Faculty

Regular Faculty

Professor Erica Ball

Erica Ball

Professor of History and Black Studies
B.A., Wesleyan University; M.A., Ph.D., The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Erica L. Ball is a cultural historian specializing in nineteenth and early twentieth-century African American history.
Professor Alexander Day

Alexander F. Day

Associate Professor, History; Affiliated Faculty, East Asian Studies
B.A. Colby College; M.A., Ph.D. UC Santa Cruz
Alexander Day studies the intellectual, social, and cultural history of peasants, food, and agrarian change in China. He teaches Chinese, East Asian, and world history. Read his Oxy Story profile.
Professor Sharla Fett

Sharla Fett

Professor, History; Advisory Committee, American Studies, Black Studies
B.A., Carleton College; M.A., Stanford University; Ph.D., Rutgers University
Sharla Fett teaches courses on early U.S. and African American history, including the Atlantic World, Slavery and the Antebellum South, U.S. Women’s History, and Collective Memory and Slavery’s Legacies. Read her Oxy Story profile.
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Michael Gasper

Associate Professor, History
B.A., Temple University; M.A., Ph.D., New York University
Gasper was named a 2013 Mellon New Directions Fellow for his research project "Post-Ottomanism and Rethinking the Modern Middle East”
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Nina Gelbart

Professor, History; Anita Johnson Wand Professor of Women's Studies
A.B., Harvard University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago
Nina Gelbart's teaching specialties are early modern European history, French Enlightenment and Revolution, women's history, and the history of science and medicine.
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Jane Hong

Assistant Professor, History
B.A. Yale University; A.M., Brown University; A.M., Ph.D., Harvard University
Jane Hong is a historian of U.S. immigration and engagement with the world, with a focus on Asia after World War II. 
Professor Maryanne Horowitz

Maryanne Horowitz

Professor, History
A.B., Pembroke College, Brown University; M.A.T., Harvard University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
Cultural historian Maryanne Horowitz teaches courses on Ancient Athens and Renaissance Florence; Renaissance and Enlightenment Individuals; Europe and the Middle East from Antiquity to 1700; Changing Views of Women, Gender, and Sexualities; and the Humanities from the Renaissance to the Present.
Professor Lisa Sousa

Lisa Sousa

Professor, History; Advisory Committee, Latina/o and Latin American Studies
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., UCLA
Sousa specializes in the histories of colonial Latin America, indigenous peoples and languages of Mexico, and women, gender and sexuality.
Professor Marla Stone

Marla Stone

Professor, History
B.A., Pomona College; M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University
A specialist in questions of dictatorship and genocide in the modern era, Marla Stone's work emphasizes the relationship among culture, politics, and the state in the 20th century.

Jonathan Veitch

President and Professor Affiliated Faculty, History
B.A., Stanford University; M.A., Harvard University; Ph.D., Harvard University
Jonathan Veitch is the president of Occidental College.

On Special Appointment

Jeremiah Axelrod

Director of the Institute for the Study of Los Angeles; Non-Tenure Track Associate Professor, History
B.A., Williams College; Ph.D., UC Irvine
Jeremiah Axelrod has taught courses in urban history, restaurant culture, and "Disneyland and Urbanism," among others.
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Michael Vorenberg

Ray A. Billington Professor of United States History
A.B., Harvard University; A. M., Ph.D., Harvard University

Affiliated Faculty

Professor Xiao-huang Yin

Xiao-huang Yin

Professor, American Studies; Affiliated Faculty, East Asian Studies; Affiliated Faculty, History
B.A., Nanjing University; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University
Xiao-huang Yin specializes in Asian American studies, U.S.-Asia relations, and modern China.