Colin McGrath

J.D./Ph.D. Student

B.A. in History, Northwestern University, 2010.
Research Interests: 

American legal history, metropolitan history, civil rights law, fair housing law, federal urban development policy, municipal finance, low-income housing finance.

Samuel L. Lacy

Ph.D. Student

B.A., Biblical & Theological Studies, Bethel University (2003)
M.Div., M.A., Princeton Theological Seminary (2009) 
Fulbright Research Fellowship, Universität Mainz & Institut für Europäische Geschichte (2010)
A.M., History, University of Pennsylvania (2013)


Barbara Savage (Advisor)
Mary Frances Berry
Michael Zuckerman

Research Interests: 

American Legal History; American Religious History; 19th & early 20th century African American Social and Cultural History; Christianity & Public Policy; History of Higher Education

Tina A. Irvine

Ph.D. Candidate

B.A., History, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, DePauw University (2009) 

M.A.T. Marian University (2011)

M.A. University of Pennsylvania (2015)


United States History (Thomas J. Sugrue)

Cultural History (Kathy L. Peiss)

Comparative Race, Gender, and Sexuality (Kathleen M. Brown)


Research Interests: 

Women and gender, social reform, Appalachia, the South, Americanization, immigration, eugenics, race and race making, citizenship, history of science and medicine, history of sexuality and reproduction

Courses Taught: 

(Spring 2015) Teaching Assistant, “History of Sexuality in the United States”

(Spring 2014) Teaching Assistant, “America in the 1960s”

(Fall 2013) Teaching Assistant, “The Rise and Fall of the American South”

Natalie Shibley

Ph.D. Candidate

B.A., African-American Studies and History, cum laude, Columbia University (2012)

M.A., Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania (2014)


  • Barbara Savage
  • Kathy Peiss
  • Dorothy Roberts
  • Heather Williams
"Sexual Contagion: The Politics of Sexuality and Public Health in the U.S. Military, 1941-1993"
Research Interests: 

African American history; 20th century U.S. political and social history; history of gender and sexuality; history of medicine and public health

Jooyeon Hahm

Ph.D. Candidate

M.A., University of Pennsylvania (2014)
B.A., University of Pennsylvania (2012)


Modern Japan, Late Imperial & Modern China, Comparative Gender


Research Interests: 

Family, Family Law, Marriage, Intimacy

Smita Ghosh

J.D./Ph.D. Student

B.A. History, Swarthmore College
J.D. University of Pennsylvania Law School
Personal Statement
CV (file): 
Research Interests: 

Immigration law, civil rights and school integration, history of race in America, transnational history.

Anne Fleming


Yale College, B.A.
Harvard Law School, J.D.

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Sarah Barringer Gordon
Thomas J. Sugrue
Michael Katz
Walter Licht

Research Interests: 

American History; Legal and Constitutional History; History of Poverty and Social Welfare; History of Capitalism

Wendy Doyon

Ph.D. Candidate

M.A., B.A., University of Washington
Selected Publications: 

The History of Archaeology through the Eyes of Egyptians. In Unmasking Ideology in Imperial and Colonial Archaeology, edited by Bonnie Effros and Guolong Lai, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press, 2018.

On Archaeological Labor in Modern Egypt. In Histories of Egyptology: Interdisciplinary Measures, edited by William Carruthers, Routledge, 2015.

The Poetics of Egyptian Museum Practice. British Museum Studies in Ancient Egypt and Sudan 10 (2008).

Presenting Egypt's Past: Archaeology and Identity in Egyptian Museum Practice.  M.A. Thesis, University of Washington, Seattle, 2007.


Joan Plonski

Graduate Coordinator
Department Budget Coordinator
College Hall 208B
215 898.5701

Email: jplonski at

Tukufu Zuberi

Historical demography, Africa and African-American
Professor, Sociology; Director, Africana Studies Program
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