Faculty

Phillip Guingona

Phillip Guingona

Title: Visiting Assistant Professor

Department: History

Education: Ph.D. in History, State University of New York at Buffalo, 2015; Bachelor of Arts in History and Asian Studies, University of Vermont, 2008.

Courses (Fall 2015): Chinese Civilizations, The Exciting World Civilizations

Courses (Spring 2016): Modern Southeast Asia, U.S.-Asia, 1850-present

Phone: (740) 376-4461

Email: pbg001@marietta.edu

Twitter: @DrPhillipPhD

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

Students can expect to do a lot of thinking and a good amount of talking and writing. I am a historian of modern Asia, so usually the setting of any given lecture is somewhere thereabouts, but the topics we cover reflect the joys, sorrows, frustrations, and prides of humans everywhere. Whether we are discussing American jazz singers in 1930s Shanghai or Mongol military maneuvers in the 13th century, we explore familiar and unfamiliar motivations and desires of the peoples involved. We also reflect on causation and memory, and draw comparisons with the present.

What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?

The students are amazing, colleagues great, and facilities first class. Coming from Buffalo I can’t complain about the balmy weather and small-town charm either.

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

Relaxing at home with my cats and family. Playing tennis or other sports.

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

Both are great!

What is your favorite location on campus and why?

Thomas Hall is excellent; so is Dyson Baudo. Thomas is where the brain steps up, Dyson Baudo I let my body get some work in.

What is your favorite Marietta College event?

Matriculation and the first day of classes. A lot of folks like graduation because it is the culmination of many years of hard work, but I like the beginning—the first steps.

 


 

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 2015): History of World Civilizations (1815-Present), Harry Potter and the Liberal Arts and History Capstone

Courses (Spring 2016): History of World Civilizations (1815-Present), Early Britain (Prehistory to 1714), and History of Twentieth-Century Europe

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.

 


 

Lauren Thompson

Lauren Thompson

Title: Visiting Assistant Professor

Department: History

Education: Ph.D. in History, Florida State University, 2015; Master of Arts in History, West Virginia University, 2010; Bachelor of Arts in History, Marietta College, 2007.

Research Interests: 19th century U.S. social and cultural – Civil War Soldiers, African American, Slavery, Race, and Gender

Recent Publications: “Escaping the Mechanism: Soldier Fraternization during the Petersburg Campaign, 1864-1865” Civil War History (forthcoming); “The Rights, Causes, and Necessity for Secession: The Interplay of Race, Class, and Politics in Antebellum Florida” in The Smallest Tadpole: Aspects of Florida in the Civil War Era, Edited by Seth Weitz and Jonathan Shepard (under contract, University of Alabama Press)

Courses (Fall 2015): U.S. History: First Century; Civil War and Reconstruction

Courses (Spring 2016): U.S. History: Second Century; The West in American Life; African-American History

Phone: (740) 376-4625

Email: thompsol@marietta.edu

Facebook: Lauren Thompson (Florida State, West Virginia, Marietta College networks)

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

Students can expect to laugh, because I try to make history fun, interesting, and enjoyable. All of my courses employ a “bottom up” approach to history. We look at how groups pushed for and reacted to legislation, court cases, and major events. We uncover the “why” question by breaking down socially constructed categories. Most importantly, we analyze the cyclical nature of history and commonalities in the human experience by constantly making connections between the past and present day society.

What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?

The small classes and getting to know my students! The small class size allows us to really engage in active learning by going on field trips, having debates, and working through controversial historical issues together as a group. I like being able to know my students, mentor them on college and career decisions, and help them in any way that I can. I am excited to inspire and empower my students.

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

I enjoy running, working out, group exercise, volleyball, and basically any sport/activity. I love to travel, try new restaurants, and experience new cultural events. I am a beach bum and a ski bum (depending on what time of year it is) and I am a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

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

Most definitely a book!

What is your favorite location on campus and why?

Walking “down” the Mall because you can see all of the students, people on campus, and the buildings. It really gives you that “campus” feeling.

What is your favorite Marietta College event?

Homecoming in the fall and Graduation weekend in the spring. The seasons are beautiful here and really add the perfect backdrop to these memorable events.

 


 

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.

 


 

 


 

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.