Faculty

Holly Folk (2007)

Associate Professor
Ph.D. Religious Studies, Indiana University
Office: BH 158 ~ Phone: 360-650-6875 ~ E-Mail: Holly.Folk@wwu.edu

Fall 2017 Office Hours:  Prof. Folk is on leave for Fall 2017

 

Holly Folk is a historian who studies 19th and 20th-century American religion and culture. Her research addresses a variety of social movements that fall outside the ‘mainstream’, including new religions, communes and utopias, anarchism, and alternative medicine. At WWU she teaches courses in theory and methods, American religious history, and modern world religion. Folk wrote the volume on New Religious Movements that is part of the World Religions database to be published by Infobase / Facts on File. A monograph based on her dissertation, Vertebral Vitalism: The Birth of Chiropractic, is under contract with UNC Press, with anticipated publication in 2017. She has served on the board of the Communal Studies Association since 2010.

 

Andrea Gogröf (1995)

Professor
Ph.D. Comparative Literature, University of Washington
Office: BH 168 ~ Phone: 360-650-4770 ~ E-Mail: Andrea.Gogrof@wwu.edu

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Andrea Gogröf’s main area of interest is comparative literature and philosophy with a focus on romanticism and modernity. She is the author of Defining Modernism: Baudelaire and Nietzsche on Romanticism, Modernity, Decadence, and Richard Wagner, and has continued to publish on Baudelaire and Nietzsche as well as on the Austrian writer Peter Handke and the Austrian director Michael Haneke. Her research uses an interdisciplinary approach that links sociological discourse with literature and literary theory to explore representations of hygiene.  In modern literature the topic of hygiene became a site for expressing many cultural anxieties evoked by new theoretical and practical problems of modernity. Another interest of research is a critical examination of the systematic proliferation of surveillance technologies as they contribute to a perceivable erosion of the distinction between the public and private sphere in people’s professional and personal lives. Her teaching includes courses on the relationship between Enlightenment and Romanticism, psychoanalysis and representations of otherness, critical and literary theory, literature and film.  Publications

 

Kimberly Lynn (2006)

Associate Professor and Chair
Ph.D. History, Johns Hopkins University
Office: BH 152A ~ Phone: 360-650-4869 ~ E-Mail:  Kimberly.Lynn@wwu.edu

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Kimberly Lynn’s primary expertise is in the history of early modern Europe and the Iberian world. In both her teaching and research, she is particularly interested in the question of Empire and in the intersecting histories of ideas, religion, and culture.  She has conducted research in numerous archives in Spain and Italy, and in Mexico City. Her research has focused on some of the most infamous historical figures—Spanish inquisitors. She is interested in how inquisitorial careerism can illustrate the nature of empire in the early modern world.  She is the author of Between Court and Confessional: The Politics of Spanish Inquisitors (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013).  She also edited The Early Modern Hispanic World: Transnational and Interdisciplinary Approaches (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017).

Professor Lynn's Curriculum Vitae

 

Jonathan Miran (2003)

Associate Professor
Ph.D. History, Michigan State University
Office: BH 166 ~ Phone: 360-650-4867 ~ E-Mail: Jonathan.Miran@wwu.edu

Fall 2017 Office Hours:  Prof. Miran is on leave for 2017-2018

 

Jonathan Miran is a social historian of Muslim Northeast Africa and is engaged in research projects in two broad areas. The first is the history of Islam and Muslim societies in Eritrea and Ethiopia, especially the transmission of Islamic knowledge, Islamic intellectual practice and the impact of the Sufi brotherhoods on northeastern African Muslim communities since the late 18th century.  The other subject, in great part inspired by the Annales School tradition, is the study of the Red Sea and the northwestern Indian Ocean areas as a historical space characterized by dynamic economic, social, and cultural connections and exchanges. He is the author of Red Sea Citizens: Cosmopolitan Society and Cultural Change in Massawa (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009) and is currently on the editorial boards of the journals Northeast African Studies, Arabian Humanities and Pount: Cahiers d’Etudes sur la Corne de l’Afrique et l’Arabie du Sud. Dr. Miran teaches classes on Islam and the Islamic world, on the history and cultural traditions of Africa, and on the Indian Ocean area.  Publications

 

Sean Eisen Murphy (2002)

Associate Professor
Ph.D. Medieval Studies, Cornell University
Office: BH 160 ~ Phone: 360-650-4870 ~ E-Mail: Sean.Murphy@wwu.edu

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Trained in history, philosophy, and literature, Sean Murphy is the Department’s specialist in the humanities of medieval Europe. His introductory courses explore the cultural history of the ancient world (LBRL 121) and medieval and early modern Europe (LBRL 122). At the advanced level, he teaches seminars on Dante (LBRL 302) and on the mutual influence of Jewish and Christian cultures in Europe, c. 1100-c. 1650 (LBRL 417C). His research expertise is in twelfth- and thirteenth-century cultural conflict and its place in the formation of religious identity; he has a special interest in university intellectuals and their ideas about Judaism. He has published articles inSpeculum:  A Journal of Medieval Studies, the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly(Special Issue on Peter Abelard), the Journal of Medieval History, and the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

 

Scott Pearce (1992)

Professor 
Ph.D. History, Princeton University
Office: BH 156 ~ Phone: 360-650-3897 ~ E-Mail: Scott.Pearce@wwu.edu

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Trained in the history of China, inner Asia, and Japan, and in Chinese thought and religion, Scott Pearce specializes in the alien dynasties that ruled northern China during the 5th and 6th centuries AD. He currently is working on a book on the “great reformer” emperor, Xiaowen (r. 471-499), who refashioned his realm from an imposition by force of arms into a state that sought to rest upon the traditions of his conquered Chinese subjects. From this work come scholarly and teaching interests in many related issues, such as the encounter and interaction of cultures, the evolution of Buddhism in medieval China, military history, and the poetry of war.  

 

Michael Slouber (2014)

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Office: BH 164 ~ Phone: 360-650-7649 ~ E-Mail: Michael.Slouber@wwu.edu

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Michael Slouber's areas of specialization include Sanskrit, the religions of South Asia, and the history of medicine in India.  He teaches broad courses introducing students to Indian humanities and religions, and more specialized courses on South Asian goddess traditions and classical systems of medicine.  He is the author of Early Tantric Medicine (Oxford University Press, 2016).

 

Robert Stoops (1983)

Professor
Ph.D. Study of Religion, Harvard University
Office: BH 170 ~ Phone: 360-650-3047 ~ E-Mail: Robert.Stoops@wwu.edu

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Broadly interested in the history of ideas and the interaction between religion and culture, Rob Stoops takes particular interest in the ways in which elements of a tradition, a story element, a symbol, or an image, can be taken up and given new meaning in a changed context. His area of research is comparative religion. While the development of Christianity in the first two centuries is his main topic, Stoops also studies the larger Greco-Roman world as the context within which early Christianity must be understood. He has written on Alexander the Great and the Aeneid.  His ‘related field’ in doctoral studies was art and archeology. Stoops tries to incorporate works of art and architecture along with texts in both his teaching and research.

 

Lecturers

Tom Moore

Senior Instructor
Ph.D. Divinity, University of Chicago
Office: CH 005 ~ Phone: 360-650-4074 ~ E-Mail Tom.Moore@wwu.edu

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Tom Moore has taught a variety of courses for the Liberal Studies department and for the Honors program. His scholarly program is divided between the analytical and the more broadly creative. He has had a chapter accepted for a forthcoming book on mimesis in which he contrasts the work of the French theorist Jean Baudrillard with that of Mircea Eliade, the historian of religions. His poem ‘Central Massachusetts Afternoon’ appeared in the journal Rock and Sling.

 

Errol Seaton

Senior Instructor
Ph.D. English and American Literature, University of California, San Diego
Office: BH 162 ~ Phone: 360-650-4866 ~ E-Mail: Errol.Seaton@wwu.edu

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Errol Seaton has diverse teaching interests such as: Romanticism, British and 20th century American literature; migration in 20th century fiction; literature and society in England, 1900-1945, poetry and World War I, T.S. Eliot. He has taught several courses for the Liberal Studies Department including Western Traditions I, II, and III.

 

 

   Kathleen Brian

   Instructor
   Ph.D. American Studies, George Washington University
   Office: BH 159A  ~ Phone: 360-650-3033 ~ E-Mail: Kathleen.Brian@wwu.edu

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Kathleen Brian is a cultural and intellectual historian who specializes in histories of science, medicine, and public health in the United States and its imperial outposts, as well as critical race and disability theory. Her articles on the cultural and therapeutic aspects of the nineteenth-century insane asylum have appeared in the History of Psychiatry and Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, and her co-edited collection on disability and masculinity is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. She is currently at work on a book project that rethinks the origins and agendas of American eugenics through the history of suicide. 

 

Ethan Bushelle

Visiting Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Japanese Religions and Literature, Harvard University
Office: BH 159A ~ Phone: 360-650-3033 ~ E-Mail: Ethan.Bushelle@wwu.edu

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A historian of Japanese religions, Ethan Bushelle has broad interests in the history of ideas and the intersection between religion and culture in society. He is currently working on a book that explores how Buddhist doctrinal discussions of the Buddha’s language and the pervading nature of his body influenced the way medieval Japanese understood and affirmed the value of their own language and place in the world. New to the Liberal Studies department, Ethan will be teaching Humanities of Japan (LBRL 275) in the Fall and Winter Quarters.

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Monique Kerman is now an Assistant Professor of Art History in the College of Fine and Performing Arts at WWU.

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Emeritus Professors

David Curley (1996)

Professor Emeritus
M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago
David.Curley@wwu.edu

David Curley retired in 2012.  He continues to do research in interdisciplinary studies in precolonial Indian history and literature, and has more time for his extended family.

After retirement Curley travelled to India for two months to complete research for a social and intellectual history to be titled, Sentiments, Mastery, Truth: Gokul Chandra Ghoshal and Joy Narayan Ghoshal in Calcutta, Chittagong and Banaras, 1761-1821.  In loose connection with research about Gokul’s activities in Chittagong, and a local uprising against his agents, Curley also has been working on a paper titled, ‘Sentiments, Social Bonds, and Public Memory in Ballads of Eastern Bengal’.  While in India he presented an early draft to the History Department of Jadavpur University.

Milton Krieger (1970)

Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. University of Toronto

Milt Krieger retired from Western in 2003.  After retirement he taught in Ghana in 2004, and in the Semester at Sea around the World Program in 2006.  His latest book is Cameroon’s Social Democratic Front: Its History & Prospects as an Opposition Political Party (1990-2011), published in 2008.  He recently published a book on the history of jazz in Bellingham and Whatcom County, and together with his wife Judy Krieger, on a history of the community of Loon Lake, B.C.

Rodney Payton (1970)

Professor Emeritus
M.A. Washington State University, Ph.D. University of Chicago 

Rodney Payton retired from Western in 2005. He is the author of A Modern Reader’s Guide to Dante’s Inferno (1992) and together with Ulrich Mammitzsch, who also was a member of the department, he translated Johan Huizinga’s Autumn of the Middle Ages (1996), and produced a beautifully illustrated edition. Both books are still in print. After retirement Payton has been giving more time to his interests in woodworking and grandchildren.

William K.B. Stoever (1970)

Professor Emeritus
M.Div., Yale Divinity School
M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University

William Stoever’s research interests center on Reformed Protestants in England and America, chiefly New England Puritans and Jonathan Edwards. He also is interested in history and theory in the study of religions since the Enlightenment. His book, A Faire and Easie Way to Heaven: Covenant Theology and Antinomianism in Early Massachusetts (1978) gained wide recognition for its contributions to scholarship on New England’s Puritans. Although he officially retired in 2007, he continued to teach until 2008.

William Wallace

Professor Emeritus