Department of History Faculty.

Matthew H.Crocker (Ph.D. University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1997).


Dr. Crocker's specialty is the political history of the early Republic and antebellum America. He is the author of The Magic of the Many: Josiah Quincy and the Rise of Mass Politics in Boston, 1800 - 1813. Dr. Crocker's essay "The Missouri Compromise, the Monroe Doctrine, and the Southern Strategy," is included in the 2008 edition of Major Problems in the Early Republic, 1787 - 1848. Among the courses he teaches are Slavery and Anti-Slavery and Territorial Expansion in the New Republic.


Nicholas Germana (Ph.D. Boston College, 2006). 


Dr. Germana's scholarly work is on German orientalism and German nationalism. He teaches various courses on European history. His most recent publication is an essay, "Herder's India: The "Morgenland" in Mythology and Anthropology", which appears as a chapter in an anthology entitled The Anthropology of the Enlightenment, published in 2007 by Stanford University Press.


Carl Granquist (Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, 1967).

Dr. Granquist is an expert on the French Revolution. He teaches a variety of courses on European history, including the French Revolution, Europe from Waterloo to Versailles, and Europe 1918-1945


Gregory Knouff (Ph.D. Rutgers University, 1996).


Dr Knouff's area of expertise is colonial and revolutionary America, with an emphasis on race, gender, and national identity. He is the author of The Soldiers' Revolution: Pennsylvanians in Arms and the Forging of Early American Identity. Dr Knouff teaches courses on early America, including Gender in Early North America, Native-American History, and the Atlantic World, among others.


Margaret Orelup (Ph.D. University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1995).


Dr Orelup specializes in 20th Century America. She offers courses on the U.S. from 1920 - 1950, Women in Modern America, the U.S. Since 1950 and the U.S. War in Vietnam, among others.


 Graham Warder (Ph.D. University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2000).

Dr. Warder is an expert on nineteenth-century America, with a special focus on antebellum reform efforts.




Andrew Wilson (Ph.D. Cornell University, 1989).


Dr Wilson's specialty is the history and philosophy of science, on which he has published numerous articles and essays, and European history. He offers courses on the World of the Old Testament, the History & Philosophy of Science and European Intellectual History, among others.




Non -Departmental Historians & Adjunct Faculty


Amos Esty (M.A. University of North Carolina, 2003).

 Mr. Esty teaches courses in American History.



Gerald Hayden (M.A. University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1989). 

 Mr. Hayden teaches courses in U.S. and African American History.



 Roland Higgins (Ph.D. University of Minnesota, 1981).

 Professor of History and International Studies. Dr. Higgins teaches courses in East Asian History, China, and Japan.




John Lund (Ph.D. University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2001).

 Dr. Lund teaches courses in Early America and Atlantic World studies. His work has been published Vermont History, The History Teacher, Journal of American and Comparative Cultures, and Connecticut History. He has also contributed to the Encyclopedia of U.S. Labor and Working Class History published by Routledge in 2006.




C. Paul Vincent (Ph.D. University of Colorado, 1980).

 Director of the Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies. Dr. Vincent teaches courses on Modern Germany and the Holocaust.




Susan Wade (Ph.D. New York University, 2007).

 Dr. Wade’s area of specialization is medieval Europe. Her teaching fields include women and gender in medieval European culture and society, religion and the formation of social identity in the Middle Ages, and cross cultural contact between medieval European societies and the medieval Muslim world.




Thomas Whitcomb (Ph.D. University of London, 1979).

 Dr. Whitcomb is a specialist in the history of the Middle East and Africa.