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: 
Tuesday, 3:00PM-4:30PM; and by appointment
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: 
T 1:45-3:45
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: 
MT 10:30AM-12:00PM and by appointment

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

Jonathan Steinberg

Modern Western Europe
Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Modern European History
College Hall 308D (Emeritus Office)

Jonathan Steinberg came to Penn in January 2000 after more than thirty years at Cambridge University. He has written on twentieth century Germany, Italy, Austria and Switzerland and also prepared the official report on the Deutsche Bank's gold transactions in the Second World War which appeared in 1999.

Courses Taught: 
  • HIST 126 Europe, 1789 - 1890
  • HIST 127 Europe, 1890 - 1945
  • HIST 128 Europe, 1945 to Present
  • HIST 202 Secular Judaism and Secular Jews - Lives and Choices (with Dr Marion Kant)
  • HIST 212 Historians and Historiography
  • HIST 318 Italian History from Napoleon to Berlusconi
  • HIST 620 Europe, 1890 - 1945
  • HIST 720 Economic Ideas from Adam Smith to Marx, Mill and Maine

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: 
Wednesday, 10:00AM-12:00PM
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 2019

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.

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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: 
M/T 3:30PM-4:30PM
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: 
MT 11:00AM-12:00PM, and by appointment
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: 
Tuesday, 1:00PM-4:00PM

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: 
Wednesday, 1:30PM-3:00PM and by appointment
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.

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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
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