Our Faculty - History

Our Faculty

Faculty Profiles

  • Keith Lewinstein

    Professor and Chairperson of History
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 237
    Tel:
    508.531.2774
    Areas of Expertise

    Medieval Islamic Society and Religion
    Islamic Law and Political Thought

    Degrees

    BA, University of California at Berkeley
    MA, PhD, Princeton University

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  • Meghan Healy-Clancy

    Meghan Healy-Clancy
    Assistant Professor of History
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 234
    Tel:
    508.531.2212

    Meghan Healy-Clancy is a social historian of modern southern Africa. At BSU, she teaches sub-Saharan African history from the medieval period through the recent past, and world history since 1500. She has published extensively on gender, culture, and politics in South Africa, and is the author of A World of Their Own: A History of South African Women’s Education (Reconsiderations in Southern African History Series, University of Virginia Press, 2014). Her research on women in the anti-apartheid movement has been recognized with the 2017 Catharine Stimpson Prize for Outstanding Feminist Scholarship from Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society (University of Chicago Press). She holds a PhD in African Studies (2011) and an MA in History (2007) from Harvard University, and a BA in History from the University of Chicago (2005).

    Areas of Expertise

    African History, Gender History, Southern Africa 

    Degrees

    BA, University of Chicago
    MA, Harvard University
    PhD, Harvard University

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  • Leonid Heretz

    Leonid Heretz
    Professor of History
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 232
    Tel:
    508.531.2410
    Areas of Expertise

    Traditional culture and religion
    The First World War

    Degrees

    AB, Harvard College
    AM, PhD, Harvard University

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  • Andrew Holman

    Professor of History; Director of Canadian Studies
    Hunt Hall, Room 112
    Tel:
    508.531.2688
    Areas of Expertise

    Canada
    Canadian-American borderlands
    History of Medicine

    Degrees

    BA, McGill University
    MA, McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario
    PhD, York University in Toronto, Canada

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  • Michael Ierardi

    Professor of History
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 224
    Tel:
    508.531.2414
    Areas of Expertise

    Ancient History

    Degrees

    BA, Yale University
    MA, PhD, University of California at Berkeley

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  • Margaret Lowe

    Professor of History; Coordinator of Global Religious Studies
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 230
    Tel:
    508.531.2407
    Areas of Expertise

    History of Women
    Progressive Era
    American Social and Cultural History

    Degrees

    BA, University of Vermont
    MA, PhD, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

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  • Thomas Nester

    Associate Professor of History
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 225
    Tel:
    508.531.1743
    Areas of Expertise

    United States History
    Civil War and Reconstruction
    Military History

    Degrees

    BA, Susquehanna University
    MA, Temple University
    PhD, Texas A & M University

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  • Erin O'Connor

    Professor of History
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 234
    Tel:
    508.531.2405
    Areas of Expertise

    Andean history
    Gender analysis
    Indian/state relations

    Degrees

    BA, Brandeis University
    PhD, Boston College

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  • Brian Payne

    Associate Professor of History; Graduate Program Coordinator
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 226
    Tel:
    508.531.2519
    Areas of Expertise

    United States History
    Labor History
    Maritime History

    Degrees

    BA, St. John Fisher College
    MA, PhD, University of Maine

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  • Paul Rubinson

    Associate Professor of History
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 222
    Tel:
    508.531.2412
    Areas of Expertise

    Cold War History

    Degrees

    BA, Vanderbilt University
    MA, PhD, University of Texas at Austin

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  • Ian Saxine

    Ian Saxine
    Visiting Assistant Professor of History
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 228
    Tel:
    508.531.2175

    Ian Saxine received his PhD from Northwestern University. He teaches US History and British Atlantic World History. His research focuses on colonial and Native American history, especially in New England. His first book, Properties of Empire: Indians, Colonists, and Land Speculators on the New England Frontier, will be published next year by NYU Press. When not teaching, you’ll find Ian playing softball, golfing, and supporting the Chicago—not Boston—Sox.

    Areas of Expertise

    Early American History

    Degrees

    BA, Vassar College
    MA, PhD Northwestern University

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  • JR Webb

    Associate Professor of History
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 218
    Tel:
    508.531.2408
    Areas of Expertise

    Medieval Europe
    Religious and Intellectual History

    Degrees

    BA, University of Colorado
    AM, PhD, Harvard University

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  • Sarah Wiggins

    Professor of History
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 219
    Tel:
    508.531.2018
    Areas of Expertise

    British History
    Women's History
    British Empire

    Degrees

    BA, Hendrix College
    MA, PhD, University of London, Royal Holloway College 

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  • Bingyu Zheng

    Assistant Professor of History
    Tillinghast Hall, Room 225
    Tel:
    508.531.2577
    Areas of Expertise

    East Asian History
    Chinese History
    Law and Society in Imperial China

    Degrees

    BA    University of Chicago
    MA   University of Chicago
             Princeton University
    PhD  Princeton University

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