Department Chair & Administrator


Department of History Faculty. First column is the name, second column is email, third column is area
Name E-mail Area

Douglas Baynton


American Cultural History, History of Disability, American Sign Language

Mériam Belli

Associate Professor

History of the modern Middle East, Social and Cultural history of the Arab Middle East, Transnational history of death and dying, Oral history and memory, Boundaries and mobility

Shuang Chen

Associate Professor

History of late imperial and modern China, Social and economic history, Social stratification, Historical demography, Chinese law and society

Jeffrey L. Cox


British social, imperial, and religious history, The decline of religion in the European heartland of Christianity, Christianity in the non-western world, Secularization Theory

Mariola Espinosa

Associate Professor

Public health and medicine, Empire and Caribbean, Latin America

Thomas P. Gallanis

Professor of Law

Legal History of England and Continental Europe, Secondary Appointment in History

James L. Giblin


African history, 19th-20th century Tanzania and East Africa, Social history of Africa, Political history of post-colonial Tanzania, History of health and healing in Africa

Colin Gordon

Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies

20th century U.S. history, American public policy, American political economy, American urban history

Elizabeth Heineman

Professor and Chair

Modern Germany and Europe, Gender and Sexuality, Historical memory, Human Rights and Atrocity

Michaela Hoenicke Moore

Associate Professor

United States in the World, International relations, European and U.S. history, Political culture of the U.S. and its foreign policy

Raymond A. Mentzer

Professor of Religious Studies

Reformation Studies, Early Modern European Religious History, Secondary Appointment in History

Tom Arne Midtrød

Associate Professor

Early North America, North American Indians, Atlantic World

Michael E. Moore

Associate Professor

Medieval and European history, History of the Church, Papal history, Medieval Canon Law, Theory and Practice of Interpretation (Philology and Hermeneutics), History of Ideas, Late Medieval Intellectual history

Rosemary Moore


Ancient history, Roman military, social dynamics between ranks, Roman society, Development of military discipline, Influence of civilian conduct on military authority and behavior

Matthew Noellert

Assistant Professor

Modern China, Rural society, History of communism, Historical data analysis, Digital history

Alyssa Park

Assistant Professor

Modern Korean History, Empire and nationalism in East Asia, Migration and diaspora, Governance and border issues

H. Glenn Penny


Modern European history, Critical theory, Migration and diaspora, History of Anthropology, 19th century to present relationships between Europeans and non-Europeans

R. Tyler Priest

Associate Professor of History and Geography

20th century U.S. history, Energy and Environmental history, Energy Policy, History of Business and Technology, Public history

Jacki Thompson Rand

Associate Professor

Native North America

Leslie A. Schwalm


Slavery (U.S. and Comparative), Women's history, 19th century U.S. history, History of Race, Civil War and Reconstruction

Jennifer Sessions

Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies

Modern France, European empires, Cultural history, France and its overseas empire, Culture and politics

Landon Storrs


20th century U.S. social and political history, History of women, Social movements, Social policy

Katherine H. Tachau


Medieval intellectual history, History of science and philosophy, Medieval Universities, Medieval Latin Paleography and Codicology, History of medieval manuscript art and illumination

Stephen Vlastos


Modern Japanese history, Agrarian political economy during the Tokugawa and Meiji periods, Japanese culture, traditions and modernity, Japan and U.S. Relations, International relations in Asia Pacific region

Stephen Warren

Associate Professor

American Indian histories and cultures, Ethno-historical methods, Iowa and Midwestern history, Community-Engaged Scholarship

Nick Yablon

Associate Professor of American Studies

Nineteenth-century US cultural and urban history, visual culture, memory, Secondary Appointment in History

Elizabeth Yale


History of Science and Medicine, History of the Book, Early Modern Europe, British History

Michael Zmolek


World history, History and development of Capitalism, Evolution of manufacturing in England (aka [first] Industrial Revolution), International development, Environmental history and politics

Visiting Faculty

Department of History Visiting Faculty. First column is the name, second column is email, third column is area.
Name E-mail Area

Faye Bartram

Visiting Assistant Professor

Soviet and French post-war history through film

Jo Butterfield

Visiting Assistant Professor

Modern U.S.; Women and Gender, Human Rights

Heather Cooper

Visiting Assistant Professor

19th Century African American History; Race & Gender

Alberto Ortiz Diaz

Visiting Assistant Professor

Global Health, Latin America and the Caribbean, History of Incarceration

Briana Smith

Visiting Assistant Professor

Modern Germany

David Tucker

Visiting Assistant Professor

Asian History (Japan, China)

Adjunct Faculty

Department of History Adjunct Faculty. First column is the name, second column is email, third column is area.
Name E-mail Area

Ari Ariel

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Modern Middle East

Marvin L. Bergman

Adjunct Assistant Professor

State Historical Society of Iowa, Editor, The Annals of Iowa

Eric Casteel

Adjunct Assistant Professor

History of Science, Early Modern Europe, Science and Religion, European Enlightenment

Brian Donovan

Adjunct Assistant Professor

American Guilded Age, Disability Studies, Gender Studies

Dauna Kiser

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Medieval European History, Medieval Intellectual History

Kären M. Mason

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Curator, Iowa Women’s Archives, University of Iowa Libraries

David McCartney

Adjunct Lecturer

University of Iowa Archivist, Special Collections

John McKerley

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Labor, Civil Rights, Immigration, Oral and Public History

Franklin Yoder

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Iowa History, Amish History