College of Arts and Sciences

Department of History

Clinical Faculty


Karoline "Kaja" CookKaroline Cook

Clinical Assistant Professor
Wilson-Short Hall 345

Karoline teaches in the Roots of Contemporary Issues Program. She has a PhD in history from Princeton University (2008). She is currently completing her book, Forbidden Crossings: Moriscos and Muslims in Spanish America, 1492-1650 for publication with the University of Pennsylvania Press.


Katy Fryphoto of Katy Fry

Clinical Assistant Professor
Wilson-Short Hall 324

Katy earned her Ph.D. in American History at Washington State University in 2011. Her research fields include labor, immigration, and race. Her teaching fields are Women's history, Immigration, Writing, and Roots of Contemporary Issues.


photo of Theresa JordanTheresa Jordan

Clinical Associate Professor
Director, History and Social Studies Undergraduate Education Program
Wilson-Short Hall 341

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Theresa received an M.A. in history from the University of Washington in 1991. She taught at Idaho State University from 1992 through 2001 and began teaching at WSU in 2001. Her primary interests include Secondary Teacher Education, World History, European Medieval History and Roman History.


photo of Lydia GerberLydia Gerber

Clinical Associate Professor
Director, Asia Program
Wilson-Short Hall 310

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Lydia received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Chinese Studies and Religious Studies from Hamburg University in Germany. Between 1983 and 1999 she spent a total of four years studying and teaching in China, at Shandong University, Nankai University and finally at Lanzhou University. Her research interests include Chinese history, Cross-cultural Studies with a special focus on Sino-German relations and Protestant missionaries in China.


Photo of Steve FountainSteve Fountain (Vancouver)

Clinical Assistant Professor

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Steven M. Fountain grew up in Oregon and has been teaching history since 1992, when he began teaching high school social studies in the Willamette Valley. After a lengthy circuit that included Illinois, Nebraska, California, and finally the Pacific Northwest again, he has resumed his habit of hiking and climbing whenever possible (which is not nearly often enough). He is also a board member of the Salmon Creek Watershed Council.

Dr. Fountain is an affiliate of the Plateau Center for American Indian Studies in Pullman and received the John Topham and Susan Redd Butler Faculty Research Award from the Redd Center for Western Studies in 2009-2010. At WSU Vancouver, he teaches courses in American History (HIST 110, 413, 414, & 415), Environmental History (HIST 409, 491, & 494), Native American History (HIST 308), the American West (HIST 421), and Research and Writing in History (HIST 300).


Karen Phoenixphoto of Karen Phoenix

Clinical Assistant Professor
Wilson-Short Hall 347

Dr. Phoenix specializes in the U.S. in the World during the Progressive Era and interwar period. She has a B.A. and M.A. from Brandeis University, and completed her Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2010. Her doctoral work used the U.S. Young Women's Christian Association as a case study to explore U.S. attempts at cultural imperialism in India, the Philippines, Argentina, and Nigeria. She is currently adding post-WWI Poland for the book manuscript. Her article “A Social Gospel for India” was published in a special issue on Transnational Women’s and Gender History in the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, in Spring 2014. She has presented papers at national conferences such as the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, the American Historical Association, and the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.


photo of Clif StrattonClif Stratton

Clinical Assistant Professor
Assistant Director, Roots of Contemporary Issues (RCI)
Wilson-Short Hall 320

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Clif Stratton earned his Ph.D. from Georgia State University in 2010. His research and teaching interests include global history, modern U.S. history, immigration, transnational, and imperial history, and the history of race in the United States and the world. He is the author of “Dazzling Fields for Conquest: The Imperial Lessons and Trajectories of Albert Phelps’s Louisiana,” published in Louisiana History (2013) and the editor of and author in a collection of articles for World History Bulletin titled “Teaching and Learning the Personal and the Present in World History”(2012). His manuscript, The Paths of Good Citizenship: American Schools in an Age of Immigration and Empire, is currently undergoing peer review at the University of California Press.

He currently serves as the Assistant Director of the Roots of Contemporary Issues Program in the History Department.


Charles Wellerphoto of Charles Weller

Clinical Assistant Professor
Wilson-Short Hall 348

Charles received his Ph.D. from Al-Farabi Kazakh National University in Almaty, Kazakhstan, working in the Kazakh language. His life’s work includes over 20 years of focus upon Central Asia (in relation to Russia, the Middle East, the Islamic world, and the West), with eight total years of residence in the region engaging in research, teaching, and translation. He has a number of publications in both English and Kazakh. His latest articles include: “Religious-Cultural Revivalism as Historiographical Debate: Contending Claims in the Post-Soviet Kazakh Context” (Journal of Islamic Studies, Vol 25, No 2, May 2014: 138-177) and "Modern Reform and Independence Movements: Central Asian Muslims and Koreans in Comparative Historical Perspective, 1850-1940" (Journal of American - East Asian Relations, Vol 21, No 4, Dec 2014, 343-372). He was a visiting fellow at Yale University (2010-11) before becoming a full-time faculty member for the Roots of Contemporary Issues World History and WSU Asia programs at Washington State University in 2011. He is also engaged this year as a (non-residential) visiting researcher at Georgetown University.














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