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Edward J. Balleisen, Associate Professor of History

Office: 243B Carr Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 684-2699

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, Assistant Professor in the Department of History

Office: 311 Carr Building, Durham, NC 27708
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... full profile »

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, Assistant Professor in the Department of History

Office: 327 Carr Building, Durham, NC 27708-0719

I study the intellectual, political, and religious history of modern Europe. I am currently completing a manuscript entitled "Spiritual Welfare: Catholic Political Economy in Twentieth Century Europe" (forthcoming from Harvard University Press). This work studies Catholic social-economic thought... full profile »

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 »

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.... full profile »

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, 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,... full profile »

John D. French, Professor of History

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

I am an historian of modern Latin America with a specialization in Brazil. Since 2005, I have been working on a book entitled "Lula's Politics of Cunning: From Trade Unionism to the Presidency in Brazil" which draws on a multi-year international research project on “Nurturing Hope, Deepening... full profile »

Thavolia Glymph, Associate Professor of African and African American Studies

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

Thavolia Glymph is Associate Professor of History at Duke University in the Departments of African & African American Studies and History and a Faculty Affiliate in the Duke University Population Research Institute (DuPri) and the Program in Women's Studies. Glymph is a historian of the... full profile »

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 Center for European Studies, and member of the faculty of German and Jewish Studies, as well as the History and Philosophy of Science, Technology &... full profile »

Bruce S. Hall, Associate Professor in the Department of History

Office: 127 Carr Building, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 660-3197

My first book, A history of race in Muslim West Africa, 1600-1960 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011), is about the development of ideas about racial difference along the West African Sahel. The research for this project was focused in and around the Malian town of Timbuktu. My current... full profile »

Engseng Ho, Professor of Cultural Anthropology

Office: 205 Friedl Building, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 684-4544

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, Associate Professor of History

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

My research focuses on the emergence of two-party democracy in the United States--a process that took place between the 1790s and the 1840s. My current book project examines the origins of Jacksonian democracy. I also think and write about social and political conflicts over the distribution of... full profile »

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, Associate Professor in the Department of History

Office: 320 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, William H. Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy

Office: 334 Carr Building, Durham, NC 27708-0719

Nancy MacLean’s scholarship focuses on the role of social movements in changing American culture and public policy, with particular focus on the twentieth century and on the roles of class, gender, race, and region in shaping these movements and determining their outcomes. Her first book, Behind... full profile »

Sucheta Mazumdar, Associate Professor of History

Office: 305 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... full profile »

Adam Mestyan, Assistant Professor of History

Office: Office 316; 114 Campus Drive, Carr Building (east Campus), Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 684-2343

Adam Mestyan is a historian of the modern Middle East. His first monograph Arab Patriotism - The Ideology and Culture of Power in Late Ottoman Egypt (Princeton University Press, 2017; order it on... full profile »

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 Harrison 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, 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, 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, Professor of History

Office: Box 90719, Durham, NC 27708-0719
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 (... full profile »

William M. Reddy, William T. Laprade Professor of History, in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences

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

New 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 the Society for... full profile »

Susan Thorne, Associate Professor of History

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

My research and teaching interests are most broadly put in the imperial history of industrial capitalism.  I am particularly interested in exploring the intersecting histories of poverty, race-thinking, and class formation in nineteenth century Britain.  Congregational missions and the making... full profile »