Faculty and Staff Directory for Summer 2013
Dr. Qiang Fang
Office: 265 ABAH
Telephone: (218) 726-6615
Dr. Scott Laderman
I joined the Department of History at UMD in 2005 after receiving my Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. I teach modern United States history, focusing especially on the history of U.S. foreign relations, American Indian history, and politics and popular culture.
Dr. Steven Matthews
Associate Professor and Department Head
Dr. William Miller
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. 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.
Maria T Morisseau
Executive Office and Adminstrative Specialist
Office: 265 ABAH
Telephone: (218) 726-7253
Office Hours: 7:00-3:30 p.m.
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.