Douglas Ambrose, Professor of History

B.A., Rutgers University; M.A., University of Rochester; Ph.D., State University of New York at Binghamton
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Areas of expertise: U.S. history, the old South, Christianity in American history, American colonial history, the American founding era and proslavery thought

Douglas Ambrose holds a doctorate in history from the State University of New York at Binghamton. His teaching and research interests include early America, the Old South and American religious history.  His publications include Henry Hughes and Proslavery Thought in the Old South (LSU 1996) and The Many Faces of Alexander Hamilton: The Life and Legacy of America's Most Elusive Founding Father (NYU 2006), a volume he co-edited with Hamilton colleague Robert W. T. Martin. He has also written numerous articles, book reviews and encyclopedia entries about Southern slavery and Southern intellectual life. Ambrose is a recipient of the Class of 1963 Excellence in Teaching Award.

Celeste Day Moore, Visiting Assistant Professor of History

B.A., Haverford College; A.M. and Ph.D., University of Chicago
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Areas of expertise: African-American history, diasporic and transnational history, race and empire in twentieth-century U.S. and France

Celeste Day Moore teaches courses in African-American history as well as the histories of race, empire, and U.S. international relations. She received her doctorate from the University of Chicago and has been a fellow at the Institut d’Études Politiques in Paris and the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia. She is currently completing a manuscript, Soundwaves: Race, Music, and the Making of the Twentieth-Century Atlantic World, which reframes postwar African-American history within transatlantic networks of commerce, Cold War politics, and black internationalism.

John Eldevik, Associate Professor of History

B.A., Pomona College; M.A. and Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
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Areas of expertise: social and economic history of the early Middle Ages, history of law and mechanisms of conflict resolution and the perceptions of non-Christian peoples and lands in medieval manuscript culture

John Eldevik received his doctorate from UCLA. Eldevik holds the Licence in Mediaeval Studies (2004) from the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies. His primary research and teaching interests are in medieval social and religious history, particularly the role of the bishop in the early Middle Ages, the Crusades, and the history of political and religious dissent. His first book, Episcopal Lordship and Ecclesiastical Reform in the German Empire, 950-1150, examines how medieval bishops used the collection of tithes to foster social and political relationships. Eldevik is working on a study of the manuscript transmission of texts on the Crusades and Islam in medieval Bavaria.

Kevin Grant, Chair, Professor of History

A.B., University of California, Berkeley; M.A., University of Chicago; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
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Areas of expertise: the British Empire, modern Britain and Ireland and international humanitarianism

Grant completed his doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1997, and he has received fellowships from the Fulbright Commission, the Mellon Foundation and the American Historical Association. Grant is the author of A Civilised Savagery: Britain and the New Slaveries in Africa, 1884-1926 (2005), and he is the co-editor of Beyond Sovereignty: Britain, Empire, and Transnationalism, c. 1880-1950 (2007). He has also published articles in leading scholarly journals, as well as essays in edited collections. Grant received the John R. Hatch Class of 1925 Excellence in Teaching Award at Hamilton in 2003. He is working on a comparative history of hunger strikes.

Maurice Isserman, the Publius Virgilius Rogers Professor of American History

B.A., Reed College; M.A., University of Rochester; Ph.D., University of Rochester
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Areas of expertise: 20th century American radical movements, history of the 1960s and the history of mountaineering and exploration

Maurice Isserman received his doctorate from the University of Rochester. A former Fulbright grant-winner, his prize-winning books include The Other American: The Life of Michael Harrington, and his co-authored book Fallen Giants: A History of Himalayan Mountaineering from the Age of Empire to the Age of Extremes. He is co-author of America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s, and On the Hill: A Bicentennial History of Hamilton College. His most recent book is Cronkite's War: His World War Two Letters Home, co-authored with Walter Cronkite IV '11. Isserman is writing a book titled Continental Divide: A History of American Mountaineering, to be published by Norton.

Shoshana Keller, Professor of History

B.A., Carleton College; M.A., Indiana University; Ph.D., Indiana University
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Areas of expertise: Russian and Soviet history, Central Eurasian history and history of the modern Middle East

Shoshana Keller focuses on Soviet and Central Asian history and has written on the Stalinist campaign against Islam, women and women's education, and the creation of Soviet Uzbek history. Keller is the author of To Moscow, Not Mecca (2001, Praeger Publishers) and most recently an essay on the origins of coerced child labor in Uzbekistan’s cotton fields. She teaches Russian history from the Vikings to Putin as well as courses in Middle Eastern and Central Asian history. Keller is beginning a new project on the creation of modern childhood in Soviet Central Asia.

Alfred Kelly, the Edgar B. Graves Professor of History

B.A., University of Chicago; M.A., University of Wisconsin; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
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Areas of expertise: Modern European history, modern German history, history of European ideas and history of science

Kelly earned his Ph.D from the University of Wisconsin. His publications include The Descent of Darwin: The Popularization of Darwinism in Germany, 1860-1914 (1981) and The German Worker: Working-Class Autobiographies From the Age of Industrialization (1987). He is currently researching a book titled Remembering and Forgetting: The Legacy of the Franco-Prussian War in Imperial Germany, 1871-1914. Kelly recently completed the manuscript With my Rucksack: The Unvarnished Campaign Memoirs of an Infantryman from the Year 1870 by Carl Rückert.

Faiza Moatasim, Postdoctoral Fellow in Asian Studies and Visiting Assistant Professor of History

B.Arch., National College of Arts, Pakistan; M.Arch., McGill University; Ph.D., University of Michigan

Faiza Moatasim received her bachelor's of architecture from the National College of Arts in Pakistan, her master's of architecture from McGill University and her doctorate in architectural history and theory from the University of Michigan. Her dissertation, "Making Exceptions: Politics of Nonconforming Spaces in the Planned Modernist City of Islamabad," investigates the interplay between formally and informally planned spaces in the planned capital city of Pakistan. At Hamilton Moatasim teaches courses related to issues of spatial equity, spatial organization as a means of attaining social control and spatial practices as acts of subversion in Asian cities.

Robert Paquette, Professor of History

A.B. and A.M., Bowling Green University; Ph.D., University of Rochester
Areas of expertise: The Old South, colonial Cuba, United States history to 1865, slavery, colonial Latin America, cross-cultural history, Atlantic world, 1450-1900, age of European expansion, conservative political thought, history of property

Paquette has published extensively on the history of slavery. His Sugar Is Made with Blood (Wesleyan University Press, 1988) won the Elsa Goveia Prize, given every three years by the Association of Caribbean Historians for the best book in Caribbean history. His essay “Of Facts and Fables: New Light on the Denmark Vesey Affair” (co-authored with Douglas Egerton) won the Malcolm C. Clark Award, given by the South Carolina Historical Society. With Mark M. Smith, he co-edited The Oxford Handbook of Slavery in the Americas (2010). More recently, with Douglas Egerton, he co-edited Court of Death: A Documentary History of the Denmark Vesey Affair (University Press of Florida, 2016). In 2005, he received the Mary Young Award for distinguished achievement from his alma mater University of Rochester. He has been awarded grants from the American Historical Association, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Charles Koch Foundation, Watson-Brown Foundation, Thomas Smith Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies. In 2007, Paquette co-founded the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization. In 2008, President George W. Bush forwarded Paquette's nomination to the Senate for a seat on the National Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2012, the American Freedom Alliance awarded him the Heroes of Conscience Award. In 2014, Carly Fiorina, on behalf of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation and the American Conservative Union Foundation, presented Paquette with the Jeane Jordan Kirkpatrick Prize for Academic Freedom.

Lisa Trivedi, Associate Professor of History

B.A., Hampshire College; M.A., University of Chicago; Ph.D., University of California, Davis
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Areas of expertise: cultural and social history of modern South Asia, specializing in the history of nationalism, colonialism and women

Lisa Trivedi, a cultural and social historian of modern South Asia, received her doctorate from the University of California at Davis. Her first monograph, Clothing Gandhi’s Nation: Homespun and Modern India (Indiana, 2007) was supported by a Fulbright Scholarship to India in 1996. She was a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University’s Pembroke College, where she began research on her second monograph, Bound By Cloth: women textile workers in Bombay and Lancashire, 1890-1940.

Trivedi recently finished work on a project of 70 photographs of ordinary women at work in Ahmedabad, India, taken by Pranlal Patel, in 1937. She oversaw the first-time publication of the photos and curated their exhibition at Hamilton's Wellin Museum of Art.

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