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About Shepherd University

Members of the full-time history faculty hold advanced degrees from major universities in the United States and Canada. The department also benefits from the presence of many qualified individuals in the community who provide special courses on a part-time basis. Although the department's focus is on teaching, many of the members are also engaged in research and publication.

Dr. Sally M. Brasher
Assistant Professor of History
Medieval and Early Modern Europe,
History of Italy, Renaissance and Reformation, Gender History
Ph.D., The Catholic University of America
M.A., Minnesota State University
B.A., University of Colorado.

Author of the book Women of the Humiliati: A Lay Religious Order in Medieval Civic Life, (Routledge Press, 2003) and two articles, "The Humiliati” in Women and Gender in the Medieval Europe: An Encyclopedia. (New York: Routledge Press: 2006)“Towards a New Understanding of Medieval Women’s Religiosity: The Humiliati and Beguine Movements Compared”.  Magistra: A Journal of Women’s Spirituality in the Middle Ages  (Winter 2005) Dr. Brasher's research interests revolve around the development of urban identities in the Middle Ages and their expression in novel religious institutions. She is currently engaged in a study reevaluating the historical model of female religiosity and spirituality of the Middle Ages, through her analysis of the religious orders open to women in the Mediterranean regions between the 12th and 15th centuries.

David B. Gordon
Associate Professor of History
Modern East Asia, Japan, China, Asian Intellectual history
Ph.D., University of Hawaii at Manoa
B.A., Indiana University

  Dr. Gordon’s experience teaching world history has prompted his interest in comparing Asian and non-Asian figures, as when he composed an article for “Comparative Civilizations Review” regarding the ideas of Japanese philosopher Watsuji Tetsuro and Nigerian playwright Wole Soyinka, respectively.  His “Sun Yatsen:  Seeking a Newer China” was published in July 2009 as a volume in Prentice Hall’s Library of World Biography series for world history courses.  He has also written an article comparing Sun with Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism, and plans to publish his translation of an essay by seminal Japanese intellectual Maruyama Masao.   In the future, Dr. Gordon hopes to compare the writings of two major twentieth-century East Asian thinkers, Watsuji Tetsuro and Liang Qichao, regarding the ethos of the anc ient Greek city-state.

Anders H. Henriksson
Professor of History, Department Chair
Ph.D., University of Toronto
M.A., University of Toronto
B.A., University of Rochester
Russia, Modern Europe, Women’s History,
Medieval England, World War I

Dr. Henriksson is the author of Vassals and Citizens: The Baltic Germans in Constitutional Russia, 1905-1914, and The Tsar’s Loyal Germans. The Riga German Community: Social Change and the Nationality Question, 1855-1905. He is co-author of The City in Late Imperial Russia and has published articles in Russian Review, Canadian Slavonic Papers, the Wilson Quarterly, the Journal of Baltic Studies, and the Modern Encyclopedia of Russian, Soviet, and Eurasian History.  His research interests focus on the role of class, ethnicity, and gender in the development of civil society in Russia and Eastern Europe. He is currently at work translating and editing the memoir of a Russian nurse in the Russo-Japanese War. Also a chronicler of the humorous side of campus life, Dr. Henriksson is compiler of Non Campus Mentis: World History According to College Students. A second humor book, College in a Nutskull, is due to appear in 2010.

Robert G. Parkinson
Assistant Professor of History
Colonial and Revolutionary America, African American, and American Indian history.
Ph.D. University of Virginia
M.A. University of Tennessee
B.A. University of Tennessee

Dr. Parkinson is currently completing his book manuscript "The Common Cause: Race, Nation, and the Consequences of Unity in the American Revolution," which will be published by the University of North Carolina Press.  He has recently published essays in two edited collections, Declaring Independence (University of Virginia Press, 2008) and Contesting Slavery (University of Virginia Press, forthcoming 2010), as well as in the William and Mary Quarterly and Virginia Magazine of History and Biography.  From 2007-2009 he was the NEH Postdoctoral Fellow at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture at the College of William and Mary.   

Julia L. Sandy-Bailey

Assistant Professor of History

Modern America, African American and Women’s History, Latin America, Public History

Ph.D    University of Massachusetts Amherst

M.S.    University of Massachusetts Amherst

Julia L. Sandy-Bailey
Assistant Professor of History
Modern America, African American and Women's History,
Latin America, Public History
Ph.D. University of Massachusetts Amherst
M.A. University of Massachusetts Amherst
B.A. University of Virginia

Dr. Sandy-Bailey’s research interests focus on the history of social and political movements, especially the northern civil rights movement.  She is currently working on a book manuscript about the black freedom movement in New York City which examines consumer rights and activism as part of that movement.  A related article is forthcoming on a women’s consumer-rights organization in postwar Harlem (Routledge Press, 2010) and she is the author of an essay on modern American women’s history in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History (Oxford University Press, 2007).  Her work also includes the field of public history, with a special emphasis in new media, oral history, and local history.  Her public history projects have included work with K-12 schools, conducting oral histories, online curriculum development, and civic education programs for international teachers and scholars

Mark A. Snell
Associate Professor of History and Director, The George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War
Program Chair, The Civil War and 19th Century America
Ph.D., University of Missouri at Kansas City
M.A., Rutgers University
B.A., York College of Pennsylvania
U.S., Military, Jacksonian and Antebellum, Civil War, World War I, World War II

As an associate professor of history at Shepherd University, he teaches several courses on different aspects of the Civil War, the two-semester US history survey, and courses on World War I and World War II.  Mark also chairs the “Civil War and 19th Century America” concentration and the “Public History” concentration within the history major.  He has written or edited several books on the Civil War, including From First to Last, The Life of Major General William B. Franklin (Fordham Univ. Press, 2002), but his most recent publication is about the US involvement in World War I and is titled Unknown Soldiers: The American Expeditionary Forces in Memory and Remembrance (Kent State University Press, 2008).  Mark also is an adjunct professor in the Masters of Military History degree program at Norwich University. In February 2009 he was given the "Honorary West Virginian Award" by Governor Joe Manchin, the highest award the governor can bestow on someone who is not a West Virginia citizen.

During the fall semester of 2008, Mark served as Visiting Senior Lecturer of War Studies at the Royal Military Academy (Sandhurst) in the United Kingdom, where he taught courses on the theory of war, the history of insurgency/counterinsurgency warfare, military leadership from a historical perspective, and expeditionary operations. In addition, he helped to lead "Operation Normandy Scholar," when British cadets travel to the battlefields of Normandy for a combined staff ride and tactical exercise.

John E. Stealey III
Distinguished Professor of History
Ph.D., West Virginia University
M.A., West Virginia University
A.B., West Virginia University
United States: Economic; Diplomatic; Nineteenth Century, especially Jacksonian Era, the Old South and Reconstruction Era; and, West Virginia and Appalachia

Author of extensive historical work: books—The Antebellum Kanawha Salt Business and Western Markets (University Press of Kentucky, 1993); Kanawhan Prelude to Nineteenth Century Monopoly in the United States (Virginia Historical Society, 2000); Porte Crayon’s Mexico: David Hunter Strother’s Diaries in the Early Porfirian Era, 1879-1886 (Kent State University Press, 2006); introduced and edited Granville Davisson Hall, The Rending of Virginia  in the Appalachian Echo series (University of Tennessee Press, 2000), and a current completed manuscript, ‘West Virginia’s Civil War Era Constitution: Loyal Revolution, Confederate Counter-Revolution, and the Convention of 1872”; major essays—“In the Shadow of Ambler and Beyond: A Historiography of West Virginia Politics” in Lewis and Hennan, eds., West Virginia History: Critical Essays on the Literature (1993): 1-44; “Slavery in Virginia’s Kanawha Salt Industry,” in Inscoe, ed., Appalachians and Race: The Mountain South From Slavery to Segregation (2001): Chap. 4, 50-73; and, “Slavery and the Western Virginia Salt Industry,” in Newton and Lewis, eds., The Other Slaves: Mechanics, Artisans, and Craftsman (1978): 109-33; and,  encyclopedia articles and dictionary entries in Dictionary of Afro-American Slavery; Dictionary of Virginia Biography; Encyclopedia of Southern History; and, The West Virginia Encyclopedia.

He has written over fifty articles and reviews in many journals such as Agricultural History, The American Historical Review, The American Journal of Legal History, Appalachian Journal, Filson Club Historical Quarterly, Georgia Historical Quarterly, H-Net, The Historian, Ohio History, The Journal of American History, Journal of East Tennessee History, The Journal of Negro History, The Journal of Southern History, North Carolina Historical Review, Pennsylvania History, Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Tennessee Historical Quarterly, and West Virginia History.

Stealey is the recipient of several grants: Ford Foundation Travel-Study Grant, The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, West Virginia Humanities Council, and West Virginia University Foundation.


Robert Willgoos
Associate Professor of History
Ph.D., The Catholic University of America
B.S., Georgetown University
Modern Europe, Britain, Ancient, Military


Keith D. Alexander (Ph.D., University of Maryland College Park) Lecturer: History of Civilization
Michael Cavey (Ph.D., Rutgers University) Lecturer: History of Civilization
Pamela Edwards (Ph.D., University of Delaware) Lecturer: American History, History of Civilization
David Hostetter (Ph.D., University of Maryland College Park) Lecturer: The Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies, American History, History of Civilization
Frank Kenesson (Ph.D., University of Maryland). Lecturer: Ancient, Medieval
Raymond Smock (Ph.D., University of Maryland) Director: The Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies. U.S., Political.


Walter K. Hanak (Ph.D., Indiana University)

James C. Holland (Ph.D., Catholic University of America)

Jerry B. Thomas (Ph.D., University of North Carolina)