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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 to date has focused on German nationalism and German orientalism.  He teaches various courses on European Intellectual History and the history of women in Europe.His book, The Orient of Europe: The Mythical Image of India and Competing Images of German National Identity, was published in 2009 by Cambridge Scholars Publishing.  He is also the author of two articles forthcoming in 2010: "Self-Othering in German Orientalism: The Case of Friedrich Schlegel" (The Comparatist); and "The Beauty of Enervation: Woman, India, and the Anxiety of System in Hegel's Philosophy" (German Studies Review).Dr. Germana is the director of the History Honors Program.


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. His recent articles include “White Men in Arms: Concepts of Citizenship and Masculinity in Revolutionary America,” in Representing Masculinity: Male Citizenship in Modern Western Culture. Edited by Anna Clark, Stefan Dudink, and Karen Hagemann (Palgrave- MacMillan, 2007) and “Masculinity and the Memory of the American Revolution,” in Gender, War, and Politics: The Wars of Revolution and Liberation – Transatlantic Comparisons, 1750 - 1820. Edited by Karen Hagemann, Gisela Mittele, and Jane Rendall (Forthcoming, Palgrave-MacMillan, 2008). Dr Knouff's current book project is entitled  “The Enemy Within: Loyalists, Language, and Power, Revolutionary New Hampshire.” His future book project (and related articles) focus on the imagery of New Hampshire loyalists and its relation to defining Revolutionary authority and the gender order.


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.

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. Dr Wade's essay "Abbot Erluin's Blindness: The Monastic Implications of Violent Loss of Sight" was published in Negotiating Community and Difference in Medieval Europe: Gender, Power, Patronage and the Authority of Religion in Latin Christendom (Brill: July 2008). Her article "Gertrude's Tonsure: An Examination of Hair as a Symbol of Gender, Family, and Authority in the Seventh-Century Vita of Gertrude of Nivelles" will be published in the Journal of Medieval History September 2013.  Dr Wade will also be addressing the 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 9-12 in Kalamazoo MI. Her paper is titled, “ ‘Let them have equal love’: Defining the Boundaries between Blood Kin and Monastic Familia in the early to Central Middle Ages”.


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. He is the author of "Temperance Nostaglia, Market Anxiety, and the Reintegration of Community in T.S. Arthur's Ten Nights in a Bar-Room," published in 2004 in an anthology entitled, Cultural Change and the Market Revolution in America 1789- 1860.  Dr. Warder is also the director for a project entitled "Helen Keller in Her Times" which received a grant of $199,740 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in 2007.

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


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, Spanish Colonial America, and and Atlantic World studies. His work has been published Vermont History, The History Teacher, Journal of American and Comparative Cultures, Connecticut History, and Reviews in American History. He has also contributed to the Encyclopedia of U.S. Labor and Working Class History published by Routledge in 2006. His most recent essay, published in the fall of 2009, appears in Law and History Review.


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

Dr. Vincent teaches courses on Modern Germany and the Holocaust. In 2007 he was awarded a Pinchas and Mark Wisen Fellowship to pursue his research project, "The United States and the Crisis of Nazi Racial Policy, 1938-1941." The Fellowship award is for a five-month residency period at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. In July 2007 he stepped down as Director of the Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies.


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

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

Emeriti Faculty

Dr. Wilfred Bisson published, through Xlibris, Global Connections: The World in the Early Medieval Age 600 -900 CE. For the last five years, he has been the editor of The Era of Expanding Regional Civilizations 300-1000 CE, which constitutes two volumes of the World History Encyclopedia, published in March  by ABC-CLIO-Greenwood. The World History Encyclopedia is a 4 million word, 21 volume work with thousands of articles written by  thousands of specialists, organized chronologically and thematically. This work will be also published on line.