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I grew up in eastern Pennsylvania with two years in
Italy thrown in for variety. After studying history, sociology,
philosophy, political science, and literature in college, I focused
on modern European history for my graduate work. For several years
I got wide-ranging again and taught philosophy, sociology, and human
development at several colleges and universities in the San Francisco
Bay area, then settled down to teach history at Methodist University.
Dr. Karen M. Kletter
I'm originally from New York, which is also where I got my B.A. and my Masters degrees before moving to North Carolina to finish my Ph.D at UNC Chapel Hill. I was trained as a medieval historian, but I also teach classes in ancient history, the history of the Renaissance and Reformation and the history of early science. My own particular areas of interest are medieval cultural and intellectual history. I’m especially interested in how people in earlier times thought about and wrote history Currently I’m researching and writing about accounts of interreligious relations and violence in the period of the Crusades. In addition to being a historian, I’m also a musician. I play the piano and I sometimes sing, these days with the North Carolina Master Chorale in Raleigh.
Dr. Peter Murray
Professor of History
B.A., Wofford College; M.A. and Ph.D., Indiana University
Phone: (910) 630-7075
Dr. Murray teaches introductory History courses, and upper
level courses in American and East Asian history. Dr. Murray's book, Methodists
and the Crucible of Race, 1930-1975, was published by the University
of Missouri Press in 2004.
Dr. Patrick O'Neil
Assistant Professor of History
B.A., Grinnell College; M.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Phone: (910) 630-7067
Dr. Rebecca Woodward Wendelken
McLean Professor of History
B.A. Kennesaw State College; M.A. and Ph D. Emory University
Phone: (910) 630-7589
I was born in West Virginia and did my graduate work at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. I wrote my dissertation on an early twentieth century British copper mine in what is now the Republic of Kazakhstan. I teach courses in Russian and Central Asian history, world history, labor and capital, ethnicity and conflicts, especially those in southwestern Asia and the Middle East.