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
  • engage regularly in scholarship within their area of specialization

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

  • its undergraduate History majors and minors, its undergraduate Art History minors, and its 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
Interim Director, Art History Program

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
Hyland, Matthew
Assistant Professor of History
Public History and Material Culture
Li, Jing "Jay"
Associate Professor of History
East Asian History
Lieberfeld, Daniel
Associate Professor of History
Political and Diplomatic History, Cultural History, and Conflict Resolution & Peace Studies
Mayer, Holly A.
Associate Professor of History
Early American History
Mitcham, John
Assistant Professor of History
Modern European History, British Empire
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
Pearson, Ralph L.
Professor of History
Urban and Ethnic History; American History, 1876-1945
Simpson, Andrew ("Drew")
Assistant Professor of History
Contemporary U.S. History 
Stelzel, Philipp J.
Assistant Professor of History
Modern Europe; Transnational History; Global History


Sienkewicz, Julia A. 
Assistant Professor of Art History
18th-20th Century American Art and Architecture, landscape design, aesthetic theory, 18th and 19th Century British Art 

Emeritus Faculty

Rishel, Joseph F. (History)
Várdy, Steven B. (History)

Fall 2016 Part-Time Faculty


Davis, Adam (M.A.)
Hatleback, Eric
Trimarchi, Carolyn (M.S.)


Csorba, Mrea (Ph.D.)
Leo, Domenic (Ph.D.)
Lorenz, Christine (M.F.A.)
Marcinizyn, John (Ph.D.)

Administrative Staff

Donaldson, Laura E. (M.A.)