Edward Baring (Ph.D. Harvard University) is Associate Professor of Modern European History, specializing in twentieth-century intellectual life. Professor Baring is the author of The Young Derrida and French Philosophy, 1945-1968 (Cambridge University Press, 2011), which as a dissertation won the Harvard History Department’s Harold K. Gross Prize and as a book won the Morris D. Forkosch Prize (2011), awarded by the Journal of the History of Ideas for the best book in intellectual history. His work has been funded by the ACLS, the Mellon Foundation, the NEH, and the American Philosophical Society. He is a 2015 John Simon Guggenheim Fellow. Learn More.
Frances Bernstein, Associate Professor of History
Frances Bernstein (PhD, Columbia University) teaches courses in Russian and European history, with a special focus on the history of medicine, disability, sexuality and the body. In 2007 she published The Dictatorship of Sex: Lifestyle Advice for the Soviet Masses. In 2010 she co-edited and contributed to Soviet Medicine: Culture, Practice, and Science. She is actively researching the culture and politics of disability in the Soviet context. Recent publications include “Prosthetic Manhood in late Stalinist Russia,” OSIRIS 30: Scientific Masculinities (2015), ed. Robert A. Nye and Erika Lorraine Millam, “Rehabilitation Staged: How Soviet Doctors ‘Cured’ Disability in the Second World War” in Disability Histories, ed. Susan Burch and Michael A. Rembis, 218-236 and “Prosthetic Promise and Potemkin Limbs in late-Stalinist Russia,” in Disability in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, ed. Michael Rasell and Elena Iarskaia, 42-66. In recent years she has been the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment of the Humanities, New York University, and the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research.
James Carter, Associate Professor of History
James M. Carter (PhD, University of Houston) teaches a broad range of courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level. He specializes in the U.S. foreign policy, the U.S. since World War II and the Sixties. His book, Inventing Vietnam, is an analysis of the failed nation building effort undertaken by the United States in Vietnam and how that failure led to the war. In related research, he has also written on the privatization of war and war profiteering, using the invasion of Iraq as a case study. His more recent research focuses on the Sixties in the U.S. and specifically the counterculture and advent of rock music culture, with a particular emphasis on the role of the college campus. His article, “Campus Rock: Rock Music Culture on the College Campus during the Counterculture Sixties, 1967-8,” has been accepted for publication in The Journal of Popular Music Studies.
This project has also taken him into the realm of digital history/digital mapping. Thanks in part to a couple of Mellon Grants at Drew during the spring and summer 2019, he and three research assistants have created an extensive GIS mapping project of rock music during the late sixties. For more information, see his website: jmarloncarter.com.
Allan Dawson, Associate Professor of Anthropology
Allan C. Dawson (PhD, McGill University) is Associate Professor of Anthropology. His research is concerned with issues of ethnicity and identity in West Africa and in the African Diaspora, ethnicity and globalization, identity and violence, religious innovation, chieftaincy and traditional religious practice in the West African Sahel. Dawson also explores questions of Blackness and African identity within the context of the broader Black Atlantic world. His recent book, In Light of Africa: Globalizing Blackness in Northeastern Brazil (2014), seeks to reconcile theories of African cultural survival in the plantation with ideas of creolization by engaging the symbolic constructions of Africanity in Brazilian Black identities. His other works include Negotiating Territoriality: Spatial Dialogues between State and Tradition (2014) and Shrines in Africa: History, Politics and Society (2009). His current ethnographic fieldwork in West Africa explores the interface between urban migration, climate change and religious radicalization in the Ghanaian Sahel.
Wyatt Evans, Associate Professor of History
Prior to re-entering academe, Wyatt Evans (PhD, Drew University) served in the Peace Corps and as a civil affairs officer in the U.S. Army. He teaches history at the graduate and undergraduate levels. A member of the Council of Independent Colleges’ Senior Leadership Academy, he is very involved with developing digital scholarship and literacy initiatives at Drew. His research areas include the Civil War and the use of historical memory in politics. His first book, The Legend of John Wilkes Booth, won the 2005 OAH Avery O. Craven award and he is currently at work on a study of domestic security in the Civil War North.
Joshua Kavaolski, Professor of German
Dr. Joshua Kavaloski, who earned a Ph.D. in modern German literature at the University of Virginia, is Professor of German at Drew University and the Chair of the Department of German, Russian, and Chinese. His scholarship concentrates on literature of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and he is the author of the book, High Modernism: Aestheticism and Performativity in Literature of the 1920s. He has also published essays on authors such as Thomas Mann, Franz Kafka, Jurek Becker, Philip Roth, Daniel Kehlmann, Jason Lutes, and others. His current book project explores the way that graphic novels re-imagine history and frame our understanding of the past. At Drew, Josh teaches courses both in English and in German on a wide range of topics including modern European literature, the German fairy-tale tradition, the history of the Weimar Republic, graphic novels, and contemporary German film.
John Lenz, Associate Professor of Classics
John Lenz works on the history of ideas, especially the legacy of ancient Greece, on ancient history and on 20th century British philosopher Bertrand Russell. John received his PhD from Columbia, was a Fulbright fellow in Greece and was trained as an ancient historian. He is currently completing with a colleague the first English translation with commentary and revised text of a work by the primary figure of the modern Greek Enlightenment and plugging away at a book in progress, The Ideal World of Bertrand Russell: Russell as a Utopian Thinker. He formerly served as President of the Russell Society. His History & Culture courses are The Classical Tradition and Utopias and Utopian Thought from the Bible to the WWW. Some publications are available on academia.edu.
Karen Pechilis, Professor of History
Karen Pechilis (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is an historian of religions with a research specialization in the study of India and South Asia and a teaching specialization in world history. Over the past twenty years, she has conducted research in Chennai (Madras), south India through grants from the American Institute of Indian Studies, the Fulbright Program and the Asian Cultural Council. Her published work, both independent and collaborative, engages many scholarly discussions about the making of religious tradition, including interpretive history, translation, cultural analysis, visualities and feminist and gender studies. She is the author of The Embodiment of Bhakti (Oxford University Press, 1999) and Interpreting Devotion: The Poetry and Legacy of a Female Bhakti Saint of India (Routledge, 2012); the editor of The Graceful Guru: Hindu Female Gurus in India and the United States (Oxford University Press, 2004) and South Asian Religions: Tradition and Today (Routledge 2013); and the co-editor with Barbara A. Holdrege of Refiguring the Body: The Body in South Asia (State University of New York Press, 2017).
Kimberly Rhodes, Professor of Art History
Kimberly Rhodes (PhD, Columbia University) writes and teaches about modern and contemporary visual culture and has worked as an art historian in both museum and academic settings. She teaches courses on nineteenth-century art, contemporary art, and the history of photography. She also is the co-director of Drew’s New York Semester on Contemporary Art. Her publications include the forthcoming essay “A haunch of a countess”: John Constable and the Deer Park at Helmingham Hall in Ecocriticism and The Anthropocene in Nineteenth Century Art and Visual Culture (Routledge, 2019); “Archetypes and Icons: Materialising Victorian Womanhood in 1970s Feminist Art” in Neo-Victorian Studies (2013); “Double Take: Tom Hunter’s The Way Home (2000)” in The Afterlife of Ophelia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012); and Ophelia and Victorian Visual Culture: Representing Body Politics in the Nineteenth Century (Ashgate, 2008). Her current research projects bring together her expertise in nineteenth-century and contemporary visual culture by exploring ecocritical approaches to romantic landscape painting and investigating the role of Victorian cultural, material, architectural, and intellectual history in 1970s art production in downtown New York City.
Jonathan Rose (BA Princeton University, PhD University of Pennsylvania) is William R. Kenan Professor of History at Drew University, where he has directed the graduate program in History and Culture. He was the founding president of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing and a founding editor of the journal Book History. His book The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (2nd ed., 2010) won the Longman-History Today Historical Book of the Year Prize, the American Philosophical Society Jacques Barzun Prize in Cultural History, the British Council Prize of the North American Conference on British Studies, the SHARP Book History Prize, and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities Book Prize. Learn More.