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  • Luis Alvarez

    Luis Alvarez

    Department Chair & Professor & Director of Chicano/a and Latino/a Arts & Humanities 
    Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin, 2001


  • Mira Balberg

    Mira Balberg

    Professor and David Goodblatt Endowed Chair in Ancient Jewish Civilization.
    Ph.D. Stanford, 2011

  • Rosie Bermudez

    Rosie Bermudez

    Assistant Professor 
    Ph.D. U.C. Santa Barbara, 2019

  • Frank Biess

    Frank Biess

    Ph.D. Brown University, 2000

  • Ben Cowan

    Ben Cowan

    Ph.D. University of California Los Angeles
  • Denise Demetriou

    Denise Demetriou

    Professor & Gerry and Jeannie Ranglas Endowed Chair in Ancient Greek History
    Ph.D. Classics, Johns Hopkins University, 2005

  • Andrew Devereux

    Andrew Devereux

    Associate Professor
    Ph.D. Johns Hopkins, 2011
  • Claire Edington

    Claire Edington

    Associate Professor
    Ph.D. History and Ethics of Public Health, Columbia University, 2013

  • Thomas W. Gallant

    Thomas W. Gallant

    Distinguished Professor & Nicholas Family Endowed Chair in Modern Greek History
    Ph.D. Cambridge University, 1982

  • Cathy Gere

    Cathy Gere

    Ph.D. Cambridge University, 2001

  • Karl Gerth

    Karl Gerth

    Professor & Hwei-Chih and Julia Hsiu Endowed Chair
    Ph.D. Harvard, 2000

  • Tal Golan

    Tal Golan

    Associate Professor
    Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1997

  • Jessica Graham

    Jessica Graham

    Associate Professor
    Ph.D. University of Chicago, 2010

  • Bright Gyamfi

    Bright Gyamfi

    Assistant Professor
    Ph.D, Northwestern University, 2023; 
  • Mark G. Hanna

    Mark G. Hanna

    Associate Professor & Academic Senate Distinguished Teacher
    Ph.D. Harvard University, 2006

  • Mark Hendrickson

    Mark Hendrickson

    Associate Professor
    Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara, 2004

  • Todd Henry

    Todd Henry

    Associate Professor
    Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, 2006

  • Deborah Hertz

    Deborah Hertz

    Professor & Herman Wouk Chair in Modern Jewish Studies
    Ph.D. University of Minnesota, 1979

  • Hasan Kayalı

    Hasan Kayalı

    Academic Senate Distinguished Teacher

    Ph.D. Harvard University, 1988

  • Sara Kozameh

    Sara Kozameh

    Assistant Professor
    Ph.D, New York University, 2020;

  • Nancy Kwak

    Nancy Kwak

    Associate Professor
    Academic Senate Distinguished Teacher

    Ph.D. Columbia University, 2006

  • Julia Lewandoski

    Julia Lewandoski

    Assistant Professor
    Ph.D, University of California, Berkeley, 2019; 
  • Weijing Lu

    Weijing Lu

    Ph.D. University of California, Davis, 2001

  • Simeon Man

    Simeon Man

    Associate Professor
    Ph.D. Yale University, American Studies, 2012

  • Verónica Martínez-Matsuda

    Verónica Martínez-Matsuda

    Associate Professor
    Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin, U.S. History,

  • Wendy Matsumura

    Wendy Matsumura

    Associate Professor
    Ph.D. New York University, Japanese Studies, 2007

  • Dana Velasco Murillo

    Dana Velasco Murillo

    Associate Professor
    Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, 2009

  • Micah Muscolino

    Micah Muscolino

    Professor and Paul G. Pickowicz Endowed Chair in Modern Chinese History
    Ph.D. Harvard, 2006
  • Patrick Hyder Patterson

    Patrick Hyder Patterson

    Associate Professor & Academic Senate Distinguished Teacher
    Ph.D. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2001; J.D. University of Virginia, 1988

  • Nydia Pineda de Ávila

    Nydia Pineda de Ávila

    Assistant Professor
    Ph.D. Queen Mary, University of London, 2018

  • Rebecca Jo Plant

    Rebecca Jo Plant

    Ph.D. The Johns Hopkins University, 2001

  • Jeremy Prestholdt

    Jeremy Prestholdt

    Ph.D. Northwestern University, 2003

  • Michael Provence

    Michael Provence

    Ph.D. University of Chicago, 2001

  • Pamela Radcliff

    Pamela Radcliff

    Academic Senate Distinguished Teacher
    Ph.D. Columbia University, 1990

  • Sarah Schneewind

    Sarah Schneewind

    Ph.D. Columbia University, 1999

  • Nir Shafir

    Nir Shafir

    Assistant Profesor
    Ph.D. UCLA, 2016

  • Ulrike Strasser

    Ulrike Strasser

    Ph.D. University of Minnesota, 1997

  • Matthew Vitz

    Matthew Vitz

    Associate Professor
    Ph.D. New York University, 2010

  • Ed Watts

    Ed Watts

    Professor & Alkiviadis Vassiliadis Endowed Chair in Byzantine Greek History
    Ph.D. Yale University, 2002
  • Daniel Widener

    Daniel Widener

    Professor of History
    Director of the UC San Diego Institute of Arts and Humanities
    UC San Diego Academic Senate Donald Tuzin Distinguished Service Award
    University of California Academic Senate Mid-Career Leadership Award
    Ph.D. New York University, 2002

Faculty Emeriti

  • Nancy Caciola

    Nancy Caciola

    Professor Emeritus
    Ph.D. University of Michigan, 1994

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    Suzanne Cahill

    (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1982; Adjunct Professor, History, UCSD) is an expert in Medieval China, the Tao, and Taoists saints. Her work also includes research on women in Medieval China.
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    Stanley A. Chodorow

    (Ph.D. Cornell University, 1968) is a specialist in medieval history, legal and constitutional history, political theory, and the history of politics, 1050-1300.
  • Robert Edelman

    Robert Edelman

    Ph.D. Columbia University, 1973
  • Joseph Esherick

    Joseph Esherick

    (Ph.D. California, Berkeley, 1971) is a specialist in modern China.
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    Takashi Fujitani

    (Ph.D. California, Berkeley, 1986) is a specialist in modern Japan, modern and contemporary Japanese culture, and military culture.
  • David Gutierrez

    David Gutierrez

    Professor Emeritus & Academic Senate Distinguished Teacher
    Ph.D. Stanford University, 1988

  • Judith Hughes

    Judith Hughes

    (Ph.D. Harvard University, 1970) is a specialist in modern Europe, the Holocaust, and the history of psychoanalysis.
  • Christine Hunefelt

    Christine Hunefelt

    Professor Emeritus
    Ph.D. University of Bonn, 1982

  • Rachel Klein

    Rachel Klein

    Academic Senate Distinguished Teacher
    Ph.D. Yale University
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    David S. Luft

    David S. Luft
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    Thomas A. Metzger

    (Ph.D. Harvard University, 1967) is a specialist on the institutional and intellectual history of pre-modern China.
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    Michael Monteón

    (Ph.D. Harvard University, 1974) is a specialist on Latin America, with an emphasis on the national histories of Chile, Argentina, and Mexico, and the region's overall development.

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    Michael Parrish

    (Ph.D. Yale University, 1968) specializes in the history of American law and American politics and culture since the Civil War.

  • Paul G. Pickowicz

    Paul G. Pickowicz

    Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History and Chinese Studies & Academic Senate Distinguished Teacher
    Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1973
  • William Propp

    William Propp

    Professor and Harriet & Louis Bookheim Chair of Biblical Hebrew and Related Languages
    Ph.D. Harvard University, 1985
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    Edward Reynolds

    (Ph.D. University of London School of Oriental and African Studies, 1972) specializes in African history with a focus on West African economic and missionary history.
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    Martin J. S. Rudwick

    (Ph.D. University of Cambridge, 1958) focuses on the earth and life sciences of the 18th and 19th centuries and the historical relations of scientific and religious practices.
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    Cynthia Truant

    (Ph.D. Chicago, 1978) is a historian of European and French labor, European women and gender studies, and French social and cultural history during 1650-1850.
  • Robert Westman

    Robert Westman

    Professor Emeritus
    Ph.D. University of Michigan, 1971

  • Eric Van Young

    Eric Van Young

    (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1978) focuses on colonial and nineteenth-century Latin American history, with an emphasis on Mexico.

In Memoriam

  • David Goodblatt

    David Goodblatt

    (Ph.D. Brown University, 1972) Distinguished Professor & Endowed Chair in Judaic Studies
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    Gabriel Jackson

    (Ph.D. University of Toulouse, 1952) specialized in the Spanish Civil War and other aspects of modern Spain.
  • John Marino

    John Marino

    (Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1977) specialized in early modern European history, Renaissance and Reformation Europe, the early modern Mediterranean world, Spanish Italy, the city and kingdom of Naples, and the Italian South.
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    Allan Mitchell

    (Ph.D. Harvard University, 1961) specialized in Franco-German history and the European rail network in the 19th century
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    Alden Mosshammer

    (Ph.D. Brown University, 1971) specialized in ancient Greece and Rome and early Christianity.
  • David R. Ringrose

    David R. Ringrose

    (Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, 1966) specialized in early modern Europe with an emphasis on the economic history of Europe and the history of Spain.