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Contemporary History Institute Faculty

Dr. Ziad Abu Rish, Assistant Professor of History and director of the Middle East and North Africa Studies certificate program, specializes in the modern Middle East.

Dr. Timothy Anderson, Associate Professor of Geography, historic geographer with research interests in the settlement geography and regional cultural identities in the United States as well as the production of cultural landscapes in Germanic diasporas in North America and Europe.

Dr. Patrick Barr-Melej, Professor of History, teaches the history of modern Latin America.

Dr. Olga Belskaya, Assistant Professor of Economics, specializes in labor economics, economics of education, and development economics.

Dr. John Brobst, Associate Professor and Graduate Director of History, specializes in British imperial and international history.

Dr. T. David Curp, Associate Professor of History, teaches a variety of courses on contemporary European history, with an emphasis on Eastern Europe and the Balkans.

Geoffrey D. Dabelko, Professor and Director of the Environmental Studies Program at the George V. Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University, teaches and conducts research on natural resources, conflict, and peacebuilding; global environmental politics; climate change and security; and environmental leadership.

Dr. Aimee Edmondson, Associate Professor in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, specializes in media law, computer-assisted reporting, and the media’s reporting on race, class, and gender since the Civil Rights era.

Dr. Alonzo L. Hamby, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History, specializes in 20th century U.S. history, especially politics and culture.

Dr. Joshua Hill, Assistant Professor of History, specializes in modern China and East Asia.

Dr. Alec Holcombe, Assistant Professor of History, specializes in modern Southeast Asia and Vietnam.

Dr. Katherine Jellison, Professor and Chair of History, 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.

Dr. Victoria Lee, Assistant Professor of History, specializes in the role of Japan in 20th and 21st century science and technology.

Dr. Kevin Mattson, Connor Study Professor of Contemporary History, teaches American cultural and intellectual history, including courses on 20th century ideas, cultural rebellion, popular culture, and film.

Dr. Paul C. Milazzo, Associate Professor of History, specializes in 20th century American history.

Dr. Steven M. Miner, Professor of History, specializes in the history of Russia and the Soviet Union; he served as CHI director until summer 2017.

Dr. James (Jim) Mosher, Associate Professor of Political Science, specializes in West European politics, comparative political economy and international political economy.

Dr. Robin D. Muhammad, Associate Professor and Chair of African American Studies, studies labor history and the experiences of African American industrial workers in 20th century America.

Dr. Chester J. Pach, Jr., Associate Professor of History, 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.

Dr. Julia Paxton, Professor of Economics, teaches classes on poverty, altruism, development economics, international agricultural development, and microfinance.

Dr. Nukhet Sandal, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Global Studies, specializes in human security, religion and global politics, conflict management, and the politics of divided societies.

Dr. Assan Sarr, Assistant Professor of History, has broad interests in oral history, Islam, slavery, agrarian change, land tenure systems, peace and conflict resolution in Africa.

Dr. Takaaki Suzuki, Director of East Asian Studies and Associate Professor of Political Science, works primarily in the field of International Relations and Comparative Politics.

Dr. Michael Sweeney, Associate Director for Graduate Studies in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, 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).

Dr. Ingo Trauschweizer, Associate Professor of History, Associate Professor of History and Director of CHI; specializes in modern military and international history.

Dr. Patrick S. Washburn, Professor Emeritus of Journalism, 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).

Dr. 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.

Dr. Mirna Zakić, teaches classes on the political, social and cultural history of modern Germany and Europe, with a focus on the Third Reich, World War II, the Holocaust, and their postwar legacies.

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