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Department of History
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Faculty and Staff

The members of the department's faculty do research and teach in and across a variety of fields, defined thematically and methodologically as well as by conventional geographic and chronological boundaries. Just click on one of the names below for information on that member of the faculty.

Associate Professors
Assistant Professors
Visiting Assistant Professor
Interim Professor of History
Affiliated Faculty
Administrative Support Staff


Ignacio Gallup-Díaz
Associate Professor of History
Ph.D., Princeton University

Ignacio Gallup-Díaz specializes in the history of the early modern Atlantic World. His courses explore how European conquest and settlement of the Americas, coupled with the forced migration of Africans and the continued presence of Amerindian communities, led to the evolution of complex societies. His recently published monograph, The Door of the Seas and Key to the Universe: Indian Politics and Imperial Rivalry in the Darién 1640-1750, (Columbia University Press), examines the interaction between competing European colonizers and Panamá's Kuna people. The text is published as an electronic book in the Gutenberg-e series of scholarly monographs. Gutenberg-e, a publication project directed by Columbia University Press and the American Historical Association, provides access to its texts on the Internet at Gallup-Díaz is now at work on research projects that explore the development of autonomous African and indigenous communities in Panamá and Suriname during the period of colonization (1500-1800); the intellectual underpinnings of early English expansion; and poetical depictions of the Spanish attempts to subdue eastern Panamá and its peoples.
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Bridget Gurtler

Visiting Assistant Professor of History

Ph.D. Rutgers University

Bridget Gurtler specializes in the history of medicine, science, and gender in modern  America.  Her current book project, Synthetic Conception: Artificial Insemination and the Transformation of Family and Reproduction in 19th and 20th Century America examines the social and scientific forces that gave birth of the modern fertility clinic and the business of sperm banking.  It investigates how and why generations of patients, physicians, and scientists used artificial insemination to create new kinds of families, as a therapy for infertility, and as an essential scientific tool in the study of heredity and cryobiology.  Her teaching includes courses on the history of health and medicine, the biomedical sciences, reproduction, technology and the body.  All of her courses focus on the intersection of biomedicine with society and culture.

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Madhavi Kale
Professor of History on the Helen Taft Manning Fund
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Madhavi Kale is a specialist in British and imperial history. Her teaching includes courses on the British empire (focusing on intersecting cultural, social, economic and political histories of metropolitan Britain, colonial India, and the Anglophone Caribbean), and of British women's history. Her book, Fragments of Empire: Capital, Slavery, and Indian Indentured Labor Migration in the British Caribbean, examines Indian indentured migration to British Caribbean colonies from the abolition of slavery in the 1830's to 1917. In her current research she is exploring notions of domesticity in 20th-century India including the domestications of film and women's education.
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Anita Kurimay

Assistant Professor of History

Ph.D. , Rutgers University

Anita Kurimay specializes in modern European history with an emphasis on East-Central Europe.  Her main research interests include the history of sexuality, women’s and gender history, conservativism and the politics of the far right, the history of human rights, and the history of sport.  She is working on turning her dissertation, “Sex in the “Pearl of the Danube”: The History of Queer Life, Love, and its Regulation in Budapest, 1873-1941” into a book.

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Kalala Ngalamulume
Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies
Ph.D., Michigan State University

Kalala Ngalamulume specializes in the history of health and disease in West Africa.  His most recent book, entitled Colonial Pathologies, Environment, and Western Medicine in Saint-Louis-du-Senegal, 1867-1920 (Peter Lang Publishing, Inc. 2012), explores how the French colonial and medical authorities and the urban residents responded to the emergence and re-emergence of deadly epidemic diseases and environmental contamination in the capital of Senegal and French West Africa.H he is co-editor with Paula Viterbo of Medicine in Africa:  Multidisciplinary Perspectives (LIT Verlag Berlin and Michigan State University Press, 2010), and the author of several articles and book chapters on the history of health and disease in Senegal.  He is currently working on sexually-transmitted diseases and prostitution in colonial Senegal, and on the invention of the "Lulua" ethnic group in Kasai Province of the Belgian Congo.  He teaches courses on the social history of medicine, urban history, social history of witchcraft, and humanitarianism in Africa.
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Elly Truitt
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Harvard University

Elly Truitt specializes in Medieval History and Science and Medicine received her PhD in the History of Science from Harvard University in 2007. Her research interests include medieval technology, the occult sciences, courtly culture, imaginary lands and faraway places, and all aspects of the strange and weird of the medieval world. She is currently working on a book about medieval robots.

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Sharon Ullman
Professor of History
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Sharon Ullman specializes in 20th-century America with an emphasis on popular culture and gender. She is the author of Sex Seen: The Emergence of Modern Sexuality in America and Sexual Borderlands: Constructing an American Sexual Past (with Kathleen Kennedy). Her current research project, Brainwashing: The Anxious Mind of Cold War America is under contract to NYU Press. Her courses include such topics as the history of sexuality, the culture of the cold war, and film and national identity.
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Omar Foda

Interim Professor of History

Omar Foda specializes in the social, economic, and technological history of the Modern Middle East. His dissertation, “Grand Plans in Glass Bottles: The Social, Economic, and Technological History of the Beer Industry in Egypt, 1880-1970,” examines the companies, people, and historical trends behind the rise of the beer industry in colonial and semi-colonial Egypt. It uses this peculiar industry, one dedicated to selling alcoholic beverages in a Muslim-majority country, to track greater trends in Egyptian economic and technological development. Likewise, it looks at how the modernist rhetoric used by Egyptian and foreign industrialists in Egypt oftentimes conflicted with the realities of industrialization in the country. His teaching includes classes on the history of nationalism and communal identity, imperialism, technology, economics, and consumption in the Middle East.  

Monica Mercado

Affiliate Professor

Director, The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women’s Education

Ph.D., University of Chicago

Monica Mercado specializes in nineteenth- and twentieth-century U.S. women’s, gender, and sexuality history and the impact of religion on American culture. With a background in museums, archives, and public history, Mercado will be working with Bryn Mawr College Special Collections as a Council on Library and Information Resources Postdoctoral Fellow for 2014-2016. Over the past several years, she has taught courses in women’s education history, gender and sexuality studies, and American Catholic studies. Her current project, “Women and the Word: Gender, Print, and Catholic Identity in Nineteenth-Century America” explores the making of middle-class Catholic identity through Catholic publishing and women’s reading practices.

Email | Monica Mercado’s webpage

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