Gonzaga University 502 E. Boone Ave. AD Box 037 Spokane, WA 99258
Phone: (509) 313-6697
Office Location AD 431P
Office Hours On sabbatical for 2015 fall semester.
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.
Office Hours Fall 2015: Mon.& Wed. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
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.
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.
502 E. Boone Ave AD Box 035 Spokane, WA 99258-0001
Phone: (509) 313-6695
Fax: (509) 313-5718
Office Location AD 341A
Fall 2015: MWF 3:10-4:30
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.
Department Chair 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 Fall 2015 Office Hours: Mon. & Wed. 11a.m. to 12p.m. Tues. & Thurs. 9:30a.m.-10:30a.m. Or by appointment
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.
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.
Gonzaga University 502 E. Boone Ave. AD Box 035 Spokane, WA 99258-0035
Phone: (509) 313-6691
Office Location AD 431M
Fall 2015: Mon. 11:00-12; Wed. 1:00-3; Fri. 9:00-10 Meetings by advance appointment also available.
Dr. Andrew L. Goldman has been a member of the GU 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 ("The Octagonal Gemstones from Gordion: Observations and Interpretations" in Anatolian Studies 64 (2014) 163-97).
502 E. Boone Ave. AD Box 037 Spokane, WA 99258
Office Location 431G
Office Hours Fall 2015: MWF 11:00-12:15
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.
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.
723 E. Boone Ave.
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.
Gonzaga University 502 E. Boone Ave. AD Box 036 Spokane, WA 99258
Phone: (509) 313-6694
Office Location AD 431K
Fall 2015: Mon. & Wed. 3:00-5:00
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.
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.
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
Fall 2015: Tues. & Thurs. 11-12; Wed. 10-11, 2-3 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.
Dr. Raymond Rast
Lecturer / Interim Internship Coordinator, College of Arts and Sciences
502 E. Boone Ave. AD Box 37 Spokane, WA 99258
Phone: (509) 313-6834
Office Location College Hall 431G
Office Hours Fall 2015: Tues. and Thurs. 1:30-2:30, and by appointment.
Born and raised near Kansas City, Missouri, Dr. Rast earned his B.A from Yale University, his M.A. from the University of New Mexico, and his Ph.D. from the University of Washington. He specializes in U.S. history
since the Civil War, American cultural history, the history of the American
West, and Latino history. His scholarship focuses on tourism, mobility, diversity, historic preservation, and “sense of place” in the modern American West.
Dr. Rast also teaches and engages in “public history.” He has
written several National Register and National Historic Landmark nominations
and curated or consulted on several museum exhibitions, including an
award-winning exhibition on the legal battle to abolish segregated “Mexican schools”
in post-WWII California. He has worked with the National Park Service in various
consulting roles, and his work played an important role in the creation of the
Cesar E. Chavez National Monument.
Dr. Rast taught at the College of Wooster in Ohio and at
California State University, Fullerton, before joining the History Department
at Gonzaga in 2012.
Assistant Professor of History
502 E. Boone Ave AD Box 037 Spokane, WA 99258
Office Location College Hall 431L
Fall 2015: Mon. & Wed. 1:00-2:00, Tues. 10-12, and 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.