Each student selects a main field of specialization that can either be geographic, or cut across geographies in one of our areas of thematic concentration listed below. For more information on our fields, please see individual faculty pages and the graduate handbook.

Global Nineteenth Century

Edmund Abaka, Ph.D.

Assoc. Professor

e.abaka@miami.edu

(305) 284-3702
A graduate of the University of Cape Coast in Ghana, West Africa, Dr. Abaka earned his PhD in African History from York University and his Master of Arts in European History from the University of Guelph in Canada. While he teaches the general African history survey classes (History of Africa to 1800 and Africa Since 1800), he also offers...

Robin Faith Bachin

Assoc. Professor
Assistant Provost for Civic and Community Engagement

rbachin@miami.edu

(305) 284-1047
Robin F. Bachin is the Charlton W. Tebeau Associate Professor of History and the Assistant Provost for Civic and Community Engagement at the University of Miami (UM). She received her B.A. from Brandeis University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude, with Highest Honors in History and the History of Ideas. She received her M.A. and Ph.D....

Michael T Bernath

Assoc. Professor
CHARLTON W. TEBEAU ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
DIRECTOR OF GRADUATE STUDIES

mbernath@miami.edu

(305) 284-4554
Michael Bernath specializes in 19th-Century American history with particular emphases on the Civil War Era, the South, and 19th-Century cultural and intellectual history. Born in Maryland, he grew up in rural Pennsylvania. He received his bachelor’s degree from Brown University in 1997 and his Ph.D. from Harvard in 2005.His first book,...

Eduardo Elena

Assoc. Professor

edelena@miami.edu

(305) 284-4231
Eduardo Elena specializes in the history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Latin America, with a particular interest in the societies of the South Atlantic coast (including Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil).  Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, he grew up in the United States and was educated at the University of Virginia (B.A.) and Princeton...

Stephen R Halsey

Assoc. Professor

s.halsey@miami.edu

(305) 284-2144
Stephen R. Halsey’s research and teaching focus on modern China but also engage the fields of environmental history, economic history, comparative colonialism, and global history.  He completed his doctoral work at the University of Chicago and has also studied at National Taiwan University and Beijing University....

Scott Heerman

Asst. Professor

msh124@miami.edu

(305) 284-5203
Scott Heerman is a scholar of eighteenth and nineteenth century U.S. history. His research focuses on slavery and emancipation in the U.S. and Atlantic World. He also teaches about western expansion and empire in U.S history and legal history in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In 2013, Professor Heerman earned his Ph.D. from the...

Michael B. Miller

Professor, Department of History
Cooper Fellow of the College of Arts & Sciences

mbmiller@miami.edu

(305) 284-5955
Michael Miller was born in Cincinnati and educated at Northwestern (BA 1967) and the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D 1976). His principal work has been in the fields of modern French history, modern European history, business history, and maritime history. His scholarly publications include The Bon Marché: Bourgeois Culture...

Kate Ramsey

Assoc. Professor
2017 Hemispheric Caribbean Studies Faculty Lead-UMIA

kramsey@miami.edu

(305) 284-5581
Kate Ramsey works on Caribbean history and culture. Her research and teaching interests include the politics of religion, law, and performance; medicine and healing in the Atlantic world; Caribbean intellectual history, artistic production, and social movements; and the connection between anthropology and history. Her first book, The...

Dominique K Reill

Assoc. Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies

d.reill@miami.edu

(305) 284-5962
Dominique Kirchner Reill specializes in Modern European history with particular emphases on the Nineteenth Century, post-World War I Europe, post-World War II Europe, regionalism, nationalism, southern Europe, Italy, the Balkans, as well as cultural and intellectual history. Born in Los Angeles, she was raised and educated in both California and...

Ashli C White

Assoc. Professor

acwhite@miami.edu

(305) 284-5005
Ashli White specializes in early American history, with particular attention to the connections between North America and the larger Atlantic World.  To date, most of her research has concentrated on the political, social, and cultural history of the age of revolutions.  White’s first book, Encountering Revolution:...

Latin America and the Caribbean

Sumita Chatterjee

Lecturer

s.chatterjee@miami.edu

(305) 284-4916
Sumita Dutt Chatterjee (listed as Dutt) specializes in modern India and the English speaking Caribbean, with focus on women’s work, social, sexual and gender identities in the South Asian diaspora. She completed her M. A. and M.Phil in Modern Indian History from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. She went on to complete her...

Eduardo Elena

Assoc. Professor

edelena@miami.edu

(305) 284-4231
Eduardo Elena specializes in the history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Latin America, with a particular interest in the societies of the South Atlantic coast (including Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil).  Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, he grew up in the United States and was educated at the University of Virginia (B.A.) and Princeton...

Scott Heerman

Asst. Professor

msh124@miami.edu

(305) 284-5203
Scott Heerman is a scholar of eighteenth and nineteenth century U.S. history. His research focuses on slavery and emancipation in the U.S. and Atlantic World. He also teaches about western expansion and empire in U.S history and legal history in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In 2013, Professor Heerman earned his Ph.D. from the...

Martin A Nesvig

Assoc. Professor
Mexico and Mesoamerica Co-Faculty Lead - UMIA

mnesvig@miami.edu

(305) 284-5963
Born and raised in San Diego, California, Martin Nesvig consumes a steady diet of Mexican exceptionalism.  His research and reading interests derive from his training in early modern Hispanic society and Viceregal Mexico.  Topically he is a religious historian and a historian of the cultural history of politics, especially in...

Kate Ramsey

Assoc. Professor
2017 Hemispheric Caribbean Studies Faculty Lead-UMIA

kramsey@miami.edu

(305) 284-5581
Kate Ramsey works on Caribbean history and culture. Her research and teaching interests include the politics of religion, law, and performance; medicine and healing in the Atlantic world; Caribbean intellectual history, artistic production, and social movements; and the connection between anthropology and history. Her first book, The...

Ashli C White

Assoc. Professor

acwhite@miami.edu

(305) 284-5005
Ashli White specializes in early American history, with particular attention to the connections between North America and the larger Atlantic World.  To date, most of her research has concentrated on the political, social, and cultural history of the age of revolutions.  White’s first book, Encountering Revolution:...

History of Religion

Karl A Gunther

Assoc. Professor
DIRECTOR OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES

k.gunther@miami.edu

(305) 284-4151
‌I am a historian of early modern Europe whose research focuses on the religious and intellectual history of Britain. I have published articles in Past & Present, The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, History Compass, and the Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte, as well as book...

Mary Lindemann

Professor
CHAIR of Department

mlindemann@miami.edu

(305) 284-3660
Mary Lindemann received her graduate education at the University of Cincinnati and did her dissertation research in Hamburg. She works on early modern German, Dutch, and Flemish history as well as medical history in the early modern world. Her first book, Patriots and Paupers: Hamburg, 1712-1830 (Oxford University Press, 1990),...

Martin A Nesvig

Assoc. Professor
Mexico and Mesoamerica Co-Faculty Lead - UMIA

mnesvig@miami.edu

(305) 284-5963
Born and raised in San Diego, California, Martin Nesvig consumes a steady diet of Mexican exceptionalism.  His research and reading interests derive from his training in early modern Hispanic society and Viceregal Mexico.  Topically he is a religious historian and a historian of the cultural history of politics, especially in...

Kate Ramsey

Assoc. Professor
2017 Hemispheric Caribbean Studies Faculty Lead-UMIA

kramsey@miami.edu

(305) 284-5581
Kate Ramsey works on Caribbean history and culture. Her research and teaching interests include the politics of religion, law, and performance; medicine and healing in the Atlantic world; Caribbean intellectual history, artistic production, and social movements; and the connection between anthropology and history. Her first book, The...

Guido Ruggiero

Professor
Cooper Fellow of the College of Arts and Sciences

gruggiero@miami.edu

(305) 284-4120
Guido Ruggiero, Professor of History and Cooper Fellow of the College of Arts and Sciences, was born in Danbury, Connecticut and grew up in Webster, New York, a small rural town along the old shore line of Lake Ontario. After earning a B.A. with a heavy focus on ancient history and philosophy at the University of Colorado, he went on to UCLA...

Hugh M Thomas

Professor
DIRECTOR of CENTER FOR THE HUMANITIES

h.thomas@miami.edu

(305) 284-1556
Professor Thomas received his B.A. from Yale University in 1982 and stayed on there for his Ph.D., which he received in 1988. He specializes in the history of Medieval Europe and of England. His first book, Vassals, Crusaders, Heiresses, and Thugs: The Gentry of Angevin Yorkshire, was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in...

Atlantic World History

Edmund Abaka, Ph.D.

Assoc. Professor

e.abaka@miami.edu

(305) 284-3702
A graduate of the University of Cape Coast in Ghana, West Africa, Dr. Abaka earned his PhD in African History from York University and his Master of Arts in European History from the University of Guelph in Canada. While he teaches the general African history survey classes (History of Africa to 1800 and Africa Since 1800), he also offers...

Eduardo Elena

Assoc. Professor

edelena@miami.edu

(305) 284-4231
Eduardo Elena specializes in the history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Latin America, with a particular interest in the societies of the South Atlantic coast (including Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil).  Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, he grew up in the United States and was educated at the University of Virginia (B.A.) and Princeton...

Scott Heerman

Asst. Professor

msh124@miami.edu

(305) 284-5203
Scott Heerman is a scholar of eighteenth and nineteenth century U.S. history. His research focuses on slavery and emancipation in the U.S. and Atlantic World. He also teaches about western expansion and empire in U.S history and legal history in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In 2013, Professor Heerman earned his Ph.D. from the...

Michael B. Miller

Professor, Department of History
Cooper Fellow of the College of Arts & Sciences

mbmiller@miami.edu

(305) 284-5955
Michael Miller was born in Cincinnati and educated at Northwestern (BA 1967) and the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D 1976). His principal work has been in the fields of modern French history, modern European history, business history, and maritime history. His scholarly publications include The Bon Marché: Bourgeois Culture...

Martin A Nesvig

Assoc. Professor
Mexico and Mesoamerica Co-Faculty Lead - UMIA

mnesvig@miami.edu

(305) 284-5963
Born and raised in San Diego, California, Martin Nesvig consumes a steady diet of Mexican exceptionalism.  His research and reading interests derive from his training in early modern Hispanic society and Viceregal Mexico.  Topically he is a religious historian and a historian of the cultural history of politics, especially in...

Kate Ramsey

Assoc. Professor
2017 Hemispheric Caribbean Studies Faculty Lead-UMIA

kramsey@miami.edu

(305) 284-5581
Kate Ramsey works on Caribbean history and culture. Her research and teaching interests include the politics of religion, law, and performance; medicine and healing in the Atlantic world; Caribbean intellectual history, artistic production, and social movements; and the connection between anthropology and history. Her first book, The...

Ashli C White

Assoc. Professor

acwhite@miami.edu

(305) 284-5005
Ashli White specializes in early American history, with particular attention to the connections between North America and the larger Atlantic World.  To date, most of her research has concentrated on the political, social, and cultural history of the age of revolutions.  White’s first book, Encountering Revolution:...

Africa and the African Diaspora

Edmund Abaka, Ph.D.

Assoc. Professor

e.abaka@miami.edu

(305) 284-3702
A graduate of the University of Cape Coast in Ghana, West Africa, Dr. Abaka earned his PhD in African History from York University and his Master of Arts in European History from the University of Guelph in Canada. While he teaches the general African history survey classes (History of Africa to 1800 and Africa Since 1800), he also offers...

Scott Heerman

Asst. Professor

msh124@miami.edu

(305) 284-5203
Scott Heerman is a scholar of eighteenth and nineteenth century U.S. history. His research focuses on slavery and emancipation in the U.S. and Atlantic World. He also teaches about western expansion and empire in U.S history and legal history in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In 2013, Professor Heerman earned his Ph.D. from the...

Kate Ramsey

Assoc. Professor
2017 Hemispheric Caribbean Studies Faculty Lead-UMIA

kramsey@miami.edu

(305) 284-5581
Kate Ramsey works on Caribbean history and culture. Her research and teaching interests include the politics of religion, law, and performance; medicine and healing in the Atlantic world; Caribbean intellectual history, artistic production, and social movements; and the connection between anthropology and history. Her first book, The...

Donald Spivey

Distinguished Professor
Cooper Fellow of the College of Arts and Sciences

dspivey@miami.edu

(305) 284-2737
Donald Spivey was born and reared in Chicago.  He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he received his B.A., "with distinction in history" (1971) and a M.A. in history (1972), and from there to the University of California at Davis where he earned his Ph.D. in history (1976).  His field is...

Ashli C White

Assoc. Professor

acwhite@miami.edu

(305) 284-5005
Ashli White specializes in early American history, with particular attention to the connections between North America and the larger Atlantic World.  To date, most of her research has concentrated on the political, social, and cultural history of the age of revolutions.  White’s first book, Encountering Revolution:...

Asia

Sumita Chatterjee

Lecturer

s.chatterjee@miami.edu

(305) 284-4916
Sumita Dutt Chatterjee (listed as Dutt) specializes in modern India and the English speaking Caribbean, with focus on women’s work, social, sexual and gender identities in the South Asian diaspora. She completed her M. A. and M.Phil in Modern Indian History from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. She went on to complete her...

Krista A. A Goff

Asst. Professor

kgoff@miami.edu

(305) 284-3660 x6406
Professor Goff is on leave until January 2019. From September 2017 to July 2018, she will be a Title VIII Kennan Institute Research Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. From August 2018 through December 2018, Professor Goff will be a Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress. Krista Goff joined the...

Stephen R Halsey

Assoc. Professor

s.halsey@miami.edu

(305) 284-2144
Stephen R. Halsey’s research and teaching focus on modern China but also engage the fields of environmental history, economic history, comparative colonialism, and global history.  He completed his doctoral work at the University of Chicago and has also studied at National Taiwan University and Beijing University....

Europe

Hermann Beck

Professor
Cooper Fellow

hbeck@miami.edu

(305) 284-5947
Hermann Beck received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles after studying Germanistik and ancient and modern history at German universities (Mannheim, Freiburg, and Berlin), the London School of Economics, and the Sorbonne.  He has been a Fulbright Scholar, a Fellow at the Berliner Historische Kommission, and a...

Krista A. A Goff

Asst. Professor

kgoff@miami.edu

(305) 284-3660 x6406
Professor Goff is on leave until January 2019. From September 2017 to July 2018, she will be a Title VIII Kennan Institute Research Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. From August 2018 through December 2018, Professor Goff will be a Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress. Krista Goff joined the...

Karl A Gunther

Assoc. Professor
DIRECTOR OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES

k.gunther@miami.edu

(305) 284-4151
‌I am a historian of early modern Europe whose research focuses on the religious and intellectual history of Britain. I have published articles in Past & Present, The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, History Compass, and the Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte, as well as book...

Mary Lindemann

Professor
CHAIR of Department

mlindemann@miami.edu

(305) 284-3660
Mary Lindemann received her graduate education at the University of Cincinnati and did her dissertation research in Hamburg. She works on early modern German, Dutch, and Flemish history as well as medical history in the early modern world. Her first book, Patriots and Paupers: Hamburg, 1712-1830 (Oxford University Press, 1990),...

Michael B. Miller

Professor, Department of History
Cooper Fellow of the College of Arts & Sciences

mbmiller@miami.edu

(305) 284-5955
Michael Miller was born in Cincinnati and educated at Northwestern (BA 1967) and the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D 1976). His principal work has been in the fields of modern French history, modern European history, business history, and maritime history. His scholarly publications include The Bon Marché: Bourgeois Culture...

Dominique K Reill

Assoc. Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies

d.reill@miami.edu

(305) 284-5962
Dominique Kirchner Reill specializes in Modern European history with particular emphases on the Nineteenth Century, post-World War I Europe, post-World War II Europe, regionalism, nationalism, southern Europe, Italy, the Balkans, as well as cultural and intellectual history. Born in Los Angeles, she was raised and educated in both California and...

Guido Ruggiero

Professor
Cooper Fellow of the College of Arts and Sciences

gruggiero@miami.edu

(305) 284-4120
Guido Ruggiero, Professor of History and Cooper Fellow of the College of Arts and Sciences, was born in Danbury, Connecticut and grew up in Webster, New York, a small rural town along the old shore line of Lake Ontario. After earning a B.A. with a heavy focus on ancient history and philosophy at the University of Colorado, he went on to UCLA...

Hugh M Thomas

Professor
DIRECTOR of CENTER FOR THE HUMANITIES

h.thomas@miami.edu

(305) 284-1556
Professor Thomas received his B.A. from Yale University in 1982 and stayed on there for his Ph.D., which he received in 1988. He specializes in the history of Medieval Europe and of England. His first book, Vassals, Crusaders, Heiresses, and Thugs: The Gentry of Angevin Yorkshire, was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in...

United States

Robin Faith Bachin

Assoc. Professor
Assistant Provost for Civic and Community Engagement

rbachin@miami.edu

(305) 284-1047
Robin F. Bachin is the Charlton W. Tebeau Associate Professor of History and the Assistant Provost for Civic and Community Engagement at the University of Miami (UM). She received her B.A. from Brandeis University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude, with Highest Honors in History and the History of Ideas. She received her M.A. and Ph.D....

Michael T Bernath

Assoc. Professor
CHARLTON W. TEBEAU ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
DIRECTOR OF GRADUATE STUDIES

mbernath@miami.edu

(305) 284-4554
Michael Bernath specializes in 19th-Century American history with particular emphases on the Civil War Era, the South, and 19th-Century cultural and intellectual history. Born in Maryland, he grew up in rural Pennsylvania. He received his bachelor’s degree from Brown University in 1997 and his Ph.D. from Harvard in 2005.His first book,...

Scott Heerman

Asst. Professor

msh124@miami.edu

(305) 284-5203
Scott Heerman is a scholar of eighteenth and nineteenth century U.S. history. His research focuses on slavery and emancipation in the U.S. and Atlantic World. He also teaches about western expansion and empire in U.S history and legal history in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In 2013, Professor Heerman earned his Ph.D. from the...

Sybil Lipschultz

Assoc. Professor

slipschultz@miami.edu

(305) 284-2747
Professor Lipschultz specializes in Women's history, United States constitutional and legal history, and labor history. She edited a three volume set of primary and secondary materials, Women, the Law, and the Workplace, in 2002 and is now working on a scholarly monograph, Gender Politics: Creating Women's Labor...

Donald Spivey

Distinguished Professor
Cooper Fellow of the College of Arts and Sciences

dspivey@miami.edu

(305) 284-2737
Donald Spivey was born and reared in Chicago.  He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he received his B.A., "with distinction in history" (1971) and a M.A. in history (1972), and from there to the University of California at Davis where he earned his Ph.D. in history (1976).  His field is...

Ashli C White

Assoc. Professor

acwhite@miami.edu

(305) 284-5005
Ashli White specializes in early American history, with particular attention to the connections between North America and the larger Atlantic World.  To date, most of her research has concentrated on the political, social, and cultural history of the age of revolutions.  White’s first book, Encountering Revolution:...