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Ben Chappell
Associate Professor
213P Bailey Hall

Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin


Elizabeth Esch
Associate Professor
213L Bailey Hall

Ph.D. New York University

Nishani Frazier
Associate Professor
213Q Bailey

Ph.D. in History, Columbia University

Also appointed in History

Nicole Hodges Persley
Associate Professor of American Studies and African & African American Studies
104A Beiley

PhD, University of Southern California

Randal Jelks
213N Bailey Hall

Ph.D. Michigan State University

Also appointed in African and African-American Studies.

Margaret Kelley
Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
Bailey Hall, 213H

Ph.D. New York University

Assistant Professor
213K Bailey Hall

Ph.D. University of California, San Diego

Ray Pence
Associate Teaching Professor, Acting Undergraduate Director
213H Bailey Hall

Ph.D. University of Kansas

Christopher Perreira
Assistant Professor
213J Bailey Hall

Ph.D. University of California, San Diego

David Roediger
Foundation Distinguished Professor
213D Bailey Hall

Ph.D. Northwestern University

Also appointed in History.

image of Sherrie Tucker on a motorcycle
213G Bailey Hall

Ph.D. University of California, Santa Cruz

Hall Distinguished Professor of American Literature & Culture, Acting Chairperson
3110 Wescoe Hall

Ph.D. Union Theological Seminary

Also appointed in English.

  • Listen to Margaret Kelley discuss it's not just fear of violence or belief in the second amendment and gun rights prompting gun ownership.  On this episode of WhenExpertsAttack she explains that concerns about Armageddon and "supernatural" evil also are at play.  
  • Congratulations to Bobby Cervantes for being awarded the Harry Middleton Fellowship in Presidential Studies!
  • Read about Afro-Puerto Rican illustrator Eric Velasquez in this piece written by William García-Medina for Teaching For Change.
  • Geoffrey Newman did a podcast for the journal Kansas History that was broadcast on 91.9 KSDB-FM.  It is available online here.
  • Congratulations to Sam Steuart for being named KU's 20th Truman scholar!
  • This article, written by Geoffrey Newman, was published in the August edition of the Kansas History Journal. Congratulations Geoffrey!
  • Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Kathryn Vaggalis for being awarded the American Studies Association's 2018 Gene Wise-Warren Susman Prize!
  • KU-AUMI InterArts was recently featured by the Commons in a video on improving inclusive communities at KU. You can watch the video, which features our own Sherrie Tucker amongst other founders of the movement at KU, and learn more about AUMI here!
  • Congratulations to Professor Robert Warrior on being elected to a member of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • This articlewritten by Ph.D. candidate Hannah Bailey, was published in the latest edition of Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Congratulations, Hannah!
  • We would like to recognize Patrick Sumner, 2005 alumni, for his work in this article about the defacement of the John Brown memorial in the Quindaro area of Kansas City, Kansas.
  • Please read this article about Professor Robert Warrior titled: Native scholar uncomfortably at home in American studies field.
  • Congratulations to Daniel Carey-Whalen, an alumni that was recently promoted as UTEP's Centennial Museum director.
  • Congratulations to Josh Parshall, an alumni who was recently featured in this article.
  • How a motion-tracking musical software is breaking down barriers for people with disabilities: click here to read more about the Adaptive Use Musical Instrument (AUMI), a one-of-a-kind piece of inclusive technology that promotes musical improvisation. The article recognizes Professor Sherrie Tucker, who started AUMI jam sessions and helped to bring the grant and symposium for it to Lawrence. Written by Omar Sanchez
  • KU Special Education Department: With Ray Pence
  • Tribute Or Tribulation? How do we commemorate history? What is the best way to remember a conflicted and painful past? And who gets to decide? Listen here »
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