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Department of History



The Department of History faculty are an accomplished group of teacher-scholars with a wide range of historical interests. Our responsibilities fall into three categories: teaching and advising, conducting research and writing scholarly works, and providing service to the College and the profession.

The links below provide information about each of our faculty members, including their respective areas of specialization, published works, presentations at Academic conferences, works currently in progress, and courses taught at the College at Brockport, SUNY. You may also view a brief overview of the historical interests of all of our faculty here.


Dr. Katherine Clark, Undergraduate Advisement Coordinator
Associate Professor of History
PhD, Indiana University, 2002
Medieval European History, especially gender, culture, and religion

Dr. John Daly
Associate Professor of History
SUNY Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence
PhD, Rice University, 1993
Civil War and Reconstruction, American Religious History, Antebellum America, Intellectual and Cultural History, Film History

Dr. Carl Davila
Assistant Professor, History
PhD, Arabic Studies, Yale University, 2006
Arab and Islamic history, al-Andalus, Andalusian musical traditions of North Africa, Classical Arabic literature, orality and literacy as social-cultural forms.

Dr. Owen S. Ireland , SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor
Professor and Chair, History
PhD, University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Bruce Leslie, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor
Professor, History
PhD, Johns Hopkins University, 1971
American Social History, history of education

Dr. Anne Macpherson
Associate Professor, History
SUNY Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence
PhD, University of Wisconsin, 1998
Caribbean, Latin America, women/gender, 20th c.

Dr. Salahuddin Malik
Professor, History
PhD, McGill University, Montreal , Canada, 1966
South Asian History, British Imperialism

Dr. Morag Martin, Graduate Program Director
Associate Professor History
SUNY Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence
PhD, University of California, Irvine, 1999
French History 18th and 19th centuries, history of consumerism and advertising, history of beauty, history of innovation and invention

Dr. Paul Moyer
Associate Professor, History
SUNY Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence
PhD, The College of William & Mary, 1999
Colonial America, American Revolution, American frontier, witchcraft in Puritan New England

Dr. Takashi Nishiyama
Associate Professor of History
PhD, The Ohio State University, 2005
20th-century Japanese history, history of technology, modern military history

Dr. Kenneth O'Brien
Associate Professor, History
SUNY Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence
PhD, Northwestern University, 1974
Modern American History

Dr. Alison Parker
Professor. History
SUNY Chancellor's Award for Scholarship and Creative Activity
PhD, Johns Hopkins University, 1993
Gender and Race in 19th and 20th Century U.S. History, First Amendment and History of Censorship, American Legal history

Dr. Meredith Roman
Associate Professor, History
SUNY Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence
PhD, Michigan State University, 2005
Comparative Russian and African American History, History of Racism

Dr. James Spiller
Asst Provost Research & Scholarship/ Dean Graduate School
SUNY Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence
PhD, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 1999
Modern American History, Cultural History, History of Technology

Dr. Angela Thompsell
Assistant Professor, History
PhD, University of Michigan, 2009
Modern Britain, Modern Africa, imperialism, environmental history, and gender history

Dr. Jose Torre
Associate Professor, History
PhD, Binghamton University
Early American History

Dr. Wanda Wakefield
Associate Professor, History
PhD, State University of New York at Buffalo
History of sport, Modern America, military history


Dr. Stephen Neese
Visiting Assistant Professor, History
PhD, George Washington University, 2002
American Religious History



  • Ms. Brittany Belknap - Graduate Assistantship
  • Mr. David Douglas - Graduate Assistantship
  • Mr. Richard Deverall - Graduate Assistantship
  • Ms. Stephanie Haibach - Graduate Assistantship
  • Ms. Natalie Walton - Graduate Assistantship
  • Mr. Benjamin Young - Flieger Fellowship


Last Updated 9/8/14


Department hosts NEH Workshop, Rochester Reform Trail, for K-12 teachers in July 2014

History major Amy Freeman publishes article on Eastman Dental Dispensary in the D&C

Dr. Takashi Nishiyama interviewed by Yomuiri, Japan's major national newspaper.

Dr. Ken O'Brien has been named a SUNY Provost Fellow for the 2013-2014 year.

Dr. Bruce Leslie has been made a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor.




The Robert Marcus lecture will be on Thursday, March 6, at 7:30 pm in the New York Room in Cooper Hall.