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, Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, and Founding Director of the Office of Civic and Community Engagement (CCE) at the University of Miami (UM). She received her B.A. from Brandeis University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude, with Highest Honors...

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
Interim Chair

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

Associate Professor

msh124@miami.edu

(305) 284-2747
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

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 in the Caribbean; histories of medicine and healing in the Atlantic world; and Caribbean intellectual history, artistic production, and social movements. Her first book, The Spirits and 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, Italy, the Balkans, as well as socio-cultural and intellectual history. Born in Los Angeles, she was raised and educated in both California and the former BRD (West Germany). She...

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

Michael J. Bustamante

Assoc. Professor

m.bustamante@miami.edu

(305) 284-5203
Michael J. Bustamante (PhD, Yale University) is Associate Professor of History and the Emilio Bacardí Moreau Chair in Cuban and Cuban-American Studies. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Miami, he served as Assistant Professor of Latin American History at Florida International University. He is the author of Cuban Memory...

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
Interim Chair

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

Associate Professor

msh124@miami.edu

(305) 284-2747
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

Professor
Mexico and Mesoamerica Co-Faculty Lead - UMIA

mnesvig@miami.edu

(305) 284-5963
Martin Nesvig was born and raised in San Diego and has now spent a third of his life in Miami Beach.  A steady diet of Mexican exceptionalism nutrifies his daily life.  Trained as a Latin Americanist, his interests lie principally in the analysis of formal political, ideological, or religious systems and the ways that everyday...

Kate Ramsey

Assoc. Professor

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 in the Caribbean; histories of medicine and healing in the Atlantic world; and Caribbean intellectual history, artistic production, and social movements. Her first book, The Spirits and 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

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

Professor
Mexico and Mesoamerica Co-Faculty Lead - UMIA

mnesvig@miami.edu

(305) 284-5963
Martin Nesvig was born and raised in San Diego and has now spent a third of his life in Miami Beach.  A steady diet of Mexican exceptionalism nutrifies his daily life.  Trained as a Latin Americanist, his interests lie principally in the analysis of formal political, ideological, or religious systems and the ways that everyday...

Kate Ramsey

Assoc. Professor

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 in the Caribbean; histories of medicine and healing in the Atlantic world; and Caribbean intellectual history, artistic production, and social movements. Her first book, The Spirits and 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
Interim Chair

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

Associate Professor

msh124@miami.edu

(305) 284-2747
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

Professor
Mexico and Mesoamerica Co-Faculty Lead - UMIA

mnesvig@miami.edu

(305) 284-5963
Martin Nesvig was born and raised in San Diego and has now spent a third of his life in Miami Beach.  A steady diet of Mexican exceptionalism nutrifies his daily life.  Trained as a Latin Americanist, his interests lie principally in the analysis of formal political, ideological, or religious systems and the ways that everyday...

Kate Ramsey

Assoc. Professor

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 in the Caribbean; histories of medicine and healing in the Atlantic world; and Caribbean intellectual history, artistic production, and social movements. Her first book, The Spirits and 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

Associate Professor

msh124@miami.edu

(305) 284-2747
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

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 in the Caribbean; histories of medicine and healing in the Atlantic world; and Caribbean intellectual history, artistic production, and social movements. Her first book, The Spirits and 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 and 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).  He specializes...

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. Goff

Associate Professor

kgoff@miami.edu

(305) 284-3660 x6406
Krista Goff is a historian of Soviet and post-Soviet history, with a particular interest in the North and South Caucasus.  In her research and teaching she explores the historical formation of minorities and the experience of minoritization in these historical contexts, as well as interrelated themes of nationalism, citizenship, empire,...

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
Interim Chair
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 member of the...

Krista A. Goff

Associate Professor

kgoff@miami.edu

(305) 284-3660 x6406
Krista Goff is a historian of Soviet and post-Soviet history, with a particular interest in the North and South Caucasus.  In her research and teaching she explores the historical formation of minorities and the experience of minoritization in these historical contexts, as well as interrelated themes of nationalism, citizenship, empire,...

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

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, Italy, the Balkans, as well as socio-cultural and intellectual history. Born in Los Angeles, she was raised and educated in both California and the former BRD (West Germany). She...

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, Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, and Founding Director of the Office of Civic and Community Engagement (CCE) at the University of Miami (UM). She received her B.A. from Brandeis University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude, with Highest Honors...

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,...

Max Fraser

Asst. Professor

mxf1106@miami.edu

(305) 284-5965
Max Fraser is a scholar of American labor, cultural, and political history. His research and teaching focus primarily on working class life and social movements in the twentieth century; on the rise of new strains of political conservatism in the decades after World War II; and on the class politics of American popular culture. He is currently...

Scott Heerman

Associate Professor

msh124@miami.edu

(305) 284-2747
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...

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 and 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).  He specializes...

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:...