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Administrative Coordinator

Patty Cañas
Markstein Hall 226
Fax: (760) 750-3190

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 (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), pp. 449-461; With Phebe Marr, The Modern History of Iraq (Routledge, 2017); With Arthur Goldschmidt Jr., A Concise History of the Middle East (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), pp. 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 (forthcoming 2021).


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

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).

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. (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).

Michael Henderson

United States History

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.

Suzanna Krivulskaya

Selected Publications: “Queer Rumors: Protestant Ministers, Unnatural Deeds, and Church Censure in the Twentieth-Century United States,” Religion and American Culture (2021); "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 (2020); "Networks of Piety and Slavery among Late Eighteenth-Century Rural Maryland Catholics," Current Research in Digital History (2019); "Paths of Duty: Religion, Marriage, and the Press in a Transatlantic Scandal, 1835-1858," Journal of American Studies (2019).

Julia Lewandoski

Assistant Professor of History
Early America, Native America, Digital History
On leave, AY 2021-2022 at University of Southern California
Degrees: B.A. Harvard; M.A. McGill University; Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Courses Offered: HIST 130: U.S. History 1500-1877; HIST 333: British Empire in the Americas, 1497-1775; HIST 338b: Native Communities in California from Colonization to the 20th Century; HIST 346: Development of the American Frontier.
Julia Lewandoski

My current book project explores how small Indigenous nations across North America exploited imperial transitions to defend land as property in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. I am also at work on a digital companion to the book project, using GIS to examine how Indigenous property has been mapped and measured. I am broadly interested in early North America, Native North America, law and legal regimes across empires, the Atlantic and Pacific Worlds, settler colonialism, and the history of cartography. My work is also marked by interdisciplinary engagements with Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) and Science and Technology Studies (STS). I have also worked on several digital and public-facing projects, including a comprehensive digital atlas of Indigenous history and culture for the State of California. My research has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Society for Legal History, the Huntington Library, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Harvard Economic History Project, the Bancroft Library, the Canadian Studies Program at UC Berkeley, and the Louisiana Historical Association.

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), pp. 123-24.

Robert Miller

United States History

Carmen Nava

Professor of History
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 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, (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, (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).

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.

Andy Strathman

United States History

Degrees: Ph.D. UCSD

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: The Black Cabinet: The Untold Story of African Americans and Politics During the Age of Roosevelt (Grove Atlantic, 2020); 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 (University of California, 1992).

Zhiwei Xiao

Professor Emeritus of History
Modern East Asian History

Degrees: B.A. Liaoning Normal University, Dalian, China; M.A. Sichuan University, Chengdu, China; M.A. The College of St. Rose, Albany, NY; Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

Selected Research: Encyclopedia of Chinese Film (co-authored with Yingjin Zhang), Routeledge, 1998; “For Better or Worse, Don’t Change Your Husband! Remake and Appropriations of American Films in Republican China, 1911-1949” in Lisa Funnell and Man-fung Yip eds., American and Chinese-Language Cinemas: Examining Cultural Flows, London and New York: Routledge, 2014, pp. 9-23; “Policing Film in Early Twentieth-Century China, 1905-1923” in Carlos Rojas and Eileen Chow eds., The Oxford Handbook of Chinese Cinemas, Oxford University Press, 2013, pp. 452-271;  “A Century of America on Chinese Screens” in Journal of American East-Asian Relations, 17:4 (2011): 305-323; “The Reception of American Films in China” in Ying Zhu and Stanley Rosen eds., The Interplay of Art, Politics and Commerce in Chinese Cinema, Hong Kong: University of Hong Kong Press, 2009, pp. 55-69.

Courses Offered: HIST 101: Critical Thinking in History; HIST 102: World Civilizations, since 1500; HIST 301: Methods & Writing; HIST 360: Classical Asia; HIST 361: Modern East Asia; HIST 362: China and the West; HIST 363: Modern China; HIST 364: Film & Modern Chinese Hist; HIST 365: Modern Japan; HIST 367: Women in China; HIST 460: Seminar in World History; HIST 501: Historical Perspectives on Media.

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 lecturing part-time)

Joan Gunderson

Professor Emerita (retired)

Anne Lombard

Professor Emerita (retired)

Patty Seleski

Professor Emerita (currently working part-time)

Zhiwei Xiao

Professor Emeritus (currently working part-time)