UMSL’s history department degree program provides students access to a prestigious faculty. Our regular history faculty members hold PhDs and publish extensively in their fields of specialization. At UMSL, you study history with teacher-scholars who write the books read by college students across the nation.


Current Faculty


peter acsayPhone: (314) 516-5700
Email: acsayp@msx.umsl.edu
Office: 407 Lucas

Fields of Interest:
Inter War European Political and Diplomatic History
New Deal Monetary Policy
St. Louis History
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deborah cohenPhone: (314) 516-5735
Email: deborah.cohen@umsl.edu
Office: 466 Lucas

Fields of Interest:
United States and Mexican History
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dowden whitePhone: (314) 516-5723
Email: padhist@umsl.edu
Office: 475 Lucas

Fields of Interest:
African American History
United States History since 1865
St. Louis History
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kevin fernlundPhone: (314) 516-5740
Email: fernlundk@msx.umsl.edu
Office: 469 Lucas

Fields of Interest:
The American West
Modern US History
Mexican History
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andrew hurleyPhone: (314) 516-4805
Email: ahurley@umsl.edu
Office: 417 Lucas

Fields of Interest:
Urban History, Environmental History
20th Century United States
Public History
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KellandPhone: (314) 516-5684
Email: lara.kelland@umsl.edu
Office: 418 Lucas

Fields of Interest:
Digital, Oral & Public History
Collective Memory, 20th Century U.S., Puerto Rico
LGBTQ History, African American Studies
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minsoo kangPhone: (314) 516-5739
Email: kangmi@umsl.edu
Office: 403 Lucas

Fields of Interest:
European history,
Intellectual history of France, England, and Germany in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries
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Phone: (314) 516-5404 
Email: kerstenan@umsl.edu
Office: 303 Lucas

Fields of Interest:
American history since Reconstruction, Democracy and Justice Studies
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laura millerPhone: (314) 516-7246
Email: millerlau@umsl.edu  

Fields of Interest:
Japan studies and linguistic anthropology

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kara moskowitzPhone: (314) 516-5599
Email: moskowitzk@umsl.edu
Office: 463 Lucas

Fields of Research: Modern African History
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laura westhoffPhone: (314) 516-5692
Email: westhoffl@msx.umsl.edu
Office: 471 Lucas

Fields of Research:
Gilded Age and Progressive Era
American Democracy and Social movements
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning History, History of Education

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Affiliated Faculty


Jesse Gant (gantje@umsl.edu) is an adjunct instructor with the Department of History at UMSL. Jesse’s research and teaching interests are in North American history, with specialties in African American history, the Civil War Era, the American West, the history of sport, and public history. Jesse’s current project is a Ph.D. dissertation under production for the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison called “At Freedom’s Edge: Western Black Activism and the Political Antislavery Movement.” This work has been supported by a number of awards and fellowships, including a yearlong predoctoral fellowship in residence at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and the National Portrait Gallery, as well as a two-year residency with the Wisconsin Humanities Council through a Public Humanities Fellowship with the University of Wisconsin-Madison’sCenter for the Humanities, among others. He also works for the Alliance for Higher Education in Prison, which maintains offices in both Denver and Saint Louis.

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Rob Good (GoodR@umsl.edu) is a retired high school social studies teacher (Ladue High School) and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Education and History at the University of Missouri—St. Louis.  In his 27-year career as a high school teacher Rob focused on issues of equity and inclusion in both the curriculum and the policies and practices of his school community.  Rob has a Bachelor’s degree in history from Westminster College, a Master’s degree in history from Ohio University, and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Missouri—St. Louis.  Rob was named the Tachau Teacher of the Year by the Organization of American Historians in 2012, a Peabody Leader in Education in 2015, and the Missouri History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute in 2016.

John-Hoover-Faculty-Pic.jpgDirector of the St. Louis Mercantile Library and Associate Director of Libraries for Special Collections at UMSL

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Email: jhoover@umsl.edu

Poulopoulos

Originally from Corinth, Greece, Nikos Poulopoulos was educated in Classics and Archaeology at the University of California at Berkeley, and in Modern Greek Studies and Philology at Harvard University. His interests lie in the history of ideas and the cultural history and poetics of Greece in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, particularly narratives of crypto-colonialism, bio-mythologies, reception and transnational studies.  He recently edited a volume on the literature of the Greek civil war for the journal Hellenic Studies, and has prepared a manuscript on Graeculi and roman studies in nineteenth century Greece.   Since 2017, when he received the Stavros Niarchos Greek Diaspora Fellowship, his research focus has been mainly devoted to transatlantic merchant networks and the Greek diaspora during the nineteenth century.  He teaches a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, ranging from fake news and Islam vs. the West, to traumatic oral histories and diaspora studies.

Emeritus Faculty


robert blissPhone: 516-6874
Email: rmbliss@umsl.edu
Office: 412 Lucas

Fields of Interest:
Early modern English empire, North American colonies
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mark burkholderEmail: bburkholder@umsl.edu

Fields of Interest: Spanish and American History
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Email: cooperj@msx.umsl.edu

Fields of Interest: American military history and American history
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fred fauszEmail: fauszj@umsl.edu

Fields of Interest:
American Indians, Colonial America, Fur Trade, Lewis &
Clark Expedition and Era, French Creole Culture in the
Mississippi Valley, Research Methods
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louis gerteisEmail: gerteis@umsl.edu

Fields of Interest:
History of the Civil War
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steven hauseEmail: steve_hause@umsl.edu

Fields of Interest:
Modern Europe
France
Social History
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charles korrEmail: cpkorr@umsl.edu

Fields of Interest:
Social History of Sports
1850-present
Brittain, U.S., South Africa, Tudor-Stuart England
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richard mitchellEmail: richardmitchell@umsl.edu

Fields of Interest:
Modern Japan and Korea
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jay roundsEmail: rounds@umsl.edu

Fields of Interest:
Museum Studies
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