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Historians in Other Departments and Affiliated Faculty

Please find below a list of historians and faculty members elsewhere at the University of Florida whose work includes a strong focus on history.

James G. Cusick

Curator, P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History, Special & Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Library (Website)

James Cusick (Ph.D., University of Florida, 1993) holds degrees in journalism and anthropology. He has training as a historical archaeologist and at present works primarily on the history of colonial Florida. His first single-authored book is The Other War of 1812: The Patriot War and the American Invasion of Spanish East Florida (University of Georgia Press, Athens, 2006). He currently is working on a second book, Colonial Crime:  Cases from the Records of Spanish East Florida. Cusick runs an internship program for undergraduate history majors who want to learn about the world of archives (HIS 4944). He is the incoming president of the Florida Historical Society ( and a judge in the non-fiction category for the State of Florida‟s annual book awards (

David G. Hackett

Associate Professor, Department of Religion (Webpage)

David Hackett (Ph.D., Emory University, 1986) specializes in North American religious history and the sociology of religion. His first book, The Rude Hand of Innovation: Religion and Social Order in Albany, New York 1652-1836 (Oxford, 1991), received the Brewer Prize from the American Society of Church History. He is currently exploring the relationship between men’s religious lives in Freemasonry and their participation in organized religious life in Freemasonry and American Religious History (Princeton, forthcoming). The second edition of his edited reader Religion and American Culture was published in 2003 (Routledge). He has published a personal memoir on the relationship between contemplative Catholicism and Zen Buddhism, The Silent Dialogue: Zen Letters to a Trappist Monk (Continuum, 1996). He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Louisville Institute for the Study of American Protestantism in American Culture, and has been a resident scholar at Princeton’s Center for Theological Inquiry and the Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research in Collegeville, Minnesota.

Todd Leedy

Associate Director and Lecturer, Center for African Studies (Webpage)

Todd Leedy (Ph.D, History, University of Florida, 2000) specializes in agrarian history and missions in southern Africa, migration, transnationalism, and urban environments and infrastructure. He is co-editor of the forthcoming volume African Migration Today: Patterns and Perspectives (Indiana University Press. 2012) and author, among other publications, of “A Starving Belly Doesn‟t Listen to Explanations: Agricultural Evangelism in Colonial Zimbabwe, c.1900-62,” Agricultural History 84:3 (2010) and “History with a Mission: Abraham Kawadza and Narratives of Agrarian Change in Zimbabwe.” History in Africa 33 (2006). His courses include Critical Issues in Contemporary Africa, Urban Africa Today, and History and Modernity in South Africa as well as a graduate seminar on Research Problems in African Studies.

Sevan Terzian

Associate Professor, Social Foundations of Education, School of Teaching and Learning, College of Education (Webpage)

Sevan Terzian (Ph.D., History of Education, Indiana University, 2000) specializes in the history of the American high school; the history of science, gender, and education in the postwar era, and conflicts among different governing bodies in education in the mid-twentieth century. Currently he is completing a book about the origins and transformation of high school science clubs, fairs, and talent searches for American youth from the 1920s through the 1950s. His recent publications include “The 1939-1940 New York World‟s Fair and the Transformation of the American Science Extracurriculum,” Science Education 93 (September 2009):  892-914 and “Adventures in science‟: casting scientifically talented youth as national resources on American radio, 1942-1958,” Paedagogica Historica 44 (June 2008): 309-325. His teaching fields are History of American Education and Philosophical Foundations of Education.

Trysh Travis

Associate Professor, Center for Women’s Studies  & Gender Research

Trysh Travis (Ph.D., American Studies, Yale University) is a literary and cultural historian of the 20th century US specializing in the gendered history of the book. Among her publications are The Language of the Heart: A Cultural History of the Recovery Movement from Alcoholics Anonymous to Oprah Winfrey (U. North Carolina Press, 2009) and Re-Thinking Therapeutic Culture, co-edited with Timothy Aubry (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming 2013). With UF colleague Joe Spillane (Associate Professor, History Department) she co-edits “Points: the Blog of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society,” a public forum for historical, policy, and cultural studies scholarship in the subfield of Alcohol and Drugs History ( She is at work on a second book, Reading Matters: Books, Bookmen, and the American Century, 1930-1980, which examines the ideals of genteel masculinity that shaped US trade publishing in what critics call its “golden age.” Her teaching areas include US History, 1870-Present; History of the Book/Media Studies; Anglo-American Feminism and Women’s Studies; Alcohol and Drugs History; Popular Culture; Theory and Practice of Cultural History.

Lenny A. Ureña Valeria

Assistant Director for Administration at the Center for Latin American Studies (webpage)

Lenny Ureña Valeria (PhD in Central/East European history from the University of Michigan 2010). Her book,The Stakes of Empire: Colonial Fantasies, Civilizing Agendas, and Biopolitics in the Prussian-Polish Provinces (1840-1914), will be published by Ohio University Press this year. Her primary research and teaching interests include imperial/colonial studies, European migration to Latin America, Polish diaspora in Brazil, history of medicine and public health, and historical methods and theories. She is also the Vice President of the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP), Jan. 2019 – Dec. 2020.

Andrew Wolpert

Associate Professor of Classics and HUM 2305 Course Director (Webpage)

Andrew Wolpert (PhD, Committee on the Ancient Mediterranean World, University of Chicago, 1995) is a Greek historian who has written primarily on classical Athens, with particular attention to questions concerning ancient Greek society, democratic political culture, and Athenian law. He joined the University of Florida after teaching in the Department of the Classics at Harvard University and the Departments of Classics and History at the University of Wisconsin, where he served as the Associate Chair of History. Wolpert is the author of Remembering Defeat: Civil War and Civic Memory in Classical Athens (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University, 2002) and coauthor of Legal Speeches from Democratic Athens: Sources for Athenian History (Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, 2011). Presently, he is preparing a commentary on the speeches of Lysias and a multi-volume encyclopedia on Thucydides.