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History Faculty

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

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

Emeritus Faculty

  •  James Hitchcock, Ph.D.
  • Elizabeth Kolmer, Ph.D.,
  • Elisabeth I. Perry, Ph.D.
  • Lewis C. Perry, Ph.D.
  • T. Michael Ruddy, Ph.D.
  • Jose M. Sanchez, Ph.D.

Recent Faculty Publications

Between 2010 and 2018, history faculty at SLU have 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.