History

Brown
Senior Faculty

Professor Brown has been a member of the Grinnell History Department since the fall of 1989. She has chaired the History Department and the Gender and Women's Studies concentration, been an active... read more

Cohn Edward
Assistant Professor

Edward Cohn came to Grinnell in 2007 after completing a Ph.D. in Russian history at the University of Chicago. A 1999 graduate of Swarthmore College, he worked for a year as a journalist before... read more

Monessa Cummins
Associate Professor

Department Chair: Classics

Monessa Cummins received her Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Cincinnati. Her research focuses on Greek epinician poetry, a type of lyric poetry... read more

Drake
Emeritus

George A. Drake first came to Grinnell as an undergraduate in the class of 1956. After a sojourn at the University of Chicago to receive his Ph.D., Mr. Drake began his career as a historian and... read more

Dudley DeAnn
Technical Support Assistant II
Elfenbein Caleb
Assistant Professor

Caleb Elfenbein graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in political science, making his way to Harvard Divinity School for a Masters in Theological Studies, then to the University of California... read more

Guenther Michael
Assistant Professor

Michael Guenther received his B.A. from the University of Virginia, and his M.A. & Ph.D from Northwestern University. His research examines the social and political dimensions of science in... read more

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Emeritus/Emerita

Before joining the Grinnell faculty in 1978, Andrew Hsieh received his education at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Kyoto University (Japan), and Yale University. He has currently entered... read more

Johnson
Assistant Professor
Member, Peace and Conflict Studies Committee

NOTE: I am currently away from Grinnell College on research and writing leave with the generous support of a Jack ('39) and Lucile Hanson ('40) Harris Faculty Fellowship.  I... read more

Daniel
Joseph F. Rosenfield Professor of Social Studies
Emeritus/Emerita

Kaiser has taught at Grinnell since 1979, and in 2008, entered Senior Faculty Status. A specialist in medieval and early modern Russia, Mr. Kaiser has studied legal, social, and demographic... read more

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor Albert Lacson teaches courses that focus on race and ethnicity in US history, including Native American and African American history, race in early America, comparative... read more

Lewis
Assistant Professor

Carolyn Herbst Lewis joined the faculty at Grinnell College as an assistant professor of history in 2013. She has a Ph.D. in American women’s history with a concentration in Women’s Studies from... read more

Kelly
Assistant Professor

Department Chair : European Studies

Kelly Maynard joined the faculty at Grinnell in 2009 after teaching in the history and art history departments at Scripps College. Her current project... read more

Mayo
Assistant Professor

Christopher Mayo received his B.A. and M.A. from the East Asian Languages and Cultures Department at the University of Kansas and his Ph.D. from the East Asian Studies Department at Princeton... read more

Lisa
Academic Support Assistant II
Professor, Emeritus
Pollnitz
Assistant Professor

Aysha Pollnitz arrived at Grinnell College in August 2013 following research fellowships at Trinity College, Cambridge and the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC. She has taught at the... read more

Prevost
Associate Professor

Department Chair: History

Elizabeth Prevost received her B.A. from Trinity College (CT) and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University. Her research focuses on the history of gender... read more

Sarah
Professor
Professor of History and Director of the Rosenfield Program

Department Chair: American Studies

Sarah Purcell graduated from Grinnell with a B.A. in history in 1992. She went on to earn an A.M. (1993) and a Ph.D. (1997) from Brown University. She... read more

Jose
Associate Professor

Mr. Silva came to Grinnell from the University of Chicago where he wrote a dissertation on Chilean middle-class unions. Mr. Silva's work examines how the middle class contributed to the rise of... read more

smith
Professor, Emeritus/Emerita

D. A. Smith has taught history at Grinnell since 1970; during the 1960s he studied and taught history at Yale University. He has also been (1993 and 1997) Concurrent Professor of History in... read more