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Faculty




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Dr. Steve Balzarini

Associate Professor of History

Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 037
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-6697

Office Location
AD 431P

Office Hours
Spring 2014
Tuesday & Thursday 12:15-2:15 p.m. (on days without meetings)
or by appointment

Dr. Stephen E. Balzarini has been teaching at Gonzaga University since 1978. His academic interests include 19th and 20th century European political and diplomatic history, modern British history and military history. Dr. Balzarini's interest in military history arose out of research on interwar European disarmament and summer participation in the ROTC Military History Workshop at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. Dr. Balzarini also has an interest in local and Pacific Northwest history that has been stimulated by his students' work in the Historical Methods class. He has won the Gonzaga University teaching excellence award (1992) and has been recognized in Who's Who in American Teachers (1998). When not studying history, Dr. Balzarini enjoys reading British mysteries and playing golf.

 
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Robert Carriker

Professor of History/Arnold Professor

Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 037
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-6693

Office Location
AD 431A

Office Hours
Spring 2014
Monday & Wednesday  3:00-5:00 p.m.
or by appointment

Professor of History Robert Carriker is in his forty-sixth year of teaching at Gonzaga University.

 
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Dr. Kevin Chambers

Associate Professor of History

502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 035
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-3690

Office Location
AD 431N

Office Hours

Spring 2014
Tuesday 1:00- 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday 11:00 a.m.- noon
or by appointment

Dr. Kevin Chambers received his doctorate from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1999. Dr. Chambers teaches upper division courses in Latin American history and Historical Methods, lower division courses in United States history. His research in Latin American History centers on the experience of Paraguay, especially the Guarani-speaking populations. He received a Fulbright Fellowships for research in Paraguay in 1996. While teaching at Gonzaga, Dr. Chambers has published chapters about Paraguay in The South American Handbook, an edited volume concerning the history of Latin American countries since 1945.

 
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Dr. Eric Cunningham

Associate Professor of History, Assistant Director Catholic Studies

Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 037
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-5973

Office Location
AD 431J

Office Hours

Spring 2014
Tuesday & Thursday 10:00 a.m.- noon,  2nd floor Catholic Studies
House  723 E. Boone Ave.
or by appointment

Eric Cunningham has been teaching at Gonzaga since 2003. A specialist in modern Japanese history, Cunningham also teaches courses in world and East Asian history, and regularly teaches seminars in the Catholic Studies Program.

This year (2013-14), Cunningham will serve as the interim director of the Catholic Studies program while Fr. Michael Maher is on sabbatical.

Cunningham earned a BA in History from the University of Colorado in 1984, an MA in East Asian Languages and Literatures from the University of Oregon in 1999, and a PhD, History, also from the University of Oregon in 2004. Dr. Cunningham's other areas of scholarly interest include intellectual history, popular culture, psychedelia, postmodernism, literary critical theory, consciousness studies, Zen Buddhism, and eschatology.

 
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Dr. RáGena DeAragon

Professor of History

502 E. Boone Ave
AD Box 035
Spokane, WA 99258-0001

Phone: (509) 313-6695
Fax: (509) 313-5718

Office Location
AD 341A

Office Hours
Spring 2014

Monday, Wednesday and Friday  3:15 p.m.-4:45 p.m.
and by appointment

Dr. DeAragon teaches medieval and early modern history, historical and research methods, and western civilization.  Her research focus in on twelfth-century England.  She received her BA in History from Santa Clara University and her Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. 

http://gonzaga.academia.edu/RCDeAragon

 
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Dr. Robert Donnelly

Chair, Department of History and Associate Professor of History

Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 036
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-3691

Office Location
AD 431D

Office Hours

Spring 2014:
Mondays & Wednesdays, 9:00-10:00
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30-10:30

Professor Donnelly earned his Ph.D. at Marquette University, M.A. at Portland State University, and B.S. at Western Oregon University.  He teaches various topics in U.S. history, including urban history and post-World War II American politics and society.

 
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Dr. Betsy Downey

Professor of History

Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 036
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-6696
Fax: (509) 313-5718

Office Location
AD 335

Office Hours

Spring 2014
Sabbatical

Professor Besty Downey received a PhD in history from the University of Denver in 1971.  She is an American Historian whose interest, in keeping with her American Studies major, are wide-ranging. She has studied the Cold War, the New Deal, women in American Literature, and women in European History in post-doctoral seminars.  She has published on the Cold War, domestic violence on the frontier, and the works of Mari Sandoz.  She has developed courses on the Roosevelts, African-American history, American women's history, and Yellowstone National Park.


 
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Dr. Andrew Goldman

Associate Professor of History

Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 035
Spokane, WA 99258-0035

Phone: (509) 313-6691

Office Location
AD 431M

Office Hours
Spring 2014
Tuesday 9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. - noon
Thursday 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
or by appointment

Dr. Andrew L. Goldman has been a member of the Gonzaga History Department since 2002, and Chair of the Classical Civilizations Department since 2007. His fields of special interest are ancient history (Roman and Greek), classical archaeology, and the classical languages (Latin and Greek). He received his BA from Wesleyan University in 1988, and his MA and PhD from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1993 and 2000, respectively. He has spent several years living and teaching abroad: he lived in Ankara, Turkey, as a Fulbright Fellow and instructor at Bilkent University (1995-97), and in Rome as a teacher at Duke University's Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (1999-2000).  He has worked at numerous ancient sites in the Mediterranean, including Çatal Höyük, Oinoanda, Kerkenes Dag, and, most frequently, Gordion.

Since 1992, he has been an active member of the excavation team at the ancient site of Gordion (central Turkey), where he has been studying the economic and social history of the small Roman-period settlement that flourished there between the 1st and 5th centuries AD.  He has recently published several Latin inscriptions and the funerary finds from the Roman cemeteries at Gordion. During the summer of 2004 and 2005, with the aid of a Loeb Foundation Grant from Harvard University, he directed a team of archaeologists and assistants in what was the first systematic excavations of the Roman town on the site. In the course of this fieldwork, Roman weapons and armor were unearthed, providing the first concrete evidence for the hypothesis that the town was a minor Roman military site. The material, dating from the first and second centuries AD, is some of the earliest Roman military equipment excavated in the Roman East, and the site is the only Roman military base of its period to ever have been explored in Turkey.   He is currently at work on the publication of the remains at this site, most recently discussed in his article in Anatolian Studies (60 (2010) 129-46), "A Pannonian auxiliary's epitaph from Roman Gordion".

In addition to his work at Gordion, Dr. Goldman has also produced recent publications and presented lectures on a variety of archaeological subjects, including Roman cemeteries ("The Roman-period Cemeteries at Gordion in Galatia", Journal of Roman Studies 20 (2007), 299-320), Roman military equipment ("Weapons and the Army", Chap. 8 in J. Evans (ed.) A Companion to the Archaeology of the Roman Republic (Wiley-Blackwell 2013), 123-40), and Roman rings and carved intaglios (forthcoming, on octagonal gemstones, in Anatolian Studies 2014).

 
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Richard Goodrich
Lecturer

502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 037
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 509-313-6834

Office Location
431G

Office Hours
Spring 2014
MWF 8:30 - 8:50 a.m. 
  2:00 - 2:50 p.m.
or by appointment

Dr. Richard Goodrich received his Ph.D. in Ancient History at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. Having spent most of his academic career in the UK, he began teaching at Gonzaga in 2009. His research and teaching interests are focused on Later Roman/Early Church History. The author of four books and a large number of journal articles, his most recent work was a commentary and translation of St Jerome’s Commentary on Ecclesiastes (Paulist Press, 2012). At present he is working on a new translation of the works of fifth century Gallic author Sulpicius Severus.

 
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Fr. Michael Maher
Associate Professor of History, Director Catholic Studies

Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 035
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-6609

Office Location
723 E. Boone Ave.

Office Hours
Sping 2014
Sabbatical

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Michael Maher entered the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in 1975. Fr. Maher followed a typical course of Jesuit formation that included humanities, philosophy and theology interspersed with various teaching assignments which included teaching 7th and 8th grade science to Native Americans in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, English at Sogong University in Korea, religion to boys in Omaha, Nebraska as well as teaching positions at Marquette University and Saint Louis University. A few years after ordination, he began doctoral studies at the University of Minnesota majoring in early modern European history with additional studies in Chinese History. Fr. Maher has co-edited a book on confraternities and written several articles and book chapters dealing with the implementation and influence of Jesuit practices on various groups. In recognition of his scholarship, Fr. Kolvenbach, then superior general of the Jesuits, appointed Fr. Maher to the Jesuit Historical Institute. Fr. Maher holds this membership in addition to his current position as associate professor of History at Gonzaga University as well as chair of the department of History and the Director of Catholic Studies.

 
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Dr. Kevin O'Connor

Associate Professor of History

Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 036
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-6694

Office Location
AD 431K

Office Hours

Spring 2014
Monday 2:00-2:30 p.m.
Wednesday 2:00-2:30 p.m.
Thursday 1:15-2:30 p.m.
or by appointment

Dr. O'Connor arrived in Spokane to teach at Gonzaga University in the summer of 2004, following stints at Spalding University (Louisville, KY) and Southern Illinois University (Carbondale).  A specialist in Russian history, Dr. O'Connor has recently published Intellectuals and Apparatchiks: Russian Nationalism and the Gorbachev Revoution (Lexington Books, 2006).  His scholarly interests also extend to the Baltic countries (Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania), about which he has published two books: The History of the Baltic States (Greenwood, 2003) and Culture and Customs of the Baltic States (Greenwood, 2006).   Dr. O'Connor's personal interest include international travel, Sasquatch sightings, full-contact wiffleball, catapults, and Falkland War reenactments.

 
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Dr. Ann Ostendorf

Assistant Professor of History

AD Box 035

Phone: 509-313-5948

Office Location
AD 431E

Office Hours
Spring 2014
Monday and Wednesday 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Friday 11:00 a.m. - noon, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
or by appointment

Dr. Ann Ostendorf earned a B.A. from St. Louis University and a Ph.D. in American History from Marquette University.  She currently teaches classes in Colonial American and early United States history, as well as courses on the Civil War and American Culture.  Her scholarly interests include cultural history, studies of ethnicity and race, the lower Mississippi River region and music.  Her recent book from the University of Georgia Press is titled Sounds American: National Identity and the Music Cultures of the Lower Mississippi River Valley, 1800-1860. She enjoys world music, travel, yoga, vegetarian soul food, Futbol Club Barcelona and the outdoors. 

 
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Dr. Ted Nitz

Director of International Studies, Associate Professor of History

Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 036
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-3602

Office Location
College Hall 341C

Office Hours

Spring 2014 

o   Tuesday – 2:00-3:00 p.m.

o   Wednesday – 10:00-11:00 a.m., 2:00-3:00 p.m.

o   Thursday –9:30-10:30 a.m.

o   Other times by appointment

Dr. Ted Nitz teaches world, Middle Eastern, Islamic, and modern European history, and is the director of International Studies for Gonzaga University. His research and scholarly interests include imperial and Weimar Germany, the early history of the Nazi Party in Hessen-Darmstadt, church and state relations, and European relations with the Middle East. Before beginning his doctoral studies at Washington State University in 1991, he served as an officer in the US Air Force for 23 years with assignments in Germany, the Republic of Turkey, and the United States while traveling throughout Europe and parts of the Middle East.

 
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Raymond Rast
FES History

AD Box 37

 
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Veta Schlimgen
Assistant Professor of History

Gonzaga University 502 E. Boone Ave
AD Box 037
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 509-313-5795

Office Location
College Hall 431L

Office Hours
Spring 2014
Mionday 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
or by appointment

Dr. Veta Schlimgen joined the History Department in 2012. She is a U.S. historian and a specialist in the histories of American expansion and empire, racial and ethnic minorities, American citizenship and the U.S.Constitution, and the Pacific World. Dr. Schlimgen teaches courses on U.S. and world history and on American women, U.S. citizenship, and the history of the Pacific World.


Dr. Schlimgen completed the Ph.D. in history at the University of Oregon in 2010. She taught at University of California Riverside and California State University Fullerton before coming to Gonzaga. Her dissertation, which examines racial ideologies, American imperialism, U.S. law overseas, and Filipino experiences in the Pacific world, won the 2011 W. Turrentine Jackson Dissertation Award from the AHA-PCB. 

 
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J. Roderick Stackelberg

Professor of History Emeritus

530 W 24 Ave
AD Box 37
Spokane, WA 99203

Phone: 747-2077
Fax: (509) 313-5718

Office Location
United States

 
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Fr. Tony Via
Professor of History

502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 111
Spokane, WA 99258

Office Hours
Spring 2014
Monday and Wednesday 2:30-3:30 p.m.
or by appointment

Anthony P. Via, S.J., is a graduate of Gonzaga Prep (1946) and Gonzaga University (A.B. Honors Classical, 1950). He entered the Jesuit order in the fall of 1950 and continued his studies at Gonzaga in philosophy (Ph. L., 1956) and history (M.A., 1956). He also had the opportunity to take post-graduate courses in history at the University of Washington. Father Via was then asked to accept a three-year term on the faculty of the newly established Jesuit High School in Portland, Oregon, an honor that was acknowledged in 2005 when the school awarded him the Canisius medal. He taught there from 1956-1959 and then went on to pursue theology studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome (S.T.L, 1963).
Father Via resumed his studies in history at the University of Wisconsin (Madison) and completed his Ph. D. in 1966. His area of specialization was Medieval and Byzantine history. His dissertation was on the economic and social conditions in south Italy in the late tenth and early eleventh centuries on the eve of the Norman conquest.
Father Via began his career at Gonzaga University in the fall of 1966. He became the chairman of the department in 1967, Academic Vice-President of the University in 1969, and the director of Gonzaga-in-Florence in 1980.
Father Via has published a number of articles and book reviews and has delivered papers at the Pacific Northwest Renaissance Conference, the Medieval Association of the Pacific, and the Mid-West Medieval History Conference. He has also written a series of articles for Medieval Italy, an Encyclopedia (Routledge, 2004).
In 1979, Father Via was invited to participate in a research project at Dumbarton Oaks (Harvard University) in Washington D.C., entitled Religious Life in the Middle Ages. Upon completion of that project, he undertook research at the Institute for Research in Medieval Canon Law at Boalt Hall, University of California, Berkeley. He was also the recipient of a post-doctoral appointment at the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, University of California at Los Angeles.
As Director of Gonzaga-in-Florence, Father Via had the opportunity to travel extensively in Italy and the eastern Mediterranean (Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey and Greece).

 

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