Claremont McKenna College

History Faculty

Shane Bjornlie, Ph.D. -- read full profile


Associate Professor
B.A., University of Alabama in Huntsville; M.A., Ph.D. Princeton University
Teaching: History of the Roman Republic and Empire; History of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages; Urban History in Ancient and Medieval Europe; Roman Social History; Historiography and Archaeology of Decline and Fall of Empires ,
Research: Intersections of rhetorical representation and historical reality in Late Antiquity (4th-6th centuries); empire theory and concepts of decline and fall; cultural continuity and discontinuity from the Roman to the Carolingian empire; politics and economics, , (909) 621-8840, Kravis Center 208


Lisa Forman Cody, Ph.D. -- read full profile


Associate Professor
B.A., Harvard University; M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Teaching: Britain, 1500-1945; France, 1700-1945; Visual Culture; Women, Gender, and Sex Roles; Medicine and Science ,
Research: I am currently working on a book-length project entitled "The Pursuit of Happiness: Female Independence in the Age of American Revolution." , My book, Birthing the Nation: Sex, Science, and the Conception of Britons (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005) will be released in paperback July 2008. The book has won the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians Best First Book Prize for 2005; Phi Al, ... , (909) 607-2830, Kravis Center 206


Glen Cooper, Ph.D. -- read full profile


Visiting Assistant Professor
Ph.D., M.Phil., M.A., Columbia University, Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies
Teaching: Middle East History, History of Science in Islam, ...
Research: History of Medicine, Astronomy, and Astrology in the Classical, Byzantine, Islamic, and Latin European civilizations, Ninth Century Abbasid Intellectual History, ... , (909) 607-7040, Kravis Center 211


Heather Ferguson, Ph.D. -- read full profile


Assistant Professor
University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin, Masters of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies, 1999
Teaching: Middle East/Ottoman Empire, Islamic World, ...
Research: Structures of Power and Discourses of Authority; Intersection of Ethics and Politics; Comparative Systems of Governmentality; Archival Histories; Mediterranean Identities; Theories of Empire; Greater Syria and Lebanon under Ottoman Rule., , (909) 607-3814, Kravis Center 203


Lily Geismer, Ph.D. -- read full profile


Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Michigan; B.A., Brown University , (909) 607-2933, Kravis Center 210


Gary Hamburg, Ph.D. -- read full profile


Otto M. Behr Professor of European History
A.B., Stanford University, 1972; A.M., Stanford University, 1978; Ph.D., Stanford University, 1978. Study Abroad, St. Petersburg University and Moscow University.
Teaching: Modern Russian History, 1700 to Present; Russian and European Intellectual History, 1700 to Present; Islam and Islamic Political Movements,
Research: Russian Intellectual History, 1700 to 1917; Russian Politics from Peter the Great to the Present; European Intellectual History since the Enlightenment; Modern Islam, , (909) 607-9679, Kravis Center 209


Ian Hopper, Ph.D. -- read full profile


Visiting Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Brandeis University , (909) 607-1568, Kravis Center 212


Nita Kumar, Ph.D. -- read full profile


Professor and Chair of the History Department
B.A., University of Lucknow, India; M.A., University of Bridgeport; M.Phil., Jawaharial Nehru University, India; Ph.D., University of Chicago; Lecturer, University of Chicago; Mellon Fellow and Assistant Professor, Brown University; Associate Professor, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, India; Fulbright Fellow, Yale University; Professor, Brandeis University; Reed College; University of Michigan. (On leave, second semester.)
Teaching: Modernity, urbanism, everyday life, historiography, caste, class, community, gender, women, children, education, literature and art.,
Research: Artisans, work and leisure; women & gender; methodology of History and Anthropology; activism and management; education, families, communities' the intellectual history of India; contemporary education in India., , (909) 607-0490, Kravis Center 211


Charles A. Lofgren, Ph.D. -- read full profile


Professor of American History and Politics
A.B., A.M., Ph.D., Stanford University
Teaching: American Constitutional History; Recent American Politics; Introductory U.S. History,
Research: War, Foreign Relations, and the U.S. Constitution; the Constitutional History of Race in the United States, , (909) 607-2931, Kravis Center 234


Wendy Lower, Ph.D. -- read full profile


John K. Roth Professor of History and George R. Roberts Fellow
B.A. (1987) Hamilton College, Clinton NY Ph.D. (1999) American University, Washington DC
Teaching: Holocaust History, Genocide Studies, Women's History, Eastern Europe-Ukraine, War Crimes Trials, Nazism and Stalinism,
Research: Holocaust History Human Rights History Genocide Studies, , (909) 607-4688, Kravis Center 218


Albert L. Park, Ph.D. -- read full profile


Associate Professor
B.A., Northwestern University; M.A., Columbia University; Ph.D., University of Chicago
Teaching: Modern Korean History, 1875-Present; Colonialism and Korea: Power, Culture and Modernity; Japan in the World: Modern Japanese History; Japanese Empire; Civilizations of East Asia to 1800; Utopianism and Political Imagination in East Asia; Nature, Environm,
Research: Modern Korean and East Asian intellectual and social history; relationship between economic structures and cultural and religious structures; questions and issues on modernity and globalization, , (909) 607-3931, Kravis Center 205


Jonathan Petropoulos, Ph.D. -- read full profile


John V. Croul Professor of European History
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles (1983); A.M., Ph.D., Harvard University (1990)
Teaching: German History, Art and politics, ...
Research: National Socialism, Art looting, ... , (909) 607-2775, Kravis Center 207


Arthur L. Rosenbaum, Ph.D. -- read full profile


Associate Professor
B.A., University of Michigan; M.A., Ph.D., Yale University , (909) 607-7985, Kravis Center 213


Sarah Sarzynski, Ph.D. -- read full profile


Assistant Professor , (909) 607-1243, Kravis Center 215


Diana Selig, Ph.D. -- read full profile


Kingsley Croul Associate Professor of History and George R. Roberts Fellow
B.A., Yale University; M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Teaching: Modern America; Great Depression and World War II; women and politics; gender and society; reform movements; families; schooling,
Research: Modern United States; social science; ethnicity and race; immigration; education; cultural exchange; America in the world , , (909) 607-3396, Kravis Center 204


Tamara Venit-Shelton, Ph.D. -- read full profile


Assistant Professor
B.A. Amherst College M.A., Ph.D. Stanford University
Teaching: Nineteenth-Century United States History, American West, environment, race, ethnicity, and immigration,
Research: Social and political movements in California and the American West, with an emphasis on the intersection between race and environment; Gilded Age and Progressive Era political economy and culture, , (909) 607-3855, Kravis Center 218



History Faculty

Studying the past has the intrinsic value of stretching the imagination and satisfying our curiosity about ourselves. At the same time, the study of history builds skills and knowledge that are indispensable for any career: research; writing and speaking; effective use of evidence and argument; critical awareness of alternatives and the consequences of choice; comprehension of how different cultures and eras have attempted to reconcile individuality and commonweal, material and spiritual values, war and peace.

History provides excellent preparation for students who plan to enter law, business and international commerce, government service, or graduate study in various fields.

Announcement of History Awards

Nita Kumar
Department Chair, Kravis Center 214
Claremont McKenna College
850 Columbia Avenue
Claremont. CA 91711
(909) 607-0490

Bridgette Stokes
Administrative Assistant
Faculty Support West
Claremont McKenna College
850 Columbia Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 607-2835

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History Department

Claremont McKenna College
850 Columbia Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711

Phone: (909) 607-2835
Fax: (909) 621-8419

Campus Location

Kravis Center, Lower Court
888 Columbia Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711