History Department Graduate Faculty
(with relevant fields for the M.A. in History)
(PhD, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2002; Associate Professor). Professor Elder’s research and teaching interests include modern German history and 19th- and 20th-century European social and cultural history. Her current research, which she has presented at national conferences and international colloquia, deals with criminality, policing and urban culture in interwar Germany. She has been a fellow of the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies at the Freie Universitäät Berlin and of the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities. She is currently preparing her dissertation, entitled “Murder Scenes:Criminal Violence in the Public Culture and Private Lives of Weimar Berlin,” for publication.
(PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1994; Associate Professor). Professor Kammerling’s research focuses on Jewish-Christian relations during the Early Modern period. She is currently working on several projects including a forthcoming book on the sixteenth-century theologian Andreas Osiander entitled, Andreas Osiander and the Jews: A Study in Religious Toleration (Concordia Academic Press). Her published articles have appeared–and are forthcoming–in The Lutheran Quarterly, and she has authored numerous book reviews. Recently, Dr. Kammerling completed work as a consultant on a five-part video series entitled The Renaissance, produced and distributed by Schlesinger Media (2003). Professor Kammerling teaches Renaissance and Reformation history in the MA program.
(M.Phil., Social Anthropology, Cambridge, 1981; PhD., History, Cornell, 1989; Professor) Professor Key specializes in early modern British history. He is co-author of Early Modern England, 1485-1714: A Narrative History and Sources and Debates in English History, 1485-1714 (3rd eds. Forthcoming in 2016). He has published articles on feasts, sermons, and political and religious culture in English Historical Review, Journal of British Studies, Huntington Library Quarterly, and Welsh History Review (awarded the Nichols Prize for Local History of England and Wales, Centre for English Local History, Leicester), as well as in The Politics of Religion in Restoration England (1990) and Exclusion and Revolution: the worlds of Roger Morrice, 1675-1700 (2006), as well as many biographies in the new Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. He is active in the Midwest and North American Conference on British Studies, and H-Albion. Eastern Illinois University has awarded him Achievement and Contribution Awards in Teaching (1997, 2011), Research (2004, 2009) and Balanced (Teaching, Research, Service, 2000). Professor Key regularly teaches graduate seminars in Early Modern European Social History, Early Modern European Revolutions, and Historiography. Graduate students also regularly enroll in his History of Ireland and the Irish, and he regularly leads study abroad programs in England, Wales, and Ireland (and has helped students do research there as well). Recent MA theses researched and writing under his direction, include one on London Murderesses, 1674-1796, and one on the London Irish ca. 1800. He is interested in working with graduates focusing on the British Isles between 1500 and 1800 (although he can be talked into advising graduate work on post-1945 Anglo-Jamaican Music and Identity!).
Lee E. Patterson
(PhD, Missouri-Columbia, 2003; Assistant Professor) Professor Patterson’s research is primarily concerned with ancient Greece and Rome, with emphasis on political uses of myth, constructions of identity, and cross-cultural interactions. His book Kinship Myth in Ancient Greece, published by the University of Texas Press, examines communities (and sometimes kings like Alexander the Great) that invoked shared putative ancestors to justify a diplomatic venture. He also researches authors’ attitudes toward myth and has published articles on Alcman, Pausanias, and Strabo in Classical and Modern Literature, Mnemosyne, and Hermes, respectively. Another study on Strabo is scheduled to be published in Writing Greek and Roman Myth: Mythography in the Ancient World, edited by R. Scott Smith and Stephen M. Trzaskoma. His future plans are to return to his other great interest, the Roman Near East. He has published on Roman dealings with Armenia and the Caucasus in Latomus and Ancient History Bulletin and recently prepared entries on Parthia, Armenia, and the Caucasus for the Virgil Encyclopedia, to be published by Wiley-Blackwell.
(PhD, University of Washington, 1986; Associate Professor & Chair) Professor Shelton's research interests are focused on Modern Eastern European intellectual history and historiography, while her teaching interests are broader and include Russia and Central Europe. She is author of: The Democratic Idea in Polish History and Historiography: Franciszek Bujak, 1875-1953 (Columbia University Press, 1989), and has published numerous articles and book reviews, including in East European Quarterly, and American Historical Review. A former book review editor for Nationalities Papers, she continues on its editorial board. Professor Shelton is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies. Professor Shelton has served as Chair of the History Department since 1995.
David K. Smith
(PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1995; Professor) Professor Smith’s research and teaching interests focus on the political, economic, and intellectual history of France in the late 17th and 18th centuries. His published articles have appeared in The Journal of Modern History and French Historical Studies, among others, and he has authored numerous book reviews and book chapters. His two-volume book The West and the Wider World, co-authored and edited with Richard Lim of Smith College, was published by Bedford-St. Martin’s Press in 2003. His current research concentrates on the history of economic policy making and the emergence of economic liberalism in France between 1700 and 1760. Some of this research will appear in a book that Dr. Smith is co-authoring with Loïc Charles, Frédéric Lefebvre, and Christine Théré, tentatively titled Commerce, population et société autour de Vincent de Gournay (1748-1758): La genèse d'un vocabulaire des sciences sociales en France. In addition, Professor Smith is preparing a book-length study of the French Council of Commerce during the first half of the eighteenth century. Professor Smith also serves as Editor-in-Chief of H-France, an electronic discussion list and book review program for professional historians of France with 1800 subscribers from some 40 nations.
Bailey K. Young
(PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1975; Professor) Dr. Young is a specialist in Medieval European history, with a particular research emphasis in historical archeology. He came to EIU in 1994, after teaching at Loyola University of Chicago and Assumption College (Worcester, Mass.). He directs the Summer Archaeology Program at the University of Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium), in partnership with Prof. Raymond Brulet, Director of the Centre de Recherches Archéologiques Nationales at Louvain. He is co-editor of Spaces of the Living and the Dead: An Archaeological Dialogue (Oxbow, 1999), and has published widely on the archeology of late antiquity, including articles in Annales E.S.C., Sewanee Mediaeval Studies, American Early Medieval Studies, and Archéologie Médiévale. His most recent publications include “Sacred Topography: The Impact of the Funerary Basilica in Late Antique Gaul”, in Society and Culture in Late Antique Gaul: Revisiting the Sources, ed. Ralph Mathisen and Danuta Shanzer (Ashgate, 2001). Dr. Young won EIU’s Achievement and Contribution Award for Research in 1998-99, and in the Balanced category (teaching/research/service) in 2001-2002.
(PhD, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 1989; Professor). Dr. Barnhart’s research and teaching interests center on 19th-century American intellectual and cultural history, and public history. He has recently completed a book that explores the work and thought of the early ethnologist and archeologist, Ephraim George Squier, from the University of Nebraska Press. He contributed a chapter to New Perspectives on the Origins of Americanist Archaeology published by the University of Alabama Press in 2002, and his numerous articles and book reviews have appeared in various state historical journals and The Public Historian. More recently he has explored the construction of regional identity and historical conscious in the Old Northwest between 1820 and 1860 in an article published in the Michigan Historical Review. He is now at work on a biography of Albert Taylor Bledsoe (1809-1877), a defender of slavery, confederate official, author, and editor of the Southern Review. Dr. Barnhart joined the faculty at Eastern in 1994 after eleven years of service within the Education Division of the Ohio Historical Society.
(PhD, University of Illinois, 1995; Professor). Professor Curry’s research focuses on the intersections of law and medicine in the United States, especially in the 20th century. She is the author of Modern Mothers of the Heartland (Ohio State University Press, 1999), which addressed maternal and child health conditions and public health reform in Progressive-era Illinois. Her second book, The Human Body on Trial (ABC-Clio, 2002) examined six major U. S. Supreme Court decisions that shaped the legal doctrine of personal bodily autonomy in the 20th century. Professor Curry is also the co-editor, with Christopher Waldrep, of a four-volume set of primary source documents in U. S. constitutional history entitled, The U.S. Constitution and the Nation (Peter Lang, 2003). Her current research project is a historical examination of the landmark U. S. Supreme Court case, DeShaney v. Winnebago County. She regularly teaches graduate courses in US legal and constitutional, women’s, and 20th-century American history.
Charles R. Foy
(PhD, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 2008; Assistant Professor). Professor Foy teaches graduate seminars in Early America and The Atlantic World. His scholarship focuses on the eighteenth-century Black Atlantic and British colonial North America. Dr. Foy’s publications include articles in Slavery & Abolition, Early American Studies and Common-place, chapters in anthologies published by the United States Naval Institute and Mystic Seaport, and book reviews in Journal of the Early Republic, Journal of Maritime History, Common-place and Pennsylvania History. Professor Foy’s database on eighteenth century Atlantic black mariners, which served as the foundation of his dissertation and much of his published scholarship, contains data on more than 16,000 individual sailors. He is the recipient of fellowships from the John Carter Brown Library, the Gilder Lehrman Center for Slavery, Resistance & Abolition at Yale Univrsity, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the American Council of Learned Societies, the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, the National Maritime Museum, the Library Company of Philadelphia and Mystic Seaport. His current projects include preparing his dissertation “Ports of Slavery, Ports of Freedom: How Slaves Used Northern Seaports’ Maritime Industry to Escape and Create Trans-Atlantic Identities, 1713-1783,” for publication, starting a book on “Prize Negroes in the Age of Sail” and completing a project documenting the maritime community of Scarborough, England during the Seven Years War.
Martin J. Hardeman
(PhD, University of Chicago, 1992; Associate Professor) Professor Hardeman’s primary fields of research and teaching interest include African Americans, the South, Nineteenth-Century America, military history, and diplomatic history. He is the author of The Structure of Time: Pike County, Mississippi, 1815-1912 (Peter Lang, 1999). He also has published an article in Journal of Mississippi History, and more than a dozen book reviews. He is currently working on two article-length projects–one on white attitudes toward the creation and recruitment of a black Illinois regiment during the Civil War and the other on the law and the Free Negro in the antebellum South.
Debra A. Reid
(PhD., Texas A&M University, 2000, M.A. in History Museum Studies, Cooperstown Graduate Program, 1987; Professor) Dr. Reid’s intellectual interests focus on rural, minority history. She began her career in open-air museum and historic site interpretation in 1982 and has taught museums studies at the Cooperstown Graduate Program, Baylor University, and EIU. She is active in numerous professional organizations, including the Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM), the International Agricultural Museum Association, the Midwest Open Air Museums Coordinating Council, and the Rural Women’s Studies Association. Her dissertation, “Reaping a Greater Harvest: African Americans, Agrarian Reform, and the Texas Agricultural Extension Service,” received the Agricultural History Society’s Gilbert C. Fite Dissertation Award (2001), and currently is under contract for publication with Texas A&M Press. She publishes regularly on historic site interpretation, has authored a chapter in the anthology The Countryside in the Age of the Modern State: Political Histories of Rural America (Cornell University Press, 2001), and has published articles and book reviews in various journals and anthologies, including Agricultural History, Rural History, and Tennessee Historical Quarterly. Her current projects include completing the book manuscript, “After Booker T.: Rural African American Reform in the Modern South,” continuing a project documenting material culture changes among Anabaptists in the rural Midwest from the 1810s to the present, and starting a book on re-interpreting historic interiors and historic sites.
Nora Pat Small
(PhD, Boston University, 1994; Associate Professor; Historical Administration Program Coordinator) Dr. Small is an architectural historian and teaches historic preservation and U.S. Architectural History at the graduate level. Prior to coming to Eastern she worked as an architectural historian in both the public and private sectors. Her research focuses on American vernacular architecture and its social and cultural context. Professor Small’s most recent publication is Beauty and Convenience: Architecture and Order in the New Republic (University of Tennessee Press, 2003). She has also published articles in Perspectives in Vernacular Architecture, and William and Mary Quarterly, among others. She is currently preparing papers on the Five Mile House outside of Charleston, and on Carnegie Libraries. She stays active in the field of historic preservation through participation on local boards and foundations.
(PhD., University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 1997; Associate Professor) Dr. Voss-Hubbard’s research reflects his principal intellectual interest in the social analysis of 19th-century US politics and political culture, with a particular emphasis on the intersections of race, class and political development. He came to EIU in 1999, after teaching stints at John Jay College–CUNY, and the College of Mount Saint Vincent, Bronx NY. His published work has appeared in the Journal of American History, American Nineteenth Century History, Journal of Social History, and Journal of American Studies, among other venues, and his book reviews have appeared in many publications, including most recently the American Historical Review and Reviews in American History. His book, Beyond Party: Cultures of Antipartisanship in Northern Politics before the Civil War, was published in 2002 by The Johns Hopkins University Press. His current research projects include: Illinois’s War, a documentary history of the Civil War era, under contract with the Ohio University Press; an edited volume of the letters of Private James G. Watson, 25th Illinois Volunteers; and a long-term study of the political and social construction of race in Illinois, 1818-1877. Professor Voss-Hubbard teaches graduate seminars in Historiography, 19th-century US politics, The Civil War Era, and The Early Republic (1789-1848).
Edmund F. Wehrle
(PhD, University of Maryland, 1998; Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator). Dr. Wehrle’s research focus is post WWII U.S. Diplomatic and labor history. Between a River and a Mountain: AFL-CIO and the Vietnam War, was published in 2005 by the University of Michigan Press. Johns Hopkins University Press published his most recent book, America and the World: Culture, Commerce, Conflict (co-authored with Dr. Lawrence Peskin). His published work has appeared in Labor History, Pacific Historical Review, Armed Forces and Society, and Labor’s Heritage, among others, and he has reviewed books for a number of publications including Presidential Studies Quarterly, Journal of Military History, International Labor and Working-Class History, Law and History Review, and Journal of Southern History. Dr. Wehrle is also the author of “Catoctin Mountain Park: A Historic Resource Study” (National Park Service, Washington, DC, 2000). Before coming to Eastern, Dr.Wehrle taught at the University of Maryland at College Park, Coppin State College, and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Dr. Wehrle teaches graduate courses on US Foreign Relations and post-WWII US political history.
Roger B. Beck
(PhD, Indiana University, 1987; Professor) Professor Beck is a specialist in modern African history with a particular focus on South Africa. A recipient of two Fulbright awards, he has published widely on South African history, including most recently, The History of South Africa (Greenwood Press, 2001). He has published numerous articles and book chapters, including in Journal of African History, History In Africa, and TransAfrica Forum, among many others. He translated the work of Afrikaner historian, P.J. van der Merwe, The Migrant Farmer in the History of the Cape Colony, and is author of the popular high school textbook, World History: Patterns of Interaction (McDougal Littell, 2003; 2nd edition). Current and future projects include the translation of more of van der Merwe’s oeurvre, a book on Christian missionaries and European expansion for Westview Press, and a history of South Africa during World War I. Professor Beck has received three faculty excellence awards at EIU, and teaches graduate courses in modern world history, imperialism, and African history.
Jose R. Deustua
(PhD, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales of the University of Paris, Sorbonne, France, 1989; Professor) Dr. Deustua’s research focuses on theoretical aspects of history as a social science, and the social economy of Latin America. His first two books, Luis E. Valcarcel, Memoirs, and Intellectuals, Indigenismo and Des-centralism in Peru, 1897-1931, (both published in Latin America) dealt with the interactions between peasants, intellectuals, and the cultural, social, and political movement called indigenismo (Indianism) in Peru and Bolivia from the late 19th to the mid 20th century. His following books, La Mineria Peruana y la Iniciacion de la Republica, 1820-1840 and The Bewitchment of Silver. The Social Economy of Mining in 19th-century Peru (Ohio University Press, 2000), dealt with the development of mining as a particular area of social economics in Peru. Currently, he is doing research on the historical development of social economics in Peru compared to other countries in Latin America (Mexico, Chile, Bolivia) and the United States in the 19th century. His published articles and book reviews have appeared in Latin American Research Review, Hispanic American Historical Review, Revista Andina, and Historia Latinoamericana, among others. Currently he is a board member of HISLA, and a board of editors member of Revista Andina, both published in Peru. Professor Deustua regularly teaches graduate seminars in Latin American social and economy history.
(PhD, University of Illinois-Champaign, 2004; Associate Professor) Growing up in Korea with three sisters, Dr. Lee realized that memories and interpretations of the seemingly "shared' past could vary dramatically even within a family. As a natural extension of her interest in such dynamic process of producing historical knowledge, Prof. Lee's current book project examines the competing narratives of collective violence in the early twentieth-century Japanese empire. Committed to generating cross-disciplinary methodological innovation in the studies of violence, imperialism, (post) colonialism and critical globalism, Prof. Lee incorporates variety of historical "texts"-such as rumors, testimonies, paintings, children's writings, and commemorations-in her research and teaching in and beyond the boundaries of historical archives. She has written and translated a booklet, book chapters, book/film reviews, and exhibition brochures in Japanese, Korean and English. Dr. Lee got her inter-disciplinary training in linguistics, anthropology, area studies and history at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (Seoul, S. Korea), Drexel University (PA), University of Tokyo (Tokyo, Japan) and University of Illinois. Prior to joining EIU, she has taught Asian history and cultures at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Fort Hays State University .
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