Department of History Faculty


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.


Resident faculty:

FRANK ARGOTE-FREYRE, Assistant Professor - Latin American History
Ph.D., Rutgers University, Latin American History, minor World History
B.A., Rutgers University , History and Psychology

Phone: 908-737-0253

Office: Townsend 117-C


Also see the Latin America Page
Courses taught: History of Cuba, Colonial Latin America, Modern Latin America, History of the Caribbean and Central America, History of Brazil, Latinos in the United States.

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
Phone: 908-737-0252
Office: T-117-G


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 Postet 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,, Reuters, 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. 

, Distinguished Professor of History and Education - American History, Native American History 
Ph.D., Rutgers University
B.A. and M.A., Rowan University (Glassboro State)

Phone: 908-737-5988

Office: East Campus 218

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

Dr. Esposito is a specialist in American Indian, Colonial, and recent American history. His published works include the following eight books: Travelling New Jersey (Wise, 1978), Madison: An Intimate History of A Community in Transition, (Compton, 1985), Public School Choice: National Trends and Initiatives (NJ Dept. of Education, 1989), Ocean City, NJ, two volumes, co-author, (Arcadia, 1996, 1998), Victorian New Jersey, co-author (Kean University Press, 2005), Manhattan's Musical Heritage, co-author, (Arcadia, 2005), and My World: Social Studies: New Jersey, contributing author (Pearson, 2012-13). Dr. Esposito is also the author of over 100 newspaper and journal articles. Approximately one-half of his academic career at Kean University has been as an administrator. He has served as Assistant Dean, Associate Dean and Acting Dean of the School of Education, Founding Dean of The Weiss Graduate College, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Interim President since his appointment at Kean (then Newark State College) in 1970. Dr. Esposito is currently a Distinguished Professor of History and Education.


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

Phone: 908-737-0254

Office: Townsend 117-B

Also see the Asia History page and World History page.

Courses taught: History of Far Eastern Civilization, Modernization of China and Japan, China in the Twentieth Century, Rise of Modern Japan, The Asian Woman, History of Diplomatic Relations in Asia, Senior Seminar in History, Internship in History, Western Civilization, History of Civil Society in America, History of Modern China, History of Asian Genocide.

Department Duties: Department Chair Fall 2008 to 2012; Coordinator World History Program, 2010-present; Interim Director Asian Studies Program, Fall, 2016; Advisor: KU Historical Society 2002-2005; Coordinator: History Department Public History Internship Program, 2002-2006; Chair, Personnel Committee

Dr. Gronewold's major interests, reflected in her scholarship and teaching, are in the history of modern Asia, particularly China, the stories of women in that history, and the encounters and interactions between peoples of Asia and the world. Focusing on the most marginal, she wrote a book on the trade in women in late imperial and early twentieth century China, Beautiful Merchandise: History of Prostitution 1860-1936. Her current projects include the encounter between western women and Chinese at a mission for prostitutes and destitute females, Encountering Hope: the Door of Hope Mission in Shanghai and Taipei, and the history of Singer Sewing Machine in both China and the US. She also writes and lectures on the history of US-China trade; history and memory, especially regarding Asia; genocide in Asia, particularly in Cambodia and Bangladesh; Asian-American history; welfare and philanthropy; the Silk Road, both overland and maritime.  She has done extensive curriculum writing on Asia and does regular teacher training related to Asia, from workshops and seminars to travel tours to China, Japan, Korea, India, and Southeast Asia. Former chair of the History Department, she is major adviser to both the Asian Studies Program and the Holocaust and Genocide Program.

ELIZABETH HYDE, Associate Professor, 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


Web page

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.

MARC-ANDRE JEAN, Lecturer, Wenzhou Campus (China)

European (French) and Environmental History

Ph.D. (A.B.D.), Université Laval and Université Toulouse II – Le Mirail (Joint Ph.D. Agreement) in Early Modern French History

M.A., Université de Montréal, Medieval History

B.A., Université Laval, History


Phone: +86-05-77-55-87-04-64

Office: GEH C217



Teaching Responsibilities: Worlds of History, History of the City (in preparation).


Though Marc-André Jean is specialized in European history, he always keeps an eye on world history as well as on modern languages and world cultures because he considers that hyperspecialization sometimes sets academic and intellectual traps to researchers and educators. His research interests focus on the history of “pollution” in 18th c. Toulouse. He examines the ways the Capitouls (the college of seven mayors of the city), supported by local experts, made decisions and distributed responsibilities to their auxiliaries such as the Captain in Charge of Health and his police officers in order to improve the salubriousness of the urban environment in the hope that it would ensure a better global public health.


Prior to joining Kean’s Department of History, Marc-André Jean taught French, English, history, and other humanities-related courses in universities in South Korea (Ulsan), Canada (Vancouver), China (Guangzhou), and Mexico (Tampico). He even held a position of archivist in a museum and became a practitioner in public history. Mr. Jean also received external grants for his research in Old Régime Toulouse. When not on Wenzhou-Kean campus, he spends as much time as possible with his relatives in Québec, especially with his two beloved daughters. He is also a hockey fan and a BBQ master (charcoal exclusively).


DENNIS KLEIN, Professor of History

Director, Jewish Studies Program
Director, Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Founding Co-Chair, Faculty Seminar on Comparative Cultures 
Ph.D., University of Rochester 
M.A., University of Rochester
B.A., cum laude, Hobart College
Phone: 908-737-0256
Office: T117


Also see: the Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies website; the Jewish Studies website.

Courses taught:
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  “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 (“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“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

Phone: 908-737-0257
Office: Townsend 107-C


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,, 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

JONATHAN MERCANTINI, Associate Professor, Acting Dean of the College of Liberal Arts
Colonial and Revolutionary America, New Jersey History, the American South

Ph.D. in American History – Emory Univeristy (2000)
B.A. University of Richmond

: CAS405 (Office of the Dean)
Phone: 908-737-0437

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 include editing an online edition of the Papers of John and Susan Kean and 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 original essay for the celebration of the 250thJersey Historical Commission to plan activities for the 350th and 19th Centuries. His current research projects  Anniversary of the Stamp Act Crisis. He is also working with the New Anniversary of New Jersey in 2014 highlighted by co-authoring scripts for It Happened Here – New Jersey a weekly series featured on Public TV and online throughout the anniversary year. Prior to his appointment at Kean he taught at the University of Miami and Canisius College.

When not teaching, lecturing or researching, he can most often be found playing and coaching baseball with his 8 year old son.

Courses Taught:
US History I and II, Colonial and Revolutionary America, The Early Republic (American 1787-1830), Pirates and the Atlantic World, NJ History

C. BRID NICHOLSON, Associate Professor, Assistant Chair - American, Irish, Women's History 
Ph.D., Drew University
M.Phil. Drew University
M.A. University College Dublin
B.A. University College Dublin

Phone: 908-737-0259
Office: Townsend 117-H

Courses taught: Worlds of History, US History to 1865, Ireland 1801-Present, Europe Since 1870, Women’s History, Labor History, History of Religion in America, The American West, America in the 1920’s, America in the 1960’s, History of Israel, Middle East History, 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). In 2017 Emma Goldman: Still Dangerous was published in Turkish. Her next book on the Lewis and Clark Expedition (with ABC Clio) will be published in 2018.  

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 has also produced history documentaries: The Black Eagle of Harlem, and George Washington: The Farewell Address, Washington Irving: An American Original, and Ken Forsse: Come Dream With Me Tonight. Her IMDB page is here

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

ABIGAIL PERKISS, Assistant Professor - African American History, Public History, Oral History

Ph.D., Temple University, U.S. History
J.D., Temple University
Graduate Certificate, Salt Institute for Documentary Studies (Portland, Maine), Creative Nonfiction Writing
A.B., Bryn Mawr College, Sociology (creative writing minor)

Office: Townsend 117-D

Web page

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
Phone: 908-737-0261
Office: Townsend 117-I
Twitter @Tarbosaur

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.
His major contributions have derived from the gathering and analysis of Sudanese Arabic sources, including land charters and letters issued by pre-colonial governments, but primarily private legal documents generated by the new middle class that arose during the eighteenth century and flourished under colonialism during the nineteenth.


FRANK J. WETTA, Lecturer / Senior Fellow:  Film & History, Military History
Ph.D., Louisiana State University (History)
B.S., M.A., St. Louis University (History)

Office: Gateway Building rm 417 (Ocean County College campus)
Phone  732 255-0400 x2375

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.