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Department Chair: Deborah Kisatsky
Stuart Borsch, Associate Professor of History (2002). B.S., United States Naval Academy, 1986; M.I.A., Columbia University, 1993; M.Phil., Columbia University, 1996; Ph.D., Columbia University, 2002. On Sabbatical for the Spring 2010 semester.
- Special Interests: The socioeconomic history of the pre-modern Islamic World, the Near East, the Black Death, the economic history of Egypt in the “Mamluk” period (1260-1517 CE), the period of late Antiquity (400-700 CE) and the emergence of Islam.
Leslie Choquette, Professor of History, L’Institut français Professor of Francophone Cultures and Director of the French Institute (1989). B.A, Radcliffe College, 1978; M.A., Harvard University, 1981; Ph.D., Harvard University, 1988.
- Teaches: Courses in European, French, and Canadian history as well as Native American studies and women’s studies.
- Special Interests: The French in North America, women’s history, and gay and lesbian history.
Mark Z. Christensen, Assistant Professor of History (2010). B.A., Brigham Young University, 2003; M.A., University of Utah, 2006; Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 2010.
David Cohen, Visiting Instructor in History (1998). B.A., M.A., doctoral candidate at Yale University (adjunct).
- Teaches: Survey courses in Western Civilization and Modern European & US history as well as upper-level courses in medieval history, including Christian-Islamic warfare in the Middle Ages.
- Special Interests: Premodern language and behavior, medieval Spain.
Carl Robert Keyes, Assistant Professor of History (2008). B.A., University of Michigan, 1996; M.A., The American University, 1999; M.A., Johns Hopkins University, 2001; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 2007.
- Teaches: Courses on the social, cultural and economic history of the Atlantic world as well as upper-level courses on colonial and revolutionary America, slavery, and women's history.
- Special Interests: Advertising and consumer culture in eighteenth-century Philadelphia, print culture, gender, and public history.
Deborah Kisatsky, Associate Professor of History (2001). B.A., University of Connecticut, 1990; M.A., University of Connecticut, 1993; Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 2001
Teaches: Global perspective courses, including American Foreign Relations, The Cold War, Women of the World, and West and the World.
- Special Interests: American transnational history.
Lance Gabriel Lazar, Lance Gabriel Lazar Associate Professor of History, and Director of the Medieval and Early Modern Studies Program (2005). B.A., Dartmouth College, 1986; M.A., Harvard University, 1990; Ph.D., Harvard University, 1998.
- Teaches: Surveys in Western Civilization; also Renaissance, Reformation, Baroque and Enlightenment, collaborates with Fortin & Gonthier Foundations Program and Women's Studies.
- Special Interests: Exploring human creativity in art, architecture, literature, religion, and charity.
Shawn Lynch, Visiting Assistant Professor of History (2007). B.A., Merrimack College; M.A., Villanova University; Ph.D., Boston College, 2006. (Adjunct)
- Special Interests: Political and legal aspects of civil liberties and free speech, particularly during times of crisis.
John McClymer, Professor of History (1970). A.B., Fordham College, 1966; M.A., State University of New York: Stony Brook, 1967; Ph.D., State University of New York: Stony Brook, 1973.
- Teaches: Survey courses in American and Modern European and U.S. as well as upper-level courses in women’s history, immigration and ethnicity, and nineteenth century U.S.
- Special Interests: Web-based teaching,
Fr. Norman Meiklejohn, Visiting Assistant Professor, Ph.D. Columbia.
Irina Mukhina, Assistant Professor of History (2007). B.A., University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth; M.A., Ph.D., Boston College, 2006.
- Teaches: World history courses as well as Russian history from the Kievan period to the present with a special emphasis on Russia's engagement with the wider world.
- Special Interests: The study of nationalism, ethnicity, national policies, and gender roles in the Soviet Union and post-Soviet Russia.
Chieko Nakajima, Assistant Professor of History (2004). B.A., International Christian University: Tokyo, 1982; M.A., Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, 1987; Ph.D., The University of Michigan, 2004.
- Teaches: Courses in modern Chinese history.
- Special Interests: The history of health and medicine, urban studies, and imperialism in East Asia. Has studied in Japan and China.
Richard Oehling, Lecturer in History, Professor Emeritus of History (1973). A.B., M.A., Ph.D., Rutgers University, 1969. (Adjunct)
- Teaches: Western Civilization courses.
Tom Wheatland, Assistant Professor of History. B.A., Brown University; Ph.D., Boston College, 2002.
- Teaches: Courses in German History, Modern European Cultural and Intellectual History, and Transatlantic History.
- Special Interests: Critical Theory, political exiles, and the crisis of modernity.
Prof. Emeritus Kenneth J. Moynihan served the department for 29 years, many of them as chair. In addition to introductory offerings, he taught courses in African American History and Early American History. He is the author of two books: Assumption College, 1904-2004: A Centennial History, and History of Worcester: 1674-1848.