Department Chair
Regina M. Sweeney
Associate Professor of History (2001).
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Department Faculty
Stephen Weinberger
(on sabbatical Fall 2016)
Robert Coleman Professor of History (1969).
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B.A., Northeastern University, 1965; M.A., University of Wisconsin, 1966; Ph.D., 1969.

His teaching interests center on medieval and Renaissance history, European intellectual history, and the history of film. His current research involves conflict in medieval society, and censorship in the American film industry.
Neil B. Weissman
Professor of History; Interim President of the College; Russell I. Thompson Chair of the Dean of the College (1975).
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B.A., Colgate University, 1970; M.A., Princeton University, 1972; Ph.D., 1976.
Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, 1984-1985.

His areas of specialization involve the comparative history of Russia, Japan, and Germany, with emphasis on the impact of revolution and modernization on traditional societies and cultures. His research deals with police and deviance in early Soviet Russia.
David D. Commins
Professor of History; Benjamin Rush Chair in the Liberal Arts and Sciences (1987).
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B.A., University of California at Berkeley, 1976; Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1985.

His teaching interests are in modern Middle Eastern history with an emphasis on Islamic thought and political movements. His most recent book is Islam in Saudi Arabia. His other books are The Gulf States: A Modern History, The Wahhabi Mission and Saudi Arabia, Historical Dictionary of Syria, and Islamic Reform.
Marcelo Borges
Professor of History (1997).
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Licenciado en Historia, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, 1988; Profesor en Historia, 1988; Ph.D., Rutgers University, 1997.

He teaches Latin American, Iberian, and comparative history. His current research deals with transatlantic migration from Portugal to Latin America in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, particularly to Argentina; and with migration, identity and community formation in the oil fields of Patagonia, Argentina.
Karl D. Qualls
(on sabbatical Spring 2017)
Professor of History (2000).
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B.A., University of Missouri at Columbia, 1993; Ph.D., Georgetown University, 1998.
Ganoe Award for Inspirational Teaching, 2003-04.

His teaching interests include Russian and German history, comparative revolutions (political, social, and cultural), dictators, urban history, and more. His book "From Ruins to Reconstruction: Urban Identity in Soviet Sevastopol after World War II" (Cornell, 2009) challenges notions of totalitarianism, investigates the creation of historical myths, and outlines the role of monuments and urban space in identity formation in a city torn between Ukraine and Russia. He is currently working on a new book about children who fled the Spanish Civil War and were raised in the Soviet Union.
Regina M. Sweeney
Associate Professor of History (2001).
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B.A., Tufts University,1980; M.A., University of California-Berkeley, 1986; Ph.D., 1992.
Dickinson Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2011-12.

Matthew Pinsker
Associate Professor of History; Pohanka Chair in American Civil War History (2002).
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B.A., Harvard University, 1990; D.Phil., University of Oxford, 1995.

Pinsker teaches courses in U.S. political, legal and diplomatic history. His research focuses on the career of Abraham Lincoln, partisanship in the Civil War era, American constitutionalism, the Underground Railroad and the history of U.S. campaigns and elections.
Jeremy R. Ball
(on sabbatical 2016-17)
Associate Professor of History (2005).

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B.A., Boston College, 1994; M.A., Yale University, 1998; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2003.

He teaches courses in African political and ecological history, apartheid, the Atlantic slave trade, and human rights. His research focuses on the labor and business history of Angola, Portuguese colonialism, and oral history.
Christopher J. Bilodeau
(on sabbatical Spring 2017)
Associate Professor of History (2006).
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B.A., University of Vermont, 1991; M.A., Brown University, 1994; M.A., Columbia University, 1998; Ph.D., Cornell University, 2006.

He focuses his research on the history of American Indian-European interaction during the American colonial period, paying particular attention to the French, English, and Indian interaction. He teaches courses on Colonial America, the American Revolution, American Indian History, and the roles that violence plays in colonial situations.
Emily Pawley
Assistant Professor of History (2011).
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B.A., University of Toronto, 2001; M.Phil., Cambridge University, M.A., University of Pennsylvania, 2004; Ph.D., 2009.

environmental history, history of capitalism, history of the body, landscape, history of food and food production, history of science
W. Evan Young
(on leave of absence Spring 2017)
Assistant Professor of History (2015).
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B.A., St. Olaf College, 2005; Ph.D., Princeton University, 2015.

Professor Young teaches courses on the history of East Asia (China, Korea, and Japan), women's history and gender studies, and the history of medicine. His research interests include the history of modern and early modern Japan, the social and cultural history of medicine, and the integration of digital humanities in the classroom. He is currently working on a book manuscript tentatively titled, "Family Matters: Managing Illness in Nineteenth-Century Japan."
Amanda Lewis
Assistant Professor of History (2016).
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B.A., King University, 2005; M.A., East Tennessee State University, 2007; Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2015.

Gregory J. Kaliss
Visiting Assistant Professor of History (2014).
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B.A., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1998; M.A., 2004; Ph.D., 2008.

Casey Nichols
Post-doctoral Fellow in History (2016).
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B.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2007; M.A., University of Washington, Seattle, 2009; Ph.D., Stanford University, 2015.

Contributing Faculty
David G. Strand
(Director, Norwich Humanities Program in England, 2015-17)
Charles A. Dana Professor of Political Science (1980).
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B.A., Lawrence University, 1971; M.A., Columbia University, 1973; M.Phil., 1974; Ph.D., 1979.

His teaching and research fields include modern Chinese politics and history, urban studies, human rights, and Asian studies and the environment. Books include Rickshaw Beijing: City People and Politics in the 1920s (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1989, Reconstructing Twentieth Century China: State Control, Civil Society and National Identity (co-editor with Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard) (New York: Oxford University/Clarendon Press, 1998), Cities in Motion: Interior, Coast and Diaspora in Transnational China (co-editor with Sherman Cochran and Wen-hsin Yeh) (Berkeley: Institute of East Asian Studies China Research Monographs, University of California, Berkeley, 2007), New Lives for Asian Images (co-editor with Samuel K. Parker) (Carlisle, PA: Dickinson College Department of East Asian Studies and Trout Gallery, 2008), and An Unfinished Republic: Leading By Word and Deed in Early Twentieth Century China (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011). His latest publication is “A Walk in the Park: Singapore’s Green Corridor as a Homegrown Import,” Asia Research Institute Working Paper Series No. 223 (July 2014) National University of Singapore. He will serve as Director of the Dickinson Norwich Humanities Program, 2015-17.
Adjunct Faculty
Douglas Johnson
Adjunct Faculty in History.

Emeriti Faculty
Clarke Garrett

Charles Jarvis
Professor Emeritus in History
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John Osborne

Co-Director, House Divided Project at Dickinson College.
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