History Faculty

Sarah Purcell
Professor - Department Chair
Professor of History

Sarah Purcell, L.F. Parker Professor of History, graduated from Grinnell with a B.A. in history in 1992. She went on to earn an A.M. (1993) and a Ph.D. (1997) from Brown University. She... See this person's full profile

Professor, Emerita

Professor Brown has been a member of the Grinnell History Department since the fall of 1989. She has chaired the History Department and the Gender and Women's Studies concentration, been... See full profile

Catherine Chou
Assistant Professor

Catherine Chou is a historian of early modern European political theory and culture. At heart, her work is concerned with dueling visions of the 'common wealth' and ideal society, and... See full profile

Cohn Edward
Associate Professor

Edward Cohn came to Grinnell in 2007 after completing a Ph.D. in Russian history at the University of Chicago. A 1999 graduate of Swarthmore College, he worked for a year as a journalist... See full profile

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Associate Professor - Classics Department Chair
Monessa Cummins received her Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Cincinnati. Her research focuses on Greek epinician poetry, a type of lyric poetry composed in praise of victors at... See full profile
Professor, Emeritus

George A. Drake first came to Grinnell as an undergraduate in the class of 1956. After a sojourn at the University of Chicago to receive his Ph.D., Mr. Drake began his career as a... See full profile

Elfenbein Caleb
Associate Professor
Director, Center for the Humanities

I am an Associate Professor of History and Religious Studies at Grinnell College, where I also direct the Center for the Humanities. Long ago, I graduated from Vassar College with a... See full profile

Guenther Michael
Assistant Professor - Technology Studies Department Chair

Michael Guenther received his B.A. from the University of Virginia, and his M.A. & Ph.D from Northwestern University. His research examines the social and political dimensions of... See full profile

Andrew Hsieh
Professor, Emeritus

Before joining the Grinnell faculty in 1978, Andrew Hsieh received his education at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Kyoto University (Japan), and Yale University. He has currently... See full profile

Professor, Emeritus
Joseph F. Rosenfield Professor of Social Studies

Kaiser has taught at Grinnell since 1979, and in 2008, entered Senior Faculty Status. A specialist in medieval and early modern Russia, Mr. Kaiser has studied legal, social, and... See full profile

Albert Lacson
Associate Professor

Assistant Professor Albert Lacson teaches courses that focus on race and ethnicity in US history, including Native American and African American history, race in early America,... See full profile

Michael E. Latham
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College

Michael Latham joined Grinnell College as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College in 2014. A specialist in the history of U.S. foreign relations, 20th-century America... See full profile

Carolyn H Lewis
Associate Professor - Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies Department Chair

Carolyn Herbst Lewis joined the faculty at Grinnell College as an assistant professor of history in 2013 and was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2018. She has served as... See full profile

Kelly Maynard
Associate Professor - European Studies Department Chair
Kelly Maynard joined the faculty at Grinnell in 2009 after teaching in the history and art history departments at Scripps College. Her current project, entitled Hearing Wagner in France at... See full profile
Associate Professor

Elizabeth Prevost is a historian of modern Britain and the Empire/Commonwealth, colonial Africa, women & gender, global Christianity, and reading & publishing. She is the author... See full profile

Associate Professor

Mr. Silva came to Grinnell from the University of Chicago where he wrote a dissertation on Chilean middle-class unions. Mr. Silva's work examines how the middle class contributed to the... See full profile

Professor, Emeritus

D. A. Smith has taught history at Grinnell since 1970; during the 1960s he studied and taught history at Yale University. He has also been (1993 and 1997) Concurrent Professor of History... See full profile