UT’s European History program consists of talented faculty members with strengths in Medieval, Renaissance, and Modern German History. Our European historians guide both masters’ theses and doctoral dissertations, and offer a broad range of exciting courses that examine the social, cultural, and intellectual history of late antique and Medieval Europe, Renaissance Europe, Tudor-Stuart England, Nazi Germany, and Modern Britain. In addition, through Western Civilization courses, the European history faculty teach a large percentage of all the undergraduates at UT.
- Andersen, Margaret: Modern France; French Revolution; Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Europe; Modern European Imperialism.
- Bast, Robert: Late Middle Ages; Early Modern Germany; Renaissance; Reformation.
- Black, Monica: Modern Europe, Modern Germany, especially post 1945.
- Burman, Thomas: Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations in the Middle Ages; Medieval Intellectual History.
- Lafferty, Maura: Medieval Latin Language & Literature, Manuscript Studies
- Latham, Jacob: Roman History, Late Antiquity, Early Christianity, Ancient Rome Traditional Religions, and Rome in late Antiquity
- Liulevicius, Vejas: Modern Germany, Modern Europe, Eastern Europe, Nazi Germany, Cultural and Intellectual History, Nationalism, and Ethnicity.
- Phillips, Denise: Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Germany, Modern European, Intellectual and Cultural History, History of Science.
- Rubenstein, Jay: Medieval England, Medieval France, Normans, Crusades, Cultural and Religious History.
- Shepardson, Tina: Early Christian thought, Syriac
United States History
Our department’s United States historians offer concentrated strengths in the American South, military history, nineteenth-century US history, and twentieth-century US history. They are supported by the outstanding manuscript collections of the UT libraries, two presidential papers projects, and the department’s Center for the Study of War and Society. Faculty members also offer specialized courses in African-American history, Colonial and Early American history, diplomatic history, and women’s and gender history. In teaching general survey courses, upper-division courses, and honors seminars, the professors of US history have been recognized for their commitment to undergraduate education, as has the department in general. These professors play a key role in the graduate program through course work and guiding theses and dissertations.
- Feller, Daniel: Jacksonian, Antebellum, and Civil War America.
- Fleming, Cynthia: Twentieth-Century US, Social/Cultural (particularly the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s); US Race Relations; Black Educational History.
- Freeberg, Ernest: Antebellum, American Religion, First Amendment.
- Hulsether, Mark: Religion, culture, and politics in US history, Twentieth-Century Protestant Social Thought.
- Magra, Christopher: Early America, Atlantic World.
- Norrell, Robert: Southern History; Twentieth-Century U.S.; American Race Relations.
- Olson, Tore: Modern US, Transnational, Food and Agriculture, Rural, Environmental, Latin America.
- Reed, Julie: Cherokee History, Southeastern Indians, and American Indian History,
- Sacco, Lynn: Gender and Sexuality; Gilded Age and Progressive Era social and cultural history; US Women’s History; History of Medicine.
World History (Africa, Asia, and Latin America)
UT’s World History Program draws together the diverse talents and interests of a broad, multidisciplinary faculty. In teaching world history and specialized courses in Jewish history and the history of Africa, China, Japan, Latin America, and the Middle East, these faculty members play an important role in expanding the academic experience and intellectual horizons of UT’s undergraduate students. These faculty members are also an essential part of the graduate program, offering courses, participating in thesis and doctoral committees, and teaching Group III courses. An ability to teach world history has become a common prerequisite for many academic positions offered today.
- Black, Chad: Early Latin America, Gender and Sexuality, Spanish Legal Culture, Nineteenth-Century Andes.
- Dessel, J.P.: History and Archaeology of Ancient Israel and the Near East; Rise of Complex Societies; Ethnicity in the Ancient World.
- Higgs, Catherine: African; South African; British Imperial History.
- Nenzi, Laura: Modern Japan, Gender
- Sanft, Charles: Early Imperial China, legal history, ritual and translations.
- Wu, Shellen: Modern Chinese History, History of Science