History and Literature Faculty

Teaching American History’s History and Literature courses are led by history-literature scholar teams. Together with teachers, they examine literature samples and explore their relation to themes in American History.

Suzanne Hunter Brown

Suzanne Brown recently became a Resident Scholar after teaching at Dartmouth College for over thirty-five years. She is a writer of short stories as well as a literary critic; her articles have appeared in Modern Fiction Studies and other journals, while her stories have been published in Southern Review, Yale Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Carolina Quarterly, Southwest Review, and other magazines.

Kathleen Pfeiffer

Kathleen Pfeiffer is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Oakland University on Rochester, Michigan. She teaches courses in American literature, African American literature, the Harlem Renaissance, biography, memoir, and creative nonfiction. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Brandeis University, and her B.A. cum laude with Departmental Distinction from Emmanuel College.

Dr. Maura Grady

Dr Grady joined Ashland University in 2011 and teaches courses in Film, Literature, and Writing. She is the director of the Composition Program, and former director of the Writing Center. Researching gender, popular culture, and fandoms, her publications include explorations of The Shawshank Redemption, Mad Men, Doctor Who, and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

Elizabeth Amato

Dr. Elizabeth Amato is an Associate Professor of Political Science for the Department of Social Science at Gardner-Webb University. Her teaching responsibilities include courses such as Constitutional Law, American Political Thought, African American Political Thought, Presidency & Congress, American Political Parties, Ancient and Medieval Political Philosophy, and Modern Political Philosophy. She also offers special topics courses on the pursuit of happiness, statesmanship, first ladies, women and politics, and the politics of coffee and tea.

Gregory A. McBrayer

Gregory A. McBrayer, associate professor of political science and director of the core curriculum at Ashland University. He teaches courses in political philosophy and international relations. Prior to coming to Ashland, he was an assistant professor at Morehead State University, a postdoctoral fellow at Emory University, and a visiting assistant professor at Gettysburg College. He has published articles in Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy and Kentron: Revue Pluridisciplinaire du Monde Antique, as well as reviews in Interpretation, The Journal for Hellenic Studies, The American Journal of Islamic Social Science, and Political Science Quarterly. He is the author (with Mary Nichols and Denise Schaeffer) of Plato’s Euthydemus (Focus, 2011) and is the editor of Xenophon: The Shorter Writings (Cornell, 2018).

Dan Monroe

Dan Monroe is Associate Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History and Political Science at Millikin University. Monroe earned his doctorate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He specializes in American History and has taught seminars and given scholarly talks throughout the United States. He is the author of three books: The Republican Vision of John Tyler (2003), At Home with Illinois’ Governors: A Social History of the Illinois Executive Mansion (2002), and Shapers of the Great Debate on the Civil War: A Biographical Dictionary (2005), with co-author Dr. Bruce Tap. He received the Heiligenstein Award for Teaching Excellence and was a fellow at the Virginia Historical Society and Lincoln Legal Papers. Monroe is currently president of the Illinois State Historical Society and is a member of the board of the Abraham Lincoln Association. Dr. Monroe also serves as the Illinois Historian on the Board of Trustees of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. He has been a member of Millikin’s History and Political Science Department since 2006.

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