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Karoline ”Kaja” Cook

Karoline Kaja Cook

Clinical Assistant Professor
karoline.cook@wsu.edu
509-335-5570
Wilson-Short Hall 345

Karoline teaches in the Roots of Contemporary Issues Program. She has a PhD in history from Princeton University (2008). She is currently completing her book, Forbidden Crossings: Moriscos and Muslims in Spanish America, 1492-1650 for publication with the University of Pennsylvania Press.

Steven M. Fountain

Steve Fountain

Clinical Assistant 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.

Katy Fry

Katy Fry

Clinical Assistant Professor
kfry@wsu.edu
Wilson-Short Hall 324

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.

Lydia Gerber

Lydia Gerber

Clinical Associate Professor
Director, Asia Program
Wilson-Short Hall 310
509-332-7425
lgerber@wsu.edu

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Lydia received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Chinese Studies and Religious Studies from Hamburg University in Germany. Between 1983 and 1999 she spent a total of four years studying and teaching in China, at Shandong University, Nankai University and finally at Lanzhou University. Her research interests include Chinese history, Cross-cultural Studies with a special focus on Sino-German relations and Protestant missionaries in China.

Theresa Jordan

Theresa Jordan

Clinical 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.

Karen Phoenix

Karen Phoenix

Clinical Assistant Professor
karen.phoenix@wsu.edu
509-335-1170
Wilson-Short Hall 347

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

Clinical Assistant Professor
Assistant Director, Roots of Contemporary Issues (RCI)
Wilson-Short Hall 320
509-335-2230
clif.stratton@wsu.edu

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Clif Stratton earned his Ph.D. from Georgia State University in 2010. His research and teaching interests include global history, modern U.S. history, immigration, transnational, and imperial history, and the history of race in the United States and the world. He is the author of “Dazzling Fields for Conquest: The Imperial Lessons and Trajectories of Albert Phelps’s Louisiana,” published in Louisiana History (2013) and the editor of and author in a collection of articles for World History Bulletin titled “Teaching and Learning the Personal and the Present in World History” (2012).  His book, Education for Empire: Americans Schools, Race, and the Paths of Good Citizenship, was published by University of California Press in January 2016.

He currently serves as the Assistant Director of the Roots of Contemporary Issues Program in the Department of History.

Charles Weller

Charles Weller

Clinical Assistant Professor
rc.weller@wsu.edu
509-335-4705
Wilson-Short Hall 348

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.

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