The Department of History Faculty is noted for both scholarship and master teaching. They have lectured on and researched their specialties at conferences and archives around the world. They have appeared in print, on radio, television, and internet podcasts.
See individual faculty web pages (listed under each entry below) for more details of faculty publications and professional achievements.
FRANK ARGOTE-FREYRE, Assistant Professor - Latin American History
Office: Townsend 117-C
Also see the Latin America Page
An assistant professor of Latin American history at Kean University, Argote-Freyre received his Ph.D from Rutgers University in 2004. His first book, Fulgencio Batista: From Revolutionary to Strongman was published in 2006. His second book, A Brief History of the Caribbean, coauthored with Danilo Figueredo, was published in 2008. He was assistant editor of the Encyclopedia of Cuba (2003).
Argote-Freyre is involved in many social causes, including the struggle for immigrant rights and social justice. He serves as Chair of the New Jersey Commission on New Americans. Argote-Freyre is the President of the Latino Action Network and Director of the Latino Coalition.
Earlier in his career, he worked as a journalist and columnist for 10 years and as a congressional press secretary.
CHRISTOPHER BELLITTO, Professor - Ancient & Medieval history, Church History
Ph.D. Fordham University
M.A. Fordham University
B.A. New York University
Also see the Ancient Greco-Roman History page.
Courses taught: Greek Civilization, Roman Civilization, Athens in the Age of Pericles, Papacy and its History, Ancient City, Roman Revolution, Alexander the Great: History and Legend, Roman Empire, Civil Society in America, Trojan War: History and Legend, Western Civilization I and II, Medieval Europe: History and Civilization I and II
Dr Bellitto is Professor of History at Kean University in Union, NJ. He is also a frequent public speaker and media commentator on church history and contemporary Catholicism. He has been quoted in The New York Times, the Washington Post, et al, and has appeared on The History Channel, CNN, MSNBC, PBS' News Hour, NPR, and other local radio and TV stations. Dr. Bellitto is also a member of the Speakers' Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities and the former chair of Kean's History Department. In 2010-2012, he was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Enduring Questions grant to develop a course titled, "Is there such a thing as a just war?"
Dr. Bellitto is the author of ten books, including most recently Ageless Wisdom: Lifetime Lessons from the Bible(Paulist Press, 2016), 101 Questions and Answers on Popes and the Papacy (Paulist Press, 2008), The Living Church and Church History 101 (Liguori Publications, 2011, 2008), and the companion volumes, The General Councils: A History of the 21 Church Councils from Nicaea to Vatican II and Renewing Christianity: A History of Church Reform from Day One to Vatican II (Paulist Press 2001-2002). He is also the author of Nicolas de Clamanges: Spirituality, Personal Reform, and Pastoral Renewal on the Eve of the Reformations (Catholic University of America Press, 2001). In addition, Dr. Bellitto has co-edited six volumes of collected essays, including Reassessing Reform: A Historical Investigation into Church Renewal (Catholic University of America Press, 2012), The Church, the Councils, and Reform: The Legacy of the Fifteenth Century (Catholic University of America Press, 2008), and Reforming the Church Before Modernity: Patterns, Problems, and Approaches (Ashgate, 2005). His scholarly and outreach articles have appeared in the Catholic Historical Review, Church History, Annuarium historiae conciliorum, Cristianesimo nella storia, Revue d'histoire ecclésiastique, America, Commonweal, U.S. Catholic, The Tablet, CNN.com, Reuters, NJ.com and other outlets. His writing has been honored by the American Catholic Historical Association and the Catholic Press Association.
In addition to his own writing, Dr. Bellitto has long experience as an editor. He is currently Academic Editor at Large for Paulist Press, and Editor in Chief of the series Brill's Companions to the Christian Tradition.
FRANK J. ESPOSITO, Distinguished Professor of History and Education - American History, Native American History
Ph.D., Rutgers University
B.A. and M.A., Rowan University (Glassboro State)
Office: East Campus 310
Courses taught: History of New Jersey, British Colonies and American Revolution (WE), U S History 1877 to Present, Senior Seminar (WE), History of North American Indians, America in The 1960's: The Turbulent Decade
SUE ELLEN GRONEWOLD, Associate Professor - History of Asia
Ph.D., Columbia University, Modern Chinese History
M.A., Columbia University, Modern Chinese History
M.A., University of Wisconsin, History and Education
B.A., University of Wisconsin, History and French
Office: Townsend 117-B
Also see the Asia History page and World History page.
ELIZABETH HYDE, Associate Professor, Assistant department Chair - European History
Ph.D., Harvard University, European History
A.M., Harvard University
B.A., West Virginia University
Phone: 908 737-0255
Office: Townsend 117-E
Courses taught: Europe in the Renaissance, Europe in the Seventeenth Century, Europe in the Eighteenth Century, Europe 1789 to 1870, Europe Since 1870, Twentieth-Century France, Revolutionary and Soviet Russia, Worlds of History, Women in History, and Witchcraft in the Western Tradition.
Elizabeth Hyde is Associate Professor in the Department of History at Kean University where she teaches courses in European, cultural, and women’s history. She is Assistant Chair of the department, and also serves as co-coordinator of the Department of History Honors Program and chair of the Department of History Undergraduate Learning Committee.
Elizabeth Hyde received her Ph.D. in history from Harvard University. Her first book, Cultivated Power: Flowers, Culture, and Politics in the Reign of Louis XIV (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005) explores the collection, cultivation, and display of flowers in early modern France and their political appropriation by Louis XIV. The book was the recipient of the 2007 Society of Architectural Historians’ Elisabeth Blair MacDougall Award. She also served as editor and contributor to A Cultural History of Gardens in the Renaissance, 1400-1650 in the series The Cultural History of Gardens (Bloomsbury, 2013).
She is currently writing Of Monarchical Climates and Republican Soil: Nature, Nation, and Botanical Diplomacy in the Franco-American Atlantic World, a book that explores the cultural and political dimensions of trans-Atlantic botanical exchange of plants, trees, and knowledge in the eighteenth century through the work of French botanist André Michaux and his American counterparts. She continues to work on a cultural history of “how-to” books from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries.
DENNIS KLEIN, Professor of History
Memory: Inventing the Past; Germany: Empire and War, 1850-1920; Germany Before Hitler, 1918-1933; The Nazi Era; Jews in America: The Great Experiment; Jews in Modern Europe: Hope and Tragedy; Freedom: Black and Jewish Perspectives; The Holocaust, Genocide, & Modern Humanity; Justice and Human Rights; Senior Seminar in History; Graduate courses for undergraduates: History of the Holocaust; Survival Strategies in Modern Jewish History; Transitional Justice.
Recent publications and talks
Books: The Second Liberation: Moral Survival After Atrocity (Forthcoming); Societies Emerging from Conflict: The Aftermath of Atrocity (Forthcoming); The Genocidal Mind (2005); Hidden History of the Kovno Ghetto (in collaboration with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum) (1997); Jewish Origins of the Psychoanalytic Movement (1981/1985).
Articles: “Violence and Violations: Betrayal Narratives in Atrocity Accounts, Narratives of Violence and Memory, ed. Rohee Das Gupta. New York: Oxford University Press. Forthcoming/
“Forgive and Remember: Jeffrey M. Blustein’s Forgiveness and Remembrance: Remembering Wrongdoing in Personal and Public Life,” Dialogues of Historical Justice and Memory 43 (2014) at http://historicaldialogues.org/2014/11/06/book-review-forgiveness-and-remembrance-remembering-wrongdoing-in-personal-and-public-life/ “Violence and Violations: Voices of the Witnesses,” Guest Editor, Historical Reflections/Reflexions Historiques 39, no. 2 (2013); and “Locality and the Hidden Realities of Genocide,” in Historical Reflections/Reflexions Historiques, 39, no. 2 (2013), 30-39/ “Resentment and Recognition: Toward a New Conception of Humanity in Améry’s At the Mind’s Limits.” In On Jean Améry: Philosophy of Catastrophe, ed. Magdalena Zolkos. New York: Lexington Books, 2011, 87-107. Reprinted in The Highest Form of Wisdom:Jewish Studies Presented to Saul S. Friedman on the Occasion of His 75th Birthday. New York: Ktav, 2015 ( http://www.ktav.com/index.php/the-highest-form-of-wisdom.html)/“Forgiveness and History: A Reinterpretation of Post-Conflict Testimony,” In Memory, Narrative, and Forgiveness: Perspectives on the Unfinished Journey of the Past, ed. Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009:113-29.
Talks: “Longing and Belonging: Betrayal Narratives in Holocaust Witnesses’ Accounts,” Association for Jewish Studies Conference (San Diego, 2016)/"Betrayal: Reading Survivors' Accounts Against the Grain," CUNY Graduate Center (New York, 2016)/ “Moral Survival After Atrocity,” Mass Violence and Memory conference via Skype (New Delhi, India, 2016)/“The Renegotiated Society,” plenary talk at the 34th Annual Millersville University conference (Millersville, PA, 2016)/“Deep Transitions,” Rutgers University Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights symposium, “Reflections in the Aftermath of War and Genocide,” (Newark, NJ, 2015)/“Intimate Killing: Witnesses’ Counter-Narratives of Betrayal and Forgiveness,” International Network of Genocide Scholars conference (Cape Town, 2014)/"The Hard Power of Forgiveness: Reassessing Holocaust Survivors' Memoirs," South African Holocaust & Genocide Foundation and University of Cape Town Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (Cape Town, 2014)/“The World Is Not the Same: Narratives of Betrayal in Holocaust Survivors’ Accounts,” Tel Aviv University (Tel Aviv, 2014)/“Betrayal in Historical Context: The Shoah and the Conceptual Revision of Forgiveness,” International Institute for Holocaust Research, Yad Vashem (Jerusalem, 2014)/ “Negotiating the Holocaust: Exploring Witnesses’ Accounts in Comparative Perspective,” Annual Scholars Conference (Los Angeles, 2014)/"The Genocidal Encounter: Thoughts on Betrayal and the Human Community," Psychology and the Other conference (invited speaker – respondent: Kitty J. Millet, San Francisco State University) (Cambridge, MA, 2013)/"From Below: What Witnesses Tell Us About Human Rights Protections," Adam Mickiewicz University – Graduate Program in Human Rights and Democratisation (Poznan, Poland, 2012)/"Violence and Violation: The Voices of the Witnesses,” Adam Mickiewicz University - Department of Hebrew, Aramaic and Karaite Studies (Poznan, Poland, 2012)/“The Kovno Ghetto ‘From Within’ and ‘From Below.’” Association for Jewish Studies conference (Washington, DC, 2011)/“‘Intimate Killing’: Reassessing Genocidal ‘Intent to Destroy,’” A Contextual View of Genocidal Intent conference (Leicester, UK, 2011)/“Betrayal: Recognition and Non-Recognition in the Traumatic Encounter,” Psychology and the Other conference – dedicated session with Marilyn Charles (Austen Riggs Center) as respondent (Cambridge, MA, 2011)/“Victims of Proximate Assault: Re-Reading Post-Traumatic Testimonies,” Lorry I. Lokey Lecture at Portland State University (Portland, 2011). Online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULOM-0Ovys4/“Creating Another America: Jews in the Early Motion Picture Industry,” Association for Jewish Studies (Boston, 2010)
XURONG KONG, Assistant Professor - Classical Chinese Literature
B.A., Yanbei Teachers College at Datong University
M.A., Beijing Normal University
M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Office: Townsend 107-C
Public Lectures: https://sites.google.com/a/kean.edu/xurongkong-phd/pulic
Dr. Kong is an experienced Chinese teacher, having taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Belloit College, San Diego State University and Columbia University.
Dr. Kong is specialized in classical Chinese literature and culture, but her research interests extend to Chinese painting and modern Chinese culture. She is interested in the connection between the images created or established by poets in poetry and the images presented by scholar-artists in painting, and also interested in observing issues of modern culture based on her training in classical literature and art.
Some of her publications include,
Trans. Selections from the History of the Later Han 後漢書. Beijing: Zhonghua Book Company 中華書局, forthcoming. (with Sujane Wu)
“Fu Chungu ji 傅鶉觚集” and “Fuzi 傅子.” Early Medieval Chinese Texts: A Bibliographic Guide. Ed. Albert Dien. Berkeley: Institute of East Asian Studies, forthcoming.
Trans. Selections from Comprehensive Mirror for Aid in Government 資治通鑒選譯. Beijing: Zhonghua Book Company, 2015.
“Wenxuan and the Third Century Literature 文选和三世纪文学.” In “Jinfan: Sinology Column 梵净国学栏目,” Journal of Tongren College 铜仁学院学报 4 (Oct. 2014).
梵净国学栏目,” Journal of Tongren Collge 铜仁学院学报 4 (Oct. 2014).
“Just War? A Matter of Heaven’s Will.” Comparative Cultures (E-book). Vol. 9. Just War:
Theory and Case Studies, ed. Dennis Klein. Kean University Faculty Seminar on Comparative Cultures, https://sites.google.com/a/kean.edu/facultyseminar, 2012.
“To See a World in a Flower: A Sustainable Way of Studying Classical Chinese Literature.” China Review International 18.3 (2011): 342-346.
“Origins of Verisimilitude: A Reconsideration of Medieval Chinese Literary Thought.” Journal of American Oriental Society 131.2 (2011): 267-288.
“Tao Yuanming” 陶渊明 (365-427). Classical Chinese Writers in Dictionary of Literary Biography. Columbia, South Carolina: Bruccoli Clark Layman, 2009.
“Still Life.” Education About Asia 13.1 (Spring 2008): 61-62. (With Sue Gronewold)
“Military Uniform as Fashion During the Cultural Revolution (1966-976).” Intercultural Communication Studies XII.2 (2008): 176-193.
“Future of the Past: What Can One See from Still Life." Education About Asia 13.1 (Spring 2008): 61-62. (With Dr. Sue Gronewold).
Douji yu Zhongguo wenhu (Translation of Robert Joe Cutter, The Brush and The Spur: Chinese Culture and the Cockfight). Beijing: Zhonghua shuju, 2005. (With others).
“The Yongwu fu of Fu Xuan (217-278),” PhD Dissertation, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2005
ROBERT MAYER, Associate Professor - Psycho-history, Military History (Now retired).
Post Doctorate: American Institute of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, NYC. 1972 Fellow, AIPP, 1972.
Ph.D. Rutgers University, American Diplomatic History
M.A., Rutgers University, History
B.A., Rutgers University, Pharmacy
Office: Townsend 107-A
Courses Taught: Western Civilization, American History to 1877, American History 1877 to the Present, American Foreign Affairs to 1900, American Foreign Affairs 1900 to the Present,The Cold War, MALS, World War II MALS, Foreign Policy, Fort Monmouth Kean Extension Service, Psycho History, Psycho Biography, Senior Seminar in History, History of Sexuality, Civil War and Reconstruction, Europe to 1870, MALS, Europe 1870 to the Present, MALS, American History through Video, American History 1945 to the Present, America as a World Power, 1900-2000.
Dr. Mayer has written numerous articles, five books in history, including histories of Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, the Supreme Court in American Life, The Influence of Frank A. Vanderlip and the National City Bank on American Commerce and Foreign Policy, and two in psychology including Through Divided Minds, (Doubleday), and Satan's Children, (Putnam). He has also delivered over thirty papers at professional organizations. In addition he has been interviewed fifty times in the national media by Mike Wallace, Donahue, Sally Jesse Raphael, and Geraldo Rivera.
His latest work is The History of Chemical Health Issues at War and at Home to be published by the Chemical Heratige Society.
JONATHAN MERCANTINI, Associate Professor, Department Chair - Colonial American History
Ph. D Emory University, American History
M.A. Emory University, American History
B.A. University of Richmond, History
Courses taught: World of History, History of New Jersey, Senior Seminar, American Revolution, Civil War and Reconstruction, World War II, Pirates and the Atlantic World, 18th Century Atlantic World
Jonathan Mercantini is Associate Professor and Chair of Kean University’s Department of History where he has taught since 2007. He also serves as the Co-Director of the History Honors Program. He teaches a wide variety of courses: Colonial and Revolutionary America, The New Nation, Pirates in the Atlantic World, New Jersey History, and the Civil War and Reconstruction to name just a few. Prior to his appointment at Kean he taught at the University of Miami and Canisius College. He has also taught at Princeton University. He earned his Ph. D. in American History from Emory University.
Among his major publications are: Who Shall Rule at Home: The Evolution of South Carolina’s Political Culture, 1748-1776 (Univ. South Carolina Press, 2007) and essays on slavery in South Carolina and New Jersey. He has received external grants to support his research on the history of New Jersey and of South Carolina in the 18th and 19th Centuries. His current research projects include a number of papers and museum exhibits on various aspects of the Kean family relating to the history of South Carolina, New Jersey, and America. Dr. Mercantini is also preparing an edited collection of documents on the Stamp Act Crisis and the origins of current ideas about taxation. In 2014 he worked with the New Jersey Historical Commission to plan activities for the 350th Anniversary of New Jersey. He received Emmy Nominations from the New York Region and the Mid-Atlantic Region for his work on It Happened Here – New Jersey a weekly series on New Jersey History topics featured on New Jersey Public TV and online. A popular speaker on topics including military history, NJ History, the American Revolution, and the history of baseball, Dr. Mercantini engages audiences with the American past.
C. BRID NICHOLSON, Associate Professor -
American, Irish, Women's History
Courses taught: Ireland 1801-1990, Europe Since 1870, US History to 1865, Women’s History, Labor History, American Civil Society, Worlds of History, Western Civilization II, Immigration History, History of Religion in America, The American West, America in the Age of Innocence, Senior Seminar.
An Associate Professor of History at Kean University, Dr. Nicholson received her Ph. D. from Drew University. She is the author of Emma Goldman: Still Dangerous (Black Rose Press, 2010) and has edited Conflicts in the Early American Republic (Manly Publishers, 2010). She was the recipient of the Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Kean in 2010, and was inducted into the Kean Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi; in 2011 she was appointed a Fellow of the Kean University Center for History, Politics and Policy.
Dr. Nicholson’s interests are social and cultural history, and at present she is working on a project which includes Alexander Hamilton’s link with the Kean family.
Dr. Nicholson is the coordinator for the Internship program for the Kean History Department, which allows students to experience history in archives, museums, and stately homes across the region
ABIGAIL PERKISS, Assistant Professor - African American History, Public History, Oral History
Ph.D., Temple University, U.S. History
Courses taught: 20th Century Black History, Pre-1900 Black History, Public History, Oral History, 20th Century US History, Emergence of Law in Society, American Law and Liberty, Postcolonial Africa, Worlds of History, Post-1877 US History
Abigail Perkiss is an assistant professor of history at Kean. Her research has been guided by questions of identity creation, community cohesion, and historical memory in post-WWII American cities. Her first book, Making Good Neighbors: Civil Rights, Liberalism, and Integration in Postwar Philadelphia (Cornell University Press, 2014), examines the creation of intentionally integrated neighborhoods in the latter half of the twentieth century.
She is currently directing Staring out to Sea: The Story of Superstorm Sandy in Three Bayshore Communities, an oral history project documenting the impact and aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in three neighborhoods along the Sandy Hook Bay. This project was developed in the classroom with Kean undergraduate students in 2013. An outgrowth of this work, Staring out to Sea: The Power and Politics of Hurricane Sandy on the Jersey Shore, is forthcoming with Cornell University Press in 2018.
Perkiss is the Vice President of Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region, Pedagogy Editor of the Oral History Review, and a member of the Reacting to the Past Editorial Board. She regularly consults with museums and historical associations in the region on topics related to African American history, legal history, and oral history. At Kean, she serves as the faculty advisor for the Kean University Historical Society. She earned a joint JD/PhD at Temple University.
BRIAN REGAL, Assistant Professor - History of Science, Technology and Medicine
Ph.D., M.Phil., MA., Drew University, Caspersen School of Graduate Studies, American Intellectual History, concentration in the History of Science
B.A., Kean University, History
FLS, Fellow Linnaean Society of London
Office: Townsend 117-I
Courses taught: History of Science, History of Medicine, Human Evolution in Modern Society, Industrial Revolution, History of Medicine in America, History Senior Seminar, American Civil Society, History of Alchemy and the Origins of Modern Science, Charles Darwin: a Life and Times, History of Pseudoscience in America, and the History of Religion in America
Dr. Regal is an historian of science with a specialty in human evolution and its relationship to religion, politics, culture and American national origin theories. He is interested in ideas and belief systems in the dubious realms of fringe and pseudoscience and questions whether these terms are legitimate. In his research and writing he takes an intellectual historical approach—history of ideas—to these topics. He has written and lectured on the evolution/creation controversy, racial anthropology, and eugenics at conferences in the US, UK and Europe. He has done reviews for Isis and has reviewed human origins proposals for the NSF.
Dr. Regal’s first book, Henry Fairfield Osborn: Race and the Search for the Origins of Man (2002) was nominated for the 2003 Pfizer Award and won the 2005 Bela Kornitzer Award for best book by a Drew graduate. His Human Evolution: A Guide to the Debates (2005) was profiled in a live Air America Radio interview with host Janeane Garofalo. He wrote the introduction to the Autobiography of Charles Darwin (2004) and the Darwin Compendium (2006). He is the senior editor and contributor to the two volume Icons of Evolution (January, 2008). Among others, he is the author of "Entering Dubious Realms: Grover Krantz, Science and Sasquatch" in the journal Annals of Science, and Pseudoscience: A Critical Encyclopedia (2009).
His most recently published book is an examination of the world of 20th century monster hunting and its place in the history of science published by Palgrave-Macmillan in 2011 as Searching for Sasquatch: Crackpots, Eggheads, and Cryptozoology. Dr. Regal's next book, written with Dr. Frank J. Esposito, is Satan's Harbinger: The Real Story of the Jersey Devil. It will be published in Spring 2017 by Johns Hopkins University Press.
He encourages students interested in these areas to contact him.
JAY SPAULDING, Professor Emeritus - Retired - History of Africa
Most of his research concerns the history of Northeast Africa. He has a particular interest in medieval Christian and early modern Islamic Nubia, and the legacy of this tradition to the contemporary Arab Sudan. He has also written about the western sultanates of Dar Fur and Wadai.
FRANK J. WETTA, Lecturer / Senior Fellow: Film & History, Military History
Ph.D., Louisiana State University (History)
B.S., M.A., St. Louis University (History)
Since 2008, Dr. Wetta has been charge of the history department's Kean-Ocean campus program.
Courses taught: Civil War and Reconstruction; World War I; World War II; America in Vietnam; The Cold War; The Rise and Fall of the British Empire; Tudor and Stuart England; and the Senior Seminar.
Dr. Wetta is a former Leverhulme British Commonwealth, United States Visiting Fellow in American Studies, Keele University, United Kingdom. He is active in the Society for Military History, having served on the society’s book prize committee and the editorial advisory board of The Journal of Military History.
His publications include Last Stands from the Alamo to Benghazi: How Hollywood Turns Military Defeat into Moral Victories (Routledge, 2016) with Martin Novelli; The Long Reconstruction: The Post- Civil War South in History, Film, and Memory (Routledge Press, 2014) with Martin Novelli; The Louisiana Scalawags: Politics, Race, and Terrorism During the Civil War and Reconstruction (Louisiana State University Press, 2012); Celluloid Wars: A Guide to Film and the American Experience of War (Greenwood, 1992) with Stephen J. Curley. “World War I Films.” Oxford Online Annotated Bibliographies (Oxford University Press, 2016);“On Telling the Truth about War: World War II and Hollywood’s Moral Fiction, 1945-1956” with Martin Novelli in Why We Fought: America’s Wars in Film and History (University of Kentucky Press, 2008); "Romantic, isn't it, Miss Dandridge,” in American Nineteenth Century History: The Vistas of American Military History (2006) with Martin Novelli; and "Now a Major Motion Picture: War Films and Hollywood's New Patriotism" in The Journal of Military History (2003), with Martin Novelli.
He is currently working on a book-length study of the image of Abraham Lincoln and ex-Confederates in film.
Also see the Kean Ocean page above.
Wenzhou-Kean Campus (China): Dr. Victor Rodriguez
Victor Rodriguez’s academic interests focus on the dissemination of cultural products with a special concentration on American culture in the world. Currently, he has finished work on his new book Creating the Practical Man of Modernity: The Reception of John Dewey’s Pedagogy in Mexico, which will be published by Routledge. Recently, he has also published in music history. His most recent monograph, In Tempore Belli, Reflections on the Sense of the Universal in George Crumb;s Music of the Vietnam War, problematizes the meaning of the category “universal” through an examination of American composer George Crumb’s philosophy of music and his attempt to embody the memory of the Vietnam in his quartet Black Angels as a subset of a universal memory of war.
Dr. Robert Llewellyn Tyler
Ph.D., University of Melbourne (History)
M.A., University of Pittsburgh (History)
P.G.C.E. University of Wales (History and Adult Education)
B.A., University of Wales (History)
Dr. Tyler is a former Fulbright Visiting Professor in British History at Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He has taught at institutions in the UK, the USA, Australia, Japan, Argentina, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
Tyler’s main area of research interest has been migration from Wales and the subsequent emerging forms of identity in diasporic communities. More specifically, he has focused on the nature of Welsh immigrant groups as they existed in and interacted with the wider community in nineteenth and twentieth century USA and Australia. He has considered the continuation, modification and decline of discernible ethno-linguistic communities and while the focus has been primarily on Welsh migrants, this research has enabled comparisons to be made with other UK and European groups.
Tyler is the author
of numerous published articles, most recently in Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies (2016), Kansas History: A Journal of the Central
Plains (2015), Vermont History
(2015) and Missouri Historical Review
(2014). A further article appeared in the UK journal, Welsh History Review, in June, 2016 and an article on the Welsh
migrant community in San Francisco has been accepted for publication in California History later this year. His
first book, The Welsh in an Australian
Gold Town: Ballarat, Victoria, 1850-1900, was published by the University
of Wales Press in 2010 and a second book, Wales
and the American Dream, was published last year by Cambridge Scholars. He is
currently working on a third book, a consideration of the Welsh community in
Main Campus Visiting Scholar: Asia Studies - Ms. Rui Zhang
Townsend 107C firstname.lastname@example.org
Mandarin and Chinese Studies. Her area of research is discourse analysis, phonology, and sociolinguistics.