College of Arts & Sciences

Our faculty conduct internationally recognized research and innovative, technologically-enhanced instruction. Grounded in practical experience but exploring the frontiers of their disciplines, they are models of academic excellence.

William Connell

William J. Connell, Ph.D.

Professor and La Motta Chair

His studies of Italian history explore the medieval and early modern roots of modern society, politics and culture.
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Larry Greene

Larry A. Greene, Ph.D.


Dr. Greene's research focuses on the relationship of African Americans to Germany and expatriate communities.
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Sean Harvey

Sean P. Harvey, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Sean P. Harvey's research focuses on language and race in early America.
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Williamjames Hull Hoffer, J.D., Ph.D.

Williamjames H. Hoffer, J.D., Ph.D.


Dr. Hoffer’s research centers on the formation of the U.S. administrative state and attitudes towards bureaucracy.
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Nathaniel Knight, Ph.D.

Nathaniel Knight, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Chair

His research explores Russian ethnography through scientific societies, folklore, and 19th century exhibitions.
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Maxim Istanbul

Maxim Matusevich, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Director, Russian and East European Studies Program

Dr. Matusevich’s research focuses on the Cold War in Africa as well as the history of African-Russian encounters.
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Vanessa May

Vanessa May, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Professor May studies the history of women, gender, and class in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century America.
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Murat Menguc

Murat C. Menguc, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

I study Ottoman historiography, focusing on “the emergence of historical consciousness” among the Ottomans.
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Mark Molesky

Mark C. Molesky, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

My interests include the Lisbon Earthquake of 1755, the Enlightenment, WWI, WWII, the Holocaust & classical scholarship.
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Dermot Quinn

Dermot Quinn, Ph.D.

Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

His research interests include Catholic history, Irish-American history, and the history of Seton Hall University.
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Thomas Rzeznik, Ph.D.

Thomas Rzeznik, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

His research focuses on the development of religious institutions and class dynamics within American religious life.
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Kirsten Schultz, Ph.D.

Kirsten Schultz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

My current research examines governance in the eighteenth-century Portuguese Empire in America.
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Adjunct Faculty


Brigitte Koenig, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor of History

Her approach to history emphasizes the human consequences of the events, themes, and issues that compose U.S. history.
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Faculty Emeritus

  • George P. Browne
    Ph.D., The Catholic University of America


Daniel J. Leab, Ph.D.

Professor - Emeritus

Dr. Leab's research interests include labor history, history in film, and the history of the FBI and CIA.
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Maxine Lurie

Maxine Lurie, Ph.D.

Professor - Emeritus

Dr. Lurie has written on New Jersey in the 17th and 18th centuries and on New Jersey's role in the American Revolution.
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Department of History
(973) 275-2984
Fahy Hall Rm. 339

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