Cal State L.A. - Guide to the Experts "History"



(323) 343-2020

John M. Allswang
Emeritus Professor of History; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Contact: (323) 343-2020

Twentieth century U.S. history, American and California politics and ethnic relations are among Dr. Allswang's areas of expertise. He is the author of several books on politics, including California Initiatives and Referendums, The New Deal and American Politics and Bosses, Machines & Urban Voters.

Stanley Burstein
Emeritus Professor of History; Ph.D., UCLA

Contact: (323) 343-2023


Dr. Burstein expertise is a nationally-known expert in ancient history, especially in the Hellenic and Hellenistic periods. His interests are in Greek cities and Greek relations with Africa. He has lectured on "Alexander the Great and the Royal Tombs of Macedon" and "Ancients and Moderns: The Ancient Classics in American Culture." He was selected as a Cal State L.A. Outstanding Professor for 1992-93, and was Cal State L.A.'s 1998 President's Distinguished Professor.

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

Contact: (323) 343-2020


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, "The Course of Secularization in Modern Egypt," "Al-Azhar in the Revolution," and "Religion in the Service of the State." 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.
Dr. Crecelius has also received grants from the American Research Center in Egypt, National Endowment for the Humanities, Ford Foundation, Woodrow Wilson National Foundation, Social Science Research Council, and American Philosophical Society.

Fluent in: Arabic, German.

Donald O. Dewey
Emeritus Professor of History; Emeritus Dean, School of Natural & Social Sciences; Ph.D., University of Chicago

Contact: (323) 343-2020

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.

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

(323) 343-2046


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 (forthcoming in 2004) and has
written for the journals, Diplomatic History, French Politics Culture and Society,
and Annales: Histoire Sciences Sociales.

Fluent in: French.

Eugene Fingerhut
Emeritus Professor of History; Ph.D., Columbia University

Contact: (323) 343-4103

For over a generation, Dr. Fingerhut's major area of professional interest has been the colonial, revolutionary and early national periods of U.S. history. He specializes in such topics as colonization, ethnic diversity, the nature of the American Revolutionary War, the drafting of the Constitution and the development of a new national society. In addition, Dr. Fingerhut has developed a method of teaching social science and humanities students how to perform library research. He is also expert on pre-Columbian transocean culture diffusion, having extensively researched and published on the subject. Dr. Fingerhut is the former coordinator of Liberal Studies at Cal State L.A., and is thoroughly involved in interdisciplinary social science and humanities investigation.

Udo Heyn
Emeritus Professor of History; Associate Director, Legal Assistant Certificate Program; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Contact: (323) 343-2022

Dr. Heyn lectures on the socioeconomic and intellectual history of Europe and on war/peace issues, with his research interests centering on the sociocultural and legal history of European peace movements. His studies in these areas have been internationally published, and his most recent "Medieval Arms Control Movements and the Western Quest for Peace" appears in the Encyclopedia of Arms Control and Disarmament (Charles Scribner's Sons Reference Books). His book, Private Banking and Industrialization: The Case of Frankfurt am Main, 1825-1875, is listed as a standard reference on German banking history in Gebhardt's handbuch der deutschen Geschichte. Dr. Heyn also serves as the editor of the Occasional Papers Series, Cal State L.A. Center for the Study of Armament and Disarmament, and as Coordinator of the Legal Assistant Certificate Program under Cal State L.A.'s Continuing Education program.

Fluent in: German.

Afshin Matin-asgari
Assistant Professor of History; Ph.D., UCLA

Contact: (323) 343-2025


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
, is due for publication in 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.

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

Contact: (323) 343-2044


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


Dr. Schiesl specializes in the history of Los Angeles and California
and the study of urban America in the twentieth 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
California Politics and Policy: "The California of the Pat Brown
Years: Creative Building for the Golden State's Future."

Carole Srole
Associate Professor of History; Ph.D., UCLA

Contact: (323) 343-2027


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.

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

Contact: (323) 343-2223


An expert on modern U.S. history, urban history, and
California/Los Angeles, Dr. Wild has recently authored a book,
Rumored Congregation: Confronting Multiethnic Neighborhoods
in Early Twentieth Century Los Angeles
, to be published by
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.”

Erika Wilson
Professor of Religious Studies; Professor of Economics; Ph.D. (Economics), UCLA; Ph.D. (Comparative Religion), USC

Contact: (323) 223-0185


Dr. Wilson's expertise comprises both religious studies and
economics. Dr. Wilson's interest in religious studies includes
the study of well-being and healing and spirituality in world
; emotions in world religion; and sexuality and gender
in world religions. Dr. Wilson has authored Religions in
All Dimensions
(1992), Business in Society:
An Introduction to Its Social Responsibilities
(1993), and
Healing and Well-Being in the Religions of the World (1996).
She has published the third edition of Religion in All
in 1999.

Fluent in: German and French.

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

Contact: (323) 343- 2026


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.

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