History Department


Todd Berryman

Todd Berryman (Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) teaches in the fields of Modern European and Middle Eastern history; he also offers a comparative course on modern genocides. His research focuses on both German resistance to, and collaboration with, Napoleon Bonaparte during the French emperor’s early nineteenth-century occupation of the German lands. He is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Boundaries of Loyalty: Territorial Consolidation and Public Allegiance in Northwest Germany, 1797 – 1817.

Jonathan Hancock

Jonathan Hancock (Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) teaches and researches in colonial and early nineteenth-century North American history, with particular interests in Native North America, religious and intellectual history, and the trans-Appalachian borderlands.  His current research examines how people from the Great Plains to the Atlantic Coast sought to explain and interpret a series of massive earthquakes emanating from the Mississippi River shortly before the War of 1812.  His other major research interests include tribal politics and diplomacy in the Midwest during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. 

Aleksandra "Sasha" Pfau

Sasha Pfau (Ph.D. University of Michigan) teaches medieval and early modern European history, including courses on law, medicine, and magic. She is currently working on a book considering community responses to madness in fourteenth- and fifteenth-century France.

Deb Skok

Deb Skok (Ph.D. University of Chicago) researches and teaches about the Progressive Era, with a particular focus on urban issues, gender, and religion.  Dr. Skok also offers a number of courses in 20th century American history. Her book, More than Neighbors: Chicago’s Catholic Settlement Houses and Day Nurseries, 1893-1930, was published by the Northern Illinois University Press.

Allison Shutt

Allison Shutt (Ph.D. UCLA) teaches African history and studies Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe). She has published articles on the rural middle class and land tenure, exhibitions, racial etiquette, and the legal and social meanings of insolence. Her book, Manners Make a Nation: Racial Etiquette in Southern Rhodesia, 1890-1963, was published by the University of Rochester Press. 

Michael Sprunger

Michael Sprunger (Ph.D. University of Hawaii) teaches East Asian history, including courses on crime and punishment, gender, colonialism, war, and memory. His current research examines crime and punishment in Korea under Japanese colonial rule (1910-1945) and the memory and legacies of colonialism in the two Koreas.

Emeritus Professors

David Larson

David Larson (Professor Emeritus, Ph.D. Indiana University) is a scholar of Russia.  During his tenure at Hendrix he taught Russian history, the intellectual and social history of inter-war Europe, and Chinese history.  Dr. Larson is currently writing a history of his hometown in North Dakota.

Garrett McAinsh

Garrett McAinsh (Professor Emeritus, Ph.D. Emory University) taught the department's courses on European history, covering medieval and Early Modern Europe, modern Britain and contemporary Europe.  His publications include articles on the Thirty Years War, Cardinal Richelieu, and Sir John Fortescue.