The Faculty of the Department of History 

Faculty and Staff

The Faculty members of the Department of History

  • 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, its undergraduate Classical Civilizations majors and 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



Chapdelaine, Robin P.
Assistant Professor of History
African History, Child Trafficking, Women's History

Dwyer, John ("Jay")
Associate Professor of History 
Latin American History and U.S. & Latin-American/U.S. & Mexico Relations

Gray, Stephanie
Assistant Professor of Public History
Historic Preservation, Twentieth Century U.S. Cultural History

Li, Jing ("Jay")
Associate Professor of History
East Asian History

Mitcham, John C.
Associate Professor of History
Department Chair
Global History, British Empire

Parsons, Jotham
Associate Professor of History
Undergraduate Director, History and Art History

Medieval and Early Modern European History

Simpson, Andrew ("Drew")
Associate Professor of History
Internship Coordinator
Contemporary U.S. History, History and Health Care, Urban History, Policy History, Business History, and Environmental History 

Stelzel, Philipp J.
Associate Professor of History
Graduate Director, History and Public History
Modern Europe, Transnational History, Global History

Taylor, Jennifer Whitmer
Assistant Professor of Public History
Public History, Oral History

Classical Civilizations

Miller, Sarah
Associate Professor of Classics
Latin Poetry, Sex and Gender in Ancient and Medieval Literature

Emeritus Faculty

Rishel, Joseph F. (History)

Mayer, Holly (History)

Newmyer, Stephen (Classics)

Part-Time Faculty


Davis, Adam (M.A.)
Holland, Dan (Ph.D.)
Oliver, Megan (M.A.)
Pollock, Christine (M.A.)
Seward, David (Ph.D.)
Trimarchi, Carolyn (M.S.)
Tumblin, Jesse (Ph.D.)

White, Thomas (M.A.)


Csorba, Mrea (Ph.D.)
Cymbala, Amy (Ph.D.)
Lorenz, Christine (M.F.A.)
Marcinizyn, John (Ph.D.)

Administrative Staff

Kovalsky, Kelly (M.Ed.) - Administrative Assistant II