Faculty & Staff

headshot of Dr. Joanna  Drell

Professor of History

Chair, Department of History


Specialties:
  • Medieval Europe, Medieval/Renaissance Italy
  • Households, Family, and Gender in the Middle Ages
  • Medieval Southern Italy and Sicily
  • Medieval Frontiers
  • The Crusades
Contact:
(804) 287-1828
headshot of  Sabrina  Anderson

Academic Administrative Coordinator

Contact:
(804) 287-6041
headshot of Dr. Chris  Bischof

Associate Professor of History


Specialties:
  • Modern Britain and the World
  • History of Education
  • British Emancipation
Contact:
(804) 289-8335
headshot of Dr. David  Brandenberger

Professor of History and Global Studies

Global Studies Concentration Advisor: Politics and Governance


Specialties:
  • Imperial Russia / Soviet Union / Post-Soviet space
  • Ideology & Propaganda
  • Nationalism
  • Interdisciplinary methodology (esp. concerning literature and film)
Contact:
(804) 289-8667

Adjunct Instructor of History

Contact:
(804) 287-6041

Douglas Southall Freeman Distinguished Professor of History


Specialties:
  • Political and legal history
  • LGBT history
  • Southern history
Contact:
804-289-8990
headshot of Dr. Michelle Lynn Kahn

Assistant Professor of History


Specialties:
  • Modern Europe
  • 20th Century Germany
  • History of Migration
  • Race, Gender, Sexuality
  • Far-Right Extremism
Contact:
(804) 289-8346
headshot of Dr. Tze M. Loo

Associate Professor of History and Global Studies

Global Studies Concentration Advisor, Cultures and Communications

Program Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Studies


Specialties:
  • Japanese Colonialism
  • Okinawan History
  • Heritage Studies
Contact:
(804) 289-8334

Adjunct Instructor of History

Contact:
(804) 287-6041
headshot of Dr. Jillean  McCommons

Assistant Professor of History and Africana Studies


Specialties:
  • 20th Century United States
  • Social Movements
  • African American History
  • Black Women's History
  • Appalachian Studies
Contact:
(807) 287-6306
headshot of Dr. Manuella  Meyer

Associate Professor of History

Global Studies Concentration Advisor: Politics and Governance

Africana Studies Ex-Officio Advisory Board Member

Associate Dean, School of Arts & Sciences


Specialties:
  • Political and Cultural History of Latin America
  • Welfare and Philanthropy in Latin America
  • Sociology of Medical Knowledge
Contact:
(804) 287-6374
headshot of Dr. Manuel  Morales Fontanilla

Visiting Assistant Professor of Latin American History


Specialties:
  • Social and Political History of Modern Latin America
  • Sport in the Global South
  • Critical Studies of Race and Ethnicity
  • Environmental Justice
Contact:
804-289-8344
headshot of Dr. David  Routt

Adjunct Professor of History


Specialties:
  • Medieval Europe
  • Medieval England
  • Medieval Economy
  • Monasticism
Contact:
(804) 289-6036
headshot of Dr. Nicole  Sackley

Associate Professor of History and American Studies


Specialties:
  • United States and the World
  • U.S. Cultural and Intellectual History
  • History of International Development
  • History of Philanthropy
  • History of Cooperatives and Capitalism
Contact:
(804) 289-8338

Vice President for Planning and Policy; Affiliated Faculty

Contact:
(804) 289-8781
headshot of Dr. Samantha  Seeley

Associate Professor of History


Specialties:
  • Early America/Early United States Republic
  • Race, Slavery, and Freedom in Early America
Contact:
(804) 289-8340
headshot of Dr. Walter  Stevenson

Associate Professor of Classical Studies

Chair, Department of Classical Studies

Affiliated Faculty, Department of History


Specialties:
  • Ancient History
  • Roman Imperial Society
  • Greek and Latin Literature
Contact:
(804) 289-8424
headshot of Dr. L. Carol Summers

Samuel Chiles Mitchell-Jacob Billikopf Professor of History and Global Studies

Africana Studies Advisory Board Member

Global Studies Concentration Advisor: Politics and Governance, Culture and Communications


Specialties:
  • Colonial Africa
  • History of Education
  • Nationalism and Decolonization
Contact:
(804) 289-8976
headshot of Dr. Sydney  Watts

Associate Professor of History and WGSS

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Advisory Board Member


Specialties:
  • Early Modern Europe
  • 18th Century France
Contact:
(804) 289-8339
headshot of Dr. Yucel  Yanikdag

Professor of History

Global Studies Concentration Advisor: Cultures and Communications


Specialties:
  • Turkey and Ottoman Empire
  • The Middle East
  • Nationalism
  • World War I
Contact:
(804) 289-8336
headshot of Dr. Eric S. Yellin

Associate Professor of History


Specialties:
  • Modern United States
  • U.S. Political and Social History
  • Race and Racism
Contact:
(804) 289-8465