Faculty

Kenneth Itzkowitz

Kenneth Itzkowitz

Henderson Professor of Philosophy

Dept: Philsophy

740-376-4764

itzkowik@marietta.edu

ken.itzkowitz@marietta.edu

Office: ERWN 309

Degrees: B.A. Vassar College, Ph.D. State University of New York, Stony Brook

Year appointed: 1989

 


 

Kathryn McDaniel

Kathryn McDaniel

Title: McCoy Associate Professor of History

Department: History, Philosophy, and Religion

Education: Ph.D. in British History, Vanderbilt University, 2000; Master of Arts in History, Vanderbilt University, 1995; Bachelor of Arts with Honors in History, Davidson College, 1994.

Research Interests: English travel literature, history of race and gender, history of science, historical themes in Harry Potter

Recent Publications: “The Elfin Mystique: Fantasy and Feminism in JK Rowling’s Harry Potter Series,” Past Watchful Dragons, ed. Amy H. Sturgis; “Read Long and Prosper: Five Do’s and Don’ts for Preparing Students for College,” The Clearing House; “’Impure Flames’: English Travelers, Eastern Women, and the Problem of Female Desire,” Proceedings of the Ohio Academy of History

Courses (Fall 2014): World Civilizations: 1815 to the Present (Honors FYE); Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment; History Capstone

Courses (Spring 2015): On sabbatical

Phone: (740) 376-4732

Email: mcdaniek@marietta.edu

What can a student expect when taking one of your classes?

What’s most important in History is to understand the context in which people live out their lives, and then to read and see their first-hand expressions of their experiences through letters, speeches, cartoons and visual art, poetry and songs. My courses involve the reading of primary sources and a focus on how political and social events shape intellectual and cultural ideas.

What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?

The small class sizes allow me to get to know my students and really pay attention to their interests and educational needs. Seeing how their education transforms students as they grow more confident and knowledgeable year after year is rewarding. I also love being able to teach courses in my specialties, including European Feminism, British History, and Modern Europe, as well as the occasional experimental course, including Icelandic Sagas, Renaissance Culture and Literature, and Historical Fiction.

When you aren’t teaching, what other activities do you enjoy?

I enjoy music (especially piano), theater, and reading. I’ll read almost anything. I have three small children, so I can often be found on the playground with them.

Do you prefer flipping through the pages of a book or an e-book?

I resisted the e-book for a long time because I love the feel of a traditional book, feeling the weight of it, seeing it as a tangible object on my bookshelf, having it but also being able to pass it along to someone else. But then I got a Kindle for a birthday gift, and I’m almost never without it. Being able to carry around 250 books with me wherever I go . . . that’s pretty hard to beat.

What is your favorite location on campus and why?

I love The Christy Mall — a central, brick-paved path through campus, where you can see the lovely flowering trees in bloom in the spring and where you’ll encounter on any given day several students, faculty, and community members you know every time you walk along it. And I can hardly believe we have such a treasure trove as we do in the Special Collections Archive of the Legacy Library. It’s magical down there.

What is your favorite Marietta College event?

All Scholars Day is a favorite for me, because I so enjoy seeing all the work students have put into making creative, evocative, and important projects. The diversity of topics and presentation styles is amazing to see, and it’s rewarding to get a chance to highlight and encourage student achievements at the highest levels.

 


 

Ihor Pidhainy

Ihor Pidhainy

Assistant Professor

Dept: History

740-376-4461

iop001@marietta.edu

Office: Thomas 305

Degrees: PhD, East Asian Studies, University of Toronto.

Expertise: China

Year appointed: 2009

Ihor Pidhainy is a graduate of the University of Toronto, where he earned his PhD in the Department of East Asian Studies. His dissertation was on the Chinese poet, exile and scholar, Yang Shen (1488-1559). Ihor Pidhainy's research areas include Ming dynasty history, travel writing, Chinese fiction and biography. He is currently working on two projects: a biographical study of Yang Shen and Russian travelers to China during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

 


 

David Torbett

David Torbett

Title: Molly C. Putnam Professor of Religion, Professor of History

Department: History, Philosophy, and Religion

Education: Ph.D. in historical theology, Union Presbyterian Seminary, 2002; Master of Divinity, Andover Newton Theological School, 1992; Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dramatic Writing, New York University, 1987.

Research Interests: Religion in America, World Religions, Biblical Studies, Ethics, European History, Pedagogy

Recent Publications: Overcoming Evil With Good: The Autobiography of Daniel Parker, a Frontier Universalist (book in progress); Theology and Slavery: Charles Hodge and Horace Bushnell (book, Mercer University Press); “I Did “I Did Not Wash My Feet with that Woman: Using Drama to Teach the Hebrew Bible” article, Teaching Theology and Religion (13:4, 2010).

Courses (Fall 2014): Five Big Religions/Five Big Questions, History of Religion in the United States, Christian Social Ethics

Courses (Spring 2015): Alternative Religions in America, History of African-American Religion.

Phone: (740) 376-4653

Email: dt002@marietta.edu

What can a student expect when taking one of your classes?

To learn something new about religion, history, or both; and to learn methods for understanding religion and exploring the past.

What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?

Seeing students learn, especially when they learn something new about what they thought they already knew.

When you aren’t teaching, what other activities do you enjoy?

I make humorous musical videos on topics in European history, like this one: http://youtu.be/b504joz1lXY. I sing and play guitars and my son adds percussion. I am also a racewalker.

Do you prefer flipping through the pages of a book or an e-book?

A real book with covers.

What is your favorite location on campus and why?

The classroom. Why not?

What is your favorite Marietta College event?

The theatre productions and musical performances. I am an armchair director.

 


 

Andrew Wehrman

Andrew Wehrman

Assistant Professor

Dept: History, Philosophy, Political Science and Religion

740-376-4625

amw004@marietta.edu

Office: Thomas, 3rd floor

Degrees: PhD in Colonial American History (Northwestern University), 2011; Master of Arts in History (Northwestern University), 2005; Master of Arts in Teaching (University of Arkansas), 2004; Bachelor of Arts in History (University of Arkansas), 2003

Year appointed: 2011

Dr. Wehrman teaches courses in early American history including Colonial America, Atlantic History, and the American Revolution as well as the history of medicine and disease. His current book project The Contagion of Liberty: Medicine, Class, and Popular Politics in the American Revolution argues that constant fears of smallpox epidemics and contrasting ideas about medicine and public health helped shape the political thoughts and actions of ordinary Americans during the American Revolution. An article taken from one chapter of the project entitled "The Siege of Castle Pox: Marblehead, Massachusetts' Medical Revolution, 1764-1777" won the 2008 Walter Muir Whitehill Award in Early American History and was the lead article in the September 2009 issue of the New England Quarterly . He has also published in the Boston Globe and has appeared on NPR's Talk of the Nation.

 


 

Matthew Young

Matthew Young

Title: McCoy Professor

Department: History

Education: Master of Arts and Ph.D. in History, Bowling Green State University; Bachelor of Arts in History, Kenyon College

Research Interests: U.S. History 1930s, 1940s, History and Film

Recent Publications: Recent articles on the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War, D-Day Commemoration, and the MOOC Phenomenon

Courses (Fall 2014): Introduction to Human Geography, Recent American History, World War II

Courses (Spring 2015): History and Film, American Foreign Relations

Phone: (740) 376-4627

Email: youngs@marietta.edu

What can a student expect when taking one of your classes?

To be challenged to consider ways that historical knowledge can be applied in the present.

What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?

I have many teaching interests, and have the freedom to pursue them at MC.

When you aren’t teaching, what other activities do you enjoy?

Reading, running, mountain biking, playing soccer with my boys.

Do you prefer flipping through the pages of a book or an e-book?

I’m a history professor. . . What do you think?

What is your favorite location on campus and why?

The rec center is a great place in the morning.