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.
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 gutenberg-e.org. 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.
Ignacio Gallup-Díaz's Web Page
Professor of History on the Helen Taft Manning Fund
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
E-mail Madhavi Kale
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.
Assistant Professor of History
Ph.D., Rutgers University
E-mail Anita Kurimay
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.
Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies
Ph.D., Michigan State University
E-mail Kalala Ngalamulume
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.
Elly R. Truitt teaches medieval history, including courses on medieval medicine, the history of magic, intellectual history, the crusades, global networks in the Middle Ages, and courtly culture. Her research interests are in the history of science, medicine, and technology. She has published articles on the history of astronomy, pharmacobotany, timekeeping technologies, and the history of automata, and her work has been supported by the Mellon Foundation, the National Science Foundation, The Huntington Library, and the Chemical Heritage Foundation. She is the author of Medieval Robots: Mechanism, Magic, Nature, and Art (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015). She is currently working on several projects, including an article on translation in Chaucer's Treatise on the Astrolabe, a new translation of a work by Roger Bacon, and a book about Roger Bacon's speculative technology.
Professor of History, Department Chair
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
E-mail Sharon Ullman
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.
Instructor of History
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
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.
Visiting Professor of History
Ph.D. New York University
Evelyne Laurent-Perrault is a historian of the African Diaspora in Colonial Latin America and the Caribbean. Her research explores ways in which men and women of African descent (enslaved and free) imagined and attempted to secure freedom(s), rights, citizenship, and equality, through the legal system, in Venezuela. It also looks into ways through which these legal demands impacted the ideological changes that were taken place at the turn of the nineteenth century. Her courses look at the intersectionality of Race, Gender, Class, and Honor (in a wider sense) as social actors negotiated their lot in Spanish America. She is working on turning her dissertation, “Black Honor, Intellectual Marronage, and the Law in Venezuela, 1760-1809” into a book.
Affiliated 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.