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Associate Professor and Chair
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
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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I will complete my doctorate in History from the University of Florida in August, where I also was the instructor for courses on the Roman Empire, the Middle Ages and world Christianity. While pursuing my Masters in History at San Francisco State University, I taught filmmaking, newswriting and Spanish to middle and high school students. My research examines the social, political and cultural transformations associated with the collapse of the Western Roman Empire, expansion of Christianity and emergence of medieval society. In particular, I employ an interdisciplinary approach to study the increasing role bishops and the church played in society after the conversion of the emperor Constantine. My geographic focus is the Iberian Peninsula and I have participated in archaeological excavations of Roman and medieval sites in Portugal. I currently am working on an article about bishops and their slaves and freedmen in Visigothic Spain and hope to complete the historically based screenplay set in Kentucky that I started when I lived in Lexington. I am excited by the opportunity to return to Kentucky and am looking forward to meeting and working with the faculty, staff and students at the University of Louisville.
Western Roman Empire, expansion of Christianity and medieval society.
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
Theresa Keeley joined the department in 2015 as Assistant Professor of U.S. and the World. Her current work focuses on religion and U.S.-Central America relations in the 1970s and 1980s. She is a graduate of Northwestern University, the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and Colgate University.
U.S. foreign relations, religious and political identity, human rights, law, transnational social movements
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.
I was born and raised in Northern California. Then I moved to Southern California where I received my undergraduate degrees in History and Social Science/Secondary Education at the University of California, Irvine. After that, I headed to the Midwest for graduate school at the University of Iowa, where I completed both my Master’s and my Ph.D. in History. I specialize in the history of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, U.S. gender and women’s history, and cultural history during the long nineteenth century. My research focuses on transborder foodways, ethnic identity, and domesticity in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands as well as Chicana/o history and culture. I focus on the present-day states of New Mexico and Arizona and the Mexican states of Chihuahua and Sonora. My research tends to blend into my hobbies as I am a collector of cookbooks, advertisements related to Southwestern food, and photographs of women cooking. For me, the most fascinating history happens in the kitchen and around the dinner table. I am looking forward to coming to Louisville because the city has a vibrant food culture, the campus is beautiful, and all the people I have met have been welcoming and warm.
Transborder foodways, ethnic identity, and domesticity in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands as well as Chicana/o history and culture.
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 Research Interests
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
Daniel Vivian received his PhD from Johns Hopkins University in 2011. He coordinates the department's public history program and teaches courses on 19th and 20th-century U.S. history. His current research concentrates on historical memory of slavery between the world wars.
U.S. since 1865, American South, public history
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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