College of Arts and Sciences

Department of History

Instructors


Yvonne Berliner photo of Yvonne Berliner

yberliner@wsu.edu
509-335-8886

Yvonne received a PhD in History from the Universidad de Chile in Santiago, Chile in 2006 and an M.A. in History of the Americas there in 1999. She also holds an M.Ed. from Virginia Tech and a B.A. in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College. She has taught at the Universidad de los Andes in Chile and began teaching at WSU in the Spring of 2009. Her areas of expertise include Latin American History, World History and a special interest in Latin American Women's History.

 

Roger Chan photo of Roger Chan

rchan@wsu.edu
509-335-1258

Roger is a full-time instructor in the Roots of Contemporary Issues (RCI) program.

Roger's teaching and research interests are centered on late Imperial China, modern China, modern Japan, and Western legal history. In addition to courses in Asian studies, Chan teaches world civilizations in the General Education Program.

 

Karoline Cook

karoline.cook@wsu.eduKaroline Cook
509-335-5570

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.

 

 

Kenneth Fauncephoto of Kenneth Faunce

kfaunce@wsu.edu
509-335-7554

Ken received his Ph.D. from the University of Idaho. He spent years working for the federal government as a historian and archaeologist. 

Ken is a full-time instructor in the Roots of Contemporary Issues (RCI) program.

Ken's main areas of research are nineteenth and twentieth century U.S. history with an emphasis on globalization.  His primary area of research is gender studies and race/ethnicity. He has taught at WSU since 2000.

 

Katy Fryphoto of Katy Fry

kfry@wsu.edu

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.

 

 

Frank HillPhoto of Frank Hill

fhill002@wsu.edu
509-335-5670

Frank has been attending or working at WSU since 1987. After earning three degrees at the University of Idaho, he transferred to WSU where he completed his Ph.D. in American History. Although Frank generally teaches freshmen-level history classes, he also teaches upper-division courses related to sports history.

 

Torsten HombergerPhoto of Torsten Homberger

thomberger@wsu.edu
509-335-5139

Dr. Homberger earned his B.A. and M.A. at the University of Nebraska. He earned his Ph.D. at Washington State University in 2014. Dr. Homberger’s committee members included Dr. Sun, Dr. Spohnholz, Dr. Farley, as well as Dr. Arthur-Bradley from the Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles. His dissertation, Fashioning German Fascism: Constructing the Image of Hitler’s Storm Troopers, 1924-1933, deals with the political use of material culture in Weimar era Germany. Dr. Homberger has taught classes on Early Modern Europe, Modern Europe, the First World War, the Second World War, and the Cold War. The focus of his research interest lies with the cultural history of totalitarian regimes.

 

Mary Kovel

mary.kovel@wsu.eduMary Kovel
509-335-0193

Mary is a full-time instructor in the Roots of Contemporary Issues (RCI) program.

 

 

Karen Phoenix

karen.phoenix@wsu.eduKaren Phoenix
509-335-5139

Karen 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” will be published in a special issue on Transnational Women’s and Gender History in the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, scheduled for Spring 2014.

She has taught courses in general U.S. History, U.S. women's history, U.S. racial and ethnic history, and the social constructions of citizenship in the U.S., in addition to her current work in the Roots of Contemporary Issues program at WSU.

 

Lee Ann Powell

Lee Ann Powelllee.powell@wsu.edu

Lee Ann specializes in the modern U.S. West and completed her Ph.D. at Washington State University in December 2013. Her doctoral work used Richland, Hanford, and Tri-Cities, Washington as a case study to explore the social, cultural, environmental, and political affects of the nation’s nuclear weapons complex and the Cold War on the modern West. She has taught courses in general U.S. History, World History, Pacific Northwest History, history of women in the West, writing about history, and theory and methods in social science.

 

Chris Schlect

Chris Schlectcschlect@wsu.edu

Chris is a doctoral candidate in history at WSU. He holds an MA in history from the University of Idaho and a BA in History from Washington State University. He researches American religion with a focus on the religious dimensions of cultural conflict in the United States between the two world wars. Here at WSU he has taught history courses in Western Civilization, Ancient Rome and 20th century United States./p>

 

Charles Wellerphoto of Charles Weller

rc.weller@wsu.edu
509-335-4705

Charles received his Ph.D. from Al-Farabi Kazakh National University in Almaty, Kazakhstan, working entirely in the Kazakh language under Kazakh mentors. His life’s work includes over 20 years of focus upon Central Asia (in relation to Russia, the Middle East and Islamic world), with eight total years of residence in the region engaging in research, teaching, and translation. He has numerous publications in both English and Kazakh. His latest article is “Religious-Cultural Revivalism as Historiographical Debate: Contending Claims in the Post-Soviet Kazakh Context” (Journal of Islamic Studies, Vol 25, No 1, Jan 2014). Before coming to WSU, he was a visiting fellow at Yale University.

 

Aaron D. WhelchelPhoto of Aaron D. Whelchel

awhelchel@wsu.edu

360-546-9578

Our goal as professional historians is not to collect fact and figures about past events and individuals but rather craft narratives explaining historical change based on reliable evidence. As a researcher I hope to contribute to the story of the development of modern educational systems by emphasizing methodological and organizational techniques that were diffused, adapted, and implemented across the globe. As a teacher of history my goal is to aid students to understand that the shape of the world they live in is highly contingent on numerous historical processes that were neither inevitable or permanent. By stressing the interpretive nature of history, I aim to build critical thinking skills in my students so that they may better evaluate the soundness of the messages they encounter in the wider world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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