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Edward J. Balleisen

Edward J. Balleisen, Professor of History

Office: 216 Allen Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 684-1964

My research and writing explores the historical intersections among law, business, politics, and policy in the modern United States, with a growing focus on the origins, evolution, and impacts of the modern regulatory state.  I have pursued a number of collaborative projects with historians and... full profile »

Nicole Elizabeth Barnes

Nicole Elizabeth Barnes, Assistant Professor in the Department of History

Office: 114 Campus Drive, 226 Carr Building, Box 90719, Durham, NC 27708-0719
Phone: (919) 684-8102

I research public health and medicine in twentieth-century China from a gendered perspective, incorporating the changing life stories of men and women into my analysis of how health regulations and medical practices reflect Chinese society's principal values as well as the assumptions and political... full profile »

Dirk Bonker

Dirk Bonker, Associate Professor in the Department of History

Office: 208 Carr Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 684-3930

I am a historian of the United States and Germany, who focuses on questions of militarism, warfare, and empire in the long twentieth century. In my work, I also address larger questions about how best to "globalize" and "internationalize" U.S and German histories in the modern age. full profile »

James Gregory Chappel

James Gregory Chappel, Assistant Professor of History

James Chappel is the Hunt Family Assistant Professor of History at Duke University. His first book will appear from Harvard University Press in the Spring of 2018: "Catholic Modern: The Challenge of Totalitarianism and the Remaking of the Church." The book is primarily an intellectual history of... full profile »

Christina Cecelia Davidson

Christina Cecelia Davidson, Instructor of History

As a Duke History Ph.D. candidate, I specialize in Caribbean History and African Diaspora Studies. I am particularly interested in the history of Protestantism in the Spanish Caribbean, and the intersection of religious, racial, and national ideologies. My research focuses on Afro-diasporic... full profile »

Sarah Jane Deutsch

Sarah Jane Deutsch, Professor of History

Office: 326 Carr Building, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 684-2602

My work engages issues of difference, particularly racial, gender, class, and spatial formations. My current book project is “Making a Modern U.S. West, 1898-1942.” I have written three other books, Women and the City: Gender, Space and Power in Boston, 1870-1940 (2000); From Ballots to Breadlines... full profile »

Prasenjit Duara

Prasenjit Duara, Oscar L. Tang Family Professor of East Asian Studies

Prasenjit Duara is the Oscar Tang Chair of East Asian Studies at Duke University. He was born and educated in India and received his PhD in Chinese history from Harvard University. He was previously Professor and Chair of the Dept of History and Chair of the Committee on Chinese Studies at the... full profile »

Laurent Dubois

Laurent Dubois, Professor of Romance Studies

Office: 213 Language Center, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 660-3112

I am a specialist on the history and culture of the Atlantic world, with a focus on the Caribbean and particularly Haiti. I am the faculty director of the Forum for Scholars and Publics at Duke University, and write for magazines including the New Republic, Sports Illustrated, and the New Yorker. I... full profile »

Laura F. Edwards

Laura F. Edwards, Peabody Family Professor of History in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences

Office: 333 Carr Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 668-1435

My research focuses on women, gender, and the law in the nineteenth-century, particularly the U.S. South. In addition to articles on these topics, I have published four books: A Legal History of the Civil War and Reconstruction:  A Nation of Rights (2015); The People and Their Peace:... full profile »

Janet J. Ewald

Janet J. Ewald, Associate Professor with Tenure

Office: 316 Carr Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 684-4280

My specialty in the history of Africa has led me, in both my teaching and research, to explore how Africans participated in the major currents of world history since about 1700. My first book Soldiers, Traders, and Slaves: State Formation and Economic Transformation in the Greater Nile Valley, 1700... full profile »

John D. French

John D. French, Professor of History

Office: 331 Carr Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 684-2536

I am a professor of History and African and African-American Studies at Duke University in Durham North Carolina. With a B.A. from Amherst College, I received my doctorate at Yale in 1985 under Brazilian historian Emília Viotti da Costa. Since 1979, I have been studying class, race, and politics in... full profile »

Thavolia Glymph

Thavolia Glymph, Professor in History

Office: 236 Friedl Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 668-1625
Malachi H. Hacohen

Malachi H. Hacohen, Associate Professor of History

Office: 210 Carr Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 684-6819

MALACHI HAIM HACOHEN (Ph.D., Columbia), Bass Fellow and Associate Professor of History, Political Science and Religion, is Director of the Religions and Public Life Initiative at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, and member of the faculties of Slavic and Eurasian, German and Jewish Studies. He... full profile »

Margaret Ellen Humphreys

Margaret Ellen Humphreys, Josiah Charles Trent Professor of the History of Medicine, in the School of Medicine

Office: Carr 206, Dept Of History, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 684-2285

History of American medicine and public health, history of tropical medicine, especially malaria and yellow fever, history of medicine in the American Civil War. History of racial disparities in health and health care in the US. full profile »

Reeve Huston

Reeve Huston, Associate Professor of History

Office: 212 Carr Bldg, Durham, NC 27710
Phone: (919) 684-2271

My teaching, thinking, and writing center on U.S. political history and on the history of capitalism.  In the latter interest, I teach and write in both US and global/comparative history.  I teach several courses in these fields: a two-semester survey of U.S. political history, the History of... full profile »

Anna Krylova

Anna Krylova, Associate Professor in the Department of History

Office: 209 Carr Bldg, Durham, NC 27710
Phone: (919) 684-3871

Anna Krylova is Associate Professor of Modern Russian History at Duke University. She works on twentieth-century Russia and the challenges posed in envisioning and building a socialist alternative in the age of industrial and post-industrial modernity and globalization.  Questions of historical... full profile »

Adriane D. Lentz-Smith

Adriane D. Lentz-Smith, Associate Professor in the Department of History

Office: Dept Of History, Carr Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 684-2837

My interests lie in African American history, twentieth-century United States History, and the history of the US & the World. My 2009 book, Freedom Struggles: African Americans and World War I, looks at the black freedom struggle in the World War I years, with a particular focus on... full profile »

Nancy MacLean

Nancy MacLean, William H. Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy

Nancy MacLean is an award-winning scholar of the twentieth-century U.S., whose new book, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America, has been described by Publishers Weekly as “a thoroughly researched and... full profile »

Sucheta Mazumdar

Sucheta Mazumdar, Associate Professor of History

Office: 226 Carr Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 684-5490

Grounded primarily in Chinese history, and secondarily in Indian history, I am excited by the intellectual challenges of writing and teaching comparative global history. Two broad questions frame my research agenda: the radical transformation of circuits of consumption and commodity production that... full profile »

Adam Mestyan

Adam Mestyan, Assistant Professor of History

Office: Office 318; 114 Campus Drive, Carr Building (East Campus), Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 684-2343

Adam Mestyan is a historian of the modern Middle East. He is interested in the problem of government and urban history in Arab polities. His first monograph is Arab Patriotism - The Ideology and Culture of Power in Late Ottoman... full profile »

Martin A. Miller

Martin A. Miller, Professor with Tenure

Office: 337 Carr Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 684-3575

Professor Miller's interests are in Modern Russian history, the history of psychoanalysis in Russia, and comparative and international terrorist movements. full profile »

Jocelyn Olcott

Jocelyn Olcott, Associate Professor of History

Office: 201 Carr Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 668-5298

Jocelyn Olcott is Associate Professor of History and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at Duke University. Mexico. Her first book, Revolutionary Women in Postrevolutionary Mexico, explores questions of gender and citizenship in the 1930s.  Her second book, International Women’s Year:  The... full profile »

Simon Partner

Simon Partner, Professor in the Department of History

Office: 303 Carr Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 684-5464

Late 19th and 20th-century Japanese history Focusing on: growth of consumer markets; technology and social change; Japanese rural society full profile »

Gunther W. Peck

Gunther W. Peck, Associate Professor of History

Office: 308 Carr Bldg, 136 Public Policy, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 668-5297

My research focuses on the long history of human trafficking and its relationship to the evolution of racial ideology, humanitarian intervention, and immigration policy in North America and Europe. In addition to mentoring both History and Public Policy graduate students, I regularly teach four... full profile »

Sumathi Ramaswamy

Sumathi Ramaswamy, Professor of History

Office: Dept Of History, 325 Carr Bldg, Box_90719, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 684-5764

I am a cultural historian of South Asia and the British Empire and my research over the last few years has been largely in the areas of visual studies, the history of cartography, and gender. My recent publications in this area include The Goddess and the Nation: Mapping Mother India (Duke... full profile »

William M. Reddy

William M. Reddy, William T. Laprade Professor Emeritus of History

Office: 314 Carr Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 684-2497

Most recent book-- The Making of Romantic Love: Longing and Sexuality in Europe, South Asia, and Japan, 900-1200 CE (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012). Awarded the Pinkney Prize for best book in French History, 2012, by... full profile »

Susan Thorne

Susan Thorne, Associate Professor of History

Office: 336 Carr, Durham, NC 27708-0719
Phone: (919) 593-2810

My research and teaching interests include the social history of modern Britain, the imperial history of modern Europe, and Anglo-American attitudes about race, crime, and urban poverty.   Congregational missions and the making of an imperial culture in nineteenth-century England (Stanford... full profile »