Regular Faculty

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

Robert Glass Cleland Professor of American History; Advisory Committee, American 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.

Michael Gasper

Associate Professor, History
B.A., Temple University; M.A., Ph.D., New York University
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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.
Jane Hong

Jane Hong

Associate 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. 
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 Rise, Fall and Rebirth: Europe since the Enlightenment; Humanities from the Renaissance to the Present; Europe and the Middle East from Antiquity to 1700; Ancient Athens and Renaissance Florence, and Renaissance to Revolution! She welcomes interest in changing views of women, gender, and sexualities, and of human rights.
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.
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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

Professor of History
B.A., Stanford University; M.A., Harvard University; Ph.D., Harvard University
Prior to Occidental, he taught for four years in the English department at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, then joined The New School in New York City. As an associate professor of literature...

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.

Affiliated Faculty

Professor Erica Ball

Erica Ball

Mary Jane Hewitt Department Chair in Black Studies; Professor of Black Studies; American Studies Affiliated Faculty; History Affiliated Faculty
B.A., Wesleyan University; M.A., Ph.D., The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Erica L. Ball is a historian who specializes in nineteenth and twentieth-century African American history.
Professor Xiao-huang Yin

Xiao-huang Yin

Professor, American Studies
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.