History Faculty

Professor Linda A. McMillin, provost and dean of the faculty, earned a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. She specializes in medieval history, with focused research on religious women in the 12th and 13th centuries. She teaches social, cultural and economic history of Europe between 800 and 1700 and women's studies.

Associate Professor Catherine Cymone Fourshey holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her teaching and research interests include precolonial African institutions of hospitality, Indian Ocean trade, identity and ethnicity in Africa, healing systems, gender and postcolonial politics in East Africa. She is currently working on a book, Strangers, Immigrants, and the Established: Hospitality as State Building Mechanism in Southwest Tanzania 300-1900CE. She served as the Africa Consulting Editor for the Great Events from History: The Middle Ages (2005).

Associate Professor David Imhoof, department head, holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas. He teaches courses on modern European, German and cultural history, as well as the Holocaust. His research studies the relationship between politics and cultural activities in Germany during the 1920s and 1930s. He is the author of articles on sharpshooters and opera lovers, movies and sports and is completing a book, Becoming a Nazi Town: Cultural Life in Göttingen During the Weimar and Nazi Eras.

Associate Professor Karol K. Weaver earned a Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University. She offers courses on American history and women's history. She specializes in the history of medicine, with a research interest in the history of unofficial medical practitioners. She has written articles on midwifery, infanticide and enslaved healers. Her book, Medical Revolutionaries: The Enslaved Healers of Eighteenth-Century Saint Domingue, was published by the University of Illinois Press in 2006.

Associate Professor Edward Slavishak holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He teaches classes on United States history since the late 19th century. His research interests include the history of travel and leisure, the Appalachian Mountains and American work. His 2008 book, Bodies of Work, examines visual displays of Pittsburgh industrial workers at the turn of the 20th century.

Assistant Professor Lisong Liu earned a B.A. from Wuhan University in China and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He offers courses on Asian history and migrations in the modern world. His research interests include Chinese diasporas, U.S.-China relations, race and ethnicity, and Asian-American history. His dissertation, Mobility, Community and Identity: Chinese Migration to the United States after 1978 and Transnational Citizenship, studies post-reform Chinese migration, return migration, and Chinese immigrant communities in the United States from transnational and global perspectives.

Assistant Professor María L. Olin Muñoz holds a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. She offers courses in Colonial and Modern Latin America. Her research interests include ethnicity, race, identity formation, citizenship, nation and social movements. Her co-edited Volume, Men of the People: The Presidencies of Lázaro Cárdenas and Luis Echeverría, will be published by The University of Arizona Press in 2010. She is currently completing a book chapter on indigenous mobilizations in Mexico after WWII.