Historians in the Corcoran Department of History working in political history understand it as an eternal human process of contests, cooperation, collaborations, and compromises over power and rights, broadly defined. We study many and varied historical means for executing, exerting, and expressing power and rights. Within different temporal, spatial, cultural, and environmental constraints of historically researchable human experiences, political maneuverings occur among individuals, families, clans, tribes, ethnicities, states, cultures, nations, empires, international alliances, interest groups, and social categories based on age, class, ethnic, gender, racial, religious, and sectarian differences. Such maneuverings have sometimes been conceptualized as “elite” or “popular” in domestic settings and in terms of other binaries in global contexts. We, however, investigate political relations as multi-layered and multi-dimensional phenomena. While we fundamentally value the power of the archives, we also appreciate and take advantage of research methodologies, tools, and theories that have been developed and deployed in other fields of history and branches of social sciences.
Associate Professor of German and History, Director, Center for German Studies
Office Hours: MW 11:00am-12:00pm, and by appointment
Associate Professor of French
317A Cabell Hall
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Office Hours: Tues. and Wed. 2-3pm or by appointment
David Dean Professor of East Asian Studies & Professor of History
Office Hours: Wednesday 3:40-4:40 pm & Tuesday/Thursday 2:00-3:00 pm
236 Nau Hall
Office Hours: W 10:30-12:00 & by appt.
Office Hours: Mondays, 10-12
234 Nau Hall
Office Hours: On leave 2016-17. Please email for appt.
Professor of Law, Professor of History
Law WB 302D
Professor of Sociology and History
Office Hours: N/A
Associate Professor of Law, Associate Professor of History
Research Professor of History, Editor of The Dolley Madison Digital Edition
White Burkett Miller Professor of History
Office Hours: On leave during Spring 2018, available by appointment.
James Madison Professor
Office Hours: Tuesday/Thursday 2:00-3:00pm
Technology Support and Webmaster
Office Hours: MW 9:00-5:00; Th 9:00-1:00 (sometimes 1:00-5:00 instead)
20th Century U.S., American Political Development, American Legal History, History of Capitalism
Doctoral Candidate, Editor-in-Chief, Essays in History