Robert St. George

Transculturation and appropriation in ethnography, memory, and material life in world cultures. Trans-regional, comparative colonialism and empires. Performance Studies.
Associate Professor of History
College Hall 311D
Office Hours: 
By appt.
Teaching Schedule: 
MW 1-2; R 1:30-4:30
215 898.2877

Robert St. George is Associate Professor of History. His research explores ethnographic method, folklife studies, material culture, vernacular landscapes, and heritage productions in North America, England, Ireland, and Iceland.

Courses Taught: 
  • HIST 020 History of the U.S. to 1865
  • HIST 093 Performing History
  • HIST 203 Early American Cultural History
  • HIST 323 Material Life in America
  • HIST 327 American Cultural History to 1865
  • HIST 442 American Revolution
  • HIST 505 Public Culture
  • HIST 510 American Vernacular Architecture
  • HIST 585 Ethnography and Memory
  • HIST 118 Witchcraft and Possession

David B. Ruderman

Early Modern and Modern Jewish history, Early Modern Europe, Intellectual
Joseph Meyerhoff Professor of Modern Jewish History
College Hall 306B
Office Hours: 
On Leave Spring 2018
Teaching Schedule: 
On Leave Spring 2018
215 898.3793

David B. Ruderman is the Joseph Meyerhoff Professor of Modern Jewish History.  He was also the Ella Darivoff Director of the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania for twenty years from 1994 to 2014.

CV (file): 
Courses Taught: 
  • HIST 140 History of Jewish Civilization II (From Late Antiquity to the Seventeenth Century)
  • HIST 380 Modern Jewish Intellectual and Cultural History
  • HIST 449 Jewish Historical Writing
  • HIST 550 Topics in Jewish History
  • HIST 550 The Transformation of Jewish Culture in Early Modern Europe

Daniel K. Richter

Colonial America; Native American
Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of American History
College Hall 309C
Office Hours: 
On Leave
Teaching Schedule: 
On Leave
215 898.9251

Daniel K. Richter is the Richard S. Dunn Director of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies and Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of American History. He holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University, and his research and teaching focus on colonial North America and on Native American history before 1800.

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Kathy Peiss

20th century U.S.; women, gender, and sexuality; cultural history
Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of American History
College Hall 215D
Office Hours: 
T 2:15-4:30; By appt.
Teaching Schedule: 
W 2-5
215 898.2746

Kathy Peiss is the Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of American History at Penn, where she teaches courses on modern American cultural history and the history of American sexuality, women, and gender.  Her research has examined the history of working women; working-class and interracial sexuality; leisure, style, and popular culture; the beauty industry in the U.S.

Courses Taught: 
  • HIST163 Modern American Culture
  • HIST 204 Culture and Crisis
  • HIST 204 Politics of Cultural Heritage
  • HIST 204 Books That Changed Modern America
  • HIST 346 U.S. Women's History 1865 to Present
  • HIST 347 Gender History and American Film
  • HIST 349 History of Sexuality in the U.S.
  • HIST 610 Consumer Culture in Historic Perspective
  • HIST 610 19th- and 20th- Century American Cultural History
  • HIST 610 Gender and Sexuality in Modern American History
  • HIST 610 20th Century U.S. Historiography
  • HIST 700 Introduction to the Graduate Study of History

Amy C. Offner

Twentieth-century US and Latin America, transnational history, capitalism and political economy, empire and foreign relations
Assistant Professor of History
College Hall 313
Office Hours: 
T 1:30-4:30; By appt.
Teaching Schedule: 
T 12-1:30, 3-6; R 12-1:30

Amy C. Offner (Ph.D. Columbia University) studies twentieth-century US history in global perspective, with special focus on Latin America.  Her research and teaching address the history of capitalism and political economy, empire and foreign relations, and social and intellectual history.

Courses Taught: 
  • HIST 174 Capitalism, Socialism, and Crisis in the Twentieth-Century Americas
  • HIST 451 The United States and the World Since 1898
  • HIST 216.301 How to Rule an Empire
  • HIST 206.302 Thinking about Capitalism: A Social and Global History of Ideas
  • HIST 670.301 Thinking about the Economy: A Social and Global History of Ideas

Benjamin Nathans

Imperial Russian and Soviet; modern Jewish; history of human rights
Associate Professor of History
College Hall 206C
Office Hours: 
R 4:30-5:30 and by appt.
Teaching Schedule: 
T 10:30-12, 3-4:30; R 10:30-12, 1:30-4:30
215 898.4958

Benjamin Nathans teaches and writes about Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union, modern European Jewish history, and the history of human rights.

CV (file): 
Courses Taught: 


  • HIST 031 The Ascent of Europe
  • HIST 048 The Rise and Fall of the Russian Empire, 1552 - 1917
  • HIST 049 The Soviet Century
  • HIST135 The Cold War: A Global History
  • HIST 141 History of Jewish Civilization: 17th Century to the Present
  • HIST 413 The USSR after Stalin: Individuals and Collectives
  • HIST 414 Human Rights and History
  • HIST 620 Soviet History
  • HIST 620 Topics in Modern Jewish History
  • HIST 700 Introduction to the Graduate Study of History
  • HIST 720 Research Seminar: Europe, 1945 - 1991
  • INTEGRATED STUDIES: Orthodoxies and Disruptions

Walter A. McDougall

European and U.S. diplomatic, Western civilization, technology and international relations
Professor of History, Alloy-Ansin Professor of International Relations
College Hall 317B; Williams 637
Office Hours: 
T 2-4 (COLL); W 10-12 (WILL)
Teaching Schedule: 
TR 10:30-12
215 898.2185 or 0452

Walter A. McDougall is Professor of History and the Alloy-Ansin Professor of International Relations. A graduate of Amherst College and a Vietnam veteran, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1974 and taught at U.C. Berkeley for 13 years before coming to Penn to direct its International Relations Program, which now has 250 majors.

CV (file): 
Courses Taught: 
  • HIST 002 Europe in a Wider World
  • HIST 331 U.S. Diplomatic History since 1776
  • HIST 420 European International Relations
  • HIST 421 History of International Politics
  • HIST 204 Seminars: World War II, The Vietnam War, American Civil Religion, Decline of Great Powers
Other Affiliations: 

Foreign Policy Research Institute, Philadelphia

Walter Licht

U.S., labor, and economic history
Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History
College Hall 315B
Office Hours: 
On Leave
Teaching Schedule: 
On Leave
215 898.5097

Walter Licht is Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his B.A. degree from Harvard University, a Master's degree in Sociology from the University of Chicago, and a Master's and Ph.D. in History from Princeton University. Dr. Licht's expertise lies in the history of work and labor markets and he teaches courses in American economic and labor history.

Courses Taught: 
  • HIST 161 American Capitalism
  • HIST 204 Work and the Working Class in American History
  • HIST 204 West Philadelphia Community History
  • HIST 610 Issues in U.S. Industrial and Labor History
  • HIST 617 Readings in American Economic, Business, Industrial, and Labor Histories

Alan Charles Kors

European intellectual history
Henry Charles Lea Professor Emeritus of History

Alan Charles Kors (B.A., Princeton; M.A. and Ph.D., Harvard) specializes in European intellectual history of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, with a general interest in the deep intellectual transformation of European thought and a special research interest in the relationships between orthodox and heterodox thought in France after 1650.

CV (file): 
Research Interests: 

17th- and 18th-Century French Intellectual History
The Betrayal of Individual Liberty and Dignity on America's Campuses
History of Classical Liberal Thought

Other Affiliations: 

Mont Pelerin Society

Michael Katz (In Memoriam)

Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History

Michael Katz is Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History and Research Associate in the Population Studies Center at the History Department.

Courses Taught: 
  • HIST 153 The Transformation of Urban America
  • HIST 214 The Immigration Debate: The View From History
  • HIST214 Modern American Cities
  • HIST 440 Perspectives on American Poverty
  • HIST 463 The History of American Education
  • HIST 608 Proseminar in Urban Studies: The Political Economy of Urban Space
  • HIST 610 Immigration and Public Policy in American History
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