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History Faculty

The Saint Louis University Department of History faculty is a community of diverse, internationally recognized scholars, each of whom is engaged in original research.

As faculty at a Jesuit Catholic university, we believe deeply that we have something to contribute to larger global conversations and dialogs about the challenges we face as a city and nation. Our passion is reflected in everything we do — from the titles on our department's bookshelf to the courses we offer our SLU students.

Affiliated Faculty

  • Atria Larson, Ph.D.
  • Christopher Tinson, Ph.D.

Emeritus Faculty

In Memoriam

  • Lewis C. Perry, Ph.D.
  • Philip R. Gavitt, Ph.D.
  • Michal Rozbicki, Ph.D.
  • Elizabeth I. Perry, Ph.D.
  • Jose M. Sanchez, Ph.D.

Recent Faculty Publications

Between 2010 and 2018, the history faculty at SLU published 54 books (monographs and edited collections) and 136 peer-reviewed articles and essays. Here is a sampling of recent must-reads.

  • Doug Boin’s A Social and Cultural History of Late Antiquity (Wiley 2018) offers a wide perspective of daily life beyond the traditional boundaries of Rome, Constantinople and Christianity.
  • Flannery Burke’s A Land Apart: The Southwest and the Nation in the Twentieth Century (University of Arizona 2017) recenters the key players and events of the shaping the Southwest in modern America. It won the Southwest Book Award given by the Border Regional Library Association, the Spur Award given by the Western Writers of America, and is a finalist for the David J. Weber-Clements Center Prize given by the Western History Association. 
  • Torrie Hester’s Deportation: Origins of U.S. Policy (University of Pennsylvania 2017) chronicles the unsystematic emergence of what has become an internationally recognized legal doctrine, the far-reaching impact of which has forever altered what it means to be an immigrant and a citizen.
  • Mark Ruff’s The Battle for the Catholic Past in Germany 1945-1980 (Cambridge 2017) analyzes debates over the Catholic presence in Nazi Germany and shows how these controversies have lived on in the post-war period.