Faculty and Staff Directory for Summer 2013
Dr. Qiang Fang
Office: 215 ABAH
Telephone: (218) 726-6615
Dr. Scott Laderman
Scott Laderman joined the Department of History in 2005. A specialist in the modern United States, his work broadly explores the various ways that Americans have encountered and ascribed meaning to the rest of the world. His first book, Tours of Vietnam: War, Travel Guides, and Memory (Duke University Press, 2009), examines issues of tourism and memory in postcolonial Vietnam. His most recent book, Empire in Waves: A Political History of Surfing (University of California Press, 2014), combines the passion for wave-riding he developed while growing up in California with his professional interest in the history of U.S. foreign relations. Professor Laderman teaches courses in nineteenth- and twentieth-century U.S. history for the department, focusing especially on the global United States and the politics of popular culture.
Dr. Gideon Mailer
Gideon Mailer came to the University of Minnesota system from the University of Cambridge, UK. From 2008-2012 he was an elected fellow of St John’s College, University of Cambridge, where he lectured and supervised in American and Atlantic history 1600-1865 and in the history of intellectual thought. Before his JRF at St. John’s, Cambridge, he took his PhD (2008, supervised by Betty Wood), MA, and BA (hons) (Double-First Class) from Cambridge. His publications include a book on the American revolutionary John Witherspoon and the influence of the Scottish Enlightenment on the American Revolution, as well as numerous articles on religion in Colonial America. He is currently working on a book considering moral philosophy and the question of American slavery from the Colonial period to the Civil War.
Dr. Steven Matthews
Associate Professor and Department Head
Dr. Matthews came to the History Department at UMD in the Fall of 2004, having earned his Ph.D. from the University of Florida earlier that year. He is a broadly-trained European Historian, but specializes in the History of Science and the History of Christianity with an emphasis on the foundations of both and their subsequent interactions in society. He also received extensive theological training (in systematics and historical theology) from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He has published several articles and a book on the theology of the English philosopher Francis Bacon, and is currently working on another book on Bacon, as well as two research projects relating to early Christianity: one on the Second Temple Judaic context of the Gospel of Mark, and one on the fourth century history and development of the Feast of the Nativity ("Christmas").
Dr. Alexis Pogorelskin
I came to UMD in the fall of 1987, having completed my Ph.D at Yale and been Rhodes Visiting Fellow at St. Hilda's College, Oxford. I have taught all areas of Russian, Soviet, and post-Soviet history. My courses have included ones on Soviet cinema as well as Russian literature of the Soviet period. My interests also extend to 20th century Europe. I teach a course on that subject and am writing a novel about FDR on the eve of the Second World War. My areas of research include "Karelian fever" and the life of L.B. Kamenev, a significant rival to Stalin. I love history as well as the opportunity to share that fascination with my students.
- Time Travel 1940
- Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, University of Minnesota
- Karelian Fever Web Site
- Europe in the 20th Century
Dr. Rosemary Stanfield-Johnson
Rosemary Stanfield-Johnson (Ph.D., New York University, 1993) is Associate Professor of Religious History in the Department of History at University of Minnesota Duluth. Professor Stanfield-Johnson’s research focus is late medieval and early modern Iranian history, Shi‘i political and popular culture, and popular sectarian literature. Her publications include “The Tabarra’iyan and the Early Safavids,” Iranian Studies, 37 (1), 2004; “Sunni Survival in Safavid Iran: Anti-Sunni Activities during the Reign of Tahmasp I,” Iranian Studies, 27 (1-4), 1994; “Yuzbashi-yi Kurd Bacheh and ‘Abd al-Mu’min Khan the Uzbek: A Tale of Revenge in the Dastan of Husayn Kurd,” Muraqqa’e Sharqi, Soussie Kerman-Rastegar and Anna Vanzan, (eds), Dogana: AIEP Editore S.r.l., 2007; and “The Hyderabad Connection in the Dastan of Hoseyn Kord,” Deccan Studies, 2 (2), 2004. She is currently working on a book on the theology, the politics, and the practice of public ritual in 16th century Iran.
Professor Stanfield-Johnson’s current teaching focus is on early Islamic history and religion, and medieval to modern Middle Eastern history.
She has held research grants at the American Research Center in Egypt, American Institute for Yemeni Studies, and The School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and a Senior Fulbright Research scholarship in non-western history in affiliation with Osmania University in Hyderabad, India.
Dr. Jeffrey Rop
Jeffrey Rop received his Ph.D. in History and Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies from Pennsylvania State University in 2013. His research focuses on the military and political history of Classical Greece and Achaemenid Persia. He recently published an article in Historia on the origins of the scythed chariot, and is currently working on a monograph which examines Greek mercenary service in the Near East from 401 – 330 BCE. Dr. Rop has experience teaching surveys of World and Western history, as well as more specialized courses on the ancient world from the founding of the Sumerian city-states to the fall of the Western Roman Empire.
Dr. Nkasa Yelengi
A native of the Democratic Republic of Congo(DRC), ex-Zaire (Africa), Nkasa joined the department as a part-time faculty in winter 1995 and was hired as an assistant professor in 1996. He received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Minnesota in 1996. His area of specialization is African social and cultural history and his second field in history is Modern Europe. He is currently working on two major projects: 1)"The Impact of the Construction and Operation of the Port Francqui-Bukama Railroad on the Population of Rural Katanga, Belgian Congo" and 2)"A Social History of the Mulelist Peasant Rebellion in the DRCongo in the 1960's." Dr. Yelengi teaches three African history courses: Pre-Colonial Africa to 1800, Modern Africa, and Society and Culture in 20th Century Africa, and two courses on Europe: Europe in the Modern Age and Modern France.
Office: 265 ABAH
Telephone: (218) 726-7253
Terry joined the UMD History Department after working previously as a grant coordinator at the Medical School Duluth and in the UMD Department of Theatre. She has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a minor in Business Marketing from the University of Northern Iowa and is a recipient of an Outstanding Service Award. Her interests include many outside activities during the summer and traveling during the colder months.
Dr. Judith Trolander
The History Department hired me in 1975 to be the first to regularly teach a U.S. urban history course at UMD and also to develop a course in U.S. women's history. Previously, I had received my Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University and had taught for four years at Western Illinois University. At UMD, I've also taught other kinds of U.S. social history. My research initially focused on the settlement house movement with the publication of two books. Recently, I've been concentrating on discrimination issues. Among the things I especially enjoy about teaching are talking about some of the real characters we've had for president in the 20th century and hearing from my students about how the current generation is different and where it is headed.