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Politics and Power

Faculty from many of the chronologicall and geographical subfields within the department study formal political history, state formation, national ideologies, citizenship, and reform and revolution.  They examine power in its circulatory, socioeconomic, and sociocultural dimensions, as well as the formation of political subjectivities, and the rise and fall of political hegemonic blocks.  One distinctive feature of the University of Michigan’s History Department is the close connection between studies of this kind, and work in social history.  That is to say, the imagined distinction between political and social history does not constitute a line of cleavage for this department—many of the same faculty work in both areas.

Hakem Al-Rustom
Assistant Professor, Alex Manoogian Professor of Modern Armenian History
1642 Haven Hall
Pamela Ballinger
Professor; Fred Cuny Chair in the History of Human Rights
2509 Haven Hall 734.647.4888
Pär Cassel
Associate Professor
313 Weiser Hall 734-936-3979
Angela Dillard
Department Chair
Richard A Meisler Collegiate Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies and in the Residential College
Geoff Eley
Karl Pohrt Distinguished University Professor of Contemporary History
1664 Haven Hall 734.764.6373
Matthew Lassiter
Professor of History, Urban and Regional Planning, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor
2513 Haven Hall
Earl Lewis
Thomas C. Holt Distinguished University Professor of History, Afroamerican and African Studies and Public Policy
2735 Haven Hall
Terrence J. McDonald
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor
Bentley Historical Library 734.764.3482
David Tamayo
LSA Collegiate Postdoctoral Fellow
Assistant Professor
2520 Haven Hall
Heather Ann Thompson
Frank W. Thompson Collegiate Professor of History and African American Studies
Wang Zheng
Professor Emerita of History and Women's and Gender Studies