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Graduate Faculty

CWU’s graduate faculty members have an outstanding record of accomplishment. Several have won awards for teaching and research. Among the highlights: Roxanne Easley, Daniel Herman, and Karen Blair have all been named Distinguished University Professors (Easley for teaching; Herman and Blair for research). Jason Knirck has authored three books on the political and social legacy of the Irish Revolution and has won the College of Arts and Humanities scholarship award. Steve Moore has won prizes both for his journal articles and his teaching, and now has a book in press on prohibition-era bootlegging on the Canadian-U.S. border (due out 2014). Jason Dormady is completing his second book on Mexican history, this one an edited collection of essays on Mormons in the Mexico-U.S. borderlands. Brian Carroll, meanwhile, is finalizing a book on Native Americans in the colonial New England militia. Our newest faculty members, Lacy Ferrell (pre-colonial and colonial Africa) and Chong Eun Ahn completed and defended their Ph.D. dissertations last year.

See faculty biographies below for more information.

Daniel Herman: Graduate Program Coordinator-
Professor
Daniel Herman specializes in American cultural history, American Indian history, the American West, Jacksonian America, and the Civil War. He has published three books, a dozen scholarly articles, and some thirty book reviews and encyclopedia articles. His first book, Hunting and the American Imagination (Smithsonian Institution Press, 2001), won the 2002 American Historical Society/Pacific Coast Branch book prize. His second book, Hell on the Range: A Story of Honor, Conscience, and the American West (Yale University Press, 2010) was chosen as a Pima County Library Southwestern Book of the Year.  His newest book, Rim Country Exodus: A Story of Conquest, Renewal, and Race in the Making (University of Arizona Press, 2012), won the Labriola Center American Indian National Book Award and the Charles Redd Center-Phi Alpha Theta Book Award in Western History.

Chong Eun Ahn-Assistant Professor                                                                 
Dr. Ahn teaches courses on modern China, East Asia, and comparative colonialisms and nationalisms. She recently finished her dissertation entitled “From Chaoxian ren to Chaoxian zu: Korean Identity under Japanese Empire and Chinese Nation State.” It examines the identity formation of ethnic Koreans who were treated as colonial subjects in the Japanese empire and then categorized as ethnic minorities in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). She is also interested in critical Asian American studies, and participates in various Asian American public history projects in the Pacific Northwest.

Karen Blair-Professor
Dr. Blair has devoted her career, since 1975, to the study of U.S. women's history. She has published two monographs on the subject of women's clubs, The Clubwoman as Feminist (1980) and The Torchbearers (1994). She has edited two editions of the anthology, Women in Pacific Northwest History, and has written two annotated bibliographies and a guide to doing historical research on American women. Her latest research examines the role of women in teacher training institutions,including "Normal Schools of the Pacific Northwest: The Lifelong Impact of Extracurricular Club Activities on Women Students at Teacher-Training Institutions, 1890-1917," Pacific Northwest Quarterly 101 (Winter 2009-2010).

Brian D. Carroll-Assistant Professor
Dr. Carroll teaches courses on early America, environmental history, military history, and gender and masculinity.  He is also affiliate faculty member of CWU’s American Indian Studies program and is active in Pacific Northwest public history. Having written articles and book reviews for The William and Mary Quarterly, Ethnohistory, and the New England Quarterly, he is currently revising a book manuscript about New England Indians in the British colonial military. He works with graduate students on topics relating to early American (pre-1830) history.

Jason Dormady-Assistant Professor
Dr. Dormady teaches courses on Mexico, religion in Latin America, modern and colonial Latin America, Revolution, Borderlands, and topics in World History.  He is the author of Primitive Revolution: Restorationist Religion and the Idea of the Mexican Revolution, 1940-1968 (UNM Press, 2011), as well as studies on Mennonites and free market reforms in Northern Mexico.  His current research includes research on the intersection of religion and hygiene in modern Mexico and an edited collection on Mormons in Mexico and its borderlands.

Roxanne Easley-Professor
Dr. Easley's recent research includes her latest book, The Emancipation of the Serfs in Russia: Peace Arbitrators and the Development of Civil Society and articles on nineteenth-century Russian writers and reform. Presently she is researching another book manuscript on people of mixed ethnic heritage in Alaska and Canada. She works with graduate students interested in any and all aspects of the history of Russia and Eastern Europe, from the medieval period to the fall of communism.

Lacy Ferrell-Assistant Professor
Dr. Ferrell teaches courses on pre-colonial and colonial African history. She recently completed her dissertation, “Fighting for the Future: A History of Education in Colonial Ghana, c. 1900-1940,” which traces the rising interest in schooling among Ghanaian families and children and how local engagements with schools shaped ideas about education, gender, space, and childhood. Her research on schooling in colonial Africa includes work on childhood, gender, urbanism, and migration.

Jason Knirck- Professor
Dr. Knirck teaches modern Irish, British, and western European history. He is the author of three books on the Irish revolution: Women of the Dail: Gender, Republicanism and the Anglo-Irish Treaty, Imagining Ireland's Independence: The Debates over the Anglo-Irish Treaty, and Afterimage of the Revolution: Cumann na nGaedheal and Irish Politics, 1922-32, which will be released in January 2014 from the University of Wisconsin Press. He is currently working on a book-length study of the development of parliamentary opposition in the Irish Free State, and works with graduate students interested in modern Irish, British or French history.

Stephen Moore-Associate Professor
Dr. Moore teaches courses in Pacific Northwest history, Canadian-American borderlands relations, American foreign relations, and social studies teaching methods. Recent publications include award-winning articles in both the American Review of Canadian Studies and Pacific Northwest Quarterly. He is currently working on a book-length manuscript that explores the Canadian-American relationship in the Pacific Northwest during the prohibition era.