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Kenneth Faunce

Kenneth Faunce
Clinical Assistant Professor
Wilson-Short Hall 322

Ken received his Ph.D. from the University of Idaho. He spent years working for the federal government as a historian and archaeologist.
Ken is a full-time instructor in the Roots of Contemporary Issues (RCI) program.
Ken’s main areas of research are nineteenth and twentieth century U.S. history with an emphasis on globalization. His primary area of research is gender studies and race/ethnicity. He has taught at WSU since 2000.

Steven M. Fountain

Steve Fountain
Clinical Assistant Professor, Vancouver

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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

Clinical Assistant Professor

WSU Tri-Cities: CIC 202B

Dr. Tracey Hanshew earned her PhD in History from Oklahoma State University in 2017. Her research and teaching interests include the American West, rural women’s studies, and women’s history in the United States.

Tracey currently has multiple publications in the works and has received previous awards for her work focusing on women in the world of rodeo.

Honors and awards include:

  • Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member Award College of Liberal Arts, University of Central Oklahoma, 2015-16
  • Muriel H. Wright Award from the Oklahoma Historical Society for the article “Rodeo in Oklahoma is Women’s Business: How Lucille Mulhall’s Fame Created Opportunity in Rodeo” published in the Chronicles of Oklahoma ($150) April 2015
  • Phi Alpha Theta; 1999-Present


Theresa Jordan

Theresa Jordan
Clinical Associate Professor
Director, History and Social Studies Undergraduate Education Program
Wilson-Short Hall 341

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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.

Nikolaus Overtoom

Clinical Assistant Professor
Wilson-Short Hall 314

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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.


B.A. University of North Texas – History, Classical Studies Minor, 2008

M.A. University of Maryland, College Park – Ancient Mediterranean History, 2011

Ph.D. Louisiana State University – Ancient Mediterranean and Middle Eastern History, 2016

Karen Phoenix

Karen Phoenix
Clinical Assistant Professor
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
Distinguished Teaching Fellow

Assistant Director, Roots of Contemporary Issues
Wilson-Short Hall 320

Clif Stratton is Assistant Clinical Professor of History and Distinguished Teaching Fellow at Washington State University. He has taught at WSU since 2010 and has served as the Assistant Director of the Roots of Contemporary Issues Program since 2014.

His first book, Education for Empire: Americans Schools, Race, and the Paths of Good Citizenship, was published by University of California Press in 2016. He is currently working on two manuscript projects: The Historical Politics of Carbon Energy (under contract with Oxford University Press) and 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.


Charles Weller

Charles Weller
Clinical Assistant Professor
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.

Katy Whalen

Clinical Assistant Professor
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.

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