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Faculty & Staff

Meet Our Team

W. Taylor Fain, Ph.D.

Department Chair & Associate Professor: America in the World; International History

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Yixin Chen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor: Twentieth-Century Chinese History

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Nathan Crowe, Ph.D.

Undergraduate Coordinator & Associate Professor: History of Science

Professor Nathan Crowe is an award winning teacher and researcher. His first book, Forgotten Clones: The Birth of Cloning and the Biological Revolution, was published with the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2021. The book was honored as a top forty best seller in the History of Science by the Library Journal for 2021-2022. He is also the author of numerous articles on memory and memorialization of biotechnologies, the history of developmental biology after WWII, and the ethical and environmental issues emerging with contemporary research into marine biotechnologies. Prof. Crowe teaches a wide variety of courses related the history of science, technology, medicine, and medical humanities. His teaching has earned him every available teaching award at UNCW: The Distinguished Teaching Professorship Award, The Board of Trustees Teaching Excellence Award and The Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award. Prof. Crowe is also the department’s Undergraduate Coordinator. His dedication to undergraduates at UNCW earned him the Discere Aude award for outstanding student mentoring.

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Venkat Dhulipala, Ph.D.

Associate Professor: History of Modern South Asia

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Glen A. Harris, Ph.D.

Professor: African-American History; U.S. History; Harlem Renaissance; Civil Rights Movement; Hollywood and Black Film

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T. Robert Hart, Ph.D.

Lecturer: Environmental History; Southern History

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David Houpt, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor: Revolutionary America; Political Culture; Atlantic World

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Julius L. Jones, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor: African American History; Public History

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David La Vere, Ph.D.

Professor: Southeastern and North Carolina Indians; Southern Plains

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Jennifer Le Zotte, Ph.D.

Associate Professor: Public History; Modern U.S. Material Culture; Race, Gender, and Sexuality

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Stephen McFarland, Ph.D.

Professor: History of Flight; Technology; Middle East

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Eva Mehl, Ph.D.

Associate Professor: History of Latin America and the Spanish Empire

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Lynn W. Mollenauer, Ph.D.

Associate Professor: Early Modern European History

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Nathan Pilkington, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor: Ancient Mediterranean World

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Michael M. Seidman, Ph.D.

Professor: Modern Europe and Social/Individual History

Prof. Seidman is the author of five books. His most recent book is Transatlantic Antifascisms: From the Spanish Civil War to the end of World War II, published by Cambridge University Press (2018). His previous books have all earned awards. The Victorious Counterrevolution: The Nationalist Effort in the Spanish Civil War (2011) was honored by Revista de Prensa as one of the fifteen best “revisionist” books on the Spanish Civil War. The Imaginary Revolution: Parisian Students and Workers in 1968 (2004) was selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title. Republic of Egos: A Social History of the Spanish Civil War (2002) was also selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title. Finally, Prof. Seidman’s first book Workers against Work:  Labor in Paris and Barcelona during the Popular Fronts (1936-38) (1991) has been translated into Japanese, Greek, Turkish, French, German, Spanish and Hungarian. More than thirty years after its initial publication, Workers against Work has established itself as a pathbreaking book in the history of labor. To learn more about his research, please visit his personal website.

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Kenneth P. Shefsiek, Ph.D.

Associate Professor: Public History and Colonial U.S.

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Robert Mark Spaulding, Ph.D.

Professor: Germany; European Political Economy; Global Trade

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Jarrod Tanny, Ph.D.

Associate Professor: Russian-Jewish History

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Liz Timbs, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor: African History

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Paul Townend, Ph.D.

Professor: Modern and Early British and Irish History

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Tara White, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor: African Merican History; Public History; American; Women's History; Civil Rights History

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Angie Zombek, Ph.D.

Graduate Coordinator & Associate Professor: U.S. Civil War & Reconstruction; The Old South; Gender

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Nana Amponsah, Ph.D.


Tyler Bennett, M.A.

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Ryan Chapman, M.A.

Sean Goforth, M.A.

Joseph P. Gouverneur, Ph.D.

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Matthew Hassett, M.A.

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Donald Johnson, M.D., M.A.

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Lisa Pollard, Ph.D.

Kristofer Ray, Ph.D.

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Kimberly Sherman, Ph.D.

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Carole Fink, Ph.D.

Kathleen A. Berkeley, Ph.D.

Candice Bredbenner, Ph.D.

Walter H. Conser, Ph.D.

Chris E. Fonvielle, Jr., Ph.D.

Susan P. McCaffray, Ph.D.

Melton McLaurin, Ph.D.

Lisa Pollard, Ph.D.

Robert Toplin, Ph.D.

Larry Usilton, Ph.D.

Alan Watson, Ph.D.