Core Faculty

Caoimhín De Barra

KM_0814_DeBarra098Caoimhín De Barra is the Assistant Professor for Irish History and Culture. He joined the Drew University faculty in the fall of 2014. A native of Blarney in Cork, Ireland, De Barra studied History and English at University College Cork before earning his Ph.D. from the University of Delaware. His doctoral research focused on how nationalists in Wales and Ireland defined themselves in relation to their Celtic “other” at the turn of the twentieth century, studying each other and borrowing ideas from one another in seeking to forge new political and cultural movements in their respective nations. His scholarly areas of interest are in the field of identity formation, especially the development and evolution of national and regional identities in Ireland, Britain and Europe, on the basis of different accents, dialects and languages. He also has a strong interest in comparative and transnational history. His published research has compared efforts to revive the Hebrew and Irish languages, as well as the influence of the Welsh language on the development of Irish cultural nationalism.

Edward Baring

Edward Baring (Ph.D. Harvard University) is a historian of modern Europe, specializing in twentieth-century intellectual history. Professor Baring is the author of The Young Derrida and French Philosophy, 1945-1968 (Cambridge University Press, 2011), which as a dissertation won the Harvard History Department’s Harold K. Gross Prize and as a book won the Morris D. Forkosch Prize (2011), awarded by the Journal of the History of Ideas for the best book in intellectual history. He is the author of several articles, including “Liberalism and the Algerian War: The Case of Jacques Derrida,” Critical Inquiry (Winter 2010). His work has been funded the ACLS, Mellon Foundation, the NEH, and the American Philosophical Society. He is currently working on a Europe-wide history of phenomenology in the period before 1950.

At the undergraduate level, Edward Baring teaches the history of modern Europe. He offers courses for graduates in Modern European Intellectual History, following developments in philosophy, the humanities, and the social sciences as well as examining the intellectuals who contributed to academic discussion from the Enlightenment to the present.

Frances Bernstein

Frances Bernstein is associate professor of history at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. She received her doctorate in Russian history from Columbia University in 1998. She teaches courses in Russian and European history, with a special focus on the history of sexuality, history of disease, history of medicine and the body. In 2007 she published The Dictatorship of Sex: Lifestyle Advice for the Soviet Masses (DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2007). She is currently editing a collected volume on the history of Soviet medicine, which will include her article “‘Behind the Closed Door’: The Politics of Doctor-Patient Confidentiality in Early Soviet Medicine.” Her current research focuses on the culture and politics of disability in the Soviet context. Projects include: Empire of Broken Men: Disability and Medicine at the End of World War Two; “The 1937 Trial of the Deaf-Mutes: Purging Disability During the Great Terror”; and “All the Ward’s a Stage: Disabled Veterans and their Doctors in World War Two Health Plays.”

James M. Carter

James M. Carter (Ph.D. University of Houston) is chair of the History department and specializes in American foreign relations, the Vietnam War, the United States and East Asia, the Cold War, modernization theory, political economy, and nation building. His book Inventing Vietnam: The United States and State Building, 1954-1968 was published by Cambridge University Press in 2008. He has also written articles on war profiteering in Vietnam and Iraq and the US advisory effort in Vietnam, and he has published reviews and essays in The Journal of Military History, Peace & Change, Education About Asia, Itinerario, History News Network, The Asia Times, and the BBC. Currently he is pursuing two research projects: the first focuses on US-China relations during the Boxer Rebellion, the second examines the relationship between the government and private corporations in the realm of foreign policy from World War II through the 1960s.

John Lenz

John Lenz (Ph.D. Columbia University) is Chair of the Department of Classics. He teaches ancient Greek history, literature, language, philosophy, archaeology, myth, and religion. He is interested in the history of ideas and the legacy of Classical thought in succeeding centuries, the “Classical tradition.” He has presented numerous papers on intellectuals and society in ancient Greece, the transition from paganism to Christianity, and the use of Classics at the time of the founding of the modern Greek state. His interest in the history of ideas led him to utopianism, or the study of how ideas may or may not change history. He has served as a Fulbright Scholar in Greece and as president of the Bertrand Russell Society. His published articles include “Bertrand Russell and the Greeks,” “Deification of the Philosopher in Ancient Greece,” and contributions to The Dictionary of Art (now Grove Art Online).

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Jonathan Rose

Jonathan Rose (Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania) is the William R. Kenan Professor of History. His fields of study are British history, intellectual history, and the history of the book. He served as the founding president of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing, and as the president of the Northeast Victorian Studies Association. His book The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (2001) won the Jacques Barzun Prize in Cultural History, the Longman-History Today Historical Book of the Year Prize, and the British Council Prize. He has also published The Literary Churchill: Author, Reader, Actor (2014), A Companion to the History of the Book (2007), The Holocaust and the Book: Destruction and Preservation (2001), The Revised Orwell (1992), British Literary Publishing Houses 1820-1965 (1991), and The Edwardian Temperament 1895-1919 (1986). He is coeditor of the journal Book History, which won the Council of Editors of Learned Journals award for the Best New Journal of 1999. He reviews books for the Wall Street Journal. He has held visiting appointments at the University of Cambridge and Princeton University, and he reviews books for the Times Literary Supplement and the Daily Telegraph (London).

Joshua Kavaloski

Joshua Kavaloski (Ph.D. University of Virginia) is Associate Professor and Director of the German Studies Program. His areas of specialization are modernism, literary theory, and twentieth-century German literature and film. He has published scholarly articles on authors ranging from Thomas Mann and Franz Kafka to Jurek Becker and Philip Roth. He recently published the book High Modernism: Aestheticism and Performativity in Literature of the 1920s.

Kenneth Alexo, Jr.

Kenneth Alexo, Jr., who serves as Associate Vice President for University Advancement and Director of Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations, received his Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University in 2009. He teaches a range of courses at Drew, both graduate and undergraduate, focused on ancient, medieval, and modern political philosophy, American political thought, and American government and politics. His dissertation examined the political thought of the Greek patristic tradition, and he is currently working on an article that explores John Chrysostom’s political theology.

Kimberly Rhodes

Kimberly Rhodes (Ph.D. Columbia University), Associate Professor of Art History, writes and teaches about modern and contemporary visual culture and has worked as an art historian in both museum and academic settings. Professor Rhodes is the Director of the New York Semester on Contemporary Art and regularly teaches courses on nineteenth-century art, early twentieth-century art, and American art.Her recent publications include “Archetypes and Icons: Materialising Victorian Womanhood in 1970s Feminist Art” in Neo-Victorian Studies, Ophelia and Victorian Visual Culture: Representing Body Politics in the Nineteenth Century (Ashgate, 2008), “Double Take: Tom Hunter’s The Way Home (2000)” and “Degenerate Detail: John Everett Millais and Ophelia’s Muddy Death,” in John Everett Millais: Beyond the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (2001).

Her work in the collection The Afterlife of Ophelia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), exemplify her transhistorical, multidisciplinary approach to the study of art history. Her current research projects continue the exploration of relationships among Shakespeare’s plays and nineteenth-century visual culture, primarily in the arena of landscape art. More information on Kimberly Rhodes.

Robert Ready

Bob Ready is the Dean of the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies and the Donald R. and Winifred B. Baldwin Professor of Humanities and Professor of English. A member of the Drew faculty since 1970, he has been convener or co-convener of the Caspersen School’s Ph.D. programs and chair of the English Department in the College of Liberal Arts, where he was the NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor 1996-2000. Since 1996 he has taught an Arts and Letters fiction workshop and organized the annual  A & L student summer reading.  He is currently convener of the Arts and Letters Program as it enters a new period of growth on campus and outreach to the community.

Wyatt Evans


LD_1015_WEvans_0024 CroppedPrior to re-entering academe, Wyatt Evans served in the Peace Corps and as a Civil Affairs officer in the U.S. Army.  He currently directs the History & Culture graduate program at Drew University where he teaches history at the graduate and undergraduate levels. He is a 2015/16 member of the Council of Independent Colleges’ Senior Leadership Academy and is very involved with developing digital scholarship and literacy initiatives at Drew.  His research areas include the Civil War and the use of historical memory in politics.  His first book, The Legend of John Wilkes Booth, won the 2005 OAH Avery O. Craven award and he is currently at work on a study of domestic security in the Civil War North.

Affiliated Faculty

Allan Nadler

Allan Nadler (Ph.D. Harvard University) is Professor and Director of Jewish Studies. Prior to his appointment at Drew University in 1998, Dr. Nadler was the Director of Research at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York City, and Dean of YIVO’s Graduate Training Program, the Max Weinreich Center for Advanced Jewish Studies. He has also taught at Cornell University, New York University, the Spertus Institute for Jewish Studies in Chicago, and McGill University. An ordained rabbi, Dr. Nadler has published articles, reviews, and essays in Commentary, The New Republic, The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy, Judaism, Tradition, Modern Judaism, The New York Times, Newsday, Forward, The Jewish Week, and The Baltimore Jewish Times. He is the author of Faith of the Mithnagdim: Rabbinic Responses to Hasidic Rapture (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997), The Hasidim in America (American Jewish Committee Monograph, 1995), and The Heretic as Hero: Spinoza in the Modern Jewish Imagination (forthcoming).

Angie Kirby-Calder

Angie Calder received her PhD in History from the University of Houston in 2010, specializing in Modern American cultural history and Women’s and Gender Studies, with secondary fields in environmental history and the Atlantic World. Her dissertation, More than a Centerfold: Gender and the Politics of Playboy Magazine in Modern America, explores identity formation via consumption and commodity culture. Her areas of interest include popular culture, identity politics, marginal spaces/places in society, material and ephemeral cultural products, pornography and sex work, and historical theory. She teaches graduate seminars in American popular culture, gender identities/identity formation and sexuality. At the undergraduate level, she teaches courses for History, Women’s and Gender Studies, Environmental Studies and Sustainability, and Media and Communications, including an American History survey from contact to 1877, and upper level courses in American Women’s History, Masculinity, Sexuality, Pornography and Sex Work, Advertising, Popular Culture, and Environmental History. She is currently developing a course on the Cultural History of American Foodways.

Bernard Smith

Bernard Smith, Associate Professor of Economics, is an economic historian with research interests in late nineteenth-century industrial history and labor relations. Prof. Smith is the author of “Market Development, Industrial Development: The Case of the American Corset Trade, 1860-1920,” published in Business History Review, and “The Ready-Made Menswear Industry of Rochester, New York 1848-1900,” forthcoming in A Perfect Fit: The Garment Industry and American Jewry (Texas Tech University Press). He was assistant curator for business and economic history for the Yeshiva University Library-Museum’s 2005 exhibition “A Perfect Fit: The Garment Industry and American Jewry”. Prof. Smith teaches courses in American economic history, microeconomic theory, macroeconomic theory and policy, and European economic integration. He is also co-director of Drew University’s European Union Semester.

Christine Kinealy

Christine Kinealy is currently the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Irish Studies at the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. She is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, where she completed a Ph.D. on the introduction of the Poor Law to Ireland. She has published extensively on the impact of the Great Irish Famine and has lectured on the relationship between poverty, famine, and emigration in Ireland, India, Spain, Canada, France, Finland, the United States, and New Zealand. In 1997 she was invited to speak on the Irish Famine in both the United States Congress and the British Parliament. Her other areas of specialization are nineteenth-century Ireland, the 1848 revolutions, Daniel O’Connell, Young Ireland, Irish-American nationalism, and memory and commemoration in Irish history. Her book This Great Calamity: The Irish Famine 1845-52 (2nd ed. 2006) was named the Irish Post book of year in 1995. Her other publications include Lives of Victorian Politicians: Daniel O’Connell (Pickering and Chatto, 2008); A New History of Ireland (2nd ed. 2004); 1848: The Year the World Turned?, ed. with Kay Boardman (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007); Teaching and Learning History (with Geoff Timmins and Keith Vernon; Sage Publications, 2005); The Great Famine in Ireland: Impact, Ideology and Rebellion (Palgrave, 2002); Ireland: A Photohistory 1840-1940 (with Sean Sexton; Thames and Hudson, 2002); Memory, Silence and Commemoration: Ireland’s Great Hunger (ed. with David Valone; University Press of America, 2002); The Forgotten Famine: Hunger and Poverty in Belfast 1840-50 (with Gerard MacAtasney; Pluto Press, 2000); A Disunited Kingdom: England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, 1800-1949 (Cambridge University Press, 1999), and A Death-Dealing Famine: The Great Hunger in Ireland (Pluto Press, 1997). Her latest book, Repeal and Revolution: The 1848 Uprising in Ireland, is forthcoming from Manchester University Press. Currently she is exploring the role played by the Irish nationalist Daniel O’Connell in the antislavery movement in Europe and North America.

Jonathan W. Reader

Jonathan W. Reader (Ph.D. Cornell University), the Baker Professor of Sociology, has authored or coauthored twenty articles, grants, research reports, reviews, and speeches on public policy issues. Over the past four decades, he has done extensive consulting for organizations in the private, nonprofit, and public sectors, including labor unions, local governments, local health departments, news organizations, school districts, universities, a Wall Street law firm, and wildlife conservation organizations. He also was a consultant for a novel by Jane Shapiro, A Dangerous Husband, and starred as a supporting actor in the film Meeting the Beautiful People (1994). His teaching specialties include sociological theory, mass communications, political sociology, and the sociology of health and illness. In 2004 he received the Drew University President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching. His current research interests include the state, the foundations and the concept of race, and US Presidents and their illnesses.

Kesha Moore

Kesha Moore is an Assistant Professor of Sociology. She received her BA degree in Cross-cultural Psychology from Franklin and Marshall College, a MSW in Community Organizing from the University of Michigan, and her MA and PhD degrees in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania, with a Certificate in Urban Studies. Her areas of interest include race and class stratification, urban neighborhoods, and the symbolic construction of identity. Dr. Moore has published numerous scholarly articles on the relevance of class and racial identities for urban community development, and is currently preparing her manuscript Creating the Black American Dream: Race, Class and Neighborhood Development for book publication. Dr. Moore’s research has earned her recognition and recent awards from the National Science Foundation and the National Academy of Sciences. At Drew University she teaches a variety of courses including Introduction to Sociology, Urban Sociology, The Politics of Beauty, Engendering Prisons, Race and Ethnicity, Comparative Perspectives on Race: U.S. and South Africa, and Critical Race Theory.”

L. Dale Patterson

L. Dale Patterson (Ph.D. Drew University) is Archivist-Records Administrator at the the United Methodist Archives and History Center on the Drew University campus. Dr. Patterson has worked on the staff of the General Commission on Archives and History of the United Methodist Church since 1994. Prior to that he was Associate Archivist and Co-Director of the Oral History Center at the University of Louisville. He has taught courses on the history and methods of archives, American religious history and United Methodist history. He is the New Jersey Caucus chair of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference and a past chair of the Archivists of Religious Collections Section of the Society of American Archivists. His publications include “The United Methodists and their Open Records Policy,” in Privacy and Confidentiality Perspectives: Archivists and Archival Records, ed. Menzi L. Behrnd-Klodt and Peter J. Wosh (Society of American Archivists, 2005), as well as articles and reviews in Methodist History.

Leslie Sprout

Leslie Sprout is Assistant Professor of Music. Before coming to Drew, she was an assistant professor of musicology at the University of Iowa. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in music theory from the Eastman School of Music, and MA and PhD degrees in musicology from the University of California at Berkeley. In her research, Dr. Sprout addresses issues about music, modernism, and national identity, and the ways composers in the twentieth century have come to terms with their nineteenth-century heritage. Her publications include “The 1945 Stravinsky Festival, the German Occupation, and the Early Cold War in France” (currently under review at the Journal of Musicology); “Messiaen, Jolivet, and the Soldier-Composers of Wartime France” (Musical Quarterly, 2004); and “Les commandes de Vichy: aube d’une ère nouvelle?” (in La vie musicale sous Vichy, edited by Myriam Chimènes, Paris: Éditions Complexe, 2001). Dr. Sprout’s research has been supported by an Alvin H. Johnson AMS 50 Dissertation Fellowship from the American Musicological Society, the Chancellor’s Dissertation Fellowship at UC Berkeley, a Fulbright fellowship to France, and travel grants from the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris.

Marc Boglioli

Marc Boglioli (Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison) is Assistant Professor of Anthropology. His research focuses on human-nature relations, gender, and modernity. His book A Matter of Life and Death: Hunting in Contemporary Vermont (forthcoming 2009, University of Massachusetts Press) explores a wide range of issues, including masculinity at homosocial Vermont deer-hunting camps, the role of Euro-Vermonter representations of Western Abenaki history in the construction of contemporary Vermont identity, controversial coyote-hunting tournaments in central Vermont, and theorizations of the “West”. “In the broadest sense,” he observes, “my work in Vermont has been a long meditation – in all its cultural, historical, and ethical complexity – on what historian Bill Cronon refers to as ‘the unending task of struggling to live rightly in the world’”.

Neil Levi

Neil Levi (Ph.D. Columbia University), Associate Professor of English, specializes in twentieth-century British and comparative literature, critical theory, and the Holocaust. He is the author of Modernist Form and the Myth of Jewification (Fordham UP, 2013).  He is editor, with Michael Rothberg, of The Holocaust: Theoretical Readings (Edinburgh University Press/Rutgers University Press, 2003) and, with Tim Dolin, of a special issue of Australian Cultural History, entitled Antipodean Modern.  Selected recent publications include: “Carl Schmitt and the Question of the Aesthetic,” New German Critique, volume 101 (Summer 2007): 27-43; “No Sensible Comparison?” The Place of the Holocaust In Australia’s History Wars,” History and Memory Volume 19, Number 1 (2007): 124-156; and “The Persistence of the Old Regime: Late Modernist Form in the Postmodern Period (Jameson, Badiou, Mosley),” in Modernism and Theory: A Critical Debate, edited by Stephen Ross (Routledge, 2009).  He has also published articles in the journals Symploke, Modernism/Modernity, OCTOBER, Textual Practice, and Idealistic Studies.

Peggy Samuels

Peggy Samuels (Ph.D. CUNY) teaches seventeenth-century English literature and mid-twentieth-century American poetry. Her areas of research include biblical interpretation and literary responses to cultural conflicts in the seventeenth century. She has published on Milton’s Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, Samson Agonistes, and Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce, and Andrew Marvell’s lyrics. More recently, she has worked on Elizabeth Bishop’s use of experiments in the visual arts to construct a new poetics, a project in intellectual history that focuses on the mid-century reception of Paul Klee and Kurt Schwitters. Her book, Deep Skin: Elizabeth Bishop and Visual Art is forthcoming from Cornell University Press (2009). She is working on Drew University’s partnership with the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation to create and make accessible an archive of a wide range of contemporary poets in performance and conversation.

Wendy Kolmar

Wendy Kolmar is Director of Women’s Studies, Professor of English and Associate Dean for Curriculum and Faculty Development. She teaches courses on feminist theory and the history of feminist thought, Victorian literature, women and literature, gothic and supernatural literature, film and literary criticism. She serves regularly as a consultant and reviewer for women’s and gender studies programs and also served for many years on various governing bodies of the National Women’s Studies Association. Her publications include Haunting the House of Fiction: Feminist Perspectives on Ghost Stories by American Women (with Lynette Carpenter, 1991), Creating an Inclusive College Curriculum: A Teaching Source Book from the New Jersey Project (edited with Ellen G. Friedman, Charley B. Flint, and Paula Rothenberg, 1996); A Selected Annotated Bibliography of Ghost Stories by British and American Women Writers (with Lynette Carpenter, 1998), Feminist Theory: A Reader (with Fran Batkowski, now entering its third edition.), and a special issue of Women’s Studies Quarterly, entitled Looking Across the Lens: Women’s Studies and Film.

William B. Rogers

William Rogers (Ph.D. Drew University) is Associate Dean of the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. He teaches nineteenth-century American history (particularly antebellum reform movements and the Civil War), the impact of war on American society, and Irish/Irish-American history and literature. His publications include “The Great Hunger: Act of God or Acts of Man,” in Ireland’s Great Hunger: Silence, Memory and Commemoration (2002); “Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, and the Prophetic Tradition in Nineteenth Century America,” in Let Justice Roll (1996); and “We Are All Together Now”: Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison and the Prophetic Tradition (1995).