Faculty & Staff
Vassar History professors are not only dedicated teachers but also noted scholars whose training and interests span continents and centuries. They have won awards for articles, books, and web sites; they serve on distinguished prize committees and editorial boards of major journals; they have been recognized with prestigious, coveted fellowships from many sources, including the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. What brings them all to Vassar is a shared appreciation for and devotion to the liberal arts college environment of small classes, lively discussion, and one-on-one mentoring.
- Nancy Bisaha, Professor of History and Director of Medieval & Renaissance Studies
- Robert K. Brigham, Professor of History on the Shirley Ecker Boskey Chair
- Mita Choudhury, Professor of History
- Miriam Cohen, Professor of History on the Evalyn Clark Chair
- Rebecca Edwards, Professor of History on the Eloise Ellery Chair
- Maria Höhn, Professor and Chair of History on the Marion Musser Lloyd '32 Chair
- James Merrell, Professor of History on the Lucy Maynard Salmon Chair
- Quincy T. Mills, Associate Professor of History and Director of Africana Studies
- Lydia Murdoch, Professor of History and Director of Victorian Studies
- Leslie Scott Offutt, Associate Professor of History and Director of Latin American & Latino/a Studies
- Ronald D. Patkus, Associate Director of the Library for Special Collections
- Michaela Pohl, Associate Professor of History
- Ismail O. D. Rashid, Professor of History
- Joshua Schreier, Professor of History
- Wayne Soon, Assistant Professor of History
- Michelle Whalen, Administrative Assistant
- Maya Sudarkasa '18, Department Intern
For a list of emeriti, see Previous Faculty.
An archive of lectures from Liberations and Contradictions: Moments in the History of Gender and Education, a sesquicentennial lecture series in connection with History/Women's Studies 285 (Fall, 2011) View lectures.
Select Honors & Awards
- In 2014, Robert K. Brigham was elected to Council of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.
- Since 2012, Robert K. Brigham has served on the editorial advisory board of Eyes on the I.C.C., the only scholarly journal devoted to the study of the International Criminal Court.
- Robert K. Brigham, elected member of the London-based International Institute for Security Studies, the leading authority on global security issues
- Miriam Cohen, “Reconsidering Schools and the American Welfare State,”History of Education Quarterly 45.4 (2005), selected for the journal’s Fiftieth Anniversary Retrospective (Fall, 2010)
- Michael Hanagan, Member of the Editorial Board, Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics
- Maria Höhn, with Martin Klimke, the NAACP’s Julius E. Williams Distinguished Community Service Award (2009), The Civil Rights Struggle, African American GIs, and Germany, a research project and digital archive
- James Merrell, Bancroft Prize and Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Into the American Woods: Negotiators on the Pennsylvania Frontier (W.W. Norton, 1999)
- Lydia Murdoch, Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS) Essay Award, “‘Suppressed Grief’: Mourning the Death of British Children and the Memory of the 1857 Indian Rebellion,” Journal of British Studies 51.2 (2012)
Recent Publications of Note
- Tom Paterson, J. Garry Clifford, Robert K. Brigham, Michael Donoghue, and Kenneth Hagan, American Foreign Relations: A History, Volumes I & II, 8thEdition (Boston: Cengage, 2015).
- Robert K. Brigham, The United States and Iraq since 1990: A Brief History with Documents (Boston: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013).
- Robert K. Brigham, "The War that Never Ends: Historians and the Vietnam War," in Michael J. Hogan and Frank C. Costigliola, eds, America in the World: The Historiography of American Foreign Relations Since 1941 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014).
- Nancy Bisaha, Europe, c. 1400-1458 by Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini>, translated by Robert Brown. Introduced and annotated by Nancy Bisaha (Catholic University of America Press, January 2014)
- Mita Choudhury, The Wanton Jesuit and the Wayward Saint: A Tale of Sex, Religion and Politics in Eighteenth Century France” (Pennsylvania State University Press, forthcoming)
- Rebecca Edwards, New Spirits: Americans in the “Gilded Age,” 1865-1905 (Oxford University Press, 2006; second edition, 2010)
- Julie E. Hughes, Animal Kingdoms: Hunting, the Environment, and Power in the Indian Princely States (Permanent Black, 2012; Harvard University Press, 2013)
- Quincy T. Mills, Cutting Along the Color Line: Black Barbers and Barber Shops in America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013)
- Leslie Scott Offutt, “Defending Corporate Identity on New Spain’s Northeastern Frontier: San Esteban de Nueva Tlaxcala, 1780-1810,” The Americas 64, 3 (2008)
- Michaela Pohl, “Anna Politkovskaya and Ramzan Kadyrov: Exposing the Kadyrov Syndrome,” Problems of Post-Communism 54, 5 (2007)
- Ismail Rashid, “The Sierra Leone Civil War and the Remaking of ECOWAS,”Research in Sierra Leone Studies (RISLS): Weave 1, 1 (2013) http://weavesl.org/ojs/index.php?journal=Weave&page=issue&op=current
- Joshua Schreier, Arabs of the Jewish Faith: The Civilizing Mission in Colonial Algeria (Rutgers, 2010)
- Lydia Murdoch, Daily Life of Victorian Women (Greenwood Press, 2014).
- Miki Pohl, From White Grave to Tselinograd to Astana: The Virgin Lands Opening, Khrushchev's Forgotten First Reform,” in Denis Kozlov and Eleanor Gilburd, eds., The Thaw: Soviet Society and Culture During the 1950s and 1960s (University of Toronto Press, 2013).
- In 2007-2008, Robert K. Brigham was the Mary Ball Washington Professor of American History as a Fulbright Chair at University College Dublin.