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Julian Dodson

Julian Dodson
Wilson-Short Hall 343

Julian earned his Ph.D in history from the University of New Mexico in 2015. He earned his MA in history from The University of North Carolina, Charlotte and he holds a BA in history from North Carolina A&T State University. He is a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the Roots of Contemporary Issues (RCI) program. Julian’s teaching and research interests include nineteenth and twentieth-century Mexican history, specifically the period of the Mexican revolution, 1910-1940.  Other interests include the history of the U.S.-Mexico border, U.S.-Mexico diplomatic relations, environmental history, transnational history, the history of the Mexican Catholic church, gender and cultural history. He is the author of Fanáticos, Exiles, and Spies: Revolutionary Failures on the US-Mexico Border, 1923-1930, (Texas A&M University Press, 2019).

Rebecca Ellis

Wilson-Short Hall 345



Dr. Ellis is a post-doctoral fellow in the Roots of Contemporary Issues program at Washington State University. She graduated in May 2016 from the University of New Mexico with a doctorate in Latin American History specializing in the histories of gender, labor, and disability in Argentina. Her dissertation, “‘Basically Intelligent:’ The Blind, Intelligence, and Gender in Argentina, 1880-1939,” is one of the first historical analyses of disability in Latin America. It examines the ways that blind leaders and sighted advocates for the blind attempted to differentiate the blind as “safe” in an era of eugenic claims about the dangers of inherited disability. She argues that the contested meanings of blindness created avenues for blind leaders to take control over institutions for the blind and redirect services for the blind around their own goals.

Dr. Ellis conducted research for her dissertation with the aid of a Fulbright International Research Fellowship, the Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Dissertation Fellowship and the Latin American and Iberian Institute Dissertation Fellowship. Aspects of her dissertation research will be published in the forthcoming volume Disability and Masculinity from Oxford University Press.

Robert Franklin

ICB 137, Tri Cities Campus

Robert Franklin is the Assistant Director and Archivist of the Hanford History Project, Director of the Hanford Oral History Project, and a Lecturer in the History Department at WSUTC. He is co-editor, with Robert Bauman, on two books using oral histories to tell the history of the Hanford region. The first volume of that series, Nowhere to Remember: Hanford, White Bluffs, and Richland to 1943 was released in 2018 by WSU Press, and the forthcoming book, Echoes of Exclusion and Resistance: Voices from the Hanford Region, to be published by WSU Press in late 2020.

Shawna Herzog

Shawna Herzog

Wilson-Short Hall 314

Dr. Herzog received her PhD in World History in July 2013 from Washington State University. She earned an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis on History, Women’s Studies, and Political Science from California State University, Fresno, where she also completed a B.A. in German Language and Criminology. Dr. Herzog spent several years as a Victim’s Advocate in a county prosecutor’s office providing services to victims of domestic and sexual violence.

Dr. Herzog’s primary research and teaching fields are imperialism, gender, modern Britain/ British Empire, and slavery in the Indian Ocean World. Her work focuses on the Indian Ocean World and slave trading networks, Abolitionism, as well as modern ideas of gender and sexuality.

Brenna Miller

Wilson-Short 315

Dr. Brenna Miller received her PhD from Ohio State University in 2018. She looks forward to teaching in her fields, which include Modern Europe, Empires and Nations in Eastern Europe, 1500–present, and Global History II.

Leone Musgrave

Wilson Short 340

A scholar of modern Eurasia, Leone Musgrave teaches the Roots of Contemporary Issues at Washington State University. Previously, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and an academic editor at the American Historical Review and the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center. Musgrave completed an AB in English at University of Chicago and a PhD in History at Indiana University. Her monograph, provisionally titled “Social Democracies, Mountain Republics, and Shifting Jamāʿāt: New Caucasus Solidarities and the Age of Eurasian Revolution,” adopts local, trans-imperial, and comparative perspectives on human geography, ethnic and religious pluralism, and imperialism in a Eurasian borderland during a moment of international crisis. Her research—in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Tatarstan, and the North Caucasus—has been supported by Fulbright-Hays, Mellon, and American Councils for International Education fellowships and published in the journal Revolutionary Russia.

Eugene Smelyansky

Wilson-Short 342

Dr. Smelyansky earned his Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Irvine in 2015, and his undergraduate degree and MA in history from San Francisco State University. He is a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the Roots of Contemporary Issues (RCI) Global History Program at Washington State University. His research interests focus on the history of religious persecution in medieval Central Europe and history of urban culture, society, and environment. His monograph, Heresy and Citizenship: Persecution of Heresy in Late Medieval German Cities (Routledge), and an edited collection of historical sources, The Intolerant Middle Ages: A Reader (University of Toronto Press), are expected to come out in early fall 2020. Another of Dr. Smelyansky’s academic passions is the study of the survival and popularity of medieval themes in popular culture from books and movies to video games.

Lipi Turner-Rahman

Lipi Turner-Rahman

120B Terrell Library

Dr. Turner-Rahman received her Ph.D. from Washington State University.  Her teaching and research are interdisciplinary in nature and include  the history of Islam, orthodoxy and Qur’anic interpretation, feminist Islamic exegesis, Transnational Islam and Bollywood.