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.
“The Strengths and Limitations of South Africa’s Search for Apartheid-Era Missing Persons,” International Journal for Transitional Justice, 2011, 5(2): 262-281.
Genetic Witness: Science, Law, and Controversy in the Making of DNA Profiling (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2007)
Taylor B. Seybolt, Jay D. Aronson, and Baruch Fischhoff, Counting Civilian Casualties: An Introduction to Recording and Estimating Nonmilitary Deaths in Conflict (Oxford University Press, 2013).
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.
Censorship and Civic Order in Reformation Germany, 1517-1648: “Printed Poison and Evil Talk” (Ashgate, 2012)
“‘Lies as Truth’” – Policing Print and Oral Culture in the Early Modern City,” in Ideas and Cultural Margins in Early Modern Germany, ed. Marjorie E. Plummer and Robin Barnes (forthcoming from Ashgate)
“Side-Stepping the Censors: the Clandestine Trade in Prohibited Texts in Early Modern Augsburg, in Shell Games: Scams, Frauds and Deceits in Late-Medieval and Early Modern Cultures (Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2004)
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.
In the Name of El Pueblo: Place, Community and the Politics of History in Yucatán (Duke University Press, 2010.)
Constructing the Maya: Ethnicity, State Formation and Material Culture in Yucatán, Chiapas and Guatemala. Editor of special issue of Ethnohistory 55:4 (Fall 2008).
“Taking the Measure of Liberty: The Politics of Labor in Revolutionary Yucatán, 1915-1918.” In Ben Fallaw, Gilbert Joseph, and Edward Terry eds., Peripheral Visions: Politics, Society, and the Challenges of Modernity in Yucatan (University of Alabama Press, 2010), 54-78.
Edda Fields-Black works in African history, particularly West Africa and the pre-colonial period as well as selected topics in the history of the African Diaspora.
Rice: Global Networks and New Histories (Cambridge University Press, 2015) with Francesca Bray, Peter Coclanis, and Dagmar Schafer
Deep Roots: Rice Farmers in West Africa and the African Diaspora (Indiana University Press, 2008)
“Untangling the Many Roots of West African Mangrove Rice Farming: The Evolution of Coastal Rice-Growing Technology in the Rio Nunez Region, Earliest Times to c. 1800,” Journal of African History, 49, 1, March 2008, 1-21.
“Before Baga’: Settlement Chronologies of the Coastal Rio Nunez Region, Earliest Times to c. 1000 CE,” International Journal of African Historical Studies, 37, 2, 2004, 229-253.
Wendy Z. Goldman
Wendy Z. Goldman 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. She is currently working on a book, Fortress Dark and Stern: Life, Labor, and Loyalty on the Soviet Home Front during World War II (Oxford University Press, forthcoming.) 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 travels to Russia frequently to do archival research. 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.
Hunger and War: Food Provisioning in the Soviet Union During World War II (Indiana University Press, 2015) (Co edited with Donald Filtzer).
Inventing the Enemy: Denunciation and Terror in Stalin’s Russia (Cambridge University Press, 2011)
Terror and Democracy in the Age of Stalin: The Social Dynamics of Repression (Cambridge University Press, 2007.)
Emanuela Grama’s work has focused on the relationship between state formation, memory, and material culture in socialist and postsocialist Central and Eastern Europe; politics of architecture and urban planning; heritage-making, property restitution, and cultural meanings of space. With a focus on postwar and postsocialist Romania, her book in progress examines the formation of a communist heritage regime that accompanied the state-commanded modernization, and the after-effects of Communist heritage politics in postsocialist Romania.
“Stubborn Memory and Porous Objects: Heritage Regimes, State-Making and Cultural Sovereignty in Romania (1945-2007)”. Book manuscript in progress..
On Our Way to “We”: Post-ethnic Citizenship and Political Capital in Contemporary Romania. In preparation for American Ethnologist
“Impenetrable Plans and Porous Expertise: Building a Socialist Bucharest, Reconstructing Its Past (1958-1968).” EUI Working Papers, Max Weber Programme 2012.
Revenge of the Domestic: Women, the Family, and Communism in the German Democratic Republic, 1945-1970 (Princeton University Press, 2007).
“Women in Communist Societies,” in The Oxford Handbook of the History of Communism. S.A. Smith, editor. Oxford University Press, 2013.
“Medicalized Social Hygiene? Tuberculosis Policy in the German Democratic Republic,” Bulletin of the History of Medicine. 2012. 86(3): 394-423.
Katherine A. Lynch
Katherine Lynch is a social historian of Europe interested in the history of the family and of poor relief and charitable institutions. She is currently working on the history of France's poor relief system in the years from the French Revolution to the 1850s. She has recently written about the disadvantaging of girls and women in European society in comparative perspective, and the long-term history of civil society in Europe.
“Why weren’t (more) European Women ‘Missing’? History of the Family 16 (2011): 250-266.
“Social Provisions and the Life of Civil Society in Europe: Rethinking Public and Private,” Journal of Urban History 36, 3 (2010): 285-299.
“Theoretical and Analytical Approaches to Religious Beliefs, Values, and Identities during the Modern Fertility Transition,” in Renzo De Rosas and Frans van Poppel, eds., Religion and the Decline of Fertility in the Western World (The Hague: Springer, 2006), 1-19.
Christopher Phillips focuses on twentieth-century American history, as well as on the history of modern science. He is particularly interested in the intersection of mathematical methods and claims of expertise. He has written about the history of the "new math" curriculum, and is currently writing about the rise of statistical analysis in fields such as clinical medicine, wine tasting, and professional sports.
Selected PublicationsThe New Math: A Political History (University of Chicago Press, 2015).
“An Officer and a Scholar: West Point and the Invention of the Blackboard,” History of Education Quarterly 55 (Feb. 2015): 82-108.
“Keeping Score: Accounting for America’s Pastime,” Cabinet: A Quarterly of Art and Culture 56 (Winter 2014-2015), 73-79.
Scott A. Sandage
Scott A. Sandage focuses on general U.S. history 1820-1920, U.S. cultural history, and American identity.
Selected PublicationsBorn Losers: A History of Failure in America (Harvard University Press, 2005).
“The Gilded Age,” in A Companion to American Cultural History, ed. Karen Halttunen (Blackwell, 2008), 139-153.
"A Marble House Divided: The Lincoln Memorial, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Politics of Memory, 1939-1963,” in Time Longer than Rope: A Century of African American Activism, 1850-1950, eds. Charles Payne and Adam Green (NYU Press, 2003), 492-535.
Nico Slate’s research and teaching focus on the transnational history of social movements in the United States, with a particular emphasis on South Asia and on the history of struggles against racism and imperialism worldwide.
Colored Cosmopolitanism: The Shared Struggle for Freedom in the United States and India (Harvard University Press, 2012)
Black Power Beyond Borders, an edited volume (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).
“Race as Freedom: How Cedric Dover and Barack Obama Became Black,” Racial and Ethnic Studies 35 (2012): 1-19.
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 project is centered on animals, commodity markets, borders, and environmental change in southern Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego.
“Seals and Seal Hunters along the Patagonian Littoral, 1780-1960.” In Centering Animals: Writing Animals into Latin American History, edited by Martha Few and Zeb Totorici. Durham: Duke University Press, 2013.
“Tela, Honduras: A Company Town.” In Mapping Latin America: Space and Society, 1492-2000, edited by Karl Offen and Jordana Dym. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011.
Banana Cultures: Agriculture, Consumption, and Environmental Change in Honduras and the United States. (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2005).
Lisa Tetrault specializes in women’s history, the history of social movements, and the politics of memory in the United States. She also has a strong interest in women’s health, and her research interests focus on the nineteenth century.
“Purists vs. Pragmatists,” book review of Carol Faulkner, Lucretia Mott’s Heresy: Abolition and Women’s Rights in Nineteenth-Century America (Penn, 2011) & Faye Dudden, Fighting Chance: The Struggle Over Woman Suffrage and Black Suffrage in Reconstruction America (UNC, 2011), in Women’s Review of Books (May/June 2012).
“The Incorporation of American Feminism: Suffragists on the Post-Bellum Lyceum,” Journal of American History 96:4 (March 2010).
Memory of a Movement: Woman Suffrage and the Creation of a Feminist Origins Myth, 1865-1900 (under contract, University of North Carolina Press).
Joe W. Trotter, Jr.
Joe W. Trotter is interested in issues of African American migration, class relations, and changes in community life, culture, and politics in the 20th Century U.S.
Race and Renaissance: African Americans in Pittsburgh Since World War II (co-authored with Jared N. Day). Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010.
“African American, Immigrant, and Ethnic History: The JAEH and its First 25 Years” Journal of American Ethnic History (in-press, Summer 2006).
The African American Urban Experience: From the Colonial Era to the Present with Earl Lewis and Tera W. Hunter (Palgrave Publishing Company, 2004).
Benno Weiner specializes in modern Chinese and Tibetan history, with a focus on China’s ethnic minority regions during the Republican and Maoist periods.
“The Aporia of Re-remembering: Wenshi Ziliao and the post-Mao Writing of Amdo’s Early Liberation Period.” In Re-remembered Meetings: Post-Mao Retellings of Early Tibetan Encounters with the Chinese Communist Party. Edited by Benno Weiner, Françoise Robin and Robert Barnett. Leiden: Brill, forthcoming.
“W(h)ither the Mongols? The Mongols in East and Inner Asia after Empire.” In Teaching the Mongol Empire in World History: Rise, Rule and Legacy. Edited by Benno Weiner, Lynne Myles and Eric Dinmore. Albany: SUNY Press, forthcoming.
“In the Footsteps of Garaman or Han Yinu? Rebellion, Nationality Autonomy and Popular Memory among the Salar of Xunhua County.” In Muslims in Amdo Tibetan Society: Multi-Disciplinary Approaches, edited by Bianca Horlemann, Paul Nietupski, and Marie-Paul Hille. Lanham, MD: Lexington, In press.