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Faculty & Areas of Specialization

Ibrahim Al-Marashi

Assistant Professor of History
Middle Eastern History

Degrees: B.A. University of California, Los Angeles; M.A. Georgetown University; Ph.D. University of Oxford

Selected Research: Iraq's Armed Forces: An Analytical History (Routledge, 2008); With Alexander Gray, Peace and Conflict: Europe and Beyond (University of Deusto Press, 2006); "Sadrabilia: The Visual Narrative of Muqtada Al-Sadr's Islamist Politics and Insurgency in Iraq", in Rhetoric of the Image: Visual Culture in Modern Muslim Contexts (Indiana Univ. Press, forthcoming).


Jeffrey Charles

Associate Professor of History and graduate studies coordinator
United States. Urban, Social & Cultural History, Food Studies, California

Degrees: B.A. UC Berkeley; M.A. Johns Hopkins; Ph.D. Johns Hopkins

Selected Research: Service Clubs in American Society: Rotary, Kiwanis, and Lions (U of Illinois , 1993); "Searching for Gold in Guacamole: California Growers Market the Avocado, 1910-1994" in Food Nations: Selling Tastes in Consumer Societies (Routledge, 2001); "Industrial Films and the Image of Industrial Food," presented at Association for the Society for Food and Society Annual Meeting (2005).

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Darel Engen

Associate Professor of History
Ancient World, Ancient Greece and Rome, Film, Social and Economic

Degrees: B.A. UCLA; M.A. UCLA; Ph.D. UCLA

Selected Research: Honor and Profit: Athenian Trade Policy and the Economy and Society of Greece, 415-307 B.C.E. (U of Michigan, forthcoming); "Ancient Greenbacks: Athenians Owls, the Law of Nikophon, and the Greek Economy" Historia 54, (2005) 4: 359-381; "Trade, Traders, and the Economy of Athens in the Fourth Century B.C.E." in Prehistory and History: Ethnicity, Class, and Political Economy (Black Rose, 2001).

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Katherine Hijar

Assistant Professor of History
United States Social & Cultural (19th Century), History of Print, Visual Culture & Early Mass Media, Women/Gender/Sexuality, Urban History, Digital History

Degrees: B.A. UC Berkeley; M.A. Johns Hopkins; Ph.D. Johns Hopkins

Selected Research:

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S. Deborah Kang

Assistant Professor of History
U.S. West/Borderlands

Degrees: B.A. Cornell University; M.A. University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley 

Selected Research: (New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming); "Jon Gjerde's Immigrant America," in Norwegian American Essays 2010; Review of Migra! A History of the U.S. Border Patrol, by Kelly Lytle Hernandez, Western Historical Quarterly


Anne Lombard

Professor of History
Colonial and Revolutionary America, Atlantic World, Gender, Law

Degrees: B.A. Harvard; J.D. Columbia; M.A. Columbia; Ph.D. UCLA

Selected Research: Making Manhood: Growing Up Male in Colonial New England (Harvard, 2003); co-author with Richard Middleton, Colonial America: A History, 4th edition (Wiley/Blackwell Press, in progress); "Fatherhood and Masculinity in Colonial America," in Juergen Martschukat and Olaf Stieglitz, eds., Manner und Mannlichkeiten in der amerikanischen Gestichte-ein Reader (trans: Men and Masculinities in American History: A Reader); Bielefeld: transcript Verlag, March 2007.

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Reuben Mekenye

Associate Professor of History
Southern and Modern Africa

Degrees: B.A. National University of Lesotho; M.A. University of Wisconsin, La Cross; Ph.D. UCLA

Selected Research: "Re-Examination of the Lekhotla la Bafo's Challenge to Imperialism in Lesotho, 1919-1966," Forthcoming in the International Journal of African Historical Studies; "The African Role in the Failure of South African Colonialism, 1902-1910: The Case of Lesotho," Accepted for Publication in UFAHAMU; "My Friend Across The Fence," and "Mother," Ufahamu, Journal of the African Activist Association, 3 (Fall,1989), pp. 123-24.

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Carmen Nava

Professor of History and Department chair
Latin America, Brazil, Gender, Chicana/o

Degrees: B.A. CSU Northridge; M.A. UCLA; Pd.D. UCLA

Selected Research: co-ed. Brazil in the Making: Facets of Brazilian National Identity, Rowman & Littlefield, 2006; (authored chapter, "Forging Future Citizens in Brazilian Public Schools, 1937-1945"); Envisioning women in Latin American History (under contract Rowman & Littlefield); "Commemorating Cesar E. Chavez as a Locus of Latino Identity," article manuscript in progress.

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Patricia Seleski

Professor of History
Modern Europe, British Isles, International*

Degrees: B.A. Georgetown; M.A. (English Language & Lit.) Oxford; M.A. Stanford; Ph.D. Stanford

Selected Research: "A Mistress, a Mother and a Murderess Too: Elizabeth Brownrigg and the Social Construction of an Eighteenth Century Mistress," in Lewd and Notorious: Female Transgression in the 18th Century, (U of Michigan Press, 2003); "Domesticity is in the Streets: Elizabeth Fenning, the London Crowd and the Politics of the Private Sphere," in The Politics of the Excluded, c. 1500-1850, (Macmillan, 2001); "Identity, Immigration and the State: Irish Immigrants and English Settlement in London, 1790-1840" in Singular Continuities: Tradition, Nostalgia and Society in Modern Britain (Stanford, 2000).

*Professor Seleski is not available to chair theses but is willing to consider serving as a second reader for some projects.

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Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall

Professor of History
18th/19th Century France, Colonialism, Atlantic World, Jewish, Haiti, Gender

Degrees: B.A. University of Pennsylvania; M.A. Stanford; Ph.D. Stanford

Selected Research: The Abbe Gregorie and the French Revolution: The Making of Modern Universalism (U of California, 2005); "The Specter of Saint-Domingue: American and French Reactions to the Haitian Revolution," in The World of the Haitian Revolution, (Indiana, 2009); "Atlantic Revolutions," in Encyclopedia of the Modern World, ed. Peter Stearns (Oxford University Press, 2008).

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Jill Watts

Professor of History
Modern U.S. Social & Cultural, African American, Film, Digital History

Degrees: B.A. UCSD; M.A. UCLA; Ph.D UCLA

Selected Research: Hattie McDaniel: Black Ambition, White Hollywood (Amistad/HarperCollins, 2005); Mae West: An Icon in Black and White (Oxford, 2001); God, Harlem U.S.A: The Father Divine Story (U of California, 1992).

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Zhiwei Xiao

Associate Professor of History
Asia, Modern China, Chinese Film

Degrees: B.A. Liaoning Normal University; M.A. (Chinese Aesthetics) Sichuan University; M.A. (Liberal Studies) The College of Saint Rose; Ph.D. UCSD

Selected Research: co-author with Yingjin Zhang, Encyclopedia of Chinese Film (Routledge, 1998); "Movie House Etiquette Reform in Early-Twentieth Century China," Modern China, (October 2006), pp. 1-24; "Chinese Underground Films: Views from China," co-authored with Chen Mo, in From Underground to Independent: Alternative Film Culture in Contemporary China, Rowman and Littlefield, 2006.

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Antonio Zaldivar

Assistant Professor of History
Medival Europe

Ph.D. University of California Los Angeles

Selected Publications:

 “Conveying Urgency in the Vernacular.” In Authority and Spectacle in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia: Studies in Honor of Teófilo F. Ruiz (Ashgate: forthcoming).

“A Tribute to Sir John H. Elliot’s Contributions to the Historical Craft,” Bulletin for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies 38:1 (2014), 207-10.

“Patricians’ Embrace of the Dominican Convent of St. Catherine in Thirteenth-Century Barcelona,” Medieval Encounters 18 (2012), 174-206.

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