History Faculty and Staff
History Faculty and Staff

Our faculty has a wide range of expertise, experience, interests and connections. They are writers, researchers, public speakers, administrators, and community leaders. But they are, first and foremost, teachers, and the small size of most history classes makes for exceptional interaction between teacher and student.

You, like many of our students, may find yourself preparing a paper to present at an undergraduate research conference or preparing a senior thesis. Our faculty will encourage you to excel and develop your talents to the fullest. They will give support and advice as you plan for your career or further study. They will even steer you toward valuable scholarship and internship opportunities. As a history major, you will receive a quality education with a personal touch.

Browse the links below and learn more about the research and activities of our award-winning faculty.


Mary Ella Engel Ph.D., Associate Professor, Interim Department Head  
Saheed Aderinto Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Robert Clines Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Laura Cruz Ph.D., Associate Professor, Director of Faculty Center
Andrew Denson Ph.D., Associate Professor, Graduate Program Coordinator
David Dorondo D.Phil., Sossoman Associate Professor
Robert Ferguson Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Benjamin Francis-Fallon Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Director of Social Science Education
Gael Graham Ph.D., Professor
Alexander Macaulay Ph.D., Associate Professor
Elizabeth McRae Ph.D., Associate Professor
Scott Philyaw Ph.D., Associate Professor
Honor Sachs Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Richard Starnes Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Jessie Swigger Ph.D., Associate Professor, Public History Program Director
Vicki Szabo Ph.D., Associate Professor
Visiting Faculty  
Sue Abram  
Clete Fortwendel  
Emeriti Faculty  
William Anderson  
John L. Bell  
Tyler Blethen  
Ellerd Hulbert  
James Lewis  
Clifford Lovin  
Gerald Schwartz  
Max R. Williams  
Curtis Wood  
Non-Departmental Historians  
George Frizzell University Archivist
Peter Koch Educational Specialist, Mountain Heritage Center
Department Secretary  
Ms. Kathy Orr  

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