Faculty & Staff

Guy Aronoff Lecturer

M.A., CSU Northridge

Over my educational career teaching at the secondary and collegiate levels I have attempted to provide my students with a foundation in American history and encourage them to find answers to the challenges of today from the myriad perspectives to be found from our nation’s history.

Over the last decade I have been fortunate to have worked with numerous experts in their field at Brown University (Dr. Charles Neu – George Kennan, American Foreign Policy). Stanford University (Dr. David Kennedy – FDR’s America), and the University of Southern California (Dr. John Elliott – Political Economy), and share their wisdom with my students at CSUN, CSUCI, and Humboldt State University.

Courses Taught
  • HIST 110: Europe Since 1650
  • PSCI 110: American Political Systems
  • HIST 110: United States History to 1877
  • HIST 111: United States History from 1877
Guy Aronoff

Robert Cliver Professor

Ph.D., Harvard University

I am a historian of twentieth-century China who studies class, gender, and labor relations. Most recently my research has delved into the histories of Chinese in Northern California, particularly the Eureka expulsion of 1885. I have taught at HSU since the spring of 2007, offering courses in the history of East Asia, China, Japan, and the Soviet Union, as well as a course in world history for future teachers. My courses not only help students to understand the relevant historical content, but also provide students an opportunity to practice their skills as historians – critical reading & thinking skills, research methods, historical writing, and oral debate and presentation.

Courses Taught
  • HIST 107: East Asia to 1644
  • HIST 108: East Asia since 1644
  • HIST 210: Historical Methods
  • HIST 311: World History to 1750
  • HIST 323: Gender and Sexuality in East Asian History
  • HIST 329: Imperial China
  • HIST 338: Modern China
  • HIST 339: Modern Japan
  • HIST 350: History of the Soviet Union
  • HIST 490: Senior Seminar
Robert Cliver
  • Office: FH 153
  • Office Hours: TR 11am-12pm, W 2-3pm & by appt.
  • Phone: 707-826-3247
  • Email: rc61@humboldt.edu

Leena Dallasheh Associate Professor

Ph.D., New York University

I’m a Palestinian citizen of Israel, a historian of the Modern Middle East. My research focuses on modern Palestinian and Israeli history, and my training covered the broad social and political history of the modern Middle East, with a particular interest in understanding identity and citizenship in colonial transition. I received my PhD in the joint History and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies program at NYU. My work focuses on the social and political history of Nazareth from 1940 to 1966, tracing how Palestinians who remained in Israel in 1948 negotiated their incorporation in the state, affirming their rights as citizens and their identity as Palestinian. Before coming to NYU, I received a law degree from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Courses Taught
  • HIST/GEOG 319: The Modern Middle East
  • HIST 210: Historical Methods
  • HIST 180: Imperialism to Decolonization
  • HIST 180: Islamic Societies
  • PSCI 324: The Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • PSCI 330: Conflicts in Settler-Colonial Societies
  • GEOG 472: Middle Eastern Cities

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Leena Dallasheh

Ryder Dschida Lecturer

M.A., Georgetown University

History is a living thing; less a series of names, dates, places, and things. Rather, it is how all of these various factors interacted that creates a cohesive and compelling narrative. I believe that it is imperative for us as global citizens to know and be able to utilize historical narratives as a resource for understanding and improving our world. Therefore, I strive to challenge my students through presenting complicated historical narratives and interpretations. By doing so, I hope to cultivate the critical reading, writing, and analytical skills that the modern world demands.

I am pleased to offer courses on U.S. History. My research interests include: U.S. diplomatic history, Latin American history, the twentieth century, and economic history.

Ryder Dschida
  • Office: FH 152
  • Office Hours: TR 4:30-5:30pm
  • Phone: 707-826-3927
  • Email: rad20@humboldt.edu

Paul Geck Lecturer

M.A., University of Missouri~Kansas City

I am a history instructor and a social scientist as well as serve as the advisor to the History Major, Social Science Education Track. I have been hired by different universities and community colleges to teach history and instruct students on how to produce college level academic work. My primary goal in the classroom is to cultivate students that can think critically about history and society and judge for themselves the validity of information and the subjectivity of academic writings. As a social scientist I believe history provides universal and real-life examples to study, analyze, and compare to modern societies. Unlike other scientists, the social sciences cannot test their theories by performing experiments: we must make do with history.

Courses Taught
  • Hist 104: Western Civilization to 1650
  • Hist 105: Western Civilization since 1650
  • Hist 110: United States History to 1877
  • Hist 111: United States History since 1877
Paul Geck
  • Office: FH 147
  • Office Hours: MW 9-9:50am & 3-4:30pm, & by appt.
  • Phone: 707-826-4989
  • Email: pjg13@humboldt.edu

Dakota Hamilton Lecturer

D.Phil., Oxford University

As a humanist I firmly believe that students cannot understand the past without consulting a broad context. This is why the liberal arts – literature, music, art, philosophy, religion, and the sciences – feature so prominently in my classes. Students who are well educated in a variety of subjects¬¬ will be well prepared for the modern world, whether it’s getting a job or simply living life as fully as possible. Critical thinking and writing is emphasized in all of my classes, as these are the key skills that will help students navigate and understand the rapid changes they will face throughout their lives.

Courses Taught
  • HIST 104: Western Civilization since 1650
  • HIST 105: Western Civilization from 1650 to Present
  • HIST 210: Historical Methods
  • HIST 311: World History to 1750
  • HIST 312: World History since 1750
  • HIST 314: Ancient Greece
  • HIST 315: Ancient Rome
  • HIST 322: The Age of Knights and Monks
  • HIST 349: Renaissance and Reformation Europe
  • HIST 354: Modern Britain
  • HIST 392: Special Topics in European History – Women in Europe
Dakota Hamilton
  • Office: FH 157
  • Office Hours: WF 10-10:30am & by appt.
  • Phone: 707-826-5765
  • Email: dlh7003@humboldt.edu

Benjamin Marschke Professor

Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

I offer courses in modern European history. I am dedicated to creating stimulating and rigorous environments in which my students can learn. I challenge my students to learn as much about the “how” of history as the “what” of history – that is, my courses explore history as a craft and an academic discipline at the same time that they explain history as the story of the past.

Courses Taught
  • History 104: Western Civilization to 1500
  • History 105: Western Civilization since 1500
  • History 210: Historical Methods
  • History 300: The Era of World War I
  • History 301: The Era of World War II
  • History 342: Musketeers, Witches, and Kings
  • History 343: The French Revolution and Napoleon
  • History 348: Modern Germany
  • History 394: Student History Conference
  • History 490: Senior Seminar

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Benjamin Marschke
  • Office: FH 155
  • Office Hours: On sabbatical until spring 2020
  • Phone: 707-826-3170
  • Email: marschke@humboldt.edu

Thomas D. Mays Professor

Ph.D., TCU

I came to HSU in 2003 after spending five years teaching history at Quincy University in Illinois. I grew up in the Midwest and my family’s traditional home in Virginia. I recently retired from the military after serving 25 years on active duty and reserves. I hold a Ph.D. from TCU in Fort Worth, TX, an M.A. from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA and a B.A. from Roanoke College in Salem, VA. Currently I teach early American history, colonial through the Civil War. I am interested in the American Revolutionary and Civil War eras and have three books and several articles in print. I have some film and television experience in working on the series “Washington’s Generals” for the History Channel and in movies including Gettysburg and North and South Book II.

Courses Taught
  • HIST 110: U.S. History to 1877
  • HIST 111: U.S. History from 1877
  • HIST 210: Introduction to History
  • HIST 368: Colonial & Revolutionary America
  • HIST 369: Age of Jefferson and Jackson
  • HIST 371: Civil War and Reconstruction
  • HIST 420: Interpreting Historical Concepts for Teachers
  • HIST 482 Internship in History
  • HIST 490: Senior Seminar in History
Thomas D. Mays

Suzanne Pasztor Professor & Chair

Ph.D., University of New Mexico

In 2005, I was fortunate to be able to join the faculty at HSU after several years with the History Department and School of International Studies at University of the Pacific. HSU and its students bring back fond memories of my own days as an undergraduate, and I relish the opportunity I’ve been given to develop my teaching in new directions. I love the north coast, and especially the opportunities for open water swimming in the bay and the lagoons.

Courses Taught
  • HIST 109: Colonial Latin American History
  • HIST 109B: Modern Latin America
  • HIST 210: Historical Methods
  • HIST 312: World History from 1750
  • HIST 326: History of Mexico
  • HIST 327: History of Brazil
  • Central America and Caribbean
  • Women in Latin America
  • Latin America through Film

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Suzanne Pasztor
  • Office: FH 154
  • Office Hours: M 2-4pm, R noon-1pm, and F 11am-2pm
  • Phone: 707-826-3643
  • Email: sp49@humboldt.edu

Anne Paulet Professor

Ph.D., Rutgers University

I strongly believe in challenging students to do their best while providing them with a supportive environment in which to strive to excel. I spend a great deal of time carefully constructing my classes to help build students’ historical knowledge and their skills in analytical thinking, critical evaluation, research and written and oral communication.

Courses Taught
  • HIST 111: US History since 1877
  • HIST 210: Historical Methods
  • HIST 372: Rise of Modern America, 1877-1929 (DCG Domestic)
  • HIST 375A: US Foreign Relations to 1943
  • HIST 375B: US Foreign Relations since 1943
  • HIST 377: Vietnam Wars (DCG Non-Domestic)
  • HIST 490: Senior Seminar
Anne Paulet
  • Office: FH 148
  • Office Hours: MWF 12-1:50pm & by appt.
  • Phone: 707-826-3118
  • Email: ap23@humboldt.edu

Peggy Stewart Administrative Support Assistant

When I joined the History/Politics/Environment & Community M.A. Program office in August 2009, it furthered a connection with HSU and Founders Hall that began when I came to HSU as a student to study English and geography. After I graduated in 2006, I worked as a copy editor at The Eureka Reporter until the newspaper folded, at which point I returned to HSU as a staff member. I feel very fortunate to be working in a university environment and especially in the History/Politics/Environment & Community office. Personally, I love books, sports (I was a member of the HSU women’s basketball team as a student), and cooking.

Peggy Stewart

Thomas Torma Lecturer

Ph.D., University of Edinburgh

My research interests focus on the history of the Celtic speaking world in the Middle Ages. In particular, my studies are concerned with these cultures’ conversion to Christianity in the early Middle Ages. Of special interest to me has been the means of change of religious belief, practice, and values that accompanied the conversion. Because of this interest in social change, I encourage my students to engage with history as an important and living part of our culture and environment. I have taught at the University of Ulster, Little Big Horn College, and the University of Montana. In addition, I have worked on historical preservation with the Wiyot Tribe, historical interpretation at Yellowstone National Park, and I have consulted with numerous organizations and agencies on presenting history in the public sphere.


Linda Wilson Administrative Support Coordinator

I began in 1992 working part-time in the History Department and now serve as the Coordinator for History, Politics, International Studies, and the Environmental & Community Masters Program. I have served with ten different department chairs and hope I have helped them achieve their respective goals while maintaining consistency and efficiency within the departments. My greatest joy and source of pride is my two children. I particularly love to travel including an annual sojourn to the Sundance Film Festival. Working at Humboldt is a unique experience. Every year there is new group of eager yet anxious students to meet. My most and least treasured day of the year is graduation when I watch students I have seen through tribulation and triumph walk down the aisle to claim their diploma.

Linda Wilson