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The Compass: The Newsletter of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences
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Faculty and Staff

Name Title E-mail
Corinne Blake Associate Professor blake@rowan.edu
Emily Blanck Associate Professor blancke@rowan.edu
William Carrigan Professor/Chair carrigan@rowan.edu
Kelly Duke Bryant Assistant Professor dukebryant@rowan.edu
Stephen Hague Instructor Hague@rowan.edu
James Heinzen Professor heinzen@rowan.edu
Melissa Klapper Professor klapper@rowan.edu
Janet Moore Lindman Professor lindman@rowan.edu
Scott Morschauser Associate Professor morschauser@rowan.edu
Chanelle Rose Associate Professor rosec@rowan.edu
Q. Edward Wang Professor wangq@rowan.edu
Denise Williams Administrative Assistant williamsd@rowan.edu
Joy Deborah Wiltenburg Professor wiltenburg@rowan.edu
Jayne Morris-Crowther 3/4 time Instructor morriscr@hotmail.com

Corinne Blake,

Associate Professor

Contact Information:
Email: blake@rowan.edu
Phone: 856-256-4500, x3991
Office: Robinson Hall, 216F
Homepage: http://users.rowan.edu/~blake

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Dr. Blake has created and taught courses on Islamic Civilization, the Modern Middle East, and the Arab-Israeli Conflict. She received her B.A. in history from the University of California, Berkeley, and her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1991. She is interested in late 19th century Arab-Ottoman history, and has studied and conducted research in Jordan, Israel, Turkey, and Syria. She is currently the Academic Advisor for the Department.


Emily Blanck,

Associate Professor

Contact Information:
Email: blancke@rowan.edu
856-256-4500, x3994
Office: Robinson Hall, 216E

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Dr. Blanck teaches courses on Intellectual History, Historical Methods, and US Legal History. She also teaches courses for American Studies. Dr. Blanck received her B.A. in history from the University of Texas at Austin where she also majored in African American studies. Dr. Blanck received her M.A. at the College of William and Mary, and her Ph.D. from Emory University. Dr. Blanck has a forthcoming book, Tyrannicide: Forging an American Law of Slavery in Revolutionary South Carolina and Massachusetts with University of Georgia Press.


William Carrigan,


Contact Information:
Email: carrigan@rowan.edu
Phone: 856-256-4819
Office: Robinson Hall, 216J
Homepage: http://users.rowan.edu/~carrigan/

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William D. Carrigan is Chair and Professor of History at Rowan University. A native Texan, he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1993. In 1999, he earned his PhD in American history from Emory University and joined the faculty in the Department of History at Rowan. He has taught over 100 courses and thousands of students on such topics as the Civil War and Reconstruction, the American West, and the History of New Jersey.

He is the author or editor of numerous scholarly articles and four books, including The Making of a Lynching Culture: Violence and Vigilantism in Central Texas, 1836-1916 (University of Illinois Press, 2004), winner of the Richard Wentworth Prize. Since 1995, he has been collaborating with Clive Webb and studying the lynching of Mexicans in the United States. With the support of grants and fellowships from numerous institutions, including the Huntington, the National Science Foundation, and the Clements Center, they have published four essays on the subject as well as Forgotten Dead: Mob Violence against Mexicans in the United States, 1848-1928 (Oxford University Press, 2013).

Professor Carrigan's research has been cited widely in the news media, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Nation, and the Houston Chronicle. With his wife and two daughters, he lives in Glassboro, New Jersey.


Kelly Duke Bryant,

Assistant Professor

Contact Information:
Email: duke-bryant@rowan.edu
Phone: 856-256-4500, x3972
Office: Robinson Hall, 216K

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Kelly Duke Bryant teaches a variety of courses in African history, along with historical methods and world history. She earned her B.A. at Kenyon College, her M.A. at the University of Wisconsin, and her Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University. She is completing her first book, entitled "Education as Politics: Colonial Schooling and Political Debate in Senegal, 1850s-1914," which examines how Africans used French schools for their own benefit, in ways unintended by their colonial rulers. She has also written several research articles, which have appeared in such publications as the Journal of African History and the International Journal of African Historical Studies.


Stephen Hague,


Contact Information:
Email: Hague@rowan.edu
Phone: 856-256-4500, x3988
Office: Robinson Hall, 216F
Homepage: https://rowan.academia.edu/StephenHague

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Dr. Hague teaches modern European history, with a special interest in Britain and its global interactions from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. He received his B.A. in history from Binghamton University in New York, an M.A. from the University of Virginia, and a D.Phil. from Oxford University. His research has focused on architecture, material culture and social mobility in the eighteenth-century British Atlantic World. He has published a number of essays in this area and his book, The Gentleman's House in the British Atlantic World, 1680-1780, is forthcoming in 2015. Together with the two halves of the Western Civilization survey course, he will offer upper-level courses in nineteenth- and twentieth-century European history, British and imperial history, Historical Methods, and Senior Seminar.


James Heinzen,


Contact Information:
Email: heinzen@rowan.edu
Phone: 856-256-4500, x3989
Office: Robinson Hall, 216P
Homepage: http://users.rowan.edu/~heinzen/

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James Heinzen teaches courses on modern Russian and Soviet history, the Cold War, and modern European history. Dr. Heinzen's research interests include Stalinism, the history of crime and corruption, and the cultural history of Russia. He is the author of The Art of the Bribe: Corruption, Politics, and Everyday Life in the Time of Stalin, which is forthcoming from Yale University Press (2015). His first book was Inventing a Soviet Countryside: State Power and the Transformation of Rural Russia, 1917-1929 (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2004), selected as an American Council of Learned Societies Humanities (ACLS) e-book as one of a collection of “works of major importance that remain vital to both scholars and advanced students.” He has also published widely in numerous scholarly journals. Dr. Heinzen received a Ph.D. and M. A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.


Melissa Klapper,


Contact Information:
Email: klapper@rowan.edu
Phone: 856-256-4500, x3982
Office: Robinson Hall, 216N

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Dr. Melissa R. Klapper earned her BA from Goucher College and her PhD from Rutgers University. She teaches American and women's history, with a focus on the late 19th and early 20th century and additional research interests in the history of childhood, the history of education, and American Jewish history. Dr. Klapper is the author of Jewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU Press, 2005); Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2007); and Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU Press,2013). Her scholarship has been awarded grants and fellowships from an array of sources, including the American Jewish Archives, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women at Harvard University, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.


Janet Moore Lindman,


Contact Information:
Email: lindman@rowan.edu
Phone: 856-256-4500, x3995
Office: Robinson Hall, 216M
Homepage: http://users.rowan.edu/~lindman/

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Dr. Lindman teaches courses on American colonial history and U.S. women's history. She received her B.A. from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1993. Her primary research interests include women in early America, gender history and religious history. She has written several articles and is co-editor of a book entitled, A Centre of Wonders: The Body in Early America, 2001.


Scott Morschauser,

Associate Professor

Contact Information:
Email: morschauser@rowan.edu
Phone: 856-256-4500, x3993
Office: Robinson Hall, 216G

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Dr. Morschauser teaches courses in Ancient history. He received his B.A. in history from Gettysburg College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from John Hopkins University in 1987. He received his Master of Divinity Degree from Princeton Seminary in 1991. He is co-editor of a book entitled, Festschrift, Biblical and Related Studies Present to Samuel Iwry, 1985. He has published over twenty articles and reviews dealing with Egyptological and Biblical topics.


Chanelle Rose,

Associate Professor

Contact Information:
Email: rosec@rowan.edu
Phone: 856-256-4500, x3963
Office: Robinson Hall, 216L

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Chanelle N. Rose is an Associate Professor of History and Co-Coordinator of the Africana Studies Department at Rowan University. She received both her B.A. and M.A. degrees from Florida International University and her Ph.D. at the University of Miami. Her areas of research and teaching include modern American history, with an emphasis on African American history, post-World War II America, Civil Rights-Black Power Movements, and Urban history. Born in London, England, she immigrated to Miami, Florida, during her adolescent years. Her first book, The Struggle for Black Freedom in Miami: Civil Rights and America's Tourist Paradise, 1896-1968, is slated for publication in the spring of 2015.


Q. Edward Wang,


Contact Information:
Email: wangq@rowan.edu
Phone: 856-256-4500, x3990
Office: Robinson Hall, 216H
Homepage: http://users.rowan.edu/~wangq/

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Educated partly in China and partly in the US, Dr. Wang has taught at Rowan since 1992. His research focuses on the study of historiography (how history is written) and cultural and intellectual history of Asia, which are also his main teaching areas. Over the past decades, he has published a number of works on Chinese and comparative historiography. Among his English publications are Chopsticks: A Cultural and Culinary History(forthcoming from Cambridge University Press); A Global History of Modern Historiography (coauthored with Georg Iggers, Pearson/Longman, 2008) and Inventing China through History: The May Fourth Approach to Historiography (SUNY Press, 2001). He won Faculty Research Achievement Award at Rowan in 2013 and received Changjiang Professorship at Peking University in China, which he has held since 2007. He is also editor of Chinese Studies in History (published by M.E. Sharpe), a journal devoted to publishing works by Chinese historians for English readers.


Denise Williams,

Administrative Assistant

Contact Information:
Email: williamsd@rowan.edu
Phone: 856-256-4818
Office: Robinson Hall, 216I

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B.A from Rowan University and is currently working on a M.A.


Joy Deborah Wiltenburg,


Contact Information:
Email: wiltenburg@rowan.edu
Phone: 856-256-4500, x3992
Office: Robinson Hall, 216D
Homepage: http://users.rowan.edu/~wiltenburg/

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Dr. Wiltenburg teaches courses on early modern Europe and women's history. She received her B.A. in history from the University of Rochester and her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 1984. She is interested in social history, especially in early modern Germany and England, and has published a book and several articles on topics in this field.


Jayne Morris-Crowther,

3/4 time Instructor

Contact Information:
Email: crowther@rowan.edu
Phone: 856-256-4500, x3986
Office: Robinson Hall, 216O

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Jayne Morris-Crowther, Assistant Professor, received her B.A. in History from George Washington University, her M.A. in Education from the University of Connecticut, her M.A. in History from the University of Houston and her Ph. D. in History from Michigan State University in 2001. Her dissertation was about politically active clubwomen. She has published this research in The Political Activities of Detroit Clubwomen in the 1920s: A Challenge and a Promise, by Wayne State University Press in 2013. She teaches U.S. History before and after 1865, Women in American History, Historical Methods, Readings and Research in History and U.S. History from 1900-1945. Before teaching at Rowan, she taught at Michigan State and Oakland Universities. Her historical interest remains generally in twentieth century American history but particularly in political women.