The Le Moyne College history faculty is a community of scholars dedicated to excellence in both teaching and research. The faculty's expertise spans the globe: from the United States and Europe to South America, Africa, and the Middle East. Le Moyne's historians specialize in Women's history, Church history, Russia and modern East Asia, the Islamic world and issues of colonialism and post-coloniality.

The current faculty has published over two dozen books, scores of articles and chapters in anthologies, and more than one hundred book reviews in scholarly journals. Our articles and reviews have been in the American Historical Review, the Journal of American History, the Boston Globe, The Nation, Slavic Studies, Albion, and the International Journal of Middle East Studies; we have appeared on local news shows and national PBS series.

Edward Judge's biography of V.K. von Plehve received the AHA's Best First Book Award, and his Easter in Kishinev: Anatomy of a Pogrom has been republished in both German and Russian. Douglas Egerton's study of the Virginian slave conspiracy of 1800 garnered him the annual book prize of the Society of Historians of the Early Republic. Articles written by members of the faculty have earned the Filson Society's Otto Rothert Award, the Alabama Historical Association's Milo Howard Award, and the South Carolina Historical Association's Malcolm C. Clark Prize.

Equally important is our dedication to teaching. We strive to offer courses that are stimulating, challenging, enlightening and provocative, providing students not only with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of history, but also with the ability to think clearly, analyze evidence and events, conduct effective research, and communicate well. Beyond that, we work with our students on a personal basis -encouraging them, prodding them, challenging them, affirming them, and helping them to be the best that they can be. A number of our faculty have won awards for teaching excellence, and John W. Langdon was the first recipient of the Kevin G. O'Connell Distinguished Teaching Professorship.

Douglas Egerton

On leave Spring 2015 as the Merrill Family Visiting Professor of History at Cornell University

Ph.D. 1985, Georgetown U.
Early American and 19th-Century U.S.
Office: RH 402A
Phone: (315) 445-4765
Email: egertodr@lemoyne.edu

I became interested in history through my family and its troubled past. My paternal grandmother was born in Tennessee in 1885, the daughter of an elderly Confederate officer and slaveholder (and his second, much younger, wife). When I was in high school, the series "Roots" was shown on television, and my normally soft-spoken grandmother became furious about the way in which the Old South was depicted. She assured me that they--meaning the planter class--"were always kind to our people," an inadvertent admission that African American slaves were indeed human property. I think that's when I decided to write and teach about race relations in the early American South.

I moved east from Arizona and received my M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Georgetown. I never lost my interest in the South, which in fact was far more complex and complicated than I ever imagined.

My work deals with the intersections between race and politics in early America. My books include The Wars of Reconstruction: The Brief, Violent History of America's Most Progressive Era (2014), Year of Meteors: Stephen Douglas, Abraham Lincoln, and the Election That Brought on the Civil War (2010) and Death or Liberty: African Americans and Revolutionary America (2009), My first book, Charles Fenton Mercer and the Trial of National Conservatism (1989), examined the career of the founder of the American Colonization Society, a group of conservative white antislavery politicians who wished to send freed slaves to Liberia. My other books, Gabriel's Rebellion (1993), He Shall Go Out Free: The Lives of Denmark Vesey (1999), and Rebels, Reformers and Revolutionaries (2002) explore slave rebelliousness.

I've also written numerous essays and reviews regarding race in early America; some of the latter have appeared in the Sunday Boston Globe and The Nation. I've appeared on the PBS series "The Afican Americans: Many Rivers to Cross" (2013), "Africans in America" (1998) and "This Far by Faith" (2002). During the 2011-12 academic year, I held the Mary Ball Washington Chair (Fulbright) at the University College Dublin.

World Civilizations I & II: Learning Community
Antebellum America, 1800-1848
Slavery and Emancipation in the Atlantic World
Civil War and Reconstruction, 1848-1877
Race and Ethnicity in Early America

Recent and Forthcoming Publications

Recent Conference Presentations
I have given talks at the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, the Southern Historical Association, and the Society for Historians of the Early Republic.

Bruce A. Erickson

Department Chair

Ph.D. 2001 New Mexico
Associate Professor
Latin America
Office: RH 402
Phone: (315) 445-4285
Email: ericksba@lemoyne.edu

My interest in Latin America began in the early 1980s when I became active in the political movement opposing U.S. intervention in Central America. In 1985 I visited the University of El Salvador, which had been occupied by the Salvadoran army for four years and was still under siege. In 1992, I was fortunate to be present for the celebration of peace accords to end El Salvador’s long civil war, spending much of that visit in areas under the control of the guerrilla forces that had opposed the government.

I completed an M.A. in Latin American Studies at the University of New Mexico in 1991, studying Latin America through a variety of disciplines including Political Science, Geography, and Economics. My majors were History and Sociology. In 2001, I completed a Ph.D. in Latin American History, with a Women's History minor, also at University of New Mexico. I worked as a research historian for eight years and have traveled to Latin America several times. 

In 2007, I took part in a faculty development seminar during the Spring Semester and traveled to China in May-June as part of the “Globalizing the Le Moyne Core: Exploring Justice in an Interdependent World,” program, administered by the Center for Peace and Global Studies. My experiences contribute greatly to my understanding and teaching of world history.

My current research interest is the relationship of gender, race, and colonialism in the Spanish empire. I have just finished a term as Faculty Moderator for Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society, and remain Faculty Moderator for History Academy.

University of New Mexico
Ph.D., Latin American History with a Women's Studies minor, May 2001
University of New Mexico
M.A., Latin American Studies, May 1991

Courses currently taught
World Civilization I and II
Colonial Latin America 1492-1825
Latin America Since 1825
Seminar: Mexico
Latin American Social Movements
Drug Wars and International Politics

Recent conference participation

  • 2007 New York State Latin American History Workshop, at SUNYIT, Utica.
  • 2006 XII Conference of Mexican, United States and Canadian Historians, Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • 2005 Conference of the Central New York Peace Studies Consortium, Le Moyne College.

Recent publications

  • “Gender and Violence: Conquest, Conversion, and Culture on New Spain’s Imperial Frontier,” in Gender, Race, and Religion in the Colonization of the Americas , edited by Nora E. Jaffary, Ashgate Press.
  • From Mexico City to Santa Fe: A Historical Guide, with Joseph P. Sánchez. Albuquerque: Rio Grande Books, 2011.
  • Between Two Countries: A History of Coronado National Memorial, 1939-1990, with Joseph P. Sánchez and Jerry L. Gurulé. Albuquerque: Rio Grande Books, 2007.

Leigh Fought

Ph.D. 2000 University of Houston
Assistant Professor
U.S. History
Office: RH 437
Phone: (315) 445-4512
E-mail: foughtlk@lemoyne.edu

The 1970s brought the American Bicentennial, the miniseries Roots, and the t.v. series Little House on the Prairie. Then, my grandparents also took me to colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, and more than one Civil War battlefield. This odd mix of patriotism, race, women’s history, and living history profoundly affected me as a little white girl growing up in the South. I discovered that there were many different pasts and that their stories conflicted with and complemented one another.  I was doomed – or blessed – at an early age to become a historian, although the medium in which I practice has varied. I have worked as a documents editor, an archivist, and a living history museum interpreter all in the process of finding my purpose in the academic world of teaching, research and writing.

 I have a Ph.D. in U.S. history from the University of Houston and a Master of Library Science degree from Simmons College in Boston.  If you want to find my work in print, look for Southern Womanhood and Slavery: A Biography of Louisa S. McCord (University of Missouri Press, 2003), who was not only a planter but a pro-slavery and anti-woman’s rights essayist. If you prefer something lighter, shorter and with more pictures, try Mystic, Connecticut: From Pequot Village to Tourist Town (The History Press, 2006). I was also an editor of the first volume of Frederick Douglass’s Correspondence (Yale University Press, 2009). Ask me about him and you will probably learn more than you thought possible about Douglass and women, the subject of my next book, Frederick Douglass’s Women (Oxford University Press, forthcoming c. 2013-14).


  • World Civilization I&II
  • U.S. History survey I

Recent and Forthcoming Publications:

 Recent and Forthcoming Presentations:

  • “I Shouldered One Part of Our Baggage, and Anna Took up the Other”: The Marriage of Frederick and Anna Douglass,” BrANCH Annual Meeting, Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, October 2012 
  • “Anna Murray, Mrs. Frederick Douglass,” Villanova University, September 2012 
  •   “The Marriage of Anna Murray and Frederick Douglass,” Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, National Parks Service, Anacostia, D.C., July 2012 
  •   Interview about Julia Griffiths and Frederick Douglass, The History Show, RTE’, Dublin, Ireland, February 2011
  • “The Feminine World of Frederick Douglass, Abolitionist and Women’s Rights Man,” Queen’s College, Belfast, Ireland, December 2011 
  • “Frederick Douglass’s Mother,” University College, Dublin, Ireland, October 2011
  •  “Dirty, Sexy, Abolition: the Julia Griffiths-Frederick Douglass Scandal,” BrANCH Annual Meeting, Cambridge, England, October 2011

Edward H. Judge

Ph. D. 1975, U. Michigan
Russian, Modern East Asian, Cold War
Office: RH 404
Phone: (351) 445-4472

I earned my PhD in history from the University of Michigan in 1975, did research in Russia in 1976 - 1977, and have been teaching at Le Moyne since 1978. I offer a series of courses in World History since 1900, Russian history, and World Civilizations. I love teaching, and I have a life-long passion for history, diversity, and undergraduate education.

At Le Moyne I have received the Msgr. A. Robert Casey Teacher of the Year Award (1999), the Richard M. McKeon Scholar of the Year Award (1994), the Joseph C. Georg Endowed Professorship (1997-2000), and the Matteo Ricci Award for Achievement in Diversity (2000).

I also enjoy historical research and writing, and have published a number of books on various historical subjects. These include Plehve: Repression and Reform in Imperial Russia, 1902-1904 (1983); Easter in Kishinev: Anatomy of a Pogrom (1992); Modernization and Revolution: Dilemmas of Progress in Late Imperial Russia (1992, with James Y. Simms, Jr.); A Hard and Bitter Peace: A Global History of the Cold War (1996, with John W. Langdon), The Cold War: A History through Documents (1999, with John W. Langdon), and Connections: A World History (2009, with John Langdon).

My wife Susan and I live in Syracuse. We have four sons, three daughters-in-law, and eight grandchildren. We enjoy traveling to visit them and to visit places of historical interest.

World Civilizations I&II
History of Russia
The Great War and Global Revolutions, 1900 - 1920
The Age of Anxiety and Global War, 1920 - 1945
Cold War and Global Confrontation, 1945 - 1964
Cold War and Global Upheaval, 1964 - Present
Internships in History

Recent and Forthcoming Publications


John W. Langdon

On leave Fall 2014 and on sabbatical Spring 2015

Ph. D. 1973, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
Modern France, Modern Germany, Latin America, 20th Century Global
Office: RH 408
Phone: (315) 445-4475

I received a B.A. with Honors in History from Le Moyne College in 1967 and a Ph.D. in History from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in 1973. At the latter institution I was a National Defense Fellow.

Since 1971 I have taught modern history at Le Moyne College and briefly as a visiting professor at Syracuse University.  My elective courses include Global Revolution and Global War, 1900-1920; The Age of Anxiety and Global War, 1920-1945; The Cold War, 1945-1964; and The Cold War, 1964-1991.  I have taught either Western Civilization or World Civilizations during each of my forty-three years in teaching.  I was Teacher of the Year at Le Moyne College in 1989 and was named the College’s first O’Connell Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Humanities in 1996. In 2011 I received the Distinguished Educator Award from the Central New York Council for the Social Studies, and the Loyola Award for forty years' service to Le Moyne College. In 2012 I was named Distinguished Social Studies Educator of the Year by the New York State Council for the Social Studies.

I served as Chair of the Department of History for seven years, Director of the Honors Program for two years, Chair of the Committee on Rank and Tenure for three years, President of the Association of Teaching Faculty for two years, and Director of Le Moyne College Elderhostel for eight years.  From 2009-11 I was co-chair of the Provost's Task Force on Revision of the Core Curriculum. I am a Past President of the New York State Association of European Historians.

My publications include, as sole author, July 1914: The Long Debate, 1918-1990 (1991); four books as co-author with Edward H. Judge as follows: A Hard and Bitter Peace: A Global History of the Cold War (1996), The Cold War: A History Through Documents (1999); The Cold War: A Global History with Documents (2010) and Connections: A World History (second edition, 2012); and one book as co-author with Barnett Singer, Cultured Force: Builders and Defenders of France’s Colonial Empire (2004).  My future scholarly agenda includes, in collaboration with Edward Judge, a monograph, The Twilight of Imperialism and the Cold War, and co-editorship of a documentary database for World History and Western Civilization, to be produced by Pearson Education.

I am a life member of the Society for French Historical Studies, a founding member of the Conference Group for the Study of Religion in World History, and a member of the World History Association. I am a member of the Board of Directors of the Central New York Council for the Social Studies and serve on its Joint Committee on Professional Development.

My wife and I have two married daughters: Lisa Koch, a doctoral candidate in international security studies at the University of Michigan, and Heather Lazarow, who works at the Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania just outside Philadelphia. We have five grandchildren.


World Civilizations I and II
Global Revolution and Global War, 1900-1920
The Age of Anxiety and Global War, 1920-1945
The Cold War, 1945-1964
The Cold War, 1964-1991

Recent and Forthcoming Publications

Godriver Odhiambo

Ph.D 2010, West Virginia
Assistant Professor
Office: RH 407
Office Hours: MWF 1:30-2:30
Email: odhiamga@lemoyne.edu

History of Africa, c. 1400-1870
Africa During the Long 20th Century: 1870-1994
Seminar: African History
World Civilizations I & II

Recent and Forthcoming Publications

Recent Conference Presentations

  • "Genesis of Sudanese Refugees since 1955: The Southern Region." Conversation with a Continent Conference, Museum of African Art, New York, Feb. 2009.
  • "Kenya Refugee Policy: A Contradiction, 1963-1999." African Studies Association, New York, Nov. 2007.


Holly Rine

Director of the Honors Program

Ph.D 2004, University of New Hampshire
Associate Professor
Colonial America and Revolutionary America
Office: RH 409
Office Hours: MWF 10:30-11:20
Phone: (315) 445-4477

I received my B.A. in History from Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. I then earned an M.A. in History and Historic Preservation from Middle Tennessee State University. After working as a professional Historic Preservationist for a few years I decided to work towards my Ph.D., which I earned in 2004 from the University of New Hampshire.

In addition to the World Civilizations and American History surveys, I will be developing and teaching courses on Colonial America and Revolutionary America as well as electives and seminars on Native American History. In these courses I try to challenge students to explore the vast diversity of peoples, experiences and perspectives in colonial and early America.

My research explores intercultural contact in the Hudson River Valley in the 17th century and connects various events in the Hudson Valley such as the Peach War of 1655 and the Esopus Wars of 1658 and 1663 with events removed from the region, such as Bacon’s Rebellion, Metacom’s War and the Third Anglo-Dutch War in the 1670s. By making these connections, I demonstrate how seemingly localized struggles for power had far reaching consequences including the creation of a new diplomatic landscape of European and Indian affairs that was centered at Albany . In my interpretations of these cross-cultural experiences, I maintain a focus on the active roles and motivations of the various American Indian groups who helped to shape the experiences and development of 17th century North America.
University of New Hampshire
Ph.D., History, September 2004
Middle Tennessee State University
M.A., History, Historic Preservation, May 1997
Berea College
B.A., History, May 1992

Colonial History of the United States
Revolution and Republic, 1763-1800
Native American History
American History Survey I & II
World Civilizations I & II
Historical Writing and Research

Recent and Forthcoming Publications

  • "Mohawk Reinvention of the Fort Orange and Albany Courts, 1652-1677," Journal of Early American History 2:1 (2012): 3-31.
  • "'Such Splendid Country': The Esopus Region, A Multi-Ethnic Colonial Landscape on the Hudson River, 1652-1670," The Historian 73:4 (2011): 705-29.

Recent Conference Presentations

  • "Beyond Frontiers: Colonial Cities as 'Indian Territory'," at "Cities in History: Urban Identities Reconsidered," Fordham University, New York, NY, 17 September 2011. 
  • "Multi-Ethnic Geographies: The Mid-Hudson River Valley in the Seventeenth Century," at the 16th Annual Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture Conference, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, 12 June 2010.
  • “Conflict and Compromise in the Struggles over the Control of Land and Space in th 17th Century Hudson River Valley," at Foerderverein fuer Vergleichende Ueberseegeschichte: Perceptions of Land, University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany, 1-3 June 2007.


Fr. Robert E. Scully, S. J.


Office: RH 401
Phone: (315) 445-4253

I am currently a Professor in the History Department, teaching a wide range of courses.

In addition to teaching, I am the Faculty Advisor for Alpha Sigma Nu (the National Jesuit Honor Society), the Resident Chaplain of Foery Hall, and a member of the Core Revision Task Force.

As a member of the Jesuit Community at Le Moyne, I also assist at Campus Ministry by presiding at Liturgies and helping with various activities. On several Sundays a month, I celebrate Mass at St. Mary's of the Lake in Skaneateles, NY.

Western Civilization to 1789
Western Civilization since 1789
History of American Law
History and Spirituality of the Jesuits
Tudor-Stuart Britain and Ireland
The Age of Renaissance and Reformation
Historical Research and Writing.

Recent and Forthcoming Publications

Recent Conference Presentations
I present a paper each year at the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference. In addition, I attend and present papers at various times at other historical conferences.

Yamin Xu

Associate Professor
Office: RH 405
Office hours: Usually on Tuesdays andThursdays
Phone: (315) 445-4473
Email: xuy@lemoyne.edu

I received my B.A. from Nankai University (China), M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from University of California at Berkeley.

I had taught in several different universities in both California and Alabama before I joined the Le Moyne faculty here in 2003.  Besides World Civilization, I teach East Asian surveys from Neolithic origins to the present. My East Asian seminars are organized around the topics concerning modern East Asian societies, governments, cultures, intellectual traditions, religious practices, gender issues, and international relations.

I have valuable firsthand experiences of living and working in China.  I receive all kinds of daily information about China in Chinese and keep a close contact with people there.  This can help me to bridge the gap between the East and West while teaching in Le Moyne classroom.

My research interests primarily focus on late imperial and modern China. I am currently working on a number of projects dealing with issues concerning Chinese state, society, and modernity from a perspective of the city of Beijing.

East Asia to 1600
East Asia since 1600
Modern East Asia Seminars on various topics
Women in China and Japan
World Civilizations I
World Civilizations II

Recent and Forthcoming Publications

  • Book manuscripts in preparation: Handling ‘Wicked People’ and Civil Strife in Beijing: Changes in Neighborhoods, Urban Space, and Police Institutions, 1640s-1930s.  Volume One: Under the Qing; Volume Two: Under the Republic.”
  • “Urban Communities, State, Spatial Order, and Modernity: Studies of Imperial and Republican Beijing in Perspective.”  Feature article, China Review International 15:1, Spring 2009.
  • “Policing Civility on the Streets: Encounter with Litterbugs, ‘Nightsoil Lords,’ and Street Corner Urinators in Republican Beijing.”  Twentieth-Century China 30:2 (April 2005): 28-71.
  • “Confucianism,” “Traditional Supervisory System,” “Imperial Hanlin Academy,” “Huang Zongxi,” “Gu Yanwu,” “Wang Fuzhi,” “Republican Five-Divisions System.”  Articles in Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, 2009.
  • “Review on Stephen Haw’s Beijing—A Concise History.”  China Review International 14:2, Fall 2008.
  • “Review on Hanchao Lu’s Street Criers: A Cultural History of Chinese Beggars.”  The Journal of Interdisciplinary History 37:2 (2006): 336-337.
  • “Review on Dragons, Tigers, and Dogs: Qing Crisis Management and the Boundaries of State Power in Late Imperial China.”  China Review International 10:2 (Fall 2003): 363-368.

Recent Presentations

  • “Central Asia, the Next Hot Place: Oil and Global Politics.”  Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions Discussion Group, Syracuse, October 2007.
  • “Neighborhood Management of Qing Beijing and Traditional Configuration of Social and Spatial Order.”  New England Conference of the Association for Asian Studies, Annual Meeting, November 2006.
  • “Domestic Order in Flux: Family Violence, Public Opinion and State in Republican Beijing.”  New England Conference of the Association for Asian Studies, Annual Meeting, November 2005.
  • “Reconfigured Neighborhoods and the Expansion of State Institutions: Social Structural Changes in Beijing and Their Implications, 1800s-1930s,” Association for Asian Studies, Annual Meeting, Chicago, April 2005.
  • “Structural Changes of Beijing Neighborhoods and Social and Political Implications, 1800s-1930s.” New England Conference of the Association for Asian Studies, Dartmouth College, November 2004.
  • “Crimes against Civility in Public Space: Litterbugs, Street-Corner Urinators, and Misdemeanors in Republican Beijing.”  Association for Asian Studies, Annual Meeting, San Diego, March 2004.

Organizer and co-organizer for panels:

  • “In Search of New Agents of Mediation and Control in Changing Local Societies: Late-Qing and Early Republican China in Transition,” Annual Meeting, Association for Asian Studies, Chicago, March 31-April 3, 2005.
  • “Wicked People and the Chinese State: Common Transgressions and Political Control from Qing to Republic,” Annual Meeting, Association for Asian Studies, Chicago, April 2002

Robert Zens

Ph.D. 2004, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Associate Professor
Ottoman Empire, Middle East, Islam, Balkans
Office: RH 406
email: zensrw@lemoyne.edu

    I received my B.A. in History with a concentration in Medieval and Renaissance Studies from the University of Dallas. As an undergraduate I had the pleasure of studying abroad in Rome, allowing me to experience the Mediterranean world first hand.  My time in Rome spurred my interest in further exploring this area of the world.  This interest eventually led me to the study of the Ottoman Empire.  I received an M.A. and Ph.D. in Ottoman History with subfields of Byzantine, Imperial Russian, and Spanish history as well as South Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    Prior to teaching at Le Moyne College, I taught at Indiana University of Pennsylvania for three years.  I was drawn to the Jesuit liberal arts tradition of Le Moyne which is very similar to the undergraduate institution I attended because of the emphasis on providing a wide-ranging education and the close student-teacher relationship.  It is my desire to create in the classroom a passion for acquiring knowledge.

    My research interests lie within the eighteenth and early nineteenth-century Ottoman Empire.  Presently I am working on a monograph on Ottoman provincial elites. I conduct most of my research at the Ottoman archives in Istanbul, Turkey.  Additionally, I am the managing editor of the Journal of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association.

World Civilizations I & II
Early Islamic History, 600-1258
Empires of Islam: The Ottomans, Safavids/Qajars and Mughals
Modern Middle East History, 1792-2000
Sovereignty and Islam
History and Memory in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
State and Faith in the Middle East

Recent and Forthcoming Publications:

Recent Conference Presentations

  • "The Ottoman Connection," World History Association, San Diego CA, June 2010.
  • "Looking to the East: A Comparison of Ottoman and Qing Provincial Elites," Great Lakes Ottomanist Workshop, Montreal, March 2010.
  • “Ottoman Provincial Notables in the Eighteenth Century: A Comparative Study,” Comité International d'études Pre-ottomanes et Ottomanes, Zagreb, Croatia, August 2008.

 Emeriti Faculty

Carolyn T. Bashaw

Professor Emerita
Ph.D. 1992, University of Georgia
20th-Century U.S. and Women
Email: bashawct@lemoyne.edu

Barbara J. Blaszak

Professor Emerita
Ph.D. 1978, SUNY Buffalo
British, Modern European, Women's and Labor