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Western Michigan University

Dept. of History
4301 Friedmann Hall
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5334
Phone: 269.387.4650 , 269.387.4652
Fax: 269.387.4651
Email: jose.brandao@wmich.edu
Web Page: http://www.wmich.edu/history/


WMU is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a “research institution with high research activity.” The history department offers four undergraduate majors (Liberal Education, Secondary Education: History, Secondary Education: Social Studies, and Public History), as well as master's and doctoral degrees. Our faculty members offer a wide array of courses in North American and European history, with a particular concentration on the history of the pre-1800, and especially medieval, world.
  • Chair:
    José António Brandão

  • Director of Graduate Studies:
    James Palmitessa

  • Degrees Offered:
    BA, MA, PhD,

  • Academic Year System:
    Semester

  • Areas of Specialization:
    North America, Europe, ethnohistory, medieval, public,

  • Undergraduate Tuition:
    In-state: $11,909.00
    Out-of-state: $24,794.00

  • Graduate Tuition:
    In-state: $10,392.00
    Out-of-state: $23,579.00

  • Undergraduate Deadlines:
    Admissions: rolling
    Financial aid: varies

  • Graduate Deadlines:
    Admissions: Jan. 15, Apr. 15, Nov. 1
    Financial aid: Jan. 15

  • Enrollment: 2013-14
    Undergraduate majors: 198
    Students in history program (2-year): 0
    New graduate students: 9
    Full-time graduate students: 35
    Part-time graduate students: 8
    Degrees in history: 45 BA, 7 MA,

  • Undergraduate Addresses:
    Admissions: Office of Admissions, 1903 W. Michigan Ave., http://www.wmich.edu/admissions/
    Financial aid: Student Financial Aid and Scholarships, 3306 Faunce Student Services Bldg., http://www.wmich.edu/finaid/

  • Graduate Addresses:
    Admissions: Office of Admissions, 1903 W. Michigan Ave., http://www.wmich.edu/grad/
    Financial aid: Apply to Dept. of History OR Student Financial Aid and Scholarships, 3306 Faunce Student Services Bldg., http://www.wmich.edu/finaid/



Adjunct Faculty

COX, Anna-Lisa G.
(PhD, Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2002; asst. prof.) African American, US, Midwest,

DIETZ, Elias
(STL, Catholic, Louvain, 1987; instr.) theology, monasticism, e.dietz@monks.org

NORRIS, L. Patrick
(PhD, Minnesota, 1976; prof.) public, US intellectual, pnorris@kvcc.edu

STEUER, Kenneth A.
(PhD, Minnesota, 1998; ) world, modern Europe, kenneth.steuer@wmich.edu

TOLEDO PEREYRA, Luis
(PhD, Minnesota, 1984; prof.) medicine and health care, toledo@kcms.msu.edu

WICKSTROM, John B.
(PhD, Yale, 1969; prof.) medieval, monasticism, iconography, john.wickstrom@kzoo.edu


Emeritus Faculty

BEECH, George T.
(PhD, Johns Hopkins, 1960; prof. emeritus) medieval, social, george.beech@wmich.edu

BREISACH, Ernst A.
(PhD, Vienna, 1946; prof. emeritus) Renaissance and Reformation, historiography and historical theory, ebreisach@sbcglobal.net

CARLSON, Lewis H.
(PhD, Michigan State, 1967; prof. emeritus) 20th-century US, popular culture, minorities, lewis.carlson@wmich.edu

CORDIER, Sherwood S.
(PhD, Minnesota, 1963; prof. emeritus) 20th-century Europe, contemporary military,

DAVIS, Ronald W.
(PhD, Indiana, 1968; prof. emeritus) Islamic, West Africa, ronald.davis@wmich.edu

ELDER, E. Rozanne
(PhD, Toronto, 1968; prof. emeritus) medieval church, e.rozanne.elder@wmich.edu

FERREIRA, James M.
(PhD, Minnesota, 1971; prof. emeritus) 20th-century US cultural and intellectual, Cold War/Vietnam era/anticommunism, james.ferreira@wmich.edu

GREGORY, Ross M.
(PhD, Indiana, 1964; prof. emeritus) 20th-century US, American diplomatic, ross.gregory@wmich.edu

HAIGHT, Bruce
(PhD, Northwestern, 1981; prof. emeritus) West Africa, Islamic, bruce.haight@wmich.edu

HAVIRA, Barbara S.
(PhD, Michigan State, 1986; assoc. prof. emeritus) 19th- and 20th-century US, labor, women, barbara.havira@wmich.edu

LYON-JENNESS, Cheryl
(PhD, Western Michigan, 1998; master faculty specialist and dir., undergrad. studies emeritus) 19th-century US, horticultural and agricultural, gender, cheryl.lyon-jenness@wmich.edu

MAIER, Paul L.
(PhD, Basel, Switzerland, 1957; prof. emeritus) ancient, Christianity, Reformation, paul.maier@wmich.edu

PORTER, Dale H.
(PhD, Oregon, 1967; prof. emeritus) Britain, philosophy of history and historiography, technology, dale.porter@wmich.edu

STONE, Judith F.
(PhD, SUNY, Stony Brook, 1979; Mary Meader Prof. emeritus) modern France, cultural and political, gender, judith.stone@wmich.edu


Full-time Faculty

BENAC, David T.
(PhD, Missouri, Columbia, 2003; assoc. prof.) public, environmental, david.benac@wmich.edu

BERKHOFER III, Robert F.
(PhD, Harvard, 1997; assoc. prof.) medieval Europe, France, England, robert.berkhofer@wmich.edu

BERTO, Luigi Andrea
(PhD, Venice, 2001; asst. prof.) early Middle Ages, war and violence, Italy, luigi.berto@wmich.edu

BEYAN, Amos
(PhD, West Virginia, 1985; prof.) West Africa, African American, Africana studies, amos.beyan@wmich.edu

BORISH, Linda J.
(PhD, Maryland, Coll. Park, 1990; assoc. prof.) 19th-century US, women, sport, linda.borish@wmich.edu

BRANDÃO, José António
(PhD, York, Can., 1994; prof. and chair) 17th- and 18th-century American Indian, colonial America, Canada, jose.brandao@wmich.edu

CORYELL, Janet L.
(PhD, William and Mary, 1986; prof.) 19th-century US, women, janet.coryell@wmich.edu

COUSINS, James P.
(PhD, Kentucky, 2010; faculty specialist II and dir., undergrad. studies) education, US, james.cousins@wmich.edu

DOBNEY, Fredrick John
(PhD, Rice, 1970; prof.) 20th-century US, diplomacy, technology, fred.dobney@wmich.edu

DOOLEY, Howard J.
(PhD, Notre Dame, 1976; prof.) modern Middle East, global and contemporary, howard.dooley@wmich.edu

GRAY, Marion W.
(PhD, Wisconsin, Madison, 1971; prof.) 18th- and 19th-century Germany, European gender, environmental, marion.gray@wmich.edu

HADDEN, Sally E.
(PhD, Harvard, 1993; JD, Harvard, 1989; assoc. prof.) colonial America, antebellum US South, US constitutional and legal, sally.hadden@wmich.edu

HEASLEY, Lynne
(PhD, Wisconsin, Madison, 2000; assoc. prof.) environmental, cultural geography, lynne.heasley@wmich.edu

KACHUN, Mitch A.
(PhD, Cornell, 1997; prof.) African American, 19th-century US, mitch.kachun@wmich.edu

MARTINI III, Edwin A.
(PhD, Maryland, Coll. Park, 2004; assoc. prof. and assoc. chair) post–World War II US, US-Vietnam relations, diplomacy and culture, edwin.martini@wmich.edu

MURRAY, James M.
(PhD, Northwestern, 1983; prof.) medieval and early modern Europe, james.murray@wmich.edu

NORMAN, John O.
(PhD, Indiana, 1990; assoc. prof.) Russia and Soviet Union, cultural, arts, john.norman@wmich.edu

PALMITESSA, James R.
(PhD, NYU, 1995; assoc. prof. and dir., grad. studies) early modern Europe, urban, material culture, james.palmitessa@wmich.edu

PYENSON, Lewis Robert
(PhD, Johns Hopkins, 1974; prof.) science, lewis.pyenson@wmich.edu

RUBIN, Eli
(PhD, Wisconsin, Madison, 2004; assoc. prof.) Germany, 20th-century eastern Europe, material culture, eli.rubin@wmich.edu

SIMON, Larry J.
(PhD, UCLA, 1989; assoc. prof.) Crusades, Muslim-Christian-Jewish relations, medieval Spain and Italy, larry.simon@wmich.edu

STRONG, Anise K.
(PhD, Columbia, 2005; asst. prof.) ancient social and cultural, gender and sexuality, reception studies, anise.strong@wmich.edu

WARREN, Wilson J.
(PhD, Pittsburgh, 1992; prof.) social science education, labor, 20th-century US, wilson.warren@wmich.edu

XIONG, Victor Cunrui
(PhD, Australian National, 1989; prof.) China, urban, cultural, victor.xiong@wmich.edu

YOSHIDA, Takashi
(PhD, Columbia, 2001; assoc. prof.) modern Japan, history and memory, Japanese American, takashi.yoshida@wmich.edu


Joint Appointments

OGBOMO, Onaiwu W.
(PhD, Dalhousie, 1993; prof.; Africana Studies) Africa, African American, gender, onaiwu.ogbomo@wmich.edu

SAILLANT, John D.
(PhD, Brown, 1989; prof.; English) African American, diaspora religious literature, john.saillant@wmich.edu


Nondepartmental Historians

CARLSON, Sharon
(PhD, Western Michigan, 2002; assoc. prof.; dir., Archives and Regional Hist. Collection) archives, public, US, sharon.carlson@wmich.edu

KUBISKI, Joyce M.
(PhD, Washington, 1994; assoc. prof.; dir., Sch. Art) medieval and Renaissance art, joyce.kubiski@wmich.edu

STEUER, Susan M. B.
(PhD, Minnesota, 2001; assoc. prof.; head, Special Collections and Rare Books, Library) medieval Europe, England, women, ; susan.steuer@wmich.edu