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, a specialist on Latin America in the twentieth century, is Associate Professor in the History Department. Born in South America, he received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, where his graduate studies also included modern European history and Latin American literary culture. Barr-Melej’s research focuses on the political and cultural history of Chile. His publications include the book Reforming Chile: Cultural Politics, Nationalism, and the Rise of the Middle Class (University of North Carolina Press) and articles in the Hispanic American Historical Review, the Journal of Latin American Studies, The Americas, and other journals. He is currently finishing a book about counterculture during Salvador Allende’s ‘road to socialism’ (1970-1973). Psychedelic Chile: Youth, Counterculture, and Politics on the Road to Socialism and Dictatorship will be published by the University of North Carolina Press. Dr. Barr-Melej has presented dozens of invited lectures and conference papers across the United States and on four continents, including stops at the Sorbonne, Oxford University, the University of Cambridge, and the National Library of Chile, as well as in Japan and Brazil. He also has been a visiting professor in the history graduate programs at Chile’s Pontifical Catholic University and the University of Concepción. Moreover, Dr. Barr-Melej has served as a grant evaluator for Chilean government and as a manuscript referee for numerous academic journals and book publishers. He has served as President of the Southwestern Historical Association, as an associate editor for the Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture, as a member of the Latin American Studies acquisitions committee of Ohio University Press, and as a member of the international advisory committees of Chilean historical journals. Dr. Barr-Melej’s courses at OU include CH 601 (‘Introduction to Contemporary History’), ‘Twentieth-Century Latin America,’ ‘The History of Modern Mexico,’ and graduate and undergraduate seminars.
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John Brobst, associate professor 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 Curpis 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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Marvin Fletcher received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He teaches a variety of courses in American military history [United States in the Vietnam War; United States in World War II; Military History of the Civil War; US Military History 1600-1900; US Military History Since 1900], African American history [African American History 1865-1939; African American History 1940-present], and American Jewish History. He has supervised MA theses and PhD dissertations in both African American and US Military History, the most recent being Thomas Bruscino’s 2005 dissertation on the impact of the military experience of GIs in World War 2 on their behavior in the postwar world.
Fletcher has published several books in African American military history including Negro Soldiers and Officers in the United States Army, 1891-1917 and America’s First Black General: Benjamin O. Davis, Sr., 1880-1970. He has also done an annotated bibliography of the peacetime US Army between 1900 and 1940. He has published articles and reviews in both of his fields. Currently he is researching a history of the Gold Star Mothers pilgrimage, 1929-1933. He also participated in a television documentary on this subject.
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William H. Frederick
William H. Frederick teaches surveys and seminars on Southeast Asian history, as well as courses concerning issues in World History. He specializes in modern Indonesia, especially the period of Japanese occupation (1942-1945) and struggle for independence (1945-1949), but he has a continuing concern for the region as a whole, and its relation to the rest of the world. Frederick studied Southeast Asia as an undergraduate with Harry J. Benda at Yale University, and completed his PhD at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he studied with Robert Van Niel and Walter Vella. He has taught at Ohio University since 1973, and has been a teaching or research fellow in Washington, D.C., Japan, Australia, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Indonesia. He is co-founder of the national Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute.
Frederick is author of Visions and Heat: The Making of the Indonesian Revolution (Athens: Ohio University Press, 1989), and more than 40 chapters, articles, edited works, translations, editorial essays, and the like. He is co-author and -editor of the Encyclopedia of Indonesia in the Pacific War (Leiden: Brill, 2010) and co-author and -editor of the sixth edition of Indonesia: A Country Study (Washington D.C.: Library of Congress, forthcoming 2010). He is currently preparing a two-volume collection of primary sources for Southeast Asian history, and a translation of Tan Malaka’s last writings (1948-49).
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Alonzo L. Hamby
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 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 is an Associate 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 is Connor Study Professor of Contemporary History. He teaches American cultural and intellectual history, including courses on twentieth century ideas, cultural rebellion, and film. His research focuses on the intersection of ideas and politics in the twentieth century. He is the author or co-editor of ten books, most recently “What the Heck Are You Up To, Mr. President?”: Jimmy Carter, America’s Malaise, and the Speech that Should Have Changed the Country (a book the New York Times labeled “exactly what political history should be – incisive, fast-paced, and fun to read”). His writing has appeared in the American Prospect, the Nation, the New York Times Book Review, the Washington Post Book World, and other publications. He serves on the national council of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and on the editorial board of Dissent magazine.
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 (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.
He is the History Department’s Director of Graduate Studies. For more information, please go his home page: http://oak.cats.ohiou/~pach.
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Julia Paxton is an Associate Professor of Economics at Ohio University where she teaches classes on poverty, development economics, international agricultural development, and microfinance. Dr. Paxton has published extensively in academic journals and for the World Bank on topics related to microfinance and the financial behavior of poor households. Her work experience spans throughout the world as she has engaged in various consulting projects for the World Bank, the United Nations, USAID, and foreign governments. Her most recent research focuses on how access to microfinance influences the savings patterns of poor Mexican households. She holds a doctorate in Agricultural Economics, specializing in microfinance, from The Ohio State University.
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Assan Sarr (PhD. Michigan State University, 2010) is an Assistant Professor of History at Ohio University. Before joiningthe faculty at OU, Dr. Sarr taught for three years at the College of Charleston, South Carolina. He also taught at the University of The Gambia as a Visiting Assistant Professor of History. His researchinterest includes oral history, slavery, agrarian change and transformations in African land tenure systems. He is completing a book manuscript that examines changing concepts of land tenure along the banks of the Gambia River. His project looks closely at two groups of people: the mansolu or chiefs and their courts, and Muslim leaders who came into the region increasingly in the late 19th century and made Islam the dominant faith and practice in the Gambia basin. His study uses both oral and written sources to show that the most important matters affecting land tenure systems in the lower Gambia region were the outbreak of Muslim revolutions and the development of cash crop production for a European market. These occurred following the end of the Atlantic slave trade and over the several decades after 1830, resulting in the overthrow of a Mandinka aristocracy and rejection of their control over land.
Dr. Sarr’s second research project is a scholarly biography of a man named Samuel John Forster (c.1873-1940), a Gambian creole (Aku or ‘Liberated African’). Educated in England by a Methodist family, in 1900 Forster returned to The Gambia where he had an illustrious career: he was a JP and an unofficial member of the Legislative Council. In recognition of his outstanding service to the British Empire, Forster received the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1930 and in 1933 King George V knighted him. This biography hopes to provide insights not only into the lives of a Gambian elite family; it also hopes to place the story of this family into the wider history of the Gambia colony.
Dr. Sarr is affiliated with the Ohio University African Studies Program and the College of Charleston’s 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. Dr. Sarr teaches a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses here at Ohio University: some of his courses include History of Africa to 1850, Modern Africa, Muslim Societies in African History and African Women and Gender History.
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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 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).
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Ingo Trauschweizer teaches classes in U.S. political, military, and international history, including the survey of U.S. history since the Civil War, U.S. Military History, The Cold War, The U.S. and the Vietnam War, and War, Violence, and Modernity. He previously taught at Norwich University and New Mexico Tech and served as a postdoctoral fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Professor Trauschweizer 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 book The Cold War U.S. Army: Building Deterrence for Limited War (University Press of Kansas, 2008) won the Distinguished Book Prize of the Society for Military History. His articles and book reviews have appeared in The Journal of Military History, Cold War History, and European Review of History. Professor Trauschweizer is currently working on articles on NATO's ability to adapt to changing political and strategic environments and 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.
Professor Trauschweizer edits a book series on War and Society in the Midwest (with David J. Ulbrich) for Ohio University Press
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Patrick S. Washburn
Patrick S. Washburn, Professor 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; 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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Patricia A. Weitsman
Patricia A. Weitsman is a Professor of Political Science. She did her undergraduate work at Indiana University, spending one year at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University. Weitsman's areas of research and specialization are in international relations, with an emphasis on international security and international relations theory. She held fellowships at the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Switzerland, and was a Visiting Scholar at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. Dr. Weistman is co-author of The Politics of Policy Making in Defense and Foreign Affairs (1993), co-editor of Towards a New Europe (1995) and Enforcing Cooperation (1997). Her most recent book, Dangerous Alliances: Proponents of Peace, Weapons of War, (Stanford University Press, 2004) was a finalist for several major book awards. Her work has been published in numerous edited volumes as well as journals in the field, including Security Studies, the Journal of Peace Research, Comparative Political Studies, Human Rights Quarterly, PS: Political Science and Politics and in a number of newspapers, including The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, and the Columbus Dispatch. She is currently working on a monograph on contemporary coalition warfare.
Weitsman was nominated and elected to the governing board of the International Security Studies Section of the International Studies Association in 2006. In 2009 she was selected as Vice Chair and Chair Elect of the section. She will serve as ISSS section chair from March 2011 - March 2013. She has received the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Graduate Teacher Award, and in the spring of 2009 was the speaker for the graduate commencement ceremony. In 2010 she helped create a new interdisciplinary War and Peace Studies major and certificate program under the auspices of the Center for International Studies.
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Jacqueline Wolf received her PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She specializes in the history of medicine, specifically the history of women’s health, the history of children’s health, 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. Customarily, she teaches one class each year for the History Department. Her class offerings in the History Department are:
- Women’s Health and Medicine in U.S. History
- History of Public Health Disasters
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 as well as articles in Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, Journal of Social History, Journal of Women’s History, American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Human Lactation, International Breastfeeding Journal, Breastfeeding Medicine, Women and Health, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, and Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness, and Medicine. Professor Wolf is currently working on a social history of cesarean section in the United States.
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