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. 

Richard Beeman (In Memoriam)

John Welsh Centennial Professor of History Emeritus

In Memoriam - Richard Beeman (1942-2016)

The History Department mourns the loss of Professor Richard Beeman, John Welsch Centennial Professor of History Emeritus who died on September 5, 2016, at the age of 74. Professor Beeman spent more than forty years—his entire professional career—as a member of the History Department faculty.

Bruce Lenthall

20th-century U.S., cultural, political, media
Director, Center for Teaching and Learning; Adjunct Associate Professor of History

Arthur Kiron

Atlantic Jewish history, history of the Jewish book
Curator of Judaica Collections at the Penn Library; Adjunct Assistant Professor of History

Ira Harkavy

U.S. urban, social
Founding Director and Associate Vice President, Netter Center for Community Partnerships, University of Pennsylvania; Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics

Local Histories, Global Formations: A Colloquium in Honor of Lynn Hollen Lees

Fri, 09/20/2013 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
McNeil Center for Early American Studies

Drawing upon and bridging social history and social science, Lynn has put to the test sweeping theoretical models of social change (migration, revolution, social inequality) against the findings of her archivally based historical research. Local histories, she shows, both shape and are shaped by large-scale global processes.  Our colloquium brings together Lynn’s friends, colleagues, and students to the University of Pennsylvania, the institution that she has served so well.

Beth S. Wenger

Jewish history (American and European), gender, ethnic and religious history
Moritz and Josephine Berg Professor of History; Department Chair
College Hall 320
Office Hours: 
R 1:30-2:30; By appt.
Teaching Schedule: 
T 1:30-4:30
215 898.5702

Beth S. Wenger is Moritz and Josephine Berg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania where she serves as Chair of the History Department.

Courses Taught: 
  • HIST 009 The Invention of Modern Judaism
  • HIST 141 History of Jewish Civilization III (Modern Period)
  • HIST 150 The American Jewish Experience
  • HIST 204 Memory and Meaning In Jewish History
  • HIST 204 Rereading the Holocaust
  • HIST 214 Jews and the City
  • HIST 610 Religion In American Culture
  • HIST 620 Readings In Modern Jewish History

Arthur Waldron

China and East Asia, world military and diplomatic history
Lauder Professor of International Relations
College Hall 311C
Office Hours: 
By appt.
Teaching Schedule: 
T 1:30-3:30
215 898.6565

Arthur Waldron has been the Lauder Professor of International Relations in the Department of History at the University of Pennsylvania, since 1997. He works mostly on the history of Asia, China in particular; the problem of nationalism, and the study of war and violence in history. Educated at Harvard (A.B. ’71 summa cum laude Valedictorian, PhD ’81) and in Asia where he lived for four years before returning to Harvard. He previously taught at Princeton University, the U.S. Naval War College (Newport, RI) and Brown University.

Courses Taught: 
  • HIST 003 Asia in a Wider World
  • HIST 004 Asia in a Modern World
  • HIST 159 Technology, Policy and War
  • HIST 160 Strategy, Policy and War
  • HIST 412 Topics in Asian History
  • HIST 412 Aspects of Violence
  • HIST 630 How should Historians read the Chinese classics?

Margo Todd

Early modern Britain, religion and culture, urban history
Walter H Annenberg Professor of History
College Hall 308C
Office Hours: 
M 11-12:30; W 10-11:30; By appt
Teaching Schedule: 
MW 2-5

Margo Todd is Walter H Annenberg Professor of History, specializing in early modern English and Scottish history and in the culture of Reformed (Calvinist) protestantism in Britain and early America.

Courses Taught: 
  • HIST 050 The British Isles to 1700
  • HIST 211 Utopia
  • HIST 311 The Tudors
  • HIST 312  Britain's Century of Revolution
  • HIST 720 The Long Reformation in Britain and America
  • HIST 720 Research in Early Modern Urban History
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