Antonio Feros

Early modern Spain and Europe; modern Spain; politics, culture, ethnicity, and empire
Associate Professor of History
College Hall 308B
215 573.9241

Antonio Feros teaches and writes about politics, culture and ethnic relations in the early modern Spanish empire, and Spanish intellectual and modern history.

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Research Interests: 

Early Modern and Modern Spain
Colonial Latin America
Early Modern Europe
Political History
Intellectual and Cultural History
Literature, Power and Propaganda
Early modern imperialism
National identities and memories
Civil Wars, Revolts and Revolutions

Selected Publications: 


Speaking of Spain. The Evolution of Race and Nation in the Early Modern Spanish World, Harvard University Press, 2017

El Duque de Lerma. Realeza y favoritismo en la España de Felipe III, Marcial Pons Ediciones, 2002

Kingship and Favoritism in the Spain of Philip III, 1598-1621, Cambridge University Press, 2000


“Corrupción y mecanismos de control en la Monarquía Hispánica: una revisión crítica”, in Tiempos Modernos, 35 (2017), pp. 284-311 

“Conocer para poseer? Historia del mundo y sus regiones en las bibliotecas españolas de los siglos XVI y XVII,” in Historia en Fragmentos. Estudios en homenaje a Pablo Fernández Albaladejo, ed. Julio A. Pardos, et al Madrid, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 2017, pp. 345-363   

“A Sick Body: Corruption and Anticorruption in Early Modern Spain,” with Francisco Andújar and Pilar Ponce, in Anticorruption in History: From Antiquity to the Modern, ed. Ronald Kroeze, André Vitória and G. Geltner (Oxford University Press, 2017)

“The Early Modern Iberian Empires: Emulation, Alliance, Competition,” with Alex Ponsen in Routledge Companion to Iberian Studies (2017)

“Rhetorics of Expulsion,” in Expulsion of the Moriscos from Spain. A Mediterranean Diaspora, ed. Mercedes García-Arenal y  Gerard Wiegers. Leiden: Brill, 2014, pp. 60-101

“Las varias vidas del Duque de Lerma,” in Erebea: Revista de Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales, 3 (2013), pp. 169-193


“Cervantes, Moriscos y la esencia de España.” Revista de Libros (March 2017)

“Civil War Still Haunts Spanish Politics,” New York Times (Arts & Ideas), March 20, 2004


Courses Taught: 
  • HIST 010 The World, 900 - 1750
  • HIST 178 The Foundations of the Early Modern Atlantic World
  • HIST 179 The Rise and Fall of the Spanish Empire 1450 - 1700
  • HIST 202 Connected Histories: Spain and the U.S.
  • HIST 423 The Mediterranean World in the Age of Don Quixote
  • HIST 620 Early Modern Europe - Traditions and New Trends
  • HIST 620 Early Modern Empires

Siyen Fei

China, urban and gender
Associate Professor of History; Undergraduate Studies Chair
College Hall 319A
215 898.5125

Siyen Fei received her PhD degree from Stanford University in 2004. She teaches and researches Chinese history at Penn. Her work to date is primarily concerned with the political and cultural activism of sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Ming dynasty China (1368-1644).

Courses Taught: 
  • HIST 096 Late Imperial China
  • HIST 097 China in the 20th Century
  • HIST 206 Cities in Chinese History
  • HIST 206 History of Private Life in China

Ann Farnsworth-Alvear

Modern Latin America, Economic and Social History, Gender Studies, Labor History, History of Race in the Americas
Associate Professor of History

Ph.D. Duke University 1994

College Hall 306H
215 898.5704

Ann Farnsworth-Alvear  is author of Dulcinea in the Factory: Myths, Morals, Men and Women in Colombia's Industrial Experiment, 1905-1960 (Duke University Press, 2000), winner of the Allan Sharlin Prize of the Social Science History Association and and the Bolton-Johnson Prize of the Conference on Latin American History, as well as The Colombia Reader (Duke University Press, 2016).

Courses Taught: 

Courses taught regularly include: Modern Latin America, 1782-present, Gender in Latin America, Histories of Coca and Cocaine, Oral History, and Introduction to Latin American and Latino Studies.

Other Affiliations: 

Latin American and Latino Studies
Africana Studies

Frederick R. Dickinson

Modern Japan, modern political, international, World History
Professor of History
College Hall 311 E
215 898.2766

Frederick R. Dickinson is Professor of Japanese History, Co-Director of the Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies, and Deputy Director of the Penn Forum on Japan (PFJ). Born in Tokyo and raised in Kanazawa and Kyoto, Japan, he teaches courses on modern Japan, on empire, politics and nationalism in East Asia and the Pacific, and on World History.

Courses Taught: 
  • HIST 001 Making of a Modern World
  • HIST 091 Modern Japanese History
  • HIST 206 Greater East Asia War
  • HIST 206 Imperial Asia
  • HIST 206 Pacific World
  • HIST 395 East Asian Diplomacy
  • HIST 630 History and Historiography of Transnational Asia
  • HIST 630 Readings in Modern Japanese History
  • HIST 670 Teaching World History

Thomas Childers

War and Society, History and Literature, Modern Germany
Sheldon and Lucy Hackney Professor of History

Thomas Childers is the Sheldon and Lucy Hackney Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania.  He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tennessee, just outside Chattanooga.  He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Tennessee, and earned his Ph.D. in History from Harvard University in 1976.

Courses Taught: 
  • HIST 202 War and Society in the 20th Century
  • HIST 212 History and Literature
  • HIST 430 The Third Reich
  • HIST 431 The World at War
  • HIST 630 Narrative & Historical Writing

Roger Chartier

Early modern European history and culture
Annenberg Visiting Professor in History and Professor at the College de France
College Hall 206D
215 898.2747

Roger Chartier is a Professeur in the Collège de France and Annenberg Visiting Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. He frequently lectures and teaches in the United States, Spain, México, Brazil and Argentina. His work in Early Modern European History was rooted in the tradition of the "Annales School" and mainly dedicated to the history of education, the history of the book and the history of reading.

Courses Taught: 
  • HIST 034 Cultures of the Book
  • HIST 411 Introduction to Written Culture 14th - 18th Centuries
  • HIST 423 The Mediterranean World in the Age of Don Quixote
  • HIST 599 How to Read a Text
  • HIST 620 What is a Book? Written Culture, Texts and Books in Early Modern Europe
  • HIST 620 Problems in Early Modern History and Historiography

Lee Cassanelli

African History
Associate Professor of History
College Hall 215B
215 898.8443

Lee Cassanelli teaches African history and historiography, the history of foreign aid in Africa, and comparative world history.

Courses Taught: 
  • HIST 001 The World: History and Modernity
  • HIST 076 Africa since 1800
  • HIST 206 Uses and Abuses of History
  • HIST 372 History of Foreign Aid in Africa
  • HIST 489 Africans Abroad
  • HIST 650 Classic Debates in African Historiography
  • FRESHMAN SEMINAR:  Africa in World History

Kathleen M Brown

Early America (to 1865); comparative slavery; comparative race, gender and sex; Atlantic; abolition and human rights
David Boies Professor of History

B.A. Wesleyan University
M.A. University of Wisconsin
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin

College Hall 315 C
215 898.5281

Kathleen Brown is a historian of gender and race in early America and the Atlantic World. Educated at Wesleyan and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, she is author of Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, and Anxious Patriarchs: Gender, Race, and Power in Colonial Virginia (Chapel Hill, 1996), which won the Dunning Prize of the American Historical Association.

Research Interests: 

women and gender; slavery; masculinity; race; history of the body; health and medicine

Selected Publications: 

“Partus Sequitur Ventrem or Nullius Filius?” (co-authored with Jennifer Spear), in progress
“Gender Frontiers of Early America,” Oxford Handbook of American Women’s History, forthcoming 2017
“The Chesapeake,” The World of Colonial America, ed. Ignacio Gallup-Diaz, forthcoming 2017
“The Life Cycle: Motherhood during the Enlightenment,” in A Cultural History of Women in the Age of Enlightenment, ed. Ellen Pollak, 2013.
“Strength of the Lion. . .Arms like polished iron: embodying black masculinity in an age of propertied manhood,” in New Men: Manhood in Early America, ed. Thomas Foster (New York University Press, 2011)
“The History of Women in the United States to 1865,” in Bonnie G. Smith, ed., Women’s History in Global Perspective Vol. 2 (University of Illinois Press, 2007)
“Body Work in the Antebellum United States,” in Ann Stoler, ed., Haunted by Empire: Race and Colonial Intimacies in North American History (Duke University Press, 2006)
“In Search of Pocahontas,” in Nancy Rhoden and Ian K. Steele, eds., The Human Tradition in Colonial America (Scholarly Resources, 1999)
“Native Americans and Early Modern Concepts of Race,” in Martin Daunton and Rick Halpern, eds., Empire and Others: British Encounters with Indigenous Peoples, 1600-1850 (University of London Press, 1998)
A Parcell of Murdereing Bitches’: Female Relationships in an Eighteenth-Century Slaveholding Household,” in Karen Robertson and Susan Frye, eds., Women’s Alliances in Early Modern England (Oxford University Press, 1998)
“’Changed. . .into the fashion of man’: the Politics of Sexual Identity in an Anglo-American settlement,” Journal of the History of Sexuality (November 1995)*reprinted in Kathy Peiss, ed., Major Problems in the History of American Sexuality (2001)*reprinted in Catherine Clinton and Michelle Gillespie, eds., The Devil’s Lane: Sex and Race in the Early South (Oxford University Press, 1997)
“The Anglo-Algonquian Gender Frontier,” in Nancy Shoemaker, ed., Negotiators of Change: Historical Perspectives on Native American Women (Routledge, 1995)*reprinted in Thomas Dublin and Katherine Sklar, eds., Women and Power in American History (2002 edition)

Courses Taught: 
  • HIST 11 Deciphering America (with Walter Licht)
  • HIST 203 Witches, Whores, & Rogues
  • HIST 345 Sinners, Sex, and Slaves: Gender and Race in America to 1865
  • HIST 346 Bodies, Race, and Rights: Gender and Race in the U.S. 1865 to the Present
  • HIST 610 Slavery, Tropical Commodities, and Atlantic Plantation Economies
  • HIST 670 Comparative History of Slavery and Emancipation
  • HIST 610 Atlantic History
  • HIST 670 Comparative Race and Gender
  • HIST 670 Bodies, Race, and Gender in Comparative Perspective
Other Affiliations: 

Alice Paul Center for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Africana Studies
History and Sociology of Science

Warren Breckman

Late and early modern European intellectual
Sheldon and Lucy Hackney Professor of History
College Hall 206 E
215 898.8518

Warren Breckman (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley) is the Sheldon and Lucy Hackney Professor of History, with a focus on modern European intellectual and cultural history at the University of Pennsylvania.  His books include Karl Marx, the Young Hegelians, and the Origins of Radical Social Theory: Dethroning the Self (Cambridge, 1999; paperback 2001),  European Romanticism: A Brief History wit

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Courses Taught: 


“European Intellectual History, 1750-1870”

“European Intellectual History, 1870-1950”

“European Intellectual History, 1950-1990”

“The Great War in Memoir and Memory”

“French Thought Since 1945”

“Berlin im Zeitalter der Revolutionen, 1750-1848” (taught in German at the Free University, Berlin)

“Berliner Kultur zwischen Kaiserreich und Weimarer Republik, 1870-1933” (taught in German at the Free University, Berlin)

“Masters of Suspicion: Marx, Nietzsche, Freud”

“Religion, Society, and the Symbolic in Modern French Thought”

“European Romanticism”

“Politics and Intellectuals in the Twentieth Century”

“Theories of State and Society”

“Democracy and Dictatorship in European Thought”

“From Freud to Oprah:  The Rise and Fall of Psychoanalysis in Twentieth-Century Culture”

“Philosophy of History”

“Non-American History Honors Program”



“Intellectuals and Politics in Modern Europe”

“Proseminar: Twentieth-Century European Intellectual and Cultural History”

“Proseminar: Nineteenth-Century European Intellectual and Cultural History”

“Politics and the Intellectual in Modern France”

“The Fate of the Self in Twentieth-Century Thought” 

Mary Frances Berry

U.S. constitutional and legal, African-American
Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought, Professor of History
College Hall 216E
215 898.9587

Mary Frances Berry has been a Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History since 1987. She received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan and JD from the University of Michigan Law School.

Courses Taught: 
  • HIST 168 U.S. Legal History to 1877
  • HIST 169 History of American Law Since 1877
  • HIST 204 History of Law and Social Policy
  • HIST 214 Law and Social Change in Modern America
  • HIST 668 History of Law and Social Policy
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