The Department of History's foremost strength is the quality of its faculty. Composed of leading scholars with international reputations in their fields and an enviable record of winning prestigious professional prizes, grants, and contracts, the faculty has also achieved campus-wide recognition for its commitment to pedagogical innovation and excellence.
Jay Aronson’s research and teaching focus on the interactions of science, technology, law, politics, and human rights. He has a long-standing interest in the ethical and political dimensions of post-conflict and post-disaster identification of missing persons. His current work is focused on developing new ways of documenting human rights violations using digital evidence. He teaches courses on the history of American public policy, global justice, human rights, technologies of war, and science and technology studies.
Allyson Creasman’s research interests focus on religious reform and confessional relations in early modern Europe. Her current research examines the impact of censorship on the formation of public opinion and the construction of civic and religious identity in early modern Germany. Her work also focuses on social discipline and criminality in the early modern era, particularly as related to issues of religious conflict and coexistence.
Paul K. Eiss
Paul K. Eiss’s work is anthropological and historical in nature, and focused on Mexico, and especially Yucatan. His interests include: labor, ethnicity, indigeneity, memory and historical narrative, community, performance, theatre, and violence. His book, In the Name of El Pueblo, is a study of changing conceptions of community, place and history in western Yucatan from the late eighteenth century to the present. Currently he is working on two projects: one focused on mestizaje and performance in Yucatan; the other on drug-related violence and new media in contemporary Mexico.
Wendy Z. Goldman
, Paul Mellon Distinguished Professor of History, is a social and political historian of Russia. She has worked on numerous topics including World War II, Stalinist repression, soviet industrialization, labor, gender, and family policy. Her most recent book (with Donald Filtzer) is Fortress Dark and Stern: The Soviet Home Front during World War II (Oxford University Press, 2021.) She recently edited a volume of essays (with Joe Trotter), The Ghetto in Global History: 1500 to the Present (Routledge, 2017), which traces the word, practice, and experience of the ghetto as it traversed time and space. Her books and articles have been translated into Russian, Italian, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, German, and Czech. She has received various honors , including the Berkshire Prize, and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, American Council of Learned Societies, and the Adrew Mellon Foundation. Since 1993, she has served as the director of an exchange for faculty and graduate students between CMU and Russian State University for the Humanities.
Emanuela Grama specializes in the history of 20th century Central and Eastern Europe, with a focus on urban politics, processes of state-making, property, memory and cultural change in communism, postcommunism, and Europeanization. She received her PhD from the Interdisciplinary Program in Anthropology and History at the University of Michigan. She has conducted extensive archival and ethnographic research in different locations in Romania, and has published on a range of topics, including 1) the politics of archaeology and nationalism under socialism 2) urban planning, state-making and material practices, 3) petitions, intertextuality, and citizenship in socialism, and 4) plagiarism in post-socialism.
is a historian of science and technology in the 20th century United States and Europe. Her research focuses on efforts to document, analyze, and alter the human body and the cultural and political ramifications of those projects. Additional areas of research include the history of information and data; art, science, and technology; the human and social sciences; and religion and technology.
Christopher Phillips is a historian of science who also focuses on twentieth-century American history and the history of education. He is particularly interested in the history of numbers, data, and information and has written books on the history of the "new math” curriculum as well as on the rise of analytics in baseball. He is currently writing a history of biostatistics and clinical epidemiology, showing how modern medicine was transformed by the use of statistical methods and concepts.
’s research is focused on environmental history and the history of science. She is especially interested in the history of disciplines and expertise for environmental science, such as the discipline of hydrogeology. Interdisciplinarity itself is also a major research interest, along with interdisciplinary approaches to, and popular discourses about: water, cities, environment, sustainability, agriculture, and food insecurity. She has worked in the Middle East and North Africa; Spain; East Africa; and the United States.
Edmund Russell studies environmental history, history of technology, and American history. Major research topics have included the environmental and technological history of war, coevolution of human and non-human populations, and the environmental and technological history of capitalism. He is currently writing a history of the U.S. transcontinental telegraph, which was built in 1861.
Scott A. Sandage
John Soluri’s work examines social and environmental change in Latin America; commodity production and consumption; workers and work; cultural meanings of plants and animals; transnational histories. His current research projects are centered on animals, commodity markets, borders, and environmental change in southern Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego as well as on changes in foodways and agrodiversity in twentieth-century Latin America.
Noah Theriault is an anthropologist and political ecologist who uses ethnographic and historical methods to study environmental politics in the Philippines. While his long-term research examines capitalism, indigeneity, and conservation in Palawan, his new project focuses on mobility, inequality, and infrastructure in Manila. Thematic interests include environmental justice, social movements, and collaborative, feminist, and decolonial methodologies.