International Affairs, the Middle East, and conflict studies
Powdermaker Hall, Room
Professor McGee is the Director of the Center for Ethnic, Racial and Religious Understanding (CERRU) at Queens College, where she is also an adjunct lecturer in the History Department. She teaches a series of courses about the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict that are part of the “America and the Middle East: Clash of Civilizations or Meeting of Minds” series. Sophia holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from the Graduate Program in International Affairs at the New School University. Her concentration was Conflict and Security, and her regional area of specialization was the Middle East with a focus on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. In addition, Sophia is an SIIS Fellow at Brandeis University. Ms. McGee was a participant in the inaugural CUNY TEDx, where her TED talk was entitled “Learning to Take the Leap of Faith.” She has also spoken about her work on the Brian Lehrer show, as well as at numerous conferences and gatherings at Columbia University, The New School, Queens College, for the International Society of Political Psychology, and most recently at the Urban Clinic at Hebrew University.
Islamic Civilization, Legal History, History of Forced Migration
Andrew received a BA and MA in Middle Eastern studies from the University of Chicago and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in History at the CUNY Graduate Center. His dissertation examines urban development and public space in twentieth-century Baghdad. His other research interests include modern Arabic literature, the social history of medicine and disease, and history of the emotions. Andrew has been the recipient of numerous research and travel grants, including a year-long fellowship to study advanced Arabic at the Center for Arabic Study Abroad at the American University in Cairo and a five-year Graduate Teaching Fellowship at the Graduate Center.
U.S. History, History of Labor
Sean Griffin received his M.Phil and Ph.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center. His current book project, Labor, Land, and Freedom: Labor Reformers and the Rise of Antislavery Politics, examines the contributions of the pre-Civil War labor reform movement to the ideological underpinnings and popular appeal of political antislavery. His broader research interests include transnational histories of slavery and antislavery, nineteenth-century political and economic history, and African-American history, and his work has recently appeared in the Journal of the Civil War Era. He currently teaches the U.S. survey course as well as courses in Labor History and Constitutional History.
Dr. Haller earned his M.A. and PhD from St John's University. His research area focuses on the impact of the Scottish Enlightenment ideas in Early American Education. He wrote his dissertation on Rev. Charles Nisbet of Dickinson College and the role these ideas factored into his lectures and writings.
Ancient Greek and Roman History
Powdermaker Hall, Room 352-X
Myles McDonnell received a B.A. in History from Queens College, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Ancient History from Columbia. He has published on various aspects of ancient Greek, Roman, and Etruscan cultures and history, and is the author of Roman Manliness: Virtus and the Roman Republic (CUP 2006, pbk 2010). He is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome (1998), and from 2004-7 was Director of the American Academy's Classical Summer School in Ancient Roman Topography. He has taught at Columbia University, Dartmouth College, the University of Washington, as well as at Brooklyn and Baruch Colleges.
Powdermaker Hall, Room 352-F
Originally from county Louth, Patrick did his graduate work at SUNY Stony Brook, under the direction of Prof. Karl Bottigheimer, one of America's leading Irish historians. Since 1994, he has lectured on Irish and Irish-American History at Queens College, and has also conducted tutorials and directed readings for students undertaking specialized study in these areas. From an initial concentration on early modern Ireland, his more recent work has included an emphasis on 20th-century Ireland and 19th-century Irish-America.
American History, Women’s History, Cultural History, Visual Culture, Fashion History
Laura J. Ping received a B.A. in History from the University of Iowa, an M.A. in American History from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a M.Phil and a Ph.D. in American History from The Graduate Center, CUNY. Her research examines the Nineteenth-Century women’s dress reform movement and its influence on the woman’s rights movement. Other research projects include an examination of how clothing was used as a political tool on the Virginia home front during the American Civil War. Ping has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the E.P. Thompson dissertation fellowship, the La Guardia Community College writing across the curriculum fellowship, the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library research fellowship, and the Colonial Dames of New York dissertation fellowship. Her recent article “‘He May Sneer at the Course We are Pursuing to Gain Justice': Lydia Sayer Hasbrouck, The Sibyl and Corresponding about Women's Suffrage,” was published in the Summer/Fall 2017 issue of the New York History Journal. Ping’s writing has also appeared in AHA Today: A Blog of the American Historical Association.
International diplomatic history
Powdermaker Hall, Room 352-X
Ambassador Loucas Tsilas earned bachelor's degrees in law and economics from the University of Athens, and a master's degree in international relations at the State University of Louisiana. During his 35 years with the Greek Foreign Ministry, Ambassador Tsilas served as Diplomatic Advisor to the Prime Minister of Greece, Ambassador to South Africa, Ambassador to Washington, D.C., and Permanent Representative to the European Union, Brussels. Subsequently, for 15 years, he was the Executive Director of the Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA) and a member of its board.
Antebellum United States History, History of Slavery and Antislavery
Evan Turiano is a Graduate Teaching Fellow at Queens College and is a PhD Student at the Graduate Center, CUNY. He earned his M.A. in History from the Graduate Center, CUNY, and his B.A. in American Studies from Trinity College, CT. His research examines the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law, the secession crisis, and antebellum legal culture. He has received fellowships from the City University of New York, the Colonial Dames of America, and the Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society, and his writing has appeared in Muster: The Blog of the Journal of the Civil War Era as well as the Activist History Review. He is also Co-Chair of the CUNY Early American Republic Seminar.
American history, women & gender, sexuality, public health, popular culture
Erin Wuebker received her PhD from the CUNY Graduate Center. She teaches in the Women & Gender Studies Program as well as the History Department, offering courses in the history of sexuality, women & gender, public health, family, comic books, and American history. Her research looks at the culture and politics of public health and venereal disease in 20th-century America. Her writing has appeared on Notches and Nursing Clio. In addition to teaching, she is also an Assistant Curator at the Brooklyn Historical Society.