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Administrative Coordinator

Patty Cañas
Markstein Hall 226
Fax: (760) 750-4152

Department Chair

Dr. Antonio Zaldívar
Markstein Hall 232

Graduate Coordinator

Dr. Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall
Markstein Hall 251


Patrick Adamiak

Middle Eastern History

Ibrahim Al-Marashi  

Associate 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 (New York: Routledge, 2008); "Iraq’s Gulf Policy and Regime Security from the Monarchy to the post-Baathist Era,” British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 36:3 (Fall 2009): 449-461; With Phebe Marr, The Modern History of Iraq (New York: Routledge, 2017); With Arthur Goldschmidt Jr., A Concise History of the Middle East (New York: Routledge, 2018); "Demobilization minus Disarmament and Reintegration: Iraq’s Security Sector from the US Occupation to the Covid-19 Pandemic,” Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 15:4 (2021): 441-458; “Iraq’s popular mobilisation units: intra-sectarian rivalry and Arab Shi’a mobilisation from the 2003 invasion to Covid-19 pandemic,” International Politics (June 2021): 1-20.

Courses Offered: Hist 102: World Civilization 1500-present; Hist 380: History of the Middle East 600-1700; Hist 384: Women and the Middle East; Hist 385: History of the Middle East 1700-present; Hist 389: The History of Pandemics; Hist 300-11: The Spanish Past & the Modern Middle East.

Jonathan Bechtol

United States History

Maria Carreras

Modern Spain, Europe, World History

Degrees: Ph.D. UCSD

Ann Elwood

Lecturer Emerita
Early Modern Europe, History of Animal-Human Relations

Degrees: Ph.D. UCSD

Selected Research: Changes in canine-human relations during the 19th and 20th centuries (in process); Rin-Tin-Tin: The Movie Star (2010), The Dog Park: A Collection of Stories with a Common Cast of Characters (2010); Novellas: See What You Have Done (2011), The Nun, the Priest, and the Tortoise (2011) and A Provencal Mystery (2012).

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. (University of Michigan); "Ancient Greenbacks: Athenians Owls, the Law of Nikophon, and the Greek Economy" Historia 54, no. 4 (2005): 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).

Suzanna Krivulskaya

Assistant Professor of History
Modern U.S., Gender, Media, Religion, Sexuality, Digital History

Degrees: B.A. LCC International University; M.A. Yale Divinity School; Ph.D. University of Notre Dame

Courses Offered: HIST 130: U.S. History 1500-1877; HIST 301: Historical Methods and Writing; HIST 332: Women in the United States; HIST 343: Religion in the United States; HIST 502: History and Applied Media Technology; HIST 512: History Teaching Practicum.

Selected Publications: “Queer Rumors: Protestant Ministers, Unnatural Deeds, and Church Censure in the Twentieth-Century United States,” Religion and American Culture 31, no. 1 (2021): 1-32; "The Itinerant Passions of Protestant Pastors: Ministerial Elopement Scandals in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era Press," Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 19, no. 1 (2020): 77-95; "Networks of Piety and Slavery among Late Eighteenth-Century Rural Maryland Catholics," Current Research in Digital History 2 (2019); "Paths of Duty: Religion, Marriage, and the Press in a Transatlantic Scandal, 1835-1858," Journal of American Studies 53, no. 3 (2019): 636-662.

Melissa McGuire

United States History

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): 123-24.

Robert Miller

United States History

Carmen Nava

Professor of History
Latin America, Brazil, Gender, Chicana/o;  currently assigned outside of the department

Degrees: Ph.D. UCLA

Selected Research: Co-editor, 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 with Rowman & Littlefield); "Commemorating Cesar E. Chavez as a Locus of Latino Identity," article manuscript in progress.

Kimber Quinney

Associate Professor of History
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).

Miriam Riggs

Brazil, Chicana/o History

Degrees: Ph.D. UCSD

Patricia Seleski

Professor of History
Modern Europe, British Isles, International Studies

Degrees: B.A. Georgetown; M.A. 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 (Ann Arbor: Univeristy 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 (New York: 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: Stanford University Press, 2000).

Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall

Professor of History
Haiti, France, Colonialism, Atlantic World, Jewish, Gender, Historical Film and Video Games

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

Selected Research: Slave Revolt on Screen: The Haitian Revolution in Film and Video Games (University Press of Mississippi, 2021); Haitian History: New Perspectives (Routledge, 2012; pprbk, 2021);  The Abbé Grégoire and the French Revolution: The Making of Modern Universalism (University of California Press, 2005);  "Atlantic Revolutions," in Encyclopedia of the Modern World, ed. Peter Stearns (Oxford University Press, 2008); “History is Too Important to Leave to Hollywood: Colonialism, Genocide, and Memory in the Films of Raoul Peck,” in Toni Pressley-Sanon and Sophie Saint-Just, eds., Raoul Peck: Power, Politics and the Cinematic Imagination (Lexington Books, 2015); Still Unthinkable? The Haitian Revolution and the Reception of Michel-Rolph Trouillot’s Silencing the Past,” Journal of Haitian Studies 19, no. 2 (Fall 2013): 75-103.

Courses OfferedHIST 102: World Civilizations, 1500-present; HIST 301: Historical Methods and Writing; HIST 324: Enlightenment and European Society; HIST 325: Revolutionary Europe, 1789-1989; HIST 381: Comparative French Colonialism, from the Caribbean to Indochina; HIST 382: Travel and Contact in the Early Modern World; HIST 383:    Women and Jewish History; HIST 386: Haiti and World History; HIST 460: Senior Research Seminar in World History; HIST 591: Advanced Seminar in World History; HIST 620: Directed Thesis Research, Writing, and Media Presentation.

Citlali Sosa-Riddell

Assistant Professor of History
19th century Southwest borderlands

Degrees: Ph.D.  UCLA

Selected Research: Her research bridges the U.S.-Mexican Borderlands, Latinx studies, Latin American independence history, and intellectual history to examine the indigenous and mixed-race populations and their engagement with national rights.She received her Ph.D. in History at UCLA in 2020.  Her book project explores how Mexican Californios made claims for their rights to American citizenship and equality based on Latin American notions of race, citizenship, and the struggles for nationhood.  She also writes about Latino food cultures in the 20th century and enjoys engaging with her students about the history of indigenous and Latino foods.  She also hosts a podcast, The Discursive Power of Rock en Español and the Desire for Democracy and it is available on Spotify

Andy Strathman

United States History

Degrees: Ph.D. UCSD

Shad Thielman

United States History

Degrees: B.A. & M.A. CSUSM

Selected Research: “Dead Space: Place Attachment and Cemeteries,” in Place Meaning and Attachment: Authenticity, Heritage and Preservation, eds. Dak Kopec and AnnaMarie Bliss (New York: Routledge, 2020), 92-103; “Death by Numbers: How Vietnam War and Coronavirus Changed the Way We Mourn,” The Conversation, May 15, 2020; Digital History project: “No One Here Gets Out Alive: Commodifying Death in the Twentieth Century."

Antonio M. Zaldívar

Associate Professor and Department chair
Medieval Europe

Degrees: B.A. Florida State University; M.A. Western Michigan University; Ph.D. University of California Los Angeles

Selected Publications: Iberia, the Mediterranean, & the World in the Medieval & Early Modern Periods. Edited by Thomas W. Barton, Marie A. Kelleher, and Antonio M. Zaldívar. Special Issue of the journal Pedralbes, vol. 40 (2020), 47-208; “La lengua como instrumento de diplomacia en la correspondencia entre las cancillerías reales de Aragón y Mallorca, 1341-1349.” In Diplomacia y desarrollo del Estado en la Corona de Aragón (Siglos XIV-XVI). Ed. by Concepción Villanueva Morte. Gijón: Ediciones Trea, 2020, 345-58; “James I and the Rise of Codeswitching Diplomacy in Thirteenth-Century Catalonia." Viator 47:3 (2016), 189-208; “Patricians’ Embrace of the Dominican Convent of St. Catherine in Thirteenth-Century Barcelona,” Medieval Encounters 18 (2012), 174-206.

Courses Offered: HIST 101: World History to 1500 AD; HIST 301: Historical Methods; HIST 313a: Early Medieval Europe; HIST 313b: Late Medieval Europe; HIST 314: The Crusades; HIST 315: Church Reform, Heresy, and Witchcraft in Medieval and Early Modern Europe; HIST 317: Renaissance and Reformation Europe; HIST 400: Medieval Spain: A Land of Three Religions; HIST 512: Teaching History: Theory and Practice; HIST 699c: Independent Study.

Faculty Emeriti

Ann Elwood

Professor Emerita (retired, currently working part-time)

Jeffrey Charles

Professor Emeritus (retired)

Joan Gunderson

Professor Emerita (retired)

Anne Lombard

Professor Emerita (retired)

Patty Seleski

Professor Emerita 

Jill Watts

Professor Emerita (retired)

Zhiwei Xiao

Professor Emeritus (retired)