Joel Allen is Associate Professor of History at Queens College and Associate Professor of History and Classics at the CUNY Graduate Center, currently serving as Executive Officer of the CUNY Graduate Center History Program. 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. The Roman Republic and the Hellenistic Mediterranean: From Alexander to Caesar is forthcoming from Wiley-Blackwell in 2018.
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 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 was An Ordinary Marriage: The World of a Gentry Family in Provincial Russia (Oxford University Press, 2013), 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 recently completed a guidebook to writing for the history classroom, forthcoming from Oxford University Press, and has published a guide for all readers on how to use critical thinking skills to survive the information revolution, 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.
Russian and Eastern European Jewish history, gender, genocide studies
Associate Professor Elissa Bemporad is the Jerry and William Ungar Associate Professor of East European Jewish History and the Holocaust at Queens College and the CUNY Graduate Center. 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). She is the author of Becoming Soviet Jews: The Bolshevik Experiment in Minsk (Indiana University Press, 2013), winner of the National Jewish Book Award and of the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History. The Russian edition was published with ROSSPEN, in the History of Stalinism Series. Her new book entitled Legacy of Blood: Jews, Pogroms, and Ritual Murder in the Lands of the Soviets is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. Elissa is the co-editor with Joyce Warren of Women and Genocide: Survivors and Perpetrators (Indiana University Press, 2018), a collection of studies on the multifaceted roles played by women in different genocidal contexts during the twentieth century. She has recently been a recipient of an NEH Fellowship and a Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC, and in Spring, 2018 she was an ARC Distinguished CUNY Fellow at the Graduate Center. Dr. Bemporad's projects in progress include research for a biography of Ester Frumkin, the most prominent Jewish female political activist and public figure in late Imperial Russia and in the early Soviet Union.
Early modern Jewish history, Sephardi history, Italy
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). Her research concentrates on eighteenth-century Italian and Sephardic Jewish history. Her current research looks at the creation and preservation of affective ties and bonds of obligation in trans-Mediterranean Jewish merchant families. 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). She co-edited Tradition and Transformation in Eighteenth-Century Europe: Jewish Integration in Comparative Perspective (2010, special issue of Jewish History; with Federica Francesconi); Italian Jewish Networks from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Centuries: Bridging Europe and the Mediterranean (Palgrave, 2018; with Carlotta Ferrara degli Uberti and Guri Schwarz), and Connecting Histories: Jews and their Others in Early Modern Europe(Penn Press, 2019; with David B. Ruderman). Francesca serves as acting director of the Center for Jewish Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center, and is a book review editor for the AJS Review.
US women's history, marriage, divorce, family, single motherhood
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.
Latin America, Brazil, urban history, crime and punishment, law and society, slavery and abolition
Amy Chazkel is an Associate Professor of History at Queens College and the CUNY Graduate Center. Prof. Chazkel earned her Ph.D. at Yale University. She is the author ofLaws of Chance: Brazil’s Clandestine Lottery and the Making of Urban Public Life in Brazil (Duke University Press, 2011), winner of the New England Council of Latin American Studies Best Book Prize, co-winner of the J. Willard Hurst Prize of the Law and Society Association, and recipient of Honorable Mention for the Best Book Prize of the Brazil Section of the Latin American Studies Association. A Brazilian edition of Laws of Chance, entitled Leis da sorte was published with the Editora da Unicamp in 2014. She is also co-editor of The Rio Reader: History, Culture, Politics, an anthology of primary sources on the history of Rio de Janeiro (Duke University Press, 2016). Other publications include articles on the history of penal institutions, criminal law, illicit gambling, and the urban nighttime in modern Brazil and co-edited issues of the Radical History Review that explore the privatization of common property in global perspective and Haitian history. She has held faculty fellowships and visiting scholar positions at 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 and the Center for Place, Culture and Politics and the Committee on Globalization and Social Change at the CUNY Graduate Center. She received a fellowship from the Brazilian agency Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education (CAPES) as Visiting Professor at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) in Brazil, where she taught in the doctoral program in history in 2013. She serves on the Radical History Review Editorial Collective, and for the 2016-17 academic year was a Futures Initiative Fellow at the Graduate Center. Her projects in progress include research for a book that explores the social, cultural, and legal history of nighttime in nineteenth-century Rio de Janeiro.
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.
Bryan Cooper Owens
Pre-colonial North Africa, pre-colonial West Africa, African rock art, African pre-history, archaeology
Bryan Cooper Owens is a Substitute Lecturer and Director of Africana Studies. He received his B.A. in Anthropology from West Virginia University, an M.A. in African American Studies from Clark Atlanta University and an M.A. in African Studies from UCLA. He focuses on African and Diasporic African history, with a particular emphasis on the role of art in the archaeological record.
Deirdre Cooper Owens
African-American history, slavery, gender, medicine
Deirdre Cooper Owens is an Associate Professor of History at Queens College, CUNY in Queens, New York and an Organization of American Historians’ (OAH) Distinguished Lecturer. Cooper Owens earned her Ph.D. from UCLA in History and wrote an award-winning dissertation while there. She has published essays, book chapters, recorded podcasts on how to teach slavery and the history of medicine, and written popular blog pieces on a number of issues that concern African American experiences. She is a popular public speaker and travels widely to lecture on 19th century U.S. history, slavery, and the history of medicine. Her first book, Medical Bondage: Race, Gender and the Origins of American Gynecology (UGA Press, 2017) won the 2018 Darlene Clark Hine Book Award from the OAH as the best book written in African American women’s and gender history. Professor Cooper Owens is also the new Director of the Program in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia, the country’s oldest cultural institution founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1731. She teaches courses on African American history, slavery, and medicine.
Early modern Britain and Ireland, martyrdom, memory, Reformation
Sarah Covington is Professor of History at Queens College and the Graduate Center, as well as director of both the QC Irish Studies Program and the MA Program in Biography and Memoir at the Graduate Center. Specializing in early modern England and Ireland, she has published two monographs: 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). She has also co-edited Early Modern Ireland: New Perspectives and Approaches (Routledge) and the forthcoming Explorations in Protestant Aesthetics (Routledge). Her forthcoming book, Bitter Inheritance: the Afterlives of Oliver Cromwell in Ireland, will be published by Oxford University Press in 2019, and will explore the social memory of this most hated enemy in the Irish historical, literary and folkloric imagination over three centuries. Her other projects include a monograph on the theological and literary reinterpretations of problematic biblical characters and episodes (Judas, Gethsemane) in the wake of the sixteenth-century reformation; and, returning to Ireland, a book on John O’Donovan and his Ordnance Survey letters. She has written over thirty 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, and received fellowships at Marsh’s Library in Dublin and the National University of Ireland Galway. 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
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.
South Africa, History of Science, Social Movements
Grace Davie is Associate Professor of History and Director of Graduate Studies at Queens College. Her Ph.D. is from the University of Michigan. Grace is the author of Poverty Knowledge in South Africa: A Social History of Human Science, 1855-2005 (Cambridge University Press, 2015). She has also published essays in The Journal of Southern African Studies, OD Practitioner, and Politique Africaine. Although future research and collaborations will surely take Grace back to southern Africa, her current research explores the impact of the international anti-apartheid movement on American politics. Drawing on interviews and archival research, Grace is examining how civil rights activists, New Left intellectuals, and labor organizers searched for alternative methods of organizing local communities and the working class in the 1970s and 1980s, resulting in the popularization of power structure analysis, divestment tactics, shareholder strategies, and what came to be called labor union “corporate campaigns.” Grace's new book seeks to contribute to our understanding of global capitalism, social movements, and political concept-formation in the late twentieth century by using the story of the emergence of corporate campaigns as a lens onto the complexities of this historical period and the dilemmas that faced—and still face—progressives in the United States.
Late Ottoman Turkey, Greece, Syria, economic history
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 most recent book is The Port-City in the Ottoman Middle East at the Age of Imperialism (2017). Her other 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 the 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).
Special emphasis in her work has been given on the port-cities of Izmir, and Patras, and more recently on Alexandria, as well as on the Aegean islands of Chios and more recently Crete. On the latter island’s economy the following was published in 2016: “Évolution du commerce maritime en Méditerranée orientale au XVIIIe siècle”, La Maritmisation du Monde, GIS d’histoire maritime, CNRS (Paris: Presses de l’Université de Paris-Sorbonne PUPS, 2016), pp. 345-362.
As part of her current research project on the commodities trade of the Middle East and the global markets, in the long trajectory of 18th to 20th centuries, there was the following publication in 2017: “XVII. Yüzyıl Başlından XX. Yüzyıl Başlarına kadar Krala Gemiyle İzmirden Giden Sultaniye KuruÜzüm İhracatı”, in Üzümün Akdeniz’deki Yolculuğu, Ertekin Akpınar & Ekrem Tükenmez, eds (İzmir Akdeniz Akademisi: İzmir, 2017), pp. 121-131.
Associate 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 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.
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 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 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 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.
East-Central Europe, late-imperial Austria-Hungary, interwar Czechoslovakia, modernism, the avant-garde, memory of WWII
Thomas Ort is Associate Professor of modern European history. He received his PhD 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.
Sandy Placido is an assistant professor in the History Department at Queens College, and a researcher at the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute. She received her Ph.D. from the American Studies Program at Harvard University. Her research and teaching examine social movements in the Americas, with a special focus on the contributions of women and people of African and Caribbean descent. Her book manuscript, A Global Vision: Dr. Ana Livia Cordero and the Puerto Rican Liberation Struggle, emphasizes the influential role of Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans in Cold War-era freedom struggles by centering the life of Ana Livia Cordero, a physician who forged connections between anti-imperialist movements across the Third World. Placido worked to preserve Cordero's archival collection at Harvard's Schlesinger Library, and she has received support for her research from the Ford and Mellon Foundations.
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 has completed 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 2019. In Fall 2017, she was a Visiting Researcher at the Universität München.
Born in Alexandria, Egypt, Morris Rossabi (Ph.D. Columbia University) is the author or editor of 26 books, including Khubilai Khan, China and Inner Asia, Modern Mongolia, From Yuan to Modern China and Mongolia, A History of China, and Voyager from Xanadu and more than 100 book chapters and journal articles. He has conducted research in East Asian, Middle Eastern, and European languages in China, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, the Middle East, Europe, and the U.S. Collaborating on art exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Cleveland Museum of Art, he has written four chapters for the authoritative Cambridge History of China. In 2009, he received an honorary doctorate from the National University of Mongolia, and in 2018, he will be giving lectures at Bonn University and Harvard's I Tatti Center in Florence and will be giving the keynote address at Conference on "Eurasian Connections" at Shanghai, New York University.
19th- and 20th-Century America, New York City, Environmental History, History of City Planning
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. Schlichting is a co-editor of the H-Environment Roundtable Reviews. Schlichting's 2019 book New York Recentered: Building the Metropolis from the Shore is part of the University of Chicago Press's History of Urban America series. Her teaching interests range from the history of 1960s America, the city in American history, the history of New York City, and environmental history. Her new research on tideland property development investigates how legal theory, coastal resiliency planning, and land politics shape American waterfronts.
Julia Sneeringer is 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 was published in 2018 by Bloomsbury Academic Press.
Peter G. Vellon is Associate Professor of History at Queens College. He earned his PhD in History from the Graduate Center/CUNY in 2003 and is the author of A Great Conspiracy Against our Race: Italian Immigrant Newspapers and the Construction of Whiteness in the Early 20th Century (New York University Press, 2014) and the co-editor of What is Italian America? Selected Essays from the Italian American Studies Association (Bordighera Press, 2015). His articles have appeared in The Ethnic Studies Review,the Italian American Review, the Journal of Urban History, and he has published several book chapters. At Queens College he has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in late 19th and early 20th century immigration, Italian American history, the United States and the Vietnam War, America in the 1970s, and special seminars in the Macaulay Honors College, such as the People of NYC. His research interests include the intersection of race, whiteness, and identity, as well as the interchange between white ethnics and African Americans during the 20th century.
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.
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 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.
Edgar J. McManus
US constitutional history, slavery, New York, Bill of Rights
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). He also co-authored Liberty and Union: A Constitutional History of the United States, Volume 1 (Routledge).
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
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.
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 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).
17th-century England, Quakers, radical religious sects and politics
Margaret Bostwick received her BA in social science/anthropology from New York University, her MA in history from Queens College, and her MPhil in early modern European history from the CUNY Graduate Center. She is currently a Graduate Center doctoral student completing a dissertation on 17th-century Quakers.
US women's history, US labor history, immigration, New York City
Dr. Harriet Davis-Kram earned an MA in history at Hunter College, writing a thesis about Jewish women in 19th-century Russian revolutionary movements. She also holds a PhD in history from the CUNY Graduate Center, where she submitted a dissertation titled "No More a Stranger and Alone: Trade Union, Socialist and Feminist Action: A Route to Becoming an American." Dr. Davis-Kram has been teaching at Queens College for over twenty years and also works as a guide on New York City social history walking tours. She gives lectures all over New York State for the New York Council for the Humanities and has been repeatedly named one of the best lecturers for the Council program. She also worked as a guider for the United States Information Bureau. Her job was to meet groups of foreign visitors with special interests in American cities. She would take them to different sections of the city, lecturing and answering questions for three hours or more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Laura J. Ping
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.
Rabbi Shur is director of the Queens College Hillel Foundation and Adjunct Lecturer in Jewish Studies at the College. He is an honors graduate in History from Columbia University and in Hebrew Letters from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He holds a Juris Doctor (cum laude) from Wayne State University Law School, and an MA in Near Eastern Languages and Literature from the University of Michigan and Rabbinic Smicha from Jerusalem.
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
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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.