KU History Faculty Bios

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Dr. Andrew B. Arnold

Department of History
Lytle 147
Phone: 610-683-4385


B.A. Hamphire College
M.A., Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Fields Labor History
Constitutional History
Pennsylvania History

Courses Taught
CMP 201 Intro to Research and Writing for History and Social Studies
HIS 25 US Formative Years and Federal Republic
HIS 120 History of Pennsylvania
HIS 218 Age of Enterprise 1865-1939
HIS 247 Work and Workers in American History
HIS 310 Constitutional History of the United States

Selected Publications

Andrew B. Arnold, Fueling the Gilded Age: Railroads, Miners, and Disorder in Pennsylvania Coal Country (Forthcoming, Spring 2014 NYU Press, Culture, Labor, History series)

Editorial Board, Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies

Andrew B. Arnold, A Pocket Guide to the U.S. Constitution (New York: Pearson, 2011)(2nd Edition, Georgetown University Press, April 2018).

Andrew B. Arnold, Pennsylvania Legacies, “Mother Jones and the Panics of 1873-1893” 11:1 May 2011.

Andrew B. Arnold, "We Shall be Part! The Power of Workers and Communities: South, Midwest, Northeast," Journal of Labor History (May 2007).

Andrew B. Arnold, "The Anthracite Strike of 1902," in Encyclopedia of U.S. Labor and Working Class History (New York: Routledge: 2006).


--Recipient of the Chambliss Award for Excellence in Faculty Research 2016. 

--Recipient of the APSCUF KU Inspirational Professor Award in May 2010.

Other Scholarly and Professional Details

Former President, Kutztown University Senate 2017-2019
Former Dept. Chair, 2012-2020
Former Book Review Editor, Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies, 2015-2019

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Dr. Michael P. Gabriel

Professor & Chair
Department of History
Lytle 115
Phone: 610-683-4385


B.S. Clarion University of Pennsylvania
M.A. St. Bonaventure University
Ph.D. Penn State University

Colonial and Revolutionary America
Civil War
Public History

Courses Taught
HIS 25 US: Formative Years and Federal Republic
HIS 26 US: Emergence of Modern America
HIS 205 Special Topics: Leadership in the American Revolution, 1763-1789
HIS 252 American Colonial History
HIS 257 Introduction to Public History
HIS 310 Constitutional History
HIS 251/311 Revolutionary America
HIS 335 Civil War and Reconstruction
HIS 372/209 Selected Topics: The Early American Republic, 1789-1848
HIS 379 Independent Study
HIS 380 Senior Seminar
HIS 390 History Internship
HIS 395 Honors Independent Study/Thesis

Selected Publications

Michael P. Gabriel, The Canadian Campaign, 1775-1776. Vol. 2, Revolutionary War 250-Year Commemorative Campaign Pamphlet. Washington, DC: US Army Center of Military History [In Progress]

Michael P. Gabriel, "Or Molly Stark Sleeps a Widow": The Battle of Bennington, August 16, 1777 [In Progress]

Michael P. Gabriel, "The Schwalm Military and Naval Collection at Kutztown University," The Hessians: Journal of the Johannes Schwalm Historical Association 24 (2021): 101-103.

Michael P. Gabriel, Physician Soldier: The South Pacific Letters of Captain Fred Gabriel from the 39th Station Hospital. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2020.

Michael P. Gabriel, The Battle of Bennington: Soldiers and Civilians, (Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2012).

Michael P. Gabriel and S. Pascale Dewey, eds., Quebec During the American Invasion, 1775-1776: The Journal of Francois Baby, Gabriel Taschereau, and Jenkin Williams (East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press, 2005).

Michael P. Gabriel, "Why Did Britain Fail to Achieve a Decisive Victory in Canada in 1776?" and "Who Was Responsible for Britain's Defeat at Saratoga?" History in Dispute: The American Revolution, 1763-1789, ed. Keith Krawczynski (New York: Thomas Gale Publishing, 2003).

Michael P. Gabriel, Major General Richard Montgomery: The Making of an American Hero (Madison, WI: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2002).


--Recipient of the 2011 Chambliss Faculty Research Award
--Recipient of the 2006 Wiesenberger Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching



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Dr. Michael D. Gambone

Department of History
Lytle 158
Phone: 610-683-4397


B.A. Penn State University
M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago

Latin American History
Modern American History
Military History

Courses Taught
HIS 26 The Emergence of Modern America
HIS 33 Conspiracies and Modern American History
HIS 131 History of Latin America: Colonial
HIS 170 Military History of the United States
HIS 232 History of Latin America: Modern
HIS 233 20th Century Latin American Revolutions
HIS 246 The United States Since 1945
HIS 259 America and World War II
HIS 300 Diplomatic History of the United States
CMP 101 Writing History for Veterans

Selected Publications
Michael D. Gambone, Modern Conspiracies in America: Separating Fact from Fiction (Latham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2022)

Michael D. Gambone, The New Praetorians: Modern American Veterans, Society, and Service in the Forever War (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2021)

Michael D. Gambone, "Conflated Reality: Reserve and Active Duty Components in American Wars." in American Defense Policy. 9th ed. John Riley and Miriam Krieger. eds. (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2021)

Michael D. Gambone, Long Journeys Home: American Veterans of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2017)

Michael D. Gambone, Small Wars: Low-Intensity Threats and the American Response since Vietnam (Knoxville, TN: University of Tennessee Press, 2012)

John Riley and Michael D. Gambone "Men with Guns: The Private Military Corporation and International Law," Wisconsin International Law Journal vol. 28 (Spring 2010): 39-73.

"Gulf War Veterans," and "Iraq War Veterans," in Encyclopedia of the Veteran in America, vol. 2, ed., William Pencak (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2009), 206-217, 237-246.

The Greatest Generation Comes Home: The Veteran in American Society (College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press, 2005).


--Recipient of the 2007 Chambliss Faculty Research Award


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Dr. Eric F. Johnson

Associate Professor
Department of History
Lytle 141
Phone: 610-683-4391


B.A. California State University Fullerton
M.A. University of California, Los Angeles
M.A. California State University Fullerton
Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles

French History
Early Modern Europe

Courses Taught
FYS 100 First Year Seminar
HIS 014 History of Civilization A
HIS 036 History of Science: From Ancient to Modern Times
HIS 111 The World Turned Upside-Down: Early Modern Europe
HIS 219 The History of the French Revolution, 1760-1815 CE
HIS 234 The History of France, c. 100 BCE to the Present
HIS 238 Europe During the Reformation, 1500-1650 CE
HIS 325 The Middle Ages
HIS 328 Europe During the Renaissance: 1300-1550 CE
HIS 380 Senior Seminar on Historiography
Selected Topics
The Vikings
The Black Death
Early Christianity in Ireland (Study Abroad)

Selected Publications
Eric F. Johnson, "French Exploration in the Age of Enlightenment": in Routledge Handbook on the History of France, forthcoming in 2022.

Eric F. Johnson, Entry for The French Revolution for Encyclopedia of the Atlantic World, 1400-1900: Europe, Africa, and the Americas in the Age of Exploration, Trade, and Empires. (ABC-CLIO, 2017)

Eric F. Johnson, Entries for Avignon, Provence, Pope Clement V, Aigues-Mortes, Aix-en-Provence, Aries, Avranches, Dauphiné, Mont-Saint Michel for the Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009).

Eric F. Johnson, The Road to Jerusalem: Pilgrimage and Travel in the Age of Discovery by F. Thomas Noonan in Eighteenth-Century Studies vol. 41, no. 4 (Summer 2009): 600-602.

Eric F. Johnson, "The Sacred, Secular Regime: Catholic Ritual and Revolutionary Politics in Avignon, 1789-1791," French Historical Studies vol. 30, no. 1 (Winter 2007): 49-76.



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Dr. Patricia Kelleher

Department of History
Lytle 143
Phone: 610-683-4392


B.A. Rosemont College
M.A., Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

U.S. Women and Gender
American Immigration and Ethnicity
Urban History
Labor and Class History

Courses Taught
HIS 026 The Emergence of Modern America
HIS 034 Families and Personal Lives in American History
HIS 157 American Population History
HIS 229 American Urban History
HIS 241 History of Women in America
HIS 244 Immigrations and Ethnicity in American History
HIS 248 History of American Labor
HIS 378 Seminar in Historical Methodology

Selected Publications
Patricia Kelleher, Review of The World of Juliette Kinzie: Chicago before the  Fire, by Ann Durkin Keating. In Journal of the Early Republic,41, no. 1 (Spring 2021): 162-165. https://doi.org/101353/jer.2021.0021

Patricia Kelleher, Review of Respectability and Reform: Irish American Women's Activism, 1880-1920, by Tara M. McCarthy. In Journal of American Ethnic History 38, no. 4 (Summer 2019): 92-95

Patricia Kelleher,  Review of Free Labor: The Civil War and the Making of an American Working Class, by Mark A. Lause. In Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies 84, no. 2 (Spring 2017): 275-278

Patricia Kelleher, "Class and Catholic Irish Masculinity in Antebellum America: Young Men on the Make in Chicago," Journal of American Ethnic History vol. 28, no. 4 (Summer 2009): 7-42.

Patricia Kelleher, "Young Irish Workers: Class Implications of Men's and Women's Experiences in Gilded Age Chicago." in New Directions in Irish-American History, ed. Kevin Kenny (Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2003), 185-208.

Patricia Kelleher, "Maternal Strategies: Irish Women's Headship of Families in Gilded Age Chicago." Journal of Women's History vol. 13, no. 2 (Summer 2001): 80-106.

--Recipient of the 2011 Chambliss Faculty Research Award

Her lecture "Lay Me Down and Save the Flag" was given on 11/11/11 about the men of the Illinois "Irish Brigade" and explored what it meant to be "Irish" in Civil War-era America. Watch this 100-second video as Dr. Kelleher discusses the lecture and how it felt when advised she'd be been awarded the honor. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jb9BTfpWeBo



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Dr. Robert Reynolds

Associate Professor
Department of History
Former Freyberger Chair of Pennsylvania
German Studies
Former Director, Pennsylvania German
Cultural Heritage Center

Lytle 140
Phone: 484-646-4353


Ph.D. History; Lehigh University; Bethlehem, PA, 2003
M.S. Historic Preservation; University of Vermont; Burlington, VT, 1989
B.A. American History; Gettysburg College; Gettysburg, PA, 1985

Pennsylvania German Studies
Historic Preservation
Building and Artifact Conservation
Vernacular Architecture
Colonial American History
Environmental History
Urban History

Courses Taught
HIS 025 U.S. Formative Years and Federal Republic
HIS 026 Emergence of Modern America
HIS 120 History of Pennsylvania
HIS 121 American Environmental History
HIS 125 America in the Sixties
HIS 350 Local and Community Studies
HIS 378 Seminar in Historical Methods
HIS 379 Independent Study in History
HIS 395 Honors Independent Study/Thesis
HIS 398 Honors Supplemental Research
PAG 276 Pennsylvania German Landscape
PAG 370 Readings in Pennsylvania German Life
PAG 390 Internship in Pennsylvania German Studies
CMP 201 Intro to Research and Writing in History and Social Studies

Selected Publications
Robert W. Reynolds, American Rustic and the New Jersey Highlands. (Peer reviewed) [In Process]

Robert W. Reynolds, Lake History that Pops: The 2017 Exhibition. New Jersey: privately printed, 2020 (Non-Peer Reviewed)

Robert W. Reynolds, "Brought Along and Transformed: The Material Culture of the German Immigrants," in Pfalzer in Amerika, ed. By Werner Kremp, Roland Paul, and Helmut Schmahl, 97-111. Kaiserslautern, Germany: Atlantische Akademie Rheinland-Pfalz, 2010.

Robert W. Reynolds, "The Free Fishing Controversy of Sussex County, New Jersey," in New Jersey's Environments: Past, Present, and Future, ed. by Neil M. Maher, 90-108. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2006. (Peer Reviewed)

Robert W. Reynolds and William Smethurst, Beaver Lake 1905-2005: A Centennial History. New York: privately printed, 2005.

Professional Affiliations

Berks County Association for Graveyard Preservation
Berks County Historical Society
Dutch Barn Preservation Society
Goschenhoppen Historians
Kutztown Area Historical Society
Society for German-American Studies
Vernacular Architecture Forum



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Dr. Christine Saidi

Department of History
Lytle 154
Phone: 484-646-5871


B.A. University of California at Los Angeles
M.A., Ph.D. University of California at Los Angeles

African History

Courses Taught
HIS 014 World Civilizations A
HIS 015 World Civilizations B
HIS 204 History of Gender Dynamics in Africa
HIS 231 History of Africa to 1800
HIS 261 History of Africa since 1800
HIS 262 History of Africans in the Americas
Selected Topics: History of the Crusades Through Another Lens

Selected Publications
Christine Saidi, R. Gonzales, and C. Fourshey, Beyond Gender in Early African History, Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming

Christine Saidi, "Women in Precolonial Africa," (Digital) Oxford Research Encyclopedia African History, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020.

Christine Saidi, "Gender." Africa to 1900, edited by Toyin Falola, Carolina University Press 2019

Christine Saidi, "Gender, Authority, and Identity in African History," The Palgrave Handbook of African Women's Studies, New York: Palgrave, 2019

Christine Saidi, R. Gonzales, and C. Fourshey, Bantu Africa, Oxford University Press, 2017

Christine Saidi, Women's Authority and Society in Early East-Central Africa (Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2010).

Christine Saidi, "Nakabumba: God Creates Humanity as a Potter Creates a Pot," in Gender Epistemologies in Africa: Gendering, Traditions, Spaces, Social Institutions, and Identities, Oyeronke Oyewumi, ed. (New York: Palgrave, 2010), 199-222.

Grants Received

Open Education Resources grant from state of Pennsylvania to create an Africana resource database entitled, "Ufahamu." 2021

National Endowment for the Humanities Collaborative grant, "Expressions and Transformations of Gender, Family, and Status in Eastern and Central Africa, 500-1800 CE." 2016-19

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar, "Development Ethics and global Justice: Gender, Economics, and Environment" at Ohio State University, East Lansing, Michigan. 2015

Exchange Professor, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya, 2010




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Dr. John Stanley

Department of History
Lytle 145
Phone: 610-683-4389


B.A. Moravian College
M.A., Ph.D. School of Oriental and Africa Studies, University of London

Chinese History
Japanese History

Courses Taught
HIS 014 World Civilizations A
HIS 015 World B Civilizations
HIS 151 East Asia to 1800
HIS 254 History of China and Japan since 1800
HIS 353 Communist Revolution in China
HIS 357 The Missionary Enterprise and Christianity in China

Selected Publications
John Stanley, "Mission Education and New Opportunities: Presbyterian Primary and Secondary Schools in North China" J. Lee and L Laaman. eds. The Church as Safe Haven: Christian Governance in China. (Leiden: Brill, 2018), 135-151.

John Stanley, "Healing Body and Mind: The Life and Times of Madge Mateer in the Shandong Mission." The Journal of Presbyterian History. 96, 1 (Spring/Summer 2018): 4-17.

John Stanley, "Mission Schools in China." World History Encyclopedia, Era 6. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2011.

John Stanley, "Christianity and Female Empowerment: The American Presbyterian Mission Schools in Weixian, Shandong Province (1883-1920)," Social and Cultural Research no. 8 (2009): 1-33.

John Stanley, "Professionalizing the Rural Medical Missions in Weixian, 1890-1925," in Healing Bodies, Saving Souls: Medical Missions in Asia and Africa, ed., David Hardiman (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2006), 115-136.

John Stanley, "Mission Education as a Community Effort in Early Twentieth-Century North China," Asia Pacific Perspectives vol. 5 (2004): 27-32.


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