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Ibrahim Al-Marashi  

Associate Professor of History
Middle Eastern History

Professor Al-Marashi is on leave and currently not chairing theses

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
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
Katherine Hijar is the sole curator of an online exhibit at the American Antiquarian Society, entitled, "Beauty, Virtue, and Vice: Nineteenth-century American Womanhood in Prints." Her in-progress book manuscript is provisionally titled, "Dancing Girls, Nymphs of the Pave, and the G'hal Next Door: Imagining Women in American Cities, 1830-1870."

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

Selected Research:


S. Deborah Kang

Associate 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

The INS on the Line: Making Immigration Law on the US-Mexico Border, 1917-1954 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017 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


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: Journal of African Studies; "My Friend Across The Fence," and "Mother," Ufahamu: Journal of the African Studies, 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; Ph.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.

Kimber Quinney

Assistant Professor
U.S. foreign relations; U.S.-Italian relations; Italian fascism; ideology and foreign policy; immigration and foreign policy

Degrees: B.A. History Lewis and Clark College; M.A. International Relations School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins; M.A. and Ph.D. History UC Santa Barbara

Selected Research: “Teaching the History of the Cold War through the Lens of Immigration” The History Teacher Vol. 51, No. 4 (August 2018): 661-696; “’Thank God He’s on Our Side’: A Roundtable in Celebration of the Scholarship of David F. Schmitz” (forthcoming, Pacific Historical Review, November 2019); Co-editor and contributor, Understanding and Teaching Recent American History from Reagan to Trump (forthcoming, The Harvey Goldberg Series for Understanding and Teaching History, University of Wisconsin Press)


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: Her books include The Abbé Grégoire and the French Revolution: The Making of Modern Universalism (UC Press, 2005) and Haitian History: New Perspectives (Routledge, 2012). 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

Full 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

Degrees: B.A. Florida State University, Talahassee; M.A. Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo; 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.