Regular Faculty

Michael Gasper, Chair

Associate Professor, History
B.A., Temple University; M.A., Ph.D., New York University
Michael Gasper teaches courses on the History of the Modern Middle East and North Africa, the History of the Ottoman Empire and the History of Islam and the Muslim World.
Professor Alexander Day

Alexander F. Day

Associate Professor, History & 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
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.
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. 
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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
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…

Non-Tenure Track Faculty

Christine Grant

Visiting Assistant Professor, History
B.A., University of Bradford; M.A., West Virginia University; Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University

Affiliated Faculty

Professor Erica Ball

Erica Ball

Professor of Black Studies
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.

Emeriti/ae Faculty

Professor, History; Anita Johnson Wand Professor of Women's Studies, Emerita (1981-2023)

Nina Gelbart was Professor of History and Anita Johnson Wand Professor of Women's Studies at Oxy. Before joining the History Department, she first started teaching in the Core Program at Oxy in 1975, in the Western Civilization course for first-year students. Her teaching specialties were Early...

Robert Glass Cleland Professor of American History, Emeritus (1966-1998)
National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Professor of the Humanities, History, Emeritus (1971-2010)
Art & Art History

Chan has published extensively on the socioeconomic history of modern China in various academic presses and journals.

Robert Glass Cleland Professor of American History, Emerita (1991-2014)
Art & Art History

Dumenil is the author of the forthcoming The Second Line of Defense: American Women and World War IThe Modern Temper: American Culture and Society in the 1920sFreemasonry and American Culture, 1880-1930Through Women's Eyes: An American History (with Ellen Carol DuBois),.and (with James...

Contact History
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