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Department welcomes new chair, Dr. Matthew Sutton, for 2019 – 2020.

The summer the department is pleased to be welcoming Professor Matthew Sutton to the chair’s office as he prepares to assume leadership this fall.  Dr. Sutton completed his Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2005 and currently teaches courses in 20th century United States history, cultural history, and religious history. Furthermore, Dr. Sutton is looking forward to his new book releasing in September titled  Double Crossed: The Missionaries Who Spied for the United States During the Second World War. Sutton has published articles in the Journal of American History, Religion & American Culture, Church History, the Journal of Policy History, and the Public Historian as well as in numerous edited collections. His article, “Was FDR the Antichrist? The Birth of Fundamentalist Anti-liberalism in a Global Age,” won the Organization of American Historians’ Binkley-Stephenson Award for the best article published in the Journal of American History in 2012. Sutton has also written for the New York Times on the Obama presidential campaign and on the origins of Christian fundamentalism, as well as for the Washington Post, Seattle Times (here, here, and here), and the Guardian.

Welcoming Dr. Nikolaus Overtoom

Dr. Nikolaus Overtoom will be joining us this fall to teach courses in Ancient Greek and Roman history.  Overtoom (Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 2016) is currently a Visiting Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of New Mexico.  He has previously taught as an instructor at LSU, Baton Rouge Community College, and Missouri State University. His book Reign of Arrows: The Rise of the Parthian Empire in the Hellenistic Middle East is forthcoming from Oxford University Press!