Dr. Jonathan J. Bean received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University in 1994 and came to SIU in 1995. He teaches undergraduate courses on U.S. history, including business history, the Great Depression, and a senior seminar on "The Business of Vice." Bean is active in digital history: former Senior Editor ...read full profile >>
Dr. Getahun Benti received his Ph.D. in African history from Michigan State University in 2000 and came to SIU in the same year. He teaches courses in African and world history, including a comparative slavery course. Professor Benti’s research interests include urbanization-migration studies and the ...read full profile >>
Dr. Ras Michael Brown holds a joint appointment in History and Africana Studies and teaches courses on World History, the African Diaspora, the Atlantic World, and Religion. He researches the religious and environmental cultures of African-descended people throughout the African-Atlantic Diaspora with ...read full profile >>
Dr. Holly Hurlburt earned her Ph.D. from Syracuse University in 2000 and came to SIU in the same year. She teaches courses on Early Modern Europe and Women, Gender, and Sexuality, as well as world history and the history of food. Her research focuses on women, gender, and power in early modern Venice ...read full profile >>
Dr. José Najar received his Ph. D. from Indiana University in 2012. He teaches classes in Latin American and world history.
Ms. Tiffany A. Player is currently completing her doctorate in History at Washington University in St. Louis. Her dissertation, “African American Women and the Politics of Slavery from the Antebellum Era through the Great Depression,” examines the intersections of race, gender, slavery, and ...read full profile >>
Dr. Meghann Pytka earned her Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 2013. She is a joint-lecturer in the Department of History and in the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at SIU and is a historian of nineteenth and twentieth-century Central and Eastern Europe. Her work focuses on ...read full profile >>
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Dr. Pamela Smoot received her Ph.D. from Michigan State University and came to SIU the next year. Her classes are cross-appointed in Africana Studies and History. Dr. Smoot specializes in African-American history and archival administration. Her current research focuses on "Black Pittsburgh: The Depths of a Secret City, 1830-1945."
Dr. Joe Sramek received his B.A. in history from SUNY-Binghamton in 1998 and his Ph.D. from CUNY Graduate Center in 2007. He is the author of Gender, Morality, and Race in Company India (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), which examines the roles that gender and race played in the construction of colonial rule ...read full profile >>
Dr. Rachel L. Stocking earned her Ph.D. from Stanford University and came to SIU in 1994. She is a specialist in late antique and early medieval Iberian History. Her particular areas of interest include Christian culture, religious and political identities, Christian Anti-Judaism, Catholic political theology, ...read full profile >>
Dr. Theodore R. Weeks earned his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1992 and came to SIU in 1993. He teaches courses in world, European, Eastern European, Polish, and Russian history. His research interests focus on nationality and ethnicity, in particular in the context of East- Central ...read full profile >>
Dr. Gray Whaley's research and teaching interests focus on Native American history. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in 2002 and he has previously taught at the University of Oregon, Western Michigan University, and Grand Valley State University. He will be teaching History 301 (Modern America since 1877) and History 493 (American Indians and Government) this fall.
Dr. Jonathan Wiesen earned his Ph.D. from Brown University in 1997 and, before coming to SIU in 1998, he taught at Colgate University. Professor Wiesen’s teaching interests include Modern European history, Modern German history, and the history of the Holocaust. He has written articles on historical ...read full profile >>
Dr. Hale Yılmaz received her Ph.D. from the University of Utah in 2006. Her research and teaching interests center on Middle Eastern history, including Turkish history and the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Dr. Yılmaz previously taught at the University of Montana. She has taught History ...read full profile >>
Dr. Natasha Zaretsky brings together the history of United States political culture after 1968, modern women’s and gender history, and the history of foreign policy. Most recently, her research and writing have sought to bridge the interdisciplinary fields of gender studies and environmental ...read full profile >>