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Department of History Faculty

Click on the tabs below for a list of the Department of History's faculty members alphabetically and by discipline. Unless otherwise noted, all faculty offices are located on the fourth floor of Major Williams Hall. 

Carmen Gitre is an associate professor of History.

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    Danna Agmon

    Associate Professor | Specialties: France; Europe; South Asia & Indian Ocean; Colonial & Imperial; Legal | dagmon@vt.edu

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    Mark V. Barrow, Jr.

    Professor | Specialties: US; Environmental; Science; Wildlife | barrow@vt.edu

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    Laura Belmonte

    Professor and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences | 200 Stanger St., Blacksburg, VA 24061 | Specialties: U.S. foreign relations; Modern U.S.; Human Rights; LGBTQI | 540-231-6779 | belmonte@vt.edu

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    Glenn Richard Bugh

    Associate Professor | Specialties: Greece and Rome; Ancient Greek Military Institutions & Cavalry; Venetian studies; Classical studies; Byzantine & Modern Greek | gbugh@vt.edu

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    Sam Cook

    Associate Professor | Specialties: Indigenous Political Economies and Ecologies; American Indian Law and Policy; Indigenous Knowledge Systems; Appalachian Cultures; Human Ecology and Sustainability | sacook2@vt.edu

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    Nicholas Copeland

    Associate Professor | Specialties: Political Anthropology; Development; Indigenous and Peasant Politics; Water; Guatemala | ncopel@vt.edu

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    Amanda C. Demmer

    Assistant Professor | Specialties: US Foreign Relations, War & Society, Migration Studies, Human Rights; US | demmer@vt.edu

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    Monique Dufour

    Collegiate Associate Professor | Specialties: Historians as Writers; Medicine & the Body; History of Reading | msdufour@vt.edu

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    A. Roger Ekirch

    University Distinguished Professor | Specialties: Early US; Atlantic; History of Sleep | arekirch@vt.edu

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    E. Thomas Ewing

    Professor and Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences | 200 Stanger St., Blacksburg, VA 24061 | Specialties: Eurasia; Medicine; Public; Russian/Soviet; Empires | 540-231-3212 | etewing@vt.edu

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    Carmen Gitre

    Associate Professor and Interim Associate Chair | Specialties: Egypt; Theater and Performance; Imperialism | cgitre@vt.edu

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    Edward J. K. Gitre

    Assistant Professor | Specialties: War and Society; Digital; Modern Intellectual and Cultural; US/Transnational | egitre@vt.edu

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    Heather L. Gumbert

    Associate Professor | Specialties: Modern Germany; Television Studies; Cold War; Cultural; Media | hgumbert@vt.edu

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    Dennis Halpin

    Associate Professor | Specialties: Post 1865 US; African American; Labor; Social Movements | dphalpin@vt.edu

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    Matthew Heaton

    Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies | Specialties: Africa; Global/Transnational; Colonialism/Decolonization; Health, Illness, & Medicine | mheaton@vt.edu

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    Mae (Christina) Hey

    Assistant Professor | American Indian Studies | maehey@vt.edu

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    Richard F. Hirsh

    Professor | Specialties: Technology; Science; Research Methods | richards@vt.edu

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    Lucien Holness

    Assistant Professor | Specialties: US; African American; Slavery, Abolition, & Emancipation | lholness@vt.edu

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    Melanie Kiechle

    Associate Professor | Specialties: US; Environment; Health & Medicine; Senses | mkiechle@vt.edu

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    Rachel Midura

    Assistant Professor | Specialties: Early Modern Europe; Italy; Habsburg Empire; Digital History; History of Information/Communication | rmidura@vt.edu

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    Marian Mollin

    Associate Professor | Specialties: US Women & Gender; Social Movements; Religion & Politics | mmollin@vt.edu

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    Anndal Narayanan

    Instructor | Specialties: Modern Europe; Decolonization; Counterinsurgency; Veterans; Extremism & Political Violence | anarayanan@vt.edu

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    Edward Anthony Polanco

    Assistant Professor | Specialties: Latin America; Indigenous Studies; Mesoamerica; Settler Colonialism | polanco@vt.edu

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    Paul Quigley

    Associate Professor and Director of Virginia Center for Civil War Studies | Specialties: US Civil War Era; US South | pquigley@vt.edu

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    Helen Schneider

    Associate Professor | Specialties: Modern China; Women; War & Society in Modern East Asia | hms@vt.edu

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    Brett L. Shadle

    Professor and Chair of the History Department | Specialties: East Africa and the Horn; Refugees; Colonialism | shadle@vt.edu

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    Robert P. Stephens

    Associate Professor | Specialties: Drugs & Alcohol; Cultural; Media | rosteph2@vt.edu

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    Jessica Taylor

    Assistant Professor | Specialties: Public; Oral; Native History; Early US | jessicataylor@vt.edu

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    Daniel B. Thorp

    Associate Professor | Specialties: Early US; Slavery & Emancipation | wachau@vt.edu

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    Peter Wallenstein

    Professor | Specialties: From Civil War to Civil Rights; US South; Virginia; US Higher Education; Legal & Constitutional | pwallens@vt.edu

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    LaDale Winling

    Associate Professor | Specialties: U.S. Urban; U.S. Political; Higher Education; Architectural and Planning; Digital | lwinling@vt.edu

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    Anna Zeide

    Associate Professor and Director of the Food Studies Program | Specialties: Food; Environment; US | zeide@vt.edu

 

Name Position Office Specialties Email
 
Kira A. Dietz Assistant Director, Special Collections and University Archives
University Libraries Archives/Special Collections; Food/Drink History kadietz@vt.edu  
Matthew Gabriele Professor and Department Chair 115A Major Williams Medieval Studies; Religion; Violence gabriele@vt.edu  
Kurt Luther 
Associate Professor
5-012 VTRC-Arlington
Digital; Public; Military; US Civil War kluther@vt.edu  
Aaron Purcell Professor and Director of Special Collections & University Archives University Libraries Archives; 20th Century US History; Publishing & Editing adp@vt.edu  
Peter L. Schmitthenner Associate Professor 103 Major Williams Modern India & South Asia; Culture, Religion, & Technology; British Colonialism pschmitt@vt.edu  
Matthew Wisnioski Associate Professor - Blacksburg Campus
331 Lane Hall Science; Technology; Innovation; Education mwisnios@vt.edu
Name Email
Linda Arnold                             redtape@vt.edu
William C. “Jack” Davis             widavis6@vt.edu
Thomas Howard                        tchoward@vt.edu
Kathy Jones                               kjwj@vt.edu
William L. Ochsenwald             ochsen@vt.edu
J. Dean O’Donnell                     odonnell@vt.edu
Amy Nelson anelson@vt.edu
Crandall Shifflett                       shifflet@vt.edu
  James I. Robertson, Jr. (1930-2019) 
Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History      
  Neil Larry Shumsky (1944-2020) Associate Professor Emeritus      
  Trudy Harrington Becker (1961-2022) Senior Instructor of History      

Faculty By Specialization

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    Mark V. Barrow, Jr.

    Professor | Specialties: US; Environmental; Science; Wildlife | barrow@vt.edu

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    Monique Dufour

    Collegiate Associate Professor | Specialties: Historians as Writers; Medicine & the Body; History of Reading | msdufour@vt.edu

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    A. Roger Ekirch

    University Distinguished Professor | Specialties: Early US; Atlantic; History of Sleep | arekirch@vt.edu

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    E. Thomas Ewing

    Professor and Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences | 200 Stanger St., Blacksburg, VA 24061 | Specialties: Eurasia; Medicine; Public; Russian/Soviet; Empires | 540-231-3212 | etewing@vt.edu

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    Heather L. Gumbert

    Associate Professor | Specialties: Modern Germany; Television Studies; Cold War; Cultural; Media | hgumbert@vt.edu

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    Matthew Heaton

    Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies | Specialties: Africa; Global/Transnational; Colonialism/Decolonization; Health, Illness, & Medicine | mheaton@vt.edu

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    Richard F. Hirsh

    Professor | Specialties: Technology; Science; Research Methods | richards@vt.edu

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    Melanie Kiechle

    Associate Professor | Specialties: US; Environment; Health & Medicine; Senses | mkiechle@vt.edu

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    Robert P. Stephens

    Associate Professor | Specialties: Drugs & Alcohol; Cultural; Media | rosteph2@vt.edu

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    E. Thomas Ewing

    Professor and Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences | 200 Stanger St., Blacksburg, VA 24061 | Specialties: Eurasia; Medicine; Public; Russian/Soviet; Empires | 540-231-3212 | etewing@vt.edu

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    Rachel Midura

    Assistant Professor | Specialties: Early Modern Europe; Italy; Habsburg Empire; Digital History; History of Information/Communication | rmidura@vt.edu

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    Marian Mollin

    Associate Professor | Specialties: US Women & Gender; Social Movements; Religion & Politics | mmollin@vt.edu

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    Paul Quigley

    Associate Professor and Director of Virginia Center for Civil War Studies | Specialties: US Civil War Era; US South | pquigley@vt.edu

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    Jessica Taylor

    Assistant Professor | Specialties: Public; Oral; Native History; Early US | jessicataylor@vt.edu

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    LaDale Winling

    Associate Professor | Specialties: U.S. Urban; U.S. Political; Higher Education; Architectural and Planning; Digital | lwinling@vt.edu

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    Danna Agmon

    Associate Professor | Specialties: France; Europe; South Asia & Indian Ocean; Colonial & Imperial; Legal | dagmon@vt.edu

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    Carmen Gitre

    Associate Professor and Interim Associate Chair | Specialties: Egypt; Theater and Performance; Imperialism | cgitre@vt.edu

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    Matthew Heaton

    Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies | Specialties: Africa; Global/Transnational; Colonialism/Decolonization; Health, Illness, & Medicine | mheaton@vt.edu

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    Helen Schneider

    Associate Professor | Specialties: Modern China; Women; War & Society in Modern East Asia | hms@vt.edu

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    Brett L. Shadle

    Professor and Chair of the History Department | Specialties: East Africa and the Horn; Refugees; Colonialism | shadle@vt.edu

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    Daniel B. Thorp

    Associate Professor | Specialties: Early US; Slavery & Emancipation | wachau@vt.edu

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    Mark V. Barrow, Jr.

    Professor | Specialties: US; Environmental; Science; Wildlife | barrow@vt.edu

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    Monique Dufour

    Collegiate Associate Professor | Specialties: Historians as Writers; Medicine & the Body; History of Reading | msdufour@vt.edu

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    Carmen Gitre

    Associate Professor and Interim Associate Chair | Specialties: Egypt; Theater and Performance; Imperialism | cgitre@vt.edu

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    Edward J. K. Gitre

    Assistant Professor | Specialties: War and Society; Digital; Modern Intellectual and Cultural; US/Transnational | egitre@vt.edu

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    Heather L. Gumbert

    Associate Professor | Specialties: Modern Germany; Television Studies; Cold War; Cultural; Media | hgumbert@vt.edu

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    Melanie Kiechle

    Associate Professor | Specialties: US; Environment; Health & Medicine; Senses | mkiechle@vt.edu

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    Robert P. Stephens

    Associate Professor | Specialties: Drugs & Alcohol; Cultural; Media | rosteph2@vt.edu

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    Dennis Halpin

    Associate Professor | Specialties: Post 1865 US; African American; Labor; Social Movements | dphalpin@vt.edu

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    Matthew Heaton

    Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies | Specialties: Africa; Global/Transnational; Colonialism/Decolonization; Health, Illness, & Medicine | mheaton@vt.edu

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    Marian Mollin

    Associate Professor | Specialties: US Women & Gender; Social Movements; Religion & Politics | mmollin@vt.edu

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    Paul Quigley

    Associate Professor and Director of Virginia Center for Civil War Studies | Specialties: US Civil War Era; US South | pquigley@vt.edu

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    Brett L. Shadle

    Professor and Chair of the History Department | Specialties: East Africa and the Horn; Refugees; Colonialism | shadle@vt.edu

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    Daniel B. Thorp

    Associate Professor | Specialties: Early US; Slavery & Emancipation | wachau@vt.edu

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    Peter Wallenstein

    Professor | Specialties: From Civil War to Civil Rights; US South; Virginia; US Higher Education; Legal & Constitutional | pwallens@vt.edu

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    LaDale Winling

    Associate Professor | Specialties: U.S. Urban; U.S. Political; Higher Education; Architectural and Planning; Digital | lwinling@vt.edu

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    Mark V. Barrow, Jr.

    Professor | Specialties: US; Environmental; Science; Wildlife | barrow@vt.edu

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    Glenn Richard Bugh

    Associate Professor | Specialties: Greece and Rome; Ancient Greek Military Institutions & Cavalry; Venetian studies; Classical studies; Byzantine & Modern Greek | gbugh@vt.edu

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    Amanda C. Demmer

    Assistant Professor | Specialties: US Foreign Relations, War & Society, Migration Studies, Human Rights; US | demmer@vt.edu

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    Monique Dufour

    Collegiate Associate Professor | Specialties: Historians as Writers; Medicine & the Body; History of Reading | msdufour@vt.edu

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    Edward J. K. Gitre

    Assistant Professor | Specialties: War and Society; Digital; Modern Intellectual and Cultural; US/Transnational | egitre@vt.edu

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    Heather L. Gumbert

    Associate Professor | Specialties: Modern Germany; Television Studies; Cold War; Cultural; Media | hgumbert@vt.edu

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    Marian Mollin

    Associate Professor | Specialties: US Women & Gender; Social Movements; Religion & Politics | mmollin@vt.edu

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    Paul Quigley

    Associate Professor and Director of Virginia Center for Civil War Studies | Specialties: US Civil War Era; US South | pquigley@vt.edu

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    Helen Schneider

    Associate Professor | Specialties: Modern China; Women; War & Society in Modern East Asia | hms@vt.edu

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    Brett L. Shadle

    Professor and Chair of the History Department | Specialties: East Africa and the Horn; Refugees; Colonialism | shadle@vt.edu

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    Danna Agmon

    Associate Professor | Specialties: France; Europe; South Asia & Indian Ocean; Colonial & Imperial; Legal | dagmon@vt.edu

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    E. Thomas Ewing

    Professor and Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences | 200 Stanger St., Blacksburg, VA 24061 | Specialties: Eurasia; Medicine; Public; Russian/Soviet; Empires | 540-231-3212 | etewing@vt.edu

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    Marian Mollin

    Associate Professor | Specialties: US Women & Gender; Social Movements; Religion & Politics | mmollin@vt.edu

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    Helen Schneider

    Associate Professor | Specialties: Modern China; Women; War & Society in Modern East Asia | hms@vt.edu

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    Brett L. Shadle

    Professor and Chair of the History Department | Specialties: East Africa and the Horn; Refugees; Colonialism | shadle@vt.edu

Faculty By Geographic Region

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    Carmen Gitre

    Associate Professor and Interim Associate Chair | Specialties: Egypt; Theater and Performance; Imperialism | cgitre@vt.edu

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    Matthew Heaton

    Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies | Specialties: Africa; Global/Transnational; Colonialism/Decolonization; Health, Illness, & Medicine | mheaton@vt.edu

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    Brett L. Shadle

    Professor and Chair of the History Department | Specialties: East Africa and the Horn; Refugees; Colonialism | shadle@vt.edu

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    Helen Schneider

    Associate Professor | Specialties: Modern China; Women; War & Society in Modern East Asia | hms@vt.edu

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    Danna Agmon

    Associate Professor | Specialties: France; Europe; South Asia & Indian Ocean; Colonial & Imperial; Legal | dagmon@vt.edu

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    Glenn Richard Bugh

    Associate Professor | Specialties: Greece and Rome; Ancient Greek Military Institutions & Cavalry; Venetian studies; Classical studies; Byzantine & Modern Greek | gbugh@vt.edu

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    A. Roger Ekirch

    University Distinguished Professor | Specialties: Early US; Atlantic; History of Sleep | arekirch@vt.edu

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    E. Thomas Ewing

    Professor and Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences | 200 Stanger St., Blacksburg, VA 24061 | Specialties: Eurasia; Medicine; Public; Russian/Soviet; Empires | 540-231-3212 | etewing@vt.edu

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    Heather L. Gumbert

    Associate Professor | Specialties: Modern Germany; Television Studies; Cold War; Cultural; Media | hgumbert@vt.edu

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    Rachel Midura

    Assistant Professor | Specialties: Early Modern Europe; Italy; Habsburg Empire; Digital History; History of Information/Communication | rmidura@vt.edu

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    Robert P. Stephens

    Associate Professor | Specialties: Drugs & Alcohol; Cultural; Media | rosteph2@vt.edu

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    Danna Agmon

    Associate Professor | Specialties: France; Europe; South Asia & Indian Ocean; Colonial & Imperial; Legal | dagmon@vt.edu

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    Glenn Richard Bugh

    Associate Professor | Specialties: Greece and Rome; Ancient Greek Military Institutions & Cavalry; Venetian studies; Classical studies; Byzantine & Modern Greek | gbugh@vt.edu

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    A. Roger Ekirch

    University Distinguished Professor | Specialties: Early US; Atlantic; History of Sleep | arekirch@vt.edu

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    E. Thomas Ewing

    Professor and Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences | 200 Stanger St., Blacksburg, VA 24061 | Specialties: Eurasia; Medicine; Public; Russian/Soviet; Empires | 540-231-3212 | etewing@vt.edu

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    Heather L. Gumbert

    Associate Professor | Specialties: Modern Germany; Television Studies; Cold War; Cultural; Media | hgumbert@vt.edu

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    Rachel Midura

    Assistant Professor | Specialties: Early Modern Europe; Italy; Habsburg Empire; Digital History; History of Information/Communication | rmidura@vt.edu

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    Robert P. Stephens

    Associate Professor | Specialties: Drugs & Alcohol; Cultural; Media | rosteph2@vt.edu

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    Nicholas Copeland
    Nicholas Copeland

    Associate Professor | Specialties: Political Anthropology; Development; Indigenous and Peasant Politics; Water; Guatemala | ncopel@vt.edu

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    Edward Anthony Polanco
    Edward Anthony Polanco

    Assistant Professor | Specialties: Latin America; Indigenous Studies; Mesoamerica; Settler Colonialism | polanco@vt.edu