Michael W. Zuckerman

Professor of History Emeritus

Michael W. Zuckerman did his B.A. (at Penn) and his Ph.D. (at Harvard) in American Studies. He is still incorrigibly committed to coming at History that way. He teaches courses in popular culture, national character, human nature, and religion.

Courses Taught: 
  • HIST 204 Doing History
  • HIST 355 Classic Texts In American Popular Culture
  • HIST 441 North American Colonial History
  • HIST 443 American National Character
  • HIST 610 Violence and Agression In America
  • HIST 610 Religion in Early America

Alfred Rieber


Edward Peters

Henry Charles Lea Professor of History Emeritus

Edward Peters, Henry Charles Lea Professor of History, specializes in the early history of Europe, from the second to the seventeenth centuries. His chief interests are political and constitutional history, including church history, intellectual and legal history, and historiography.

Courses Taught: 
  • HIST 001 Europe in a Wider World
  • HIST 031 The World of the Middle Ages, 1000 - 1500
  • HIST 101 The First Crusade: The Invention of Crusading, 1000 - 1146
  • HIST 201 The World of Charlemagne
  • HIST 201 Witchcraft and Sorcery in Early Europe, 400 - 1700
  • HIST 201 Crusading, 1095 - 2007
  • HIST 337/338 University and Society: From the Origins of the University to the Present
  • HIST 406 Society, Art and Devotion in the Low Countries
  • HIST 408 The World of Dante
  • HIST 410 The Popes, Rome and the World to 1600
  • HIST 410 King's Two Bodies

Murray Murphey


Lynn Hollen Lees

Professor of History Emerita
113 Duhring Wing
215 898 8261

Courses Taught: 
  • HIST 011 The World: History and Modernity
  • HIST 051 Britain since 1688
  • HIST 212 Rise and Fall of the British Empire
  • HIST 630 Comparative Empires
  • HIST 630 Teaching World History

Bruce Kuklick

Nichols Professor of American History Emeritus
College Hall 316
215 898.5192

Bruce Kuklick is Nichols Professor of American History Emeritus. His historical interests are broadly in the political, diplomatic, and intellectual history of the United States; and in the philosophy of history. He has won all the major teaching prizes given by the University, including the Senior Class Award. In 2004 he was elected to the American Philosophical Society.

Courses Taught: 
  • History 165, Hollywood and American History.


Steven Feierman

Professor of History Emeritus
Claudia Cohen Hall 322
215 898.8423

Steven Feierman teaches African history.

Courses Taught: 
  • HIST 146 Comparative Medicine
  • HIST 471 Medicine and Development

Nancy Farriss

Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History, Emerita

Richard S. Dunn


James C. Davis (In Memoriam)


In Memoriam 

The History Department mourns the loss of Professor James C. Davis,  who died on October 26, 2016, at the age of 85. 

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