Faculty & Staff

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Dr. Kara E. Barr

Position: Associate Teaching Professor
Phone: 419-372-2030
Email: kebarr@bgsu.edu
Address: 137 Williams Hall

Early Modern Europe; Modern World

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Dr. Michael Brooks

Position: Professor of Teaching, graduate faculty
Phone: 419-372-2030
Email: mebrook@bgsu.edu
Address: 139 Williams Hall

Modern America; Modern World; European Expansion; online learning

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Dr. Amílcar E. Challú

Position: Associate Professor and Department Chair, graduate faculty
Phone: 419-372-2769
Email: achallu@bgsu.edu
Address: 132 Williams Hall

Latin American and world history; Mexican society and political economy, 18th and 19th centuries

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Dr. Cheryl X. Dong

Position: Assistant Professor of History

Email: cdong@bgsu.edu

Address: 18 Williams Hall

African American History, Modern U.S. History, Memory and Commemoration, Public History

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Dr. Douglas J. Forsyth

Position: Associate Professor, graduate faculty
Phone: 419-372-8284
Email: dougfor@bgsu.edu
Address: 21 Williams Hall

Comparative Modern European and Economic History; Modern Italy; Policy History, H-Policy Editor

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Dr. Benjamin Greene

Position: Associate Professor, Graduate Program Coordinator, graduate faculty
Phone: 419-372-9477
Email: greeneb@bgsu.edu
Address: 142 Williams Hall

20th Century U.S. History, American Foreign Relations, and Military History.

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Walter Grunden 

Dr. Walter E. Grunden

Position: Professor, graduate faculty
Phone: 419-372-8639
Email: wgrund@bgsu.edu
Address: 134 Williams Hall

Modern China and Japan; World War II; Science and Technology; Public Policy; Policy History

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Dr. Nicole Jackson

Position: Associate Professor, graduate faculty
Phone: 419-372-7597
Email: nmjacks@bgsu.edu
Address: 25 Williams Hall

African diaspora; African-American History; Modern U.S. History

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Dr. Rebecca Mancuso

Position: Associate Professor, graduate faculty
Phone: 419-372-7424
Email: rmancus@bgsu.edu
Address: 22 Williams Hall

History of Canada

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Dr. Scott C. Martin

Position: Professor, graduate faculty
Phone: 419-372-8767
Email: smartin@bgsu.edu
Address: 136 Williams Hall

19th-Century U.S.

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Dr. Apollos Okwuchi Nwauwa

Position: Professor, graduate faculty
Phone: 419-372-9483
Email: nwauwa@bgsu.edu
Address: 138 Williams Hall

Modern Africa, African Diaspora; African Intellectual history  

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Dr. Andrew M. Schocket

Position: Professor, Graduate Faculty
Phone: 419-372-8197
Email: aschock@bgsu.edu
Address: 19 Williams Hall

Early American history and culture, the American Revolution, and the Atlantic World

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Dr. Casey M. Stark

Position: Associate Teaching Professor, Undergraduate Advisor, graduate faculty
Phone: 419-372-9323
Email: starkcm@bgsu.edu
133 Williams Hall

Ancient History

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Dr. Lillian Ervine Ashcraft-Eason

Position: Professor Emerita
Phone: 419-372-2030
Email: lashcra@bgsu.edu

Afro-American culture, religion, women

Dr. Lillian Ashcraft-Eason, Professor Emeritus (Ph.D., The College of William & Mary, 1975).  Dr. Ashcraft-Eason's research and teaching focus on African American, religious, and cultural history.  She has been awarded fellowships from the UNCF Distinguished Faculty Scholar's Fellowship, a Lilly Summer Seminar Fellowship, a Ford Foundation Fellowship, and a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship.  She is a past president of the Society for the Study of Black Religion.  She is author of About My Father's Business: The Life of Elder Lightfoot Solomon Michaux (Greenwood, 1981) and has co-edited Inside Ethnic America: An Ethnic Studies Reader (Kendall-Hunt, 1996).  Her most recent publications include an essay on Fenda Lawrence, an eighteenth-century Gambian woman in the Georgia colony and the edited collection, Women and New and Africana Religions (Greenwood, 2009).  Her current research focuses on cosmological thought among African women in British colonial America.

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Dr. Lawrence J. Daly

Position: Professor Emeritus
Phone: 419-372-2030
Email: ldaly@bgsu.edu
Address: 32 Williams Hall

The Bible; Greece and Rome; Early Christianity and Late Antiquity; Asian

Dr. Lawrence J. Daly, Emeritus Professor (Ph.D., Loyola University of Chicago, 1969) teaches courses on the Bible as History (The Old Testament and the New Testament, separately), Ancient Greece, the Roman Republic and Empire, Early Christianity and Late Antiquity, and the Hollywood and History workshop. His research interests focus on fifth-century Athenian populism and imperialism, the Augustan Principate and the Julio-Claudian imperial dynasty, pagan-Christian relations in the fourth century, and the historiography of the Homeric, Mosaic, and Synoptic Questions, the results of which inquiries have been published in journals like Ancient History, Byzantion, Greek, Roman and Byzantine Studies, Historia, Klio, and Latomus; his most recent publication was "The Mutiny of the Militia at Mytilene in 427 B.C." His current scholarship involves a reinterpretation of the conversion of Julian the Apostate as well as an on-going study of the fourth-century pagans Symmachus of Rome, Libanius of Antioch, and Themistius of Constantinople as "mandarins of Late Antiquity."

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Dr. Edmund J. Danziger, Jr.

Position: Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus
Phone: 419-372-2196
Email: edanzig@bgsu.edu

American West; American Indian; Ohio

Dr. Ed Danziger, Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus  (Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1966). Professor Danziger's research interests include Great Lakes and Native American history.  His books include Indians and Bureaucrats: Administering the Reservation Policy during the Civil War (University of Illinois Press, 1974), The Chippewas of Lake Superior (University of Oklahoma Press, 1978; rev. ed., 1990), Survival and Regeneration: Detroit's American Indian Community (Wayne State University Press, 1991), and Great Lakes Indian Accommodation and Resistance during the Early Reservation Years, 1850-1900(University of Michigan Press, 2009).

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Dr. Ruth Wallis Herndon

Position: Professor Emerita
Phone: 419-372-2030
Email: rwhernd@bgsu.edu

Colonial/Revolutionary U.S.; Early American women and families; American slavery

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Dr. James H. Forse

Position: Professor Emeritus
Phone: 419-372-2030
Email: jforse@bgsu.edu

Medieval History; Tudor England; History of English Theater in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries; tenth- and eleventh-century Holy Roman Empire; Medieval Church-State Relations

Dr. James Forse, Professor Emeritus (Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1967).  Dr. Forse's research and teaching focus on Medieval and Renaissance Europe. He is the author of Art Imitates Business: Commercial and Political Influence in Elizabethan Theatre (Bowling Green State University Press, 1993), and articles which have appeared in German History, The Journal of Medival History, SRASP, Journal of Popular Culture, and Theatre Survey .  His current research interests include tenth-century church history and the history of sixteenth-century English theatre.

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Dr. Gary R. Hess

Position: Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus
Phone: 419-372-2030
Email: ghess@bgsu.edu

American Diplomatic

Dr. Gary Hess, Emeritus Distinguished Research Professor (Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1965). Dr. Hess's research and teaching focus on U.S. foreign policy, especially the U.S. and Asia, and U.S. national security policy.  A past president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (1991) and a former chair of the U.S. State Department's Committee on Historical Deiplomatic Documentation, he has received two NEH fellowships and three Fulbright awards.  In 1993, he served as the John A. Burns Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Hawaii.  He serves on the Board of Editors of Diplomatic History.  His books include Sam Higginbotham of Allahabad: Pioneer of Point Four to India(University Press of Virginia, 1967); America Encounters India (Johns Hopkins, 1971);America and Russia: Cold War Confrontation to Coexistence (Crowell, 1973); The United States' Emergence as a Southeast Asian Power, 1940-1950 (Columbia University Press, 1987); Vietnam and the United States: Origins and Legacy of War (Macmillan/Pwayne, rev. ed. 1998); The United States at War 1941-1945 (Harland Davidson, rev. ed. 2000); and Presidential Decisions for War: Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf (John Hopkins University Press, 2001).  His most recent book is Vietnam: Explaining America's Lost War (Wiley/Blackwell, 2008).  A forthcoming expanded edition of Presidential Decisions for War will include material on the current war.


Dr. Kenneth Kiple

Position: Emeritus Distinguished University Professor
Phone: 419-372-2030
Email: kkiple@bgsu.edu

Latin America; Slavery; Disease and Nutrition

Dr. Kiple passed away on March 27, 2016.   Read the History Department's announcement and memorial here.  

Dr. Kenneth Kiple, Emeritus Distinguished University Professor (Ph.D., University of Florida, 1970). Dr. Kiple's research and teaching interests include Latin America and the history of medicine, disease, and nutrition. His work has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Philosophical Society, and the National Institutes of Health. He is the editor of The Cambridge History of World Diseases (Cambridge University Press, 1993) and (with Kriemhild Conee Ornelas) The Cambridge World History of Food (Cambridge University Press, 2000). His other books include Blacks in Colonial Cuba, 1774-1899 (University of Florida Press, 1976); Another Dimension to the Black Dispora: Diet, Disease, and Racism (Cambridge University Press, 1981); The Caribbean Slave: A Biological History (Cambridge University Press, 1984); The African Exchange: Toward a Biological History of Black People (Duke University Press, 1988); Biological Consequences of European Expansion, 1450-1800(Variorum, 1997); Plague, Pox, and Pestilence, Disease in History (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1997); The Cambridge Historical DIctionary of Disease (Cambridge University Press, 2003); and A Moveable Feast: Ten Millennia of Food Globalization (Cambridge University Press, 2007).  His works in progress include The Cambridge Historical DIctionary of Food and "The Perils and Politics of Plenty," for the Milbank Memorial Fund Centennial Project.

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Dr. Thomas R. Knox

Position: Professor Emeritus
Phone: 419-372-2030
Email: tknox@bgsu.edu


Dr. Thomas Knox, Emeritus Professor (Ph.D., Yale University, 1969).  Dr. Knox's research and teaching interests include eighteenth- and nineteenth-century England, early modern Europe, and local history.  His work, funded in part by grants from the American Philosophical Society, has appeared in such scholarly journals as Albion, Past & Present, and The Durham University Journal.  His most recent article is "'Peace for Ages to Come': The Newcastle Elections of 1780 and 1784" (Durham University Journal); he is a contributor to the Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2004).  He continues to work on popular politics, reform, and radicalism in eighteenth-century England.

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Dr. William Rock

Position: Professor Emeritus
Phone: 419-372-2030

Modern European History; European Diplomatic History, 19th and 20th Centuries


Dr. William “Bill” Rock, Emeritus Professor [Ph.D., Duke University, 1956].

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Dr. Don K. Rowney

Position: Professor Emeritus
Phone: 419-372-2030
Email: drowney@bgsu.edu


Russia; Soviet Union; Historiography

Dr. Don Rowney, Professor Emeritus (Ph.D., Indiana University, 1965). Dr. Rowney specializes in the history of East European and Eurasian administration and Historiography. A former Vice President of the International Committee of Soviet and East European Studies and chair of the American Historical Association’s Committee on Quantitative Data, he has held appointments with the USSR Academy of Sciences, the USSR Ministry of Higher Education and the French National Center for Scientific Research. He is currently a Faculty Associate at the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at the University of Michigan and a Senior Research Associate with the BGSU’s Social Philosophy and Policy Center. He has been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Humanities, The American Council of Learned Societies, The International Research and Exchange Board and the Ford Foundation. Dr. Rowney's books include Quantitative History: Selected Readings in the Quantitative Analysis of Historical Data (Dorsey, 1969 with James Q. Graham); Russian and Slavic History (Slavica, 1977); Russian Officialdom: The Bureaucratization of Russian Society from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century (University of North Carolina Press, 1980 with Walter M. Pintner); Soviet Quantitative History (SAGE, 1984); Transition to Technocracy: The Structural Foundations of the Soviet Administrative State (Cornell University Press, 1989); Imperial Power and Development: Papers on Russian History from the III World Congress on Soviet and East European Affairs (Slavica, 1990) and Russian Bureaucracy and the State. Officialdom from Alexander III to Vladimir Putin(PalgraveMacmillan, 2009 with Eugene Huskey). He is currently completing a book-length study of the state-economy relation in Russia during the industrial era.

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Dr. Judith Sealander

Position: Professor Emerita
Phone: 419-372-2030

20th Century U.S.; Policy History

Dr. Judith Sealander, Emeritus Professor [Ph.D., Duke University, 1977].

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Dr. Ronald Seavoy

Position: Professor Emeritus
Phone: 419-372-2030
Email: rseavoy@bgsu.edu
Address: 32 Williams Hall

Political economy of economic development; global industrialization; famine

Dr. Ronald Seavoy, Emeritus Professor.  Dr. Seavoy's principal interest is the political economy of economic development.  He focuses on the policies adopted by central governments to maximize the production of new wealth.  The production of new wealth is not accidental.  Seavoy has a special interest in producing assured food surpluses because city workers must be fed during industrialization. Another principal interest is the production of raw materials, particularly metals and fuels, because they are the sinews of industrialization.  Seavoy has worked as an exploration geologist in Canada and Indonesia.  After he retired from BGSU he taught for 7 years in the Department of Business Economics and Public Policy at Indiana University, Bloomington.  He is the author of:  The Origins of the American Business Corporation, 1784-1855: Broadening the Concept of Public Service during Industrialization (Greenwood, 1982);  Famine in Peasant Societies (Greenwood, 1986);  Famine in East Africa: Food Production and Food Policies (Greenwood, 1989);  The American Peasantry: Southern Agricultural Labor and its Legacy, 1850-1995 (Greenwood, 1998); Subsistence and Economic Development (Praeger, 2000);  A New Exploration of the Canadian Arctic(Hancock House, 2002);  Origins and Growth of the Global Economy: From the Fifteenth Century Onward (Praeger, 2003);  An Economic History of the United States: from 1607 to the Present(Routledge, 2006); Extinction: The Future of Humanity (Hancock House, 2010).

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Dr. David Skaggs

Position: Professor Emeritus
Phone: 231-529-6987
Email: dskaggs@bgsu.edu

Colonial and Revolutionary America; US Military History

Dr. David Curtis Skaggs, Professor Emeritus (Ph.D., Georgetown University, 1966).  Dr. Skaggs’ research and teaching concentrated on colonial and revolutionary America and United States military history.  He is the author of Roots of Maryland Democracy, 1753-1776(Greenwood Press, 1973), Thomas Macdonough: Master of Command in the Early U.S. Navy(Naval Institute Press, 2002), Oliver Hazard Perry: Honor, Courage and Patriotism in the Early U.S. Navy (Naval Institute Press, 2006) and principal co-author of A Signal Victory: The Lake Erie Campaign, 1812-1813 (Naval Institute Press, 1997, paperback 2000).  The latter was a History Book Club alternate selection; it and the Perry biography won the North American society of Oceanic History’s prizes for naval history.  He is the editor or co-editor of several books including The Poetic Writings of Thomas Cradock, 1718-1770 (University of Delaware Press, 1983), War on the Great Lakes (Kent State University Press, 1991), The Sixty Years’ War for the Great Lakes (Michigan State University Press, 2001, paperback 2010) and a translation of Hessian Captain Johann Ewald’s Treatise on Partisan Warfare (Greenwood Press, 1991) which was originally published in Germany in 1785.  Among visiting scholar positions he has been three times visiting professor of military history and strategy, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Alabama, Distinguish Visiting Professor, Defense Intelligence College, Washington, DC, William C. Foster Visiting Fellow, U.S. Arms Control & Disarmament Agency in Washington, consulting faculty member, U.S. Army Command & General Staff College, visiting professor, East Carolina University, and visiting associate professor University of Wisconsin—Madison.  He is currently writing an analysis of the military career of William Henry Harrison.

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Dr. Jack Thomas

Position: Professor Emeritus
Phone: 419-372-2030

Latin America

Dr. Jack Thomas, Emeritus Professor [Ph.D., Ohio State University, 1962].

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Nicki Reimer

  • Position: Department Secretary
  • Phone: 419-372-2030
  • Email: nreimer@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 128 Williams Hall

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