; British history; contemporary history
 
Nicole Eaton Modern European social and cultural history; modern Russian and Soviet history; German and East Central European history; the Second World War and the Eastern Front; everyday life; micro-history; urban history
 
Marilynn Johnson Modern U.S. urban, immigration, and social history; the American West
 
Kevin Kenny Migration, diaspora, labor, and empire
 
Deborah Levenson Nineteenth- and twentieth-century Latin America with special interest in Central America,  social constructions and modernity; labor and urban history, and the history of art
 
Prasannan Parthasarathi Modern South Asian history; global history; labor history; economic history; environmental history
 

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Latin America

Deborah Levenson Nineteenth- and twentieth-century Latin America with special interest in Central America,  social constructions and modernity; labor and urban history, and the history of art
 
Sylvia Sellers-García Colonial Latin America; early modern Spain; colonial Central America; history of empire; narrative and literature
 

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Medieval

Robin Fleming Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman England; material culture and historical archaeology; legal history; medievalism
   
Zachary Matus Intellectual and cultural history of Europe during the High and Late Middle Ages
 
Ling Zhang Environmental, economic, and political history of pre-modern China, regional studies, political economy, political ecology, environmental justice, environmental philosophy and ethics
 

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The Middle East

Benjamin Braude Race and the construction of collective identities in the Middle East and Europe; Ottoman history; Jewish history
 
Dana Sajdi Pre-modern Middle Eastern history (mainly but not exclusively Ottoman history); popular and learned literary cultures; historiography; book history and urban history
 

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Modern Europe

Julian Bourg Modern European intellectual and cultural history; modern French history; the 1960s; terror and political violence; French theory
 
James Cronin European social and economic history; comparative labor history; state and society in Europe since 1750; British history; contemporary history
 
Thomas Dodman Modern European social and cultural history; modern France and French Empire; war and society; medicine and emotions; critical social theory and psychoanalysis
 
Nicole Eaton Modern European social and cultural history; modern Russian and Soviet history; German and East Central European history; the Second World War and the Eastern Front; everyday life; micro-history; urban history
 
Penelope Ismay Early Modern and Modern European social history, Britain and the British empire; social history of the economy; urbanization and migration; and modernity
 
Kevin O'Neill Ireland; rural society; famine
 
Devin Pendas German history; modern Europe; legal history; history of mass violence and war
 
Robert Savage Irish political and cultural history; film and media in Ireland and Britain; Northern Ireland and Anglo-Irish relations in the 20th century
 

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Religion

Benjamin Braude Race and the construction of collective identities in the Middle East and Europe; Ottoman history; Jewish history
 

Charles Gallagher, S.J.

American Catholic history; Vatican diplomacy; U.S. diplomatic history; 19th- & 20th-century American social history; American religious history; history of the Holocaust
 
Cynthia Lyerly American women, with a special interest in gender ideology, religion, women and race; and the history of the South
 
Robert Maryks Early modern religious history; Jesuit history; racial laws
 
Zachary Matus Intellectual and cultural history of Europe during the High and Late Middle Ages
 
James O'Toole
American religion; American Catholic history; archives and manuscripts
 
Oliver Rafferty, S.J.
History of Irish Christianity; 19th and 20th century British and Irish history; revolutionary violence and the development of militant Irish nationalism; and the history of Catholicism since the Thirty Year’s War
 
Virginia Reinburg Early modern European history; religious and social history; the Reformation
 

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United States

Charles Gallagher, S.J.

American Catholic history; Vatican diplomacy; U.S. diplomatic history; 19th- & 20th-century American social history; American religious history; history of the Holocaust
 
Mark Gelfand American history (1877-present); American political, legal, and business history
 
Seth Jacobs Twentieth-century United States; U.S. foreign policy; U.S.-Asian relations
 
Marilynn Johnson Modern U.S. urban, immigration, and social history; the American West
 
Kevin Kenny Migration, diaspora, labor, and empire
 
Cynthia Lyerly American women, with a special interest in gender ideology, religion, women and race; and the history of the South
 
Patrick Maney U.S. history, 1865-present; the Presidency; Congress
 
Arissa Oh Twentieth-century United States; U.S. immigration and race; Asian-American history; family and kinship; Cold War social policy; gender
 
James O'Toole American religion; American Catholic history; archives and manuscripts
 
David Quigley Nineteenth-century United States; urban history; Civil War and Reconstruction; America and the world
 
Heather Richardson Nineteenth-century U.S. History, politics and economics, antebellum, Civil War and Reconstruction, history of the American West, history education
 
Alan Rogers United States Constitutional and legal history
 
Owen Stanwood Colonial America; early modern Britain; Atlantic and global history
 
Martin Summers African-American intellectual and cultural history; gender and masculinity; race and sexuality; race and mental illness; African diaspora
 
Conevery Bolton Valencius
U.S. environmental history, history of the earth sciences, history of medicine and health, energy history, history of seismology, women’s health, history of the U.S. Civil War, travel narratives, the American West, 19 th -century American history
 

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Women and Gender

Marilynn Johnson Modern U.S. urban, immigration, and social history; the American West
 
Cynthia Lyerly American women, with a special interest in gender ideology, religion, and women and race; and the history of the South
 
Yajun Mo Modern China; Modern East Asia; Modern Chinese Social and Cultural History; History Travel and Tourism; History of Photography; Women’s and Gender History
 
Arissa Oh Twentieth-century United States; U.S. immigration and race; Asian-American history; family and kinship; Cold War social policy; gender
 
Sarah Ross Early modern Europe; humanism; women and gender
 

Martin Summers

African-American intellectual and cultural history; gender and masculinity; race and sexuality; race and mental illness; African diaspora
 

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