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  • Department of History
    Department of History
    Quarterly Faculty

    Steven Arensmeyer - Patterson 103;

    SOST 390 Social Studies in Secondary Schools; SOST 396 Social Studies Educ. Methods & Assessment

    James Dupey, ABD - Patterson 111 D;; 509-359-6083

    HIST 105 Western Heritage Origin to 18th Century: HIST 106 Western Heritage 18th Century to Present; HIST 110 American Experience; HIST 290 History Today: Issues and Practices

    Michael Infranco, PhD - Patterson 103;

    HIST 110 American Experience; HIST 300 U.S. Military History

    Amir Selmanovic, PhD - Patterson 111 E;; 509-359-4824

    HIST 102 World History to 1500; HIST 105 Western Heritage Origin to 18th Century; HIST 106 Western Heritage 18th Century to Present; HIST 306 Modern Europe; HIST 457 20th Century Russia; HIST 448 French Revolution & Napoleon

  • Liping Zhu
    Liping Zhu
    Department Chair/Professor of History
    PAT 103-J and -P
    Phone: 509.359.4703 and 509.359.6086
    Fax: 509.359.4275

    Specializations: American West, Asian-American History, Pacific Northwest History

    Read the University Press of Kansas's article on Dr. Zhu's most recent book, The Road to Chinese Exclusion.

     A Chinaman's Chance Ethnic Oasis The Road to Chinese Exclusion

  • Valerie Burnett
    Valerie Burnett
    Secretary Senior
    PAT 103
    Phone: 509.359.6238
    Fax: 509.359.4275
  • Georgia B. Bazemore
    Georgia B. Bazemore
    Associate Professor, Jeffers R. Chertok Professor of Ancient History
    PAT 111-B
    Phone: 509.359.2235
    Fax: 509.359.4275
    Specializations: Ancient Greek and Roman History, Archaeology, Linguistics
  • Larry Cebula
    Larry Cebula
    PAT 103-I
    Phone: 509.359.6079
    Fax: 509.359.4275

    Specializations: History of American Indians, American West, Public History

    Professor Larry Cebula specializes in public and digital history, and coordinates the graduate and undergraduate concentrations in public history. He holds a joint appointment at the Washington State Archives, where he is Assistant Digital Archivist. Cebula is the author of Plateau Indians and the Quest for Spiritual Power, 1700-1850.  His students created and continue to expand Spokane Historical, a smartphone app and website for regional history. Cebula blogs at Northwest History.

    Cebula earned an A.B. from the University of Chicago, an M.A. from Eastern Washington University, and Ph.D. from the College of William and Mary, where he was the only doctoral candidate to successfully complete the Kobayashi Maru scenario.

    Spokane Historical is a web and mobile platform for telling stories of Spokane and Eastern Washington.

    Spokane Historical is a web and mobile platform for telling stories of Spokane and Eastern Washington. Spokane Historical is a project of the Public History program at Eastern Washington University. Spokane Historical is a free app available on your Android or iPhone smart phone or tablet.

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  • John M. Collins
    John M. Collins
    PAT 111-C
    Phone: 509-359-6085
    Fax: 509.359.4275

    Courses Taught:  Here at Eastern Washington I teach the History of World Civilization from 1500 (Hist 103), both sections of the Western Heritage series (Hist 105 and 106), British History from Julius Caesar to David Cameron (Hist 430, 431, 432), the History of the British Empire (Hist 433), the History of Ireland (Hist 435), special topics courses on seventeenth century Britain and British law and constitutions (Hist 300), and a graduate readings course on Early Modern England (Hist 532). I am currently supervising a graduate student who focuses on Tudor England, and I am more than happy to supervise specialized research at the graduate or undergraduate level on any aspect of British history.

    Specializations:  I focus on the history of law in early modern Britain (1500-1870) and its dominions. I am now completing a project on the making of martial law and its transformation as it travelled through time and across space. It is under contract with Cambridge University Press. In the study, I focus on the intersection of law and war, the politics of jurisdiction and procedure, the rise of the Parliamentary war state, the construction and adaptation of legal concepts, the relationship between law and empire, and the jurisdictional politics of time. I have an article coming out on Parliament's adaptation of martial law practice in the October 2014 issue of the Journal of British Studies. I am also working on a history of wartime and imminent danger in English legal practice that complements my work on martial law but also moves beyond it to discuss conviction upon record, impressment, suspension of Habeas Corpus, and extra-parliamentary taxation.

    My long term interests include a study of the relationship between war, labor, martial law, and emancipation in the late eighteenth century. I am also planning the writing of a new legal history that synthesizes our understanding of important constitutional concepts while also taking into account their politics and their imperial, and eventually their post-colonial, contexts. I am also interested in conducting an archival study on the making and development of pass systems within and eventually beyond England's borders.

    Martial Law and English Laws book image

  • Michael F. Conlin
    Michael F. Conlin
    Professor - Graduate Advisor
    PAT 103-L
    Phone: 509.359.7851
    Fax: 509.359.4275

    Specializations: Early Republic, Civil War, History of Science

    Specializations: Antebellum and U.S. Civil War, Slavery in the U.S., History and Philosophy of Science, Early American Republic, Atlantic History

    Michael Conlin's research focuses on public memory, sectional identity, and political conflict during the Antebellum Era of U.S. History (1846-1861) as well as the difficulties in repeating experiments, the idea of an experimentum crucis, and the influence of nationalism on scientific practice.

    Michael Conlin has published peer-review journal articles on Joseph Priestley's defense of Phlogiston Theory, Pierre-Auguste Adet's Revolutionary Diplomacy and Chemistry {Adet}, the Reception of the Foucault pendulum {pendulum}, and the Smithsonian Abolition Lecture Controversy {Smithsonian}.

    Michael Conlin's completed book manuscript "One Nation Divided by Slavery: Remembering the Founders while Marching toward the Civil War" examines how Americans in the two decades before the Civil War remembered their common past, in particular how they explained (or explained away) the presence of slavery during the American Revolution, in the lives of the Founders, and in the early republic. "One Nation Divided by Slavery" is currently under review by an academic press.  Listen to podcasts {3.14.2010_mp3} {7.4.2011_mp3} from Anthony Flinn's radio show "Just a Theory" (KSFC FM 91.1) which discuss parts of "One Nation Divided by Slavery."

    Michael Conlin has begun to write the book manuscript "South Carolina versus Massachusetts: Sectional Extremes in a Hegelian Regress to Civil War," which examines how caricatures and stereotypes of Northern Abolitionists and Southern Fire-Eaters - Boston Garrisonians and Palmetto Calhounites -- exacerbated the sectional conflict, by crowding out the middle ground and reducing the other side to its most radical elements.

    In addition to being named a Visiting Scholar by the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina, Michael Conlin has won research fellowships from the Virginia Historical Society (Richmond, VA), the Maryland Historical Society (Baltimore, MD), the Filson Historical Society (Louisville, KY), the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (New York City, NY), the North Caroliniana Society (Chapel Hill, NC), and the Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry (Philadelphia, PA). 

    Michael Conlin has presented his research at several scholarly venues, including the Virginia Historical Society (Richmond, VA), the Center for Civil War Research, University of Mississippi (Oxford, MS), the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies, Graduate Center/CUNY (New York City), the Charles Warren Center for the Study of American History, Harvard University (Cambridge, MA), and the Arnold O. Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA).

    Michael Conlin teaches classes on early U.S. history, slavery, and the history and philosophy of science. His upper-level courses include:

    • History 406: Darwin and his Discontents: the Creation-Evolution Controversy

    • History 466: Slavery in the United States and its Colonial Antecedents

                • History 472: Early American Republic, 1787-1826

                • History 473: The Jacksonian Era, 1824-1848

                • History 475: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1848-1877

                • History 490 History of Geology, 1786-1978

                • History 534: Graduate Seminar on 19th Century American History

    Michael Conlin has won the Century Tel Achievement Award for excellence in teaching at Eastern Washington University and has been named the Most Influential Faculty Member by the Edmund J. Yarwood & Jeffers Chertok Dean's Honor Student on four occasions.


     One Nation Divided by Slavery book image

  • Robert Dean
    Robert Dean
    Associate Professor
    PAT 103-K
    Phone: 509.359.7953
    Fax: 509.359.4275

    Specializations: 20th Century U.S. History, Cultural History, Gender

  • Ann C. Le Bar
    Ann C. Le Bar
    Associate Professor - Undergraduate Advisor
    PAT 103-O
    Phone: 509.359.6084
    Fax: 509.359.4275

    Specializations: Early Modern European History, Cultural/Intellectual History, German History, Historiography

  • Joseph Lenti
    Joseph Lenti
    Assistant Professor
    PAT 111-G
    Phone: 509-359-7951
    Fax: 509.359.4275

    Dr. Joseph U. Lenti has taught at Eastern Washington University since 2010. In that time he has maintained a busy research and publication schedule while expanding the profile of Latin American history on campus through new undergraduate and graduate courses in the discipline. Moreover, as the coordinator of the Latin American certificate program Lenti has encouraged students to make a multidisciplinary assessment of the region a central component of their education, and to further this goal he has organized faculty, student, and visiting scholars' research forums, and created programs that have enabled students to conduct research in Mexico and Cuba and present papers at academic conferences in Costa Rica and Colombia. In the same vein Lenti organized the EWU Colloquium on Mexico: Societal Challenges & Popular Responses, a major event that put thirty-five scholars, filmmakers, journalists, and social activists in discussion with over a thousand community members on subjects of historical, contemporary, and transnational issues of state and political stability, migration, drug trafficking, cultural diffusion, and resistance in the Mexican-U.S. borderlands, broadly defined. Lastly, Lenti's experience teaching students in the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) and work with the Ronald E. McNair Program has made him culturally fluent in the unique educational needs of minority and first-generation university students.  

    Selected publications:
    Lenti, Joseph U., ed. The State and the Shanty Town: Urbanization and the Struggle for Land and Housing in Modern Mexico. (book manuscript in preparation)
    Lenti, Joseph U. "'A Revolutionary Regime Must Put the Interests of the Majority First': Class, Collectivism, and Paternalism in Post-Tlatelolco Mexican Tripartite Relations." The Latin Americanist 54:4 (2010): 163-182.
    Kiddle, Amelia M. and Lenti, Joseph U. "Co-opting Cardenismo: Luis Echeverría and the Funeral of Lázaro Cárdenas." In Populism in Twentieth Century Mexico: The Presidencies of Lázaro Cárdenas and Luis Echeverría, Eds. Amelia M. Kiddle and María L.O. Muñoz. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2010.

    Lenti, Joseph U. Redeeming the Revolution: The State and Organized Labor in Post-Tlatelolco Mexico. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2017.

  • Nydia A. Martinez, PhD
    Nydia A. Martinez, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Patterson 111 F
    Phone: 509-359-6088

    Specializations: Chicana/o History, 20th Century Mexican History, Latin American History, social movements, transnational history, gender, and borderlands history.
    Professional Profile: My research interests are in twentieth-century Mexican history, Mexican American (Chicana/o) history, Latin American history, borderlands history, Third World Liberation movements, gender, and transnational history. My bilingual and bicultural background and community involvement with Latina/o students and their families, has deeply informed my multidisciplinary research interests, which focuses on Mexican and Chicana/o solidarity movements in the 1960s and 1970s.
    Teaching Philosophy: My approach to teaching history and advising students have a general goal: create an atmosphere of student engagement to promote critical thinking skills in recognition of our global society. This approach has emanated from my experience teaching, collaborating, and guiding diverse groups of students that include returning professionals, first generation college students, non-history majors, traditional students, advance history majors, underrepresented communities, and international students. Therefore, awareness and adaptability to the unique dynamics of each class are central principles for me to create a good learning environment.

  • Edward R. Slack
    Edward R. Slack
    PAT 103-M
    Phone: 509.359.7954
    Fax: 509.359.4275

    Specializations: Chinese History, East Asian History, World History


    Teaching Philosophy

    My philosophy of teaching is not something that I can sum up in a few words or so.  As a scholar who specializes in East Asian history, I see my role as that of a cultural broker, a bridge to foreign cultures and also a lens through which "the other" is refracted.  Having spent over half of my life learning about East and Southeast Asia, living in Taiwan, mainland China, and Hawaii, plus having a family that is literally one-half Chinese (my wife is Chinese and my son one-half), I can speak with an authentic authority about matters related to my profession.  Confucius [Kong Qiu] once said "Enliven the ancient, and also know what is new; then you can be a teacher."  Perhaps this sagely advice still resonates with relevancy in our day, despite the fact that the twenty-first century world is vastly different from the times of East Asia's greatest teacher.

    I feel that to be a successful educator I must blend many diverse elements together to create an effective learning environment, a methodology that I term the "alchemy of teaching." These basic elements include knowledge, organization, delivery of information, interaction with the students, expanding their understanding and worldview, and promoting critical thinking skills, to name but a few.  My grand objective is that students take something more from the classroom than just a grade that fulfills a certain academic requirement.  Whether it is a new appreciation for an "exotic" culture, or an improvement in their writing skills, students need a class that was meaningful or worthwhile to them in some way, shape, or form.  Ultimately, this is the supreme test, in my mind, to being an effective educator.

    Although my earlier scholarship focused on opium in Republican China, for the past decade I have embarked upon an exploration of the forgotten cultural exchanges between China, the Philippines and New Spain (colonial Mexico) from the late sixteenth century to the early nineteenth century.  My areas of teaching and research interests are Ancient to Modern China, East Asia, Southeast Asia, and World history.  I employ a comparative approach that examines national or regional histories in a global context.  The courses that I currently teach at EWU are:

    HIST 103: World History from 1500; HIST 104: East Asia - Tradition and Transformation; HIST 310: Imperial China; HIST 311: Colonialism and Nationalism in Southeast Asia; HIST 410: China in the 19th and 20th Centuries; HIST 411: Democracy and Human Rights in Asia; HIST 416: Modern Japan; HIST 490: Senior Capstone - Drugs in World History; HIST 515: Graduate Seminar on World History

    HIST 498 Ancient Alien Theory:  A Critical Inquiry



  • Jacki Hedlund Tyler
    Jacki Hedlund Tyler
    Assistant Professor - Director of Social Studies Education
    PAT 103-M
    Phone: 509-359-6025
    Fax: 509-359-4275

    Specializations: Social Studies Education, American Legal and Political History, Women's History, American West, Settler Colonialism, and Public History

  • J. William T. Youngs
    J. William T. Youngs
    PAT 103-H
    Phone: 509.359.6944
    Fax: 509.359.4275

    Specializations: U.S. History, American Wilderness, Early America, History of Disease, History and New Media, Public History


  • Emeriti Faculty
    Emeriti Faculty
    Department of History

    Jerry Donegan

    Richard Donley

    Michael Green

    John Innis

    James Kieswetter

    Frederick Lauritsen

    Claude Nichols

    Raymond Schulz

    Martin Seedorf

    H. T. Wong

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