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NameTitleContact Information


Matthew A. Sutton, (Pullman)
Department Chair
Berry Family Distinguished Professor in the Liberal Arts


20th-century United States, cultural, and religious history
Wilson-Short Hall 301-E
509-335-8374
sutton@wsu.edu

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Robert Bauman (Tri Cities)
Professor of History

American history and public history
WSU Tri-Cities
509-372-7249
rbauman@wsu.edu
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Peter Boag (Vancouver)
Professor and Columbia Chair in the History of the American West

American West, the Pacific Northwest, modern America, the environment, and sexuality
VCLS 208F
360-546-9719
boag@wsu.edu

Visit the American West & Pacific Northwest website


W. Puck Brecher, (Pullman)
Professor of History

Early and Modern Japan
Wilson-Short 309
509-335-3267
wbrecher@wsu.edu
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Andra Chastain (Vancouver)
Assistant Professor of History

Modern Latin America, transnational history, urban history, and the history of technology
WSU Vancouver
(360) 546-9331
Andra.Chastain@wsu.edu
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Julian Dodson (Pullman)
Assistant Professor, Career Track

Modern Latin America, Borderlands, Religious, Cultural, and Gender history, Global History
Wilson-Short Hall 343
509-335-0193
julian.dodson@wsu.edu


Rebecca Ellis (Pullman)
Assistant Professor, Career Track

Modern Latin America, Labor and Gender History, History of Medicine, Global History
Wilson-Short Hall 345
509-335-5570
rebecca.ellisdodson@wsu.edu


Brigit Farley (Tri-Cities)
Associate Professor of History

Russian and East European history
Tri-Cities CIC 202C
509-372-7357
bfarley@tricity.wsu.edu
Kenneth Faunce

Kenneth Faunce (Pullman)
Associate Professor, Career Track

Nineteenth and twentieth century U.S. History, race/ethnicity, gender studies, drugs in history and popular culture
Wilson-Short Hall 322
509-335-7554
kfaunce@wsu.edu
Steve Fountain

Steven M. Fountain (Vancouver)
Assistant Professor, Career Track

Native-newcomer contacts, colonial North America, and the role of animals in history, indigenous peoples in the fur trades, wildlife management in North America, and the legal culture of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Alta California

VCLS 208T
360-546-9738
sfountain@wsu.edu

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Robert Franklin (Tri-Cities)
Assistant Professor, Career Track
Assistant Director and Archivist of the Hanford History Project, Director of the Hanford Oral History Project
ICB 137, Tri Cities Campus
509-372-7678
robert.franklin@wsu.edu


Luz Maria Gordillo (Vancouver)
Assistant Dean for Inclusive Excellence
College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences
Associate Professor and Program Leader of History


Twentieth century U.S. History, Chicanx, Latinx, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and the History of Medicine
WSU Vancouver
VMMC 202U
gordillo@wsu.edu
Website


Tracey Hanshew Tri-Cities
Assistant Professor, Career Track

Women in the rural American West
CIC 202B
509-372-7390
tracey.hanshew@wsu.edu
Lawrence Hatter

Lawrence B. A. Hatter (Pullman)
Associate Professor of History
Graduate Studies Director


Early America, Atlantic World, Borderlands history
Wilson-Short Hall 319
509-335-7298
lawrence.hatter@wsu.edu

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Linda Heidenreich, (Pullman)
Associate Professor of History

Chicana/Chicano Studies, Queer Studies, History and Culture of 19th-Century Greater Mexico
Wilson Short Hall 349
lheidenr@wsu.edu
Shawna Herzog

Shawna Herzog (Pullman)
Assistant Professor, Career Track

Imperialism, gender, modern Britain/ British Empire, and slavery in the Indian Ocean World
Wilson-Short Hall 314
509-335-8381
sherzog2@wsu.edu


Theresa Jordan (Pullman)
Professor, Career Track, Director, History and Social Studies Undergraduate Education Program

Secondary Teacher Education, World History, European Medieval History and Roman History
Wilson-Short Hall 341
509-335-4030
tjordan@wsu.edu
Steven Kale

Steven D. Kale (Pullman)
Professor of History

19th-century Europe, modern France, and postwar Europe
Wilson-Short Hall 338
509-335-3059
kale@wsu.edu
Noriko Kawamura

Noriko Kawamura (Pullman)
Professor of History

Arnold M. and Atsuko Craft Professor
U.S. foreign relations, U.S.–East Asian relations, and modern Japanese history
Wilson-Short Hall 350
509-335-5428
nkawamura@wsu.edu
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Joann LoSavio (Vancouver)
Assistant Professor, Career Track

Cultural history of transnational exchange and migration, sports, youth, women’s history, and processes of decolonization
joann.losavio@wsu.edu
Robert McCoy

Robert McCoy (Pullman)
Director, The Roots of Contemporary Issues World History Program
Associate Professor of History


Public History
Wilson-Short Hall 337
509-335-3985
rmccoy@wsu.edu


Alan Malfavon (Pullman)
Assistant Professor of HistoryWilson-Short Hall 351
509-335-3354
alan.malfavon@wsu.edu
Laurie Mercier

Laurie Mercier (Vancouver)
Professor of History

United States, the American West, the Pacific Northwest, immigration and migration, and American labor
WSU Vancouver
360-546-9646
lmercier@wsu.edu
Webpage


Brenna Miller (Pullman)
Teaching Post-doctoral Instructor

Modern Europe, Empires and Nations in Eastern Europe, 1500–present
Wilson-Short 315
509-335-1242
brenna.miller@wsu.edu


Nikolaus Overtoom (Pullman)
Assistant Professor, Career Track

Ancient Greece, Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic world, the Roman Republic, the Roman Empire, late antiquity, ancient Parthia, and ancient militarism
Wilson-Short Hall 319
509-335-7973
nikolaus.overtoom@wsu.edu
Webpage
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Sue Peabody (Vancouver)
Meyer Distinguished Professor of History and Liberal Arts

Affiliate Faculty, Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Early modern Europe, Atlantic and Indian Ocean, world slavery and race, History in Media and Popular Culture
WSU Vancouver
360-546-9647
speabody@wsu.edu
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Webpage
Karen Phoenix

Karen Phoenix (Pullman)
Assistant Professor, Career Track

U.S. in the World during the Progressive Era and interwar period
Wilson-Short Hall 347
509-335-1170
karen.phoenix@wsu.edu


Jeffrey Sanders (Pullman)
Associate Professor of History

Environmental, Pacific Northwest, and U.S. West history
Wilson-Short Hall 353
509-335-7508
jcsanders@wsu.edu

Visit the American West & Pacific Northwest website


Eugene Smelyansky (Pullman)
Teaching Post-doctoral Instructor

History of religious persecution in medieval Central Europe and history of urban culture, society, and environment
Wilson-Short 342
509-335-7425
eugene.smelyansky@wsu.edu
Jesse Spohnholz

Jesse Spohnholz (Pullman)
Professor of History

Early modern European social, cultural, and religious history
Wilson-Short Hall 310
509-335-7506
spohnhoj@wsu.edu

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Clif Stratton

Clif Stratton (Pullman)
Associate Professor, Career Track
Director, University Common Requirements


History of race, empire, immigration, capitalism, and the environment in US and world history
Wilson-Short Hall 320
509-335-2230
clif.stratton@wsu.edu

University Common Requirements



Raymond Sun (Pullman)
Associate Professor of History

Social history of religion, modern German history, Holocaust and genocide studies, military history
Wilson-Short Hall 339
509-335-4622
sunray@wsu.edu

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Orlan Svingen

Orlan Svingen (Pullman)
Professor of History

Public and United States history
Wilson-Short Hall 321
Office: 509-335-5205
Cell: 509-432-4541
svingen@wsu.edu


Jennifer Thigpen (Pullman)
Associate Professor of History
Director of the Global Bachelor of Arts in History


19th-century U.S. history, women and gender, colonialism, and the West
Wilson-Short Hall 311
509-335-8375
jthigpen@wsu.edu

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Lipi Turner-Rahman

Lipi Turner-Rahman (Pullman)
Instructor

History of Islam, orthodoxy and Qur’anic interpretation, feminist Islamic exegesis, Transnational Islam and Bollywood
120B Terrell Library
509-335-4849
ilipi@wsu.edu
Xiuyu Wang

Xiuyu Wang (Vancouver)
Associate Professor of History

Modern Chinese history, ethnicity, religion and nationalism in China, modern East Asian history, and world history
WSU Vancouver
360-546-9174
xiuyuwang@wsu.edu

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Charles Weller

Charles Weller (Pullman)
Associate Professor, Career Track

Religious-cultural relations and identity, Central Eurasian, Middle Eastern, Western-Islamic and world/global history
Wilson-Short Hall 348
509-335-4705
rc.weller@wsu.edu


Katy Whalen (Pullman)
Assistant Professor, Career Track
Assistant Director, Roots of Contemporary Issues Program


U.S. labor, immigration, and race
Wilson-Short Hall 324
509-335-1613
kathleen.whalen@wsu.edu
Aaron Whelchel

Aaron Whelchel (Vancouver)
Associate Professor, Career Track

Education, nineteenth-century British Empire
360-546-9578
awhelchel@wsu.edu
Ashley Wright

Ashley Wright (Pullman)
Associate Professor of History

Modern Britain, colonial Burma, British Empire, World History
Wilson-Short Hall 312
509-335-4743
ashley.wright2@wsu.edu


Yanqiu Zheng (Pullman)
Teaching Post Doctoral InstructorWilson Short Hall 318
509-335-1258
yanqiu.zheng@wsu.edu

 

Emeriti Faculty

NameAbout
Margaret Andrews

Margaret Andrews
1979–1996

mwa-jlb@telus.net
604-688-6407
Margaret lives in Vancouver, British Columbia and is busy with a range of volunteer work at home and abroad. In Vancouver she guides school tours as a docent at the Vancouver Art Gallery and works with elementary school students at a nearby public school, giving one-on-one reading practice to grade 1 students and doing whatever is helpful for a grade 4/5 teacher, most recently arithmetic remedial work. Once or twice a year she volunteers at schools in the Indian sub-continent, commonly in the Himalayas. Recent assignments have been in Sikkim, Assam, and Himachal Pradesh. In November 2013 she will be in a remote Nepalese village. Occasionally she is simply a tourist, for example in the Utah canyon country and in tribal northeast India.

Official retirement photo from 1996.
Susan Armitage

Susan Armitage
1978–2008

armitage@wsu.edu
Sue Armitage lives in Portland, Oregon. In 2010, she and Laurie Mercier published Speaking History (Palgrave Macmillan), a collection of oral history excerpts illuminating U.S. history since 1865. She remains a coauthor of the US history textbook Out of Many now in its eighth edition. Most recently, in October 2015, she published Shaping the Public Good: Women Making History in the Pacific Northwest, which presents a new view of the history of the Pacific Northwest and how women of all races and ethnicities created it.
Leroy Ashby

LeRoy Ashby
1972–2008

ashby@wsu.edu
LeRoy Ashby’s book, With Amusement for All: A History of American Popular Culture since 1830, was released in paperback, with a new introduction, in 2012. He was the guest editor of a special edition on Popular Culture in the Organization of American Historians Magazine of History (April 2010). His essay, “The Church Committee’s History and Relevance,” was published in Russell Miller (ed.), U. S. National Security, Intelligence and Democracy: From the Church Committee to the War on Terror (Routledge, 2008).
Fritz Blackwell

Fritz Blackwell
1969–2004

blackwell.fw@centurytel.net
Academic & Professional Interests
Blackwell taught courses on South Asia and world history and was the former director of the Asia Program at Washington State University.

Publications
He is an associate editor for the Journal of South Asian Literature and has co-edited a volume of Indian poetry and a collection of American letters from East Pakistan. Blackwell has published numerous reviews and articles in Ariel, South Asia in Review, Asiaweek, Journal of South Asian Literature, and Indian Literature. His lastest book, India: A Global Studies Handbook, was published by ABC-CLIO, Inc. spring 2004.

Official retirement photo from 2004.
David Coon

David L. Coon
1971–2008
David retired from WSU spring 2008 after teaching at the university for 37 years. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Urbana in 1972. David’s areas of specialization were Early America, the American Revolution, and the history of American agriculture. Spring 2008, he won the College of Liberal Arts William F. Mullen Excellence in Teaching Award. That prize recognizes faculty members who exemplify excellence with an emphasis on involvement with students and student groups outside of the classroom. He won the university-wide Burlington Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Instruction in 1988. In addition, he also won and the Academic Advisor of the Year Award from Golden Key National Honor Society in 1987.
Edwin Garretson

Edwin P. Garretson, Jr.
1970–2008

epgjr@wsu.edu
Ed received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in Early Modern European History and Austrian History. He retired from in the spring of 2008 after teaching at WSU for 38 years. Ed is an active member of the Uniontown Community Development Association (Dahmen Artisan Barn project), the Palouse Scenic Byway Committee, the Pullman Chamber Lentil Festival Committee, and the Whitman County Historical Society. Local History has become his love as he works on editing the Historical Society journal, the Bunchgrass Historian, and organizing the materials, volunteers, and finding guides of the Historical Society archive in the Gladish Community Center.


Candice Goucher

cgoucher@wsu.edu
Candice Goucher is the author of many journal articles, chapters in books, reviews, and essays. She was the co-lead scholar on Bridging World History (funded by a $2.28M grant from Annenberg and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting). Her recent work includes Congotay! Congotay! A Global History of Caribbean Food (ME Sharpe/Routledge, 2014) and the two-volume world history, co-authored with Linda Walton, World History: Journeys from Past to Present 2nd edition (Routledge. 2012), translated into Chinese, Korean, and Portuguese. With Graeme Barker, she co-edited Volume 2 of the Cambridge History of the World: A World with Agriculture (Cambridge University Press, 2015). In 2015, the World History Association awarded her the ”Pioneer in World History” prize.She was the Trent R. Dames Fellow in the History of Civil Engineering (2014-15) at the Huntington Library, while researching a new book on the history of iron in the Atlantic World.
Jerry Gough

Jerry Gough
1969–2010

gough@wsu.edu
Jerry received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1971 and began teaching at WSU that year. During his tenure, he taught the history of science and technology and early Britain. Jerry ‘s articles have appeared in the Dictionary of Scientific Biography, Isis, Osiris, the British Journal for the History of Science, Technology and Culture, and Ambix. He has served as the editor of The Plutonium Story: The Journals of Professor Glenn T. Seaborg, 1939–1946 (Battelle Press, 1994) and recently co-authored a book with departmental colleague Richard Hume, Blacks, Carpetbaggers, and Scalawags: The Constitutional Conventions of Radical Reconstruction (Louisiana State University Press, 2008).
Steven Hoch

Steven Hoch
steven-hoch@wsu.edu
Richard Hume

Richard Hume
1968–2010

rhume@wsu.edu
Richard received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1969. His areas of specialty are the Civil War and the Reconstruction Era. Richard also taught American surveys and courses on the Jeffersonian and Jacksonian eras. Richard ‘s articles have appeared in journals such as the Journal of American History, the Journal of Southern History, and the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. Hume co-edited, with F.N. Boney (University of Georgia) and Rafia Zafar (University of Michigan), God Made Man, Man Made Slave: The Autobiography of George Teamoh (Mercer University Press, 1990). He has recently co-authored a book with departmental colleague Professor Jerry B. Gough, Blacks, Carpetbaggers, and Scalawags: The Constitutional Conventions of Radical Reconstruction (Louisiana State University Press, 2008).
Kathryn Meyer

Kathryn E. Meyer
1992–2008

klmeyer@gmail.com
Kathy retired in May of 2008 after teaching for 19 years at Washington State University. She received her Ph.D. from WSU in 1992. Between 1989 and 2008, she taught a wide assortment of courses, including Roman Republican History, Women in the Ancient World, Food in World History, and World Civilizations. She was also the advisor of the WSU History Club, which she helped found. She lives with her husband, Doug, on a farm just outside of Pullman. They enjoy international and domestic travel. She is active in the Whitman County Historical Society, and she is currently working on several writing projects that she never managed to finish while she was teaching.
Jacqueline Peterson

Jacqueline Peterson
1983–2010

jpeterson1@vancouver.wsu.edu
Jackie received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Chicago in 1981. Peterson taught Native American, North American, and public history at WSU Vancouver. She curated and directed a 7,000-square-foot traveling museum exhibition funded by NEH titled Sacred Encounters: The Society of Jesus and the Indians of the Northwest and her publications include Sacred Encounters: Father De Smet and the Indians of the Rocky Mountain West (University of Oklahoma Press, 1993) and The New Peoples: Being and Becoming Metis in North America, ed., with Jennifer S.H. Brown (University of Manitoba Press, 1991).
Mary Watrous-Schlesinger and Roger Schlesinger

Mary Watrous-Schlesinger and Roger Schlesinger
Roger (Professor) 1968–2006
Mary (Senior Instructor) 1991-2006

schlesin@wsu.edu
Roger and Mary retired at the end of the 2006 spring semester. They are enjoying their new life and homes on the Hawaiian island of Molokaíi and at Port Angeles, Washington, with plans to visit various destinations around the world.

Roger joined the department in 1968. During his 39 years of service, he taught Renaissance and Reformation, published 4 books, received several teaching awards, and served as chair of the department from 1993 to 2005.

Mary came to WSU in 1984 to pursue a doctorate in Latin American history. After her career as a graduate student, she remained in the department as a senior instructor. She developed popular courses on the history of world trade and food, co-edited one book, and also received a number of teaching awards.

Official retirement photo from 2006.
Robert Staab

Robert Staab
1997–2009

rstaab@wsu.edu
Dr. Staab taught history courses primarily related to the Middle East and world civilizations until 2009. His interest in the Middle East started in 1965 when he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Turkey. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Utah in 1980, with a focus on Middle East studies, Turkish and Islamic history. His recent research interests focused on social and cultural 19th-century Istanbul.
David Stratton

David Stratton
1962–1993

dstratton@wsu.edu
Professor Stratton is busy in retirement teaching an occasional class at WSU and working on research for a book involving, as a case study, the influence of railroads and major highways on a western town.

In 2002, at the College of Liberal Arts Awards Ceremony, he was awarded the Dean’s Distinguished Contribution Award and a Certificate of Appreciation (in grateful acknowledgement of 40 years of dedicated service to Washington State University).

His most recent contribution to the college was the publication of 2 booklets: The Liberal Arts at Washington State University and The Grand Old Lady: Albert W. Thompson Hall (Old Administration Building). He is the author of Tempest over Teapot Dome: The Story of Albert B. Fall (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1998).

Official retirement photo from 1993.


Marina Tolmacheva
tolmache@wsu.edu
Marina's publications number over 130 and include The Arabic Sources of the 13th–14th Centuries for the Ethnography and History of Africa South of the Sahara (Moscow, 2002, in Arabic and Russian); The Pate Chronicle (Michigan State University Press, 1993); “The Muslim Women in Soviet Central Asia” (Central Asian Survey, 1993); “Ibn Battuta on Women’s Travel in the Dar al-Islam” (Women and the Journey, Washington State University Press, 1993), “Intercultural Transmission and Selection: Greek Toponyms in Arab Geography,” in Tradition, Transmission, Transformation (Leiden: Brill, 1996), and “Female Piety and Patronage in the Medieval Hajj,” in Women in the Medieval Islamic World: Power, Patronage, and Piety (St.Martin’s Press, 1998).
Richard Williams

Richard Williams
1974–2011
sarek@Q.com
Dr. Williams received his Ph.D. in Ancient History from Michigan State University in 1973 and started teaching at WSU the following year. During his tenure, Williams taught courses on the history of ancient Greece, Rome, and medieval Europe. He is interested in the use of electronic presentations in the classroom and has remodeled his lecture classes into PowerPoint presentations. Williams is also the Webmaster for the Whitman County Historical Society. Williams received the President’s Faculty Excellence Award for Instruction in 1992 and has received two NEH Summer Institute Awards. His most recent article (co-authored with his wife, Burma P. Williams), “Finger Numbers in the Greco-Roman World and Early Middle Ages,” was published in Isis (December 1995). The Williamses’ current research focuses on Roman mathematics and computing. Dr. Williams now resides with his wife, Burma, in Spokane, WA.

Staff and Administrators

NameTitleContact Information


Matthew A. Sutton
Department Chair
Berry Family Distinguished Professor in the Liberal Arts
Wilson-Short Hall 352
509-335-8374
sutton@wsu.edu

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Lawrence Hatter

Lawrence B. A. Hatter
Graduate Studies Director
Wilson-Short Hall 319
509-335-7298
lawrence.hatter@wsu.edu

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Robert McCoy

Robert McCoy
Director, Roots of Contemporary Issues ProgramWilson-Short Hall 337
509-335-3985
rmccoy@wsu.edu


Jennifer Thigpen
Associate Professor of History
Director of the Global Bachelor of Arts in History
Wilson-Short Hall 311
509-335-8375
jthigpen@wsu.edu

Course information
Sue K. AllenFiscal Specialist509-335-4132
skallen@wsu.edu
Frank Hill

Frank Hill
Academic Coordinator/Instructor509-335-5670
fhill002@wsu.edu


Claudia Mickas
Graduate and Recruitment Coordinator509-335-5139
claudia.mickas@wsu.edu

Office hours: M-F 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m
Lauri Sue Torkelson

Lauri Sue Torkelson
Academic Coordinator509-335-4475
torkelson@wsu.edu
Department of History Main Office ContactWilson-Short Hall 301. PO Box 644030. Pullman , WA 99164-4030
Phone: 509-335-5139. Email: history@wsu.edu