Faculty and Staff
Full Time Faculty
Dr. Blake Beattie joined the faculty at the University of Louisville in 1994. He is a specialist in the history of later medieval Europe, with primary interests in the Avignon papacy and in thirteenth- and fourteenth-century Italy.
Medieval Europe, Church
“I specialize in Modern European Thought, especially in Germany and Austria. I do offer the range of Modern European History in political and economic institutions as well as in my stress on the history of ideas. My research into the historical logical forms of narrative in historical writing addresses historiographical history and the present.”
German and Austrian Cultural History Since the Enlightenment
Modern Historiographical Theory
Brad Bowman received his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages from the University of Chicago and specializes in early Islamic history. His research interests involve Christian monasticism within Late Antiquity and the early Islamic Near East and interreligious contacts between Christians and Muslims in the Umayyad Period.
Ancient Middle East
Dr. Carlton joined the history faculty in 2011 as an Assistant Professor of Early Modern Europe after receiving her Ph.D. from Northwestern University. She specializes in the history of early modern Europe, including Renaissance Italy, the history of science, and the history of cartography. Her research focuses on the consumption of early printed maps.
Early modern Europe, cartography, witchcraft, science
A. Glenn Crothers received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Toronto, and his Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 1997. A specialist in southern U.S. history before 1890, Crothers has published numerous articles on southern economic development, southern Quakers, and history pedagogy.
American antebellum, Ohio Valley, Quakers, social reform
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Randall Dills joined the faculty as Assistant Professor in 2012. He specializes in Russian and Soviet History and environmental history.His research focuses on the interrelationship between the river Neva and the imperial Russian capital of St. Petersburg through the lens of urbanization, natural disaster and engineering.
Russian and Soviet
I am currently completing my second book, a study of women and golden age radio in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Montevideo, Uruguay. I welcome the opportunity to work with graduate students interested in Modern Latin America, women’s and gender history, and the history of media and sound.
Latin America, 20th-century women
Professor Fleming works on the history of Africa and the African Diaspora. His research focuses on black South African popular cultures (mainly music, sport, literature and theatre) during the twentieth century. Dr. Fleming has published in various academic journals.
African History, popular culture
Professor Robert B. Kebric is Senior Professor of History and has been at the University of Louisville since 1973. His major fields of interest are Ancient Greek and Roman History and Historiography, Ancient Culture, and the Olympic Games (Ancient and Modern).
Ancient Greece and Rome, classical literature, cultural
Lara Kelland comes to us from Chicago, where she completed her PhD in cultural and public history at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has formed partnerships with councilwoman Attica Scott and Parkland Neighborhood Improvement Association.
Tracy K'Meyer has been on the faculty at UofL since 1995. Her research focuses on modern US social movements, specifically on struggles against racism, poverty and war. She is also the co-director of the university's Oral History Center and currently serves as chair of the department.
20th-century U.S., race. social movements
Daniel Krebs, originally from Germany, joined the History Department in 2007. He specializes in military history and colonial & revolutionary American history.He earned his Ph.D. from Emory University in 2007. He is currently the Department's Director of Graduate Studies.
Military, Colonial and Revolutionary American
Yuxin Ma is an Associate Professor of East Asian history. Her specialties are late imperial and Republican China and Chinese women’s history. Currently Ma studies the lives, screen performances, and media reports of Man’ei actresses, and explores the intersections between gender, Japanese imperialism and culture modernity in Manchukuo.
East Asia, Women
In 1984, Thomas C. Mackey earned his Ph.D. in United States Legal and Constitutional History from Rice University and, in 1984-85, he served as a Samuel Golieb Legal History Post-Doctoral Fellow at the New York University School of Law. He joined the History faculty at the University of Louisville in 1991. He served as Chair of the History Department from 1999 to 2004. He also teaches at the Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville.
American constitutional and legal, 19th-century U.S.
Justin A. McCarthy, who holds the appointment of Distinguished University Scholar, arrived at UofL in 1978 immediately after receiving his Ph.D. from U.C.L.A. He is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar of the Ottoman Empire, modern Turkey and the Middle East. In 1996 UofL recognized him with the Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity.
Turkey, Modern Middle East
Ph.D. Michigan State University (2006) My research interests focus on American intellectual, cultural, and educational history during the Early Republic and antebellum period of the nineteenth century. I examine both the northern states and the Ohio Valley region and research antebellum- era journals, newspapers, educational tracts, school reports, and textbooks to map out changing notions of republicanism, romanticism, and nationalism.
Nineteenth-Century American Intellectual History, Educational History, and the History of Civilizations
I teach undergraduate and graduate courses on the history of India, Britain, and the British Empire. Since coming to U of L in 1995, I have led three study abroad courses: in Britain in 1998, and in India in 2002 and 2007.
Great Britain, British Empire, South Asia
Malissa Taylor specializes in the history of the Middle East in the early modern period (1500-1800). Her research focuses on the connection between intellectual history and political and social practice in the Arab world under Ottoman rule. She is particularly interested in the changing constellation of religious and political authority in the Muslim world during the early modern period.
Islamic Middle East, Ottoman, 17th-century Damascus
I graduated received my Ph.D. from the University of California Los Angles California and joined the department in July of 1985. Most of my works center on African-Americans during wartime and their fight for social and cultural democracy.
African-American, 20th-century U.S.
Daniel Vivian specializes in the history of the United States after the Civil War. His current research concentrates on historical memory of slavery between the world wars. A former historian with the National Register of Historic Places program in Washington, D.C., he also teaches courses in historic preservation and coordinates the department’s public history program.
U.S. since 1865, American South, public history
Lee Shai Weissbach is Professor of History at the University of Louisville, where he has also served as Chair of his department and as Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. In recent years he has been a member of the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society, a trustee of the Southern Jewish Historical Society, and a fellow at the American Jewish Archives.
American Jewish, Modern France
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Dr. Westerfeld joined the faculty in 2010 as Assistant Professor of Ancient Mediterranean History, having received her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago. She specializes in the cultural and religious history of late antique Egypt, Coptic epigraphy, and papyrology.
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