History Faculty Mentors

Jeanne Brody, Ph.D.

University of Delaware, 2001
Adjunct Professor of History, Art History Program
Office: SAC 403; Phone: 610-519-7439
E-mail: jeanne.brody@villanova.edu

Dr. Brody’s specialty is in Modern Art, particularly that of the mid- to late-nineteenth century. Her current projects include an article on Courbet’s Portrait of the French composer Hector Berlioz, as well as preliminary research into how Edouard Manet may have promoted himself through independent exhibitions, topics which were stimulated by her dissertation, "The Painter as History: The Evolution of Gustave Courbet 's Exhibition Strategy". Dr. Brody teaches the Survey of Western Art, Romanticism to Post-Impressionism, Women in Art, and Intro to Art at Villanova. She is a contributing author of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist & Modern Art (Reiner-McCuen, 2002).

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Christopher Haas, Ph.D.

University of Michigan, 1988
Associate Professor of History
Office: SAC 434; Phone: 610-519-4679
E-mail: christopher.haas@villanova.edu

Dr. Haas's research interests focus on the intersection of religion and society in the ancient world. He welcomes the opportunity to assist students in any aspect of research in ancient Greece and Rome, and the rise of Christianity. He has published a book on Alexandria in Late Antiquity, which reflects his more narrow research interest on urban society in the eastern Roman Empire between 200 C.E. and the advent of Islam in the seventh century. His projects include a study of bishops in third century cities, a historical analysis of sixth century saints' lives, and the political struggles associated with the outbreak of the Chalcedonian controversy in the fifth century.

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Maghan Keita, Ph.D.

Howard University, 1988
Associate Professor of History
Director, Global Interdisciplinary Studies
Office: Garey 36; Phone: 610-519-6964
E-mail: maghan.keita@villanova.edu

Dr. Keita has degrees in East Asian History and Chinese Language (B.A.), American History (M.A.) and African Studies (Ph.D.). Dr. Keita’s main areas of teaching and research center on African political, economic and intellectual history; issues of race, class and gender; historiography; epistemology; and cultural criticism. Dr. Keita did field research in Senegal on the political economy of health care while serving as visiting lecturer and researcher with the United Nations Institute for Economic Development and Planning, and as visiting editor for the Council on the Development of Economic and Social Science Research in Africa journal, Africa Development. Dr. Keita spent considerable time in the practical application of his African Studies background during his tenure as associate director of the Washington Office on Africa, associate director of the Africa Desk of the American Friends Service Committee, and associate secretary for Africa for the National Council of Churches, USA. He has published a manuscript with Oxford University entitled “Riddling the Sphinx: Race, the Writing of History, and America’s Culture Wars.” That work is to be followed by a book-length manuscript entitled Return of the Black Knight: the African in Arthurian Lore. He currently serves as co-editor of the Journal of Asian and African Studies.

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Catherine Kerrison, Ph.D.

The College of William and Mary, 1999
Associate Professor of History
Office: SAC 436; Phone: 610-519-4675
E-mail: catherine.kerrison@villanova.edu

Dr. Kerrison's research interests focus on women in early America. Her book, Claiming the Pen: Women and Intellectual Life in the Early American South (Cornell University Press, 2005), chronicles southern women’s reading of conduct-of-life advice manuals (including novels), discerning the impact of that literature on the construction of gender in the slave society of the 18th century South, and the noticeable lag in the production of women’s writing. That particular focus has widened into other areas such as the history of the book, women and religion in early America, women and print culture in the Anglo-American world, and comparative English/American family and women's history. Her current project is “Jefferson’s Daughters,” a study to render visible that which Thomas Jefferson labored so intensively to hide: the lives of the women at Monticello. She teaches courses in colonial and Revolutionary America, early modern England, and women's history. She welcomes inquiries from students interested in pursuing any of these topics.

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Elizabeth Kolsky, Ph.D.

Columbia University, 2002
Associate Professor of History
Office: SAC 438, Phone: 610-519-4682
E-mail: elizabeth.kolsky@villanova.edu

Dr. Kolsky's research focuses on the history of South Asia and the British Empire. She teaches courses on modern South Asian history, world history, colonial and post-colonial history and theory, and feminist studies.

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Lawrence Little, Ph.D.

Ohio State University, 1993
Assistant Professor of History
Office: SAC 431; Phone: 610-519-4676
E-mail: lawrence.little@villanova.edu

Dr. Little is an American historian who specializes in African-American history. His professional interests include a range of issues and topics in American history, including the colonial and progressive eras, cultural and social history, United States foreign policy and constitutional history. Most of his past research concentrated on the actions and rhetoric of African-Americans at the turn of the century, especially their reactions to global events and issues such as imperialism. Dr. Little’s current research examines the development of racial theories by African-American scholars and theologians in the late 19th century.

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Paul C. Rosier, Ph.D.

University of Rochester, 1998
Associate Professor of History
Office: SAC 441; Phone: 610-519-4677
E-mail: paul.rosier@villanova.edu
Website: http://www91.homepage.villanova.edu/paul.rosier/

Dr. Rosier’s research and teaching interests focus on American Indian history, American and global environmental history, history of capitalism and imperialism.
A list of publications is available on his website.

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Paul Steege, Ph.D.

University of Chicago, 1999
Assistant Professor of History
Office: SAC 428; Phone: 610-519-6963
E-mail: paul.steege@villanova.edu

Dr. Steege’s current work focuses on the experience and representation of violence in twentieth century Berlin. More generally, his work explores twentieth century Germany and explores the history of everyday life (Alltagsgeschichte), political symbolism, and violence. His first, book, Black Market, Cold War: Everyday Life in Berlin, 1946-1949 was published by Cambridge University Press in 2007. He served seven years as editor of the H-German online discussion list and now serves on its advisory board.

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Rebecca Winer, Ph.D.

University of California, Los Angeles, 1996
Associate Professor of History
Office: SAC 429; Phone: 610-519-7255
E-mail: rebecca.winer@villanova.edu

Dr. Winer’s research interests lie in the history of women and the family in pre-industrial societies and the history of religious minorities in Europe. Her book, Women, Wealth and Community in Perpignan c. 1250-1300: Christians, Jews and enslaved Muslims in a medieval Mediterranean town (2006), maps the gender system of Perpignan, a town located between the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean coast. Perpignan was once the capital of an Iberian kingdom and is now a provincial city of southern France. Dr. Winer’s recent article: “Conscripting the Breast: Lactation, Slavery and Salvation in the Thirteenth-Century Realms of Aragon” (Journal of Medieval History 2008) is part of an on-going book project on Christian, Jewish and Muslim women and medieval Mediterranean slavery. Dr. Winer would be delighted to supervise projects that relate to the Middle Ages; Jewish history from the ancient period through the modern; Islamic history during the Pre-modern period; European Women Before 1700 and Mediterranean slavery; also how views of the Middle Ages shaped Nineteenth Century political thought and shapes modern European politics.

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