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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).


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).


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:


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.


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.


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.


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.


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).


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).


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.


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.