The Contemporary History Institute’s faculty associates are drawn primarily from the departments of History, Economics, and Political Science and the School of Journalism. But faculty from other schools and departments also participate in Institute activities. A complete list of faculty associates would include many individuals; but the following list suggests the range of faculty expertise that is available in our program:

Patrick Barr-Melej

Patrick Barr-Melej is Associate Professor of History and teaches the history of modern Latin America. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

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John Brobst

John Brobst, an associate professor and Graduate Director in the Department of History, joined the faculty at Ohio University in 2000. Originally from California,he received his B.A. from the University of Kansas, and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.Professor Brobst specializes in British imperial and international history. His research focuses on grand strategy and the fate of empire in modern times. He is particularly interested in great power politics in Asia and the Middle East, military thought and theory, Anglo-American relations, and the geopolitics of oil and energy
Professor Brobst is the author of The Future of the Great Game: Sir Olaf Caroe, India’s Independence, and the Defense of Asia as well as various articles, essays, and reviews. He is currently completing a book about British globalism in the Indian Ocean during the 1960s and 70s.

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T. David Curp

T. David Curp is an associate professor in the Department of History at Ohio University. He teaches a variety of courses on contemporary European history, with an emphasis on Eastern Europe and the Balkans. He has a B.A. in Russian language and literature from Boston University, an MA in history from Ohio University and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington. His publications include “A Clean Sweep: The Politics of Ethnic Cleansing in Western Poland, 1945-1960” (University of Rochester Press, 2006); “Roman Dmowski Understood”: Ethnic Cleansing as Permanent Revolutionin theEuropean History Quarterly, vol. 35, no. 3; “The Politics of Ethnic Cleansing: The PPR and Wielkopolska’s Nationalist Revolution, 1944-1947.”Nationalities Papersvol. 29, no. 4; and “A Healthy Revolutionary Spirit?” The Catholic Church in Wielkopolska, Polish Catholicism, and Poland’s postwar transformations, 1945-1947.Polish Reviewvol. 46, no. 2. He has received grants from the Fulbright Scholars Program, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Council of Russian, East European and Eurasian Research and the International Research and Exchange Board. Currently he is researching Catholic religious life and education in People’s Poland. Dr. Curp is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies as well as the Polish Studies Association.

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Alonzo L. Hamby, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History. A graduate of the University of Missouri, Professor Hamby specializes in 20th century U.S. history, especially politics and culture. His books include: Beyond the New Deal: Harry S. Truman and American Liberalism (1973); The Imperial Years: The United States since 1939 (1976); Liberalism and Its Challengers: F.D.R. to Reagan (2d ed., 1992); Man of the People: A Life of Harry S. Truman (1995), and For the Survival of Democracy: Franklin Roosevelt and the World Crisis of the 1930s (2004). Hamby also has received two National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships, a Harry S. Truman Library Institute Senior Fellowship, a Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Fellowship, and the Ohio Academy of History Distinguished Service Award. Born in Missouri, Hamby graduated from Southeast Missouri State University and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is an expert on Harry S. Truman and his presidency.

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Joshua Hill

Joshua Hill received his PhD in history from Harvard University. Inspired by his experiences living in Ningbo, Zhejiang and Changsha, Hunan during the late 1990s and early 2000s, Dr. Hill’s research focuses on the circulation and adaptation of political ideas and attitudes in modern China. His manuscript, “Voting as a Rite: Changing Ideas of Elections in Early Twentieth Century China,” examines how voting (a surprisingly frequent activity in 20th century China) shaped both popular and elite understandings of politics from the final years of China’s last imperial dynasty to the early days of Communist rule. Future scholarly projects include an exploration of the political, cultural, and economic significance of guns in modern Chinese history. Further information about Dr. Hill’s academic interests can be found athttp://ohio.academia.edu/JoshuaHill. During the 2013-14 academic year, Dr. Hill will teach an introductory course on modern East Asian history (History 2460, offered both in the fall and in the spring), a survey course on late imperial Chinese history (History 3461, offered in the fall), and a survey course on twentieth and twenty-first century Chinese history (History 3462, offered in the spring).


Katherine Jellison

Katherine Jellison is a Professor and Chair of the History Department, and is director of the Master’s Degree in Social Science program. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Iowa, where she studied with one of the pioneers in the field of U.S. women’s history, Linda K. Kerber. Jellison teaches “U.S. History since 1865,” “Women in American History before 1877,” “Women in American History since 1877,” “1960s in the United States,” and “History through Film.” She has won several teaching honors at Ohio University, including the Excellence in Feminist Pedagogy Award, the University Professor Award, and designation as a Fellow in the Charles J. Ping Institute for the Teaching of the Humanities. She has also received numerous research grants and fellowships, including awards from the Smithsonian Institution and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. Professor Jellison is the author of Entitled to Power: Farm Women and Technology, 1913-1963 (University of North Carolina Press, 1993), It’s Our Day: America’s Love Affair with the White Wedding, 1945-2005 (University Press of Kansas, 2008), and many journal articles and book chapters. She is currently working on a book about Old Order Amish women in the 1930s and 1940s.

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Kevin Mattson

Kevin Mattson is Connor Study Professor of Contemporary History. He teaches American cultural and intellectual history, including courses on twentieth century ideas, cultural rebellion, popular culture, and film. His research focuses on the intersection of ideas and politics in the twentieth century. He is the author and co-editor of many books, most recently Just Plain Dick: Richard Nixon’s Checkers Speech and the “Rocking, Socking” Election of 1952.  The New York Times called his prior book, “What the Heck Are You Up To, Mr. President?”: Jimmy Carter, America’s Malaise, and the Speech that Should Have Changed the Country “exactly what political history should be ¡V incisive, fast-paced, and fun to read.” His writing has appeared in American Prospect, the Nation, the New York Times Book Review, Salon.com, and the Guardian.  And he has made numerous media appearances, including on NPR, Fox News, C-Span, and the Colbert Report. He is on the editorial board of Dissentmagazine, and he serves as the Chair of Committee A for the statewide chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP).

For more information, you can check out his personal website:

Paul C. Milazzo

Paul C. Milazzo specializes in twentieth century American history. He received his A.B. from Amherst College, and his MA & Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. In 2000-2001, he was a fellow at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, and an Intercollegiate Studies Institute/Lehrman American Studies Center Summer Institute Fellow in 2008. His areas of concentration include politics, political institutions, and federal policy, particularly after 1945. Milazzo’s research has focused on environmental policy making in the United States Congress. His publications include "The Environment," in Julian Zelizer, ed., The American Congress: The Building of Democracy (Boston: Houghton-Mifflin, 2004), “Using Congressional Sources, A Historian’s Perspective,” in Karen D. Paul, ed., An American Political Archives Reader, (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2009), “From Truman to Eisenhower: Rethinking Postwar Environmental ‘Consensus,’” in Karl Boyd Brooks, ed., The Environmental Legacy of Harry Truman (Kirksville, MO: Truman State University Press, 2009),and “Nixon and The Environment,” in Melvin Small, ed.,A Companion to the Nixon Presidency (Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming 2011). His book, Unlikely Environmentalists: Congress and Clean Water, 1945-1972 was published by the University Press of Kansas in 2006.He has appeared on numerous television and radio broadcasts, including C-SPAN, Bloomberg Radio, and PBS.

Current research interests include conservative politics and economic policy, as reflected in his latest book project – a biography of Henry Hazlitt, the influential libertarian journalist – and the undergraduate course he is developing on American conservatism in the 20th century. He has supervised MA and Ph.D. research projects on Jewish-African American Relations following the Six Day War, the development of federal racketeering law, and Supreme Court interpretations of eminent domain and property rights, among other topics. He teaches CHI 602: Graduate Colloquium in Environmental History.

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Steven M. Miner

Steven M. MIner, Professor of History and Director of the Contemporary History Institute, studied at Kings College, London, Rice University, and Indiana University. He is a specialist in recent Russian/Soviet and East European history. His first book, Between Churchill and Stalin: The Soviet Union, Great Britain, and the Origins of the Grand Alliance (1988), won the American Historical Association's 1991 George Louis Beer prize for the best book of the year in European history. His latest book is Stalin's 'Holy War': Religion, Nationalism, and Alliance Politics, 1941-1945 (2003). He is currently at work on a history of the Soviet Union during the Second World War, tentatibely entitled The Furies Unleashed: The Soviet People at War, 1941-1945, to be published in the United States by HarperCollins and in Great Britain by Bloomsbury. He is also the author of numerous articles, book chapters, and review essays.

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James Mosher

James (Jim) Mosher is Associate Professor of Political Science. He did his undergraduate work at Princeton University and the University of Virginia. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Mosher's areas of specialization are West European politics, comparative political economy and international political economy. His research focuses on how labor power has shaped wage equality in advanced industrialized democracies, how globalization affects domestic politics, how coalition politics shapes distributive politics, and the use of alternative governance mechanisms in the European Union.

Dr. Mosher has done extensive fieldwork research in Germany at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne and the Science Center Berlin. In 2001, he spent 6 months as a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy. Dr. Mosher has received a Fulbright Fellowship and was selected to participate in a German-American Academic Council Young Scholar Program. He is co-author (with David Trubek and Jeff Rothstein) of the article "Transnationalism in the Regulation of Labor Relations: International Regimes and Transnational Advocacy Networks," which appeared in Legal & Social Inquiry, Fall 2000 and is author of the article, "Open Method of Coordination: Functional and Political Origins," which appeared in European Community Studies Association Newsletter, 13(3).

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Chester J. Pach, Jr.

Chester J. Pach, Jr. specializes in the history of U.S. foreign relations and recent U.S. history. His research has focused on U.S. involvement in the Cold War and the Vietnam War as well as the Eisenhower, Johnson, and Reagan presidencies. He has a particular interest in television coverage of international issues and the intersections between politics, popular culture, and international history. His most recent publications include:

“‘Our Worst Enemy Seems to Be the Press’: TV News, the Nixon Administration, and U.S. Withdrawal from Vietnam, 1969-1973,” in Diplomatic History 34 (June 2010): 555-65, and
“‘We Need to Get a Better Story to the American People’: LBJ, the Progress Campaign, and the Vietnam War on Television” in Selling War in a Media Age: The Presidency and Public Opinion in the American Century (University Press of Florida, 2010).

His book, The Presidency of Ronald Reagan, will be published by the University Press of Kansas.

He had been involved in the activities of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and is currently the chair of SHAFR’s Committee on Historical Documentation. He also serves on the Editorial Board of H-DIPLO.

For more information, please go his home page: http://oak.cats.ohiou/~pach.

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Julia Paxton

Julia Paxton is an Associate Professor of Economics at Ohio University where she teaches classes on poverty, altruism, development economics, international agricultural development, and microfinance. She has worked on a number of microfinance research projects for the World Bank, the United Nations, USAID, and foreign governments. Her research interests include household savings behavior, microfinance, altruism, and time inconsistency in financial decisions. She has won several teaching awards including University Professor, Presidential Teacher, and Ohio Magazine's Excellence in Education Award. She holds a doctorate in Agricultural Economics, specializing in microfinance, from The Ohio State University.

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Assan Sarr

Assan Sarr is an Assistant Professor of History at Ohio University. Sarr was born and raised and partly educated inrural Gambia. He holds a BA (Hons) from the University of The Gambia, a Master’s degree from Ohio University and a PhD. from Michigan State University.

Dr. Sarr taught African and world history for three years at the College of Charleston, South Carolina. His has broad interests in oral history, Islam, slavery, agrarian change, land tenure systems, peace and conflict resolution in Africa.He is completing a book manuscript that examines changing concepts of land tenure along the banks of the Gambia River and a scholarly biography of Sir Samuel Forster, c. 1873-1940.

Sarr is affiliated with the Ohio University African Studies Program and the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World Program. He also serves on the advisory board of the NEH funded Slave Biographies Project (http://slavebiographies.org/project/advisory-board/) based at Michigan State University. He teaches a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses; some of his courses include History of Africa to 1850, Modern Africa, Islam in Africa, African Women and Gender History and the Atlantic Slave Trade.

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Takaaki Suzukisuzuki

Takaaki Suzuki is Director of East Asian Studies and Associate Professor of Political Science at Ohio University. He received his B.A. in Government and East Asian Studies from Oberlin College, his M.A. in International Affairs and Certificate in East Asian Studies from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and his Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University. His work is primarily in the field of International Relations and Comparative Politics, with a regional conducted extensive research in Japan at the Ministry of Finance and the University of Tokyo through the funding of the Japan Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the American Council of Learned Societies. He held the Matsushita Postdoctoral Fellowship at Columbia University, and was a Visiting Scholar at the Reischauer Institute, Harvard University.

Dr. Suzuki's book, Japan's Budget Politics: Balancing International and Domestic Interests, is published by Lynn Rienner Publishers as part of Columbia University's East Asian Institute Series. The book examines the interplay of the international and domestic forces that have shaped Japanese macroeconomic policy. Some of his other recent publications include: Administrative Reform and the Politics of Budgetary Retrenchment in Japan, (forthcoming); Nationalism Identity and Security in Post Cold War Japan,(2008); The East Asian Developmental Model in the Era of Global Finance: The Case of Japan, (2007); Modernity and the Transformation of the Japanese State, (2007); Global Finance Democracy, and the State of Japan, (2006); Keyensianism, Monetarism, and the Contradiction of Japan's Modern Welfare State, (2003). His ongoing project examines the rise of global finance and neoliberal ideology and its impact on the state and democracy in Japan. Dr. Suzuki has received the College of Arts & Sciences Outstanding Teacher Award.

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Michael Sweeney

Michael Sweeney received his Ph.D. in Journalism from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. He earned his Master of Journalism at the University of North Texas and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He was the department head of the journalism and communications department and full professor at Utah State University. He also worked as a teaching associate at Ohio University and an adjunct instructor at Texas Christian University. Michael worked as a reporter for National Geographic, filing daily news dispatches for the Web site on the progress of Dr. Robert Ballard’s expedition to Titanic. He also served as Webmaster and editor for the Hard News Café, the Utah State University journalism and communication department news and information site. He was managing editor of Ohio University College of Health and Human Services Digest and features editor at the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram. He was a general assignment reporter and education reporter at the Springfield (Mo.) Daily News. Michael has published many academic and popular books, journal articles and encyclopedia entries including The Military and the Press: An Uneasy Truce (Evanston, Ill.: Northwest University Press, 2006); Secrets of Victory (Tokyo: Hosei University Press, 2003); and "Harvey O’Higgins and the Daily German Lie" in American Journalism 23 (2006). His numerous National Geographic Press publications include The Ultimate Survival Book, (2009); Peace: The Biography of a Symbol (2008); and God Grew Tired of Us (2007). He has taught C H 6020.

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Ingo Trauschweizer

Ingo Trauschweizer serves as an associate professor of history at Ohio University. He advises M.A. and PhD students in U.S. military history, international history, the history of the Cold War, and other subjects related to contemporary U.S. political history and transatlantic relations. He teaches classes in U.S. political, military, and international history, including the survey of U.S. history since the Civil War (HIST 2010), American Military History (HIST 3211 – Fall 2013), The Cold War (HIST 3743), The U.S. and the Vietnam War (HIST 3050), and War, Violence, and Modernity (HIST 3213 – Spring 2014) as well as HTC tutorials and graduate-level courses in the history department and the Contemporary History Institute. Most of these courses fulfill requirements or serve as electives in the War and Peace Studies program (http://www.internationalstudies.ohio.edu/academic-programs/undergrad/war_peace_maj.html). Professor Trauschweizer previously taught at Norwich University and New Mexico Tech and served as a postdoctoral fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. He began his studies in his native Germany and earned an MA (2000) and PhD (2006) in International and Diplomatic History at the University of Maryland.

His research focuses on strategy and policy, military institutions, civil-military relations, and the significance of war in American history and culture. His bookThe Cold War U.S. Army: Building Deterrence for Limited War (http://www.kansaspress.ku.edu/tracol.html) won the Distinguished Book Prize of the Society for Military History. In addition, he has published several chapters and articles on Cold War era history in academic and professional journals and essay collections. Professor Trauschweizer is currently working on essays on public opinion and attitudes toward war in Western Europe and the United States since 1945. His book project considers different cultures of militarism in Germany and the U.S. from the 18th century to the present.

Together with David J. Ulbrich, Professor Trauschweizer edits a book series on War and Society in North America for Ohio University Press.


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Patrick S. Washburn

Patrick S. Washburn, Professor Emeritus of Journalism. Professor Washburn received his doctorate from Indiana University and has been a newspaper reporter and columnist. He is the author of A Question of Sedition: The Federal Government’s Investigation of the Black Press during World War II (1986), Journalism Monographs, April 1990 and December 2013; co-author of The Greenwood Library of American War Reporting: Vol. 5, World War I & World War II, The European Theater (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2005); author of The African American Newspaper: Voice of Freedom (Evanston, IL.: Northwestern University Press, 2006); plus numerous articles published in various mass communication journals.

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Jacqueline Wolf

Jacqueline Wolf specializes in the history of medicine, specifically the history of women's and children's health and medicine, the history of public health, and the history of biomedical ethics. She has a full-time faculty position in the Department of Social Medicine where she is currently department chair. She received her PhD in U.S. History from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She offers two classes in the History Department:  Women¹s Health and Medicine in U.S. History and History of Public Health Disaster.

Professor Wolf is the author of Deliver Me from Pain: Anesthesia and Birth in America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009) and Don't Kill Your Baby: Public Health and the Decline of Breastfeeding in the 19th and 20th Centuries (Ohio State University Press, 2001). She is also the author of numerous book chapters. Her articles have appeared in many leading journals including American Journal of Public Health, Women and Health, Milbank Quarterly, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, Journal of Social History, Journal of Women¹s History, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, and Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness, and Medicine. Professor Wolf, a current recipient of a three-year National Institutes of Health grant, is working on a social history of cesarean section in the United States.

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Mirna Zakic

Mirna Zakić received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. She teaches classes on the political, social and culturalhistory of modern Germany and Europe, with a focus on the Third Reich, World War II, the Holocaust, and their postwar legacies. Her research interests include the relationship between ideology, war and society, issues of occupation and collaboration, Volksdeutsche (ethnic Germans) and other ethnic minorities in the twentieth century, and the relationship between the center and the periphery in national expansion and nation building. Dr. Zakić is currently revising her book manuscript, “The Furthest Watch of the Reich: National Socialism, Ethnic Germans, and the Occupation of the Serbian Banat, 1941-1944.” She is preparing a future project on the creation of the West German state through an examination of postwar memory, politics and reconstruction in the French Zone of Occupation in southwestern and western Germany in the late 1940s and early 1950s.