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Kenneth Faunce

Kenneth Faunce
Associate Professor
Wilson-Short Hall 322
509-335-7554
kfaunce@wsu.edu

Ken Faunce received his Ph.D from the University of Idaho. He spent several years working for the federal government as a historian and archaeologist. Ken teaches in the Roots of Contemporary Issues program and teaches classes on the history of organized crime, drugs and popular culture. His main area of research is nineteenth and twentieth century U.S. History with an emphasis on race/ethnicity, gender studies, drugs in history and popular culture. His new book Heavy Traffic: The Global Drug Trade in Historical Perspective (Oxford University Press, 2020) focus on the development of the drug trade through the lens of globalization and imperialism. Ken has taught at WSU since 2001.

Steven M. Fountain

Steve Fountain

Associate Professor, Vancouver
VCLS 208T
360-546-9738
sfountain@wsu.edu

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Dr. Fountain’s research interests include Native-newcomer contacts, colonial North America, and the role of animals in history. His first book, Horses of Their Own Making: An Equestrian History of Native North America, and a textbook, History of American Indians, are both in progress. He is also working on projects exploring indigenous peoples in the fur trades, the history of wildlife managment in North America (including wild horses, beaver, and other species), and the legal culture of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Alta California.

Tracey Hanshew


Assistant Professor, Tri Cities
CIC 202B
509-372-7390

Dr. Hanshew specializes in women in the rural American West. She has a Master’s in Social Science from Syracuse University and completed her Ph.D. in History at Oklahoma State University. She has been at WSU Tri-Cities since 2017. Her publications include Oklahoma Rodeo Women, Arcadia Publishing-The History Press, February 2020. She is a contributing author to The American Yawp, Stanford University Press, January 2019. In 2018 she received a Visiting Scholar Fellowship from the Helmerich Center for American Research. She is the recipient of the Muriel H. Wright Award from the Oklahoma Historical Society for her article, “Rodeo in Oklahoma is Women’s Business: How Lucille Mulhall’s Fame Created Opportunity in Rodeo” published in the Chronicles of Oklahoma April 2015. She serves on the Advisory Board to Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture, 1900 to present, and serves as the Rural Women’s Studies Association memberships and communication coordinator for the United States.

Theresa Jordan

Theresa Jordan
Associate Professor
Director, History and Social Studies Undergraduate Education Program
Wilson-Short Hall 341
509-335-4030
tjordan@wsu.edu

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Theresa received an M.A. in history from the University of Washington in 1991. She taught at Idaho State University from 1992 through 2001 and began teaching at WSU in 2001. Her primary interests include Secondary Teacher Education, World History, European Medieval History and Roman History.

Joann LoSavio

Assistant Professor, Vancouver
Vancouver Campus
joann.losavio@wsu.edu

Joann is a cultural historian of transnational exchange and migration, sports, youth, women’s history, and processes of decolonization. She has particular interests in oral history, and visual and material culture. Her dissertation, “Modern Mandala: A Transnational History of Southeast Asian Youth from Burma, Malaya and Thailand, 1950-1970,” focuses on 20th century processes of decolonization, higher education, sports, and the transnational migrations of Southeast Asians in the United States and Britain.

Nikolaus Overtoom


Assistant Professor
Wilson-Short Hall 319
nikolaus.overtoom@wsu.edu

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Nikolaus Leo Overtoom is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Ancient History at Washington State University. He has published several articles on the image of Alexander the Great, ancient imperialism and propaganda, ancient international relations, and ancient militarism. His current scholarship focuses on the rivalry of the Parthians with their Greek, Persian, and Roman neighbors. He has designed and taught over a dozen new courses on ancient Greece and Rome in the past three years. He has a passion for teaching, traveling, and dogs.

Karen Phoenix

Karen Phoenix
Assistant Professor
Wilson-Short Hall 347
509-335-1170

Dr. Phoenix specializes in the U.S. in the World during the Progressive Era and interwar period. She has a B.A. and M.A. from Brandeis University, and completed her Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2010. Her doctoral work used the U.S. Young Women’s Christian Association as a case study to explore U.S. attempts at cultural imperialism in India, the Philippines, Argentina, and Nigeria. She is currently adding post-WWI Poland for the book manuscript. Her article “A Social Gospel for India” was published in a special issue on Transnational Women’s and Gender History in the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, in Spring 2014. She has presented papers at national conferences such as the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, the American Historical Association, and the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.

Clif Stratton

Clif Stratton
Associate Professor
Director, University Common Requirements 
Wilson-Short Hall 320
509-335-2230
clif.stratton@wsu.edu

Clif Stratton is Clinical Associate Professor and Director of University Common Requirements (UCORE) at Washington State University. He has taught at WSU since 2010 and served as the Assistant Director of the Roots of Contemporary Issues Program from 2014 to 2019.

Stratton is the author of two books: Education for Empire: Americans Schools, Race, and the Paths of Good Citizenship (University of California Press, 2016) and Power Politics: Carbon Energy in Historical Perspective (Oxford University Press, 2020). He is currently working on a new project: Race and the Atlanta Braves from Summerhill to Cobb County. Stratton’s teaching and research interests include the histories of race, empire, immigration, capitalism, and the environment in US and world history. Find out more about Clif Stratton here.

 

Charles Weller

Charles Weller
Associate Professor
Wilson-Short Hall 348
509-335-4705
rc.weller@wsu.edu

Charles received his Ph.D. from Al-Farabi Kazakh National University in Almaty, Kazakhstan, working in the Kazakh language. His life’s work includes over 20 years of focus upon Central Asia (in relation to Russia, the Middle East, the Islamic world, and the West), with eight total years of residence in the region engaging in research, teaching, and translation. He has a number of publications in both English and Kazakh. His latest articles include: “Religious-Cultural Revivalism as Historiographical Debate: Contending Claims in the Post-Soviet Kazakh Context” (Journal of Islamic Studies, Vol 25, No 2, May 2014: 138-177) and “Modern Reform and Independence Movements: Central Asian Muslims and Koreans in Comparative Historical Perspective, 1850-1940” (Journal of American – East Asian Relations, Vol 21, No 4, Dec 2014, 343-372). He was a visiting fellow at Yale University (2010-11) before becoming a full-time faculty member for the Roots of Contemporary Issues World History and WSU Asia programs at Washington State University in 2011. He is also engaged this year as a (non-residential) visiting researcher at Georgetown University.

Katy Whalen

Associate Professor
Wilson-Short Hall 324
509-335-1613
kathleen.whalen@wsu.edu

Katy earned her Ph.D. in American History at Washington State University in 2011. Her research fields include labor, immigration, and race. Her teaching fields are Women’s history, Immigration, Writing, and Roots of Contemporary Issues.

Aaron Whelchel

Aaron Whelchel

Associate Professor, Vancouver
360-546-9578
awhelchel@wsu.edu

“Our goal as professional historians is not to collect fact and figures about past events and individuals but rather craft narratives explaining historical change based on reliable evidence. As a researcher I hope to contribute to the story of the development of modern educational systems by emphasizing methodological and organizational techniques that were diffused, adapted, and implemented across the globe. As a teacher of history my goal is to aid students to understand that the shape of the world they live in is highly contingent on numerous historical processes that were neither inevitable or permanent. By stressing the interpretive nature of history, I aim to build critical thinking skills in my students so that they may better evaluate the soundness of the messages they encounter in the wider world.”