Walter Licht

U.S., labor, and economic history
Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History
College Hall 315B
Office Hours: 
Wednesday, 1:30PM-3:00PM
Teaching Schedule: 
Mon./Wed. 12:00PM-1:00PM
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.

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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

Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet

Modern Middle East with a focus on Iran, the Persian Gulf, and the Ottoman Empire
Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History
College Hall 216A
Office Hours: 
By appointment
215 898.4959

Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet received her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead Scholar. She completed her M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in history at Yale University.

Courses Taught: 
  • HIST 081 History of the Middle East since 1800
  • HIST 082 Islam in Global Perspective
  • HIST 083 Diplomacy in the Middle East
  • HIST 088 From Oil Fields to Soccer Fields: The Middle East in the 20th Century
  • HIST 106 Revolutionary Ideas, Ideas of Revolution in the Middle East
  • HIST 106 Women and Gender in the Middle East & North Africa
  • HIST 206 Middle East and the United States
  • HIST 206 Nationalism in the Middle East

Peter Holquist

Russian and European History
Ronald S. Lauder Endowed Term Associate Professor of History
College Hall 208D
215 746.0201

Courses Taught: 
  • HIST 048 Imperial Russia, 1689-1905
  • HIST 031 Making and Breaking European Hegemony
  • HIST 049 The Soviet Century, 1905-2005
  • HIST 102 Freshman Seminar: Russia in the Age of Anna Karenina
  • HIST 202 The World of Anna Karenina
  • HIST 212 BFS: The First World War
  • HIST 333 The Napoleonic Era through Tolstoy's War and Peace
  • HIST 425 World War I
  • HIST 620 Issues and Themes in the History of Imperial Russia

Sarah Barringer Gordon

American religious history, law and religion, and legal history
Arlin M. Adams Professor of Constitutional Law and Professor of History
Law School G106
Office Hours: 
Wednesday, 2:00PM-4:00PM in Gittis 106, and by appointment
215 898.3069


Courses Taught: 
  • HIST 325 Religion in American History, 1877 - 2008

Antonio Feros

Early modern Spain and Europe; modern Spain; politics, culture, ethnicity, and empire
Rose Family Endowed Term Professor of History
College Hall 308B
Office Hours: 
Monday and Wednesday, 2:30PM-4:00PM, and by appointment
Teaching Schedule: 
Mon./Wed. 10:00AM-11:00AM and 12:30PM-2:00PM
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
Office Hours: 
Friday, 1:00PM-3:00PM, or by appointment
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
Office Hours: 
By appointment
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
Office Hours: 
By appointment
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.

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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
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