History (323) 343-2020


Stanley Burstein

Emeritus Professor of History; Ph.D., UCLA

Contact: (323) 343-2032

E-mail: sburste@calstatela.edu

Dr. Burstein is a nationally-known expert in ancient history, with particular emphasis on Greek history, relations between Greece and Egypt, and ancient Africa, especially Kush. He has published the following books: The Reign of Cleopatra; Ancient Greece: A Political, Social, and Cultural History; and Ancient African Civilizations: Kush and Axum. He was selected as a Cal State L.A. Outstanding Professor for 1992-93, Cal State L.A.’s 1998 President’s Distinguished Professor, and the CSU Wang Family Excellence Award in 2004. He has also received several awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Daniel Crecelius

Emeritus Professor of History; Ph.D., Princeton University

Contact: (323) 343-2020

E-mail: dcrecel@calstatela.edu; DNCrecelius@aol.com

Dr. Crecelius is an internationally-known commentator on the Middle East (1700-present) with expertise in current historical and political developments of Saudi Arabia. He has published 40 scholarly articles, two books and 11 book chapters including The Roots of Modern Egypt. His works have been published in English, German, French and Arabic, and also translated into Bahasa, Indonesia, Farsi and Hebrew. His interests include ulama (religious leaders), religious endowments (waqf), slavery, the modern history of Egypt, modern Turkey and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Professor Crecelius was twice a Fulbright Scholar to Egypt and received the Cal State L.A. Outstanding Professor Award for 1973-74. He was a Joseph J. Malone fellow in Saudi Arabia during 1998 and had intensive orientations on three main Saudi provinces.

Fluent in: Arabic, German.


Donald O. Dewey

Emeritus Professor of History; Emeritus Dean, School of Natural and Social Sciences; Ph.D., University of Chicago

Contact: (323) 343-2022

Dr. Dewey is a specialist in American constitutional history, particularly in the 18th and 19th centuries. Among his ten books are Marshall versus Jefferson: The Political Background of Marbury v. Madison; Union and Liberty: Documents in American Constitutionalism; The Papers of James Madison, Vols. I-III; and Invitation to the Dance, co-authored with Mary Conroy, Cal State L.A. professor of physical education. Dr. Dewey received the 1975-76 Cal State L.A. Outstanding Professor Award. His publications include Controversial Presidential Elections: The Electoral College and the Elections of 1800, 1824, 1876 and 2000 and The Congressional Salary Amendment 200 Years Later.


Christopher Endy

Assistant Professor of History; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

(323) 343-2046

E-mail: cendy@calstatela.edu

Dr. Endy conducts research on the history of U.S. international relations. He has particular interests in U.S.-French relations, in the history of international tourism, and in the rise of globalization during the twentieth century. He is the author of Cold War Holidays: American Tourism in France (2004) and has written for the journals, Diplomatic History, French Politics Culture and Society, and Annales: Histoire Sciences Sociales.

Fluent in: French.


Afshin Matin-asgari

Assistant Professor of History; Ph.D., UCLA

Contact: (323) 343-2025

E-mail: amatina@calstatela.edu

Dr. Matin-asgari’s areas of specialization are: 20th-century Middle East, modern Iran, and modern Islamic political and intellectual movements. He has published articles in Iranian Studies, Critique, South Asia Bulletin and other academic journals. His book, Iranian Student Opposition to the Shah, was published late fall 2001. A Persian translation of this book’s manuscript has already been published in Iran. Dr. Matin-asgari teaches various courses in Middle East history, world history, Islam, and comparative religion.


Enrique Ochoa

Professor of History; Ph.D., UCLA

Contact: (323) 343-2045

E-mail: eochoa3@calstatela.edu

Dr. Ochoa specializes in Latin American, Mexican and Central American history; the United States and Mexico border; immigration; globalization; and the Latin American experience in the United States. He is the author and editor of several books, including Feeding Mexico: The Political Uses of Food Since 1910 (2000), Encyclopedia of Social Welfare History of North America (associate editor, 2004), and Latino Los Angeles: Transformations, Communities, and Political Activism (coedited with Gilda Ochoa, 2005). Selected as the 2006-07 Michi and Walter Weglyn endowed chairman of multicultural studies at Cal Poly Pomona, Ochoa will be on temporary leave from the University.


Birte Pfleger

Assistant Professor of History; Ph.D., UC Irvine

Contact: (323) 343-2044

E-mail: bpflege@calstatela.edu

Dr. Pfleger is an expert in early American history, ethnicity, and colonial Pennsylvania history. She is a social historian who studies immigration in the 18th century.

Fluent in: German.


Martin Schiesl

Emeritus Professor of History; Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo

Contact: (323) 343-2020

E-mail: mschies@calstatela.edu

Dr. Schiesl specializes in the history of Los Angeles and California and the study of urban America in the 20th century. He is the author of The Politics of Efficiency: Municipal Administration and Reform in America, 1880-1920, co-edited 20th Century Los Angeles: Power, Promotion, and Social Conflict, and is the editor of Responsible Liberalism: Edmund G. “Pat” Brown and Reform Government in California, 1958-1967.


Carole Srole

Associate Professor of History; Ph.D., UCLA

Contact: (323) 343-2027

E-mail: csrole@calstatela.edu

Frequently published, Dr. Srole is the author of “A Blessing to Mankind, and Especially to Womenkind: The Typewriter and the Feminization of Clerical Work” in Transformations: Women, Work and Technology. As an expert in women’s studies, she has given countless presentations on Women’s Culture in American Society and is the faculty organizer of Cal State L.A.’s Women’s History Month events. She was a recipient of Cal State L.A.’s Outstanding Professor Award for 1994-95.


Angela Vergara

Assistant Professor of History; Ph.D., UC San Diego

Contact: (323) 343-2223

E-mail: avergar@calstatela.edu

Dr. Vergara specializes in Chilean history and politics as well as Latin American history.

Fluent in: Spanish.


Scott Wells

Assistant Professor of History; Ph.D., New York University

Contact: (323) 343-2025

E-mail: swells2@calstatela.edu

Dr. Wells studies the cultural and intellectual life of the European middle ages-from late antiquity to the Renaissance and Reformation-specializing in religious and gender history and the exploration of medieval concepts of time, space and memory.


Mark Wild

Assistant Professor of History; Ph.D., UC San Diego

Contact: (323) 343-2223

E-mail: mwild@calstatela.edu

An expert on modern U.S. history, urban history, and California/Los Angeles, Dr. Wild authored a book, Rumored Congregation: Confronting Multiethnic Neighborhoods in Early Twentieth Century Los Angeles (University of California Press, 2004). He has also written the following articles: “Members of Many Gangs: Childhood and Ethno-racial Identity on the Streets of Twentieth Century Urban America,” “`So Many Children at Once and So Many Kinds’: Schools and Ethno-racial Boundaries in Early Twentieth Century Los Angeles,” and “Red Light Kaleidoscope: Prostitution and the Politics of Cross-Cultural Sex in Los Angeles, 1880-1940.”


Lamont Yeakey

Associate Professor of History; Ph.D., Columbia University, New York

Contact: (323) 343- 2026

E-mail: lyeakey@calstatela.edu

Dr. Yeakey specializes in current political, social, intellectual, and economic history since 1865. He is often referred to as an expert in U.S. 19th and 20th century, particularly in intellectual, economic, and political movements; civil rights; and Black studies.