History Faculty

The faculty of the Department of History are committed to working closely with students and welcome the opportunity to share their knowledge and skills with all who seek a career in studying the past.

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Faculty and Staff

The faculty members of the Department of History at Duquesne:

  • include veteran faculty members, with many years of teaching experience and strong records of research and publication, as well as a number of energetic younger scholars

The departmental staff is committed to serving and meeting the needs of:

  • its History and Art History majors and History graduate students
  • full- and part-time faculty members
  • the Department Chair and program directors
  • the Duquesne University community as a whole

Full-Time Faculty


Dwyer, John "Jay"
Associate Professor of History
Chair, Department of History
Latin American History and U.S. & Latin-American/U.S. & Mexico Relations 
Bucciantini, Alima
Assistant Professor of History
Public History, Social and Economic History 
Cahall, Michael
Assistant Professor of History
Director, Graduate Studies in History

19th Century American Intellectual and Cultural History

Coohill, Joseph
Assistant Professor of History
19th Century British and Irish History

Hyland, Matthew
Assistant Professor of History
Public History and Material Culture
Li, Jing "Jay"
Associate Professor of History
East Asian History

Mayer, Holly A.
Associate Professor of History
Early American History

Parsons, Elaine Frantz
Associate Professor of History
19th Century American History, specializing in gender, reform, and politics

Parsons, Jotham
Associate Professor of History
Medieval and Early Modern European History
Simpson, Andrew ("Drew")
Visiting Assistant Professor of History
Contemporary U.S. History 
Steinmetz, Chuck
Visiting Assistant Professor
Colonial African and East African History 
Várdy, Steven B.
Distinguished Professor of History
Russian, Eastern European, and Immigration History 


Sienkewicz, Julia A.
Assistant Professor of Art History
Director, Art History Program
18th-20th Century American Art and Architecture, landscape design, aesthetic theory, 18th and 19th Century British Art 
Fenichel, Emily
Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History
Italian Renaissance 
Stonge, Carmen
Assistant Professor of Art History
19th and 20th Century European Art, American Modern Art, Contemporary Painting and Sculpture

Part-Time Faculty


Davis, Adam (M.A.)
Haber, Maya (Ph.D.)
Hier, Chuck (Ph.D.)
Joseph, Anthony (M.A., M.S.Ed.)
Rodrigues, Robert (M.A., M.S.Ed.)
Trimarchi, Carolyn (M.S.)
White, Thomas (M.A.)
Wilf, Charles (Ph.D.)


Csorba, Mrea (Ph.D.)
Dunn, Robert (M.F.A.)
Lorenz, Christine (M.F.A.)
Marcinizyn, John (Ph.D.)
Zito, Lauren (M.F.A.)

Administrative Staff

Donaldson, Laura E. (M.A.)