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Joel Allen
Ancient Rome

Powdermaker Hall, Room 352
Phone: 718-997-5350
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Joel Allen, the Chair of the Department, is Associate Professor of History at Queens College and Associate Professor of History and Classics at the CUNY Graduate Center.  He received his Ph.D. from the Program in Ancient History in the Classics Department at Yale University.  He teaches courses in ancient Greek and Roman history, including study abroad, and has occasionally stepped in to teach advanced Latin at the college.  His research interests include ethnicity and education in the Roman world; his book, "Hostages and Hostage-Taking in the Roman Empire" (Cambridge University Press), examined Roman attitudes toward non-Roman diplomatic hostages in policy and culture.

 Full-Time Faculty


Isaac Alteras
US-Israeli relations, modern Jewish history

Powdermaker Hall, Room 352-L
Phone: 718-997-5373
Fax: 718-997-5359

In addition to research, reviews and publications in the fields of US-Israeli relations and modern Jewish history, Professor Alteras teaches courses in Modern Jewish History, Zionism, Modern Israel and Twentieth Century European diplomatic history. He is the author of *Eisenhower and Israel: US-Israel Relations, 1953-1960* (University Press of Florida, 1993). His current research deals with the US role in the Arab-Israeli conflict from 1948 to the present.

Katherine P. Antonova
19th-century Russia, women, family, conservatism (on leave 2016-17)

Powdermaker Hall, Room 352-ZZ
Phone: 718-997-5053
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Katherine Pickering Antonova is an associate professor of history
specializing in Europe and Russia. She earned her B.A. at the
University of Chicago and her Ph.D. at Columbia University. Her first
book is “An Ordinary Marriage: The World of a Gentry Family in
Provincial Russia” (Oxford University Press, 2013). The book is a
microhistorical study of a marriage; it examines the reception and
adaptation of Western European ideas like domesticity, Enlightenment,
and Romanticism in a setting where the political and social
developments that gave rise to these ideas were absent. Her second
scholarly monograph, currently in progress, examines secret police
prosecutions of religious sectarians, especially women, and their
followers from 1800-1830. She is also working on a textbook about
writing history, under contract with Oxford University Press, and has
recently published a guide for all readers on how to use critical
thinking skills to survive the information revolution, titled "A
Consumer's Guide to Information: How to Avoid Losing Your Mind on the Internet" (2016). Professor Antonova's teaching interests include the history of European aristocracy, Eurasian cities, textiles, and Soviet
history, as well as undergraduate historical writing and methods.

Elissa Bemporad
Russian and Eastern European Jewish history, gender, genocide studies

Powdermaker Hall, Room 352-G
Phone: 718-997-5365
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Elissa Bemporad is Associate Professor of History at Queens College and the CUNY Graduate Center. She holds the Jerry and William Ungar Chair in Eastern European Jewish history and the Holocaust. She earned a PhD in History from Stanford University, an MA in Modern Jewish Studies from the Graduate School of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and a BA in Slavic Studies from Bologna University (Italy). Her research focuses on the social and cultural history of the Jews of Russia and the Soviet Union.

Her first book, "Becoming Soviet Jews: The Bolshevik Experiment in Minsk, 1917-1939" (Indiana University Press, 2013 -- the Russian translation is forthcoming with ROSSPEN in the series "History of Stalinism"), explores the social integration and acculturation process into the Soviet system as experienced by the Jewish population of the city of Minsk during the interwar period. Her new book, "Legacy of Blood: Jews, Pogroms and Ritual Murder in the Lands of the Soviets," which will appear with Oxford University Press, is a social history of the two greatest legacies of Tsarist antisemitism, the pogroms and the blood libel accusations, from 1917 to the 1970s. Together with Joyce Warren, she is co-editing the forthcoming volume "Women and Genocide" (Indiana University Press) on the multifaceted roles played by women in different genocidal contexts during the twentieth century. She is also co-editing with Natalia Aleksiun a volume of historical sources entitled "Gender and Jewish Women in Central and Eastern Europe" (Palgrave-Macmillan, Genders and Sexualities in History series). In Fall 2016, she held a fellowship at the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies in Washington, D. C.

Francesca Bregoli
Early modern Jewish history, Sephardi history, Italy (on leave 2017-18)

Powdermaker Hall, Room 352-YY
Phone: 718-997-5410
Fax: 718-997-5359
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Francesca Bregoli holds the Joseph and Oro Halegua chair in Greek and Sephardic Jewish Studies, and is Associate Professor of History at Queens College and The Graduate Center, CUNY. She received a PhD in History from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in Jewish Art and Material Culture from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and her undergraduate degree in Hebrew and Jewish Studies from the University of Venice (Italy). Before joining the Department of History at Queens College, she was a Junior Research Fellow at the Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies and the Oriental Institute of the University of Oxford (UK). 

Her research concentrates on eighteenth-century Italian and Sephardi Jewish history. She is the author of "Mediterranean Enlightenment: Livornese Jews, Tuscan Culture, and Eighteenth-Century Reform" (Stanford University Press, 2014; finalist for the National Jewish Book Award) and co-editor of "Tradition and Transformation in Eighteenth-Century Europe: Jewish Integration in Comparative Perspective" (2010, special issue of Jewish History). Her new project looks at the creation and preservation of affective ties in transnational Jewish merchant families. She is currently co-editing two volumes: "Connecting Histories: Jews and their Others in the Early Modern Period" (forthcoming with University of Pennsylvania Press) and "Bridging Europe and the Mediterranean: Italian Jewish Networks from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Centuries" (forthcoming with Palgrave). Francesca is additionally serving as acting director of the Center for Jewish Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center, and is a book review editor for the AJS Review.

Lawrence Cappello
US History, History of Privacy

Powdermaker Hall, Room 352 H
Phone: 718-997-5364
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Lawrence Cappello received his BA from Queens College and PhD from the CUNY Graduate Center, where he is presently a director of quantitative research. He won the QC Presidential Teaching Prize in 2016.

He is the author of None of Your Damn Business: A History of Privacy in the United States, 1890-2001 (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming). His essays have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and The Nation.

Kristin Celello
US women's history, marriage, divorce, family, single motherhood

Powdermaker Hall, Room 352-XX
Phone: 718-997-5358
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Kristin Celello is Associate Professor of History and Director of the American Studies Program at Queens College. She earned her PhD in history from the University of Virginia in 2004. She is the author of "Making Marriage Work: A History of Marriage and Divorce in the Twentieth-Century United States" (University of North Carolina Press, 2009) and the co-editor of a volume titled "Domestic Tensions, National Anxieties: Global Perspectives on Marriage, Crisis, and Nation" (Oxford University Press, 2016).  Her current book project is "After Divorce: Parents, Children, and the Making of the Modern American Family."

Amy Chazkel
Latin America, Brazil, urban history, crime and punishment, law and society, slavery and abolition

Powdermaker Hall, Room 352-N
Phone: 718-997-5371
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Amy Chazkel is Associate Professor of History at Queens College and the CUNY Graduate Center. A specialist in modern Brazil, she teaches courses in various fields that include Latin American history, urban history, law and society in Latin America, historical methodology, and comparative slavery. Her first book, "Laws of Chance: Brazil’s Clandestine Lottery and the Making of Modern Public Life in Brazil" (Duke University Press, 2011), a study of petty crime, urban culture, and the historical roots of the informal sector in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Brazil, was awarded the J. William Hurst Prize for the best book in sociolegal history by the Law and Society Association and the Best Book Prize from the Northeast Council on Latin American Studies, as well as Honorable Mention for the best book on Brazil from the Latin American Studies Association. Laws of Chance was published in Portuguese translation in Brazil by Editora da Unicamp in 2014.

She is also the co-editor of "The Rio de Janeiro Reader: History, Culture, Politics" (Duke University Press, 2015) and the author of articles on the history of penal institutions, illicit gambling, and urban crime in modern Brazil, and she has served as contributing editor for issues of the Radical History Review on the privatization of common property in global perspective, Haitian history, and the history of sport. She has held postdoctoral and faculty fellowships and visiting scholar positions at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition at Yale, the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard, the Institute for Latin American Studies/ Center for Brazilian Studies at Columbia, and the Center for the Humanities, the Center for Place, Culture and Politics, the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies at CUNY, and the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina in Florianópolis, Brazil. She currently serves as co-chair of the Radical History Review Editorial Collective.

Peter Conolly-Smith
US immigration history, film

Powdermaker Hall, Room 352-V
Phone: 718-997-5380
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Professor Peter Conolly-Smith holds a PhD in American Studies from Yale University. He is the author of *Translating America: An Immigrant Press Visualizes American Popular Culture, 1890-1918* (Smithsonian Press, 2004) as well as numerous articles and book chapters on nineteenth- and twentieth-century culture, history, literature, drama, and film.

Deirdre Cooper Owens
African-American history, slavery, gender, medicine

Powdermaker Hall, Room 352-P
Phone: 718-997-5768
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Deirdre Cooper Owens is an Assistant Professor of History at Queens College, CUNY. She holds an M.A. in African American Studies from Clark Atlanta University and a Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Los Angeles where she also received a certificate in Women’s Studies.  Cooper Owens has received numerous awards and fellowships including a residential postdoctoral fellowship at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies at the University of Virginia and an American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Fellowship to explore medicine, gender and the historical influence of race on each of these categories.  Her forthcoming book, "Medical Bondage:  Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology​", is under contract with The University of Georgia Press, Race and Atlantic World Series.  Professor Cooper Owens has taught at a number of colleges and universities where she focused on classes that emphasized United States slavery, race, gender, and medicine.

Sarah Covington
Early modern Britain and Ireland, martyrdom, memory, Reformation (on leave Spring 2018)

Powdermaker Hall, Room 352-C
Phone: 718-997-5393
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Sarah Covington is Professor of History at Queens College and the Graduate Center, as well as director of the QC Irish Studies program and Book Review Editor of the Renaissance Quarterly. Specializing in early modern England and Ireland, she has published two books: The Trail of Martyrdom: Persecution and Resistance in Sixteenth-Century England (University of Notre Dame Press, 2004) and Wounds, Flesh, and Metaphor in Seventeenth-Century England (Palgrave-McMillan, 2009), in addition to over twenty-five articles for journals and collections, including the Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte, Albion, Book History, Reformation, the Journal of Scottish Historical Studies, History, and Mortality. She is currently working on two book projects: the first, "The Black-Billed Birds and the Battling Seas: Oliver Cromwell, Memory, and the Dislocations of Ireland", traces Oliver Cromwell and memory in the Irish historical, literary and folkloric imagination over three centuries. The second book will examine theological and literary reinterpretations of problematic biblical characters and episodes (Judas, Gethsemane) in the wake of the sixteenth-century reformation. At Queens, she has taught classes on the history of religious violence, crime and punishment in early modern Europe, the history of the devil, the history of the body, the history of Christianity, history and memory in Ireland, popular culture in early modern Europe, the British empire and national identity, the history of Scotland, and various topics in Tudor and Stuart England.

Evan M. Daniel
Labor history, social history, comparative politics, international political economy

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Evan Daniel, a PhD candidate at the New School for Social Science Research, specializes in intellectual and social history, immigrant radicalism, and 19th-century political thought. He is also affiliated with the SEEK Program at Queens College. In his work, Evan Daniel emphasizes the intersections of empirical and theoretical concerns, including immigration and transnationalism, American citizenship, ethnic identity, radical political movements and revolutions, labor and politics, and archives and public history. He is also interested in the historical development of anarchism, Marxism, syndicalism, and American conservatism. He previously taught American history at St. Francis College in Brooklyn and Latin American history, Caribbean history, and labor history at other colleges and universities in New York City. Prior to teaching, Daniel was an archivist at the Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at New York University.

Grace Davie
South Africa, History of Science, Social Movements

Powdermaker Hall, Room 352-WW
Phone: 718-997-5381
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Grace Davie is Associate Professor of History. She received her PhD in African History from the University of Michigan in 2005.  She has received awards from the National Science Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Center, the Social Science Research Council, and the Fulbright Institute.  Professor Davie is the author of “Poverty Knowledge in South Africa: A Social History of Human Science, 1855-2005” (Cambridge University Press, 2015). Her articles have appeared in The Journal of Southern African Studies and OD Practitioner.  Her current research explores grassroots activism and the radical left in contemporary America, especially debates about race, coalitions, and movement-building strategies.

Elena Frangakis-Syrett
Late Ottoman Turkey, Greece, Syria, economic history (on leave Spring 2017)

Powdermaker Hall, Room 352-A
Phone: 718-997-5351
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Elena Frangakis-Syrett is Professor of History at Queens College and the CUNY Graduate Center. Born in Alexandria of Greek parents (from Chios and Lemnos), she grew up in Athens and London. She studied in London and Paris and holds a PhD in Economic History from King’s College, University of London. A Fellow of England's Royal Historical Society, she has also been Visiting Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and at Newnham College, Cambridge University, and Senior Fellow at Koç University, İstanbul and Visiting Professor at the İzmir University of Economics.

Professor Frangakis-Syrett’s research interests relate to the social and economic history (commercial and financial) of the eastern Mediterranean (Western Turkey, Syria, Southern Greece, Aegean islands) in the 18th to the early 20th centuries, with particular emphasis on the economic relations between the city of İzmir/Smyrna and the West. Her books include “The Commerce of Smyrna, 1700-1820” (1992); with enlarged editions in Turkish “18. Yűzyılda İzmir’de Ticaret” (2006) and in Greek “Το εμπόριο της Σμύρνης το 18o αιώνα” (2010); “Οι Χιώτες έμποροι στις διεθνείς συναλλαγές, 1750-1850” [Chiot Merchants in International Exchange] (1995); “Trade and Money: The Ottoman Economy in the 18th and early 19th centuries” (2007). Additionally, she serves on the editorial boards of “Drassena: Journal of the Maritime Museum” and “Journal of Modern Hellenism”. She regularly gives lectures in the United States, Europe and Turkey and has published numerous articles in international journals.

While resident in Turkey, in 2011-2012, she hosted faculty seminars on the development of banking in the 19th- and early 20th-century Middle East, one of her research projects, at Koς University, İzmir University of Economics and at Istanbul’s Institut Français des Études Anatoliennes and on which she recently published “The Ottoman Monetary System and Early Banking in the Ottoman Empire”, in History From Below: Tribute in Memory of Donald Quataert, eds., S.Karahasanoğlu et al (2016). Her other current research interest relates to business networks in the Mediterranean on which she recently published “Capital Accumulation and Family Business Networks in Late Ottoman Izmir”, International Journal of Turkish Studies (2015).

Arnold Franklin
Medieval Cairo, Geniza, Jewish history

Powdermaker Hall, Room 352-UU
Phone: 718-997-5497
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Professor Arnold Franklin received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and earned his PhD in Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. He has taught at New York University, University of California, Davis, and Hunter College. Dr. Franklin’s research focuses on medieval Jewish history in the Arabic-speaking world. His first book, "This Noble House: Jewish Descendants of King David in the Islamic East" (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012), explores the profound concern with lineage that developed among Jews living in Muslim lands during the Middle Ages. He also co-edited "Jews, Christians and Muslims in Medieval and Early Modern Times" (Brill, 2014).

Joshua B. Freeman
US labor history, New York City

Powdermaker Hall, Room 352-Y
Phone: 718-997-5047
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Joshua B. Freeman is Distinguished Professor of History at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and is associated with its Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies. Professor Freeman received a BA from Harvard University and MA and PhD degrees from Rutgers University. He previously taught at Columbia University and the State University of New York, College at Old Westbury. He has written extensively about the history of labor, modern America, and New York City. His books include "American Empire: The Rise of a Global Power, the Democratic Revolution at Home, 1945-2000" (Viking, 2012), "Working-Class New York: Life and Labor since World War II" (New Press, 2000) and "In Transit: The Transport Workers Union in New York City, 1933-1966" (Oxford University Press, 1989; reprinted with Temple University Press, 2001). With Steve Fraser he co-edited "Audacious Democracy: Labor, Intellectuals, and the Social Renewal of America" (Houghton Mifflin, 1997), and he co-authored with a team of scholars "Who Built America? Working People and the Nation's Economy, Politics, Culture and Society, volume 2" (Pantheon Books, 1992). He has written articles and book reviews for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsday, and The Nation and served as co-editor of the journal "International Labor and Working-Class History." Professor Freeman has appeared in a number of television documentaries, including Ric Burns's "New York: A Documentary Film."

Aaron Freundschuh
Modern France, crime, urban history (on leave 2017-18)

Powdermaker Hall, Room 352-J
Phone: 718-997-5227
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Professor Aaron Freundschuh earned a PhD in History at University of California, Berkeley, and has taught modern European and U.S. history at universities in France and the United States.  He was the recipient of a 2015-16 Queens College teaching award. His research deals with urban history, criminality and policing, with an emphasis on contemporary Paris. His book "The Courtesan and the Gigolo: The Murders in the Rue Montaigne and the Dark Side of Empire in Nineteenth-Century Paris" appeared with Stanford University Press in 2017.

Carol Giardina
US women's liberation movement

Powdermaker Hall, Room 352-D
Phone: 718-997-5384
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Carol Giardina is Assistant Professor of History, specializing in contemporary U.S. history and women’s history. She earned her PhD at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and is the author of Freedom For Women: Forging the Women’s Liberation Movement, 1953-1970 (University Press of Florida, 2010) as well as other articles on the Second Wave of Feminism in the U.S.  She is presently working on a biography of Second Wave founder Judith Brown and a history of the feminist movement in Florida. She teaches Women’s Studies, Contemporary U.S. History, and U.S. Labor History.

Marleen Kassel
Asian and World History

Powdermaker Hall, Room 352-I
Phone: 718-997-5621
Fax: 718-997-5577

Marleen Kassel is Distinguished Lecturer of History.  She received her Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University.  In addition to teaching courses on Chinese, Japanese and World History, she directs Queens College’s “Year of Country" programs and Daghlian Collections of Chinese and Japanese Art.  Her current research interests focus on life along the Silk Roads past and present.  Her work, "From Silk to Oil: Cross-Cultural Connections along the Silk Roads," was awarded The Franklin R. Buchanan Prize by the Association for Asian Studies (2006).  She is also the author of the monograph, "Tokugawa Confucian Education: the Kangien Academy of Hirose Tansō (1782-1856)" (SUNY Press, 1996) and of "Japanese Wartime Rhetoric in the Traditional Philosophical Context," in "Pearl Harbor Revisited" (St. Martin’s Press, 1995).  Dr. Kassel speaks, reads and writes Mandarin Chinese and Japanese.

Felix Matos Rodriguez
Gender, Puerto Rico

Kiely Hall, Room 413
Phone: 718-997-5550
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Felix Matos Rodriguez is the President of Queens College, as well as a full professor in the History Department.  He received his Ph.D. in History from Columbia University and his BA from Yale University.  He is the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of six volumes, including Women and Urban Life in San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1820-1868 (University Press of Florida, 1999). He has held multiple administrative posts both in academia and government, notably as past Cabinet Secretary for the Department of Family Services in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, as past President of Hostos Community College, and as past Director of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College.

Thomas Ort
East-Central Europe, late-imperial Austria-Hungary, interwar Czechoslovakia, modernism, the avant-garde, memory of WWII

Powdermaker Hall, Room 352-K
Phone: 718-997-5363
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Thomas Ort is Associate Professor of modern European history and Director of the Honors in the Social Sciences Program at Queens College. He received his PhD in 2005 from New York University, with a specialization in the cultural and intellectual history of East-Central Europe. The main focus of his research has been modernist and avant-garde life in early twentieth-century Czechoslovakia, but his most recent work concerns the politics of memory in postwar Eastern Europe. He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a Fulbright Fellowship, a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, and a postdoctoral fellowship from the American Council for Learned Societies. His book "Art and Life in Modernist Prague: Karel Čapek and his Generation, 1911-1938" was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013. It was subsequently translated into Czech under the title "Umění a život v modernistické Praze: Karel Čapek a jeho generace, 1911-1938" and published in Prague in 2016.

Kristina L. Richardson
Arabic codicology, medieval Islamdom, historical linguistics, Gypsies (on leave 2017-18)

Powdermaker Hall, Room 352-S
Phone: 718-997-5048
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Kristina Richardson (PhD, University of Michigan; AB, Princeton University) is Associate Professor of History at Queens College. At the CUNY Graduate Center, she is Associate Professor of Middle Eastern Studies and serves as Deputy Director of the Middle Eastern Studies MA program and the Middle Eastern & Middle East American Center.

Her first book "Difference and Disability in the Medieval Islamic World: Blighted Bodies" appeared with Edinburgh University Press in 2012.  She held a European Commission-funded Marie Curie fellowship at Universität Münster from 2012 to 2014 and a research fellowship at the Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg for Mamluk Studies at Universität Bonn in 2014-2015.  Her second monograph "Gypsies in the Medieval Islamic World: A History of the Ghurabā'" will appear with I. B. Tauris, Early and Medieval Islamic World. With Dr. Boris Liebrenz she is also completing a study and edition of a 16th-century Arabic manuscript. Entitled "Notebook of the 16th-Century Aleppine Silk-Weaver Kamāl al-Dīn," this work is slated to appear with Orient-Institut-Beirut, Bibliotheca Islamica series, in 2017. In 2017-18, she will be a Visiting Researcher at the Universität München.

Morris Rossabi
Mongolia, China, East Asia

Powdermaker Hall, Room 352-I
Phone: 718-997-5382
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Professor Morris Rossabi was born in Alexandria, Egypt, and has lived, worked and researched throughout the Middle East, Central Asia, East Asia, Europe and the United States. He earned his PhD in East and Central Asian history from Columbia University in 1970 and was just awarded an honorary doctorate from National Mongolian University in 2009. Before joining the faculty at Queens College and the Graduate Center of The City University of New York, Dr. Rossabi taught or directed programs at the University of Virginia, Case Western Reserve University, China Institute, Leiden University, Columbia University and the Doris Duke Museum of Islamic Art. In 2011, Dr. Rossabi delivered the keynote address on "Sino-Mongol relations, 1990 to the present" at the People's University in Beijing, gave the keynote address for the 20th anniversary of the School of Foreign Service of the National University of Mongolia in Ulaanbaatar, and delivered the W. Allyn Rickett endowed lecture at the University of Pennsylvania on Mongol influence on Ming China.

Kara Schlichting
19th- and 20th-Century America, New York City, Environmental History, History of City Planning

Powdermaker Hall, Room 352-O
Phone: 718-997-5367
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Kara Schlichting is an Assistant Professor of History at Queens College, CUNY. She earned her PhD from Rutgers University in 2014. Her work in late-19th and 20th-century American History sits at the intersection of urban, environmental, and political history, with a particular focus on property regimes and regional planning in greater New York City.  Her teaching interests range from the history of 1960s America, the city in American history, the history of New York City, and environmental history, including an interdisciplinary class on water. She is currently working on a project on tideland property development to investigate how legal theory, coastal resiliency planning, and land politics shape American waterfronts. Schlichting held a Mellon fellowship in Urban Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in Washington, D.C., for the spring of 2016 for her new project entitled “The Nature of Urban Coastal Resiliency: Twentieth-Century Governance, Environmental Management, and Design.”

Satadru Sen
Colonial India, punishment, race, youth culture

Powdermaker Hall, Room 352-R
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Professor Satadru Sen teaches courses on South Asia, race and colonialism, and Indian cinema. He is the author of "Benoy Kumar Sarkar: Restoring the Nation to the World" (Routledge, 2015), "Traces of Empire. India, America and Postcolonial Cultures: Essays and Criticism" (Primus, 2013), "Disciplined Natives: Race, Freedom and Confinement in Colonial India" (Primus, 2012), "Savagery and Colonialism in the Indian Ocean: Power, Pleasure and the Andaman Islanders" (Routledge, 2010), "Colonial Childhoods: The Juvenile Periphery of India, 1850-1945" (Anthem, 2006), "Migrant Races: Empire, Identity and K.S. Ranjitsinhji" (Manchester University Press, 2004), and "Disciplining Punishment: Colonialism and Convict Society in the Andaman Islands" (Oxford University Press, 2000). He is the co-editor of "Confronting the Body: The Politics of Physicality in South Asia" (co-edited with James H. Mills, Anthem, 2005). His current projects deal with right-wing ideologies and visual culture in modern India.

Julia Sneeringer
Modern Germany, pop culture

Powdermaker Hall, Room 352-F
Phone: 718-997-5357
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Julia Sneeringer is Associate Professor of History at Queens College and the CUNY Graduate Center.  She earned a PhD in history from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in German from Temple University.  A historian of 20th century Germany, she also offers courses on modern Europe, including Fascism and Nazism, Europe Since 1945, politics and culture in Weimar Germany, the history of youth, and the history of women and gender in modern Europe.  She is the author of "Winning Women’s Votes: Politics and Propaganda in Weimar Germany" (University of North Carolina Press, 2002).  More recently, she has published numerous articles on tourism in Hamburg’s red-light district, Beatlemania in West and East Germany, and youth culture in 1960s Hamburg.  Her book "A Social History of Early Rock’n’Roll in Germany: Hamburg From Burlesque to The Beatles, 1956-69" will soon be published by Bloomsbury Academic Press.

Peter G. Vellon
Modern United States, Italian-American history

Powdermaker Hall, Room 352-Q
Phone: 718-997-5299
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Professor Peter Vellon (PhD, CUNY Graduate Center) is the author of _A Great Conspiracy Against Our Race: Italian Immigrant Newspapers and the Construction of Whiteness in the Early Twentieth Century_ (NYU Press, 2014).

Bobby A. Wintermute
US military history, gender, race

Powdermaker Hall, Room 352-Z
Phone: 718-997-5120
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Professor Bobby Wintermute received his BA from Montclair State University in 1991, his MA from East Stroudsburg University in 1997, and his PhD from Temple University in 2006.  He is the author of Public Health and the U.S. Military: A History of The Army Medical Department, 1818-1917 (Routledge, 2010) and is currently at work on a survey history of race and gender issues in American military history.  He has received grants from the U.S. Army Center of Military History, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the Rockefeller Archive Center, and the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, where he was scholar-in-residence in 2004.  Dr. Wintermute is also director of the Queens College Veteran Alumni project, a student-based oral history outreach initiative aimed at preserving the memory of veterans from the borough of Queens. He currently co-hosts the podcast series "New Books in Military History" at

Michael Wolfe
Early modern France, Urban and military history

Powdermaker Hall, Room 335
Phone: 718-997-5211
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Michael Wolfe is professor of history and Dean of Social Sciences at Queens College.  He received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University and B.A. from Boston University.  A specialist of early modern European history, his studies include works on the intersection between politics and religious belief, technology and craft practices, cities and siege warfare, and landscapes and cartography.  He has published extensively on these topics, including some thirty articles and essays as well as eight books.  Among his most recent titles are Recovering 9/11 in New York (2014), Natalie Zemon Davis and the Passion of History (2009), Walled Towns and the Shaping of France (2009), and Senses of Place: Inventing Landscapes in Medieval Western Europe (2002). In addition, he is involved in a number of editing ventures, serving as chief review editor for H-France and series editor for Early Modern Studies & Translations published by Truman State University Press.

Warren T. Woodfin
Art and archaeology of Byzantium

Klapper Hall, Room 164
Phone: 718-997-4816
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Warren Woodfin is Kallinikeion Assistant Professor of Byzantine Studies at Queens College, and holds joint appointments in the Departments of History and Art History. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 2002. Woodfin’s research focuses on the art and archaeology of Byzantium and its cultural sphere in the eleventh through fifteenth centuries. He has a particular interest in textiles and dress, and is the author of "The Embodied Icon: Liturgical Vestments and Sacramental Power in Byzantium" (Oxford University Press, 2012), and the co-editor, with Mateusz Kapustka, of "Clothing the Sacred: Medieval Textiles as Fabric, Form and Metaphor" (Berlin: Dietrich Reimer, 2016). For the past several years, he has been collaborating with a research team of U.S. and Ukraine based scholars to study a medieval burial complex, the Chungul Kurgan, in the Black Sea steppe. His preliminary article on the project (co-authored with Renata Holod and Yuriy Rassamakin) appeared in Ars Orientalis 38 (2010). He has also published articles in the journals Art Bulletin, Cahiers Archéologiques, Gesta, and Dumbarton Oaks Papers, and has contributed essays to various edited volumes, including "Experiencing Byzantium" (Ashgate, 2013). Prior to joining the faculty at Queens College, Woodfin held teaching and research posts at Duke, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, the Metropolitan Museum, and the University of Zurich. In spring 2016, he was a resident Fellow at the Israeli Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem.

 Professors Emeriti


Leo Hershkowitz
New York City

Powdermaker Hall, Room 352-M
Phone: 718-997-5378
Fax: 718-997-5359

Leo Hershkowitz is a professor emeritus of history, who continues to teach in the department as an adjunct instructor. He received his PhD from New York University. He is the author of "Tweed's New York: Another Look" (Anchor Press, 1978) and the co-editor of "Wills of Early New York Jews, 1704-1799" (American Jewish Historical Society, 1967).

Edgar J. McManus
US constitutional history, slavery, New York, Bill of Rights

Powdermaker Hall, Room 352-F
Phone: 718-997-5363
Fax: 718-997-5359

Professor Edgar McManus earned a PhD from Columbia University. He is the author of *A History of Negro Slavery in New York* (Syracuse University Press, 1966), *Black Bondage in the North* (Syracuse University Press, 1973) and *Law and Liberty in Early New England: Criminal Justice and Due Process, 1620-92* (University of Massachusetts, 1993). His co-authored book *Liberty and Union: A Constitutional History of the United States, Volume 1* is forthcoming with Routledge Press.

John M. O'Brien
Medieval Europe, Alexander the Great

Powdermaker Hall, Room 352-H
Phone: 718-997-5362
Fax: 718-997-5359

Professor John O'Brien received his PhD from the University of Southern California. He teaches courses in ancient and medieval European history. He is the author of *Alexander the Great: The Invisible Enemy* (Routledge, 1994) and numerous articles in scholarly journals on social and religious history. He has published on Jews and heretics in medieval Europe and has written for the Encyclopedia Judaica. Professor O'Brien has been the recipient of three Presidential Awards for Excellence in Teaching at Queens College and has received an award from the National Conference on Christians and Jews for his lectures on Antisemitism.

Mark W. Rosenblum
Modern Middle East, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, conflict resolution

Powdermaker Hall, Room 352-W
Phone: 718-997-5293
Fax: 718-997-5359

Mark W. Rosenblum is Associate Professor Emeritus of History. He served as Director of the Michael Harrington Center and was also Director of the Center for Racial, Religious, and Ethnic Understanding. The author of numerous scholarly and popular articles on his field of expertise, the Middle East, Professor Rosenblum has appeared as a Middle East analyst on CNN, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, and National Public Radio. He has met with virtually all the major players in the region, including Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, King Abdullah II, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. His project, The Middle East and America: Clash of Civilizations or Meeting of Minds, seeks modes of reconciliation for all interested in the Middle East, and recently won a major Ford Foundation grant. He was also one of two winners of an award in the field of Religion, Conflict, and Reconciliation by the Clinton Global Initiative. In 1999 the Forward newspaper named Professor Rosenblum as one of the 50 most influential American Jews, and in 2003 he received the Queens College President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Donald M. Scott
18th- and 19th-century United States

Powdermaker Hall, Room 352
Phone: 718-997-
Fax: 718-997-5359

Professor Donald Scott earned his PhD in history at the University of Wisconsin. Among his books are *The Myth-Making Frame of Mind: Essays in American Culture* (Wadsworth, 1992), edited with James Gilbert, Amy Gilmore & Joan W. Scott; *In Pursuit of Liberty* (Random House, 1983) with R.J. Wilson, James Gilbert, and Steven Nissenbaum, and Karen Kuperman; and *America's Families: A Documentary History* (Harper & Row, 1981) with Bernard W. Wishy.

Frank A. Warren
Modern United States, 20th-century liberalism

Powdermaker Hall, Room 352-O
Phone: 718-997-5378
Fax: 718-997-5359

Frank A. Warren is Professor Emeritus of History. He earned his PhD in history from Brown University. His books include *Liberals and Communism: The Red Decade Revisited* (Indiana University Press, 1966), *An Alternative Vision: The Socialist Party in the 1930s* (Indiana University Press, 1974) and *Noble Abstractions: American Liberal Intellectuals and World War II* (Ohio State University Press, 1999). He also co-edited *The New Deal: An Anthology* with Michael Wreszin (Crowell, 1968).


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