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Dr. Florence Asher HW 1549
Dr. Amanda Bellows
Ms. Amanda Brennan
Dr. Sam Casper
Dr. Rebecca Dresser HW 1545
Dr. S. Sandor John
Mr. Nathan Melson HW 1545
Dr. Florene Memegalos HW 1549
Dr. Philip Ranlet HW 1545
Dr. Luke Reynolds
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Dr. Ari Sclar HW 1545
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Dr. Christopher Wright HW 1545

 Dr. Florence Asher
Ph.D. CUNY Graduate Center

Research and teaching interests:

Florence Asher teaches both sections of the American History survey. She graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.A., majoring in English with minors in European history and Philosophy. Afterwards, she earned an MLS from George Peabody College and worked as a librarian. Once in New York, Florence became a buyer and merchandise manager for a leading footwear retailer. She moved on to become Senior Editor of an apparel trade publication, covering the footwear industry. Florence left footwear and transitioned to American Folk Art. She received an MA from New York University in Folk Art Studies. She taught at NYU before deciding to study history to build on her interest in utopian communities. She received an MPhil and PhD in American history from the CUNY Graduate Center. Her dissertation examines women, welath and power in the late nineteenth century. At the beginning of each semester, Florence tells her students that failure is never an option. Just go for it!

 Dr. Amanda Bellows
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Amanda Bellows studies the history of the United States in comparative and transnational perspective. She earned her Ph.D. in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her writing has appeared in the Journal of Global Slavery, Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie, the Journal of the Civil War Era, the Southern Humanities Review, the New York Times, Talking Points Memo, and the books New York Times Disunion: A History of the Civil War and Disunion: Modern Historians Revisit and Reconsider the Civil War from Lincoln's Election to the Emancipation Proclamation.

Research interests:

U.S. and Russian history, comparative and transnational slavery/emancipation, the Civil War era, memory, literature, art, and popular culture.


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

“Post-Emancipation Representations of Serfs, Peasants, Slaves, and Freedpeople in Russian and American National Art, 1861—1905.” New Literary Observer/Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie, 6/2016: 7-25

“Selling Servitude, Captivating Consumers: Images of Bondsmen in American and Russian Advertisements, 1880—1915.” Journal of Global Slavery, 1/1: 72-112 (2016).

Book Contributions

“How the Civil War Created Football,” in The New York Times Disunion: A History of the Civil War. Edited by Ted Widmer. New York: Oxford University Press, 331-334.

“No Language Like Song,” in Disunion: Modern Scholars and Historians Revisit and Reconsider the Civil War from Lincoln’s Election to the Emancipation Proclamation. Edited by Ted Widmer. New York: New York Times and Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 2013, 205-208.

Web-Based Publications

“The First Great African-American Filmmaker: Before Spike Lee and John Singleton, there was Oscar Micheaux,” Talking Points Memo, August 18, 2016, available here.

“How the Civil War Created College Football,” New York Times, January 2, 2016, available here.

“Author, Author!” New York Times, March 16, 2016, available here.

“No Language Like Song,” New York Times, September 16, 2011, available here.

 Luke A.L. Reynolds
Ph.D. Candidate in European History at the CUNY Graduate Center

Research and teaching interests:

Luke Reynolds is a Ph.D. Candidate in European History at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. His areas of interest are the social, cultural, imperial, and military histories of Great Britain in the nineteenth century. He is currently at work on his dissertation "Wellington's Veterans: The British Officer Corps in the Pax Britannica." He teaches History 151 and 122.

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