Meet the Faculty

Brie Swenson Arnold

Brie Swenson Arnold

William P. and Gayle S. Whipple Professor of History

B.A., Concordia College - Moorhead, MN
M.A., Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Email: barnold@coe.edu

Dr. Swenson Arnold teaches United States history, specializing in early American history, the Civil War, African American, women's and gender, and public history. Her research focuses on gender and race in the nineteenth-century US, including the political culture of the Civil War era and the African American history of the Midwest.

Derek Buckaloo

Derek Buckaloo

Professor of History

B.A., Stanford University
M.A., Ph.D., Emory University

Email: dbuckalo@coe.edu

Dr. Buckaloo teaches American history, with special interests in 20th-century politics and culture, foreign relations, particularly the Cold War and the Vietnam War, and Native American history. His present research is on the "Vietnam Syndrome."

Bethany Keenan

Bethany Keenan

Henrietta Arnold Associate Professor of History, Chair

B.A., Douglass College, Rutgers
M.A., Rutgers
M.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Email: bkeenan@coe.edu

Dr. Keenan teaches European history. She is particularly interested in 20th-century Europe, especially France. In her teaching and work, she focuses on transnational relations, humanitarianism and questions of national identity. Her current research is on a Franco-American group that worked to support French war orphans during the Great War.

David Nordmann

David Nordmann

Henrietta Arnold Associate Professor of History

B.A., Coe College
M.A., University of Kansas
Ph.D., Indiana University

Email: dnordman@coe.edu

Dr. Nordmann teaches Western Civilization in addition to courses in East Asian history. His specialties include Meiji Japan, late 19th-century Korea, U.S.-East Asia relations and Asian-American history.

Laissa Rodríguez MorenoLaissa Rodriguez Moreno

Associate Professor of Spanish and Latin American History 

B.A. Universidad Nacional de Colombia
M.A, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin – Madison

Email: lrodriguez@coe.edu

Dr. Rodríguez Moreno teaches Latin American history, with special expertise in the 20th and 21st centuries. She is interested in political subjectivity — emotional and affective responses to political events. For this reason, her classes and research are always a dialogue between cultural products and historical events.

Angela Ziskowski

Angela Ziskowski

Provost and Dean of Faculty

Associate Professor of History 

B.A., University of Cincinnati
M.A., Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College

Email: aziskowski@coe.edu

Dr. Ziskowski teaches Classical history and archaeology, with special expertise in Greek archaeology. Her interests are in cultural and ethnic identities, the formation of Greek city-states in the Archaic period, ancient Corinth and pottery studies.