Cultural History Faculty

Departmental Faculty

William Beezley      
William Beezley teaches and researches in modern Latin American history. Co-director of the Oaxaca Summer institute in Modern Mexican History, Beezley has published widely on the cultural history of Mexico (Judas at the Jockey Club; Mexican National Identity: Memory, Innuendo and Popular Culture) and on twentieth-century Mexico (Mexicans in Revolution, 1910-1946; El Gran Pueblo).
Susan Crane          
Modern European historian Susan Crane specializes in German history. Her research focuses on thematic issues of collective memory, historical consciousness and Romanticism, photography and cultural representations. Among her publications: Collecting and Historical Consciousness in Early 19th-Century Germany and "Choosing Not To Look: Representation, Repatriation and Holocaust Atrocity Photography," History & Theory (2008). 
Alison Futrell        
Alison Futrell specializes in the symbols and rituals of power in the Roman Empire, with particular focus on the deployment of gender and material culture in imperial politics, as well as representations of ancient Rome in the modern world, including film, literature, and art. Her publications include Roman Games and Blood in the Arena: The Spectacle of Roman Power.
Benjamin Irvin      
Benjamin Irvin is a social and cultural historian of early America, researching primarily in the Revolutionary period. With a particular interest in symbolic, spectacular, and ritualistic expressions of power and authority, Irvin's recent book explores the Continental Congress and the civic culture—such as fast days, parades, and commemorative medals—by which Congress promoted republicanism and revolution. Central to his study are the many ways that the people out-of-doors challenged Congress and its vision for the United States.
Fabio Lanza         
Modern Chinese historian Fabio Lanza holds a joint appointment in East Asian Studies. His research focuses on the cultural and intellectual history of modern China, particularly on the history of modern student activism in the 20th century. His forthcoming book concerns the time and place where this history began, Beijing University during the May Fourth Movement on 1919. Student activism was not simply a reflection of intellectual change; rather, students learned their politics from the experience of the changing lived environment of the university and the city. In turn, political expression occurred in the students’ lived practice, in classroom, dorms, clothing, teaching routines, and associations.
Katherine Morrissey 
Katherine Morrissey’s research on the North American West focuses on the region’s environmental, social, cultural, and intellectual history. Trained in American Studies, she has published on regionalism and cultural representations. In her current project she is particularly interested in the social construction of environmental perceptions and cultural contestations over the meanings of visual evidence. 
Farzin Vejdani       
Farzin Vejdani studies late nineteenth and early twentieth-century Iranian intellectual and cultural history. His research interests include Turco-Iranian cultural relations, the development of language policy and folklore studies in late Qajar and early Pahlavi Iran, and Iranian nationalist historiography. In his current project, "Purveyors of the Past: Iranian Historians and Nationalist Historiography, 1900-1941," he examines early twentieth-century Iranian historians' social backgrounds, collaborative and patronage networks, and institutional settings, with particular attention to history textbooks and school curricula as mediums for circulating nationalist grand narratives.
Related Faculty
The University of Arizona includes an impressive array of cultural studies scholars. Listed below are some of the faculty members with whom history graduate students have recently worked.

Maribel Alvarez (English)

Laura Briggs (Women's Studies & Gender)
Laura Briggs received her Ph.D. in American Civilization from Brown University. Her research interests include transnational and transracial adoptions, eugenics, reproductive technologies, and education and technology. Her publications include Reproducing Empire: Race, Sex, Science and U.S. Imperialism in Puerto Rico and "Mother, Child, Race, Nation:The Visual Iconography of Rescue and the Politics of Transnational and Transracial Adoption," Gender and History.
Sallie Marston (Geography)
Sallie Marston explores the way that space mediates and is mediated by the relationship between politics and culture. With a commitment to tackling conceptual issues surrounding space and social practice, she is particularly interested in how the state, or political identities related to the state, are made, remade and transformed in the intimate spaces of everyday life through the meaning systems generated by identity and difference.