Department of History

About Our Faculty

Lauren Berka
Visiting Instructor of History

Interests

  • 19th/20th century U.S. history
  • American religious history
  • American evangelicalism and religious revival movements 
  • History of youth and childhood 

Education

  • M.A., History, Arizona State University, 2013
  • B.A., History/Political Science, Hope College, Michigan, 2008

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Dr. Cody Ferguson
Assistant Professor of History

Expertise

  • Twentieth Century United States
  • American West
  • Environmental History and Policy
  • Sustainability
  • U.S.- Mexico Borderlands
  • Public History 
  • Digital Humanities

Education

  • Ph.D., United States History, Arizona State University, 2012
  • M.A., United States History, Northern Arizona University, 2007
  • B.A., History and Political Science, Carroll College (Montana), 2001

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Dr. Michael Fry
Professor of History

Expertise

  • Latin American history
  • Central American history
  • 18th and 19th century Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras and Costa Rica

Education

  • Ph.D., History, Tulane University, 1992
  • M.A., Latin American Studies, Tulane University, 1985
  • B.A., History and Spanish, Westminster College, 1983

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Dr. Andrew Gulliford
Professor of History & Environmental Studies

Expertise:

  • Public History
  • History of the American West
  • Environmental History
  • Native American History
  • Museums & Historic Preservation
  • American Wilderness
  • History of American National Parks

Education:

  • Ph.D., Bowling Green State University, 1986
  • M.A.T., The Colorado College, 1976
  • B.A., The Colorado College, 1975

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Dr. Michael Martin
Chair & Professor of History and
Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies

Expertise

  • History of early medieval preaching and sermons
  • History of the church and the Middle Ages
  • Medieval history
  • Early medieval Ireland
  • Early medieval Irish biblical commentary texts
  • Gender and queer studies

Education

  • Ph.D., History, Western Michigan University, 2005
  • M.A., Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, 1996
  • B.A., English, University of Iowa, 1989

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Dr. Ellen L. Paul
Associate Professor of History

Expertise

  • Eastern European history
  • German language
  • International Studies
  • Polish language
  • Polish history
  • Modern Russian History

Education

  • Ph.D., Modern Russian and East Central European History, The University of Kansas, 1999
  • M.A., The University of Kansas, 1994
  • B.A., German and International Studies, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, 1991
     

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Dr. Viktor Shmagin
Assistant Professor of History

Expertise

  • Traditional East Asia
  • World History, 1453 to the Present
  • Early-Modern and Modern Japan
  • The Samurai
  • Japan and Russia: Neighbors and Rivals

Education

  • PhD., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2016
  • M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2010
  • B.A., Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, 2004

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