Core Faculty

Allan C. Dawson

Allan C. Dawson (Ph.D. McGill University) is Assistant Professor of Anthropology. His research is concerned with issues of ethnicity and identity in West Africa and in the African Diaspora; ethnicity and globalization; identity and violence; religious innovation; chieftaincy; and traditional religious practice in the West African Sahel. His recently published edited volume “Shrines in Africa: History, Politics and Society” explores the place of these loci of religious practice in marking out the cultural and ethnic landscape in Africa. His research is also concerned with issues of Blackness and Afro-Brazilian identity within the context of the broader Black Atlantic world.  Dawson has conducted extensive ethnographic research in Brazil, Ghana, Benin, and Nigeria.

C. Wyatt Evans

Wyatt Evans returned to academics following stints as a Peace Corps volunteer and U.S. Army civil affairs officer.  Trained as an intellectual and cultural historian, his main areas of interest included collective memory and the interaction of the modern state and the individual.  His first book, the Legend of John Wilkes Booth (Kansas, 2004) won the Organization of American Historians’ Avery O. Kraven Award in 2005 and Drew’s Beta Koritzer Prize in 2007.  He is currently at work on a study of Civil War domestic security for Oxford University Press as well as a longer-range project on the “memory of the good” in American history.  He is a distinguished lecturer from the OAH speaker series.

Cassandra Laity

Cassandra Laity (PhD University of Michigan) is Associate Professor of English and Coeditor of the journal Modernism/Modernity.  She specializes in Anglo-American Modernisms, modern poetry, feminist criticism/theory, critical theory, and late-Victorian poetry and fiction.  She wrote H.D. and the Victorian Fin-de-Siecle: Gender, Modernism, Decadence (Cambridge University Press, 1996; reissue 2009), edited H.D., Paint it Today (New York University Press, 1992), and coedited (with Nancy Gish), Desire, Gender, and Sexuality in T.S. Eliot (Cambridge University Press, 2004).  She was a cofounder and Vice President of the Modernist Studies Association, President of the H. D. International Society, and a member of the MLA Delegate Assembly.  She has held an NEH Research Fellowship and a Mellon Assistant Professorship at Vanderbilt University.

Christine Kinealy

Christine Kinealy 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.

Darrell Cole

Darrell Cole (Ph.D. University of Virginia, MAPhil Ohio University, MAR Yale Divinity School, ThM Duke Divinity School) is Associate Professor of Religion. He joined the Drew University faculty in 2002. Dr. Cole teaches courses in Religious Ethics, Philosophy, and Theology. His primary areas of specialization are religious engagement with politics, business, and medicine. He is the author of When God Says War Is Right (Waterbrook Press, 2002) and the coauthor of The Virtue of War: Reclaiming the Classical Christian Traditions East and West (Regina Orthodox Press, 2004). Dr. Cole’s articles and essays have appeared in scholarly and popular journals such as The Journal of Religious Ethics, Pro Ecclesia, Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy, and First Things.

Edward Baring

Edward Baring (Ph.D. Harvard University) is a historian of modern Europe, specializing in twentieth-century intellectual history. Studying intellectual history at a local level, Baring investigates the institutions, pedagogical practices, and social groupings that structured academic life in Paris in the second half of the twentieth century. Professor Baring is currently finishing his book manuscript, The Young Derrida and French Philosophy, 1945-1968 (forthcoming with Cambridge University Press, Ideas in Context series) and is co-editing a volume provisionally entitled Derrida and the Abrahamic Tradition. 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 by the ACLS and Mellon Foundation and he received the Harvard History Department’s Harold K. Gross prize in 2010.

At the Undergraduate level, Edward Baring teaches the history of modern Europe, with an emphasis on France and the Europe wide events of the 1960s. 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 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 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). Currently he is writing a study of Winston Churchill’s literary career.

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. His current book project examines the artifice of high modernism in literary history.

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. Most recently, she is the author of Ophelia and Victorian Visual Culture: Representing Body Politics in the Nineteenth Century (Ashgate, 2008) and “Double Take: Tom Hunter’s The Way Home (2000)” for the collection The Afterlife of Ophelia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), which 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.

Lillie Edwards

Lillie Edwards (Ph.D. University of Chicago) is a Professor of History and Director of the Pan-African Studies and American Studies programs. She specializes in African- American history, American studies, and African history. She is currently working on two manuscripts, “Civilizing Missions: African-Americans, Christianity, and Colonialism,” and an edited book of essays, “The Fire and the Faith: The Oppugnant Tradition in African-American Religious Life.” She has published articles in A Historical Dictionary of Civil Rights in the United States, The Dictionary of Christianity in America, Black Women in the United States: An Historical Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of African American Culture and History. She has also served as Co-Chair of the Curriculum Committee of the New Jersey Amistad Commission.

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.

Sharon Braslaw Sundue

Sharon Braslaw Sundue (Ph.D. Harvard University) is an Associate Professor of History and Associate Dean of Curriculum and Faculty Development in CLA. Her areas of specialization include early American history, American women’s history, American social history, the history of childhood, and the origins of inequality. She is about to publish Industrious in Their Stations: Young People at Work in Urban America, 1720—1810 (University of Virginia Press).

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).

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.

J. Terry Todd

J. Terry Todd (Ph.D. Columbia University) is Associate Professor of American Religious Studies. Prof. Todd’s research and teaching focus on the history of American forms of Christian faith and practice, particularly as they developed in twentieth-century urban contexts. He is especially interested in the influence of religious ideas on US nationalism and representations of Jesus produced by American media. He is the author of numerous articles on topics in American religion.

Jonathan Levin

Jonathan Levin is the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Drew University. Dr. Levin has a distinguished record as a teacher, scholar and administrator. He came to Drew from Purchase College SUNY, where he was dean of humanities and professor of literature and culture. He received his bachelor’s degree in English and French from the University of Michigan, his master’s degree in English from UCLA, and his doctoral degree in English from Rutgers University.

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.

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.

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’”.

Morris Davis

Morris L. Davis (Ph.D. Drew University) is Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity and Wesleyan/Methodist Studies. His general teaching and research interests include race, nationalism, Christian missions’ religious experience, and material culture. He is currently researching the use of photography by North American missionaries and mission groups.

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 was a Sesquicentenary Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Sydney. His publications include Modernism, Dirt, and the Jews (Fordham University Press, forthcoming), and The Holocaust: Theoretical Readings, with Michael Rothberg (Edinburgh University Press/Rutgers University Press, 2003).

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).