Faculty & Staff

Department 2018 Fall
Department of History Faculty

Address:
Department of History
6B Faculty Hall
Murray, KY 42071-3341

Phone Number: 
(270) 809-2231

Department Chair: 

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Dr. Kathy Callahan
Department Chair
Professor of History
Ph.D., Marquette University, 2005 
M.A., Marquette University, 1995 
M.S., Indiana State University
B.S., Indiana State University
Teaching Interests: Modern European History, Renaissance, Reformation, Medieval Europe, Early Modern Europe, British History
6B-13, Faculty Hall
kcallahan@murraystate.edu
270.809.6580
 

Administrative Assistant:

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Victoria Herndon
Administrative Assistant
6B-21, Faculty Hall
vherndon3@murraystate.edu
270.809.2234
 
 Faculty:
 
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Dr. Brian Clardy
Associate Professor of History
Ph.D.,  Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 1999
M.P.A., Murray State University, 1991
B.A., The University of Tennessee at Martin, 1988
Teaching Interest: World Religions, American Politics, International Relations, U.S. Diplomatic History since 1900
6B-10, Faculty Hall
bclardy@murraystate.edu
270.809.6574
 
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Dr. Jie (Selina) Gao
Assistant Professor of History
Ph.D., The University of Western Ontario, 2010
M.A., Beijing University, 2003
Double B.A., Beijing University, 2000
Teaching Interests:  Modern China, Intellectual and Cultural History, Sino-Foreign Relations, Women's Studies, East Asian History
6B-03 Faculty Hall
jgao4@murraystate.edu
270.809.6581
 
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Dr. Marjorie Hilton
Professor of History
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2003
M.A., University of  South Alabama, 1996
B.S., Louisiana State University, 1984
Teaching Interest: Revolutionary Russia, Soviet Union, Modern Europe, Consumer Culture, Gender, Film
6B-11, Faculty Hall
mhilton@murraystate.edu
270.809.6579
 
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Dr. James Humphreys
Professor of History
Ph.D., Mississippi State University, 2005
M.A., North Carolina State University, 1989 
B.S., Social Science, Campbell University, 1985
Teaching Interests: African-American History, Early American History, Government, Modern Europe history, Southern US history
6B-18, Faculty Hall
jhumphreys@murraystate.edu
270.809.6573
 
Dr. Irvin 
Dr. Aaron Irvin
Associate Professor of History
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles,  2012
M.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 2007
B.A., Western Washington University, 2005
Teaching Interests: Greece, Rome, Ancient History
6B-04, Faculty Hall
airvin1@murraystate.edu
270.809.6583
 
 
Dr. Olga Koulisis
Assistant Professor of History
Teaching Interest: World History, American History 
6B-21, Faculty Hall
okoulisis@murraystate.edu
270.809.6577
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Dr. Christine B. Lindner
Assistant Professor of History
Ph.D., University of Edinburgh, 2009
M.A., Durham University, 2004
B.A., Gordon College, 2002
Teaching Interests: Middle Eastern History, Ottoman History, Lebanon & Syria, Protestantism in the Middle East, Christianity in the Middle East, Women's History, Historic Cemeteries, Digital History
6B-05 Faculty Hall
clindner1@murraystate.edu
270.809.6572
 
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Dr. David Pizzo
Professor of History
History Graduate Studies Coordinator
Faculty Coordinator, Office of Research and Creative Activity (ORCA)
Chairman, International Studies Advisory Council (ISAC)
Ph.D., University of North Carolina, 2007
M.A., University of North Carolina, 2001
B.A., Duke University, 1999
Teaching Interests: German History, Modern European History, African History, the World Wars, Imperialism, Genocide
6B-15, Faculty Hall
dpizzo@murraystate.edu
270.809.6584
 
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Dr. Eleanor Rivera
Assistant Professor of History
Ph.D., The University of Chicago, 2015
M.A., The University of Chicago, 2007
B.A., Smith College, 2004
Teaching Interests: Modern Europe, Modern France, Childhood, History of Education, Empire, Religion, Gender, Material Culture
6B-09, Faculty Hall
erivera@murraystate.edu
270.809.6588
 
Professors Emeritus:
 
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Dr. Charlotte Beahan
Professor Emeritus of History
Ph.D., Columbia University,  1976
M.A., Columbia University, 1969
B.A., Michigan State University, 1967
Teaching Interests: East Asia, Women's History, World Civilizations
cbeahan@murraystate.edu
 
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Dr. J. Duane Bolin
Professor Emeritus of History
Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 1988
M.A., University of Kentucky, 1982
B.A., Belmont University 1978
Teaching Interest: American History, Gilded Age and Progressive Era, Kentucky History
6B-17, Faculty Hall
duane.bolin@murraystate.edu
270.809.6578
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Dr. Kenneth Carstens
Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Archaeology 
Ph.D., Washington University, 1980
M.A., Washington University-St. Louis, 1974
B.S., Central Michigan University, 1971
Teaching Interest: Colonial and Frontier History of the Trans-Appalachian Region, George Rogers Clark's Fort Jefferson, Cultural Resource Management
kcarstens@murraystate.edu
270.809.6846
 
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Dr. William Mulligan Jr.
Professor of History
Ph.D., Clark University, 1982
M.A., Clark University, 1973
B.A., Assumption College, 1970
Teaching Interests: Irish Diaspora, Early America, U.S. Social and Industrial History
6B-06, Faculty Hall
bill.mulligan@murraystate.edu
270.809.6571
 
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Dr. William Schell, Jr.
Professor Emeritus of History
Ph.D., University of North Carolina, 1992
M.A., University of North Carolina, 1985
B.A., University of North Carolina, 1982
Teaching Interests: Mexican History, Latin-American History, Film, Foreign Relations
wschell@murraystate.edu

Adjuncts: 

Samuel Baum, MA
Instructor, Thoroughbred Academy
M.A., Murray State University, 2016
B.A., Murray State University, 2013
6B-07, Faculty Hall                                                         
sbaum@murraystate.edu
270.809.6846
Teaching Interests: World Civilizations I
 
Rebecca E. Dames, MA
Instructor
M.A., Murray State University, 2016
B.A., Murray State University, 2010
rdames@murraystate.edu                                            
Teaching Interests: World Civilizations I & II
 
Dr. Sean (Jeff) McLaughlin
Instructor
Special Collections and Exhibits Librarian
Ph.D., The University of Western Ontario, 2010
M.A., University of Leeds, 2002
B.A., Carleton University, 2001
Teaching Interests: Twentieth Century US, Twentieth Century World, American Foreign Relations, Cold War, Vietnam War, Sport History                                                                          
Pogue Library
smclaughlin1@murraystate.edu
270.809.4295
 
Matthew Robertson
Instructor
Ph.D, University of California-Santa Barbara, 2017
M.A., St. John's College-Santa Fe, 2009
B.S., Truman State University, 2005
Teaching Interests:  South Asian religious traditions, Ancient History, History of Science and Medicine, History of Christian Thought, Philosophy of Religion                                                                            
mrobertson13@murraystate.edu 
 
Erin Ragsdale, MA
Instructor
M.A., Murray State University, 2013
B.A., Murray State University, 2010
eragsdale@murraystate.edu                                            
270.809.6846