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History

Faculty

Members of the history department are dedicated teachers and active scholars, having earned numerous awards and prizes for their books -- including a Pulitzer Prize nomination -- and grants from such prestigious institutions as the National Endowment for the Humanities. Several members of the department have been recognized by students for their teaching excellence.

Douglas Ambrose, Ph.D., Professor of History

dambrose@hamilton.edu
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, a professor at Hamilton since 1990, holds a Ph.D. 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. More >>

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.

John Eldevik, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History

jeldevik@hamilton.edu
Areas of Expertise: social and economic history of the early Middle Ages, history of law and mechanisms of conflict resolution, and preceptions of non-Christian peoples and lands in medieval manuscript culture.
John Eldevik received his Ph.D from UCLA and taught at UCLA and Pomona College before coming to Hamilton in 2010. More >>

Eldevik also holds the Licence in Mediaeval Studies (2004) from the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in Toronto. His primary research and teaching interests are in medieval social and religious history, particularly the role of the bishop in the early Middle Ages, as well as the Crusades and the history of political and religious dissent.

His first book, Episcopal Lordship and Ecclesiastical Reform in the German Empire, 950-1150 was recently published by Cambridge University Press and examines how medieval bishops used the collection of ecclesiastical tithes (taxes) to foster important social and political relationships in their dioceses.

Eldevik is currently working on a study of the manuscript transmission of texts on the Crusades and Islam in medieval Bavaria.

Kevin Grant, Ph.D., Professor of History

kgrant@hamilton.edu
Areas of Expertise: the British Empire, modern Britain and Ireland and international humanitarianism.

Grant is a historian of the British Empire, with expertise in humanitarian politics. He completed his Ph.D. 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. He received the John R. Hatch Class of 1925 Excellence in Teaching Award at Hamilton in 2003. 

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 is now working on a comparative history of hunger strikes.

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Maurice Isserman, Ph.D., Publius Virgilius Rogers Professor of American History

misserma@hamilton.edu
Areas of Expertise: 20th century American radical movements, history of the 1960s and the history of mountaineering and exploration.
Maurice Isserman received his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester. More >>

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, now in its 4th revised edition, 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 currently writing a book titled Continental Divide: A History of American Mountaineering, to be published by Norton.

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Esther Kanipe, Ph.D., Professor of History emerita

ekanipe@hamilton.edu
Areas of Expertise: European history 1900 - 1950, women's history and history of disability.
Esther Kanipe came to Hamilton in 1976 as an assistant professor of history. She earned a master's and Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. More >>

Kanipe's areas of research are modern French history and governmental social policy toward women and family. She worked as principal organizer of a conference for middle school, high school and college teachers to discuss the National History Standards, funded by the Organization of American Historians and the Rockefeller Foundation.

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Shoshana Keller, Ph.D., Professor of History

skeller@hamilton.edu
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. More >>

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.

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Alfred Kelly, Edgar B. Graves Professor of History

akelly@hamilton.edu
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. More >>

Kelly's 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.

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Robert Paquette, Ph.D., Professor of History

mwilkins@hamilton.edu
Areas of Expertise: History of slavery.
Paquette is professor of American history at Hamilton College. He received his B. A. cum laude in 1973 from Bowling Green State University. He received his Ph.D. with honors in 1982 from the University of Rochester. More >>

He has published dozens of books and articles 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. More recently, 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. He is currently working on A Grand Carnage (Yale University Press), a study of the largest slave insurrection in United States history. In 2005, the University of Rochester invited him to return to his alma mater to receive the Mary Young Award for distinguished achievement. A recipient of grants from the American Historical Association, the National Endowment of the Humanities,the Jack Miller Institute, Watson-Brown Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies, Paquette co-founded the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization. In 2006, he was appointed to the Scholars Council of the Jack Miller Center. 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.

John Person, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow in Asian Studies and Visiting Assistant Professor of History

jperson@hamilton.edu
Areas of Expertise: Japan, intellectual history and Asian history.
John Person received his bachelor's degree from Gustavus Adolphus College and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Prior to coming to Hamilton, he served as the Terasaki Postdoctoral Fellow in Japanese Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. More >>

A historian of nationalist intellectuals of the early 20th century, his dissertation examines the activities and theories of one of the most notorious grassroots nationalist organizations of wartime Japan, whose leader played an instrumental role in the purging of left-leaning professors from the Imperial University system.

Person is also an avid translator, and has produced many translations of philosophical writing spanning from the early 20th century to today. 

Rebecca Tally, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of History

rtally@hamilton.edu
Areas of Expertise: Colombian history, Latin American history, environmental history, postdevelopment studies, and history of science, gender, and race.
Focusing on modern Latin America, Rebecca Tally earned a Ph.D. in history at Cornell University. More >>

Her dissertation, titled “At the Mercy of the Millers: Empire, Science, and Import Substitution in Colombia, 1930-1966,” examined the interaction between economic development policies and nation, state and social class formation, and focused specifically on techno-scientific, political, and cultural debates surrounding the production and importation of wheat.

Prior to Cornell, Tally earned a master's degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University with a thesis examining the role of the Rockefeller Foundation in agricultural modernization and land reform in Colombia.

Her research and teaching interests center on Latin American history, the history of economic development, commodities production and trade, environmental history, and the connections among race, gender, science and society.

Lisa Trivedi, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History

ltrivedi@hamilton.edu
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 Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis in 1999. More >>

Her first monograph, Clothing Gandhi's Nation: Homespun and Modern India (Indiana, 2007) was supported by a Fulbright Scholarship to India in 1996. In 2004 Trivedi was a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University's Pembroke College, where she began research on her second monograph project, Bound By Cloth: women textile workers in Bombay and Lancashire, 1890-1940. Research for this project has received support from the American Institute of Indian Studies and the Fulbright Scholars Program. 

Trivedi is working concurrently on a project of 70 photographs taken by an Indian photographer, Pranlal Patel, in 1937. The Jyoti Sangh Series is an extraordinary collection of photographs of ordinary women at work on the streets and in the neighborhoods of Ahmedabad, India. In addition to publishing these photographs for the first time with three critical essays, Trivedi is curating a photographic exhibition for the Wellin Art Museum. 

Trivedi currently serves as co-editor of ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts, the premier publication of ASIANetwork, a consortium of 165 liberal arts institutions with Asian Studies programs.

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Thomas Wilson, Ph.D., Professor of History

twilson@hamilton.edu
Areas of Expertise: Chinese history, culture, and religion; Confucian ritual and the cult of Confucius.
Thomas Wilson, who joined the Hamilton faculty in 1989, earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Wilson also studied in Taiwan, at the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies (or Stanford Center), and in the graduate department of history at the National Taiwan University. More >>

He returned to Taiwan in 1984 on a Department of Education Fulbright-Hays scholarship to conduct research for his dissertation and in 1992-93 conducted research in the PRC on a Fulbright.

Wilson has been a member of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, N.J., and he has received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship.

He has written extensively on Confucian ritual and the cult of Confucius and is a board member of the Society for the Study of Chinese Religions. Wilson co-authored Lives of Confucius (Doubleday); the Chinese University Press will publish a Chinese translation next year. He also edited On Sacred Grounds: Culture, Society, Politics, and the Formation of the Cult of Confucius (Harvard, 2003), to which he also contributed two chapters.

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